Misogyny and Parenthood in 810: “Goodbye Miami” & 811: “Monkey in a Box”

Deb Pool Blood

Debra decides to return to Miami Metro just as Quinn decides to dump Jamie. Dexter’s control over his life and the people in it continues to evade him. Just when he is able to pack his bags and leave for Argentina with Hannah and his son, he discovers that his need to kill does not outweigh his need to be with Hannah, thus allowing Daniel Vogel the opportunity to shoot Deb and Deputy Marshal Clayton.

Mornings with Mum: Why Breakfast Is No Substitute for Parenthood

Though Thomas C. Foster in How to Read Literature like a Professor proclaims that “in the real world, breaking bread together is an act of sharing and peace” (7), communion in Dexter always leads to chaos. Daniel (alias Oliver Saxon) responds no more favorably to Evelyn Vogel’s desperate attempt to reconnect with him over breakfast than Rita does to her ex-husband, Paul Bennett, when he brings donuts to Astor and Cody. They each seem to be offering peace; however, donuts and coffee in each case are mere band-aids to the real  issue. Dexter can even be incorporated in this conversation, for he, too, uses pancakes to appease Harrison and his imaginary elephant friend. These parents offer the most basic form of human sustenance to their children in hopes of reestablishing or reinforcing a pre-existing implicit promise of protection and reliability with their children. While Cody, Harrison, and Astor (to a lesser degree) fall prey to this tactic, Daniel scoffs in his mother’s face when he claims that making breakfast for him makes her feel like his mother again, for she “gave up that privilege a long time ago.”

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Guilt, Monsters, and Trauma in 804: “Scar Tissue” & 805: “This Little Piggy”

Debra continues to push Dexter away until she learns that Harry killed himself, driving her to kill herself and her brother; however, she is rescued and she ends up saving Dexter once again, which proves that she will “always choose Dexter.” AJ Yates catches wind of the fact that Dr. Vogel is poking around in his things and kidnaps her. Yates’ murder and disposal brings the three together.

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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.

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Trauma, Futures, and the Hannah-Deb Feud in 710: “The Dark…Whatever” & 711: “Do You See What I See?”

Dex Hannah Xmas

Dexter meets Clint McKay and then takes him out. Deb relentlessly seeks ways to arrest Hannah McKay against Dexter’s wishes, but when she is drugged and gets into a car crash, Dexter stands up for her and her mission and helps her arrest Hannah. Maria LaGuerta solves the Bay Harbor Butcher mystery and pins the blame correctly on Dexter, but his skilled methods of planting evidence seems to get Tom Matthews convinced and off of his trail. LaGuerta persists however and nearly catches Dexter in the act of taking out Hector Estrada.

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Revelations in 612: “This Is the Way the World Ends”

Debra sends all available reinforcement to the tallest skyscrapers in Miami, for she believes this is where Travis Marshall will enjoy the apocalypse and bring in the new world; after believing he has killed Dexter, he abducts Harrison from the Noah’s Ark pageant at his preschool, intending to sacrifice him as the innocent to be sacrificed as the first blood spill of the new world. Dexter runs into questions of karma, fate, and God. Travis Marshall reveals his true crazy as the alpha (Α) and omega (Ω).

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Foretelling Doom, Incest, and Self-Revelation in 608: “Sin of Omission” & 609: “Get Gellar”


Travis finally agrees to work with Dexter in taking down Gellar; Lisa Marshall becomes the whore of Babylon and the atheist professor becomes a part of the Bowls of Wrath tableau; Deb visits therapy more frequently; Quinn continues in his downward spiral following his separation from Debra. Louis Greene, Masuka’s intern, and Jamie Batista get close; he is later apprehended as the man who brought the prosthetic arm from the Ice-Truck Killer. Finally, we discover that Professor Gellar is just as real to Travis as Harry is to Dexter: stone-cold dead.

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Religion, Regeneration, and Reunion in 601: “Those Kinds of Things”


“All is well in [Dexter’s] little corner of the world” at the opening of season six. Dexter finally is moving forward after Rita’s death and losing Lumen. It comes time for Dexter to choose a preschool for Harrison; however, this forces him to face his spirituality and the concept of religion head-on. LaGuerta is promoted to Captain, and Jamie Batista becomes Harrison’s new nanny. Meanwhile, Quinn is planning to propose to Debra when a shoot-out breaks out in the restaurant. The Dooms Day Killers create their first tableau. Religion and regeneration are discussed.

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Atonement, Rebirth, and Hope in 512: “The Big One”


Dexter and Lumen take out Jordan Chase, but not long after Deb nearly catches them in the act. Joey’s suspicions of Dexter nearly come back to bite him once Stan Liddy shows up dead. Dexter is faced with his identity and his ability to be a good father and man. Will Dexter continue his behavior given what (rather, who) is at stake? When will he learn from his mistakes?

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Disillusionment and Parallelism in 510: “In the Beginning” & 511: “Hop a Freighter”

DEXTER (Season 5)

Stan Liddy closes in on Dexter; the torture DVDs are uncovered and Dexter takes Lumen’s out of evidence to give to her; Dexter’s life is slipping out of his control. This treatment takes a closer look at Dexter’s psychology. What will happen next?

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Coincidence, Fate, and Control in 506: “Everything Is Illumenated” & 507: “Circle Us”

The Bodies

Dexter is determined to keep his life compartmentalized so that his after-hours vocation cannot bleed into his everyday life (and ultimately so that an accident like Rita’s never happens again). Although he believes that Lumen is no longer his problem, she calls him and tells him she needs help disposing of a body: she shot one of her assailants. Miami Metro is called there and nearly catches Dexter in the middle of his mess; however, he manages to weasel his way out of it as he usually does. Dexter promises to help Lumen avenge her attackers because he cannot “get revenge for Rita’s death.” Lumen even starts to become a partner to Dexter, someone he cannot help but get attached to. The Santa Muerte killers are tracked down in the Mayan Club and Deb finally shoots one in the head to put a stop to it.

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