Episode 4 - Scar Tissue
28 July 2013
This was Dexter at its hand holding worst.
Deb wonders if she really is a good person who made the same decisions that her Father would have. Then she sees a DVD where her Father explicitly says that he regrets giving Dexter the Code and can't live with himself.
Dexter wonders if fellow serial killer Yates is like him when he sees a birthday present intended for Yates' Dad. But then when he uses the ill father to lure Yates to the nursing home he gets concrete proof that Yates has little love for his family.
Along with those irritatingly direct examples we had Harry literally saying he couldn't live with himself for creating Dexter (before killing himself). We had Dexter blundering into Yates' house twice without checking whether anyone was at home first. Then later he drops a victim off at the ER without the slightest worry that anyone will see him or his number plate. Even Deb agreeing to stay under Vogel's care seemed farfetched even if I can imagine her appreciating therapy from someone who knows the truth.
I did like the dreamy close ups of Deb and Dexter as she prepared to kill them both but her plan was immediately undermined by the relatively shallow lake she chose to dump them in. Again it was so blatantly not what the character would do (don't you think Deb would have shot them both?) but designed simply to hold our hand and show us "look Deb can't actually kill him even when she comes this close." Dexter "firing" Vogel wasn't the least bit convincing because we know Vogel must either die or outlive Dexter this season and frankly what did he expect from a psychoanalyst (that's an appropriate title) other than a raft of notes?
Masouka and his daughter having the same laugh was pretty dumb and it's hard to care at all about his character. Quinn still seems into Deb and yet going round and round in circles with Jamie.
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