“Dexter” season 7 episode 10 – “The Dark…Whatever” – sets up a few new dynamics. Hannah’s father Clint complicates their relationship by asking for money, while Dexter faces a difficult realization over the “Phantom Arsonist” killings, and LaGuerta has a breakthrough in her secret investigation. Read the full recap after the jump.
Having been released from prison, Clint tries to make good with his daughter, even dropping off an old, restored dollhouse as a kind gesture, asking for forgiveness … and $20,000. When she doesn’t loan him the money, he destroys her nursery, and then blackmails her. In a menacing visit to Dexter’s place, he reveals that Hannah killed her halfway house counselor with rat poison and her roommate, Arlene Schram, saw it — and he’ll tell the police about her if Dexter and Hannah don’t pay up.
Hannah would rather pay off her father than kill him, but Dexter has no such compunctions, nor does he care that Clint technically doesn’t qualify as a victim under his code. He kills the blackmailer and dumps his body overboard. But Clint had already called the police with a tip identifying Arlene Schram as a witness to yet another one of Hannah McKay’s murders and Deb enlisted Batista’s help to follow that lead.
Meanwhile at Miami Metro, Masuka learns that the arsonist left behind a print, while a frantic call from Nadia brings Quinn and Batista to the Foxhole club. Quinn confronts George for threatening to ship off Nadia to a sex club, and when George gets violent Quinn puts a bullet through him. Before Batista makes it to the back room, Quinn has Nadia shoot him in the shoulder, and arranges it to look like self defense against George. With no match for the arsonist’s fingerprints, Deb and Dexter muse that his “Bobby” calling card might be signs of a juvenile records case, and Dexter breaks into the office to confirm. He manages to ID Joseph Jensen as the Phantom Arsonist. After strapping Joseph down and getting him to confess to the crimes, Dexter realizes that Bobby blames an external figure for the killings, just as he himself had been doing for years. Rather than go through with the kill, Dexter cleans up the scene, and leaves Joseph for Deb and the police to find.
LaGuerta and Matthews pay a visit to the former site of the cabin where Doakes died, hoping investigation of his final days will bring them a clue. The current owner reveals that he originally rented the cabin to a drugrunner named Santos Jimenez. LaGuerta and Matthews recognized the name as one of the three men who murdered Dexter Morgan’s mother, but Matthews offers to be the one to talk to Dexter rather than LaGuerta.