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TV Show: Dexter

Dexter's cover-ups getting out of hand
By BILL HARRIS, QMI Agency


Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay and Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan (Season 7, episode 5). (RANDY TEPPER/Showtime/Handout)


You need a score sheet now to keep track of all the cover-ups on Dexter.

But of particular concern are the current cover-up capers of Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, and his foster sister Deb, played by Jennifer Carpenter.

SPOILER ALERT: This is a review of the Dexter episode titled Swim Deep - the fifth episode of the seventh season - which aired Sunday, Oct. 28 on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada, and on Showtime in the United States. If you don't want to know what happened, this is your chance to exit.

Okay, for me the most interesting thing that happened in Swim Deep was the deepening of the intrigue between Dexter and Hannah McKay, played by Yvonne Strahovski.

As a teen, Hannah was an accomplice of serial killer Wayne Randall (played by Daniel Buran), who committed suicide earlier in the season. Hannah now is co-operating with police to uncover where some of the bodies are buried, literally.

It previously was assumed that Hannah was something of a psychological victim in the killing spree, along for the ride as Wayne wreaked havoc. But Dexter saw something on Hannah's face as she was fondling a small toy that supposedly was one of Wayne's killing "trophies."

Dexter saw nostalgia in Hannah's eyes. Not pain or regret or horror. Nostalgia.

Later, thanks to Hannah's memories and guidance, police found the remains of a husband and wife allegedly killed by Wayne. But upon examining the bodies, Dexter's hunch was confirmed - he realizes the wife was killed by someone smaller than Wayne.

Hannah and Dexter subsequently have a conversation, where Dexter accuses, and Hannah admits. Yes, she killed the female. But Dexter comes to realize that Hannah doesn't care what he knows, because she has arranged for immunity in return for her information.

Near the end of the episode, Deb asks Dexter about the blood work from that particular crime scene. Anything Deb should know? Dexter says no. Regardless of the legal ramifications Hannah might or might not face, Dexter's instinct is to cover for her. Fascinating.

Meanwhile, Deb found herself in a position where she had to cover for Dexter, not once, but twice. Not only did she hide a photo from La Guerta (Lauren Velez) that might have connected Dexter to one of his past murders, but Deb also ordered Batista (David Zayas) to drop his suspicions that the closing of the case regarding the killing of police detective Mike Anderson (Billy Brown) was premature and inaccurate.

I'm pretty sure Batista isn't going to stop. But Deb felt horrible about lying to Batista, in an effort to save Dexter's skin, not to mention her own.

Oh my God, Deb has become as compromised as La Guerta, who was in that office before Deb. Power corrupts, apparently. Also, knowing that your brother is a serial killer doesn't help, either.

Deb informs Dexter at the end of the episode that she doesn't want to know what he's up to any more. "All your stealing and lying and covering up - that's not me," Deb says.

It was just a few episodes back that Deb wanted to track Dexter's every move. Now she's opting for willful ignorance. We'll see if this approach lasts any longer.

Other story lines:

Isaac (Ray Stevenson) is in jail, thanks to a Dexter-arranged ambush by some of Isaac's enemies. Of course, Dexter thought Isaac would be killed. Turns out Isaac won - "So we're looking for the f---ing Terminator," Deb observed - but Isaac left enough of his own blood at the crime scene to secure his own arrest. Even incarcerated, Isaac tells Dexter it's not over. I believe Isaac, although it was pretty naive of Dexter to ask the question in the first place.

By the way, it was pointed out to me by some readers last week that Viktor Baskov (Enver Gjokaj) - the man who killed Mike and subsequently was killed by Dexter - likely is Isaac's son. Good call.

Also, the Louis Greene (Josh Cooke) thing can't be over, can it? He was a class-A jerk, but I would hope somebody at some point might realize that he's gone. Louis, of course, was killed by Isaac on Dexter's boat, but not before pointing Isaac toward Dexter.

So now Dexter may not have Isaac to worry about in a direct physical sense, but Isaac does have cronies.

And what's next for Dexter and Hannah?

Dexter got a vibe from Hannah. Something dark that he recognized. She may end up getting the same vibe from him.

Might the killer inside Hannah be re-awakened? Will Hannah want Dexter to be the new Wayne?

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca




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