Season 2 Episode 10

There's Something About Harry

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2007 on Showtime
out of 10
User Rating
705 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Doakes follows Dexter to his next crime scene and shocks him with a revelation about Harry. The Bay Harbor Butcher task force feels they are zeroing in on their man.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Dexter is responsible for his fathers death.

    In this episode we find out the shocking truth that Harry killed himself because of Dexter All this time when Dexter has been going by the rules Harry set to stop the killers that walk is nothing Harry walked in on one of Dexters victims and his reaction said everything Harry killed himself because of what he created and that was from one victim What would Harry do if he found out he created the Bay Harbour Butcher who at this point had 46 slides as trophies for his victims It was a very good episode with Dexter deciding to frame Doakes because he doesn't fit his code but the code would now be don't kill anyone because Harry killed himself because of it.moreless
  • Nutshell review: Dexter 2x10 - There's Something About Harry

    Interesting episode, I give you that. I hate using this expression I'm going to use but this is the right time to do it, so...

    I felt that something was .... wait for it, wait for it..... MISSING! But I can't pinpoint what. As usual. Like, there were some cool developments, but maybe it's that it wasn't too revelant or worthy of the build up or god knows what.

    So the truth is that Harry became sick of Dexter. Right. Well I think this creates a little inconsistency but I'm too tired to look into the show's timeline.

    Anyways while this was a shock it just felt a bit out of place and meh... the rest of the episode was just not moving at all. Loved the Dexter / Doakes interactions, and the ending, obviously, but the rest, really not up to the standards of this show.moreless
  • What Harry Didn't Show Written by Scott Reynolds Directed by Steve Shill

    Dexter: "I should warn you Sergeant, you can't play on my feelings. I don't have any".

    Doakes: "Oh really? Who's lying now?"

    When you end an episode as spectacularly as "Resistance Is Futile", the question of "what next" becomes even more apparent. With Doakes now knowing that Dexter is the Bay Harbour Butcher, what exactly can or should Dexter do to get out of this tight spot.

    It's a question that is immediately considered at the very start of the episode as well. Dexter is tending to his bullet wound and while Doakes is pretty vocal about how glad he is to see Dexter in moderate pain, the question of living is raised earlier on.

    Given that Doakes doesn't completely understand what Dexter really does, it's only fair that he should be worried about surviving. Dexter isn't particularly reassuring though at one point he considers the option of letting Doakes live just to prove the volatile Sergeant wrong about him.

    Of course instead of focusing too hard on the problem at hand, Dexter decides to head home and leave Doakes there to rant. We all know that Doakes is right – it is either kill him or set him free. I suppose Dexter could try scaring him into silence but this is Doakes and he's been only waiting for his chance to nail Dexter so that's unlikely to work out.

    Being trapped in an abandoned cabin hasn't however killed Doakes' fighting spirit. He does his best to try and reach his phone and even though he fails, it's good to see him not give up. Watching this plot unfold is highly complex – although I root for Dexter I still want Doakes to somehow survive this.

    Dexter might hate the man and while getting rid of Doakes would solve a big problem for him, even Dexter knows that he doesn't have the right to kill Doakes. James might not be applying for sainthood anytime soon but at the same time, Dexter knows if he kills Doakes, he's violating his own code as a result.

    Still there is a great moment where the two of them discuss the nature of killers. Dexter notably pointed out that the both of them are killers, something which Doakes tries to deny quite badly. In fact it's even during this scene where Dexter gain a skewered moral upper hand when he notes that his public service doesn't come with his pockets being lined at the end of it.

    However the worst part is when Dexter then tries to compare the value of both his and Doakes' lives. While it's true that Dexter has more to live with Deb, Rita, Cody and Astor being within his orbit, I still find it unbelievably callous that lone wolf Doakes' life is seemingly less worthy of maintaining.

    When Doakes goes down I did think for a second that Dexter might have poisoned so it was a relief when Dexter just mentioned that it was a sedative instead. The fact that Dexter is now seemingly unwilling to kill Doakes is encouraging. Dexter doesn't need that on his conscience, the very one we know that does actually exist.

    There's a lot of credit that needs to be given to both Michael C. Hall and Erik King throughout this episode because it is difficult to take one side and stick with it. Both Dexter and Doakes make valid points about each other. Even if there are both killers, their victims are not people whose deaths inspire sympathy.

    The only difference here is that while Dexter has reservations in killing Doakes, framing him however is something he has less difficulty with doing. Doakes himself looked rightly disgusted with Dexter's plans of a frame job and seeing as Lundy already believed that Doakes was the Bay Harbour Butcher, Dexter didn't have a lot to do really.

    All he did do was get Doakes fingerprints on some weapons, dump them in the sea and then killed that drug dealer that spent a good portion of the episode texting Doakes. I did squirm a little when Dexter decided to show Doakes his handiwork even if he did use some protective shielding so Doakes wouldn't see every little detail.

    Dexter did seem to take some pleasure in seeing Doakes' discomfort and if I never sympathised with Doakes before, I certainly did there. I think this was the first episode where we've seen Doakes traumatised by a violent event and also the first one where we saw him trying to reason with Dexter, despite failing big time in that area.

    Another interesting element of Doakes captivity was his musing on Harry's past. Investigating Dexter meant that Doakes came across some information on Harry and when Doakes refused to share, Dexter had no choice but to confront Captain Matthews on whatever other dirty little secret Harry may have had.

    We already know that he was sleeping with Laura Moser so apart from maybe being a killer or a drug dealer, what else could Harry have done to shock Dexter. It seems committing suicide is the very thing. According to Tom, Harry couldn't cope with certain criminal evading justice and even the reality of Dexter's killer persona had pushed him over the edge.

    It's a very distressing final scene when Dexter realises that the very thing Harry groomed him into becoming is the same thing that also sent him overboard as well. Harry was violently repulsed when he saw Dexter killing the pimp that Harry failed to get sent down.

    Harry had spent a good part of the episode telling Dexter that he was doing the right thing in training him to be a bad guy killer. Harry had also ruined Deb's birthday party at the time due to his outburst with Tom over the pimp getting away at first. It's easy to see why Dexter was so keen to please his father.

    Elsewhere the Bay Harbour Butcher case is still drawing divides within the office. Deb is furious when she discovers that Dexter has called off the Feds from protecting but there is a good moment during that confrontation where she let him know much he means to her. Dexter counters this by realising that if he becomes exposed, it would destroy his sister. He raises a point given how sensitive/mouthy Deb tends to be most of the time.

    However it's not just Dexter who gets on Deb's nerves as well. Maria's phone conversation with Doakes gives her a good excuse to confront her boss and the two of them have a pretty heated moment. Deb was right in pointing out how easily it is to be fooled but even if I wasn't aware of Doakes' innocence, Maria did make an excellent case for the man no less.

    The big issue though is Lundy. Deb's been enjoying his influence and even digs being his girlfriend but when he alludes to them ending when the BHB case is solved, Deb predictably enough doesn't take it very well. Realistically Lundy isn't being a jerk and later he does explain his own fears that Deb will grow tired of him.

    Deb on the other hand admits that she didn't know where their relationship was going to develop but at the same time liked the idea of not knowing what happens next. Sometimes unpredictability is good so it's understandable that Deb got annoyed with Lundy. That being said, I think these two are as good as done.

    As for Maria, you've got to feel for her. With Masuka and Angel comfortable enough to accept Doakes as the Bay Harbour Butcher and Tom actively disliking her, Maria doesn't have a lot of people on her side. Then again just like Doakes, she too is a lone wolf. Even when she digs up her own proof of Doakes' innocence, Lundy still refuses to entertain her. Something tells me if Lundy's not careful, Maria might use her influence to usurp him. It wouldn't be the first time she's used dirty tactics to get her own way. Lundy should probably not make an enemy out of her.

    When we're not concentrating on the Bay Harbour Butcher, there is the joy of Dexter and Rita getting back together in a fairly organic manner. Given what's been happening between the last couple of months it makes sense for them not to be able to slip into things as easily as they used to do.

    At the beach with the kids, there's an element of awkwardness that Rita picks up pretty instantly. However Dexter clearly wants to make things work with Rita because he tells her about Harry's suicide and emotionally reacts. Also he's become worried with how getting caught out would affect Rita and the children.

    Unfortunately there's also the Lila problem and now that she's aware of Dexter and Rita's happy little reunion, she's out to stir. Using the all too willing Angel as part of scheme, when she's not screwing his brains out she's drugging herself in the bathroom. As much as I like Angel he is coming across as a massive idiot with this plot. Dexter warned him last week that Lila was a whack job and Angel didn't bother to take him seriously. Given the crazy stunts Lila is capable of pulling off, he's going to live to regret getting involved with her.

    Also in "There's Something About Harry"

    The "Previously On" are getting shorter in each episode but seeing as we're nearing the end of the season, that isn't a bad thing.

    Dexter: "Sorry, I think I'm gonna live".

    Doakes: "Am I?"

    Dexter: "That's a good question".

    Dexter was misinformed about Doakes not visiting his family. After all he took Deb to see them in "Return To Sender".

    Doakes: "What's it gonna be, Morgan? Kill me now or set me free? You've only got two choices, Morgan. You can't **** ignore me".

    Lundy: "Don't ask, don't tell?"

    Deb: "Works for the military".

    Lundy: "Not really".

    Much as I love the flashbacks, there are probably times when they should use younger actors instead of Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in them.

    Dexter: "Does this mean we're dating again?"

    Rita: "That would be kind of fast, wouldn't it? I mean, you're so important to them and they need you but I don't know. Maybe we could hang".

    Deb (re Doakes): "What did he have to say?"

    Maria: "That he's innocent".

    Deb: "And you believe him?"

    Maria: "What do you think?"

    Some of Doakes nicknames for Masuka were interesting – "Lab Geek" and "Donkey Fluffer" I get but "Fairy Winkle"? This is Masuka we're taking about.

    Dexter (re Lundy): "I thought he was the guy you could count on".

    Deb: "You are the only one I can count on, Jackass".

    Doakes: "How about we go outside for a walk and get some air".

    Dexter: "Not gonna happen".

    Doakes: "And the mystery remains".

    Dexter admitted to himself in this episode that Deb got the rough deal with Harry when growing up. Harry's treatment of her in some flashbacks is pretty appalling.

    Chad: "You're not my normal kind of customer if you know what I mean".

    Lila: "Oh do stop talking".

    Doakes: "What Morgan, what now?"

    Dexter: "I killed my father".

    Chronology: This episode takes place a few minutes from where "Resistance Is Futile" left off".

    As this season winds to a close, the episodes are getting more and more electrifying. "There's Something About Harry" might not dedicate as much to the titled party but it continues on a stream of character driven episodes and stellar performances from everyone concerned.moreless
  • Review

    How is this not the (hand's down) best episode of Dexter in the series history. Everything about this episode (to me) just screamed perfection. Doakes really stepped up form being a pointless background character to a star-studded character for Dexter to talk to in this episode. The 10-12 minutes that Dexter and Doakes were in the cabin talking with one another were some of the best scenes in the shows history. This was it. This was what season two was building up towards. Harry's father, the inspiration of Dexter's killing, couldn't take his son actually doing what he does to other human beings and killed himself for it. I thought the flashbacks were amazing and I thought the very final scene of the episode with Dexter saying "I killed my father" was amazingly well done and built up. This has to go down as Doakes greatest episode. Lila and Angel scenes were short and to the point – Lila is insane and it looks like Angel is the one that's going to be going down for it. I'm very interested to see how season two wraps up. I'm sure Lila / Angel and Dexter / Doakes will get a resolution as well as Deb / Lundy. Best episode of the season / series.moreless
  • Some secrets should be left alone...

    So.. the life of Dexter continues but that is not easy. To be honest, trying to deal with feds, having Stoakes in the cage and Rita too... That's all too much, even for Dexter but in some way he seems to manage it.

    I think somehow the best part of this episode was Dexter getting closer and closer to his secret about his father. The way those flashbacks and those memories and those hints.. they all lead him closer and Stoakes finally gave him the last piece of it. That was terrible discovery but it can be good on char development.

    I also liked the way Lila's storyline seems to end. I never liked her too much and the only safe way to get rid of her is to kill her and Dexter and his principles seems to stop that and suicide seems like easy way out for writers.

    Anyway, other great storylines too.. Good episode.moreless
Adam Lieberman

Adam Lieberman

Federal Agent

Guest Star

Tyson Chambers

Tyson Chambers


Guest Star

Keith Carradine

Keith Carradine

Special Agent Frank Lundy

Recurring Role

Jaime Murray

Jaime Murray

Lila Tournay

Recurring Role

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Captain Thomas Matthews

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Dexter sends text messages on a Motorola phone, which does not have a QWERTY keypad. You should see him cycling through the letters for each key, but the letters just appear normally.

    • Lundy's slides and files reveal the names of more of Dexter's victims: Luke Wellens, Buck Forester, A. Jorgen, Kevin Mott, Jerry V., Sean Dibberman, Herbert W., Jacob Wilson, George Hoss, Olman Estavez, Alan Matherson, and Thomas Hillstat.

    • Doakes' aliases, supplied by the Department of Defense, are: Freddie Caldwell, Joby Harris, James Duke, and William Glass.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Doakes: Now I think you got a conscience.
      Dexter: Of course I have a conscience. I left you a place to shit, didn't I?

    • Dexter: (voice over) I remember when life was easy, when the only question I worried about was, "Who's next?" Now it's, "How can I dodge my protective detail?" and "What should I do with my hostage?" These are not easy questions.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Taking a life is one thing, but the care and feeding of it is another. I can't keep my problem locked away in a cabin forever. Harry always said there were plenty of people who deserved to die, but no matter how hard I close my eyes and wish, Doakes isn't one of them. Harry, he never prepared me for this one, what do I do? What would you do?

    • Dexter: Why couldn't you just leave me to do my work in peace? Why'd you have to go and ruin everything?
      Doakes: You're a killer. I catch killers.
      Dexter: So do I. I caught you.
      Doakes: I'm not a killer.
      Dexter: You are. That's why you've always known what I am. That's why you have more "officer-related" shootings than anybody else. Only I don't fuck with you when you shoot somebody, why couldn't you pay me the same professional courtesy?
      Doakes: There's nothing professional about what you do. I kill when I have to, on the job.
      Dexter: So, it's okay to take a life as long as you get a paycheck for it?

    • Dexter: I should warn you Sergeant, you can't play on my feelings. I don't have any.
      Doakes: Oh really? Who's lying now?

    • Doakes: You know how I've been looking into your past, right?
      Dexter: That's why you're in a cage.

    • Deb: (about Doakes) Hard to believe he's our guy. Amazing how easy it is to hide who you are from people, huh?
      Dexter: Not that easy.

    • Angel: Help me out here. What does a seven year old girl like?
      Dexter: Astor likes CNN.

    • Dexter: Deb, Doakes is a lot of things, but he's not an idiot. He won't come out of the shadows because of a grudge.
      Deb: Right. Because serial killers are so practical.
      Dexter: Actually they are.

    • Deb: (to Lundy, about LaGuerta) You're gonna ream her, aren't you? Can I be there when you do it? It's kind of a hobby of mine.

    • Lundy: I thought we were out as a couple.
      Deb: Out and flaunting it are two different things.
      Lundy: Don't ask, don't tell?
      Deb: Works for the military.
      Lundy: Not really.

    • Dexter: I've got news for you, Sergeant. My code requires a higher standard of proof than your city's laws. At zero cost to the taxpayer, you ask me, I'm a bargain.

    • Lundy: I thought that the novelty of my AARP discount would wear off and you'd get tired of me...
      Deb: Oh my god.. That's the sweetest thing you've ever said!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Title: There's Something About Harry

      This is a play on the 1998 movie title There's Something About Mary a Farrelly Brothers comedy starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz.