TV Recap: 'Dexter' Episode 708 - 'Argentina'



Dexter Episode 708
Written By: Arika Lisanne Mittman
Directed By: Romeo Tirone
Original Airdate: 18 November 2012

In This Episode...

Oh Dexter... will your life ever not be complicated? Doubtful. He is still screwing Hannah and unsure if what he is feeling is love. Deb wants him to kill her. Dexter visits with Deb to explain that he won’t kill Hannah. She argues, claiming she fits his code, she has done all the vetting, she and Sal Price were so close to nailing her. Dexter doesn’t want Deb any more involved than she already is. Ordering a hit is not Deb, and she would regret it eventually. Deb isn’t happy, but she backs down. To make things even more complicated, Harrison’s grandpa has to have emergency kidney stone surgery, so Harrison is coming home early - with Astor and Cody. Deb agrees that with Isaak running around, it is safer if the kids stay with her.

Geroge and Isaak arrange for a lookalike to head off in Isaak’s car, meaning the cops follow the fake while Isaak heads off for a bit of revenge. He tries to kill Dexter in a drive-by of dexter’s favorite donut shop, but fortunately-timed butterfingers has Dexter kneeling to pick up his keys as the bullets whizz by. Later that day (after he drops off the donuts at work) Dexter heads to Isaak’s apartment to kill him or booby-trap it to kill him. Instead he meets with another hitman, also there to kill Isaak. He doesn’t want to share the glory with Dexter (and fears his bosses will be mad if someone else gets to claim the hit) so he attacks Dexter. Dexter slashes his throat and leaves him there as a warning to Isaak. When Isaak finds the body, he decides to let Miami PD take care of it.

Dexter spends some family time with Jamie, Deb, and the kids at Batista’s new restaurant. After he tucks the kids into bed at Aunt Deb’s house, he goes to see Hannah. His visit is meant to tell her that he won’t be around much for the next few days because of the whole Isaak thing - he neglects to mention the children. She offers him the use of her van in case Isaak recognizes his car. Dexter loves that he can be honest with Hannah and she is not judgmental. They end up in bed together.

The next day, Dexter is called to the hitman murder at Isaak’s place. He leaves early for a beach trip with the kids. While there, Hannah calls. She left her greenhouse keys in the van and offers to swing by to pick them up. Dexter hesitates, but tells her where he is. When she arrives, Jamie and the kids are in the water - and they are calling to Dexter. Hannah assumes that Dexter is a married man, so he relents and tells her the truth: that is his nanny, his son, and his stepkids. He kept them a secret from her both because of a lack of trust, and also not to scare her away. Hannah is wistful. Once upon a time, she wanted to be married and have a mess of kids. She takes her leave without interfering with their family time, but hopes one day she can meet the kids. Dexter is totally in love.

That night, Dexter checks in on Deb after she put the kids to bed. She is complaining good-naturedly about babysitting when she notices Dexter’s keys, which he tosses on the table out of habit. They have an orchid keychain on them and Deb immediately puts it together. (Get ready, this is where the hysterics come in.) She asks if he is fucking her, if this is why he wouldn’t kill her. Deb is hurt, worse so when Dexter admits that he has feelings for Hannah. That is only part of why he won’t kill her - the rest of what he told Deb still holds true. Dexter asks if being with Hannah is worse than him being a serial killer - Deb doesn’t know how to answer. “I am not asking your permission to see her, but I don’t want to hurt you,” he insists. Deb literally becomes hysterical and finally blurts out the real reason why she went to find Dexter in the church - that she was going to tell him she is in love with him. Was in love with him. “I don’t even know if I fucking like you.” “What do you mean, you are in love with me?” You can see Dexter’s world just come crashing down. “I know, it’s weird and gross and fucked up and you don’t feel the same. You’re a serial killer and I’m more fucked up than you are!” Dexter doesn’t know what to say, which is just as well - Deb is mortified and tells him to leave.

So Dexter leaves. He really needs a kill right now, and goes straight for Isaak. He follows him to a bar and plans to give him a half dose of tranquilizer so the cops on his tail think he is just helping a drunk friend to the car. He approaches Isaak, who looks weary, and announces Dexter’s name loudly to the bartender so that Dexter won’t be tempted to kill him. Instead, Dexter has a drink with him, and the two have a surprisingly intimate discussion. Isaak is gay (they are in a gay bar) and Viktor was his lover (I thought he was his son) which is why Isaak is so devastated by his death - it is the one thing money and power can’t buy. There is resignation in his voice. The hitman who came for him was one of George’s men, and George wouldn’t make a move without the approval of the Brotherhood (which he got) They discuss the merits of revenge, affairs of the heart, and Isaak ends the evening with regret: “Under different circumstances, I think we could be great friends.”

Dig It or Bury It?

Holy fuck, that was exhausting. Way too much of an emotional roller coaster. Between this, The Walking Dead, and Homeland, Sunday night is an exhausting night to be a TV viewer. I knew that Deb’s whole “I’m in love with Dexter” thing was going to pop back up in this episode (no matter how much I wanted the whole creepy thing to disappear behind the "my brother's a serial killer" drama), because they mentioned it in the recap (and they only bring up shit that will be pertinent) but I never thought that Deb would actually blurt it out. I guess that’s what happens when you get overemotional. You can actually see Dexter’s world crumble when she says that. I think I stopped breathing for a few seconds there. Yeah, I get way too absorbed - but I’d like to think that the show is just so damned absorbing. 

Something this season is going to come down to Dexter essentially having to choose between Hannah and Deb. And frankly, I don’t know if Deb’s confession is doing her any favors in that department. 

Flashback to the Future

There were a lot of humorous moments in tonight’s episode, but this one, between Dexter and Harry in the donut shop is among my favorites:
Harry: “That’s your plan for keeping Deb from going over the edge? A massive sugar rush?”
Dexter: “I’m not going to stop seeing Hannah just because she’s a murderer and Deb wants me to kill her.”
Harry: “Do you hear what you just said?”


Isaak kidnaps Hannah, making Dexter his bitch.