Posted: 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013
By Dan Clarendon
Ready for another happy-happy-joy-joy hour of television gleefulness?
As the episode starts, Dexter and Masuka are examining the once-sexy, now-dead body of of poor neighbor Cassie. Dexter finds blood under her fingernails, which he presumes to be Zach's blood.
Deb shows up and waltzes into the crime scene. Seemingly unperturbed by the dead twentysomething before her, she proceeds to pester Dex about Hannah, asking whether he has dealt with her yet. Dex gets pulled away by, you know, his actual work so Deb leaves — but not before ominously announcing, "I'll be back to finish this conversation, yeah?"
The next day, Dexter meets his favorite florist at the marina. "I would give anything to feel nothing again," he narrates.
He says that the marina was on the way to Miami Metro, a lie Hannah sees right through. He tells Hannah that he'll get her a new passport.
Back at the lab, Dex discovers that it is indeed Zach's blood underneath Cassie's nail. Masuka comes in with his sperm-bank daughter, Nikki, who seems a little skeeved out by the place. "Around here we call Dexter the King of Splatter," Masuka touts.
Dex: "We do?"
Masuka: "I do. In private, anyway."
Dex runs into Quinn and tries dissuading him from looking into Zach, under the ruse of looking out for Quinn's career.
At home, Dex does a little Internet sleuthing and discovers that Zach is using his own credit card. ("Rookie mistake," he says.)
His sister drops by — unannounced, per usual. "On the scale of 1 to 10," Deb says, "where 10 is out of Miami forever, where the f—k is Hannah McKay?"
Dex hems and haws, so Deb quips, "Are you on top of it, or are you on top of her?"
He says that Hannah will be gone from their lives as soon as she gets a passport; and she thinks he's lying to himself. He contends that pissing Hannah off will result in her going to the cops about them, but Deb argues that Hannah can be easily discredited.
So Deb goes to her private-eye boss, Elway, asking him to track down Hannah with the promise of reward money. They go to the marina, but Hannah's yacht is gone.
That night, Deb tracks Dex via the GPS she planted on his car. She calls him and catches him in a lie but doesn't let on. He's driving to the Florida Keys with Hannah, and as they drive, he tells her all about Zach and Vogel.
Back in Miami, Elway tells Deb that he found that records show that Hannah and her (actually murdered) husband took their yacht to New York City.
In the morning, Dex and Hannah stop for a bite to eat at the beach and they rehash their relationship so far. It's a little sassy, it's a little flirty. We don't hate it.
Then they apparently remember their whole purpose for being in the Keys and track Zach to a motel. Breaking into Zach's room, Dex finds that the kid had covered everything with plastic: It's a kill-room. Sloppy, but unmistakable.
Dead-father Harry appears and tells Dex that the setup is better than Dex's first attempt. "When I find him, I'll use this room," Dex responds.
In a quick cutaway, we see Nikki burning sage in the blood analysis department at Miami Metro. "Doesn't she realize that this is a department founded on bad murder juju?" says Matthews.
Back to the action: Zach comes back to the room and Dex ambushes him, putting a knife to his throat.
Zach hurriedly says that Sean Decker is the one who killed Cassie, Sean being a murderous guy Zach knew in high school.
"He was following the code without even knowing it," Dex observes, via voiceover.
Dex finds Sean's dead body in the trunk of Zach's car — not wrapped up or anything, just stuffed in. Zach, sheepish, said that his attack on Sean did not exactly go swimmingly.
"You need to have a plan and a backup plan, always," Dex lectures. He says that they'll get rid of the body, and then scrub and dump the car.
Zach realizes how hot Hannah is. "Dude," he says, admiringly.
"Do not 'dude' me," Dex reprimands.
Zach warns Dex that Zach's driver's-side car handle is broken and has a sharp edge. Zach knows because he cut himself on it recently. Dex wonders if this is how Zach's blood turned up under Cassie's nails.
As he and Zach take the car away, Hannah goes back to strip the motel room but instead finds one pissed-off Morgan sister inside.
"Hannah f—king McKay," Deb says by way of greeting.
Hannah talks her down, saying that she spared Deb's life out of love for Dex — and, by the same token, Deb has to spare her life.
As Dex and Zach drive away to cover their tracks, Zach sleeps soundly, at peace now that he has made another kill. Harry appears in the back seat and wonders if there's a new strong feeling within Dexter regarding Hannah, something "stronger than the need to kill."
When Dex gets back to the motel room, he's surprised to see Deb with Hannah.
"Well, you're both still breathing," he observes, "so that's a good sign."
Zach comes in, too. Deb starts to ask who the bleep he is before asserting that she doesn't want to know, that she doesn't want to know anything anymore. She peaces out.
Having journeyed back to Miami, Dexter brings Zach to Vogel as Hannah waits in the car.
"Zach, as it turns out, is a fast learner," he announces.
"Well," says Vogel, "I'm very relieved to hear that."
Vogel spots Hannah and insists that the four of them all have dinner together, despite Dexter's objections. They sit down at Vogel's table for some good eats.
"I trust that there are no vegetarians here," Vogel quips as she looks as the three murders assembled.
Over dinner, Vogel learns that Hannah likes to garden.
"Bringing things to life — perfect," Vogel says. "The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary professions."
She continues: "The greatest obstacle to life isn't danger but boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events of the world, good and bad."
She also declares Dex and Hannah to be a good couple... and a bad one.
Dex is preoccupied by Cassie's death, so the four go through photos from the crime scene. Dex theorizes that someone messed up Zach's car handle to get Zach's blood with which to frame him.
Meanwhile, Jamie, also rattled by her friend's death, brings Harrison to stay with her brother, Batista.
Elway and Deb talk about Hannah. She wants to drop the case. Furthermore, she tells him that she's thinking of leaving the P.I. profession — saying a worthwhile job is becoming a bigger priority to her than a hefty paycheck.
After their dinner, Dex checks Hannah into a hotel room. She's reluctant to say goodbye. He reiterates the plan: She'll fly by seaplane to the Bahamas and then to any destination she wants. He hands off Hannah's new passport, one with the name Claire Thompson.
She impulsively kisses him.
"You should go, she says.
"I should go," he agrees.
And naturally, they furiously undress and have steamy sex, the kind of R-rated love scene that only a pay-cable channel would be allowed to show. Suffice it to say, we have a lot of lingering views of Dexter's shapely butt.
When Dexter gets home, he discovers Mama Cass's "Make Your Own Kind of Music" playing on his iPod speakers — a song we've come to associate with the Brain Surgeon.
Sure enough, Zach's dead body is sitting upright at Dexter's desk. He spins Zach around in the spinning chair and sees that the back of Zach's head has been sawed off.
At her house, Vogel examines yet another brain chunk that had been left on her doorstep. She has her phone to her ear and a horrified look on her face, which implies that Dex is telling her the cortex belonged to Zach.
And at her house, Deb digs out her old police uniform.
The next morning, Dex arrives at a marina just as Hannah is boarding the seaplane.
"Hannah, don't go," he implores. "Stay with me."
Spoiler alert: We're pretty sure she agrees. See ya next week!