Dexter fights the current in another exemplary episode.
Dexter's latest conversation with his invisible father was the most enjoyable in quite some time, as he opines for a "New Normal", but something inside him knows that is not possible, and sooner or later, the worst parts of his extracurricular activities are going to consume the rest of all he holds dear.
Finally bringing Deborah into the reopening of the Bay Harbor Butcher investigation was a great move, as she now projects the same level of suspense that we feel as an audience. I'm also really enjoying how Dexter must come face to face with the fact that his "lifestyle" is not as air tight as he consistently deludes himself into thinking. Truth is, he messes up all the time, sometimes more than a regular person would (*cough cough* Season 6 *cough cough*). There are holes in any story, no matter how small, and his own failures can no longer be tucked away in ignorance. Deb will make sure of that, and the whole thing is really cathartic for a viewer like me who's grown quite frustrated with Dexter's overlookings and sometimes shoddy planning.
Deborah has been fantastic at playing devils advocate. She asks all the small questions and harps obsessively over every minute detail that Dexter, in his frantic quest to appease his dark passenger, often disregards. Watching Deborah see the picture of Dexter at that wedding was as heart-sinking as Jennifer Carpenter made it look, and it's good to have someone "normal" who can project what we would act like upon such revelations, and how each transgression that is forced upon her becomes increasingly more overwhelming.
I really liked the moments between Deb and Dexter in the hotel. Them exchanging stories of their childhood helps to bring some levity into a world that has become far too grim at times for its own good. It's important for us to be reminded of Dexter's origins every now and again, and how there is so much good that has come from it, and how he risks it all every single day just to satisfy a petty indulgence.
Hannah Mckay also received some much needed development this week, as Dexter, unsurprisingly, slowly unraveled her subterfuge, discerning that she was every bit the sadist as her late lover, all while still exchanging googley eyes at each other and buttering their sexual tension. There was an intense glee that eminated from Dexter as he explained to Hannah how her story didn't hold water, and it was the most vital we've seen him in a while. You can tell he gets off on this stuff. Girls like Hannah get him all turned around. On the one hand, he finds an outlet for his dark passenger. On the other hand, he is intrigued by the common thread they both hold, and seeing such people attempting to be "normal" mirrors his own internal struggles, and he becomes determined to find out if it's possible for him to change, or if he at least can assuage his loneliness. Happened with Trinity. Happened with Lumen. It's happening now.
Plus, Hannah looks like Yvonne Strahovski. That probably doesn't help things.
89% = ***1/2 = "Amazing"