Dexter Season 7, Episode 5: “Swim Deep” Recap

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The title of tonight’s episode is in reference to a revelatory conversation that Deb and Dexter had about their childhood memories of vacationing on the beach. Deb would chase after Dexter, who was always just out of reach due to his speed and ability to dive beneath the waves. It’s a rather elegant narrative device, alluding to both Deb’s trepidation in following Dexter’s twisted vigilantism and Dexter’s willingness to leave everything behind in service of the Dark Passenger.

However, Deb’s comment about Dexter being “just out of reach” could be read two ways. On one hand, there’s the literal interpretation, meaning that he was literally out of reach when they played as kids. On the other, she could be talking about her romantic desire for Dexter. This frustration was played out visually in the hotel room, when Deb and Dexter are lying in separate beds, talking. Like Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in “Indiscreet,” who were cleverly edited together into a single bed during a split-screen phone conversation, the camera angle during Deb and Dexter’s scene went low to make them appear that they are in the same bed, rather than two twin beds. Kinky.

I’m really hoping that this is nothing. I thought the whole adopted brother/sister romantic interest sub-plot smelled like Fonzie revving his engine next to a make-shift shark tank. Of all the little elements that the writers have let fall to the wayside, this is definitely one that needs to be forgotten. I could be wrong, though. Even Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

In the other burgeoning arena of Deb and Dexter’s relationship, Deb has adopted a protector role by confiscating evidence from Miami Metro that could have implicated Dexter as the Bay Harbor Butcher. She has strategically placed herself between LaGuerta and the truth, allowing her to intervene and obfuscate as necessary.

I understand that Deb is in a very strange place, but her character seems more inconsistent than conflicted. She has a strong moral compass that is often swayed by her odd love for her brother and her frustrations at the limitations of the law, but even she should be asking questions about the mysterious circumstances behind the death of Sergeant James Doakes. With everything she’s learned, she should at least suspect that Dexter was somehow involved. Granted, Doake’s death was ruled an accident, but come on… that’s about as ridiculous as having a self-damning conversation with a criminal that knows you’re a killer, in a room that you had to sign-in to get to, on a phone that is obviously recording everything you say.

Deb continues her flailing and desperate return to the surface, but has Dexter already pulled her too deep? She’s lied, stolen and effectively crafted herself as a mini-LaGuerta, as evidenced by her curt conversation with Batista concerning Mike Anderson’s death. It’s only a matter of time now. I think that Isaac is the heavy favorite to take Deb out, but that might be too obvious. It would be poetic if Dexter was the one to do it, perhaps having been tricked by Isaac in some way. Like Dexter and the Trinity killer, Deb had her chance to take Dexter down in accordance with her code, but she didn’t. She sold out her code and her morals. Odds of Deb surviving the season are now 4,057 to 1.

Isaac is proving to be a formidable adversary. After being led by Dexter into a rival gang’s territory, he proceeds to kill everyone in the room, stopping only to change weapons and duck the occasional bullet. He did leave some blood behind, which allowed Miami Metro to bring him in and, potentially, put him away for a long time. During the aforementioned prison-phone scene, Isaac says that he is a patient man and their feud is far from over. Apparently, Isaac won’t be telling Miami Metro about Dexter’s involvement in Victor’s murder, either because he believes there is a police conspiracy against the Kashka Brotherhood (which was mentioned) or he simply wants Dexter for himself.

Although the locale of this conversation may have seemed laughably ill-advised, the reason this scene was shot in such an unlikely place was due to artistic license. Sure, in reality their vicious banter would be recorded and Dexter would be noted as having visited a man that he’s supposed to have nothing to do with, but there’s nothing more dangerous than a caged animal. Visually, the scene worked because BOTH men were essentially shown as being caged—Isaac trapped in prison, and Dexter trapped in his mild-mannered form. When they escape… and they will escape… it’s going to be one hell of a fight.

Hanna is not quite as boring as she initially seemed. Apparently, she is a killer gone free and granted immunity for her crimes, leaving her ripe for Dexter’s picking. Why did Dexter only tell her what the blood spatters on her victim told him? Why wouldn’t he share what he knew with the rest of Miami Metro? Usually, a story like this would be wrapped (in plastic) in one episode, so she must be building toward some kind of a consequential lesson. Damn, there are a lot of psychos in Miami.

While we all salivate over the possibilities, please enjoy “Dexter in 60 Seconds.”

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