Monday, November 19, 2007

How Will Dexter Get Out of This?

DexterA stunningly incisive, blade-brilliant Episode 8, Season 2, of Dexter on Showtime tonight, as the noose, vice, take-your-pick tightens all but irrevocably on Dexter...

Agent Lundy is every bit as sharp as Dexter. Last week, Lundy concluded from the manifesto that Dexter/the Bay Harbor Butcher sent in to the Miami paper for publication that the Bay Harbor Butcher was with law enforcement, and the purpose of the cleverly concocted manifesto was to send Lundy and his team scurrying around in half a dozen contradictory directions. This week, Debra and Angel discover the license plate of the car that the BHB used for one of his victims. Debra's puzzled because there are no Florida matches for the plate. Lundy walks by and suggests out of state, and, bingo, it comes up from Georgia, and a car that was in the possession of Dexter's unit.... All that's keeping Lundy from Dexter is knowledge of who signed that car out on the crucial day of the butchering.

And even worse for Dexter: Lundy questions Daokes, and lets him know that - in that same case with the Georgia license plate - the DA failed to get a conviction because of bad blood work. The released killer soon after became the Bay Harbor Butcher's victim. This leads to Doakes to search Dexter's apartment - and find the trophy blood slides that Dexter has been keeping in a little box in his air conditioner.

For his part, Dexter at last realizes that Lila has been manipulating him (but I still like her - call me a romantic), but he's killed again, and with Lundy and the all evidence arrayed against him ... How can Dexter get out of this?

Here are my suggestions:

1. Doakes found the slides. We already know that his superiors including Maria have him tagged as violent and out-of-control. Maybe Dexter can somehow make it look as if Doakes was the Bay Harbor Butcher.... He works, after all, in same unit as Dexter.

2. Lundy and Debra may be falling in love. Lundy so far is by the book - but love can bend the straightest arrow. Maybe one or both of them will figure out a way to deflect the spotlight of guilt from Dexter.

Neither of the two options looks all that likely to me - at this point, I would go with Doakes taking the fall... Or maybe Lundy allowing that to happen ...

What do you think?

Whatever happens, nothing beats Dexter for sheer, startling, sparkling story tightening on television.

See also Dexter's Back: A Preview and Dexter Meets Heroes and 6. Dexter and De-Lila-h and 7. Best Line About Dexter - from Lila and 10. Dex, Doakes, Harry and Deb's Belief Saves Dex and Season 2 Finale: All's ... Well

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