At this point, it's hard to remember a time when Dexter wasn't worrying about Debra. As she slips further into her dark depression, Dexter is left alone without his sister for the first time since he was a kid. Lucky for him, Dr. Evelyn Vogel is right there to pick up all the pieces.
In the beginning of the episode Dr. Vogel shows Dexter old recordings of her sessions with Harry. Unlike normal children who beg to stay up 10 minutes later or eat a second dessert, a ten year-old Dexter was fixated on seeing a bloody crime scene. With great apprehension, Harry took Dexter to a homicide scene where he watched Dexter stare at the blood splatter as if it were a work of art. Harry even brings out a bloody piece of glass that Dexter took from the crime scene, calling it a trophy. The glass looks a lot like the blood slides that Dexter used to collect from his victims. Let's all say a collective, "Awwww." As Harry continues to spill his secrets to Dr. Vogel, one thing becomes clear to Dexter, Harry was not only afraid of his son, but he didn't know how to handle him. This is where Vogel comes in. She declares herself Dexter's "spiritual mother" and admits to creating Harry's code that Dexter has followed so closely over the years. In an even stranger attempt to gain Dexter's trust, Vogel goes on to tell him how important psychopaths are to society and how Dexter is the "perfect psychopath." In what world would Dexter not find this weird? He's used to blocking out obvious flattery but in this case he seems blinded by his new mommy figure.
After some more adorable mommy-Dexter time, we find out Vogel's true motive in finding Dexter. Vogel explains that she believes the new killer, the Brain Surgeon, to be one of her old patients. Even worse, the serial killer has been leaving scoops of brain on her doorstep and she thinks her life is in danger. Vogel admits that she wants Dexter to find her ex-patient and kill him. She is aware that some of her patient methods may have been unconventional, so she is hoping to deal with the killer outside of the police. If by "unorthodox methods" she means she encouraged her patient to become a serial killer, then yes, her methods are quite unorthodox. Although Dexter agrees to help, he's not too sure if he can trust Vogel just yet. But with some advice from Harry to keep his enemies close, Dexter begins to investigate the Brain Surgeon.
Eventually we find out that the prints on the lastest Brain Surgeon victim belong to a guy named Sussman. After some Dexter style research, aka breaking into his apartment, Dexer thinks he has a lead despite Sussman not being an ex-patient of Vogel's. Later in the episode we find out that Sussman was just a pawn in the Brain Surgeon's game and that he himself was in fact a victim. This throws Dexter for a loop and he begins to question his abilities. Again, Vogel is there to save the day with some kind words of support and creepy motherly love. She continually tells Dexter how perfect he is and how proud of him she is. She also keeps saying "people like you," which makes us want to ask, whatchu mean, you people? But anyway, although it would make sense for Vogel to be the Brain Surgeon herself, it seems too obvious, so we will just keep her as a suspect for now.
Despite Dexter's growing relationship with his new mom figure, he is still concerned about Deb, and with good reason we might add. After she gets severely injured fighting off El Sappo for the stolen jewels, she follows him to his car and kills him. If the revelation that Deb was in fact the one who killed El Sappo was suppose to be surprising, it definitely failed. I mean, who else would have killed him? Of course it was Deb. While Quinn attempted to question Deb about the death of El Sappo, Dexter ran to her rescue claiming a "family emergency." Outside the station, Dexter tells Deb that her gun was found at the crime scene but he would be willing to get rid of it. How easy is it to switch out evidence at this place? No cameras or security? I thought they worked at the police station. As the two argue in the outdoor alley, we are beginning to see that the old Debra really did die when she shot LaGuerta. Now she has killed not only one, but two people with no lawful reason. We are hoping that Dexter can dig down into that ole beaten up heart of Deb's and bring her back to sanity. If she could survive the Ice Truck Killer's games, we are sure she can pull through this too.
In other news, Quinn and Jamie are on the rocks. Jamie worries that Joey still loves Deb, which he totally does. To be honest we are still hoping they can work it out (sorry Jamie.) Deb and her boss share some witty repartee, which could be the result of some sexual tension, but with Deb you never know. But overall this episode concentrated on Dexter continuing on in his battle to take on the Brain Surgeon while he tries to save Dr. Vogel from the new killer and save Deb from herself. Although we don't trust Dr. Vogel, maybe she can help Dexter become the friend, father and person he's always wanted to be.