TV Recap: 'Dexter' Episode 805 - 'This Little Piggy'



dexterDexter Episode 805
“This Little Piggy”
Written By: Scott Reynolds
Directed By: Romeo Tirone
Original Airdate: 28 July 2013

In This Episode...

Deb and Dexter are being counseled by Dr. Vogel. Dexter is mad in a way that I don’t think we have ever seen him before. He’s not just mad, but he is hurt. Deb is genuinely apologetic. Vogel sees this as a positive: Deb trying to kill her and Dexter was her hitting rock bottom; Deb saving her brother was her first step towards recovery. Dexter wants to get back to catching a killer - “according to you that’s all I’m good for.”

For the first time, Dexter is happy that Deb won’t be at work. He is ignoring her calls, deleting her voicemails, and is looking forward to locking himself in his lab. But first, he has to go to the morning briefing. Batista is still at the hospital with Janet (who later IDs Yates as her captor), so Quinn is running the meeting. On the agenda today is the murder of Norma Rivera, a housekeeper who was beaten to death in her home. Her ex was in lockup during the time of her murder, so the department turns to her employer, a wealthy Mr. Hamilton. Miller, Quinn, and Dexter execute a warrant for his DNA, and he readily admits he was in love with Norma and they were having an affair. He admits that they had sex the day of her death, but his security cameras will prove that she left his house alone and alive. As Dexter is packing up his car, Hamilton’s son, Zach, approaches Dexter and asks him what the crime scene looked like - something that obviously reminds Dexter of himself, but Zach doesn’t linger on it long. He assures Dexter that his dad “is an asshole, but he’s not a killer.”

Vogel puts on some music and sits for some tea. The idyllic nature of the scene automatically means that something bad is going to happen - and it does. Yates throws a chair through the window, tackles Vogel, and abducts her. Deb, upset that Dexter is avoiding her, goes to see Vogel - and finds the wreckage of the scene. She goes straight to Dexter, who is with the squad at Yates’ house. (He is gone but they have uncovered three graves so far, each marked with a rose bush. There are still three more bushes to dig up.) Dexter isn’t happy to see his sister, but his mood changes when she tells him that Vogel is gone. He feels bad; he should have killed Yates by now. Deb knows that he hates her right now, but wants him to put that aside so she can help him (she wants to help find Vogel, not kill Yates). Dexter’s mood softens and he assures Deb he doesn’t hate her - but he does want to know why she saved him. “I couldn’t imagine my life without you in it.”  The pair slip into the house and find Yates’ cable install records. There are a lot there, but Dexter thinks one of them is bound to be empty, and that would be where he took Vogel.

Yates has, in fact, taken Vogel to one of these houses. His plan for Vogel isn’t clear, but he is mad that her “friend” was in his house and can’t wait for him to find them. Vogel tries to analyze Yates: his mother was terribly abusive and he used to hide under his bed while his mother paced back and forth (her heels clicking on the floor menacingly), raging at him to come out. She tries to sympathize with Yates, but he isn’t buying it. Instead he falls back into his old patterns and sets about breaking Vogel’s toes, one by one. She begs for him not to, promising she can help, but that doesn’t work. Instead, she begins “mothering” him, the only way Yates has ever know: with screams and smacks across the face. She hits him so hard he bleeds, and when he goes into the kitchen for a towel, she grabs the phone and calls Dexter. She leaves the phone line open as Yates returns. Dexter, who almost didn’t answer the call because he didn’t recognize the number, recognizes the voice. He and Deb have been searching houses, but now they have a lead. Deb calls Elway and asks him to track the number. He does, and Morgans head there.

Yates returns and sits with Vogel, possibly ready to listen to her. But then he sees the glow of his phone and realizes what is going on. Vogel screams. Deb and Dexter are close, and they burst into the house, finding it empty. Noises draw them upstairs, and they find Vogel tied up in a closet. She is okay, and there is no sign of Yates - but he is hiding under the bed. He is poised to cut Deb’s Achilles’ tendon, but Dexter spots a smudge of blood on the floor. He announces that they are getting Vogel out of there so they can go look for Yates. But they don’t leave. Dexter grabs a curtain rod, jumps on the bed, and impales him straight through. It’s ridiculous but I love it. 

Yates’ death yields peace for all. Deb is almost pleased to watch Dexter do what he does best. Dexter and Deb seem to back to their old selves - or at least well on their way. Dexter even seems to have forgiven Vogel for keeping notes on him. He takes both women out on his boat as he dumps Yates. Vogel asks why Dexter chose to bring them with him on the body dump. “I wanted to be with family.” 

Also: Masuka is very excited to form a relationship with his daughter. But Quinn starts putting ideas in his head, (“Are you sure she isn’t after something?”) and he starts asking Nicki questions. Her mom died recently, leaving her an orphan and looking for a sense of family. Of course, then she asks Masuka to pay for coffee. And a muffin. And a burrito to go. He gets nervous, and hires Deb to run a background check.

Dig It or Bury It?

The tone of tonight’s episode was one I wasn’t expecting, and one I don’t think we see very much on Dexter. It was one in which “normal” emotions and familial conflicts (sibling arguments and reconciliation) are presented exactly as-is. The family drama is not hiding Dexter’s dirty little secret. In fact, as the episode comes to a close, Dexter, Deb, and Vogel become a cohesive family unit - and possibly the least dysfunctional family on the planet (well, as far as dysfunction within the family unit goes).

I don’t like that the Brain Surgeon case is just wrapped up neatly, five episodes in. Was this just to kill time? Was Yates really the Brain Surgeon? Most of this season thus far has been focused on the Brain Surgeon; now, clearly, our focus is going to turn to Zach Hamilton, who is a Dexter-in-training. The moment that kid walked into frame, you could just feel the sociopath oozing out of him. When he asked Dexter about Norma’s crime scene, it was like he was acting out that scene a few episodes ago, where Harry describes to Vogel how Dexter asked him about crime scenes. Even without the scenes-from-next-week, which essentially confirm this, you know that kid is bad news.

Flashback to the Future

After Dexter kills Yates, Vogel’s first question is to Deb, to make sure she is okay. She is - she even smiles. Vogel is proud of her, and Deb half-jokingly says, “The family that kills together...” Vogel says that Harry would be proud. He was always afraid that Deb and Dex would grow apart as they grew older.

Psycho Babble

Vogel turns to “mothering” Yates as a way to save herself. When being nice doesn’t get through to Yates, she takes on a harsh, abusive tone, calls him names, and hits him. This is the only kind of “love” Yates has ever known. After she has broken him down, she can start to build him back up. The things he does with the women he abducts, Vogel explains, is search for the connection he didn’t have with his mom. This right here is a real human connection. She puts his arm around him, and he may have gone along with her on it if he hadn’t seen that his phone was on.


Dexter is keeping an eye on Zach, who now seems to be under Vogel’s treatment. She suggests they teach Zach the code, and I think Dexter is a little jealous.