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Dexter Review: Dressed To Kill

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After what has been a season filled with lots of talk and little action, the return of Hannah McKay gave a breath of life to tonight's episode of Dexter. 

"Dress Code" was easily the best episode thus far of Dexter season 8.

Hannah vs. Dexter

Hannah's return complicates Deb's relationship with herself. Just as she's getting back to normal following killing LaGuerta and being complicit in the murder of the supposed brain surgeon, she's faced with the choice of letting Hannah live and always wondering when and if Hannah will turn on Dexter or kill Debra herself... or killing the murderer who stole her brother's heart.

But more than Hannah's return complicates things for Deb, it really screws things up for Dexter. He knows that Deb isn't safe as long as Hannah is alive, but can he kill one of the only people who knows him and loves him despite the darkness inside? Especially when he still loves her?

Dexter is known for making difficult kills because taking the life serves his own best interests. Killing that person will protect him and keep him from breaking rule number one: Don't get caught. 

But he's never been in love with those victims. They've never known the darkness inside him, at least not fully. They've also never looked as good in a cocktail dress, either.

I can't decide if Hannah tried to manipulate him into helping her by killing her husband by saying she'd changed her mind or if she truly decided not to ask for his help, but either way, Dexter ended up entangled in this black widow's web once again. 

There was something kind of touching about him walking in to see her over her husband's dead body, covered in his blood, and go into protector mode. I find myself rooting for Dexter and Hannah to give it another go, even though it's clear that their relationship is the star-cross'd sort, doomed from the start.

And speaking of the one that got away, further complicating matters for Dexter is the lovely dead girl next door, courtesy of his protege', Zach Hamilton. 

After his stunt in the police station, having his lawyer demand that Quinn stop following him, he killed Cassie (guest star Bethany Joy Lenz) in a fit of rage. The similarities between her death and his earlier kills won't go unnoticed by Quinn, even if it means Quinn risks his career to prove it.

Sure, I'm speculating with the career-flushing talk, but it doesn't seem that unlikely given the development Joey Quinn's undergone in the past few seasons. He's eager to prove to himself and everyone else that he's a good cop with good instincts. He's not the money-stealing cop he used to be. Or the alcoholic. 

He'll crack this case eventually. Here's hoping Dexter's done a good enough job covering his own ass instead of worrying about Zach's.

Dexter's decision not to kill Zach is one that will cost him and sooner or later, despite Vogel's pleas to the contrary, he'll take Zach's life. Or, an alternate but plausible prediction, Hannah will kill him to save Dexter.

Zach's a loose cannon. Unpredictable. Uncontrollable. Dexter had years with Harry to learn how to control himself. Someone to tell him "not yet."

He wants to learn The Code, but he doesn't want to listen to Dexter. That's evident by the dead woman Zach left lying in her own living room floor. (RIP, Haley James Scott!) 

Other tidbits:

  • Masuka proves he's actually not a completely vile human when he's disturbed at the sight of his donor-daughter's breasts.
  • Quinn decides to move in with Jamie to stick it to Batista.
What did you think of "Dress Code?" Were you happy with Hannah's return?

Review

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I think Deb is more unglued than we are lead to believe. How could she be "cured" so quickly? She killed Cassie because she was jealous that Cassie was interested in Dexter. Could Hannah be next? Hopefully there will be many surprises in the last few episodes. Go Dex!

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On Dexter's hand is dirt from laying there, not writing. Just checked now :)

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Did anyone else notice the writing on Dexter's hand when he woke up in the beginning? Was waiting for that to play out as maybe a call of help from Hannah. But probably just his lines to remember (or an abanonded scene).

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This episode was so crap!!!! Come on, it’s the last season!!!! I’m a die hard fan of Dexter but this last season really sucks particularly because all the scenes between Hannah and Dexter look like they are from the worst TV soap. This whole crappy cliché story of control freak husband who is just a good (bad and stupid in fact) reason to reunite our two (annoying may I say) love birds is just too bad to believe it is part of the Dexter Universe. And what’s the point of Matzuka having a long lost daughter???? I mean, why???? Deb is the only one who is still worth watching (Charlotte Rampling is doing a pretty good job too) but it’s not enough to save the boat. There is no structure, no logic, all the codes from past seasons have been set aside to write a cock and bull story… Please, stop the bleeding, NOW!!!!!

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