Dexter Season 7, Episode 12 "Surprise, M**********"
We opened up tonight with Dexter talking to Hannah in prison. What a great, tense way to open the show. Hannah admits that she was the one who poisioned Deb, because Deb was trying to keep them apart. They discussed how Dexter had a choice and chose Deb, as Hannah tells Dexter that she never stood a chance with him. Dexter is absolutely in love with Hannah – she tells him that she would never tell people he was a killer and it seemed like he never even thought about that until she brought it up. For the first time in this show’s long run, Dexter is in love – real love, and he is as happy as he is ever going to get. Hannah tells Dexter that without the pen, they have nothing. Both killers come to a common ground where they know that they would never totally be able to trust the other one. A long kiss goodbye leads to Hannah biting Dexter’s lip and making him bleed- fitting for them, don’t you think?
Hannah calls her friend Arlene and tells her she owes Hannah one. Arlene agrees, pretty easily. Not the phone call I would have on a jailhouse phone, but whatever floats her boat.
LaGuerta shows up at Dexter’s to arrest him for the murder of Hector Estrada. Whoa. I figured it was coming, but not 10 minutes into the show. Estrada is not dead though – where is her proof? I know she found the kill room, but there is no body.
Dexter does the perp walk, as Miami Metro is not happy at all with this. It seems like this is going to be the easy way out here – Estrada will pop up and LaGuerta’s case will vanish. I have really been interested in this case, but wow, the acting and chemistry between LaGuerta and Morgan was abysmal. LaGuerta’s case falls apart in record time and Dexter walks out. And then LaGuerta gets in the elevator with him! Are you freaking kidding me? Like that would be allowed to happen…THIS SHOW!
We cut to a Doakes/Dexter flashback. Dexter catches a key exchange between LaGuerta and Doakes. Back in present day, Batista confronts LaGuerta with her Dexter vendetta and asks about her getting Estrada released. She realizes how it looks and that’s that. There are so many interesting ways Dexter finales can go and this one seems to be heading right down the toilet.
So our tension this episode seems to be will Hannah stick to her word and can Dexter find and eliminate the threat of Estrada. Were those the two questions that fans were hoping this finale would be answering and involving? Absolutely not.
LaGuerta meets with Matthews and Matthews tells her she is going to get thrown under the bus if it comes to it. She begs for his help and he agrees, even though he – from everything we have seen – thinks Dexter is innocent.
Deb heads down to the courthouse and runs into Hannah. As the two ladies go back and forth, saying little nasty things to each other, the police officer guarding Deb has no problem walking away when Deb asks. That happens, right? Hannah pleads not guilty and Arlene slips something to her as Hannah is being walked away. Hannah is taken to the hospital and they try to contact her next-of-kin.
Batista advises LaGuerta to make things right with Dexter later that evening, at the combination retirement party for Batista and New Year’s Eve party. Meanwhile, Dexter tries to use Estrada’s ex to lure him out of hiding.
LaGuerta meets with Deb and apologies for what she put Dexter through. It turns though from LaGuerta and Deb talking to LaGuerta questioning Deb about Dexter’s involvement with Travis Marshall’s death. Coincidentally LaGuerta has received a disc from all the area gas stations from Mike Anderson’s widow and she sees Deb purchasing gasoline on the night of the murder, two blocks away from the murder scene. Of course she has this ace up her sleeve. Now LaGuerta thinks that Deb is protecting Dexter and has made a mistake. “This is only the start of a much larger conversation. Count on it.” – LaGuerta
Dexter runs into Estrada and pays some kids to toss a ball at him. Dexter shows up, drugs him in broad daylight and brings him into his van – at which time Deb calls him. They meet up and discuss LaGuerta’s investigation. Estrada starts coming to in the back of Dexter’s vehicle, which strangely does not make Deb that happy.
Hannah breaks out of the hospital, while Dexter breaks into LaGuerta’s house. He finds the paperwork for a warrant to search the GPS on Deb and Dexter’s phones on the night of Marshall’s murder. Harry tries to talk Dexter into running, but Dexter tells Harry that the fake life created to cover his murdering ways is real now and that he will not give it up. Dexter wants to kill LaGuerta. All he sees as a way out of this is killing her and saving Deb (and himself).
More flashbacks. Doakes opens up to Dexter about his relationship with LaGuerta and then seconds later tells him he is on to him, because Dexter said a quote that was the same as a quote he happened to read in a murder’s journal. O-Kay.
Dexter has Estrada call LaGuerta from the shipping container they all last partied in. Dexter wants details on the night his mother was murdered, which Estrada provides him for a few minutes until Dexter’s itch is scratched and Estrada meets his end in grisly, dirty fashion.
So Deb is at the party and she wants to find out where Dexter and LaGuerta are. So she calls to find out where LaGuerta’s car is and finds out it is heading to the shipping yard. A frantic voicemail to Dexter asks him not to do anything crazy. MEANWHILE, Hannah is snooping around the outside of Dexter’s apartment.
Down goes LaGuerta, who does not think to call backup. Deb shows up, just as Dexter is framing LaGuerta for the murder of Estrada. This is the line too far with Deb. LaGuerta wakes up and now both sides are asking Deb to help them. LaGuerta preys on Deb’s good side, her being an honorable person. Dexter tosses down his knife and tells Deb to do what she has to do.
And with that, LaGuerta is shot and killed by Lt. Morgan. A hysterical Deb tells Dexter she hates him, as Deb clings to LaGuerta’s dead body. And so concludes Dexter’s seventh season.
Well…I know a lot of you really like this show. I had a lot of hope the last few weeks after being really let down this season. And tonight’s episode took the easiest road possible. If you liked this season, what about it drew you in? I do not review this show because I want to rag on it – I review it because I want to love it. I haven’t, for a few seasons now. I’ll be here next season, to see how it all ends. But I can’t help but feel like this should have wrapped up a while ago.