TV Recap: 'Dexter' Episode 801 - 'A Beautiful Day'



Dexter Episode 801
“A Beautiful Day”
Written By: Scott Buck
Directed By: Keith Gordon
Original Airdate: 30 June 2013

In This Episode...

Six months have passed since last season. Things have gotten back to normal for Dexter. He is a soccer dad, he enjoys his work, and he still has time for his evening hobbies. Things with Deb, however, are not as peachy; she cannot just kill a person in cold blood and go on with life. Since killing Laguerta, Deb has left the police force and is now working for Elway Private Security. Dexter hasn’t seen his sister in two months and hasn’t talked to her in a month. He is worried about her. Their coworkers haven’t heard from her in a while (except for Quinn) so Dexter starts looking for her. She hasn’t been home in weeks, her voicemail is full, and her boss hasn’t heard from her in two weeks. He breaks into her bank account and checks where her ATM card has been used - Fort Lauderdale.

Deb is working a case chasing a bail jumper named Andrew Briggs, a guy who robbed a jewelry store and made off with over a half a million in goods. Deb has been “posing” as Briggs’ girlfriend: sleeping with him, shacking up in a sleazy motel with him, snorting lines of coke with him. She is not entirely off the rails, but she certainly is taking liberties with going undercover. Dexter finds her at a grocery store, and she is not happy to see him. “You made me compromise everything I believed in,” she growls. “I hate you. I shot the wrong person in that trailer.” Briggs interrupts and leads Deb away.

Deb calls Quinn and asks him to check up on a fence who goes by the name El Sapo, who plans on buying the goods from Briggs. Quinn couldn’t find anything on him, which he asks Dexter to tell Deb. Dexter runs his own search on El Sapo and discovers that he is not a fence; he is a hitman. Dexter is so scared by the thought that Deb could step into the crossfire that when Harrison accidentally breaks an ugly vase (it belonged to Laguerta and Batista forced it upon Dexter) he loses his shit on the scared kid. He grabs Harrison and goes looking for Quinn, the only one who has had any contact with Deb. Last he heard, Deb was staying at someplace called the Pink Motel. Dexter can’t find Jamie (because she is busy fucking Quinn and both are desperately trying to ignore their phones so they can get off) so Harrison goes with Daddy.

Dexter leaves Harrison asleep in the car while he peeks into rooms until he finds Deb. A gentle knock brings Deb outside, and she is again furious to see him. He defends himself by saying that El Sapo is a hitman, and Dexter is worried she will be killed, too. He is adamant that she come with him, now. Deb doesn’t care. Briggs comes out and Dexter grabs his sister. Briggs attacks Dexter, and the men take their fight back into the motel. Dexter grabs a knife and stabs Briggs dead. Deb falls apart, and Dexter again tries to play the hero, insisting that Deb is lost. “I am not lost! I am in shitty fucking hell, which is what I deserve! You are lost. All my life, I thought I couldn’t survive without you. But it was the other way around.” She won’t let him get rid of the body; she instead calls it in and tells Dexter to scram. She finds a key in Briggs’ pocket and thinks this might be where he has hidden the goods. When the cops get there, Deb says she was working a case, went out for a sandwich, came back, and found him dead. The cops seem to accept this version of events.

Meanwhile, there is a new face around Miami Metro: Dr. Evelyn Vogel, a neuropsychiatrist who worked with Matthews many years ago on a case. She is back in Miami, and during lunch he told her about their most recent case: a man who was shot point-blank, but had the back of his skull cut open and a section of his brain scooped out with a melon baller. Vogel is one of the leading authorities on serial killers and psychopaths, which instantly makes Dexter suspicious. He becomes downright nervous when Vogel calls him to the morgue to specifically ask him for his take on this murder. Dexter is non-committal, reading back what the evidence revealed (which was nothing). She also asks him about Sgt. Doakes, because he doesn’t fit the profile of a psychopath.

After leaving Deb to deal with Briggs’ body, Dexter has a mini-meltdown. Deb’s words really struck him - he is lost without her. He goes to the park and sits on Laguerta’s bench, trying to figure out his next move. Vogel approaches him, and he blows her off - Dexter just does not have the patience to deal with her right now. She leaves him with a manila envelope. Inside are children’s drawings, depicting murder and alienation. They are all signed “Dexter.” He chases down Vogel. “What is it you want?” Vogel is confident that Dexter won’t kill her: “I don’t fit Harry’s code.”

Dig It or Bury It?

Dexter is off to a depressing start. No, not depressing. Dark. It is far darker than it has ever been. Uncomfortably so. The rift between Debra and Dexter is severe, and for the first time, I feel like I might not be on Dexter’s side. Well, okay, I am always on Dexter’s side, but in this instance there is nothing that Dexter can do to “fix” her. I don’t think there is anything that anyone can do to help Deb. Frankly, I don’t think Deb is anywhere near rock-bottom yet.  

I think I found this way more upsetting than I should.

But I am ver excited for Vogel. I think she is going to add a great new dimension to the show. Clearly she knew Harry, so she had to know Dexter as a kid....


Dexter hacks Deb’s bank account to see where she has been spending her money. But first, needs the password. He tries “Password.” No dice. But this Deb - so next he tries “FuckingPassword.” Bingo.

Flashback to the Future

Harry is worried because Dexter seems to be losing his grip on sanity. After being rejected by Deb, a car cuts him off on the road. Dexter cuts him off, forcing him onto the shoulder, and Dexter grabs the other driver by the neck and threatens him - until he sees a frightened child, about Harrison’s age, in the back seat. Harry tells Dexter to “go home.” It’s like he is being grounded.


Vogel assures Dexter that he is exactly what he needs to be, so the two characters become very close in a very short amount of time. Vogel begins to think that these new kills, with the missing brains, are a message from her former patients.