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Just when it seems like Deb knows all of the relevant details of Dexter's past, some other situation comes us that reminds us that Dexter still has skeletons in his closet. And in the case of tonight's episode ("Do the Wrong Thing"), one of them looks like Julia Stiles. And on the topic of blondes that have Dexter's attention, Hannah was the focus of most of Dexter's thoughts tonight.
"Beautiful and dangerous."
In what has to be one of the more twisted (and sexy) moments of this series, and probably a first - unless I'm forgetting some other instance in which Dexter chose to have sex with his plastic-wrapped would-be victim rather than stab them - Dexter and Hannah sealed the deal tonight, amidst a winter wonderland that was meant to be Dexter's kill room for Hannah.
Their mutual attraction wasn't a surprise, but I have to admit, I was a little surprised that Dexter came so close to killing Hannah. It felt premature by comparison to his other kills. Usually, Dexter has conclusive evidence that the person on his table is, in fact, a murderer. The blood spatter on the beach woman's body does point to Hannah being the one to do the deed, but there may be more to that story. Hannah hasn't admitted to it, so that on its own doesn't seem certain enough to fit the code. Then we factor in her dead husband and Beverly Grey, whose blood test confirmed traces of Aconite, a poison from some purple plant found in Hannah's garden. Again, things seem to point to Hannah being the murderer. But it doesn't confirm it. Not in the way we've seen things confirmed in the past.
Then I considered all of Dexter's conversations with Harry tonight, which built up the mystery. After last week, signs pointed to Hannah being a murderer, but Dexter's conversation with Harry at the start of tonight's episode almost made it seem like a lot of wishful thinking on Dexter's part. Harry playing devils advocate as he sometimes does did create enough doubt to consider that Dexter's filling in a lot of blanks with hunches and a need to kill, than with evidence. And the way the episode ended only makes me more suspicious of that. He's attracted to Hannah, so maybe he wants her to be a killer, not just because he wants to kill her but because he wants her, period. The line between wanting to kill her and wanting to have sex with her is probably as thin as Hannah's see-through shirts.
So, while it was clear that Dexter wanted to prove Hannah was a killer, I'm not sure he did that tonight, which is why I was surprised when he took her on their late-night creepy-carnival picnic and then stabbed her with the needle Things didn't add up, and if he did kill her, I'm not sure I would've felt fully satisfied with the conclusion of Hannah's arc. I guess that doesn't matter though, because even after she goaded him into killing her, he didn't.
Dexter opted for another kind of penetration and they went at it like (un-poisoned) bunnies. And now the mask is off. She knows what he is. And she knows he very-much suspects her of killing people. But there's still no confirmation of that, so we have no idea what's going on in Hannah's head. All signs point to her being a murderer, or else, a murderer-groupie. But if she's not killing people, then who did? Maybe her husband died of natural causes and Beverly killed herself. Maybe it was the handyman, who seemed to know exactly where the wildflowers were. The long shot might be Sal Price. Maybe he's crazy and trying to sell more books. Who knows?
Sal Price is a writer who wrote a book about Randall and is now trying to update it with the new evidence, and write a follow-up that accuses Hannah of more involvement in Randall's crimes than was previously suspected. Price has all sorts of records on Hannah - records Dexter stole to help build his own case against her. And he might have a thing for Deb. Or he's just trying to get the inside track on the investigation and is using Deb. Possibly both. Either way, when he presented Deb with his evidence and theories, she was very interested. And she probably wasn't happy to learn that Price's blood guy came up with a different conclusion than Dexter did. Add that to the list reasons she has to distrust him. We should probably expect another irritated conversation between Dexter and Deb about his findings and him covering things up for his own interests.
As mentioned earlier, Lumen's name came up during tonight's episode. LaGuerta's still snooping around and has now turned her attention to missing murder suspects, Jordan Chase among them. Remember in Season 5 when Dexter dealt with his grief over losing Rita by befriending Lumen (Julia Stiles), a woman who was brutally raped and beaten by a group of people, including Jonny Lee Miller's Jordan Chase? Well, that came up in conversation between Deb and Dexter when Deb made the connection between Dexter and Chase's murder, and then the connection between the unknown accomplice and Dexter's tenant Lumen.
Deb jumped to the wrong conclusion about Lumen, thinking Dexter and she were running around on some sexy murder spree. Dexter told her it wasn't like that and it was true. His romance with Lumen was brief and emotional and not at all fun in the bloody sun. (Lila would probably fit that bill a bit better.) Deb was concerned that LaGuerta might track Lumen down, but Dexter seems confident that won't happen and that Lumen wouldn't talk regardless.
Quinn gave the bribe money back to George after Nadia warned him that taking it was a bad idea. Then George convinced Quinn to play ball or else they would hurt Nadia. Quinn can't get in touch with Nadia, but he did steal the evidence against Isaak, which means this slam-dunk case against him may not be so slam dunk after all.
People keep calling Quinn "Joey," which is just weird.
Isaak's getting restless in prison, but his name and organization hold some weight so he hasn't been beaten to death yet. Now that Quinn has the evidence, he may be out soon.
Batista's thinking about retiring and buying a restaurant. I hope he does. I love his character, but nothing good ever happens to him. He deserves a retirement and a better life.
Jamie mentioned not having heard from Louis since she broke up with him. that led her to make a comment about dating prostitutes being icky. Of course, Batista acted all grossed out by it too, but if we remember Season 3, we know he's not entirely against the idea of spending some time with a working woman.
And that about covers it. The big twist of the episode was Hannah and Dexter's sexy moment. It'll be interesting to see how that picks up next week. Now she knows he kills bad people. But where do they go from there?