Deb and Doakes arrive at the hotel, and Doakes gets an extra key from the manager. "The guy who checked into 103 was white and normal-looking." Kind of like the cable repairman the old lady was talking about last episode? As Deb and Doakes walk towards the room, Deb observes that she hasn't seen a single security camera, and Doakes says the killer probably scouted hotels for lax security. Before he knocks on the door to 103, he tells Deb, "You better get ready to cancel your lunch." Nobody answers when he knocks, so he opens the door with the key he got, revealing a gruesomely bloody scene inside. Deb immediately starts hyperventilating as Doakes calls for backup. "I need uniform backup, forensics...fuck it, just send everybody out!"
A second later, there's a crowd gathered around the police tape as Dexter and Masuka put on hazmat suits. "It's been a while since we went prophylactic," says Dexter. "Not me," says Masuka. "Last night I met this chick --" "I'll stop you there, Vince." Hee! I love Masuka, the little horn-ball. Dexter asks if he knows about what's going on, and Masuka replies, "No one's been inside. Too much blood." "Dexter!" calls Deb as she exits the hotel. "Just a heads up, it's bad in there." "Okay." "I'm serious." "Okay." "She's not kidding," reinforces Doakes. "It's your wet dream in there." "Okay," says Dex, defeated and irritated by Doakes. The way he says "okay" this time is perfect and really funny. Doakes explains to Dexter that he's going in first to get a feel for what they're dealing with. "Don't fuck up." Does he ever, Doakes? God, go easy on the guy. Dexter heads up.
We start with a long shot of the hallway, looking down towards the elevator that Dexter is exiting. He walks in slow-motion towards us as he VOs, "Now I'm really curious. He's been gone so long, he had to be planning a splashy return. But a crime scene just for me?" Dexter returns to real time speed and reaches the door to 103, which he opens. The entire room is covered in blood, and it looks pretty gross. Dexter instantly starts breathing heavily as the sounds of crying and screaming children fill his head. Briefly, he sees the vision of the little boy sitting in blood that he saw during his deep relaxation with Dr. Meridian. Overwhelmed by the imagery, Dexter collapses into the blood on the floor, and quickly gets up and runs out.