Dexter Review: “Do The Wrong Thing”

This continues to be a rather interesting Dexter season, and I will admit to being caught off guard in the directions it’s decided to go. Many, many times.

Dexter has been a little…off his game since Deb found out his secret. Instead of being more careful than usual, he’s been even riskier. And now? What the hell is he doing?

Philosophical question: If Yvonne Strahovski wanted to bang you, but you knew she was a killer, would you do it?

You all know what I’m talking about, and last night yielded one of the strangest scenes in Dexter history. Finally convinced that Hannah was a killer, he had her all on his table and ready to go when suddenly. Surprise serial killer fetish sex!

It’s the complete opposite of what I thought was going to happen. I thought that maybe for once Dexter would be wrong.  Maybe Hannah just LOOKED guilty but wasn’t, and he would either A) kill an innocent girl or B) ALMOST kill an innocent girl before being stopped at the last minute, and she’d then know his secret.

But nope, none of the above and my prediction skills were way off mark. She is a killer, and not a morally justified vigilante either. Dexter is certainly “doing the wrong thing” here by getting involved with a person like this…why exactly? Because she’s hot? That seems like a bit of a shallow reason, and I wasn’t exactly feeling the sparks between the two when they were bantering earlier in the episode. My favorite part of the night was Harry’s face after Dexter asks her out being like “What the f*** are you doing man?” Which is exactly what I was thinking too.

“Jesus F***ing Christ, Dexter.”

This opens up a huge can of worms for the season now. What the hell does this mean? Every time I think something is a minor subplot, it turns out to be a way bigger deal than I thought (the Ukranians), and every time I think something is a major plot, it turns out to be nothing (Lewis). Now I’m eating my words about Hannah because she’s like, the most important development going on right now. She’s a crazy killer, crazy enough to be turned on by Dexter about to murder her, and she now knows his secret, at least the gist of it.  These are dangerous waters.

I loved the callback this week to Jordan Chase, as outside of Trinity and the Ice Truck Killer, no one really mentions big bads from past seasons all that much. I’m still waiting for Jimmy Smits’s season three killer to come up. Will Lumen be coming back? That’s certainly what it sounded like, and that would be pretty cool.

Poor Batista. Has he literally been relegated to such a doorstop role that his entire scenes were for the sole purpose of getting Deb to “live a little” and ask that guy out on a date? They really just have no idea what to do with his character now.

Ferris Bueller voice: Ohhhhhh YEAHHHH

Quinn is faring a little better as his role in the season is more pronounced  He’s been thrust back into dirty cop mode, which is something we haven’t really seen from him since he joined homicide. Is his stripper girl dead already? Why wouldn’t they have her answer her phone? You’d think he’d want proof of life before he actually started stealing evidence.

Best line of the night:

Isaac: “I would rather not kill anyone while I’m in here. It would interfere with my release.”

Anyway, I must commend this season for taking a whole bunch of turns I in no way saw coming, which is the polar opposite of last season where I predicted the finale in episode three. Good on you, Dexter, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.


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