Dex and Hannah go on a road trip to deal with the Zach problem, all the while struggling hard not to let their poisonous affection deviate them from the cause. But Deb gets to work as well, she wouldn’t rest until Hannah’s behind bars.
A STRONGER DESIRE
Does Dexter ultimately destroy everything he touches? His actions and contacts still bring upon dire consequences which affect his life and the lives of others despite how safe he might feel with Hannah. As much as he tries to repress his feelings for her, in the end he gives in and asks her to stay in Miami so he could at least experience the soothing, sedating emptiness with Hannah through all this chaos. It works the same way for Hannah; her paralyzing spells get to her as well when around Dexter, as now she sees her affection towards him in a different light and therefore takes the initiative.
“The truth is you make a good couple and probably a bad one too.” It was a nice touch to learn that Dex liked the idea of knowing that Hannah was still out there, perhaps a way for him to cope with his guilt of turning her in last season (no matter how much she deserved it.). It’s partly conceivable that Hannah cares for Dex to a point where she won’t attempt to hurt Debra again, but is Dexter and his love the only forces driving her? Seems Dex only facilitates the flow of her urges which most likely originate from her abusive father, the counselor and the Wayne Randall years.
Hannah’s already proven to be a valuable addition to the show. Team Carnivore’s adventures and finally dinner at Vogel’s made for a decent episode, especially it was fun to watch how Evelyn kept needling Hannah with sarcasm all the way through. And the story moved forward, hopefully putting an end to the immensely boring middle act. Though it seems that if it weren’t for Debra’s interference, the episode would have simply run in place with Dex and Hannah just teasing and loving each other, and Zach throwing funny remarks around.
Hannah’s return gives Deb a sense of purpose as we see her share her true feelings about the new job with Nice-Guy Elway and then taking the old outfit out of her closet. But is it the notion of justice that drives Deb, or is she still unknowingly behaving like a hypocrite as Hannah had suggested in last season’s finale? Hannah is a murderer who deserves to be locked up, true that, but what about Deb who killed LaGuerta so she could protect her brother, and El Sapo in a moment of fury? If Dex is lying to himself about Hannah using him as a pawn, then so is Debra in seeing everything in black and white and letting her emotions cloud her judgment. In extreme situations, Deb took extreme measures as well; she almost drowned her brother just a few weeks ago, but her will to survive saved them both.
This episode brings last season’s richer, more genuine and better-paced “Argentina” to mind in which Dex once again lost his focus and sought sanctuary in Hannah’s garden of desires. Although it fails to match the excellence of the scenes between Isaak and Dex or Debra’s heartfelt confession. It’s fitting how Hannah compares Dexter to shrimps, as he has recently turned into a passive player who’s simply moved around from one place to another by other characters and random events which ultimately force him to take out the trash! That seems to be the case in this episode: Zach, an accidental disciple, brings responsibility and guilt, proving once again that the idea of Dex and protégés doesn’t work that well. Then there’s Hannah whose presence totally distracts him from other, more important matters at hand (Like, Dan the elephant). What’s Dexter’s purpose in all of this? He just seeks Vogel’s advice, something comes up, he deals with it and that’s it… and lucky for him, Harrison’s staying with the ultimate dream nanny.
Vogel’s theory about the cataclysmic/constructive powers of boredom makes sense here, as in the early seasons Dexter himself sought challenges and opponents to test his abilities. In fact it’s safe to say Zach and Cassie would have been killed anyway, even if Dex hadn’t spent time with Hannah last week; this renders the whole conversation with Vogel about making a mistake in sparing Zach pointless. “He was following the code without even knowing it.” well, yeah, but he was also kind of following the code back when he wanted to kill his dad whom he thought absolutely deserved it! Zach’s death also adds to another unfortunate trend in the show; killing off newly-injected characters. However, the emotional impact and the burden of having failed to protect him, no matter how implausible, could give Dexter a sense of purpose, making him focused and driven once again, and hopefully save the show from dullness.
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