Happy Birthday, James Remar!

December 31, 1953.

James turns 62 today.

James portrayed Harry Moragn.

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ANSWER: How many people does Dexter kill outside of the Code?

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A. 0

B. 5

C. 10

D. 12

E. All of them

There are nine on-screen kills that do not fit the Code.

  1. Oscar Prado, “Our Father” (301)
  2. Nathan Marten, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (303)
  3. Camilla Figg, “Easy as Pie” (307)
  4. Jonathan Farrow, “Slack Tide” (407)
  5. Rankin (the poor man in the bathroom), “My Bad” (501)
  6. Stan Liddy, “Hop a Freighter” (511)
  7. Norm (the motel owner), “Nebraska” (607)
  8. “Avon Lady” (in Isaak Sirko’s apartment), “Argentina” (708)
  9. Clint McKay, “The Dark… Whatever” (710)
  10. Andrew Briggs, “A Beautiful Day” (801)

Dexter also planned to kill Maria LaGuerta in 712. Had Debra not killed her, she would have been an eleventh kill outside of the Code.

For a wonderfully comprehensive list of all of Dexter’s kills, click here.

Trivia Tuesday: How many people does Dexter kill outside of the Code?

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A. 0

B. 5

C. 10

D. 12

E. All of them

Dissecting Dexter’s Consequences in 812: “Remember the Monsters?”

Lumberjack Dexter, Hannah, and Harrison almost make it on their flight to Rio when Jacob Elway shows up at the airport, threatening the life they planned to share together. After getting airport security onto Elway’s case to defuse the situation, Dexter inadvertently delays all succeeding flights until after Hurricane Laura passes through Miami. Meanwhile, news that Debra is in critical condition after getting shot by Oliver Saxon reaches Dexter shortly after this delay, fortifying his desire for vengeance upon the Brain Surgeon. Though Dexter believes he has transcended the need to kill, his petulance toward Saxon makes this kill far more personal than any other kill he has performed. Once Saxon is taken care of, the only loose end left in Miami is Debra, who would otherwise be left to vegetate in Miami Central hospital. Continue reading “Dissecting Dexter’s Consequences in 812: “Remember the Monsters?””

Doppelgangers, Brotherhood, and the Oedipal Complex in 808: “Are We There Yet?” & 809: “Make Your Own Kind of Music”

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Dexter discovers that Zach Hamilton has absorbed the Code through the observation of his Spiritual Father. Hannah McKay further complicates Dexter’s already convoluted situation by consuming his every waking thought and involuntarily impairing his decision-making skills. Debra’s difficulty with her brother’s life choices and unmistakable vengeance against Hannah compels her to put Jacob Elway on her trail, ultimately leading us to Dexter’s final path of destruction.

Continue reading “Doppelgangers, Brotherhood, and the Oedipal Complex in 808: “Are We There Yet?” & 809: “Make Your Own Kind of Music””

Dexter’s Demons in 806: “A Little Reflection” & 807: “Dress Code”

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Zach Hamilton is taken on as Dr. Vogel and Dexter’s spiritual son once it becomes clear that Miami Metro has no evidence to incriminate him for Norma Rivera’s murder. Debra, upon being drugged by Hannah McKay, inadvertently gives Dexter an ultimatum: choose safety for yourself and your family, or choose Hannah McKay.

Continue reading “Dexter’s Demons in 806: “A Little Reflection” & 807: “Dress Code””

Did Vogel Kill Harry? A TV.com Opinion Piece

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A user on TV.com suggested, just after episode four of season eight aired, that Dr. Evelyn Vogel killed Harry Morgan.

Abo_Malek’s main argument is that law enforcement generally use firearms to commit suicide, rather than overdosing, as Harry does on his heart medication.

I must preface my response with the fact that I understand that this user was projecting their ideas at the time that the fourth episode was aired, and so they did not have enough information regarding Vogel at this point in time, nor had we seen Dr. Vogel’s full character arc.

Because Hannah McKay, the poisonous female (in every sense of the word) antagonist, was a key component of season seven, I am inclined to believe that the writers of Dexter would not impute the same modus operandi in the following season. We do not have concrete proof of Abo_Malek’s point; however, we do have experience with crooked therapists. Dexter’s target in “Shrink Wrap” (S1E8), Dr. Emmett Meridian, pushed his powerful female clients to suicide when they were most vulnerable. While this was Dr. Meridian’s way of channeling his own Dark Passenger, Evelyn Vogel’s own dark curiosities (we can even call it her Dark Passenger) were further displaced. She compelled Harry to teach Dexter to kill by the Code, rather than counselling Dexter directly.

If we assume that Dr. Vogel pulled a “Dr. Meridian” on Harry by compelling him to kill himself, this would befit the situation that unfolds in that Vogel is willing, and desires, to step in as his mother figure, and the only way to do so was by eliminating the middleman.

Vogel is a known scholar in sociopathic and psychopathic behavior; her Frankenstein-esque curiosity and passion for her vocation complicates this user’s idea. Harry is virtually her only way to accessing Dexter and his psyche. She is well aware of Harry and Dexter’s profound level of trust and is too wise to believe that she could step in, at the time of Harry’s suicide, and pick up where his foster father left off. Although she wants nothing more than to observe her “creation” up close and personally, eliminating Harry effectively forces Dexter to live inwardly and trust no one. It would be ridiculous for her to believe that Dexter would seek another form of connection beyond his father, for she believes Dexter is a psychopath in every sense of the word, meaning that, characteristically, he does not actively seek human connection.

There is, of course, the possibility that once Harry evinced his unreliability, Vogel could not take the chance in keeping him alive, allowing him to possibly go on to tell someone of their unorthodox therapy sessions. Perhaps she saw him as a liability.

In a way, Vogel indirectly killed Harry through her recommendations; however, I am not entirely convinced that Vogel offed Harry herself. If she did, I don’t think she would keep the videos of their sessions, which could later incriminate her if they ever got into the wrong (or right) hands. As a therapist, she has the legal obligation to forego confidentiality if one of her patients poses a threat to either himself or others (I believe this applies whether or not they are formal sessions).

To read Abo_Malek’s argument in full, click the above image.

Mere Psychopath or Serial Killer? Dexter’s Natural Inclinations in 802: “Every Silver Lining…” & 803: “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?”

Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan in Dexter (Season 8, episode 2) - Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime - Photo ID: Dexter_802_1408

The Brain Surgeon has picked his next victim, compelling Dr. Vogel to recruit Dexter for his help in tracking down who she believes to be one of her former patients. After Dexter goes poking around Lyle Sussman’s hunting cabin, the Brain Surgeon discovers that Dexter is Vogel’s partner in crime, placing them both, as well as Dexter’s family, in jeopardy. Debra continues to fall apart and attempts to confess to Quinn that she killed LaGuerta, but he simply loves her too much to allow her to blame herself for the Captain’s death.

Continue reading “Mere Psychopath or Serial Killer? Dexter’s Natural Inclinations in 802: “Every Silver Lining…” & 803: “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?””

Parenthood and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 801: “A Beautiful Day”

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Jadon Wells as Harrison in Dexter (Season 8, episode 1) - Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime - Photo ID: Dexter_801_1125

Season 8 picks up six months after Debra decided to shoot Maria LaGuerta, the fateful decision that would change the Morgan family’s lives forever. Debra has decided to push Dexter out of her life in order to try to find a way to deal with her decisions, yet Dexter is determined to push his way back into her life. Although LaGuerta is a solved problem, Dr. Evelyn Vogel’s sudden resurfacing in Miami to work side-by-side with Dexter Morgan causes some unwanted tension in Dexter’s life.

Continue reading “Parenthood and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 801: “A Beautiful Day””

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day from Dissecting Dexter!