Watching this week's episode of Dexter, it occurred to me that all of this business with Isaak, Deb and Hannah might just be a triple-distraction for what's really happening here. Because while Dexter continues to play with fire, there's another little side-plot brewing that could have devastating consequences.

Sure, Isaak could kill Dexter. Hannah might poison him over breakfast. And Deb might turn him in. These are all issues we've been seeing Dexter deal with all season. And all the while, LaGuerta has been looking into the Bay Harbor Butcher case. It's not like we didn't know that this investigation might lead her to Dexter. That's the whole point of the arc to begin with. She's dredging up a seasons-old seemingly resolved mystery that could unload a world of trouble on Dexter if she makes the connection she's starting to make. But we're really only get one little sliver of that story each week, so with everything else that's going on, we might not really notice just how close LaGuerta is getting to Dexter's trail. Last week we saw her spot Dexter's name on some harbor log. Today, she discovered that Dexter once had a slip at the Harbor where all of the BHB bodies were found. And at the end of the episode, there she was, standing next to the Slice of Life. Dexter's body disposal vehicle.

I'm thinking that right now, her mind has settled on the idea that Dexter could be the real Bay Harbor Butcher. I'd guess that she's somewhere between considering it and believing it, though she may still only be in the considering phase. Now it's just a matter of connecting the dots. And let's face it. There are dots. If Dexter's face was in those wedding photos, his finger prints are elsewhere too (probably mostly figuratively since he usually wears gloves). No one's ever thought to look for them before, but now LaGuerta's eyes are opening. Where is this going? Is this something that's going to get snuffed out on its own? Or are we looking at the start of the real issue for this season. Beyond pretty blonde killers, step-sisters with romantic feelings and pissed off Ukranians, there's a cop who's quietly picking up Dexter's scent. And if LaGuerta thinks it's Dexter, what are the odds she's going to mention this to Deb? I'm thinking Deb's out of this loop going forward, and given how things with she and Dexter left off, she might be ok with that for a little while.

So let's look at Dexter's relationships as they were presented tonight.

Dexter and the kids

Hey, remember Cody and Astor? Rita's two kids went to live with their grandparents and got busy getting taller in the process. I'll admit, I haven't exactly missed them, but it's nice that the show acknowledges their existence once in a while. Grandpa's sick, so Dexter took them (and Harrison) back. And since he has Isaak on his tail (more on that later), he put them up at Deb's place. During the visit, we learned that Harrison likes macaroni and cheese and that Astor's into pot smoking these days. So much so that she carries a big bag of weed with her while on family outings.

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