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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)

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