Deb and Hannah
With the post-I'm-in-love-with-you awkwardness set aside, Dexter could go back to begging Deb for favors and tonight, that came in the form of his plea for her to help him rescue Hannah. And it's a good thing he did petition her involvement as Isaak's man Yurg was holding Hannah in some apartment and Hannah nearly died trying to escape. She served Yurg some fried green tomatoes, which I would've sworn were poison. I guess in absence of poisonous plants, she decided to put a healthy dose of pepper in the tomatoes, which caused Yurg to choke and allowed her to attack him, getting stabbed in the process.

Deb showed up to find Yurg dead and Hannah unconscious. For a moment, it looked like she might be dead, but then Deb called for an ambulance. I suppose all of this is a demonstration of what Deb is all about. I might be easy to wonder why Deb wouldn't just walk away from the scene and come back an hour later after Hannah and completely bled out. Would it have been all that shocking, considering how often we watch a lead character kill people in this show? Probably not. The fact that Deb was willing to help Dexter rescue Hannah to begin with showed that she's bound to her brother. And maybe it's also a mark of her moral fiber, as she's not the kind of person who can just let someone die, even if that person is a killer and slowly stealing the heart of the man she loves. But she's letting Dexter continue killing, so I'm thinking it's love that fueled her choices tonight and not morals, especially when you consider that Hannah has repeatedly gotten away with murder.

Thanks to Isaak's comments about loving and living, and Deb's efforts to save Hannah from certain death, Dexter and Hannah are as close as ever. Where does that leave Deb? And really, where does that leave Dexter? He says he feels safe with her, but has he not noticed that all of the men in her life (most recently, Yurg) end up dead?

I'm not team Deb/Dexter (Debster?) by any means, but when it comes to Hannah, I'm on Deb's side. She's unstable and bad news.

In unrelated news, someone's going around killing people with fire and leaving their crispy remains around for the police to investigate. The obvious suspect is the weird firefighter investigator, but this case is new so there's probably more information needed to make an educated guess. On that subject, introducing a possible serial killer with just three episodes left in the season is cause for worry. It's a newly introduced outside threat very close to the end of the season. These kinds of things could snowball (or fireball) into a major problem if one of Miami Metro's people (Deb?) ends up on the victims list.

LaGuerta's Investigation
LaGuerta is still on the Bay Harbor Butcher case and it's led her to Tom Matthews who, like Dexter, also apparently has a boat in the harbor where the bodies were dumped. Of course, Tom was having a hernia operation which should clear him of suspicion of the murders. But I don't think LaGuerta really suspected him to begin with. She's looking to him for help and in exchange, he wants her to help him get his 40-year penchant bump. Considering her involvement in his early retirement, he thinks that's fair and it justifies his participation in this investigation. Tom may be just the thing LaGuerta needs to get evidence that Dexter's the Bay Harbor Butcher.

Three episodes left! Season issues currently left to be resolved or to burst open in this season's inevitable finale cliffhanger:

Deb's love for Dexter.
Dexter's love for Hannah.
LaGuerta's investigation of the Bay Harbor Butcher.
Phantom fire guy.
Quinn's involvement with the Brotherhood and Nadia.
Batista's restaurant. (kind of a random one but it seems like it should be relevant somehow).

Did I miss anything?

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