So, this is the big episode with the big shocking twist which everyone (including our regular recapper) saw coming a mile (or at least the larger part of a season) away.
At the church, Dexter frees Travis from his shackles and tries to predict the location of the next tableau so they can stop Gellar. Travis plays the shell-shocked victim and is utterly useless, but Dex sees "2LoT" written on a painting and a matching parking pass, and with some Internet searching, it looks like a Professor Casey (an atheist) is the next victim. Dexter also takes Travis and puts him in a safe hotel room, so that Gellar can't get to him. But that doesn't stop Gellar from blogging about false prophets (Dexter) and returning to the fold or whatever.
Dexter goes back to college and listens to Professor Casey's lecture and figures out a plan to save the dude. So he grabs Travis, they go back to the school late at night, split up (really?) and Dexter ends up trapped in an elevator because he's too damned lazy to run up the stairs. Naturally, Travis saves him, but its too late for Prof. Casey, who has had his hand chopped off and has turned up dead. His hand is in Travis's hotel bathroom, with a bloody message on the wall. Hope Dexter doesn't have to pay that security deposit, because blood on yellow walls has got to be a bitch to get out.
Dexter is still bound and determined to save Travis from his dark passenger (to somehow prove that he's a good father), so they return to the church where they split up (again!) and Travis ends up unconscious on the floor, and Dexter stumbles down to the basement to find Gellar's body in a freezer, where it has been for quite some time. Turns out that Gellar was Travis' dark passenger, but not of the actual alive kind and that Travis is the Doomsday killer all by his very lonesome. Since we've seen The Sixth Sense, this really comes as little surprise. Still, its nice to know that someone gives the killer figment of their imagination a kindly Mr. Rogers sweater.
Deb is still having feelings. And talking about them. A lot. She's also oblivious about the DDK killer and is shocked that Dexter took the time to read up on the subject matter. She's also shocked that Louis knows how to use the Internet. And after finding the latest DDK victim, they all end up covered in pools of blood Carrie style, which was the highlight of the episode... hell, the last few episodes. At least she finally gets the balls to tell LaGuerta off about the whole dead call girl case, and the other non-shocking reveal that it was Matthews who was with the call girl at the time of her death. Who else would LaGuerta have been covering for, really? Guy is the king of making bad decisions -- he's the one who promoted Debra, who clearly has no business trying to solve crimes when she's so emotionally unstable.
And in stupid subplot, Quinn's passed out on the floor and Angel has to go wake his ass up. Turns out Quinn doesn't know where his gun is, so they track down the stripper he hooked up with... but in truth he banged her unfortunate-looking mom from the waffle house. Then their car breaks down and they beat the shit out of each other. It's like they are on a USA show of their very own.
Also, Louis and Jamie make up, go to his expensive and bizarrely decorated apartment and have lots of sex. He also has a creepy prosthetic hand in his apartment. As in the Ice Truck Killer. Do with that information what you will. -- Angel Cohn
With no significant time having elapsed from the end of last week's episode, DVO babbles about his Dark Passenger before Dexter takes an axe and cuts Colin Hanks's shackles. Colin Hanks claims not to know where EJO would have gone, so Dexter points to "EJO's" depiction of the next tableau and asks where EJO might stage it, or who the next victim might be. Colin Hanks is still useless, though, probably making Dexter wonder why he bothered getting rid of the shackles, so then Dexter takes a closer look at the painting and sees "2LoT" written near the bottom. Colin Hanks - and this may shock you - doesn't know what that might refer to, but a quick search of "EJO's" books yields a parking pass with that same 2LoT written on it. Colin Hanks then claims to feel dizzy, presumably from the burn wound that "EJO" inflicted on him, so Dexter takes him off to a place he says he's found where EJO won't be able to get to him. Now that we know for sure that EJO doesn't exist anymore, it only seems right to start referring to him as Tyler Durden.
Heh, Dexter has brought Colin Hanks to a hotel called the Colony, but at the beginning of the establishing shot appears to be the "Colon." Free bottle of Metamucil at check-in! Dexter gets Colin Hanks into his room, barely stopping to talk to Harry, which makes sense since in this conversation Harry's even more useless than usual. Inside, Dexter gives Colin Hanks what I'm guessing is an untraceable cell phone (and if that's the case, I could see that coming back to bite him later) before ministering to Colin Hanks's wound. Colin Hanks wonders what he's supposed to do with himself, but Dexter points out that he can't do anything but sit tight, since he's wanted for multiple murders, and he won't be able to help Dexter if he's in jail. Can I just point out, again, how misplaced Dexter's trust is? He's transferred his silly Dark Passenger construct onto Colin Hanks with the most tenuous of evidence, and ignored multiple warning signs that everything here might not be as it seems. Was there any sign at that church that Tyler Durden was living there, as Colin Hanks claimed? Any car or other means of transportation that Tyler Durden seemed to be using? I know complaining about the show's sloppiness probably isn't worth the energy and isn't going to change anything, but Dexter has gotten worse and worse during the show's run about taking things at face value, and given that he's someone whom the show wants us to believe is amazingly meticulous and follows a rigid code, it's unbelievably irksome. Why does he trust someone who participated in the murder of multiple innocents, even unwillingly, particularly when he could be contacting his Svengali as soon as Dexter's out the door? Speaking of which, Dexter tells Colin Hanks to sit tight and try to think of anything that could help him, and bails. Yeesh.