Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6 Review: Dex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

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When you're feeling lost, it feels great to take comfort in the familiar, but in the end, it's just a Band-Aid. 

On Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6, when Dex's ex Fiona comes back to town it is easy for her to get lost in their past to forget about her present. Dex quickly learns, though, that you can't run from your problems.

Read our review and watch Stumptown online to find out how Dex is juggling her various hats and suitors.

Ghost of Dex's Past - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

Exes are a strange thing. They always come around when you least expect them and turn your world upside down.

Dex may be a force of nature, but Fiona is an earthquake, moving the ground out from under you. 

Dex may seem unshakeable, but Fiona had quite the effect on her. 

Given that Fiona was the first person that Dex dated after her time in the military, it is no wonder that they had a deep bond. 

Fiona was there for Dex in one of her darkest times. We see even now that Dex still is experiencing the lingering effects of her time overseas. It is hard to imagine what she must have been going through when she first returned. 

Lurking - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

Fiona's story about Dex screaming out in her sleep and waking up in a sweat, only to reach over and squeeze Fiona's hand was very telling. Fiona grounded Dex. She was her tether to the present when it was easy to slip back into the horrors of her past. 

Now that Dex's present is enough to make her to want to escape, tethering herself to Fiona again felt like the perfect solution. 

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You can't go backward, though. You have to keep moving forward. 

Dex has changed so much since her time with Fiona. The ghosts of her past have given her strength, and she has built a life off of it. Fiona, on the other hand, hasn't changed at all.

Intrigued - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

Sinking into Fiona's familiarity felt nice for Dex at first, but eventually, she woke up. 

Watching Fiona snort cocaine, realizing that she hasn't changed, was enough to snap Dex out of Fiona's spell. 

The truth is, as nice as it was for Dex to see Fiona and reconnect, her fling with Fiona had less to do with Fiona and more to do with her anger towards Grey. 

Dex might be downgrading things with Hoffman when it comes to her anger towards Grey, but make no mistake, Dex is furious, and she is not letting it go any time soon. 

The Boys are Back - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

There are some betrayals that hurt worse than others. Grey is one of those for Dex. 

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Grey was the one person that Dex felt like she could trust, and when his omissions broke that trust, it rocked Dex to the core. 

If Dex's frustration with Grey really were about the situation that it put Ansel in, then she wouldn't continue to let Grey be in Ansel's life, and she definitely wouldn't trust him enough to leave Ansel alone with him again. 

No, the fact that the only thing that hasn't changed between them is Ansel and his relationship with Grey, shows that this has a lot more to do with Dex than with him. 

An Intervention - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

Putting aside Dex's obvious feelings for Grey, he is her best friend. Her best friend kept a huge part of himself hidden from her, and now she is questioning everything about their relationship. 

Dex will get back there in time, but I'm sure the fact that Grey has been so forthcoming with the new lady in his life, Liz, isn't going to help matters. 

One reader, SassySPA, pointed out in the comment section for our review of Stumptown Season 1 Episode 5, that Grey is the listener in him and Dex's friendship, and that is why he didn't share with Dex. 

Dex has spent the majority of their friendship leaning on Grey, to the point that Grey hasn't felt like he could lean on her. 

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Liz doesn't create that same barrier for him. She told him point-blank; she wants the real 100 percent, honest Grey. That simple permission, also probably mixed with the fear of the same situation that is happening with Dex happening with Liz, is enough to free him. 

Sibling Love - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

If Dex and Grey's relationship is going to recover, there needs to be a balance to their friendship, and only Dex can provide it.

If Ansel has any say in it, the two will be back to normal before we know it.

Watching Ansel act out to try to prevent Liz and Grey from getting together was priceless. 

Ansel is a smart kid. He knew that he wasn't going to get away with doing it without Grey and Dex questioning him, and he got exactly what he wanted -- Dex and Grey sitting in the same room together being civilized adults, even if it was only for his sake. 

A Friendly Disagreement? - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

If Dex can't forgive Grey for her own sake, she at least needs to do it for Ansel. He doesn't deserve to have another person he cares about to disappear from his life. 

Related: Stumptown Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Missed Connections

After watching Ansel's reaction to Liz, you have to wonder how he will react to Hoffman and Dex's relationship. 

It is hard to imagine Ansel being willing to go on bowling dates with the two of them. 

Please oh please, though, can we get a scene of Ansel playing the father role to Dex and sitting Hoffman down to talk about what his intentions are with her. 

Ansel - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

Hoffman did a great job at maintaining his professionalism this week while working on Fiona's case. 

It was interesting to see the contrast between how he reacted towards Grey on Episode 5 and how he reacted to Fiona during this episode. 

Related: Stumptown Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Forget It Dex, It's Stumptown

The difference in his reaction seems to point to him being more concerned about protecting Dex than being jealous of potential feelings that may be there. 

Romantic Picnic - Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6

Other thoughts: 

  • While it was obvious that the manager Nick would be shady, it was nice to see them go the less conventional route and have him be the one who created the stalker and not the actual stalker himself.
  • Finally, Cosgrove got the chance to shine and come out of her shell! Tookie is absolute gold and brings out the best in whoever he is in a scene with so it is no surprise that with Cosgrove he did the same.

    It will be interesting to see how there dynamic plays out and I look forward to finding out more about her marriage difficulties that were hinted at. 
  • The way that Dex's PTSD continues to slowly unfold is such fantastic writing. 

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Do you think that Dex made the right choice letting Fiona go again? 

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Dex, Drugs and Rock & Roll Review

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Stumptown Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

What the hell lady, what are you doing? I was just trying to grab a selfie.

Random guy

If you wanna get lucky tonight, let's stop talking about bowling.