The halfway point of Dexter’s final season has come and gone and man what a snooze-fest. It took me three separate twenty minute intervals to get through the episode. In a word: disappointed. Now that the beans have been spilled and a good portion of Dex’s life has unraveled, the fallout is not nearly what I would have thought. Or maybe not what I had hoped it would become. Instead, Dexter and company and particularly Deb are back to normal—having steaks and beer talking about their stalled romantic relationships. Boring with a capital “B.”
A wealthy Miami family has been the focus of Metro’s investigation into a murder of one of their maids. Like Teflon to a pan, the political maneuvering of Deputy Chief Tom Matthews (the always wonderful character actor Geoff Matthews) keeps the investigation away from the wealthy Hamilton family. While Dex is vetting Zack it turns out that the young man is a patient of none other than Dr. Vogel. However Dexter sees that the heir to the Hamilton fortune, Zack, is behind the murder. And in it he sees himself albeit without Harry’s Code (and Vogel’s). When Zack attempts to take out Pop Hamilton, Dex doses him and gets him on his table first. Then something happens that was intriguing. While lying there on the table Dexter and Zack converse and in the young man he sees potential and cuts him loose from his plastic prison. Dexter officially has an intern/prodigy now that has the darkness in him. The scene between the two on the table was easily the best of the show and I was impressed with the young Sam Underwood as the Hamilton scion. When Dexter consults Vogel about his concern for Zack, Vogel who really owes Dexter her life tries to persuade him that with the proper code Zack too can become like Dexter. In fact, Vogel even knows that Zack murdered their maid and did absolutely nothing about it. Definitely no “Doctor of the Year” awards for Doc Vogel. Still it was an interesting premise considering Vogel co-created Harry’s Code and I am not sold on it yet but I could see it working by the end of the series. Spinoff possibilities maybe??
While it has been fun to see a lot of Batista, Quinn and Masuka this season, they really are pretty boring subplots. Batista argues with Quinn about becoming Sergeant! Masuka may be a father! A new girl named Cassie is in Dexter’s life! Lot of window dressing for the main plot that better be gearing up for one hell of a second half to its final season. I definitely like the idea of Dex having a prodigy and someone he can teach the code to and I genuinely think Zack was sincere while on the table. He was not just trying to save his own hide—he was expressing his Dark Passenger. There is a beast inside him that cannot stop growing. A malignancy that is spreading and he needs to satiate his urge to kill. When Dexter allows him into a crime scene, the kid is absolutely fascinated by the blood spatter and plotting out where the killer went wrong. Dex entertains his thoughts and even says that Zack is a quick study; someone that he can probably teach.
The brother-sister credo definitely seems to be “the family that kills together…” and you know the rest. I definitely am happy that Deb is dealing with her PTSD but it is with Vogel and that just does not add up for me. It’s the equivalent of a family of four all separately going to see the same therapist on separate days—it just does not happen. It is ethics 101 and for some reason it just irk’s me. Vogel points out to Dexter that he himself could have been Zack had he not had Harry’s code to abide by. But like it or not, Dexter’s way somehow makes sense to him and the shows narrative rather than just random killings. Dexter has killed but most if not all were some pretty bad people in his tenure. But it is odd the way the writers are screwing with us giving us just nibbles of what we are hoping for in a resurgent second half. I am feeling like the appetizers are decent but the main course has the potential to end in glorious gory ending.
In the end it is Dexter and Deb over coffee looking out at the beach when suddenly Deb feels dizzy and faint. As Dex rushes over to her seemingly ailing sister, he passes out too and through blurry eyes sees….Hannah McKay. Remember her? Neither had I because we have not seen her this season but as soon as I saw that the Morgan’s were poisoned, I called it immediately because I remembered her modus operandis. It was a definite shocker and it will definitely be interesting to see Hannah back in the fray for the final act of Dexter the series. Still, at the end of the day this episode was remarkably average.