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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Showtimes "Dexter" "Are You..." #601
a whole new ball game for “Dexter” as episode 1 for Season 7 unfolds. Secrets,
long kept, are now revealed as new secrets are born. I’m renaming this episode “”My
Little Secret.”The title is meant
ironically because the secrets on this show are huge.”
actual name of this episode is “ Are You…”It refers to the question that Deb asks Dexter. Dexter’s secret life has
been exposed, but so far only his step-sister, Deb knows. The title refers to
the question she poses to Dexter, “Are you a serial killer?”Dexter has no choice but to answer “Yes.”
did things get to this point? The unraveling of the secret began when we last
saw Dexter at the end of Season 6. He was in the abandoned church, the
headquarters of the villain of the season, the Doomsday killer, Travis Marshall.
He had just dispatched the killer. At that very moment, his sister Deb, enters
the church and discovers him standing over the dead body of Travis. Was Dexter’s
secret life as a serial killer finally exposed?
quite yet. Dexter, ever quick-thinking when on the verge of discovery, explains
away the dead body lying on an altar, wrapped in plastic, with a knife in his
chest. Dexter tells Deb that the killing was done in self-defense. Dexter
begs her not to call-in the crime. He tells her he will lose his job if she
does. He reminds her of his toddler son, Harrison—what will happen to
He is successful in persuading his
sister to become part of a cover-up. They set fire to the church, and the
Doomsday Killer’s death is thought to be a ritual suicide. Now Deb has a
secret. She has become complicit in her brother’s career as a serial killer. How
long will she be able to contain this “little secret”?
One small question: When Dexter and Deb
decide to burn the church down, Deb goes to a nearby gas station and pumps gas
into a gas can. One small question: Why did she take the risk of being seen?
They could have siphoned some gas from their cars. How did she pay for the gas?
Credit card or cash?Either way she
risks being identified if anyone cares to come looking. Perhaps, in a later
episode, the plot will turn on the fact that Deb was seen as the gas station.
initially accepts Dexter’s version of the killing—he acted in self-defense. However,
soon doubts start to set in. There are too many holes in Dexter’s story. At
first she just questions Dexter, and Dexter manages to come up with plausible answers.
Nonetheless, doubts continue to nag Deb. She is, after all, a police detective.
She searches Dexter’s apartment and finds his blood-slides (his trophies) and
knives. Dexter returns home and discovers Deb sitting amidst the evidence in
his ransacked apartment. “Are you a serial killer?” Deb asks. Dexter can say nothing
except “Yes”. And that is where the
there are other “little “secrets. One secret explains why Deb went to the
church where she discovered Dexter in the act of killing Travis. Deb has been
in therapy and during a session she realizes that all her romantic
relationships end badly because she is actually in love with Dexter. She knows
that Dexter will be at the church collecting evidence, and she impulsively races
there to tell Dexter that she is in love with him. The killing and cover-up
changes everything. She does not proclaim her love to Dexter and she lies when
he asks her why she came to the church. She keeps her “little secret” secret.
captain of the police department, Maria Laguerta, also has a “little secret.” She
found Dexter’s blood-slide at the scene of The Doomsday’s Killer’s supposed
suicide.She initially had it bagged as
evidence, but now she surreptitiously removes it from the box with the evidence
bags. She realizes that only the Bay Harbor Killer, thought to be dead, made
blood-slides. She once suspected Dexter for the serial killings; it looks like
her suspicions are renewed. Way back in Season 2, the murders were pinned on another
police detective, Sergeant Doakes. The detective was framed by Dexter, and
being conveniently dead (having been killed in a fire set by Dexter’s crazy
girl-friend), he is unable to exonerate himself,
we think Dexter’s career as a serial-killer/public-avenger is about to be over,
Dexter always manages to escape, to cover up, to explain of to be saved deus-ex-machina-style by a lucky turn of
events. It happens once again in this episode. One of the detectives at the
crime scene at the church does not completely buy the ritual suicide story. He wants
to look deeper. But as he leaves the crime scene, he stops to help a motorist
on the side of the road with a flat tire. No good deed goes unpunished. The driver of the car is part of the Russian-Ukrainian
mafia. There is a dead woman, a stripper, in the trunk of the car. The detective
sees it, and is instantly shot dead by the mobster. The detective who wants to “look
into” the story concocted by Dexter and Deb is dead—the deus-ex-machina moment of the episode.
mobster flees, and we next see him at the airport trying to return to Russia. The
police have no clues, but Dexter has discovered the identity of the killer. One
small question: Dexter knows the man is at the airport because he breaks into
his home and searches his computer.It is
a laptop computer, not a desk top computer.Why didn’t the man take it with him?
accosts the man in an airport restroom, injects him with a sedative as he
always does with his victims, and then places his limp body into a wheelchair. Dexter
looks like a paralyzed man’s caregiver as he wheels the mobster through the
airport and into an isolated baggage room.
then Dexter departs from his modus operandi. Dexter is showing signs of strain. Deb’s
suspicions have un-nerved him. He desperately needs “a kill” to restore his
composure. He doesn’t have his usual
tools with him so he ties the mobster to a table with baggage straps, places a
plastic bag over his head (to contain the blood), and bashes his head in with a
fire extinguisher. He then smuggles the body out of the airport, and takes it
to his boat for the usual buried-at sea disposal.
small question: I initially thought Dexter had to improvise his killing method
because he didn’t have enough time to transport the sedated victim to a “safe
house’ as he usually does.Also, his
plastic wrap and tools were left behind at the church. I know this because Deb asked
him about them and Dexter claimed that they belonged to Travis.
Dexter was off killing the mobster, Deb was at his apartment. When Dexter
returns to his apartment to find Deb sitting amidst the evidence of his
killings, the tools are there laid out on the floor. He couldn’t bring his
tools to the airport because he would not have been able to get through the TSA
screening with them. Did Dexter manage to smuggle the tools out of the church
while Deb was at the gas station?
he have a second set of tools?
latest killing departs from the usual ritual method. This departure from the “code”
long ago taught to him by his adoptive father as a way to channel his killing
instincts away from innocent people and to keep him safe from capture is ominous
and portentous. Dexter is out of control. Our careful and methodical serial
killer, who kills the “bad guys” (Most of the time it is the bad guys, Dexter occasionally
slips up.) is much more scary now. Anything
the members of the audience have a “little secret” too. We root for a serial killer,
and we are no more than slightly ill-at-ease for it. Aside from Dexter’s one
little foible—his compulsion to kill, he seems like a pretty nice fellow. But now, Dexter is looking like the psycho he really
is--a man with a compulsion to kill. No one is safe.
a picture of Dexter looking scary psycho evil.
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