'Dexter' Recap: Dexter's No Longer Straddling Two Worlds
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan in the 'Dexter' Season 8 episode, 'Monkey in a Box.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Monkey in a Box" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
The point of this final season of "Dexter" (and of the entire series, it seems) is this: Dexter might not have been destined to be a serial killer after all. He may have been "born in blood," left sitting in a pool of his dead mother's blood after witnessing her murder when he was a toddler, but various relationships and actions throughout his adulthood have shown again and again that, unlike true psychopaths, Dexter has empathy for others.
So now, in the penultimate episode of the series, Dexter makes a choice. He's been told by Dr. Vogel — the late Dr. Vogel — and his dead ghost dad Harry that he's trying to straddle two worlds: that of being a serial killer and giving in to his killer instinct, and that of having a "normal" life with girlfriend Hannah and son Harrison.
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Dexter chooses to pursue that life with Hannah and his son, to flee to Argentina and leave his serial killer past behind. Problem is, he makes that choice at the worst possible time.
The Doctor Is Out
Picking up with last week's murder of Vogel by Saxon, Dexter frantically sweeps through Vogel's house, removing all paper files, computer files, and videos that tie him to The Psychopath Whisperer.
"The last time I was in a pool of my mother's blood, I was too young to do anything about it," Voiceover Dex says. "But I'm no longer a child." He calls in the murder. Angel and Quinn arrive and take a statement from him — still in his henley, which is covered with Vogel's blood — as he explains Vogel was a friend of his father's and had connected with him and Deb. He's relieved when Angel tells him to go home, because he's free to go plot his revenge against Saxon.
David Zayas as Angel Batista and Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in the 'Dexter' Season 8 episode, 'Monkey in a Box.'
Early the next morning, Dex arrives at Deb's house and tells her and Hannah what happened to Vogel. Deb's upset, too; Dexter points out they might never have found their way back to each other, post-LaGuerta, without Vogel. He tells her and Hannah he has to square things away with Saxon before he can move to Argentina.