Season 7 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2012 on Showtime

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  • Hard Hearted Hannah

    Dexter deals with sexy aftermath of his inability to kill Hannah last week, and a naked Hannah holds a knife to his throat and makes him tell her why he does what he does and he tells her in a deadpan manner. Miami Metro discover the missing blood evidence and Isaac walks free and they scavenge the crime scene in the bar where the shootout took place but the sewage has been "accidentally" tampered with and there is no recoverable evidence obviously work of the Koshka Brotherhood. Isaac's line about "Miami still being overcrowded by one" was awesome even though things are now more complicated since a patrol car is following Isaac at all times until he leaves the country. The true crime writer, Sal Price, gets mixed in with Hannah and Dexter and threatens to let it slip that Dexter was lazy in his blood spatter report on the Wayne Randall murders to let Hannah remain free and Dexter agrees to tell Sal anything he knows and how he was the last one to speak to Wayne Randall before he dies. Dexter tells Hannah that their encounter can never happen again but they both realize that Sal is playing them for information and Dex says that he'll take care of it. LaGuerta continues her suspicions and admits that the Barrel Girl case theory with the BHB is going nowhere and Deb discourages her from continuing and reiterates that all of the evidence still points to Doakes being the BHB and to let it die. Deb is clearly torn in this case when she talks to Hannah's late husband's sister who agrees to let them exhume the body of her brother to find out if he was poisoned with aconite which is her signature poison. Deb uses the evidence of Hannah's old boss being poisoned by aconite in her pocket so all she needed was tissue from Hannah's dead husband but the body wasn't embalmed by Hannah's choice so without tissue they can't run the toxicology tests. It was good to see Deb let loose and just enjoy the company of nice romantic interest, even though he was a killer. Dexter breaks into Sal's apartment while Sal is at Hannah's getting the real story behind her killing participation in Wayne Randall's spree and deletes all of the files Sal has on his computer about Hannah to protect her. He also takes evidence from his bathroom to link him to the murder of a jogger who was the subject of a true crime novel he wrote. Hannah tells Wayne that she stabbed the woman and he then leaves and arrives at Dexter's apartment where he is told by Dexter to back off or else he will have the evidence released to match Price with the jogger case to which Sal's reaction indicates that he really did kill the girl and is afraid of the repercussions and Dex's lizard brain hasn't been wrong in pure instinct all season. Isaac's brief scene with Dexter where he claims to want to move "heaven and earth to snuff out his life" with just the added twist of the police following him so he will have to get creative. Batista confronts Quinn that he was in the evidence room and may have taken the evidence with his ties to Nadia and the club to which he denies and Angel seems to believe him. Quinn then goes to the club owner George and tells him that Nadia is done with the Brotherhood and George simply laughs and tells him that he can mess him up to which George said that the same goes for him and that having a cop that will do stuff for them is a good thing. Quinn does give Batista the ten grand he got from the Brotherhood to Batista claiming inheritance to invest in it so that he can feel less guilty about betraying Angel's trust. Hannah poisoned Sal, who collapses right before Dex can convince him to back off and leave him and Hannah alone and Sal hits his head and the police are called. Deb knows that it was Hannah, but the toxicology screen comes back clean for aconite and when Dexter goes to her house to chew her out for killing Sal when he said that he would handle it they realize that they were looking out for one another. Interestingly Hannah wanting so emphatically for Dexter's name to be left out of Sal's writing showed that she cared but she's so mysterious. Dexter's memory of distinguishing her from the women of his past like Rita who was ignorant of it, Lumen who needed it, and Lila who was drawn to it was effective in that the writers really are trying to differentiate her character from Dexter's past loves. They end up going at it again, and Hannah's admission of putting a little "extra something" onto one of Sal's pens was a clever way to switch things up by using different poisons, much like she is a take on Poison Ivy from Batman. LaGuerta continues going over evidence in her side investigation and finds Dexter's name on a boat registry which firmly puts him in her crosshairs for future episodes and her finally maybe taking serious all of Doakes' claims about Dexter being a total weirdo and up to something. The ending of the episode, after Hannah gets away with Sal's poisoning and while Hannah is in bed with Dexter Deb gives him the greenlight by telling him that there has to be some justice and for him to do his thing. Her saying that alone is a huge step in her development this season from going to total repulsion to wanting him to go vigilante on someone she thinks deserves it, even though weirdly she wasn't okay with him dealing with Isaac Sirko who has clearly killed way more people in his life than Hannah McKay has. Two finals things: first Hannah's sister-in-law saying that Hannah disconnecting from her dead husband's family afterwards was a nail in the coffin for her guilt, two her revealing that she was the one that wanted a child and her husband not wanting one was chilling but she claims it and I'm not entirely sure that I believe it since even Dexter calls her "a very good actress," so the real truth of the whole thing will remain up in the air for now. Dexter flexed some comedic muscles too how he has to analytically think of chemistry and how two elements that a dangerous have to separate to stop a dangerous reaction was clever way a scientific mind like his would analyze and justify his need to not be around Hannah as well as his road runner reference to Isaac while having his life threatened. Seeing Quinn in such a tight spot make me finally sort of feel for him and I wouldn't be surprised if he were to reach out for help from Angel or Dexter who he once had suspicions about in his Nadia/Koshka entanglement. But Dexter really is in some deep water and what with juggling Isaac, Hannah, the odd case, Deb nagging him about killing Hannah, as well as LaGuerta now being on his back will leave him a very busy boy for the next five episodes.
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