Dexter Surprise Motherf!
Dexter Surprise Motherf! – This episode marks the 8th season finale, as far as I understand, and should be pretty exciting. The preview indicated that Lt. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) is going to leave Dexter (Michael C. Hall) in a position where he either has to confess to his crimes or let Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) take the fall for him. We’ll see if it’s anything so exciting and impactful as that.
The episode starts off with Dexter visiting Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski) in prison, where she’s looking at spending the rest of her life after he turned her in for murder last time. Hannah is furious with him and tells him that she thinks he should have chosen her, even though she had tried to kill his sister. Dexter promises her that if there had been another way for him to feel like Deb was safe without locking Hannah up, he would have. She tells him that they could still run away together, but Dexter says he could never trust her. He tells her that they both knew it would end with one of them behind bars, and she tells him that she always thought it would be him, not her. They say their goodbyes, and it looks as if she may have bit him when he tried to kiss her. He leaves her in the jail cell, musing that he somehow can’t hate her for what she did to Deb.
While Dexter is playing with his son, Maria shows up with two officers and places him under arrest for the murder of Hector Estrada. She takes him to the police station, where all of his coworkers – including Deb – are baffled by this turn of events. Dexter denies all of her accusations, but Maria is exceptionally bitter about James Doakes doesn’t listen to him. Vince (C.S. Lee) comes in and tells her that the evidence they found was from when Estrada was brought in after he was arrested for killing Dexter’s mother. It seems that Dexter was framed, but Maria is convinced that he set her up instead. For the time being, he is allowed to go on his way.
Angel Batista (David Zayas) discovers that Maria was behind Estrada’s release from prison. Even she realizes that it looks like she is working hard to frame Dexter for seemingly no reason, and the rest of the department thinks so too. Angel advises her to back off.
Deb goes to Dexter’s home, telling him that she knows that he was behind setting Maria up. Dexter tells her that Maria tried to set him up with Estrada to begin with, and that he solved the problem the best way he knew how. Still, he knows that Estrada is a loose end that he has to tie up. He decides to look into whether Estrada went to hide with the wife who hasn’t seen him in thirty years, but still wears her wedding ring.
Under a lot of stress, he is starting to slip up. While investigating a crime scene, he lets his excitement over the murder show. He drives away, musing that he let his “real life” bleed into his “fake life” and that he’s letting his real self show.
Tom Matthews (Geoff Pierson) goes to Maria and scolds her on messing up so badly, and pursuing Dexter so obviously. Maria points out that her job is at stake, and Tom agrees to help her as best he can so long as Maria keeps her head down and does her job for once.
At Hannah’s arraignment, she and Deb have a confrontation where she points out the hypocrisy of Deb prosecuting Hannah but not Dexter. She is denied bail, but her friend slips her something. Shortly thereafter, on her way to prison, she goes into convulsions and is taken to the hospital, unconscious. Later, she escapes and is briefly seen delivering a plant outside someone’s door.
Maria calls Deb in to talk to her about Dexter. Maria tells Deb that she was right, that Maria was suffering from impaired judgment and that what she did to Dexter was unforgivable negligence. She knows that she is facing suspension, if it is any consolation. Under the guise of discussing an old case, she ends up accusing Deb of arson – setting a church on fire. I assume that this is from an earlier season that I haven’t seen, and that it will have more impact on those who have. Deb informs Maria that she thinks she’s been under a lot of stress. Maria tells Deb that she thinks she made a mistake, trying to protect someone she cared about. She lets Debra leave, but promises that the investigation will continue and that it is “the start of a much larger conversation.”
Dexter catches up with Estrada at a park, just in time for Deb to call him and call him away. Deb tells Dexter about her meeting with Maria, and Dexter is visibly upset by the news. Dexter promises to fix it, but Deb knows that they’re both in deep trouble. She wonders if it will ever end. Dexter tells her that he’ll do what he can. He searches Maria’s house and finds warrants to trace both his and Deb’s cellphone GPSs to establish a timeline for the night of the burning and murder. He doesn’t want to run, he doesn’t want to let Deb take the fall for his actions, so he makes plans to kill Maria to cover his own tracks. He knows that she is an innocent woman, that he has never done something like this before, but he doesn’t see another choice.
Dexter uses Estrada to lure Maria into his clutches. He plans to literally kill two birds with one stone, and take them both out at the same time. Before killing Estrada, he interrogates the old man about the night Dexter’s mother died. After musing some truths about himself, he stabs Estrada and kills him.
When Dexter doesn’t show up for a New Year’s party, Deb realizes what Dexter is planning and goes to try to stop him. Maria arrives at the shipyard where Dexter has taken Estrada. He has an elaborate plan to make it look like Maria and Estrada killed each other, but even he knows that this is unlikely the end of the game. Deb arrives to find Dexter in the middle of the act and tried to stop him from killing Maria. Maria is still alive and tries to talk Debra into killing Dexter, reminding her that she is a cop and a good person. Dexter agrees that Debra is a good person and holds out his arms to show that he is defenseless, but Debra shoots Maria instead. She is naturally devastated, and it seems that Dexter is too.
We end the season with Dexter and Deb at the party, with Dexter musing in voice-over about how much these events have changed them both. It seems appropriate that this all happened on New Year’s. The day of new beginnings.
The new season has been renewed and is slated for sometime next year. I know I’ll be tuning in. Will you, readers?