Dexter’s problems are piling up: he’s finding out more and more about his past, he’s been taped checking his boat for blood traces, Doakes is after him again, he’s torn between Rita and Lila, and there’s a copycat Bay Harbor Butcher out there. With all of these issues to take care of, he drily notes that he might get round to dealing with world hunger at some point.
Meantime the reviewer’s only problem is trying to find the right superlatives adequately to describe the episode. Once more themes of truth and falsehood are to the fore, but there’s no sense in which the programme is getting stale: instead, the pacing and plotting are perfectly judged, as Dex pursues his copycat, squares up to Doakes (in an intense and exhilarating scene), tries to erase the incriminating footage, faces his complicated love life, and addresses his past. And in the background the complex and developing relationship between Debs and Lundy is sketched out in a couple of compelling scenes.
Lila takes a potentially serious mis-step, though, when post-coitally she asks Dexter the dreadful question “What are you thinking?” Dexter, perhaps, is too versed in the language of therapy and actually tries to answer. Better by far if he’d taken a tip from Al Bundy: “If I wanted you to know I’d be talking, not thinking…”.