“Dexter” season 7 plants evidence of its penultimate episode 11, “Do You See What I See,” as Dexter finds himself with an opportunity to kill one of the men who murdered his mother, Deb finds deadly consequences in pursuit of a lead that could put Hannah away, and LaGuerta steps up her investigation of the Bay Harbor Butcher. Read the full recap after the jump.
Following up on the late Clint McKay’s tip, Deb questions Hannah’s old halfway house roommate, Arlene, about their counselor’s death. When Hannah, who killed him with rat poison, finds out, she surprises Deb at her home. She pleads for the two to find “common ground” for Dex’s sake, but Deb says she’s only interested in protecting Dex … from Hannah.
Dexter gets a call that Hector Estrada, one of the men responsible for his mother’s death is up for parole, and likely to be released. Dexter attends the hearing, but enters no statement hoping to save Estrada for himself. Batista provides Deb with Arlene Schram’s contact information, while Dexter meets with Tom Matthews on his boat. Having called him there, Tom puts forth that LaGuerta believes him to possibly be the real Bay Harbor Butcher, given his history and serial killer brother, but Dexter deflects the suspicions. He admits to having moved his boat from his earlier marina, explaining that Doakes too kept a boat there off-record.
The following day, LaGuerta and Matthews look over the Bay Harbor Butcher evidence in her garage, finding an old tackle box with a key that seems to prove the existence of Doakes’ boat. They track the key to a long-abandoned boathouse, finding a roll of knives with prints that unmistakably belong to Doakes, but LaGuerta can’t be shaken of her suspicions. Matthews renounces his part in the investigation, but still demands he receive the pension as his end of the bargain.
The next day, Dexter visits Matthews once more to confirm that LaGuerta’s investigation has ended, and shares the news with Deb over the phone. He next follows a released Hector Estrada, and pretends to be a drug upstart with product to move, setting a time to meet the man later. Immediately after, Batista calls with news that Deb’s been in a car accident. Dex races to the hospital, learning from Batista that Deb blacked out behind the wheel from an overdose of her anxiety medication, en route to meet with Arlene Schram. Having found what appears to be a blonde hair near Deb’s medicine cabinet, and a bottle of water to be tested from her totaled car, Dexter hopes that Hannah still wasn’t involved. Assuring that Arlene Schram would even be a real threat to her, Hannah vehemently denies any involvement, putting forth that Dexter has his own issues with trust and needs to decide what kind of future he wants for their relationship.
Later, Dexter leads Estrada to an empty shipping crate, before reviving him strapped to the table. Dexter explains his identiy as Laura Moser’s son, and prepares to kill the man with a chainsaw, before Estrada mentions something about him working with the Miami Metro Captain who pushed for his release in the first place. Dexter realizes that LaGuerta set him up, right as she arrives to the shipping yard. She opens the shipping crate to find nothing but plastic coated walls and a running chainsaw, while Dexter makes his getaway with Estrada.
The next morning, Dexter learns from an analysis of Deb’s water bottle that the water was laced with dangerous amounts of the anxiety drug, seemingly confirming Hannah’s involvement. After taking Deb home from the hospital, he provides her with Sal Price’s pen to incriminate Hannah, knowing his sister won’t be safe with Hannah on the loose. Hannah tells Dexter he should have killed her when he shows up at her house with Deb and the police to take her away.