Wow. Things certainly took an interesting turn tonight on Dexter. And by interesting, I mean yet another possible game-changer for the series. Spoiler warning: If you're not caught up through "The Dark… Whatever," read no further!
The whole "Dark Passenger" side of Dexter has always been his way of justifying his nature, but he's never really been called out on it or forced to explain it… until tonight. When venting about the Phantom arsonist to Hannah, Dexter explained to her about his dark passenger. Maybe it's easier to explain this side of himself to someone like Deb or Lumen or anyone else not a killer, but eye to eye with a fellow murderer, the whole "dark passenger" thing doesn't really add up. How is Dexter any different from Hannah, who doesn't claim to have any kind of dark passenger? Both like to kill people. As far as we know, Hannah mainly murders out of convenience, whereas Dexter does it for the rush. At the end of the day, they're both murderers.
After Hannah rejected Dexter's dark passenger explanation, he was forced to question it, which lead to a discussion with Harry that revealed that it was never Harry who coined that phrase. Interesting. Harry gave Dexter the code, and made reference to something getting inside of Dexter too early, but it was Dexter who came up with the name for his dark side.
Things seemed to click into place for Dexter tonight after Hannah's abusive father rolled back into town with plans to first apologize, then request her financial assistance on a crawfish endeavor. Plan B was to blackmail her. As it turns out, Hannah's story about Dad almost drowning her was true, and we also learned that he left her in a motel for three days when she was little while he went to play cards. He's also a jerk and a guy foolish enough to think it's a good idea to blackmail his murderer daughter.
Hannah being abused almost makes her sympathetic. Almost. She's still a murderer, but it feels almost hypocritical to judge her for that, given that we're all viewers of a show about a guy who kills people and I doubt many of us are rooting for Dexter to get caught and thrown in jail. All the same, even after Dad trashed her greenhouse and gloated about his plans to blackmail her, I still don't like or trust Hannah. But I do like how her relationship with Dexter is affecting him...
"It's time for you to take responsibility. Fuck."
The Phantom fire-guy is still running around burning people up and putting the word "Bobby" (or in tonight's case, "It's Bobby") at his crime scene. Dexter quickly ruled out Bosso the creepy arson investigator. He seemed too obvious anyway and his civil war reenactment alibi checked out. After running a finger print through a database accessible to people with higher level of security, Dexter found the Phantom and was prepared to kill him.
It's been a while since he's had anyone wrapped in plastic, so this felt long overdue. Then he learned that Jensen's reason for burning people was because he got blamed for setting some fire when he was a kid. Dexter practically laughed off the guy's excuse, telling him it's time he take some responsibility. And then it hit him. He does the same thing, kind of. He kills people because of something that happened to him as a kid.