Dexter: Return to Sender
(S01E06) Dexter did it again. Wowed me. Amazed me. Edge of my seat for the whole hour. Thank god Showtime already gave it a second season. Smart move.
Well it had to happen, because thus far things have been going way too smoothly for Dexter. The sh*t has finally hit the fan. Following Dexter's abrupt decision to also kill the smuggler's wife in last week's episode, we find out that the Ice Truck Killer is even more resourceful than we could have ever imagined.
Summoned to his own crime scene, Dexter is shocked to walk into the run-down trailer to find the body of the wife that he dumped in the ocean just hours earlier. That means the ITK had to dive down over a hundred feet to recover the corpse. Now there are certain levels of screwin' with people. Me? I'm a big fan of putting plastic wrap on the toilet seat. But this? This takes dedication.
This set up an interesting conundrum for Dexter. He was forced into a position where he had to save himself. But to do so, he had to tamper with the evidence and that's something Dexter would never do. It's against the Code of Harry. But Dex was being tested and initially I thought he wouldn't bend in that direction, that the evidence would be inconclusive. But then the little Cuban boy came forward, and then Masouka got trace to ID the sedative used on the wife -- Dexter's sedative. As Dex put it, the noose was tightening. So he framed the husband who was still sitting at the bottom of the sea. Case closed.
I suppose Dexter's choice was the only one that made sense though. He's not the type of person who's going to just sit still and be hauled off to prison. I think we as viewers always knew that, but this is the first time Dex was confronted with that truth and he accepted it. This was a new feeling for him though. He doubts himself, worries about what he did. That's certainly not who Dexter is.
I loved how Deb's profile of a potential copy-cat killer was an exact (and I mean exact) profile of her brother. I predicated way back in the beginning that either Deb or Rita would be the first to find out who Dex really is and it seems like Deb is winning. She already seems to hold this sort of unspoken, but maintained, animosity for her foster brother. What happens when she realizes what he is?
Speaking of Rita, I think she might officially be the first thing about this show that I don't care for. I love the stuff between her and Dexter, but her backstory? I just don't care about her and the whole ex-husband story. Maybe there's more to it, but right now? Doesn't grab me.
Back to Deb. Anyone else think there's a bit of flirtation going on between her and Doakes? He protects her at crime scenes, he's overly harsh when he doesn't need to be. He even brought her home to have dinner with his family. The guy acts like a total hard-ass, but I think Deb might be cracking that shell. It could be a tough transition for him since the last woman he was involved with got murdered.
Absolute favorite part of the episode? It was quick, but did anyone else catch the alias Dexter used to obtain the medical grade sedatives he uses on all his victims? Patrick Bateman! Anyone? Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. Very nice touch, love it.
Dexter (to himself, in response to Masouka running a toxin trace): "That's it, no more donuts for Masouka."