"Remember, this is about you," says Lila, as the camera is trained on Dexter's face in mega-close-up. "Not about him," says Dexter dogmatically. "It's all right if we get there and you can't go through with this." "I know." "Because we can come back another time." "No, I want to meet him tonight." She looks proud of him, and I have to say, she's annoying me a lot less than she did last week, but I couldn't say why. Dexter's cell phone rings, and as Lila hands him the phone, she observes about a painting on the wall, "This isn't art, this is cottage porn." I actually kind of like the motel art. It's kitsch, but also kind of fun in an unironic way, too. It's almost cartoonish. Shut up, Lila. You're so cool and above it all with your "found" "art." Whatever, you're annoying me again. Anyway, Dex looks at the caller ID, and says, "It's Rita." "Say no more. I have to take a shower anyway," says Lila, heading to the bathroom. "Don't leave without saying goodbye!" Dex picks up. "Hi." "Hey, it's so good to hear your voice. We were starting to get worried. You still on the road?" "No, I just got in." "Oh, you said you'd call. Where are you?" "I decided to look someone up from my past," he says, noticing that Lila is getting naked right in front of him. "That's what suddenly came up?" "Yup." "Dexter, what's going on?" Oh, you don't wanna know, honey. "Well, after this morning, I figured it'd be better if I kept my distance." Rita wonders what that means, so Dexter tells her about the convo he had with Mama. "Shit. Look, this means nothing, all right? I'm going to take care of this. Now, when are you coming back?" "Uh, tomorrow morning?" He promises to stop by the house first thing, and Rita apologizes for her mother. Dex hangs up, and watches Lila shower for a moment.
Gabe's on his computer when Deb comes in and harasses him for not being in the shower. "I'm just checking some emails," he says, and she says they have to be at the restaurant in half an hour. He gets up and asks her if she wants to join, but she says he stinks, so he goes in alone. As soon as he's out of sight, Deb goes to his computer to snoop some more, like the asshole that she is. She sees a bunch of emails in his outbox that have titles like "My book" and "The Ice Princess." It seems Gabe is an aspiring author, and "The Ice Princess" is the name of his new book. Deb immediately assumes the worst, and I have to say it would be rather coincidental if this book isn't about her, considering the title. When Gabe gets out of the shower, Deb naturally flips out on him for lying to her and writing a book about her. "All you wanted to do was close to me so you could write a book about me and the Ice Truck Killer!" "That's crazy, Deb --" "Fuck you! Fuck you!" She's out, and clearly not listening to reason. I don't think that's what he was up to, but we'll see.