In a twisty but touching episode of Dexter, our lovable hero is finally able to admit his feelings for Hannah and things with Isaak come to a wholly satisfying peak. Check out my full recap for Dexter season 7 episode 8, Helter Skelter.
Dex takes Hannah for a ride in the Slice of Life, and she’s deathly afraid, mostly due to her psycho father nearly causing her to drown. Dex thinks he might be in love with her but he’s not sure. She wants to know if he’s ever felt as deathly afraid as she did in that moment, but he merely replies with his usually passive dialogue.
Isaak, meanwhile, finds himself the one scared for his life when he learns that two hitmen have been hired to take him out. Surprisingly, he turns to the last person imaginable for his protection: Dexter himself. Unsurprisingly, Dex isn’t willing to take the job even if it means his life. Dex also gets called to the scene of a crime where a person has been cooked extra crispy inside a burned car. The man at the scene, a sketchy investigator, doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about and even acts as if Dex’s suspicions about the crime scene are total hogwash. The investigator calls it suicide, but Dexter thinks otherwise. Dex also finds a moment to talk with Deb about what she admitted to him the other night; he loves her, just not quite the same way she feels. More like “the way he loves M&Ms”.
When Dex gets back to his apartment, he finds Isaak waiting for him instead of Hannah. Isaak uses Hannah as leverage for Dexter; Isaak’s man-slave has taken Hannah hostage and the only way he’s getting her back is if he cooperates. Dexter doesn’t play well with others (see: all of season 3) but this union turns out to be more fruitful. After going to Deb with his problems, he urges her to pull the surveillance on Isaak so that the two of them can take out the two hitmen. Deb is as anti-Hannah as ever, and doesn’t seem irked in the slightest that Isaak has taken Hannah somewhere.
LaGuerta, continuing on her mission of being an annoying snoop this season, visits her old coworker that she stabbed in the back by forcing him into early retirement a couple seasons back. She’s still convinced the Bay Harbor Butcher is around, even if no one else will listen to her. She gives him a list of Miami personell that still own boats, but Tom pretty much laughs it off. In the end, though, he agrees to help her out a little if she’s willing to try to get his pension reinstated.
Dexter takes out hitman #1 in the shooting range, all by himself, plunging a knife into him. That was quick and painless… Afterward, Dex is able to FaceTime with Hannah through Isaak’s phone, and he takes a screencap of their conversation. He sends the pic to himself, and quickly realizes that Hannah and Isaak’s cohort must be camped out in an abandoned house belonging to one of the casualties in the bar. Isaak flips a shit on Dexter because he doesn’t seem to appreciate Hannah enough as much as Isaak appreciated Viktor.
Meanwhile, a new arson victim pops up with the same creepy investigator on the scene. This time, he seems even more suspicious when Dexter puts together a few details about the crime scene. He finds a name (“Bobby”) written on the wall near the newest body. Before leaving the crime scene, Dexter tells Deb about what he’s learned regarding Hannah’s whereabouts and she promises to “look into it”. Hitman #2 follows Dexter back to the docks, where Dex is purposely luring him to Isaak.
Meanwhile in everyone’s least favorite side-story, Quinn visits Nadia at work only for her to reveal a shocking tidbit. Her boss kinda raped her. Yeah. No lie. Quinn freaks on George, beating him senseless and telling him that this will be Nadia’s official resignation. Can this storyline just be put to rest already? It’s kind of exhausting.
Alone with Isaak’s cohort, Hannah might be chained in place, but she’s still able to work her charms on him. He fetches some tomatoes from the garden and Hannah makes them a meal, which quickly turns sour. She is really a master at poisoning food. He chokes, she tries to get to the key, but he stabs her before she can get very far. She is left bleeding out on the floor after bashing in the man’s head. Yikes.
Deb calls Dexter and tells him she has pinpointed the house and will be going to the location immediately, and he can’t even argue since he’s preoccupied with Hitman #2. Isaak shoots the hitman, who was creeping up behind Dexter, and they dump his body into the ocean together. Aww, gotta love teamwork! Just when all seems well, Dexter hoses off the deck of the ship they ended up on but George drops by unexpectedly and shoots Isaak. George flees immediately, and Dexter takes Isaak out on his boat to die in peace. He wants to be with Viktor, his love. Isaak urges Dexter to open up his heart because loving Viktor was worth every ounce of heartache. Deb luckily shows up just in the nick of time and calls someone to save Hannah.
Dexter shows up at the hospital to visit Hannah who made it despite losing a lot of blood (YAY!) and admits to her that he has felt the way she described before – when he thought he was never going to see her again. While he might not be sure about their relationship, at least he finally admitted something even if the word “love” was never used. I love their relationship! I’d love to see a jealous Lumen show up to rain on their perfect parade.
Who’s going to be the “Big Bad” through the remaining three episodes of the season? I can’t wait to see how this is going to play out.! Check out Dexter every Sunday at 9PM on SHOWTIME.