Dexter Season 7, Episode 9: “Helter Skelter”

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If last week’s episode was about love, it seems that this week’s episode was about trust in the face of adversity, or at least finding common ground. We have the unlikely pairing of LaGuerta and Matthews in the Bay Harbor Butcher investigation, we have Dexter and Isaac working together, and Dexter and Deb’s tensions seem to have leveled off after a quick “you-complete-me-but-not-in-that-way” conversation. These overarching lessons seem to be having an effect on Dexter, as he is continuing to inch closer and closer to Hannah. It fees like a setup to me, particularly when their most emotionally intimate scene was punctuated by Hannah sporting the shifty-eyes over Dexter’s shoulder.

Side note: If Hannah turns on Deb or Dexter and justifies her actions by telling the story about the scorpion and the frog… I am going to be very disappointed. Look it up, if you’re curious.

LaGuerta is still hunting for clues in the Bay Harbor Butcher case, even though it seemed that she already had pretty compelling, albeit circumstantial evidence to link Dexter to the crimes. Supposedly following up on every possible lead, she goes to visit ex-Miami Metro chief and current boating enthusiast Tom Matthews. After initially stonewalling her, he eventually offers to weigh-in on her list of suspects provided she endorses his reinstatement so he can collect his pension.

I’m sure he has alternative motives, given that LaGuerta was the one that had him dismissed in the first place. However, he does have some interesting information about Dexter up his sleeve. Apart from Harry and the deceased evidence room clerk that Dexter euthanized with the best key lime pie ever, Matthews is the only one that can recount Dexter’s true origins in detail. It might not be enough to do any real damage but, pieced together with everything else, it paints quite the psychotic portrait.

With all this Bay Harbor Butcher talk, I’m still holding out for Ghost Doakes. Would it really be so weird, in light of everything else that’s happened?

Dexter and Isaac formed a tenuous, threat-based alliance in order to best the two most brutal assassins that Koshka Brotherhood money can buy. Little did the Brotherhood know that Dexter and Isaac have access to a knife and a tiny, feminine handgun, the only weapons that could possibly kill these two brutes in under 15 minutes.

Like Boba Fett and Darth Maul before him, Isaac, the show’s most promising bad guy, gets taken out by the Heavenly Kid just when things were getting good. He does, however, hang around long enough to impart Dexter’s annual lesson in humanity… Love: GO FOR IT!

So, we wrapped that villainous strand up much earlier than expected. What do we do with all these extra episodes? Fortunately, some dude in a fireproof suit is setting people on fire to watch them die and, as luck and Scooby Doo would have it, there’s a new creepy fire investigator that is now working right alongside Dexter, thereby eliminating the need to look all over the city! God bless Miami and its endless line of psychotics!

Also, Isaac had kidnapped Hannah to use as leverage against Dexter, and left her in the care of his weirdly loyal manservant. While trying to escape, she was stabbed in the stomach and nearly bled-out. Fortunately for Hannah, but unfortunately for the rest of us, Deb arrived in time to call for an ambulance. Knowing Deb’s outright hatred for Hannah, this casts serious doubt against my previous assertion that Deb will be the one to take out LaGuerta. Or, it could make that action that much more poignant and destructive to Deb’s already fragile psyche. Honestly, there aren’t a lot of predictive footholds remaining. It’s seems pretty clear, though, that this show isn’t afraid to kill-off the familiar faces; and unceremoniously so. I think Deb’s odds of survival may have slightly improved, Joey has now joined the ranks of the likely-doomed, and LaGuerta should really start getting her affairs in order. She gone.

I supposed Batista should also watch his ass. In any narrative, when the writer wants shit to get serious, they kill the clown.

I guess it’s not much of a prediction when you put everyone on notice.

In case some of you aren’t as excited as I am about the possible spectral return of Miami Metro’s most intense bad-ass, here is a safe-for-work revisiting of some of Doakes’ greatest moments: