'Dexter' Recap: Deb Makes a Splash with Her Recovery Efforts
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Scar Tissue" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
With Deb seemingly having hit rock bottom with her post-LaGuerta murder guilt, Dexter asked his new pal Dr. Vogel — the "Psychopath Whisperer" — to try to help his sister deal with her pain, so they could resume their sibling relationship. And in Sunday's fourth episode of the final season, Dr. V appeared to be making some headway.
But then Dexter shared a huge family secret (yes, there was another one) with Deb, and drove her — pun intended — right back off the rails …
Back to the Container
After taking Deb back to the storage container, where she had been forced to choose between shooting her brother or the innocent LaGuerta last season, Vogel points out to Deb that Dexter's life-long trauma, like her recent one, was also born in a shipping container. She gets Deb to express anger about the situation — instead of numbing it with alcohol and drugs — and later shows Deb a video session in which Vogel and the Morgans' late dad, Harry, discuss Dexter plotting his first kill many years ago.
Harry had struggled with what Dexter was about to become, even though it's what he and Vogel had specifically planned as a way for Dexter to deal with his homicidal urges. But Vogel points out that Harry did what he did to protect Dexter, so instead of being locked away in an institution, Dexter was free to become who he was supposed to become (the serial killer of serial killers). She tries to convince Deb that she, like Harry, did what she had to do to protect Dexter, too, when she killed LaGuerta.
Sgt. Joey Quinn?
Yep, Joey Quinn passed that sergeants exam, a piece of news that, when delivered by Angel, surprises no one more than it surprises Quinn himself. "I've just never been this happy to get back a positive test," ladies man Quinn quips to Angel. Whose sister is currently Quinn's girlfriend. In case you needed a reminder of why Quinn is so hapless, and why it is surprising to everyone that he passed that test.
Quinn gets the news of his test triumph while the crew is at a crime scene, where the body of a young housekeeper is discovered, beaten to death. Her wounds, and lack of defensive marks, suggests she knew her killer, Dexter deduces.
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Dexter is then off to stalk, er, scope out, one A.J. Yates, another former Vogel patient who she suspects may be the one stalking and threatening her. Dexter finds Yates on the job, where he's a "bundler" — a guy who installs cable/Internet/phone bundles. "I need to know if murder is part of the package," Dex says. Good one, Dexter.
He does notice that ol' AJ has a big scar around his head, suggesting he's had some brain surgery. There's nothing about Yates having had surgery in Vogel's notes, however … is this another instance of her using unorthodox methods of treatment?
Dexter goes to Vogel's house, allegedly to get answers about Yates' scar (yes, Vogel had ordered the removal of a lesion on his brain), but really to insist that she help Deb forgive him. He needs Deb in his life, he tells Vogel. Why, she asks … because Deb looks up to him? Because, like who we assume is Jessica Biel in that Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" song, Deb is the mirror who reflects Dexter's good side back at him, making it possible for him to live with all the killing 'n such he does the rest of the time? Ooo, Dr. Psychopath Whisperer, you are good.