Season 7 Episode 2

Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2012 on Showtime
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    Dexter "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl" Review: Try to Make Dex Go to Rehab

    "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl" dug into Deb's newfound knowledge in a somewhat un-Dexter-like fashion.

  • Episode Summary

    After finally learning the shocking truth about Dexter (Michael C. Hall), Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) struggles to come to terms with this new knowledge. Her attempts at helping Dexter might leave both of them frustrated. While trying to deal with Deb, Dexter also ends up in a tense confrontation with Louis (Josh Cooke).moreless

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    • Debra tries to cure Dexter

      Now Debra knows everything and decided not to arrest Dexter even though she came close Dexter explained about Harry and how he taught him to only kill bad people Deb is now watching Dexter and helping him to stop Dexter has to be worried about La Guerta who now has a good idea that Doakes wasn't the Bay Harbour Butcher Things are going to get hard for Dexter after Debra finding out and La Guerta now onto him Dexter was lucky to get away with it in season 5 but he didn't have the same luck in season 6.moreless
    • its come to this then

      Either Deb has one hell of a balanced mind or writers missed one key point. When one finds out that a person one has been with ones entire life, shared secrets with him, considered brother, loved him and made him most important person of the life, a serial killer, it means the entire world is upside down. It might even take days or weeks to comprehend what happened. Deb reacted pretty normally. Yeah it made her sick initially. But that's it? No contemplation? She listed to Dexter's entire story as a child listens a bed time lullaby and her reaction was "10 steps to cure a serial killer?"

      How can she even remotely think of allowing him to continue on job. Even if she did, she made no attempt to find the people who he has killed and how Doakes has been framed.

      This episode, though had its flaws, kept me glued for the next episode. Though it did not reach the mark it is interesting enough to hook me up.

      I am expecting that these two might even do the "joint operation"

      BTW Lloyd story line started to get more interesting as interesting as LaGuerta's.moreless
    • Sunshine and the Frosty Swirl

      A different kind of episode, but it was entertaining in its own way. I am sure Dexter will be back to killing soon, but this emotional journey is a good way to slowly build up a different kind of feeling, and another dimension to that character.

      We need a real villain though. The season won't be good without it.
    • Lucky Louis

      Following directly on the heels of last week's revelation Deb retreats from Dexter's apartment and he begs her to come back inside. She continues to make logical leaps like that the blood slides are those of the Bay Harbor Butcher. She vomits on the sidewalk and demands that Dex tell her more but he makes her promise to come inside. Inside he tells her about his Dark Passenger and how Harry taught him and Deb points out one of the big flaws in Dexter's whole philosophy, "What about the police department?" She tells him that she won't arrest him the next day as long as he stays within sight of her every day as part of a cold turkey way of quitting killing since what she reads describes killing as an addiction. Well appreciated referral back to Lundy whose profile on the BHB gives Deb inspiration to "cure" Dexter. Dexter finds out about Louis mailing him the ITK arm from evidence after he sees Deb having found it on the coffee table and then when looking through evidence Masuka tells him about how Louis erased the cyber trail to the online auction last season after Ryan stole it and pawned it. Dex plans to break into Louis' place to find out what he knows about him but isn't really able to budge from under Deb, who makes him stay at her place. Wait, what about Harrison? Deb and Dex never even mentioned him once and then Harrison is with Jaime in his apartment later and it's assumed that she's just been looking out for Harrison for day's on end while Dex is staying with Deb? Major plot stuff off skew here. Interestingly, Quinn and Batista come to a similar conclusion in the form a nightclub bouncer that Katja was seeing before she died and the bouncer hasn't shown up to work in a few days. They find out about him and continue to shut the club down during the day as well as at night until they get the name of who was with Katja that night. Quinn gets cozy with a dancer named Nadia who tells him about the bouncer. The bouncer, once in custody for questioning in regards to Katja, points the finger at Viktor Baskov whom Dex disposed of last week. Meanwhile, Isaac (Rome's ever deadly Ray Stevenson) arrives from Kiev to give George (the night club owner) the message that Viktor never made it back home and he's here to find out who's responsible. Isaac and his bodyguard pay a visit to the bouncer and Isaac puts a screwdriver through the bouncer's eye as if it were nothing. Meanwhile, Dex, under the guise of helping dig up bodies left behind by a lifer in prison who wants to release the body locations of his last few victims, gets to pay Louis a visit. Louis says that his revenge and credit card thing were all part of getting back at him for mocking his game and that he can't touch it after what Dex said about it. Dex tells him that he never wants to see him again at work or with Jaime but Louis doesn't comply and is later at Dex's apartment when he comes home one night. The guy who wanted to find the locations of his own old bodies he buried, Wayne Randall, spins Dex a story of letting all of accepting being trapped in his current circumstances as the way that the world is. He dilutes Dex into believing that Deb can cure him before throwing himself in front of a truck since he used the unburied bodies thing as a cover to get a few days of sunshine, some ice cream, and a chance to kill himself which doesn't bode well for Dex. He snags and drugs Louis out from under Deb's nose and when he has in the trunk of his car thinks that he promised Deb and she comes right away. Bear in mind though that he did drug her meat before sneaking out so that could've caused her to die having to drive with the tranquilizer in her system like that. She says that him calling her is the first step towards recovery and he takes a minute for her to drive away. He puts Louis on a park bench thinking that he'll have an inkling of why he's there when he wakes up. LaGuerta in her own little side story gets the FBI file on BHB and digs out the bloodslides and finds them as identical to the one she found at Travis's deathsite after she had the blood tested at a private facility. Looks to be the season where Dex can get caught now more than ever, and with Isaac on his trail it doesn't look like that story will last the whole season and Yvonne Stavonski comes into the play next week as a thread to the Wayne Randall bit from this week. Should be good, not as strong as the premiere but the Deb/Deb stuff is top tier compared to Season 6.moreless
    • Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

      Sunshine and Frosty Swirl was a great episode of Dexter. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was interesting to watch Deb try to enact a plan to prevent Dexter from giving in to his Dark Passenger. There were some illuminating moments as Dexter conversed with an inmate released to help police find the bodies of his victims. I liked how every thing played out and there lots of great moments. I couldn't believe how Deb handled every thing. The ending was really crazy! Louis had some intriguing encounters with Dexter. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
    Daniel Buran

    Daniel Buran

    Wayne Randall

    Guest Star

    Wil Traval

    Wil Traval

    Tony Rush

    Guest Star

    Len Cordova

    Len Cordova

    FBI Agent

    Guest Star

    Aimee Garcia

    Aimee Garcia

    Jamie Batista

    Recurring Role

    Josh Cooke

    Josh Cooke

    Louis Greene

    Recurring Role

    Jason Gedrick

    Jason Gedrick

    George Novikov

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Debra: I am the worst fucking detective in the world. You're my own brother, how could I not see what you were doing?

      • Debra Morgan: (after Dex arrives) You're gonna sleep in the bedroom.
        Dexter Morgan: I'm not gonna put you out.
        Debra Morgan: Yes you are... I'm sleeping out here.
        Dexter Morgan: Deb it's ridiculous.
        Debra Morgan: This isn't a fucking pijama party Dex, OK. You're gonna take my bedroom and I'm gonna sleep out here on the couch.
        Dexter Morgan: Between me and the front door?
        Debra Morgan: I'm gonna be by the door.
        Dexter Morgan: (Dex sighs) ...You've really thought this true.
        Debra Morgan: Yeah, well, I found this website... "How to Cure a Serial Killer in Ten Easy Steps" and this is the 1st step.
        Dexter Morgan: (turns around and walk a few steps away from Deb)You have to print me out a copy.
        Debra Morgan: I'm figuring this out as I go along Dexter. But if we're gonna do this, we're gonna do this all the way:...
        We're gonna eat together,
        We're gonna watch TV together,
        We're gonna drive to fucking work together...
        Dexter Morgan: ...Hope you gotta be big shower...
        Debra Morgan: (while walking away) Why don't you go and unpack, I'll heat us up something to eat.

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