Dexter's barely off the Bluetooth when he hears the police siren behind him. He wasn't speeding, and he was hands-free on the phone, so what gives? Well, Officer Zoe Kruger is what gives. She leans into the driver's side window with none of the sexy breeziness of the other day. She orders him out of the car, hands on the hood. Turns out, the file clerk at her station is a friend, and he told her that her file was pulled by Blood Guy. When Blood Guy told her who he lent the file to, she looked Dexter up, and lo and behold, it was her open house friend. At this point, she thinks he's messing with her. "You the kind of sicko who likes watching a woman in pain?" she asks. "Not that kind of sicko," he replies. She actually does a decent job of selling the idea that she witnessed her family being brutally murdered in front of her; does Dexter understand the kind of agony she experienced? "Agony would be the normal reaction," says Dexter, which is actually clever two ways, so bravo on that line. Zoe sends Dexter on his way, but in the process, she conspicuously drops his home address, letting him know she knows where he (and his family) lives. Intimidating, yes, but she doesn't know quite how stupid that was, yet.
Back home, Dexter is being tormented by Harry, who keeps reminding him that Zoe knows where he lives now. Dexter at first wants to back off, give her what she wants. But Harry says that's out of the question, if he wants to keep his family safe. Sure, it'll be impossible to sneak up on her now, but Dexter said he wanted a challenge. "You banged the beehive." Dexter interrupts this conversation with himself to play his voice messages. It's from Lundy, looking for Deb. He starts to talk about how he ran into this guy today, but Dex cuts the message short. Harry resumes, impressed as ever by Zoe's work. "Makes you wonder why someone like her ever got married and had kids in the first place." Subtle, Harry. Dexter begins to protest but his mind wanders, because "someone like her" also needs to be in control. And now that she knows she is, Dexter can use that. "She won't see me coming."
The next day, at the office, Dexter calls up the records clerk (Zoe's pal, it seems, and I'm getting a very Terri Scheuster/Howard Bamboo vibe off of those two now that I see him) and very unsubtly requests to be sent the Darius Rey file. For...you know...the Vacation Murders case. He clunkily asks him to send said file simply to "Forensics." After he hangs up on poor suspicious Howard, Dex voices over that the beehive has once again been banged. Not. Like. That. Ow.
Next? The Further Misadventures of the Couple I'd Like to Christen "Anguerta" (Or Possibly "LagAngel"). LaGuerta lassos Dexter into her office and pretty much gives the mirror image version of his scene with Angel. She really needs someone to talk to. Dexter is incredibly uncomfortable. She doesn't notice and proceeds to air her brain out and babble about how Angel doesn't understand department politics and how it could all blow up in their faces if they take their chances and keep secret. Dexter then delivers one complete sentence that's more about him than anything else ("I never leave anything to chance"). LaGuerta gleans from that what she wants to glean. Dexter leaves, bewildered. LaGuerta thinks they just had a real good talk. (She also notes that, given the "good" "advice" he just gave her, marriage is agreeing with him. Har.)
Dexter comes upon Deb's desk and relays Lundy's call from last night. "Fucking great," Deb sighs, freaking out like the old Deb we knew and were frustrated by. It's really sad to see her regress here, guys. Dexter, of course, has no idea what she's on about and doesn't want to know. He backs away slowly while Deb chews her fingernails and looks at a framed photo of her and Anton.
Dexter drives down the highway and notices Zoe's cop car following him. All according to his beehivey plan. He pulls into a gas station as his VO smugly notes that Kruger's out of her jurisdiction. He heads to the restroom, counting on her following him; she obliges. She tells him she knows he requested the Rey file and to leave her alone. Dex feigns innocence for about thirty seconds before adopting his "I'ma kill you now" voice. Is she going to kill him like she killed her family? Zoe's taken aback by how certain Dexter seems to be, so he tells her why: the glove fragment in the disposal. He's got a meeting tomorrow morning with his superiors to blow her in. Zoe's next rejoinder -- "There's no chain of custody" -- kinds of gives her guilt away, in case we had doubts. Dexter says even if the glove doesn't get her it'll raise questions, and she's bound to have left other evidence. Backed into a metaphorical corner, Zoe decides to go aggressive and back Dexter against a literal sink. And put an even more literal gun against his head. Then her voice goes all breathy/pouty/creepy as she says, "You tried to rape me." By the by, it's gonna waste time if I have to stop every time I want to note that Dexter and Zoe's dialogue feels creepily sex-charged, on both sides, so just assume that from here on out. Anyway, so Zoe's plan is to shoot Dexter now and claim he was stalking her and tried to rape her. But Dexter, smart little lab geek that he is, keeps on telling her how each way she positions the gun will belie her story upon blood analysis. Zoe finally just whispers in Dex's ear that no one will believe his story over hers anyway -- "so please, tell them everything" -- and leaves. Dexter's voice-over oh-so-helpfully tells us, "You won't give me the chance. I'm counting on it."I guess just in case the Californication audience dropped by and needed some hand-holding.
Lundy's apartment (hotel room? apartment). Debra knocks on his door, and before Lundy can assure her that he was only calling about Trinity and nothing more, she jumps up on his face. He pulls her inside and shuts the door. So...Anton's available, then?
Dexter's Conspicuously Un-Security-Lit Home. The lights are off inside as Dexter lies in wait, syringe in hand, knowing Zoe's going to come by and try to murder the shit out of him. While we wait, Dexter's VO just goes on and on and on, it's like being stuck in the elevator with a chatty stoner who won't shut up about what a nonconformist he is. Finally (FINALLY!) Zoe breaks into the back door. "She's gonna make it look like I walked in on a robbery," VO continues. "She's good at creating a narrative of a crime." And indeed, Zoe starts to rustle around the kids' things, drawing the unexpected ire of Dexter for doing so. He advances on her from behind, but she sees his reflection in a picture frame, so there's a struggle. She chucks his "We *Heart* Dad" mug at him, breaking it against the wall, but he ultimately gets that needle in her neck.
Cut to...actually, I'm not entirely sure where Dexter's performing this killing. It's someone's bedroom, and from the pretty pink bedding visible underneath the plastic wrap, I'm guessing it's Zoe's daughter's room? As she starts to yell for help, Dexter returns, having just purchased for her a one-way boat ticket to the Philippines (not a euphemism; wouldn't be a good one if it was). "I know how to create a narrative too," he says, as he places his two fingers in the same spots she held her gun on him earlier: temple and chest. He's gonna drop her car off at the port, and put that glove fragment back in the disposal to expose her guilt and give a reason for her fleeing to a country with no extradition contract. Everyone will think she got away with it. "You're that good," he says. "Or that dead." Zoe looks him defiantly in the eye: "You gonna rape and kill me?" Dexter breaks off into a giggle. "What is with you and rape? No one's raping anyone!" Heeee. Yes, that rape joke was my favorite moment of the whole episode. Deal.
Zoe asks why he's doing this to her and continues to protest that Da