Dexter season 7 episode 6 review: Do The Wrong Thing

Review Billy Grifter 6 Nov 2012 - 12:36

Has Dexter's seventh season taken on too many plot lines for its own good? Here's Billy's review of Do The Wrong Thing...

This review contains spoilers.

7.6 Do The Wrong Thing

The theme of this week's Dexter was 'relationships', specifically those ones that are wrong before they even start. Most people have had them. You meet someone you know is a very bad choice, but get involved almost because you know it will cause friction somewhere. It's like you're mesmerised by your own ability to flirt with doom, and headlong pursue someone who is destined to cause you pain.

On the dessert table of dating disasters, Dexter has a fantastic selection on offer. We've got Joey Quinn, trying to be a good cop yet now drawn to the dark side by his understandable fascination with Ukrainian strippers. I just hope he keeps that evidence, rather than destroying it, because it's the only thing keeping him, and Nadia, alive. And, then we've Debra coming at new character Sal Price (Santiago Cabrera) like she's been celibate for a decade. She knows his real interest is Hannah McKay, but she's willing to dance while the music keeps playing. Given that she's meant to be covering Dexter's back, she seems too distracted to do that job well, and Sal might actually uncover something difficult to disappear.

Before I come to the ultimate in wrong relationships, I want to talk about Isaac, and the scene in the prison, which was wrong in so many different ways. I understand that Isaac is scary, but when the Columbian was grabbed why did his muchachos just watch from a distance? I know the guy whose wrist was broken indicated that they should stay back, but Isaac's not that scary, is he? Had they come over, he'd have died however good he is at killing people. Additionally, the notion that he'd summon one hundred people there in an hour seemed ridiculous. What, they'd stand outside the overcrowded prison and demand to be let inside on a family ticket? No, that seemed silly, though the Columbian bought it wholesale. Perhaps Isaac's real skill is to realise when his foes are terminally stupid.

But in terms of logical leaps, the one that stood head and shoulders above all others here was Dexter's obsession with Hannah McKay. Not that being attracted to her is remotely fantastic, but him having sex with her rather than killing her, does rather break the code. Or is it more a set of guidelines now?

The prelude to all this did have one of the funniest lines in the season so far, when Dexter returns to the ghost of Harry in the car after leaving Hannah, and is asked incredulously: "A date. Really?" James Remar who plays Harry is an excellent actor, and the show is always better for his appearances.

The twist that's been so elegantly assembled here is that Isaac kidnaps Hannah thinking she's the damsel in distress who will lure Dexter to his fate, and he's picked the wrong women for that job. Whatever transpires, it's looking increasingly like a replay of the Lumen story line, but with a character with whom Dexter can develop a long term relationship instead of a psychologically damaged persona. Though that said, I'd actually be quite surprised if Hannah survives this season, as being close to Dexter usually has serious or even fatal consequences.

The only certainty is that when Debra finds out what Dexter's done, she's going to produce a verbal storm the likes of which will eclipse the one she spouted in the elevator, and will no-doubt be fully muted for a future network TV screening.

We're at the half way point of season seven, and after a strong start, this series has become somewhat disjointed. I'm beginning to think that they've set too many plot lines running, and they need to concentrate on one or two, probably Isaac and Hannah. The show needs clarity, which we can only hope for in the coming story.

Read Billy's review of the previous episode, Swim Deep, here.

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If you can't understand why Dexter would want to have sex with Hannah McKay, I suggest you get your eyes (and pulse) checked.

I have to completely disagree with the reviewer. I am loving this season. There are too many balls in the air for a reason - Dexter is for once losing control, and he is completely oblivious to it. And sex makes perfect sense. It is Dexter's character growth - his urge for the first time was channeled in a completely different direction. I don't understand the negativity towards this season at all - half way through, and it is one of the stronger seasons in a while.

I agree with you. This is more similar to season 2 then any of the others, with all these people converging on Dexter. What was it Dex said a few eps ago, "Everything is in my control..." that was true for seasons 5 and 6 mostly but now with all of these different people closing in from all sides, we'll get to see Dex cornered against the wall. I can't wait to see which ball drops first.

It just seems to closing to the real end. The first time when Dexter really lose his thinking of reality. I will no wandering if it goes to his death, and possibly from the hands of Debra....

Well said Matthew - totally agree. Best season (for me ) since 3.

I hope they dont play out Angel retiring = the old first in line to catch a bullet scenario

I'm getting tired of the contrived romances. Firstly because its sad that producers and writers feel that a plot can't move without a love story angle, and secondly because it just seems like Dexter is becoming less and less believable as a serial killer. We are talking about a sociopath here. In the first and second season, we were treated to Dexter struggling to find the right emotional response to peoples remarks and honing in on a kill like a tiger, striking with deadly efficiency and no remorse. Now he's forgetting evidence, losing his temper, and sleeping with his marks on his killing table? It's like he has lost all ability for logical thought. The show was interesting because it was a window into a serial killers world, except this is one we could get behind because his marks were evil people. He was led by a code that funneled his killer instincts into a just cause. Now, our serial killer sociopath is led less by his code, and more by his genitals.

This season is a drag. This is the first season I actually don't like the Dexter character. Sorry folks, he's become a jerk. Abandons his code, abandons his son, abandons his sister, abandons his job (not that he ever worked that much anyhow)...go get 'em, Laguerta!

Can actually understand his attraction to Hannah McKay but seems like a rehash of season 2 with Lila the crazy arsonist. Been there, done that. Agree w/ Shirley - he's abandoned many things that's defined him. He's unravelling but not in an intriguing manner at all. Worst season to date, although I do hope they either kill him or leave him to the chair by the time the whole show ends ... because that's the only way the universe can ever make sense of Dexter!

I totally agree with you. I am bored by this Dexter and think back to the Dexter that wanted to "pay Rita back" on the couch. That was absolutely marvellous, showing just how out of touch with his peers he is/was.

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