DEXTER: DO THE WRONG THING Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Just when I thought things were getting back on track for everyone’s favorite blood splatter analyst slash (get it) serial killer, season six of DEXTER takes a step back. After a solid return to form with the last episode I had hoped we were done introducing yet another new character but no such luck. Not only do we revisit the now deceased murderer Wayne Randall but we once again catch up with the Bonnie to his Clyde, the lovely Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski). Although a juvenile during the Randall murder spree, Hannah is free and clear of any association or implication that she was implicitly involved via an immunity deal. Clearly as she helps the police find more of Randall’s buried victims we realize that Dexter does not buy what Hannah is selling. And since he has not had a kill for a swell he decides that Ms. McKay was clearly involved in not only Randall’s rampage but has some kills of her own under her belt. Besides catching up with Hannah we get to meet true crime novelist Sal Price (Santiago Cabrera) who chronicled the Randall murders. Now he is eyeing Hannah McKay for his next book and is determined that the beautiful blonde was not just along for the ride with Randall but a willing participant in the murders. Supremely overcautious at this point Dexter already seems to have the need to take Sal out of the picture before he digs and finds something on him.
Dexter eyes Hannah as his next blood slide attempting to woo the great beauty as only Dexter can—very awkwardly. They play a slow game of tennis lobbing the ball back and forth into each other’s court hoping that someone will start talking or make a mistake. By the end of the episode Dexter has set up an elaborate inside of a Christmas snow globe like tableaux and sets her up on his table. As he is ready to do the deed, he cuts her loose and they instead do the other deed right there on the shrine. A little odd considering what is going on in Dexter’s life but perhaps he has found a kindred spirit in Hannah. Still it does not seem like the right time to reveal his true self to yet another person with so much at stake. Dexter seems to fall in the habit of voluntarily showing people (mostly women) the Dark Passenger that exists inside him. If history tells us anything it does not usually end well for people. Maybe the potential of kinship in befriending Hannah is what made him make the decision to not let her off but get her off. This storyline feels stale because we have seen Dexter date before and it usually ends pretty badly—usually for the date.
Captain LaGuerta is continuing to breathe down kid sis Lieutenant Deb’s neck about unsolved cases and any links to The Bay Harbor Butcher. Determined to exonerate the late Seargent Doakes, LaGuerta is tenacious at her worst and a rabid pit bull when at her policewoman best. Naturally now that Deb knows who the real butcher is she is greatly concerned that not only Dexter but that she can be in great danger with LaGuerta’s investigation into the past. Unfortunately we only briefly get caught up on the Kiev Connection with no real movement into what I thought or was at least hoping was the mainstay storyline of the season. As predicted Quinn is again a dirty cop involved in the Ukrainian mobs business and is asked by his old cronies to destroy the evidence linking Isaak Sirko and the barroom killing of the three Columbian drug runners. Quinn’s time is almost up I think—he has poked the bear one too many times and I just do not see his way out. Baptista has decided that it may be time to hang up his shield after putting in his twenty years and buying a bar.
Other than the evolution of Hannah McKay going from the minors to the majors there was really not much to this episode. In a rare case for a chapter of DEXTER a lot of cop show clichés are used as if the writers phoned it in. “A cop on the take! A cop retiring and buying a bar! A serial-killer falls in love with his prey!” It just felt like this episode did not have much of a place in the DEXTER canon. Sometimes I miss those one-shot type episodes that were self-contained and there was not so much exposition to keep track of for an hour. For some reason this “Do The Wrong Thing” felt like one of those old throwaway episodes of THE SOPRANOS where you just kind of scratched your head at the end and just hope they get back to business next week.
Mania Grade: C-
Episode: DEXTER: DO THE WRONG THING (Episode 6, Season 7)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar
Written By: Lauren Gussis
Directed By: Alik Sakharov