Which came first, the stalker or the prey? That seems to be the theme in this week’s episode of Dexter where our protagonist finds himself matching wits with mob boss Sirko.
Dexter heads home after a routine cleaning of his boat, where he discovered traces of blood belonging to Louis. While wondering how copious amounts of Louis’ blood got onto his boat, Dexter notices that his apartment drapes are askew. Being the oh-so-clever guy that he is, he leaves a message on his own answering machine, pretending to be a friend that was to meet Dexter at a specific time and place. He uses this opportunity to see Sirko leave his apartment, exchanging some heated conversation over the phone where Sirko threatens to not only kill Dexter, but his sister and everyone else on the police force that’s involved with the apparent conspiracy of Victor’s killing. Because of this, Dexter puts him & Deb in a cheap motel and takes all the precautions to not get caught by the Russian mob.
Masuka is spooked because he catches wind that LaGuerta has outsourced lab work. He’s paranoid that he’s getting fired and asks Deb, who questions LaGuerta about it and finds out that she’s reopened the Bay Harbour Butcher case because of Travis’ blood slide. Deb convinces her superior to let her help so that she can keep tabs on what’s going on. She finds out that three of the missing people on LaGuerta’s list were Dexter’s victims. One of them was a wedding photographer and leaves Deb (justifiably) paranoid that Dexter would be recognized by a witness or in photos. He’s insistent that he’s careful, but sure enough, Deb sees him in a box of photos taken into evidence. She removes it before LaGuerta sees it and thus continues her sure-to-be growing habit of covering for her brother.
Hannah, the ex girlfriend of Wayne-the-inmate and potential love interest for Dexter, comes into the station to help retrace the path of crime that she & Wayne had committed years ago. At one of the digs, two bodies are unearthed and upon Dexter’s visual examination he realizes that Hannah’s story doesn’t quite check out. It wasn’t just Wayne doing the killing, but Hannah as well. (Wow, all that with just a visual examination?? This guy is good!) He confronts her with his suspicions and she confirms them, but it doesn’t matter anyway since she’s got immunity for helping the police out with the investigation.
Joey, Joey, Joey… told you getting involved with a stripper, who’s a pawn in the Russian mob, was not your best idea. The owner of the club knows Quinn from his narcotics days and says that all they had to do was put a bag of cash in his car and he’d look the other way. Sure enough, after Quinn leaves the club after an afternoon make-out with his gal, he finds a paper bag full of money on the seat. He has a troubled and conflicted look on his face. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out with our dear detective Quinn (who’s looking more and more gaunt lately… anyone else notice this??)
In an attempt to not endanger everyone he knows by killing Sirko himself, Dexter uncovers that Sirko’s mob is rivals with a Colombian group. He lures the mob boss into a bar run by said group in hopes that they kill themselves off but learns that Sirko, although outnumbered, managed to get away – leaving a body count behind him. Sirko is eventually taken into custody which leaves Dexter worried at what he’ll reveal during interrogation. Their game of cat & mouse continues as they taunt and threaten each other with talks of vengeance and retaliation.
Five episodes in and Deb is now willing to look past Dexter’s dealings. She doesn’t like it, but won’t stop him as long as she doesn’t know about it.