'Dexter' Recap: Obsessed Much, Dexter?
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Vogel in the 'Dexter' Season 8 episode, 'Are We There Yet?'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Are We There Yet?" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Oops, Dexter did it again. As he and Masuka break down the evidence at the crime scene of next-door-neighbor Cassie's murder, Dexter wonders if his obsession with the newly-resurfaced Hannah had distracted him from his new protégé, Zach, and led to Cassie's death by Zach's hand.
Then Dexter finds out Zach wasn't Cassie's killer… but his continuing obsession with Hannah does leave open the opportunity for another surprising murder, the murder of another person Dexter had come to care about.
Here's how we got there:
At Cassie's apartment, Dexter immediately suspects Zach as the murderer, as the method of killing matches exactly with how Norma Rivera (who Zach did kill) died. Later, Dex runs tests on the blood he stealthily swabbed from underneath Cassie's fingernails, and it's Zach's blood.
Dexter assumes his young mentee has struck again, and he tells Dr. Vogel, who was treating Zach, that her patient has to die. She wonders if it will be harder for Dexter to kill Zach now that the two have started to bond, and Dexter says no. Dr. V doubts that's true. She also asks Dexter if he had ignored Zach to be with Hannah, which hits a nerve with Dexter, who is already worried that he has some responsibility for Cassie's death.
Because, yes, Dexter has been preoccupied with Hannah. He's clearly still in love with her, and if she's to be believed (she is a serial-killing manipulator of men, after all), the feeling is mutual. When Dexter visits her at the marina to take her photo for a new passport so she can flee, the attraction between them is palpable. Dexter asks her to accompany him on a trip to Fiesta Key, where he has traced Zach.
Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay and Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in the 'Dexter' Season 8 episode, 'Are We There Yet?'
And because Mr. Morgan doesn't have quite enough complications going on in his life, sister Deb is also on his case to take care of their Hannah problem. He tells her Hannah is no longer a threat, which Deb understandably doesn't believe, since, you know, Hannah poisoned them a mere few days ago.