Deb’s guilt-ridden breakdown finally gets her out of her shell of denial as she almost confesses to killing LaGuerta. Good thing Dr. Vogel is there to help get Dex out of trouble. He learns one sad truth though about himself though, that through his actions he devours everyone he loves. Should Dexter give up trying to fit into society and concentrate on what he does best, or is the Whisperer wrong and he has always been a compassionate individual somewhere deep inside?
Where were we again?
- Much was revealed about how Vogel and Harry molded Dexter into the perfect vigilante psychopath. The Brain Surgeon case is a personal one for Evelyn; the killer appeared to be a stray ‘creation’ trying to prove her something by sending brain-portion packages.
- In a moment of fury, Deb killed El Sapo and almost gave herself away while looking over the case with Quinn. Luckily, Dexter hadn’t skipped work that day, and got her out of trouble.
- Quinn finally listened to Batista’s advice and agreed to take the sergeants exam, and hopefully turn his life around.
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From Dexter’s vivid, real-life night terrors, we move on to Deb once again landing herself in trouble and being humiliated down the road of self-destruction . Despite Dex’s attempt to lift her spirits, she snaps out of denial and almost compromises them both. Jennifer Carpenter’s breathtaking performance makes the final decision more plausible; it was about time Deb did the right thing.
The course of “What’s eating Dexter…?” oddly resembles the events of last week, except for the super-dull cannibal subplot, to the point that both episodes could have been merged into one. However, it features great character moments, Deb-wise. We go through the emotions with her, sympathize with her and even thanks to the somewhat boring Elway case of the week, we realize what motivates her to confessing in the end. By the way, as much as it’s fun to watch Elway interact with Deb (he’s certainly much more interesting than Batista or Quinn), we basically know nothing about the man, except that he’s got nice model cars and makes electrolytes for Deb everyday…oh, and that Quinn is a ‘better man’ of the two. The huge problem with the episode is that other than Deb’s storyline, it pretty much keeps running in place and repeating itself when it comes to Vogel and Dex’s adventures.
Quinn makes himself useful this time however, actually making Batista seem more irrational in comparison. Now, that’s progress! The only thing that bugged me was Vogel’s contrived intervention scene, and how Quinn acted normal about her and Dex suddenly becoming ‘buddies’. I mean, doesn’t it seem strange to him that Dexter has somehow been involved in all the major cases throughout the years such as the BHB, LaGuerta’s death or Trinity’s spree? Who knows, perhaps Quinn could redeem himself after all through helping Deb, providing he decides to resume his off-record investigation on Dexter from Season 5 and connect the dots. Matthews is right, he’s irresponsible, unpredictable and unintelligible, but then again could these same qualities eventually benefit his arc?
Deb’s state of denial becomes apparent when she fails to acknowledge that her drinking problem, a means to cope with her guilt, further pushes her down the pits of depression. The video of Deb’s selfless heroic act that saved people comes to her as a yet another devastation, filling her with regret, as if she doesn’t recognize the energetic and dedicated Debra from those days. She was lost from the night she walked in on Dex in that church: “People go through a wide range of emotions, I think the important thing is finding out the truth.” The harsh truth about her loving brother has turned Deb’s life upside down, and yet she still doesn’t find it in her heart to reveal his secret, as we see her struggling to write down on the notepad that Dexter was in the trailer at the night of LaGuerta’s murder. Dex gave her a new life by saving her from the BHB but then took it away when he brought her into his dark world.
“I don’t feel guilty, I am guilty.” It’s her genuine goodness and dignity that brings her back to her senses even in a drunken state and ultimately motivates her to confess to her crime. In one of the episode’s few great moments, Dex reminds Deb that she is a good person and has brought a lot of good to the world. For one thing, she has made him feel more human.
Next: “Consuming All Good Things..”