More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of Showtime’s “Dexter.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
Deb and Dexter argue about whether his methods are better than the law. She storms off, and Dexter decides to get more proof for her. He tracks the killer to his job as a cemetery groundskeeper, but Deb calls him back in.
At the strip club, Isaac finds out the GPS bracelet wound up in the ocean. He knows Viktor is dead in the water and wants more information.
Dexter comes back in to see Deb, and he tells her he’s certain the groundskeeper is a killer. It’s his “lizard brain” that’s driving him, he says. She gives him busy work to keep him away from the groundskeeper, and he goes to the strip club with Batista.
While Batista confronts the strip club manager, Dexter has a moment with Isaac. It’s an odd discussion between two people both killing time in a strip club. Since we don’t know much about Isaac, that scene didn’t really add much. It wasn’t like Dexter’s scenes with the Ice Truck Killer or Trinity, it was just a moment of odd conversation.
Batista and Dexter go to the house of a woman, Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), who was with Wayne Randall, but was too young to be prosecuted for any involvement. She’s not much help, but she does let Dexter take a DNA sample from her. She’s also quite beautiful and the former girlfriend of a serial killer, so she’ll almost assuredly be back for a relationship with Dexter.
Deb goes to LaGuerta and says she wants a warrant for the groundskeeper. She doesn’t get it though, because she has no legally-obtained evidence, and the “lizard brain” testimony isn’t enough.
Isaac tracks the bracelet to Dexter’s boat at the dock, where creepy former-intern Louis is sabotaging the boat. After a little threatening, Louis tells them the boat belongs to Dexter, then they kill him anyway.
Hmm. Forget what I said about leaving Louis alive as being a mistake. Never mind.
The stripper tells Quinn about being ordered to get close to him. He tells her he’ll give her some information, and she can be his source. Then they have sex, since that’s worked out horribly for Quinn before, and he never learns.
Dexter sneaks into the cemetery, while Deb calls off the police tail on the groundskeeper and says she’ll do it herself. In the mausoleum, Dexter finds his shrine to his victims. Meanwhile, the groundskeeper has a waitress at his house, and attacks her while Deb waits outside in her car. She sees flashing lights in the house and hears screams, and goes in to find a booby-trapped murder room upstairs. The groundskeeper knocks her down and she loses her gun, and a late-arriving Dexter saves her. The waitress is dead, and the groundskeeper escapes.
After thinking about it, Deb realizes if she had let Dexter handle things his way, the waitress would have lived. She tells him she understands some things, but not the blood slides. They’re trophies, just like the groundskeeper was keeping.
Deb: On some level, Dexter, you like to kill.
Dexter: I like the way it makes me feel.
Deb: Same thing.
Deb tells him to move back to his place, and that she doesn’t know if things can ever be the same again.
Some thoughts on “Buck The System.”
That was certainly one of the odder serial killers Dexter has encountered. The upstairs maze of barbed wire and death was one thing, but the weird gimp suit with the full bull horns was pretty over the top.
I hope the death of Louis has some meaning somewhere down the line. If his blood splatter on Dexter’s boat doesn’t lead to something, we’ve just lost a character that’s taken a year to build up as a possible adversary.
Good to see Yvonne Strahovski playing Hannah, as she formerly played Sarah on NBC’s much-beloved-yet-little-watched “Chuck.” With her character, she’s certainly going to be back on the show. Dexter hasn’t had a love interest since Lumen.
As for Dex and Deb, every episode this season has changed things. Now it seems we’re back to the way things were, with the exception that now Deb is fully aware of Dexter’s need to kill. Can she really stand by and keep a serial killer on staff at Miami Dade Metro? What happens if LaGuerta reopens the Bay Harbor Butcher case?
This was another good episode that keeps things moving right along. After a fairly weak season last year, this year has been nicely consistent so far.
Rating: Seven out of a possible ten incriminating video blogs.
— Reid Kerr thinks the bull-horned mask was too funny to be scary. Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and yell at him.