Dexter
Scar Tissue

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Couch Baron: A- | 77 USERS: B+
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Kill The Family, Save The Son

…and then they're cruising down a quiet road as Dexter tells Deb that Vogel counseled him to stay away from her, to which Deb smiles: "What the fuck does she know?" Fair on the overall merits, but in this particular case? She adds that Vogel doesn't understand them, and Dexter replies she said he might lose Deb. "But we'll always be together, right?" Gotta give Deb credit for not flinching at that one. Deb brings up the DVDs and asks Dexter if Vogel ever showed them to him, and he grimly admits that he saw a couple. With some difficulty, Deb mentions the DVD she just watched, which showed the last session Harry had with Vogel. After taking a moment, she asks the $64,000 question: Did he kill himself?

After looking at her, Dexter admits that he did – a few years earlier, Matthews told Dexter that Harry ODed on his heart medication. Deb asks if it was because of Dexter, and Dexter humorlessly replies that he thought he'd created a monster, although hopefully Matthews didn't say that part. As they start crossing over some water, Deb, looking far away, says she knows how Harry felt, wanting to kill himself – but then, snapping to life, she bites out, "But he only got it half right!" With that, she grabs the wheel and runs them off the road into the water – but a man fishing by the side of the lake sees it and jumps to action, swimming out as the car fills up around Dexter and Deb's forms, the airbags not having prevented them from losing consciousness. The man gets to Deb's door and extracts her from within, but he's unable to similarly retrieve Dexter without potentially leaving Deb to drown, so he swims her to safety as the car continues to sink, even more quickly now that Deb's door is open. As soon as she's ashore, though, Deb comes to, and when she witnesses Dexter sinking down to a watery grave, she realizes that this, too, is a scenario with which she can't live, and as such she heads right back out into the lake. We see several shots of an unconscious Dexter's life draining away before Deb dives down. As the moments tick away, the roiling bubbles caused by the car's submergence die away, and the water becomes still – but then Deb resurfaces, dragging her unconscious brother with her, before we cut to black. An excellent twist that makes the season's possibilities even more unpredictable – I can't wait to watch the next one. See you soon!

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the exploitation of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, a New York Times Critics' Pick, is currently in theaters as of July. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter accountor website, or check out trackoff.us to learn how to protect your privacy. Also, you can email John at couchbaron@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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