Dexter and Harrison are finally on the same page, but should we be relieved … or scared?
In the (penultimate!) Sunday episode of Dexter: new blood, the heat is on and the bodies are piling up. As Dexter and Harrison bond over dark urges, Dad teaches his son everything he knows. Although Dex tries to hide the actual murder involved in their rather murderous story, it is all soon revealed as the duo work together to end Kurt once and for all. But who didn’t survive the ordeal, and what other pieces of the puzzle has Angela put together in her Bay Harbor Butcher investigation? Read on for a complete summary of “The Family Business.”
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As Dexter stalks a clown at a children’s play center, he tells us that waiting for the judicial system to remove the bad guys is not an option for him. While waiting for the opportune moment to terrorize Mr. Wiggles, Dexter crawls through a maze of mirrors and enters a supply closet. In a voice-over, Dexter explains his dark passenger to Harrison. “Sometimes I feel the need to hurt people,” he tells the boy. He confesses that he also saw his mother killed when he was young, and this realization seems to be a sweet relief to Harrison, who previously thought he was alone in the world.
As Dexter explains Harry’s code, we see him rummaging through the clown’s belongings. Find a lunch box full of pictures of kids dressed in clown makeup. Dex says he “fixes things” by ridding society of monsters, while taking down Wiggles while donning an adorable red clown nose. Dexter stabs him in the chest, but falls short of telling his son that he actually kills his victims. (Minor detail!)
Elsewhere, Angela is still searching for photos of the Bay Harbor butcher’s victims, all of whom have needle marks on their necks.
Dexter presents Harrison with a huge rifle and tells the teenager that Kurt has been killing women for 25 years. He hasn’t told Angela yet because he doesn’t have proof… yet. Even though he does it Have a plan.
They go to Angela’s house to exchange gifts, and everyone is happy and got on monkey bread… until Kurt ruins the party. As he leaves, Dexter abruptly announces that he and Harrison must jump too. Harrison suggests that they do to Kurt what Dexter did to Wiggles, but Dad says they have to find evidence first, so they go to the cabin. Harrison confesses what he did to Ethan. “I set everything up so I could get away with it, maybe even look like a hero,” he says. YES, WE KNOW, CHILD.
Harrison questions what Dexter did to Wiggles and says it doesn’t seem like justice. When he was 12 years old, he fantasized about locating the Trinity Killer and killing it with his own razor. Dexter says he understands, but again fails to tell him the whole truth. Using the drone, they find a strange vent near Kurt’s property. They promise to check it out once the sun goes down.
Angela goes to see Selena and asks to see the books on buying ketamine. Of course, “Jim” is on the list, having claimed it was for his goat. Later, he dives into Molly’s episode about the butcher.
Kurt douses Dexter’s house in gasoline and sets it on fire, aiming his laser sight directly at the front door. Only Dexter and Harrison are not at home; They’re arriving at Kurt’s cabin to check the ventilation. Dexter picks a lock and opens a secret hatch in the ground. It is equipped with a camera, which alerts Kurt of what they are doing, but the two go down anyway. What they find next is Kurt’s own version of a killing room, or at least where he takes the bodies to drain after shooting them to death.
It gets worse.
They follow a long corridor to find bodies locked vertically, wall to wall, like a museum exhibit. All the women he killed stand upright like trophies, and as they walk, we see Molly’s body among the herd. Harrison then asks if Dexter killed Wiggles, and he opens up. He also admits that he killed Trinity for what he did to Harrison’s mother. “This son of a bitch needs to die too,” says Harrison. Dex kisses his son on the head.
Meanwhile, Angela is looking towards Molly’s Iron Lake exit. According to the tavern boy, Molly left and left a note. But when they go through the safe in her room, they find something she would never leave behind: her tape recorder.
Dexter and Harrison eventually take Kurt down with the signature syringe, then Dexter shows his son how to create a killing room. They wake up Kurt and tell him it’s the end of the road. Kurt says he “saved” the fugitives he killed. He saw the eventual confusion they would have endured. He gave them a safe room and a hot meal, he says, but they always wanted to escape. But Dexter knows that Kurt’s nonsense had to do with power. He loved the hunt, the capture, the terror of everything. “You deserve to die,” he says.
Dexter tells Harrison that he doesn’t have to look, but when the boy gives the go-ahead, Dexter plunges his knife inside Kurt. Then he goes to work cutting the car body into pieces. The oozing blood gives Harrison memories of his mother’s murder, so he escapes outside for air. Father and son carry the bags with body parts to the village incinerator. No more missing women. And the dark passenger is silent.
They come home to find their cabin completely scorched. Angela and Aubrey are on the scene and of course Angela wants to know where they were. Aubrey invites them to stay at her place, and when everyone returns to Angela’s house, the police chief finds a note in her mailbox. It says, “Jim Lindsay killed Matt Caldwell.” Inside are more pesky titanium screws from Matt.
What will happen at the end of next week? Leave your best guesses in the comments.
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