After Speltzer manages to get away last episode, Deb is left shaken by her near-brush with death. She can’t stop thinking about Rita and Dexter’s connection with the constant tragedies. She begins to question the circumstances revolving around her sister-in-law’s murder, and with good reason. When you suddenly find out that the brother you thought you knew is a serial killer, you’d begin to look at all the deaths that have happened in his life differently too!
Miami Metro nabs Speltzer and has him in custody. Deb takes this opportunity to break him and succeeds, until he’s freed from jail when the dashboard cam puts into question whether he verbally accepted his Miranda rights or not. The anger and frustration of this guy walking free leaves Deb feeling noticeably conflicted on what she knows about Dexter. She attends the deceased girl’s funeral and sees Speltzer there, smile on his face, sending her into a flying rage.
The Russian mafia is feeling the heat when the police constantly barge into the strip club looking for answers. The Big Bad decides to use the bartender as their patsy and pays the poor man a visit. Sirko promises that the man’s family will be taken care of financially if he will do him this favour: write a suicide note and kill himself. When the police arrive on the scene, Quinn is ready to write this off as case closed, but Batista is not as convinced.
There seems to be a budding, albeit slightly twisted, romance starting up between Dexter and the former girlfriend of the inmate from episode 3. Maybe she reminded him of his deceased wife, but their first encounter last episode left him flustered and fumbling for his DNA swab kit. This time, he sees her at the police station when she agrees to helping them find the other buried bodies. Cue the sparks flying between these two damaged people!
After a failed first attempt at ambushing Speltzer, Dexter finds himself knocked out and set loose in the madman’s maze with a note that said nothing but “Run.” He manages to get away and plots his return to get him a second time. This time proved more successful and rather than performing his usual ritual, Dexter took this as a first step in breaking the cycle. No saran wrap, no blood slide, no dismemberment. While watching the smoke leave the chimney of the crematorium, he turns to see Deb come by to pick him up. Surprised that she had come, they both are even more surprised when Deb admits that Dexter killing Speltzer leaves her feeling “glad.”
So where does that leave our dear Deb Morgan now? Shock. Anger. Denial. Understanding. And now acceptance, perhaps? It’ll be interesting to see where they take her character with the rest of the season. With how she’s been back and forth with her feelings on Dexter’s dark passenger secret, it could really go either way. She could be his biggest obstacle or greatest ally.