TV REVIEW: Dexter Season 8, Episode 5 – “This Little Piggy”

dexter 8Deb and Dexter finally seem to be back on the path toward reconciliation this week. Like Deb says, the family that kills together…

Wait, what?



At the end of last week’s episode, we had a bit of a shock when Deb tried to kill both herself and Dexter. Ultimately, she saved him, but you have to wonder if that bought her any brownie points, given the way the episode opened. Both she and Dexter and with doctor Vogel, and no matter how you slice it (har har), Dexter is angry. It doesn’t help that Dr. Vogel is on his bad side now as well. He winds up storming out of the session, while Dr. Vogel explains to an upset Deb that beneath his anger, he’s hurt by what she did.

They aren’t at odds for long, because Yates (the Brain Surgeon, remember him?) breaks into Vogel’s house and kidnaps her. Deb makes the discovery, and shows up at a crime scenes (Yates’s home, where the bodies of his older victims have been discovered) to let Dexter know what’s transpired. Having Miami Metro on the case doesn’t help matters, but using Deb’s new job contacts, they manage to find Vogel before Yates is able to do any real harm. Dexter winds up killing him right in front of Deb, who swears that she’s alright. Dex takes Deb and Vogel out on his boat to dispose of the body. When he’s asked why he brought them, he simply answers that he wanted to be with family.

Meanwhile, Miami Metro is still looking into the death of Norma Rivera, who was a maid for the Hamiltons, a rich family with deep ties to Miami Metro (i.e. they’ve donated money). Turns out she was having an affair with Mr. Hamilton, so the detectives pay a visit. While they’re there, the son catches Dexter’s eye when he approaches and informs Dexter that they’re wasting time with his dad – he’s no killer. He says so in a very creepy manner, so the immediate implication is that it’s him. After some more digging, they find a witness who has some information about Zach, but that doesn’t pan out. Probably because the witness was paid off. To top it all off, Matthews is encouraging them to look the other way as much as possible.

Bit of a filler episode this week as we approach the half-way point of the season.

So I am glad that Deb and Dexter have called a fragile truce, because I really do think they need each other. At first, I was a little put off by Dexter’s reaction to last week’s events – I mean, come on, doesn’t he get that he was traumatized finding out about Harry? And what about all of the stuff she’s been through because of Dexter? But then I got to thinking that yes, she’s been through a lot, but Dexter has only ever tried to protect her. He’d never willingly put her in harm’s way, and certainly wouldn’t do it himself. So yeah, I get why he was so upset about it. I am just glad he got over it pretty quickly.

I am not 100% convinced that Yates was actually the Brain Surgeon. Personally, I don’t think he was even aware Vogel was around until he heard Dexter talking to her. It’s all a bit too convenient and tidy for my taste. But only time will tell…

Expect to see lots of Zach Hamilton (played by Sam Underwood) in the coming weeks. At first glance, it seems he’s a psychopath like Dexter – but he’s just so much more creepy about it, don’t you think? It’s an interesting comparison, and one that’s come up again and again. The difference between someone like Dexter, who has a code that he sticks to, and all of the psychopaths we’ve encountered, is always pretty vast. The fact that Dexter even sticks to a code at all speaks to the presence of some sort of conscious.

Then again, that could just be wishful thinking…

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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