After last week’s “incident” filled episode (Harrison was sent to the hospital and Doomsday claimed another victim), Dexter gave viewers a more laid back show in “Angel of Death.” Well, that was until the last five minutes when all hell broke loose.
First, let me begin by saying how thankful I am to hear that it looks like Detective Mike (Billy Brown) won’t be the newest notch on Debran’s (Jennifer Carpenter) holster. There was a time when it seemed like every season would introduce a new love interest so its good to see that she’s taking a breather post Quinn (Desmond Harrington). I still think that there may be connection between the two down the road, but first Deb has to get acclimated to her new role as Lieutenant.
Instead of a love interest, Mike is turning out to be Deb’s right-hand man. After the shooting in the Season 6 premiere, Deb was forced to go through a brief therapy session in “Angel of Death”. The therapist suggested that it was time that Deb got her own space – meaning move out of Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) apartment. Taking the therapist up on the idea, Deb solicited Mike’s help in a little apartment bargain hunting. Mike took Deb to a recent murder scene at a Miami apartment. The two used the blood stains as a means of haggling down the rent.
While his sister was dealing with life and job woes, Dexter had found a clue to the second Doomsday killer – a clue he was keeping secret from Miami metro. He discovered material used in the wings of the angel of death. The clue took him to a museum to find the source of the material. After accidentally stumbling into an elementary school video seminar, Dexter learned that his new prey, Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks), worked at the museum.
Concurrently, Travis and Geller (Edward James Olmos) were on the hunt for their next victim – the whore of Babylon. Now that Miami homicide had Geller pegged as the main suspect, the precinct leaked Geller’s picture out to the news. It forced Geller to leave the next killing in Travis’ hands. Unfortunately, the one chance Travis had to capture a woman (to be used in the whore of Babylon killing), he bobbled. So, Geller decided it was time to step back out into the field. Travis and Gellar waited in a car for a couple that barely knew each other. Travis spoke his doubts from the driver seat, while Geller told him to not lose faith. When Geller spotted a potential victim (or victims rather since the “whore” was with a man), he pressed Travis’ foot down on the gas so that the car ran into the couple.
Later on, Dexter trapped Travis in a car. Then, he told the second Doomsday killer to drive. It was an interesting move. Usually, Dexter befriends a suspect before capturing them or he just sticks them with his famed needle. This time he simple threatened Travis from the back seat. While Travis drove the car, Dexter interrogated Travis only to discover that this Doomsday killer never actually did any of the killings; he was only an accomplice. So Dexter decided to let Travis go so that Travis would eventually lead him to Geller.
It looked like that would be the end of the episode, however one more thing happened. Dexter’s new bromance got shot. Brother Sam (Mos) was shot three times in his garage. The killer didn’t seem to be targeting vital organs though so Brother Sam may yet live. He got shot above his pelvis, in a lung and at the back of his right shoulder. If help comes quickly, he may live but the lung shot looked pretty bad. The shot above his pelvis may have been close to the stomach, but it was covered up too quickly to tell for sure. Brother Sam has been an enjoyable character thus far so I’d hate to see him go.
As far as side stories go, Quinn is trying to sleep with as many women as possible to forget Deb. However, his recent sexual escapade with one of Gellar’s associates may compromise a potential witness.
The Ice Truck Killer angle may be more than a quick Ebay sale. The missing evidence will either be used to show Deb’s lack of control or it could mean there may still be more to Masuka’s pretty intern (or rather ex-intern).
Dexter had a few funny moments in his internal dialogue.
The first was when Brother Sam said, “I’m an O-G for G-O-D, know what I’m sayin.”
Dexter replied, “Yeah.” But in his head he said, “Nope.”
The second was when Dexter walked in Deb and Harrison’s babysitter arguing. Dexter opened the door, and thought to himself, “Would it be weird if i just left.”
It would have actually been quite funny.