Welcome back to the scene of one of television’s most gruesome crimes, and prepare yourself for another season of material so painfully uncomfortable to watch, it’s bound to be…completely enjoyable. Yep, the dichotomy of Dexter is something we’ve learned to expect and appreciate. And just like us, our title character kicked off the season grappling with an array of conflicting emotions in the immediate aftermath of Rita’s shocking death.
“I’ve watched 67 people die, and at the moment of truth I looked into their eyes and I knew — and they knew — they got what they deserved. But what if that’s not what happens, if you don’t get what you deserve?” Dexter asked as the police cars pulled up to his home, setting up the thesis of the episode — and perhaps the season.
Shortly after the police arrived (with Deb right behind), Dexter uttered the words that would come back to haunt him during the episode, “It was me.” Later, Deb would ask him exactly what he meant by that, a tinge of doubt — and maybe even fear? — in her voice. We never saw how Dexter answered, so perhaps she passed it off as some sort of survivor’s guilt. But Dexter’s statement — and the fact that neighbor Le Douche was crying and he wasn’t — would earn Dexter a place as suspect No. 1 in the eyes of the FBI.
At the station, rumors swirled almost as quickly as Quinn’s suspicions rose. Quinn was also irritated by the fact that Lt. LaGuerta hadn’t fought to keep the case at Miami Metro, handing it over willingly to the FBI. I must admit that leading up to the season, I (like many of you) had been worried Quinn was on the road to becoming (a slightly sluttier) Sgt. Doakes 2.0. But turns out he might be more dangerous to Dexter than Doakes ever was. When listening to Dexter’s 911 call, his analysis was spot on: “His wife just died; he’s submitting a lab report.” He was also among the first people to realize Rita’s death was not Trinity’s usual M.O., and to follow the trail of doubt all the way to the neighbor’s doorstep.
At this point, Quinn’s libido might be the one thing that could get in the way of his quest for the truth about Dexter. Or, more specifically, his attraction to Deb. Quinn seemed hurt after Deb ran off following their nasty doings on the kitchen floor of Dexter’s house. He wants more than just a post-Sunshine Cleaning rendezvous almost as much as I wish Deb would wear clothes that make her look like a woman every now and then.
Speaking of Deb, she spent much of the episode reacting how Dexter should have — crying, yet in control. On the other hand, Dexter almost seemed shut down, overloaded by what he felt and what he didn’t know how to express. Deb counteracted this by being the supportive sister she knew he needed, all the while wanting to grieve Rita’s loss like everyone else.
NEXT: Lots of reasons to squirm!