Tonight's episode of Dexter had the title character focused on the future, which is kind of funny, given how much of this season has dwelled on the past. Dredging up the Bay Harbor Butcher story arc has worked in the series' favor this season and tonight's "Do You See What I See?" took that a step further with one very interesting twist.
"It wasn't the universe giving me a gift. It was LaGuerta."
Genius! You have to give LaGuerta credit. If she couldn't tie Dexter to the crimes Doakes was blamed for, what better way to prove he's a killer than to free a man she knows Dexter would want dead, then follow that man around until Dexter's inner monster revealed itself. And Dexter nearly fell for it. In fact, he did, up until Hector Estrada brought up LaGuerta helping him get released from prison.
Estrada is the last surviving men of the three who killed Dexter's mother. A matter Dexter was prepared to remedy by cutting him into six roughly-equal pieces with a chainsaw. He even set the kill room up in a storage container-like setting, similar to the one where Dexter took a blood-bath when he was just a toddler. But the moment Estrada brought up LaGuerta, Dexter realized he'd walked into a trap and only just managed to escape. Unfortunately, Estrada did too, so that mess is bound to surface sooner or later.
It seemed like too much of a coincidence that Estrada should be released from prison during this time in the series when LaGuerta made the connection between the cabin where Doakes died and the criminal who owned it (one of the other three men who killed Dexter's mother). But, I'll admit, I didn't even consider that LaGuerta was setting Dexter up until Estrada mentioned her involvement in his release. Before that, there was only some vague concern that LaGuerta might be tailing Dexter, hoping to catch him in the act, much in the way Doakes once tailed Dexter.
All of this happened after Tom had a chat with Dexter, which actually helped tip Dexter off that he was being pursued and allowed him the opportunity to plant evidence to explain why Dexter moved his boat during the BHB investigation. While Tom was satisfied with Dexter's story and the evidence that backed it up, LaGuerta obviously wasn't, and she was willing to spring a drug dealer and a murderer from prison to do prove herself right. As much as I sympathize with LaGuerta for what she's trying to do - especially because I was never a fan of Doakes being branded a serial killer - getting Estrada out of prison just to prove Dexter's a murderer is some shady business. Then again, as Tom reminded us tonight, she's always been good at playing the game. And ethics haven't ever been one of LaGuerta's strengths.
So Estrada's out there and LaGuerta is still as convinced as ever that Dexter's the BHB. Maybe more so now that she's stood inside what was meant to be one of his kill rooms.