Speaking of wintry events, Jamie is standing in line with the kids to sit on Santa's lap as Deb and Dexter look on; when Deb notices how far away her brother is, she asks what's up, so Dexter reluctantly tells her that LaGuerta has pulled Captain Jack into her investigation and they're pursuing him hard as a suspect. Deb, shocked, asks what he's going to do and he tells her he's got to plant evidence that will firm up any doubts about Doakes' guilt, but Deb -- who is watching Harrison take his turn with Santa -- is like, I'm not going to let your boy grow up without a father, so I'll take care of this little felony tampering. Far cry from when she told Dexter his kids needed to be protected from him, no? Dexter offers the usual lame protests whenever Deb offers the help he so desperately needs, Deb just as typically brushes them aside and then the two of them squat down for a photo with Harrison and Santa and I wonder just how many presents the latter would be bringing them if he knew the slightest bit about what these two have been up to this season.
Captain Jack and LaGuerta are arguing; she thinks he's letting personal affection for the Morgans cloud his judgment, while he thinks she's doing the exact same thing vis-à-vis Doakes. "I've heard of people fucking their brains out, Maria, but God Almighty!" I agree with LaGuerta's ensuing statement that that is low even for him, but still: HAHAHA! I have really enjoyed Captain Jack's quick, concentrated return this season. She thinks she would have known if Doakes had owned a boat; Captain Jack points out it might be just the kid of thing a serial killer would cover up. But as enjoyable as these two bickering is, they are going to check on Dexter's story, right?
Down by the beach, Hannah is sitting in the passenger seat of Schram's car and Schram swears she never told anyone that she saw Hannah poison the counselor, so Hannah sighs that it was probably her dad who blabbed to Deb, since she wouldn't give him money. I mean, she told him? Their relationship was weird, but that point still clanks a bit. I suppose he would have been contacted when it happened and maybe he insisted on her telling him the truth, but... I don't know. Anyway, the chain-smoking Schram says she can't go to jail, but Hannah reminds her that they always stuck together, "even when that fucking counselor was putting his hands all over us." So at least Hannah has had reason to think Schram would be loyal; that's a point that bothered me last episode, so I'm glad it was addressed. Schram nods (well, twitches is more like it), but says that Deb isn't going to give up, so Hannah assures her that she's going to figure something out about that and I appreciate the restraint in not cueing the ominous music until the start of the next scene.