Dexter s8 ep 8

This week Hannah’s presence continues to distract Dexter, who makes plans for her to get out of the country and evade detection. Yvonne Strahovski improved as an actor during the run of Chuck, and she’s better here again. In her scenes with Michael C. Hall she’s letting the action flow without forcing the pace; it’s a beguiling performance, and she has an easy chemistry with Hall. In fact, I called the dysfunctional family unit wrongly last week when I suggested that Vogel and Dexter were co-parenting Zach: as this week’s episode makes clear, particularly at the sort-of dinner party, Dex and Hannah are the parents, with Vogel as a grandparent or great-aunt – I liked Zach’s whiny “Are we there yet?” in the back of Dexter’s car.

The major plot arc this week is the follow-up to the death of Cassie: there’s evidence to suggest that Zach has gone off-code and murdered her, so Dex and Hannah track him to a motel in the Keys. He’s able to provide proof that it wasn’t him, though, which suggests that he was framed. By whom? Well, the shock ending would suggest that it might have been Vogel, but I don’t think that it was. Wonder whether we’re ever going to hear more about her husband? Or whether Cassie’s boyfriend is anything more than a red herring?

It’s a pretty good episode, but I was left wanting more, and the subplots aren’t providing it. With only four episodes to go – ever – after this one, Dexter is running out of time if it wants to go out with a bang. This episode, though, was similar to the last two or three: I enjoyed it, but it didn’t bowl me over, and I’m still hoping to be bowled over.