Dexter, season six episode eight, opens as Dexter tries to abate Deb's anger toward his recent five-day absence. A penitent Dexter seems to, more or less, receive Deb's forgiveness. Deb informs Dexter that "DDK's" recent victim escaped not by her own efforts, but due to the fact that "DDK" is actually two people of which one, the younger of the two, let her go. Why? Deb doesn't know, but Dexter knows it is Travis who isn't quite yet on Deb's screen. Dexter senses some urgency in his need to extract Gellar's location from Travis before the larger picture becomes evident.
Travis seeks to protect his sister and keep his distance from Gellar. Gellar appears to Travis outside the home of Travis' sister which, of course, unnerves Travis. Prior to Dexter returning to work he tells Deb, to her chagrin, he has to have the morning, or part of it, off to attend Brother Sam's memorial service. At the service Dexter receives Brother Sam's bloody bible (he had it close when shot). Dexter is uneasy receiving The Bible, but takes it on faith that it's Sam's wishes. Dexter corners Travis at his work place. He doesn't quite get what he's wanting from Travis, but says "later" as he feels he will turn Travis still. At this point Dexter works a seemingly "run-of-the-mill" heroin overdose case. The only loose end is the evidence points to an unknown person being present at the scene. The strange Masuka intern, Louis, inserts another "fan-boy" accolade to Dexter's work at the heroin overdose crime scene. As a viewer, I get a creepy feeling toward Louis which is shared, obviously, by Batista. In Batista's case it is due to the attraction between his sister and Louis…In a larger sense we are not yet privy to who exactly the real Louis is, but the feeling it isn't all good is definitely felt.
Dexter notes that as adults we lose our childlike trust. Dexter needs to break through with some kind of trust to get Travis to open up, he ponders this as he examines Sam's Bible. He remembers that Sam says all of the answers are in the book. Another confrontation with Travis, during lunch, using Biblical scripture as leverage, sheds a bit of light as Travis promises to aid Dexter as soon as he gets his sister in a safe place. Deb works her part of Louis's list of 200 Miamians with a connection to Gellar, Travis is one of Deb's names and she appears at the home of Travis' sister. Travis rides by on a bicycle and sees Deb, with her gun exposed, realizing the police is closing in. Gellar knocks out Travis outside of his sister's school before he can follow through with getting his sister out of Miami. Debra tells Dexter about LaGuerda's pressure to close the heroin overdose case, but Dexter agrees with Deb that the case isn't tied up with an unknown other person definitely being at the scene and fleeing. Deb, for now, is all about keeping the case open. "DDK" strikes again with another victim, this time the sister of Travis. The killing unnerves Deb as she feels partly responsible due to her interview with the victim a mere 24-hours earlier. Travis is now at Miami PD's top suspects, right there with Gellar. Travis comes to at Gellar's hideout and realizes Gellar has killed his sister. Travis is overcome with anger and Gellar tells him it takes time and do what it takes to accept it because no she can go to God which is, actually, what Travis should want. Deb is, once more, confronted by LaGuerda who demands the heroin overdose case be closed: Captain LaGuerda gives a direct order so Deb must close it. LaGuerda makes a call obviously to whoever was present at the overdose scene telling them it's done…The case is closed. Who is this person? We know this isn't finished at all. Dexter makes an on-line search for the name on a raiment used in DDK's last kill…Intern Louis lurks telling Dexter about a better search engine which reveals some added information. Louis is giving pause for concern as he is a bit too in to Dexter. Deb continues her psychiatry sessions as she is felling so poorly about her and Dexter's relationship, or lack of. The counselor asks her is she thinks Dexter wants to kill her. Wow, two episodes in a row bring up the possibility of Dexter killing his sister. All in all, everything is topsy-turvy with Deb. Dexter even had to admit he went to Nebraska as Deb reveals his bonehead mistake of keeping one of those advertising writing pens from none other than the Shady Lane Motel in Kearney, Nebraska. Bad slip, not up to Dexter's usual abilities to hide as he goes about the dark passenger's work.
Deb isn't the only one coming unhinged…Quinn is still sliding as is evidenced by his foray to a local strip bar with Masuka. Quinn is so volatile and Deb is in no small way the reason, what he's headed toward is unknown, but it can't be good. Dexter's search engine results bring him to a care facility to see a Father Galway. Immediately Dexter senses Father Galway is too far advanced with dementia to be of help. As Dexter tries to leave Father Galway thrusts a confessional . Dexter tells him he has killed many and, after a break in the present, the priest suddenly pronounces Dexter forgiven. This hits Dexter hard and as he's leaving a nun relays some pertinent information as to Galway's old parish which has been closed and abandoned. Now Dexter realizes Gellar's probable location has just fell in his lap. He needs to get to Gellar before Miami PD does, and pronto. Just as suspected the old sanctuary is where Gellar is working out of, and, surprise, Travis is a chained prisoner inside. Gellar, however, flees in the nick of time, but not before he sees Dexter's face. Travis is now in Dexter's court as he promises to help him kill Gellar. Dexter reasons he will be able to eliminate a small bit of darkness, letting some light in, even as he mentions "this just got much harder".
In sum a largely transitional episode from which a myriad set of unknown, some probably bad, are sure to spring out of. There is always a group of those who are let down with an episode in which Dexter has no doling out of murderous justice. Episodes like this are so important to the overall storyline that, in many ways, it is welcome because we know whatever is about to come from it is building to a boil. Not a particularly endearing episode, but effective as we have to return for whatever evils spring from.