Dexter Episode 802
“Every Silver Lining...”
Written By: Manny Coto
Directed By: Michael C. Hall
Original Airdate: 7 July 2013
In This Episode...
Dr. Vogel gave expert testimony in one of Harry’s cases. He knew she specialized in child psychopaths, and was at his wit’s end with Dexter, so he went to her for help. Vogel never met Dexter (Harry didn’t want Dexter to think he was sick) but she helped “create” Dexter. She knew he would become a killer, and when small animals weren’t enough to sate his homicidal urges, she and Harry created The Code. She didn’t turn him in because he “got under her skin.” Vogel came to care for Dexter, even considering herself his “spiritual mother.”
Vogel tells Dexter all of this because now she feels the need to call in a favor. The chunk of brain that had been removed from last week’s victim turned up on Vogel’s doorstep, and she thinks one of her former patients may be responsible. She can’t go to the police because Dexter wasn’t the first psychopath she treated in an “unorthodox” manner - what some might consider illegal. Dexter doesn’t take requests, but she sends him home with some DVDs of her sessions with Harry, in hopes that Dexter will change his mind.
A new victim of the Brain Surgeon shows up (as dubbed by Masuka). This one has been asphyxiated, not shot, and laid out on display in a skate park. His head is again sliced open, the same chunk of brain removed. Like at the previous crime scene, the murder weapon - a plastic bag - is nearby, tied to a post. Vogel shows up at the crime scene, and tells Dexter she got this guy’s brain segment as well. She goes with him back to the lab, where he is running an ID on prints he pulled off the plastic bag. He gets a match - Lyle Sussman. Vogel never treated a Lyle Sussman. Dexter goes to Sussman’s house where it looks like he hasn’t been in a while. He finds evidence that Lyle owns a hunting cabin, but before he can go, he is buzzed for another crime scene.
Deb, meanwhile, has been following up on the key she found on Briggs. This leads her to a storage unit, where she finds a sack with the stolen jewels. El Sapo has followed her, and he really wants the jewels. They fight, but El Sapo gets the upper hand, beating and stomping Deb soundly. He holds his gun to her head, then changes his mind: “You are lucky I only kill people when I am paid to.” Instead, he takes her gun, the jewels, and locks her in the unit.
The crime scene Dexter arrives at is El Sapo, shot to death in his car. Dexter is worried that whoever killed El Sapo is after Deb next. He bags a piece of broken glass that has blood on the outside (might belong to the killer) and heads to Deb’s house to check on her. Deb has escaped from the storage unit, and is asleep on the couch, amid a disaster zone of beer bottles, dirty laundry, and unopened mail. She wakes, and is pissed to see Dexter there. He sees her bruises and tells her about El Sapo. Deb doesn’t care, and certainly doesn’t want Dexter to care about her. He leaves, dejected, and heads to Lyle’s cabin, in hopes of an easy kill to take his mind off things. The cabin is a charnel house, and Dexter discovers he is too late - Lyle has been killed and strung up on a meathook. Dexter reports back to Vogel, who is worried because Dexter is agitated. But it is not Lyle he is agitated by; it is Deb. He refuses to offer any other details about Deb.
Dexter runs the blood on the glass he found and is surprised to find it belongs to Deb. Deb has come into the station to give a statement, where she is greeted warmly by her former coworkers. Deb is uncomfortable. Quinn takes her statement in an interrogation room (the briefing room is in use) which allows Dexter to watch. When Quinn shows her the El Sapo crime scene photos, Deb has a panic attack. Dexter intervenes and takes her outside to calm down. He knows she killed El Sapo. Deb doesn’t remember what happened - she was angry, she wanted the jewels back, next thing she knew, she was standing over a dead body. Dexter is a little saddened that she didn’t call him to help with the body, but she is here now for help: she needs Dexter to switch her gun out of the evidence locker. Dexter gets big brother-y on her, which infuriates Deb. “It’s not the first person I shot, probably won’t be the last. Anything can happen in this hell hole that is now my life.” Dexter realizes the old Deb died in that shipping container. He swaps Deb’s gun out of evidence, but will never get used to doing this for her.
Vogel calls Dexter - she thinks there is someone in her house. Dexter tells her to wait in her car until he can get there. He arrives and checks out her house - no one there. Vogel enters cautiously, and discovers a DVD waiting for her on her computer. It is a video of Lyle killing the guy who ended up in skate park. There is someone else in that room, someone who is coercing Lyle into asphyxiating the victim. Dexter feels like he failed for not having figured that out. He finally admits that he has destroyed Deb, that he was a mistake. Vogel hugs him, motherly, and assures him he is perfect.
Dig It or Bury It?
I am really absorbed in this Dr. Vogel storyline. First off, we are getting all sorts of fascinating details from Dexter’s childhood, and more interestingly, how Harry dealt with a psychopathic child. It is something we haven’t really explored. I think the general assumption has always been that Harry just approached his son with cold, logical detachment. But to see him cry, that was a unique experience.
I feel like Vogel is up to something. Perhaps she is just a little bit of a mad scientist; perhaps there is something far more sinister going on with her. After all, Hannibal Lecter was a renown psychotherapist. Is she the killer, the “big bad” this season? Was that her coercing Sussman to kill? And if she is the killer, is she doing it as a test to Dexter, or a narcissistic test to herself, to prove that she is in fact the smartest killer in the room?
Flashback to the Future
In the recorded sessions between Harry and Vogel, Harry relates to her a story from when Dexter was 10 years old. He was pestering his father to take him to a real crime scene. Harry gives in , in hopes that it would shock him out of his obsession. Instead, Dexter was fascinated by the scene, admiring it like a painting. Dexter remembered that day - he wanted to be that artist. He also remembers stealing a bloody glass fragment from the scene as a souvenir. This is where his blood slide obsession began.
In another session, Harry talks about Dexter’s third kill, a drug dealer. This was the first time he made his victim look at pictures of his victims - Dex said it was just something he needed to do. This encouraged Vogel: he is following the program.
Dexter admits that he wish he had known Vogel years ago. He could have used someone to talk to when Harry died. This surprises Vogel - people like Dexter don’t usually seek out an emotional connection.
Vogel refers to Dexter as “her creation” and groups him in with other psychopaths as “people like you.” Dexter doesn’t like be talked about like he is less than human. Vogel assures him that it is quite the opposite. “I believe that psychopaths are not a mistake of nature, but a gift that helps the human race become civilized. Without psychopaths, mankind wouldn’t exist today.”
Words of Wisdom
Dexter, at the new crime scene: “Miami makes more murder victims than sunburns.”
Out of the Mouth of Masuka
When Deb comes into the police station, Masuka gives her a big hug and says, “You know, if I were to cop a feel, it wouldn’t be sexual harassment anymore.” (Well, it would be, but not workplace sexual harassment.)
Deb breaks down and confesses to Laguerta’s murder - or tries to.