Dissecting DEXTER: ‘What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?’

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Each week, Pop-Break’s resident ‘Dexterian’ (or Dexter-ite if you will), Lauren Stern dissects each episode of the serial killer series’ final run.

The Scene of the Crime (Episode Summary)
Dexter and Dr. Vogel continue to track Vogel’s old patients to find out which one of them is the “brain surgeon” and the one who has been stalking Vogel. Deb continues on her drunken downward spiral, which leads to an almost-DUI and an almost-confession to killing LaGuerta. Angel tries to get Quinn amped up for the sergeant test, but Quinn is too distracted with Deb’s behavior and Jamie’s jealousy.

The Lead Investigator (Favorite Performance)
Jennifer Carpenter (who plays Deb) stole the show this week. Deb’s confession may have not gotten her or Dexter in trouble this episode, but I have a feeling either of the two won’t be catching a lucky break a couple of episodes from now. It’s been interesting to see her character in a weaker state too, as for the last seven seaons we’ve always known Deb as the arrogant and confident cop.

Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime
Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime

They Could’ve Spared Us These Gory Details (Worst Part of the Episode)
In the quest to find the real brain surgeon, Dexter comes across Galuzzo, a former patient of Vogel’s and a current mall fitness guru. Strongly convinced Galuzzo is the guy they’ve been searching for, Dexter starts to investigate into his life. However, he finds more than he bargained for when he discovers that Galuzzo is essentially Hannibal by breaking into his house and sneaking into his kitchen. This was not only the worst part of the episode, but definitely in the top 3 worst Dexter scenes ever, and it has all of the terrifying Travis Martin scenes to compete with. I mean, there were fingers in the beef stew crockpot! Gross!

The Little Thing You Loved
I’m a big fan of Quinn this season and the scenes where he was essentially “saving the day” were my favorite parts of this episode. I was especially pleased with how he didn’t take Deb’s confession seriously and took it as a legitimate concern. The fact that he doesn’t know something’s up makes you want to shake him, but I guess that it further proves Angel’s statement that he really is a “dumb cop.”

Also, I’m a very big fan of Deb ending up with Quinn in the end. You may recall that I felt the opposite at the end of last season/beginning of this season, but Jamie got really annoying, really fast.

Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime
Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime

The Autopsy of the Episode:
This episode was fantastic only because we saw a kill for the first time this season. It’s been kind of boring without one, but I guess it’s understandable considering the events from last season. I’m also practically at the edge of my seat waiting to see what Deb does next. Will she be the one to out Dexter or will both of them get away scotch free? This story line the last few episodes has been a giant roller coaster ride, and being along for the ride has become nauseating. I guess I have to just have to wait and see what happens next!

The Galuzzo scenes will haunt me in my nightmares for the rest of my life. That’s all I have to say about that.

My stance on Vogel completely changed this week once again (especially after seeing next week’s previews). I always knew she would be untrustworthy, even last week when I did give her the benefit of the doubt. Next week’s episode is going to be a BIG game changer and maybe, just maybe we will really find out what she’s hiding. MAYBE.