Okay, shit's getting pretty intense, for real. A lot went down, so let's get started.
Now that Doakes is Dexter's captive, and he knows exactly who Dexter is (and vice versa), most of the pretense has gone out of their relationship. Dexter makes as though he's going to kill Doakes, and even goes so far as to drug him, but before he passes out, Doakes mentions something about Harry that he discovered while investigating our leading man. Dexter can't let it go, so he keeps Doakes alive to find out more (and to get his prints on one of his murderin' knives so he can frame him).
Rita pays Dexter a visit in his heavily guarded apartment to talk things out, and hopes it's cool to "just hang" until things seem appropriate to perhaps get back to their previous comfort level. Debra and Lundy have a bit of a tiff when he mentions the possibility that after the BHB case is laid to rest, he'll be moving on to the next serial killer, wherever he or she may reside. Don't worry, they work it out. Let's not neglect Lila: she's having Angel over on a regular basis to help paint her apartment (and to get intel on Dexter's personal life). By the end of the episode, she's boned Angel and then taken a roofie to make it look like he date-raped her. This should be fun. Actually, no. Also, Debra confronts LaGuerta for not reporting Doakes's call to her last week, but LaGuerta's not hearin' it, because she knows Doakes is innocent (of being the BHB, at least).
You're probably wondering what Dex found out about Doakes's Harry secret. Turns out that heart failure was just what Harry's autopsy said when he died. In fact, Harry was so distraught about steering Dexter to the serial killer route that he committed suicide by ODing on his heart pills. Matthews is the one who reveals this to Dexter when he asks, and is also the guy who suppressed this info this whole time. Nice guy. Psych! He's a dick.
Back at the cabin, Dexter's lured Jimenez's cocaine contact to kill him (he also has a history of murder) in front of Doakes. Doakes goes catatonic on Dexter, telling him to "just stay away," making Dexter realize that he's what made Harry kill himself, as that is the exact same thing Harry said to him three days before he died.
So, yeah. There's a lot to be worked out. What's to become of Doakes? Of Deb and Lundy? Of Lila and Angel? Only time will tell. That, and maybe a few more murders. Suh-weet.
Previously: Dexter apologized (and rightly so) to Rita for his indiscretions with Little Miss Pardon My Tits. Doakes was on the run after Dexter's frame job. Lundy pulled Dexter in to analyze the blood slides they found in Doakes's car. Doakes called LaGuerta to claim his innocence. Lundy placed Dexter under a four-man protective detail. Deb and Lundy started boning. LaGuerta implored Lundy to re-examine evidence in the BHB case, because "Doakes is not your man!" Lila crashed the office to fuck with Dexter's head by getting to Angel. Dexter explained to Angel that Lila was just using him, but Angel didn't care. As Dexter was disposing of Jimenez's body, Doakes caught him in the act, but Dexter put up a struggle and Doakes ended up in the cocaine cage. At least he got to shoot Dexter in the leg.
Out at the cabin, Dexter is tending to his leg, which is looking pretty bloody. "Is it deep?" asks Doakes. "I hope it's fuckin' deep." Heh. I love him. Dexter replies that it's just a graze wound: "Minor tissue abrasion, no hemorrhage along the bullet track. Sorry, I think I'm gonna live." "Am I?" asks Doakes from his cage. "That's a good question." Doakes says that if Dexter isn't going to let him go, he'd rather just die now. As Dexter pours hydrogen peroxide onto his wound, he advises Doakes through gritted teeth to not tempt him. He bandages the wound, and says, "Why couldn't you just leave me to do my work in peace? Why'd you have to go and ruin everything?" "You're a killer. I catch killers." "So do I! I caught you!" "I'm not a killer," says Doakes, approaching the front of the cage. Dude, is this a conversation you really want to have right now? Dexter grins at him and lets out a little laugh. "You are," he says, tauntingly. "That's why you've always known what I am. That's why you have more officer-related shootings than anybody else. Only, I don't fuck with you when you shoot somebody! Why couldn't you pay me the same professional courtesy?" Doakes says there's nothing "professional" about what Dexter does: "I kill when I have to, on the job." "Oh, so it's okay to take a life as long as you get a paycheck for it?" Doakes maintains that the city pays him to "keep the law." Dexter has news for Doakes: "My code requires a higher standard of proof than your city's laws. At zero cost to the taxpayer...you ask me, I'm a bargain!" Taxpayers, Dex? Hmm -- do I detect a slight conservative bent to his rationalizations? "That enough bullshit, Morgan. Let's get this over with. Either kill me, or set me free, what's it gonna be?" "I actually think you'd like it if I killed you just to prove your point." Doakes says again that Dexter has to choose, but Dexter has to go: "I've got FBI guards standing outside my door right now to protect me from you." Dexter limps out of the cabin as Doakes calls after him. "You can't fucking ignore me!" I think he just did, dude. Sorry. Man, this is a tricky situation. How the...? I'll stop asking, sorry.