'Dexter' Recap: 'Am I Ready to Be a Spiritual Father?'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "A Little Reflection" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Dexter's a papa again! Sorta.
Our antihero spent most of "A Little Reflection" tracking young murder suspect Zack Hamilton to determine whether or not the rich kid with a blood fascination killed his father's mistress, Norma Rivera.
But with Dexter determined to stop another serial killer before he really got started, a funny thing happened on the way to his kill table: He discovered he has a lot in common with Zack. So much so that he's decided to mentor the lad in the ways of killing lots of people and getting away with it.
But before all that fun can begin, Dexter and Deb are going to have to deal with a blast from the past: Dexter's (other) fellow serial killer, and ex-girlfriend, Hannah. While the Morgan siblings were having a little catch-up session, they found out their beverages had been drugged, and as they went down for the count, a blurry image appeared before Dexter's eyes.
"Hello, Dexter," Hannah says. "Remember me?"
That's where we'll pick up with the Miami crew next week, and here's what else unfolded in this, the episode that puts us halfway through the final season of "Dexter":
Dr. Psychopath Whisperer Strikes Again
Dr. Vogel may have a big hand in Dexter and Deb being on the road to repairing their relationship, but she continues to cause major problems elsewhere in Dexter's life. It's Vogel who first suggests to Dexter that he shouldn't just write off, and therefore kill, Zack Hamilton, who also happens to be her patient.
Vogel tells Dex she sees "potential" in Zack, the same kind of potential she saw in the young Dexter. "What if we were to teach Zack the code?" she asks.
"He killed an innocent, and he's getting ready to do it again," Dexter says. "He needs to die."
Dexter gets proof that Zack did kill Norma, and Vogel confirms he had confessed the crime to her, but when Dex gets him on his kill table, he learns a disturbing, yet also comforting truth: Zack has a dark passenger, just like Dex. And while killing Norma was about trying to protect his mother — as was his plan to kill his father, which was interrupted by Dexter — Zack tells Dexter to kill him, as he knows if he lives, he will give in to the urge to kill again.
Recognizing the titular "little reflection," Dexter spares Zack, even if it means taking on a certain responsibility for him. "Am I ready for this?" he asks himself. "To be a spiritual father?"
Dorkily Dating Dexter
What Dexter is not ready for? Dating. At least, not dating sweet, friendly neighbor Cassie, who invites him to accompany her on a food truck sampling mission. He gets French fries covered with Nutella and peanut butter — Yum? Gross? We can't decide — but it's all downhill from there, as the usual get-to-know-you questions of first dates just drive home how secretive, and single-minded, Dexter is.
Cassie wants to know if he has any hobbies (none that he can share), what he's passionate about (nothing he can share), and what he likes to do on his boat (nothing he can share).