This week's episode contains lots of mother-y references. While sleeping during a particularly boring NA meeting, Dexter dreams that he's actually the "Dark Defender," a comic book character by the same name based on himself that he recently discovered at a crime scene. In the dream, he's able to save Laura Moser, his biological mother, from being slain in the shipping container. The dream inspires Dexter to look deeper into what really happened with her, and he discovers that she was actually a police informant, and that she and Harry actually knew each other. Interesting. He also discovers that one of the three men who killed her is still alive and working in Naples, only a couple hours away. Also interesting.
Rita's mom essentially tells Dexter to fuck off, because after Paul, she doesn't really trust anyone who's in NA with her daughter. Dexter takes the opportunity to take a trip to Naples...with Lila, who's inspired Dexter to confront his mother's killer, because she thinks it will help with his recovery. Dex does indeed confront the guy, but doesn't kill him because Lila talks him out of it, thinking, of course, that she's talking him out of using again. Dexter returns to the motel room where he left Lila, and she's happy she helped him avert a crisis. She confides that she actually killed her ex-boyfriend/smack dealer via arson, and Dexter buries his chin securely in her vagina as he passes out for the evening. It's like she's the mother he never had. Very Oedipal. When he gets back, Rita has told her mother to back off, and she in turn announces she's moving to Miami, into Rita's house. Yikes.
On other fronts, Doakes tells LaGuerta what he thinks of her boinking Pascal's fiancé to get her job back (he's not that cool with it), and Deb and Lundy are getting closer, to each other and to discovering who the BHB is. Things with Deb and Gabe are going well, until Deb reads his email "sent" folder, which reveals that he is shopping around a book called "The Ice Princess," which Deb immediately thinks is about her. She flips out on him and takes off. Lundy, being the good buddy that he is, shows Deb a background check he ran on the guy, and it turns out that Gabe aspires to be a children's writer, and Deb feels like an asshole. Which she is.
It was a totally Masuka-free episode, which make Baby Jesus cry, but what are you gonna do?
Previously: Masuka had a "big break" in the BHB case: algae. On rocks. From the body bags. October 3, 1973 was an important day, because that's the day Laura Moser, Dexter's bio-mom, got chopped to bits in a drug deal gone bad. Dexter met Rita's mother, who expressed her belief that he was hiding something, but not to Dexter, of course. Doakes blasted some ex-special-ops guy after he killed his wife and refused to come downtown. Deb took home her boxing buddy, and boinked him after tying him up to the headboard. Dexter pointed out Lila (new spelling, y'all! Thanks, IMDb!) to Rita, who instantly hated her for how hot she was. Lila took Dexter on a soul-searching adventure, and Dexter showed her his work. "This woman sees me. She doesn't know it, but she's looking behind the mask and she's not turning away."
Dexter's on line at a coffee shop, VOing, "Most people hate long lines. The bank, grocery store, coffee bar. Not me." He looks around at the other patrons, some of whom are reading the paper with BHB headlines. The woman in front of him shifts forward, and the guy behind Dexter says, "Buddy, you mind?" implying that he'd like Dexter to take a step forward. "Want a real glimpse of human nature? Stand in the way of someone's mocha latté. It also reminds me that the good people of Miami and I aren't so different. They have no more idea of what I am than I do." A couple of guys are discussing Dexter's work. "All I'm saying is these guys had it coming." "So what, just chop them all up?" "As far as I'm concerned, whoever's doing this shit deserves a goddamned medal." Dexter has a "whaddya know?" look on his face as the woman at the counter realizes she doesn't have enough cash to pay for her stuff. Dexter insists that he's got it covered, and the woman thanks him. "You're a godsend." Oh, brother. He just smiles.
Dexter takes two café con leches out to the veranda, where Deb is sitting. She takes a sip and says, "Oh, sweet Mary mother of fuck, that's good," and something about the way she says it really rubs me the wrong way. Dexter observes that she's been working a lot recently: "Burning the midnight oil with the task force?" "Hardly. Until we get the report back on the algae, it's just one big reach-around." "The rocks I used to submerge my victims may eventually sink me, too," he VOs. "But if I'm learning anything in recovery, it's one day at a time." He watches another woman pass by holding a paper with his victims on the cover. "Bay Harbor Butcher," says Deb. "Gimme one shot, I'll put a bullet in the fucker's head." Yeah, okay. "You really feel that way?" asks Dex. "He's killing people, Dex," she replies, as if there's no other answer. "If Dad taught us one thing, it's the value of human life." "Yeah, but I think we had different homework assignments," he VOs. Heh, true. Dex's phone rings, and it's dispatch. "See you tonight?" he asks, and Deb says she might be staying at Gabe's. Dex thought they were taking it slow, and Deb confirms that they are: "No sex, just cuddling." Dexter makes fun of her, and she threatens him with her "scalding hot beverage," so he takes off.