'Dexter' Recap: It's All About Family, Guys
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "This Little Piggy" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
"You turned me into a murderer of an innocent woman, and made me an accomplice to your decades-long serial killer spree!"
"Well, you tried to kill me by driving us both into the ocean!"
"Yeah, but I saved you!"
"Which you only had to do because you TRIED TO KILL ME!"
"Eh, let's call it even and be brother and sister again."
We're not quoting directly, mostly, from "This Little Piggy," the fifth installment of "Dexter" Season 8, but that pretty much sums up the whiplash speed at which Dexter and Debra's relationship has spiraled out of control and back into alignment in just a handful of episodes in the series' final season. Here's how they got there …
Joey Quinn, Aspiring Sgt.
Since he passed that sergeants exam, Quinn is going all he can to prove himself worthy of Angel's consideration to promote him to sergeant. That means taking on the politically charged Norma Rivera murder case, in which the victim is, er, was, the maid — and mistress — of a very wealthy man. Quinn wants to question the very wealthy, and randy, Mr. Hamilton, but Chief Matthews cautions him to tread lightly; after all, the Hamiltons "are good friends to Miami Metro."
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Dexter, Quinn, and Det. Miller (Quinn's rival for the promotion) head off to question Mr. Hamilton, who confesses to an affair with Rivera, and offers security camera proof that he didn't kill her. His son, on the other hand, may prove to be the more interesting member of the Hamilton clan …
The Psychopath Whisperer vs. the Psychopath
Having brokered the thawing of relations between relatives Dexter and Deb, Dr. Vogel is flipping through a stack of mail — with her favorite song, Cass Elliot's "Make Your Own Kind of Music" — playing happily in the background, when A.J. Yates crashes through her windows and threatens to kill her if she tries to get away.
Deb plans a pop-in at Vogel's, only to happen upon an open door and a living room covered in glass ... she knows Vogel's in trouble, and she tracks Dexter down to A.J. Yates' house to get help.
Dex and his Miami Metro cohorts are dealing with their own discoveries, which Masuka pithily describes as "cray cray": Yates has multiple women buried in his backyard, and Masuka has determined that he not only buried them with their purses and IDs, but he also broke all of their toes before killing them.
But Dexter and Debra have more immediate Yates problems to deal with, as Deb tells her bro Vogel is missing, and he knows it's Yates who has Psychopath Whisperer-napped her. Deb tells Dex she wants to help find Vogel, but he first asks her why she saved him after trying to drown him. "I knew you were going to die, and I couldn't imagine my life without you in it." (Well, except for those few minutes when, you know, I tried to kill you).
Dexter: "So, what … now everything just goes back to normal?"
Deb: "It was never normal."
You said it, sister.
And They're Off
Dexter and Deb make a plan to ferret out Yates, while we see he has taken Vogel to an empty house in another part of Miami. Yates is angry at his doctor … he's upset that she ordered brain surgery performed on him. She says it was for his own good (more of her rogue methods of treating psychopaths), but he's not buying it. Plus, he knows she aimed Dexter at him, so she's staring down a double barrel of Yates' rage, and her attempts to manipulate and soothe him are not working.