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Dexter — Do You See What I See? (S7E11)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, The Dark… Whatever)

The future always seemed distant, blurry, and unpleasant for Dexter, but that all changed when he got close to Hannah. He saw him and Hannah growing old together, raising Harrison into an attractive and athletic teenager. But when Debra gets into a car accident, that all changes. She passes out behind the wheel due to taking too many anti-anxiety pills. Dexter tries to convince himself that Hannah didn’t help her get to that state, he needs to believe that Hannah cares too much about him to hurt his sister. He could help clear her name for the murder of her halfway house counselor if he needed to, murdering Deb wasn’t the only solution. After a secret investigation, Dexter discovers that Deb’s water bottle was laced with a high percentage of the anti-anxiety medication. Since poison is Hannah’s weapon, Dexter is sure that this was attempted murder. Dexter gives up the pen that Hannah poisoned Sal Price with, which leads directly to Hannah’s arrest. Her last words to Dexter were, “You should have killed me.” Just like Dexter, she thought that she would never love again, and he proved that she really shouldn’t have.

I honestly don’t think that Hannah tried to kill Deb. If she wanted Deb dead, she would be dead, there’s no doubt about that. She wouldn’t have done something so stupid and risky as killing the lieutenant in charge of homicide who is also her boyfriend’s sister. She knows that he would figure it out. I think that Deb orchestrated the entire operation to form a rift between her brother and Hannah. And she was given the extra present of locking Hannah away. When she conversed with Hannah, Deb growled “It’s because I love Dexter that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to protect him from you.” And this would definitely protect Dexter from her–if he needed protection is still up for debate.

Tom Matthews invites Dexter onto his boat as a friendly heads up that LaGuerta is looking into him in relation to the Bay Harbor Butcher murders. Dexter realizes that he needs to settle the matter once and for all, so he alerts Matthews of Doakes’ secret boat, the one that he used to dump bodies. Since he was terrified of Doakes, he never spoke up about it before. LaGuerta and Matthews are led to an empty boat shed with plenty of plastic wrap along with Doakes’ fingerprint. As any cop should believe after confronted with such evidence, Matthews wants to drop the case, but LaGuerta immediately jumps to the conclusion that Dexter could have set this all up, he is a lab tech after all. Matthews is blinded by his love for the Morgans, while LaGuerta is biased by her love for Doakes.

Since LaGuerta isn’t convinced, she pushed for Hector Estrada’s early release on parole. Estrada is the last remaining man that was involved in Dexter’s mother’s murder. Dexter believes that once he kills Estrada, he will finally be able to move on with his life, so he sets up a meeting with Estrada under the alias Steve Gaskill, a drug dealer. When Dexter ties Estrada up in a cargo container and mentions his mother, Estrada realizes immediately that he is dealing with Dicky (Well, close enough) Moser. Estrada foolishly mentions that some b**** from Miami Metro Homicide helped him get out on parole, which gives Dexter enough time to escape from the container, leaving behind a calling card, a revving chainsaw. Estrada escapes into the water and Dexter makes a run for it.

Without so much as a goodbye, Nadia skipped town and moved to Las Vegas. She needed a fresh start and couldn’t risk staying near the Koshkas. Quinn didn’t just lose his girlfriend, but also his partner, Angel is planning on on tendering his resignation on New Year’s Day.

It looks like LaGuerta is honing in on Dexter once and for all. Dexter will surely make it through the finale, but will she?

Dexter — The Dark… Whatever (S7E10)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, Helter Skelter)

Clint McKay, Hannah’s absentee father pays her a visit. Though she’s wary of him at first due to his terrible treatment of her as a child, she quickly warms up to him. Clint announces his desire to start a crawfish farm, but leaves out that he is a little shy on funds until the next day. When Hannah refuses to give him the $20,000, he storms off. Hannah quickly regrets her decision, but Dexter insists that she made the right decision; no man who would leave his daughter to drown would change that much after a stint in prison. Clint “accidentally” drives into Hannah’s greenhouse, calls her a monster, and blames her for her mother’s death (She died of a broken heart). Dexter is quick to protect his girlfriend, he chokes and threatens Clint.

Clint isn’t so easily scared, though. He arrives at Dexter’s house, makes an indirect threat towards Harrison and a pass at Jaime before trying to blackmail Dexter. He has an eyewitness account of Hannah murdering a counselor at her halfway house, her roommate Arlene Shram. The only reason this wasn’t announced to the police is because Clint was holding out for big bucks from Sal Price, who he had been feeding information all these years. Hannah wants to pay him off, but Dexter knows better: if they pay him once, he will never leave them alone. Without Hannah’s consent, Dexter kills Clint and dumps his body. He should have left him to drown, it would have been poetic justice for Hannah. Dexter says he had “a talk” with Clint to ease Hannah’s pain, but she understands why he won’t bother them again. But before Dexter took him out, Clint made a call to Deb about Arlene.

The Phantom Arsonist takes out his fifth and sixth victims–a woman and her child. The eyewitnesses say he looked like an alien or a monster in his silver suit, because they don’t want to think that a human is capable of such cruelty. He torches someone on a bus and leaves behind a fingerprint that led to no matches. Deb and Dexter both find the arson specialist Bosso to be suspicious, but Dexter vetted and cleared him. He is then led to believe that the newest clue, a sign that reads ‘It’s Bobby’ implies that the perpetrator was signaling someone or something from his youth. After sneaking into the juvenile records department, Dexter uncovers that the fingerprint matches Joseph Jensen, who burned down the school gym when he was 12. He got out of the psych ward right before the murders began.

When Dexter straps Jensen to his table, he blames his ex-best friend Bobby of burning down the gym. Dexter informs him that he’s no longer a kid, he has to start taking responsibility for his own actions. He realizes that he isn’t just talking about Jensen, but he’s talking about himself as well. He sends in an anonymous tip and allows the cops to imprison him rather than taking him out himself. Harry had told him that the Dark Passenger wasn’t real, he just let him believe in him when he was a child to make it easier for Dexter to cope with being a killer, “It’s much scarier to think that the Dark Passenger is no more real than I am.” Hannah had been right about him, killing isn’t a need, it’s just a feeling. He didn’t need to kill Jensen or Clint, but he really wanted to. To belittle the idea of the Dark Passenger, Dexter calls it the “Dark Rider” when he admits that Hannah understands him and he has the choice of whether or not to kill. Hannah tells Dexter that she loves him, to which he responds, “I think I love you too,” which is the only time he could honestly say this to a woman.

LaGuerta’s only lead to a Bay Harbor Butcher that wasn’t Doakes is Dexter, but Tom quickly throws this idea out. When they discover that the cabin was owned by Jimenez, one of the men responsible for the murder of Dexter’s mom, Tom becomes a little uneasy. Dexter’s mom was cut up just as BHB’s victims were. LaGuerta knew nothing about Dexter’s history or his association with Brian Moser, which is surprising as she was a cop in the same precinct during the Ice Truck Killer’s reign. She remembers that Doakes never liked Dexter, and is eager to investigate further. Tom wants to tread lightly because he is sure that Dexter is innocent, he will broach the subject with him because he has known him since Dexter was a little kid.

When George threatens to send Nadia to a sex club in Dubai, Quinn marches down to the club. When he sees George smacking Nadia around, Quinn kills him. He makes it appear to be self-defense by having Nadia shoot him in the arm. Angel knows that this story is nowhere near the truth, but agrees to telling Quinn’s tale of self-defense, and even agrees to letting Nadia disappear.

(My review of the next episode of Dexter, Do You See What I See?)

Dexter — Helter Skelter (S7E09)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, Argentina)

Hannah is ready to take her relationship with Dexter to the next level, but Dexter is unsure how he feels, or if he even does feel. He’s forced to confront his feelings when Isaak kidnaps her. The Koshka Brotherhood sends two hit men for Isaak, and he knows that Dexter can take them out. When he refuses, Isaak was forced to add some incentive. Dexter takes out Oleg Mickic easily and offers himself up as bait for Benjamin Caffrey. Caffrey follows Dexter onto Isaak’s boat, The Fearless, where Isaak lies in wait and shoots a couple rounds into the hit man. Isaak leaves Dexter unharmed, he is “a man of [his] word” after all. As soon as the two dump their weapons, George arrives to take care of business himself. He leaves Isaak with a bullet in his stomach, a somewhat-slow, painful death. Rather than being taken to the hospital, Isaak requests to be laid to rest where his lover was. Before his death, Isaak tries to understand why Dexter is so brave in reality but so scared of emotion. Dexter’s response is that “Death has always calmed me. It’s soothing, predictable, inevitable.” And now that he’s not the one in control anymore, and it’s not so easy anymore. Viktor gives Dexter a small smile and tells him that there might still be hope for him before he shuts his eyes.

When on a video call with Hannah, Dexter manages to uncover the location that Jurg is holding Hannah, in one of the dead Columbian’s house. Deb finds the house, but when she gets there she finds Hannah and Jurg lying on the ground in pools of blood, Hannah still had a pulse. When Hannah’s poison didn’t take effect fast enough, she and Jurg fought and he managed to stick her with his knife. Rather than letting Hannah die–which she clearly wants–Deb calls in an ambulance. She didn’t save Hannah because she wanted to or because Dexter wanted her to, but because she couldn’t have her death weighing on her conscience. Debra Morgan has finally begun to do things for herself.

While Deb tries to avoid the issue, Dexter brings up her admission of love at the first chance he gets. He thinks it’s understandable: they’ve been through so much together and they’ve endured through all of it. That just makes her think that she’s in love with him. She remembers all of the good times she had with Dex, when they were kids and as adults, but now that she knows his secret all it is now is pulling strings, committing murder, and eating burritos. She will still help him, because of their relationship and her love, but she isn’t pleased, especially since she has to help him save Hannah, her nemesis, and someone she thinks Dexter can have no future with. She thinks that no one can ever be safe with a killer, but Dexter reminds her that “you’re safe with me.” That shuts her up, but she knows that he isn’t safe and it can’t end well. He’s always seen the world as “facts without emotion,” but not anymore, not when it comes to Hannah.

When Hannah tells Dexter that she misses him over the phone, he can only muster the word “likewise,” which infuriates Isaak. He has a woman waiting for him on the brink of death and he can’t even tell her that he misses her. Dexter knows that his love (or at least pretend love) never ends well and he doesn’t want to commit and risk harm to Hannah. He blames himself for Rita’s death, he could have taken Trinity out when he first met him, but instead he lost his wife and family. Even if he gets Hannah out of this alive, he’s worried that he will just push her away. When he arrives at the hospital to check on her, he is shaking, and admits that the two times he was scared beyond belief were when he watched his mother die and when he thought he would never see her again. Hannah is thrilled that Dexter finally opened up to her, but when he says that maybe their relationship should be out of hos control for a change, her smile vanishes. Dexter says something that is very troubling for the viewers, “All I know is that when I’m with you, I feel… safe.” Looks like Dex is starting to go soft.

LaGuerta realizes that the Bay Harbor Butcher case is out of her hands, so she approaches Captain Tom Matthews, her old boss. When she clears him of the crime, she enlists his help. He calls her nuts, but realizes that if LaGuerta is desperate enough to do actual police work, she might be on to something. She agrees to help restore his reputation, his job, and his pension for his assistance. She might hate him, but to get BHB, she’ll do anything.

The detectives’ are focused on two separate murders which involve the burning of the victims. There’s a note on the wall of the second murder that reads ‘Bobby,’ who just might be the murderer. The Phantom, as they call him, wore a protective suit and watched his victims burn.

When Quinn refused to assist George with his drug dealing, George forces himself onto Nadia. When Quinn learns of the rape, he throws George through a window and beats on him. But I don’t think that’s the last we’ll be seeing of him.

(My review of the next episode of Dexter, The Dark… Whatever)

Revenge — Penance (S2E07)

(My review of the last episode of Revenge, Illusion)

Mason thinks he figured everything out, so he pays Emily a visit. But he made one little mistake, he believed that Amanda and Emily were lovers when they were in Allenwood Penitentiary. When he can’t get any information out of Emily about their time in prison, he gives Amanda a call. Amanda’s trust for Emily is diminishing by the episode, she doesn’t Emily her to be calling all of the shots and leaving her in the dark, but agrees not to meet with Mason. But when he brings Jack into the equation, she spills, Emily was in love with her since their time in prison and she masterminded the entire revenge plot. When Mason invites her to his place to show her the board of evidence, Amanda tries to kill him to protect her secret. Luckily for Mason, Emily barges in, stops her, and tells him the whole truth. When her dad was arrested, she only trusted him and he left her out in the cold. And now he needs to make amends to her and David Clarke.

Mason meets with Kara to tell her to get as far away from the Hamptons and the Graysons as she possibly can. But then he goes off script and tells her that David was innocent, he thinks it’s penance. Kara has been off her meds, and this bit of information was all she needed to push her over the edge. While Mason is busy, Nolan sneaks into his house to set him up for the murder of Gordon. The chain goes like this: Nolan and Emily framed Mason Treadwell to look like he framed Conrad Grayson who framed Gordon Murphy. After his arrest, “Benedict Clarke” visits Mason to coerce him into taking the blame for everything. When she deems it time, she will give a full confession, exonerating him. Because he does this he will have the opportunity to write the world’s best book and he won’t rot in prison for life (just for a few years).

Kara ambushes Conrad and Victoria with her new information and a gun in hand. They try to weasel their way out of the situation by blaming the Initiative, someone higher up caused the plane crash and they framed David in self-preservation. When Victoria shows Kara proof that Gordon killed her first husband, she takes out her anger on them. While Conrad tries to defend Victoria, Kara forces them to their knees (where they hold hands) and is about to pull the trigger. Luckily for the two, Aiden shows up in time and chloroforms Kara. When she wakes up, Emily is there to warn her that there are some people gunning for her, and Agent Mathis (Aiden) saved her life. She needs to get back on her meds and get out of town. Kara’s last message to Amanda was that she wished she could have been a better mother.

Emily finally appreciates Aiden’s reliable aid and shoulder to cry on. When she hears about Jack and Amanda’s pending nuptials, she realizes that she lost her chance with the boy she loved in her childhood. And who better to bounce back with than an old flame who has been beside her in her schemes and has been seeking her constant approval. When he comes to check on her after Kara left town, she embraced him with a passionate kiss.

Aiden helps Daniel acquire the evidence he needs of Grayson Global’s involvement in NolCorp to secure his takeover. Nolan has the only piece of evidence linking them, and he agrees to hand it over to Aiden because he swore to protect Emily. When Emily finds out, she tries to get NolCorp back for him, but Nolan insists that he cares more about keeping his family safe. Which leads him to threaten Aiden to never hurt her again. When Victoria reminds Daniel that she is his biggest advocate and he shouldn’t make any rash decisions, he has a hard time believing her. He lost any semblance of respect he had for his mother and won’t sway from his plans. While Conrad is giving a big speech, Daniel gathered the power players involved in Grayson Global to announce his discovery of their share in NolCorp. Though Victoria is furious, Ashley stands by him; now that she finally gains something from Daniel (a multibillion dollar corporation), she is loyal.

Dexter — Argentina (S7E08)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, Chemistry)

Dexter and Hannah trade some killing jokes while they prepare breakfast together (with the largest knives they can find). Hannah recalls her dream of going to Argentina with Wayne, it was a fantasy that she will always cling to. When Dexter mentions that his sister is the lieutenant, Hannah gets a little nervous about their relationship; is it possible for them to keep their romance a secret? Dexter doesn’t hesitate to elaborate on the hit that the Koshka Brotherhood’s boss has on him, signifying the first honest relationship he’s ever had. When she drops by the beach to visit Dexter, she sees Harrison, Astor, and Cody (who came to see Dexter for the week), but this doesn’t scare her away. She’s always wanted her own family, but being that serial killer’s girlfriend made it hard, and her relationship with Jake fell apart in the worst possible way. If Hannah can accept Dexter’s murderous side and his children, it really seems like it was meant to be. Dexter clearly doesn’t understand relationships, because he says that “[he’s] not gonna stop seeing Hannah just because she’s a murderer and my sister wants to kill her.” If those aren’t good reasons to back out, I’m not sure what would be.

Dexter refuses to kill Hannah, but insists that it’s for Debra’s own good. She can barely accept who he is and to some extent regrets helping him cover up Travis’ murder, she couldn’t live with herself knowing that she sentenced a woman to her death. Deb won’t drop it, though, she decides to harass Hannah at her place of work, but Hannah won’t crack. Deb will, though. When she sees Hannah’s keys on Dexter’s keyring, she realizes why he wouldn’t kill her. It wasn’t for her own good, it was for his own selfish, disgusting desires. This is the absolute worst thing he could do to her, killing people is something he can’t control, but he can control who he is dating, and this woman killed her sort-of boyfriend Sal Price. She blurts out that she was going to the church the night of Travis’ death to confess that she was in love with Dexter. Dexter is dumbfounded and has no way to respond, he had thought about Deb finding out, but he never planned for this conversation. Before Deb kicks him out she mutters that “You’re a serial killer and I’m more fucked up than you are.” And it’s kind of true.

Harrison, Astor, and Cody return to Miami to stay with Dexter for the week while their grandpa is having surgery. Because Isaak is out to kill Dexter, Deb agrees to take them in for the week. Though she was hesitant at first, she loved having her family over. Dexter, Deb, and Jamie take the kids to Angel’s brand new family restaurant, but lunch is ruined by Astor and Cody’s constant bickering. Cody announces that she smokes pot weekly and clearly wins their battle. Though Astor insists that she only uses it when she’s stressed, Dexter explains to her that these vices can cause more harm than good. Of course this isn’t going to mean anything to a teenage girl. Astor’s grandparents are afraid that she’s going to turn into her dad, but Dexter reminds her that she can grow into whoever she wants to be. He follows his dad’s path for him, and wishes that he had explored life for himself. He promises to keep her little marijuana problem to himself, but she needs to try to wean off the herb. Deb makes it worse by snaking Astor’s joint for herself after discovering Dexter and Hannah’s secret romance.

Isaak lost his police tail for long enough to shoot at Dexter while he was in the local donut shop. When this fails, George contacts the leaders of the Koshka Brotherhood in Kiev about a “realignment” of their management. Dexter’s plan to kill Isaak was foiled when he found a Koshka-hired assassin who was also sent to take out Isaak. When Dexter follows him to a gay bar, he discovers that Isaak took Viktor’s death so hard because the two were lovers. Isaak was afraid that the Koshka’s would remove him if they discovered that he was gay, and in a way they sort of did. When Isaak secures revenge for Viktor’s death, he wants to disappear off the radar to somewhere like Micronesia (his Argentina). If he and Dexter met under different circumstances, they could have been great friends and an even better team.

Now that George is in power, he wants to ensure that it stays that way by having an ally in the police department. He shows Quinn a video of him admitting to stealing the DNA evidence that incriminated Isaak. Quinn is stuck under the Koshka’s thumb for good, but if they toss him to the cops, he can nail them to the wall; mutually assured destruction.

Dexter’s problems get bigger as LaGuerta figures out that he might be the Bay Harbor Butcher. She connects him to the marina near the location that BHB’s victims were found. And when she discovers that he moved his boat immediately after the bodies were found, she gets even more suspicious. As she examines Dexter’s boat, A Slice of Life, she might be nearing the correct conclusion.

(My review of the next episode of Dexter, Helter Skelter)

Dexter — Chemistry (S7E07)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, Do the Wrong Thing)

Dexter tells himself that he wanted to think Hannah was a killer just so he wouldn’t feel the chemistry between them. This can never happen between them again, neither the sex nor attempted murder. But Dexter is intrigued by her, he can’t let her slip away. She didn’t judge him because he kills, because she understands the need to do it. All of the women he’s been with before only loved part of him, Lila loved him because he was a killer, Rita was ignorant of it, and Lumen needed him to save her. But Hannah knows him entirely and she accepts him. Though their relationship might blow up, is it really worth the risk of losing happiness by walking away? Dexter has never felt love and finally has the opportunity to.

On their date Sal Price gives Deb all the information that she needs to put Hannah away. She may be immune to any charges in relation to Wayne Randall’s murders, but she has killed since then, and she believes that Sal can help her prove it. She approaches Hannah’s sister-in-law about exhuming her brother’s corpse, hoping that they can prove that he was poisoned with aconite. But the body wasn’t embalmed, there is no tissue left to test for the poison. They are back to square one with Hannah, but at least Deb got a date out of it. She approaches Dexter about his incorrect blood report, and he doesn’t manage to weasel his way out of it. She figures that he kept it a secret so he could save Hannah for his table. Well… Something like that.

When Dexter dropped Hannah off at her place after their “date,” Price caught them. He has a whole new angle to play for his book, “lab geek seduced by femme fatale.” If he keeps his relationship with Hannah out of the book, Dexter will give him Randall’s last words, Randall’s real opinions of Hannah. Sal agrees to this deal, but also pushes out something extra from Hannah, she needs to tell him everything about her involvement in the murders. Dexter unsuccessfully looks for a dark side to Price so he can lock him up and get his nose out of his business. But before he falsifies anything on Price, he lets Hannah know that Price is gunning for them. She doesn’t need him to protect her, she knows how to take care of herself and has no qualms with killing. She doesn’t do it for the fun of it, she does it because she’s giving into her natural needs. He doesn’t need to follow any stupid code to kill people, he can just do it.

While Hannah is confessing to her involvement in Randall’s murders, Dexter is framing Price for an unsolved murder that he covered in one of his books. He grabs a toothbrush to plant his DNA at the scene and while he’s there deletes all of his research on Hannah to protect her. Hannah is a great actress, she is bawling and looks genuinely sorry for killing the poor woman. She just did it to protect her lover.

After his visit with Hannah, Price wants the scoop that Dexter promised. Dexter tells Price his own little story, of Christy Larson’s killer being the author of her true crime novel; who better to write the story than her killer? Just as the conversation gets heated, Price keels over and suffers from a heart attack. Deb is distraught when she sees her new beau lying dead in Dexter’s apartment, so she immediately accuses Hannah and brings her in for questioning. Hannah placed a bit of completely undetectable poison on the tip of the pen that he always chews on, leaving no trace on the toxicology report. But she doesn’t look the least bit concerned and acts surprised when she discovers Price’s unfortunate death. But as soon as her husband and miscarried child are brought up, she shows genuine emotions and demands that she be let go.

Hannah and Dexter both looked out for each other. She killed Sal just as much to protect him as to protect her and he deleted Price’s book on her. It is incredibly uncommon for people like them to look out for each other, but it was mutual. Maybe it was meant to be. And just as Dexter realizes that he just may be in love with this woman, he gets a call from Debra. She knows that she will never manage to convict Hannah, but she can’t continue killing like this. There needs to be some sort of justice, and Dexter can administer that justice. If Deb needs to ask Dexter to kill someone for her, it’s clear that she has reached a breaking point. Maybe she’s not cut out for being a cop anymore.

When the cops realize that Sirko’s blood evidence has disappeared, they go on a frantic search to find it or the mole who made it disappear. Angel pulls Quinn aside to ask him if he was involved, he’s dating one of the Koshka girls, so he had to ask. When Quinn denies the allegations, Angel drops it. He didn’t think he would stoop so low, but he needed to hear it from Quinn himself. Nadia is just as upset when she finds out what he did to save her. The Koshkas own him now, though, they can always send in an anonymous tip that he stole the evidence. They won’t give Nadia the freedom they promised. To feel better about this blood money, Quinn gives it to Angel as a loan to start up his restaurant.

Though Deb thinks she convinced LaGuerta to stop the search for the Bay Harbor Butcher when they hit another dead end, she doesn’t quit. They might not be as objective because they were friends with Doakes, LaGuerta isn’t buying it. Instead she pulls out a list of cops, to look over by herself. Some of them, including Dexter, have check marks next to them. Are these check marks good or bad, though?

Isaak pays Dexter a visit to promise him that this isn’t over between them. He’s not leaving town until he gets revenge for Viktor’s death. When Isaak asks why he killed Viktor, Dexter is brutally honest, explaining how he killed him as well. The roadrunner is just agitating the coyote further. This can’t end well.

(My review of the next episode of Dexter, Argentina)

Revenge — Illusion (S2E06)

(My review of the last episode of Revenge, Forgiveness)

To prevent Mason Treadwell from discovering that Amanda isn’t who she says she is, she meets with him personally. She explains that she came back to the Hamptons after so many years, because she wanted to face the Graysons head-on, and then she rekindled her feelings for Jack, and now she has baby Carl. She doesn’t have to deal with revenge, because the Graysons will surely get whats coming to them. And she lets slip that Conrad and Victoria might have framed Gordon Murphy, hoping that he will bite. And he did. When he goes to investigate Murphy’s RV, he finds his corpse, left there as a gift to him from Emily. He alerts the police and gets a very inside scoop for his book.

As Treadwell is uncovering the Graysons’ (supposed) involvement in Gordon’s death, they are preparing for their second wedding. The bride isn’t wearing the usual white, though. Her dress is a light shade of gray to show off her impurity heading into this marriage. As a wedding gift, Conrad bestows upon Victoria a gun, so she can protect herself when he isn’t around. Or a final chance to get out of this marriage. Emily and Aiden attend the wedding together, to the displeasure of Daniel, but he gets a dance out of it. Even though he is in a happy relationship with Ashley, he always thinks about what could have been between them. But Emily shrugged off the relationship and tries not to dwell on the past (That’s totally what the show is known for, right?).

During the reception Conrad is dragged away for the murder of Gordon Murphy, and is quick to accuse Victoria of setting it all up. Though Emily set up the crime and planted the evidence, Victoria knew full well of her wedding gift from Mason Treadwell: not having to spend a single night with her husband. The Initiative were not pleased with Conrad’s method of handling the situation, they wanted to take care of Gordon in-house. But they will release him on bail if he gives them something in return. Though Conrad doesn’t know what that something will be, he knows that it won’t end well.

Daniel’s plan to take over Grayson Global with Aiden’s help couldn’t have come at a better time. Nolan isn’t done poking holes in Daniel’s business, though. When he confronts Padma about digging into his relationship with David Clarke and Grayson Global, she is quick to back down. But backing down is quite the opposite of Nolan’s goal, he wants to step further into Grayson Global’s business and will need her help to do so. Aiden is quick to remind Emily that Daniel is no longer an innocent anymore, regardless of any feelings she had (or still has) for him, he is a full-blooded Grayson and he will be collateral damage.

Jack steps further into business with the incredibly shady Mr. Kenny Ryan, which leads them to reopen the bar to a huge party. And afterwards, Jack pulls Amanda onto his boat and begins to reminisce. When they were little kids they thought they had found a treasure chest and Amanda’s eyes lit up with such wonder. And he would give anything to see that look once again, and to do that, he drops to one knee and pulls out a ring. Though he will never see that look from Faux-manda, he will be a happily married man. If they can both stay alive and keep themselves together for that long.

Kara has been nosing her way into everybody’s lives. She speaks to Emily about her relationship with Daniel, and she gets her to admit that she’s happy that she and Daniel broke it off. When you marry the man, you marry the family, and she wasn’t ready (and never would be ready) to marry into the Grayson clan. Kara promises that they will get what’s coming to them. She warns Jack not to let Amanda’s heart break, when there is hope that is usually the next step. And after so many setbacks in her life, she needs a good thing. And until Jack realizes that she isn’t the girl from his childhood, he will be a good thing; a great thing. She pushed Victoria for information about Gordon, but was horrified by the lies she spoke. But after Conrad is taken away, she tries to hurt Victoria by insinuating a reminder to her losing Gordon.

Mason doesn’t receive the credit that he deserves. He might be a self-serving jerk, but he is definitely an intelligent self-serving jerk. He has a huge web of the conspiracy mapped out with red yarn. And the hint from Victoria that Emily was in juvie with Amanda might be all he needs to understand their switch. And since we don’t get to see Emily crossing any faces off with red sharpie, maybe red yarn will have to do the trick.

(My review of the next episode of Revenge, Penance)

Dexter — Do The Wrong Thing (S7E06)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, Swim Deep)

Isaak has no plans to stay in prison, and surely not to die within the walls. So when the Colombians approach him, he badly injured one and threatens their entire gang outside of the walls: The Koshkas are a much bigger organization. And the last thing the department (Or Dexter) needs is Isaak getting out, but it looks like he might walk. Though Quinn returned the money with the pronouncement that he wasn’t for sale, his mind was changed with a simple threat towards Nadia. All he has to do is “lose” the blood evidence implicating Isaak and he and Nadia will be home-free. Quinn does this and only feels a little guilty, surely he’s rationalizing that one innocent’s life is more important than the dozens of Isaak’s past and future victims.

LaGuerta hasn’t given up on the case of the Bay Harbor Butcher, and it doesn’t look like she will. When she poked her nose into open homicide cases, she came across Jordan Chase. It might be a stretch, but BHB might have killed Chase and maybe he left enough evidence for her to track him down. When Deb approaches Dexter about the case, he admits to killing him, but refuses to give up his accomplice’s name. Debra reasons that it was Lumen, and is disgusted by what he might have done with her in their family home after Rita passed.

Sal Price, the author who depicts Wayne Randall’s murders, stops by the precinct to uncover information for his sequel on Hannah McKay. But he stops by Deb’s office to ask her out on a date, first. She is defensive and closed off, she rejects Price because she isn’t in dating mode. But when she has a chance to talk to Angel, that quickly changes. Angel plans on retiring from the police force to buy a restaurant, he’s burnt out from being a cop and he misses having a life. Though what pushed him over the edge is surely Deb’s refusal to follow up on Mike’s case, Deb buys the story. And realizes that she needs to get a life, as well. She calls Sal up and invites him out on the date he had wanted. But on the date, she brings up his writing and coerces his new information out of him. She isn’t pleased to find out that dear, sweet Hannah McKay probably assisted Randall in the killing and is still murdering to this day.

When Dexter breaks into Price’s house to investigate Sal’s information on his next victim, he isn’t surprised that Price’s blood guy figured out that Randall didn’t murder all of his victims. The new information he finds is that Beverly Gray, Hannah’s mentor, was killed by aconite poisoning. Harry insists that it might have been an accident, he shouldn’t jump to conclusions about Hannah, she could have stopped killing when Randall was locked up. His subconscious really wants to believe that Hannah could have changed, but Dexter knows that people can’t change and doesn’t need to find proof otherwise.

Dexter heads to the flower shop to try to get Hannah to slip up about information about either killing her husband or Beverly. He brings a peace offering: a copy of the new police report where he left out everything about a woman killing the newly uncovered body. When he apologizes for the mistake that he clearly made, she is amazed that he is such a gentleman. After gently brushing some dirt off her face, Dexter remembers that this isn’t a social call. To show that he isn’t the stalker that she jokes he is, he picks out a plant for his apartment. He tries to broach the subject of her dead husband, but due to the “doom and gloom” of the subject matter, she edges away from the topic. Once he picks a ridiculous pink flower, she gives it to him as a gift. But arrives at his house that evening with a more suitable plant. After he jokes, “Now who’s the stalker?” she steps into his bedroom to place the flower. Before Dexter can realize that she’s coming on to him, he has to meet with Deb.

Dexter searches Hannah’s property for aconite, which is “beautiful and dangerous, just like Hannah,” and finds that it has been recently harvested. Maybe she has a new target, and maybe it’s him. When she arrives earlier than expected, he has to think quick of his feet when she asks what he wants. “I want to take you out.” “On a date?” “That’ll work.” Though she says that she doesn’t date because Randall messed her up a little too much, she can’t say no to Dexter. He convinces her that for a change she needs to “do the wrong thing,” she can’t keep protecting herself from men, he isn’t Randall.

And on what would be the perfect date, Dexter takes Hannah to see the winter wonderland that she’d been hoping to see since she was a girl. When the snow begins to pour down and wonder fills her eyes, Dexter kills the moment by stabbing her with a syringe. As she’s strapped down on his table, he clarifies, “When I said I wanted to take you out, this is what I meant.” When Hannah accepts her impending death, it throws Dexter off a little. Or a lot. Rather than stabbing her, he tears the tape that held her down and sleeps with her instead. Maybe having some very morbid, deranged sex will work just as well as killing. But is Hannah really trustworthy enough to keep from stabbing him. And if she is, how will Debra react to the news of his new girlfriend?

(My review of the next episode of Dexter, Chemistry)

Dexter — Swim Deep (S7E05)

(My review of the last episode of Dexter, Run)

LaGuerta hasn’t given up on clearing Doakes’ name. She has been combing through Lundy’s notebook and she realized that she wasn’t the only one who thought him incapable of being a serial killer. When she confides in Debra, she sides with LaGuerta, hoping that she can lead LaGuerta off Dexter’s trail. After failing from keeping Deb away from the case, Dexter identifies three men that he killed from a list of possible Bay Harbor Butcher victims. Barnes is the only possible way Dexter can be implicated. He is a wedding photographer who would kill out-of-town wedding guests, and he captured a couple of shots of Dexter at one of the weddings. Deb got a hold of these photos before LaGuerta saw them and took care of the pictures of Dexter. LaGuerta might have noticed Deb’s uneasiness around the pictures, though.

While on the Slice of Life, Dexter noticed a small pool of blood that he knows he didn’t leave. Dexter is surprised and pleased by the discovery that this is Louis blood. His problem took care of itself. Dexter also wasn’t expecting Isaak to be waiting for him at home, so he sets up a fake meeting at a restaurant. While he watched Isaak from across the way, he plead innocent over the phone. But as soon as Isaak mentions his sister, Dexter admits to killing Viktor, but insists that he did so alone. Backed into a corner, Dexter is forced to tell Debra that the Koshka Brotherhood is after him, and therefore her. To protect her, he sets them up in a motel room and has her use alternate methods of arriving to work.

Deb is furious when Dexter tells her the whole truth: he lifted a fingerprint at Mike and Kaja’s murder scene that matched Viktor’s. She forces him to agree never to steal another case from the department, but neither of them are sure if his promise is honest. Dexter refuses to let Deb into his plan on getting rid of Isaak, but he promises that he won’t kill anyone. Dexter leads Isaak into a Colombian bar in the hopes that they will take out their rival for him. But Isaak managed to kill all three of the Colombians and only took one shot to the arm. They match the blood at the scene to Isaak and toss him in prison, no way he can get out of this triple homicide. Dexter visits Isaak in prison to try to understand why he was so set on killing him, revenge doesn’t seem to cut it as a motive, because Dexter doesn’t realize the connection between him and Viktor. Isaak promises Dexter that this isn’t over; he will get revenge for his son.

Angel is dead set on discovering Mike’s actual murderer. He doesn’t believe that Alex did it, there is no evidence but a hasty suicide note that isn’t very believable. Dexter corroborates the original story and Quinn doesn’t really care, so he turns to Deb. Protecting Dexter is her first priority, so she has to deny Angel. She tells him that she appreciates what he is trying to do and she would have agreed with him a few months ago. But now that she’s lieutenant she has learned that they need to back down, they can’t reopen the case. Mike’s killer is dead and that is justice enough. Though Angel tells her that he understands, he is fuming. He lost all respect that he had for Deb and probably for the department. I wouldn’t be surprised if he quit after this.

While Angel is trying to be the best guy he can be, Quinn is stooping back to his old lows. After visiting Nadia at the strip club, he returns to a car with a hefty bag of cash. The Koshka’s know that they used to be able to buy his silence, and hope that this will still do the trick. And sadly, Quinn is the same selfish d-bag that he was in the past, so he takes the money.

After dealing with Angel, Debra feels incredibly guilty. She can’t be a part of Dexter’s life as a murderer. She knows it’s there and she has accepted that, but she can’t know what goes on. Maybe her knowledge of him has changed, but she doesn’t have to change with him. They reminisce about the last time they stayed in a motel together, they were visiting Myrtle Beach. He always watched her play near the water with a careful eye to make sure she was okay, and he was her hero for that. Was her hero, now that she knows the real him, she can’t picture him the same way. She always chased Dexter along the beach, she always wanted to catch him, but never did. And maybe it’s better that way. She needs to avoid his dark side and maybe she will be able to stay the same person.

While Hannah McKay is identifying all of the souvenirs that Randall kept, she plays with a toy giraffe out of nostalgia, not fear. Hannah previously insisted that she didn’t want to relive the past, but when she has a chance to chat with Dexter, she is very open about the first time she witnessed Randall killing. And when Dexter is examining the bodies that Hannah helped them uncover, he realizes that the woman was straddled by someone much smaller than Randall. He takes a good long look at Hannah before he is brought back to reality. He stays silent about this revelation, and lets the cops believe that Randall killed the couple himself.

After he investigates, Hannah can’t stop herself from talking to Dexter. He explains to her how he knows that she was the killer, which just causes her to smile. She won’t directly admit to being involved in the killings, but her smile and evasion make it clear that she doesn’t mind Dexter knowing what she did. She has immunity for all of the murders committed with Wayne, and she’s damn proud of getting this deal. Dexter can find out whatever he wants, and she’ll still be in the clear. With the law, that is.

(My review of the next episode of Dexter, Do the Wrong Thing)

Revenge — Forgiveness (S2E05)

(My review of the last episode of Revenge, Intuition)

Kara wants everybody to know that she is alive, so she returns with a flourish. There seems to be a lot of that going around. When she arrives at Grayson Manor, Victoria looks terrified. As they hug, Victoria grips her flower pruners, seriously debating stabbing her. Kara tells her that she appreciates that they took Amanda in and treated her as one of their own, but you can feel the hatred bubbling just below the surface. The Graysons decide that her sudden reappearance is closely related to the appearance of David’s journals and Amanda’s sudden strength. And when they discover a phone with numerous outside calls to Gordon but none in return, they believe that she is feeding him (and possibly the Initiative) information. Victoria and Conrad plan on keeping their enemies close, so they invite Kara to stay with them, where she’ll be safe. Kara seems surprisingly unaffected by the discovery that Victoria was the “girl next door” that David fell in love with. She never really loved him, either.

Emily wakes up beside Aiden and he immediately reassures her that he is there to protect her, that was what he always wanted. He didn’t tell her about Kara’s return to save her from the pain of meeting her if she wasn’t who she expected. And this brings about the realization that her father lied to her about her mother’s death to protect her, as well. A little girl wouldn’t understand that her mother tried to kill her, and this was the best way to get the message across that she couldn’t see her anymore.

Aiden infiltrates Grayson Global by using his role as Takeda’s proxy to get the information Emily needs. He wants to ensure the safety of Takeda’s investment after the rift in the Grayson family has formed, and he is immediately given transparency into the company. This time Aiden is keeping no secrets from Emily. He lets her know that someone is looking into David Clarke’s involvement in Grayson Global. The request for information was sent by Padma, she wants to make sure that David wasn’t on the payroll when NolCorp invested in the business. But Daniel realizes that NolCorp hadn’t invested anywhere near that time, and is starting to get suspicious. And when Nolan brings up the check from David, she swear she didn’t do anything with it. How much does Padma know and how much will it screw Emily (and Nolan) over?

Amanda is welcomed by the sight of Jack and baby Carl when she awakens; they didn’t give up on her. But while she was in her coma, Kara identified herself to Jack, desperately wanting to be a part of her daughter and grandson’s lives. When Emily tries to cut Kara off from meeting her daughter, you can sense the hesitation that she feels being around the woman who tried to kill her. She does everything she can to drive the knife into the wound by telling her that Amanda never talks about her. And she makes sure that Amanda doesn’t recognize “her” mother.

In a private conversation with her daughter, Kara praises the woman that she has become, despite all of the odds against her. She apologizes for who she was when she Amanda was a little girl, she was sick and had no control of her actions. She was the one who asked David to fake her death. Amanda can’t help but forgive her, because it seems so genuine. Emily, who was crying as she listened, doesn’t mind the apology and tells Kara directly that she thinks that Amanda really does want to forgive her. Emily realizes that the truth is the only way to go now, so she tells Amanda the whole truth. The baby really is Jack’s and she only lied to try to keep her on her side, she has so few allies as it is. The real reason is that she still loves Jack, but she won’t even admit that to herself, let alone to Amanda. But telling Jack would break his heart all over again, and he really doesn’t deserve that.

After some threats from Amanda, Aiden reminds her that he is a much better friend than enemy. And now his allegiance is being questioned when he tells Daniel that Grayson Global might have a stake in Nolcorp. If he pulled it off, Daniel would become the new head of the much richer company. Is this aiding Emily in that it will screw over Conrad and bring Grayson Global to a new standard, or is he getting his own revenge against Emily?

Mason Treadwell, the biographer, is back to cause more trouble for Emily and the Graysons. He wanted to meet the deceased mother of Amanda and wife of David Clarke. While she was in the hospital gown he noticed that she was missing a scar that the real Amanda Clarke should have from a foster care fire. In private he hands her a file and tells her he knows her secret.

After his terrible judgement in the past, Declan asks Jack if they can trust any advice that Mr. Ryan gives them. Jack, whose head is somewhere else completely tells him that he’s a good guy. They use a cleaner that Mr. Ryan gives them, half the price and half the time! When he returns, he offers to buy the bar and forget about Declan’s debt. Even if it’s a significant amount of money, is that really what Jack wants? He’s poured his heart and soul into the Stowaway.

(My review of the next episode of Revenge, Illusion)

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