And now we come to the end of Dexter. At least, the end of season one. There are quite a few seasons to go. But we’ll get to that soon enough.

In the last episode, we talked about closing up plotlines and setting up new ones. If episode eleven set this up, this one knocked it down.

Deb’s been captured by Rudy and taken away somewhere. He left clues for Dexter to find them, of course. The first is a new screen saver on his computer, singing born free. This leads Dexter to the shipping crate where his mother was brutally murdered in front of him. 

Someone’s waiting for him there, but it’s not Rudy. It’s Doakes. 

Doakes is tired of pretending like Dexter is just another lab tech. He knows something doesn’t add up, and he suspects that Dexter knows more than he’s telling. He’s spot on about all of this, of course. He confronts Dexter, and the two get into a fistfight.

This brings me to something I love about this show. The detectives and police in Dexter’s world are competent. Not just competent, but good at deductive reasoning and getting their jobs done. Too often in shows about some superhero working with police, said police are useless. But not so here. Doakes is following up on Dexter. Angel’s figuring out key leads from his hospital bed. La Guerta’s slamming herself against the wall of the new Lieutenant. They’re all a good team.

Meanwhile, Dexter’s rushing to save Deb from Rudy. Of course, we find out soon that this isn’t his real name. I don’t want to spoil that for you, though. 

In this episode, we find out a lot of things. Why did Rudy get so obsessed with Dexter? Why did Harry lie to Dexter about the day his mother was killed? And in a way, we find out what kind of monster Dexter is.

We also set up some exciting questions for season two. What will Rita do about Paul’s suspicions about Dexter? Can Dexter deal with Doakes stalking him? And, how long can Dexter keep up his relationship with the people in his life that he’s grown fond of

The end of this season was an emotional blood bath. Exactly what I like. I can’t wait to dive into season two with you. 

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