'Dexter' Recap: Deb Goes to Confession
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "What's Eating Dexter Morgan?" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Precious moments … those have certainly been rare (OK, nonexistent) on "Dexter," the drama about the titular serial killer/blood splatter expert. But when Dexter stumbles out of bed to find out why his son, Harrison, is calling for him in the middle of the night, only to see a trail of bright red liquid leading up to his bright red liquid-covered tot, who then explains he ate a whole box of Popsicles because "I love them," well, that's all kinds of precious.
A small dose of Pepto-Bismol-type medicine later, Harrison's feeling better, but as Dexter oh-so-correctly points out in voice-over, it's going to take a lot more than a shot of pink liquid to help his sister, Deb.
"Thank God for Professional Courtesy"
Which is the only thing keeping Deb out of the hoosegow, after the former Miami cop drove her car into a parking meter and laughed about it when an officer awakened her from her drunken stupor and hauled her into the station. A call to her old pal Joey Quinn saved the day (and spared her from facing charges), but Deb, to say the least, remains unable to deal with her murder of Maria LaGuerta and her bro's killer extracurricular activities.
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Dexter, meanwhile, already has his hands full with "the Psychopath Whisperer" and another victim of "the Brain Surgeon" (which reminds us of Jackie Chiles's great line in the "Seinfeld" series finale: "You people have a little pet name for everybody"). The brain-scooping serial killer has scooped again, and Vogel is on the scene, terrified because she's getting more threats from her stalker.
Dexter tells her he has to go off to take care of Deb, who’s coming undone because she knows all about her brother, and Dr. Vogel yet again marvels at how psychopathic Dexter seems to feel empathy for his sister, something psychopaths aren't supposed to feel …
Welcome to Workout City
Back at the station, Angel informs everyone the FBI has now taken over the Brain Surgeon case, and he tells Chief Matthews that he wants Quinn to get the open sergeant position. "Puh-huh!" Matthews sputters, pointing out that Quinn is hapless and not smart enough to pass the exam. Angel assures him he will pass, even after Quinn started that very morning by arriving late to a crime scene.
Dexter gets Deb to agree to talk to him over dinner, and then goes off to the mall — the Workout City kiosk — to check out the guy Vogel suspects may be her stalker/potential killer. Does Workout City Dude know who Dexter is, or is he just an enthusiastic hawker of pricey exercise machines? Even after Workout City Dude delivers his sales pitch, Dexter leaves the mall uncertain of the answer.
Next stop: Vogel's pad, where she questions Dexter's feelings about his sister. He loves Deb, he tells her, because she's fun to have steaks and beer with, she looks up to him (or did), and she's always been there for him (or, she was). Vogel is relieved when she tells Dexter those are all selfish viewpoints of love, and she happily calls him a perfect psychopath, an assessment that provides her with much more comfort than it does Dexter.