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Dexter Season 6, Episode 8 Recap: 'Sin of Omission' Puts Deb and Dex at Odds (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 20th 2011 11:00PM
Dexter returned from his brother's bonding trip to Nebraska, and immediately apologized to his sister. She's all mad at him for missing a few days of work, but at least he didn't go on a homicidal killing spree or anything, right? Actually he kind of did, but pulled back before things got really ugly. Fortunately Dexter was able to ply Deb with a cruller, and she gave him an important update on the Doomsday Killer investigation: the killers have been re-nicknamed, and are now being referred to as DDK, joining an impressive list of initialed evil-doers ranging from BTK to KSM to and DSK.

Nicknames aside, there were three important developments in this 'Dexter' episode, 'Sin of Omission.' Professor Gellar exacted his revenge against Travis, brutally murdering his sister and setting her up as "the whore of Babylon." That development served as a catalyst for Dexter to turn Travis against Professor Gellar. And lastly, and perhaps most importantly for the big-picture health of a series that was just renewed for two more seasons, was the 'Dexter' writers again playing with the idea that Deb could find out the truth about Dexter's double-life as a serial killer of serial killers.

From the beginning of the episode, there was little doubt that Gellar was going to do something terrible to Travis' sister. You kind of got a sense of it right after Travis uttered the word "vegetarian bacon" while making her breakfast. Gellar made it more clear when appeared from behind the mailbox, declaring that he was on the lookout for the "right whore." Later, when he again almost magically appeared again at her school and clubbed Travis with a shovel, it was clear bad things were going to happen.

And they did. Gellar killed her in a heinous way, carving some message into the flesh of her forehead and chaining her to a chair .. he called it his "whore of Babylon." More interested in killing Gellar than arresting him, Dexter stole evidence from the crime-scene and used it to locate Gellar's lair, where he found Travis chained to the floor, and so hungry for revenge that he vowed to help Dexter take down his former mentor in murder.

We also officially entered the sweet-spot of a 'Dexter' season, a several-episode chase between Dexter and the main villain. Now, after Gellar saw Dexter rescuing Travis and Dexter knows where Gellar's hiding, the hunt is on. Of course, there's always the variable of the Miami Metro investigation, which now at least has Travis as a prime suspect, but a face-off between Gellar and Dexter is inevitable, and something to look forward to.

But let's get to the Deb and Dexter storyline, which was a subtle but important part of this episode, as the 'Dexter' writers began to toy with the idea of Deb finding out about Dexter's secret double-life. This is something that they've come close to but backed away from before, most notably in Season 5 when Deb walked in on Dexter and Lumen in a kill-room with Jordan Chase but made the choice not to pursue their identity. But increasingly, she's becoming more aware of Dexter's secrecy and sneaking around.

First, she found out about Dexter's Nebraska trip by finding a pen from the Shady Lane Motel, which Dexter was able to spin away with a brilliant improvisation. "We both had people we love killed by the same killer and I needed someone to talk to," he explained. But his alibi was less convincing when she came over unexpectedly to cook steaks and he disappeared with only the vague explanation that "something came up."

All of those things seem to be adding up to Deb getting a lot more skeptical of her brother, and between talking about Dexter with a shrink, and feeling some serious guilt after Travis' sister was found dead with her card after she'd interviewed her for the investigation, it felt like Deb may be close to looking at her brother like a detective. The notion that Quinn planted in her head last season that Dexter may have been involved with the Trinity Killer remains suppressed in her mind somewhere, and Dexter's behavior may force her to confront it soon.

That would be an excellent development for the show. As good as it is, Dexter threw away any semblance of believability away a long time ago. Fans don't watch the show for realism. But for the integrity of the story, isn't it about time someone caught on to him? Even an ace forensics episodes can't kill this many people, surviving every near miss with his anonymity in tact for this long. And if anyone's going to uncover the truth, it should be Deb. Will the show have the courage to see that storyline through? We have two-and-a-half more seasons to find out.

A few other thoughts:

There was a great show-down scene between Deb and La Guerta. In an argument over a dead prostitute that La Guerta wants declared an overdose to juke the stats, she lays down the law. "Find the man who killed four innocent people, not some John who bailed on a fucking junkie prostitute who overdosed. That's an order, Lieutenant." It seemed convincing and oddly sensible in the moment, but a minute later she was on the phone with someone, telling them she'd made their problem go away. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Captain Matthews, who we know has a thing for prostitutes.

Earlier in the season, I was hoping that Dexter and Brother Sam would team up as a crime-fighting duo to solve the Doomsday Killer case. Now that Sam's dead, I'll settle for the poetic justice of Dexter using his extensively annotated, blood-stained Bible to crack Gellar's code.

One of the bits of biblicaly-inspired wisdom Dexter dispensed as he was trying to turn Travis against Gellar was that even if he was no longer killing people, if he didn't try to stop Gellar's rampage, he was committing a "sin of omission." I couldn't help but think of the Penn State scandal.

The scene where Gellar told Travis that he killed his sister was as intense and chilling as any we've seen this season. It reminded me of the recent 'Sons of Anarchy' scene where Unser told Opie that Clay killed his father.

What did you think of this episode of 'Dexter'? Sound off in the comments.

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I believe the writers are trying to throw us off. Travis is completely schizo. The first girl never stated she saw two people. She stated that it was a young guy who let her go, which led the police to start looking for a young man working with Gellar. The police & Dexter now assume there are two because they had been tracking Gellar as the lone killer because the pattern was completely in line with Gellar's beliefs & teachings. I believe the writers are really playing with the audience. Do you remember near the beginning of one of the episodes Travis & Gellar are kneeling & praying, Travis turns to look at Gellar and for a quick instant he sees blood dripping down the side of Gellar's head? That clinched it for me that he saw Gellar dead or knows he is dead. The Gellar part of Travis's brain chained Travis up in the church. Dexter just happened to walk in at that point. I think you are going to find that the woman Professor, the one who slept with Quinn, either killed Gellar herself or put Travis up to it. I can't figure out if she is connected to Travis in some way other than both being former students of the Professor and/or if she took advantage of Travis's mental illness and got him to help her kill Gellar. She was too insistent Gellar didn't commit any murders. Why was she was in possession of his belongings, especially that book? That book is the basis for his teachings and there isn't any way that guy would leave it behind with an ex-lover. I think she lied about not caring when Gellar left her for another grad student. Remember the tattoo on her back? I think she is just as nutso as Travis. I also think Quinn's character is on his way out & I won't be surprised to see in the final episodes that she kills him.
Just my opinion. It is fun to speculate. Interesting season.

November 23 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy P

The "gellar is in Travis's head" theory has been around since the start of the season. DUH! It's not new news. The first ***** of Bablyon did tell police there were 2 though as ekon mentioned. I highly doubt Travis is actually disguising his voice to speak for Gellar, which could be the only possible reason that first ***** (haha, *****...) heard 2 men if in fact there is only one. I just don't see that being the case, although.... that would be pretty funny. Just like Psycho! Maybe he dresses up as Gellar too. haha Nah... I'm sure Gellar's real.

November 23 2011 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

great theory, but it doesn't explain why the '***** of babylon' told the police there were two men who kept her hostage

November 22 2011 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ekon's comment

that was a reply to malik ofcourse

November 22 2011 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Alex, I think Geller is in Travis's head kinda like Harry is in Dexter's. There are a ton of clues...

November 21 2011 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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