Dexter

Season 8 Episode 2

Every Silver Lining

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 07, 2013 on Showtime
8.5
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Miami Metro continues the search for the Brain Surgeon. Dexter finds a clue and attempts to find the Surgeon before his colleagues. Dexter gets a bit closer to Dr. Vogel. Dexter keeps attempting to bridge the gap that has formed between him and Deb. Deb is forced to take matters into her own hands as she tries to find the jewels that Biggs had stolen.

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  • Every Silver Lining

    7.0
    Last week I predicted that Vogel was behind the killings and this was some kind of "test" to get Dexter back to his old self and not the one Debra tried to stop, and this episode made me feel stronger about that theory.



    Whether that happens or not, this was just an average episode of Dexter. Not a lot going on. And can we please end Quinn's time on the show? No need to have someone mumble and display no personality whatsoever.moreless
  • 9.0
    Dr. Vogel is creepin me out, she seems to be up to something. maybe some kind of test for dexter??? maybe she's behind all the brain scooping killings???
  • Dexter.

    9.5
    So Vogal knew about Dexter from the age of 10 from Harry and Vogel knows everything about Dexter. As Vogal puts it she created Dexter with help from his father Harry, so Vogal and Harry came up with "The Code". So Harry was operating under Vogal's guidance so why do i have a problem with this and then Vogal goes on to say that she feels like Dexter's spiritual mother (Really). From what i see its one Psychopath to another more so on Vogal and she believes its one of her patients and wants Dexter to find out who it is. But as usuall Dexter is right because Vogal cant go to the police because some of her methods were illegal. So another murder victim with the same part of the brain cut out and Vogal gives Dexter a list of possible patients that could be behind it. How strange that Sussman isn't on that list and when Dexter goes to the cabin where supposedly Sussman does his brutal murders Sussman is found hanging, coincidence i think not. Now Debra i really dont think Debra shot El Sapo otherwise why would she and leave her gun at the crime scene, Debra knows better, there is somebody eles involved in that shooting. Vogal is key to the season final, just my opinion. Fantastic Episode. Thumbs Ups.moreless
  • Still lamenting seasons 1-4

    5.0
    This latest episode reminded me a bit of the dreadful fourth season to Prison Break when the writers just added layer after layer of absurd conspiracy in an attempt to provide earlier plot lines some gravitas. Ultimately it made the whole thing look silly and incoherently absurd. I don't for a second buy into the notion that this woman created who Dexter is then decided to show up when brain started appearing in jam jars on her front doorstep. It just seems such a silly narrative, when they should be focusing on Dexter's demise and have a juicy final season packed full of twists and turns based on that. Instead, we're getting a daft '6 months later' which doesn't really make much sense, bucket loads of dull expository dialogue, and the inclusion of a great new actress wasted on a character with a ridiculous back story.



    Batista and Quinn are essentially useless now; they're not being written for with any care or attention, and Masuka is at prop-level status. They pop up every now and again so we don't forget they exist but they're essentially being kept in the game so we can see their REACTION shots when Dexter is revealed.



    The one good thing about this season is that the focus is shifting to Deb. She's by far the most interesting character now, if they write for her properly, and Jennifer Carpenter is a great actress. I'd like to see her stop flailing around and start acting in her right mind because another season of her being confused and upset isn't going to be terribly engaging.



    So far nothing post season 4 has made me thankful this show is still on the air.moreless
  • Someone to Watch Over Me

    9.5
    All my issues with the premiere seemed to wash away in the first few minutes of the premiere which had felt sloppy with the time jump and all that. The first ten minutes being devoted to Vogel's having helped Harry with teaching Dex the Code was a great touch with the grainy video and everything. This episode was also a lot more focused than the premiere clearly revealing why Vogel is in Miami and that she needs Dex's help finding a former patient turned serial killer the Brain Surgeon who leaves the part of the brain that Vogel studies on her doorstep. Vogel taking credit for having created Dexter, as Dexter points out, is a very Frankenstein way to go about seeing their relationship begin. What's most interesting is that she is surprised that Dex has had emotional growth and craved to speak to someone about his issues after Harry died. We also saw the genesis of how the whole Blood Slide thing came to pass which is great for a show in its 8th season to still give new/old info revelations. But Dex gets on the wrong trail when tracing a finger print off of a plastic bag used to kill a Brain Surgeon victim and works ahead of Miami Metro as usual. But when he finds the print owner strung up on a meat hook at a hunting cabin he learns that he was wrong and that the guy had been coerced into killing the victim at gunpoint by the Surgeon. Deb goes in search of Briggs' stolen diamonds and finds the link to a storage locker which she has the key for. When she finds the diamonds she is cornered and beaten up by El Sapo, the hitman that was supposed to meet Briggs last week before Dex killed him, who turns up dead in his car. The revelation that Deb had killed him was a bit shocking since I surely thought that El Sapo had locked her into the locker at first when he left her there. But her having killed El Sapo out of anger makes for a much more interesting story and Dexter is now fully seeing the consequences of how his choices have destroyed his sister's life. He even swaps out evidence for her. But I think Vogel can even help Deb down the road as someone to talk to for her own good and her PTSD as Dexter now has her to confide in as well. But Dex shouldn't be so surprised that he was wrong about the Brain Surgeon, in fact he's been wrong before about a lot of suspects so him being wrong about this shouldn't be such a surprise just because "it's my thing I Also, in the premiere how Dexter was so clueless about Deb not wanting to be near him also became much more clear to him now with the damage he's done. He has created another killer, it would seem although a much different one from his own monster-ish-ness. Vogel seems a bit too fond of psychopaths and may have a little of her own inner monster if you ask me. Quinn and Jaime fight because Angel wants him to take the Sergeants exam if he wants Quinn to have him be ok with him seeing his sister. Why is Quinn so tied up on not wanting to excel anyway? And why does Angel want someone as awful and dirty as Quinn to be a second in command anyway? I'm glad that Jaime and he are on the rocks, she deserves much better. Angel shouldn't be ok with them at all if you ask me. While one thing I like about Quinn this year is his attachment for former love interest Debra who he pines for now that Dex can't be seen to help as her sole confidant and his complicated feelings are coming up after having been quickly erased two seasons ago out of nowhere. But overall, this episode gave us a much more honed focus on where this final season could go and gave us a mentor/confidant for Dex and pushed Deb to a much scarier place beyond just hanging out with creeps. Hopefully Dexter gets to live with the consequences a lot more for what he's done not simply reducing his affect on Deb's life with Vogel's "you're not as evil as you think you are" stuff.moreless
Barbara Tarbuck

Barbara Tarbuck

Sussman's Mother

Guest Star

Nick Gomez

Nick Gomez

El Sapo

Guest Star

Scott Michael Morgan

Scott Michael Morgan

Sussman

Guest Star

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Jacob Elway

Recurring Role

Dana L. Wilson

Dana L. Wilson

Miller

Recurring Role

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