Dexter tells Harrison thinly veiled stories about his killing pastime, disguised as fairy tales. Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos keep talking about something starting. They are both very creepy. They argue about Colin, saying he’s going to be late for their meeting the next day, and then he drops mannequin parts out of a trash bag. After he’s gone, EJO picks up a mannequin head that already suspiciously looks like Deb’s head. Also, she’s the first person you see in the next scene!
Deb wakes to Quinn making breakfast. He put the ring in the fridge. She freaks out and he tells her that he loves her. She says she needs time to think, then goes to tell Dexter how effed to eff everything effing is. She doesn’t feel ready to marry Quinn, but doesn’t want to end things. Someone filmed Deb jumping to action at the restaurant and she’s an Internet sensation.
The department is after the snake-gut killer. They think it’s religious in nature, but Dexter seems to intuit that it’s a person in the brotherhood of compulsive serial killers. Also, Dex lays eyes on Brother Sam, played by AWESOME Mos Def, an ex-con turned minister, though a lot of people are doubting the ex in ex-con, Dex included. Laguerta tries to pressure Matthews to appoint Angel to her old position, but we see him fixated on Deb’s YouTube spot.
Angel questions Brother Sam about the death of the roadside fruit stand guy. Dexter had planned on killing Sam for killing a burglary victim, but he got arrested first. Matthews calls Deb in and compares her to her father, then appoints her Lieutenant. Fuck Balls. That’s her response. And ours! Yay, Deb! She goes to Dexter and freaks out about the idea. She says that she feels like she’s screwing over Angel. She says that she’s afraid she won’t know if she’s doing a good job, since her dad was never Lieutenant. Dex cracks that her initials would be DQ if she marries Quinn. Heh.
Colin Hanks, or Travis, sneaks into a woman’s house and you think she’s about to schtupped with snake babies, but instead it’s his sister and he just has a weird way of entering places. Molly Parker, another awesome guest star. They have really gone out of their way to ensure some interesting performances this season. Very happy about that. He and Lisa have dinner and he’s very odd. He says that he has work to do that evening, but Lisa convinces him to stay for dessert. There are hints that Travis’s whole thing is some sort of apocalyptic vision.
Dexter purposefully screws up his car so he can take it into Brother Sam’s body shop. Dexter spends some time with him and it appears that Brother Sam’s contrition was sincere. Masuka is in awe of his intern’s body. Angel doesn’t mind it either. Quinn asks Dexter to help with Deb, but he doesn’t seem very interested in that. Deb tells Angel that she’s the detective she is because of him, also that he’s like family. She tells him that she has been offered Lieutenant and that she’ll say no if he wants. Of course, he tells her to take it. He seems hurt though. He kind of gives Maria the cold shoulder after the news. She tries to badmouth Deb and he says that Deb is a better cop than she ever was. He says that Matthews hates Laguerta and he’s the one always paying the price.
Dexter spies on Brother Sam and sees him pull a guy out of his car trunk and take him into his shop. Dexter is going to go in and knock Sam out when his junkyard dog spoils his surprise. He finds out that the person in the trunk was someone that Sam is trying to help. Can people change? New question for Dexter to ask about a whole lot in VO for the next season. Then, some dudes show up to cause trouble. They’re there for the guy that Sam rescued/kidnapped. Dexter knocks one of the guys out and another pulls a gun on Sam, who says that he’s not afraid to die. They leave and Dexter decides to go get the guy with the gun later, instead of Sam.
Edward James Olmos tells Travis that Lisa can’t be saved. He burns himself and it makes Travis vow to never see Lisa again. Deb tells Quinn that she doesn’t want to get married and he tells her to move out. She moves in with Dex and takes the Lieutenant position. Jamie seems annoyed that Deb is there. Hmm. Mausuka’s intern finds out that the belly snakes had traces of metals that can be traced environmentally. She also noticed that Masuka likes looking at her ass.
Laguerta appoints Deb to Lieutenant, even though she bitched at Matthews about the appointment. She’s the youngest one ever in Miami! Later, Dexter kills that guy with the gun. He’s clearly ruminating over the idea of monsters getting to have happy lives. Then, he goes home to get Harrison ready for bed. Also, Travis appears to claim another victim.
Previously: There's a new killer. He's a Hanks and he's gross and Edward James Olmos is his Harry. Dexter doesn't believe in anything, but he needs to believe in something for Harrison's sake. Angel and Maria are divorced and Maria is promoted to Captain. Deb saves the day when a shooter comes into the restaurant where she's dining with Quinn and he's trying to propose.
Lights up on Dexter's apartment, we see a door cracked and a foot oddly positioned in our sight line. He VO's that, before recently, he didn't believe in anything. Now he does. He believes that everything is better after a bubble bath. You guys! You got me. The camera moves in and we see Dexter giving Harrison a bath. He says that rituals are important and not just for a serial killer but for two-year olds also. We see him going over the mechanics of tooth brushing with Harrison. Bedtime with his son is his favorite ritual of the day now, which is interesting news. How jack-in-the-box can compare with stabbing suspected bad people is beyond me. Not like I think one is better than the other, I just really don't see how you can compare the two. Wait, I'm pretty sure I believe that playing with the kid is better. Then, with his face positioned away from the camera because he's a baby and can't learn lines yet (they should've gotten an Olsen -- aren't there like 15 of them? One of them has got to be an infant right now), we hear, "Monster story, Daddy." Smart move there, Dexter. He tells the story of the bad Chino who was terrorizing the neighborhood. DADDY slays the bad Chino and hides the body. Seriously, that's the story. Thanks for making the details so opaque, Dex. You've really got this organized. Then, Harrison says, "Daddy's box." Dexter seems stunned. You know about the box? I mean, people always say that kids pick up more than you expect, but wouldn't you know if you were revealing the box where you kept slides of blood extracted from your murder victims? Come on. The baby didn't just intuit the box into existence in his mind. He VO's that he always knew this day would come, just not so soon. But, seriously, you just told him a story about killing people. Either you care if people find out or you don't. I mean, I'm HYPER-aware of the visibility of certain things in my room, be they diet pills, condoms or The Nanny Diaries (which I guess would make the condoms unnecessary if ever found). I just know if there's any way that they could be seen. Are you telling me I'd be a more responsible serial killer than Dexter?