Dexter Season 8, Episode 9 Recap: “Make Your Own Kind of Music”
Ready to "Make Your Own Kind of Music," Dexter fans? Tonight's episode hinges on that 1969 Mama Cass song. Let's waste no time and get started.
So Dexter and Hannah are all in post-coital bliss, clearly having just had sexy times. "I love you," he tells her. (Uh, whoa!) She says it back.
As if he's only now recalling the body of the dead teenager in his apartment, Dexter goes to Zach's studio with Vogel and plays the song for her. Vogel says she used to play it all the time and that perhaps some of her patients heard her play it.
She wants to know the meaning of Zach's death; Dex is more concerned with killing the guy. He investigates the scene, finding signs of a struggle… and a chunk of scalp from the killer's head on the underside of Zach's desk. Dex concludes that, even as he fought for his life, Zach knew to leave his killer's DNA at the scene.
Vogel doesn't miss the opportunity to psychoanalyze him: "You desire to avenge Zach's death — that's an emotional response, possibly fueled by having to say goodbye to Hannah."
Dex tells her that he and Hannah will make a life together, but Vogel is skeptical. "Straddling two worlds as you are — it's dangerous," she warns.
Meanwhile, Elway has a U.S. Marshal look into Hannah. He also wants to be part of the team. The Marshal rebuffs him on that count but promises reward money.
At Miami Metro, Deb goes to the coffee cart to meet Quinn but runs into Batista first, who asks her to come back to the department. When he leaves, Quinn hands her Zach's file, thinking that he killed Cassie. Deb says she'll look into it.
Inside, Masuka introduces Nikki to Deb. "My dad said you're like a total rock star," Nikki says.
Deb finds Dex in his office and asks what Zach was doing in the Keys. "Serial killers convention?" she quips, drily.
Dex breaks the news of the day to her: "No one else knows. Zach's dead."
This gives Deb pause about returning to Miami Metro, suspecting it will lead to another "f—ked-up situation."
From the DNA from the scalp chunk he found at Zach's place, Dexter finds that the Brain Surgeon is related to Vogel.
He takes the news to her, and she is duly stunned. She opens up about her family life. She was married and had two sons, Daniel and Richard, she says, adding, "They're gone."
She tells Dex that Richard, her younger son, drowned in the swimming pool. She later discovered that Daniel killed Richard — and that Daniel was highly intelligent but devoid of empathy.
"He was a psychopath," she explains. "Realizing this, wanting to help Daniel led me into this field."
She adds that her failing Daniel perhaps made her want to help Dex.
After Richard's death, Vogel and her husband covered up Daniel's involvement and sent him to a psychiatric facility in England but was killed in a fire there three years later, Vogel's husband ID'ing the body.
After listening to the story, Dex says he isn't sure that that was Daniel's body Vogel's husband saw.
"Why would he do these terrible things now?" Vogel asks.
Back at the office, Dex uses runs an age-progression process on a childhood photo. The resulting image shows a man who looks just like Oliver Saxon, the man who was romancing Cassie.
Dead father Harry appears and reminds Dex that Daniel is not necessarily the Brain Surgeon.
Batista comes in with the Marshal, who asks Dex about Hannah. Dex pretends to be surprised to hear she is back in Miami. The Marshal says he wants cops to surveil Dex's apartment.
Once Dex is alone with his dad hallucination, Harry urges to focus on Oliver Saxon/Daniel Vogel and let Hannah handle her own problems.
"I can do both," Dex says, almost as if he's trying to convince himself.
In her hotel room, Hannah tells Dex that she has to retrieve her only remaining money: $500,000 she stashed with a friend. But Dex calls her to tell her about the Marshal and recommends that she lay low.
Deb meets with Quinn, and we learn that she told Quinn that Zach was in the Keys. Now he has found a hotel manager who ID'd Zach.
Quinn also talks to Deb about his relationship with Jamie, and she says that she's not the most objective sounding board on the matter. But she does recommend that someone talk to Jamie about Cassie — and volunteers to do it herself.
The Marshal arrives at Arlene's house right after Hannah and Dex do. Hannah hides while Dex and Arlene try to fend off the Marshall.
The guy is suspicious that Arlene can afford the house on a part-time waitress's salary, so Dex says that he's her boyfriend and has been helping to support her. The Marshall is smarmy about Dex's taste in women, but he backs off.
Meanwhile, Deb drops by Dex's apartment under the guise of visiting Harrison but with the intent of talking to Jamie — who tells her that Saxon was clingy and even pressured Cassie to go to the Bahamas after two weeks of dating.
Leaving Arlene's place, Dex suggests hiding Hannah at Deb's house.
Later, Quinn and Deb talk to Saxon. He says that he's a building specialist and that he was inspecting houses at the time of Cassie's death.
He says that he's busy. If he's so busy, Deb counters, why did he propose a Bahamas getaway? Saxon says it was Cassie's idea.
On the way to the car, Quinn tells Deb that their working together is nice. She agrees, and he impulsively kisses her, then apologizes.
Deb comes home to find Hannah and Deb in her pad. "What the f—k?" she rightly exclaims.
Dex takes Deb out to her patio and explains everything, and Deb reluctantly agrees to the plan.
Deb tells him that she got Quinn off Zach's trail by getting him to focus on Saxon.
Dex tries to dissuade her from pursuing Saxon, saying that he's dangerous and that he wants to handle the guy. She's frustrated that she's already in a tough situation, so she bluntly replies, "He's all yours."
Coming back into the house, Deb glares at Hannah as she walks past.
"You'll be okay here," Dex tells Hannah.
"Sure," she says with heavy sarcasm. "We'll just hang."
Dex is worried that Deb and Quinn might have spooked Saxon, so he goes to the guy's house, only to find that Saxon has already moved out. He does, however, find an empty soda can in the trash and hopes it contains Saxon's DNA.
The next morning, Harrison asks Dex if they're going to see Hannah and whether Hannah is in trouble. "I wish she can be my mom," he blurts. (Kids say the darndest things!)
Dex runs the DNA and finds that Oliver Saxon and Daniel Vogel are indeed the same person.
He brings the news to Vogel.
"Suppose you do find him, Dexter," she says. "What are you going to do?"
"What do you think?" he says, sullenly.
"I don't know how I feel about that," admits Vogel.
She wants to institutionalize her son, while Dex wants to kill him.
"The second chance she wants could get us both killed," Dex narrates via voiceover. "But for her own sake, I have to tell her what she wants to hear."
She says that Daniel would always play "Make Your Own Kind of Music" at the jukebox at the King's Bay Cafe when he was a kid.
Dex tells her that he thinks Saxon has been monitoring Vogel's laptop. He wants Vogel to write a journal entry saying that she's going to the King's Bay Cafe tomorrow morning.
"I don't like deceiving Vogel," Dex intones, "but if it means getting to Saxon…"
Later, Dex and Hannah have a heart-to-heart in which she says that she can't stay in Miami forever, hiding from the cops, asserting, "There's no life for me here in Florida — we both know it."
She says that wants him and Harrison to move with her to some place far away, like Argentina.
Dex's reply is immediate: "Yes."
He agrees to the getaway plan, saying that only Debra will know the truth.
At Miami Metro, Matthews asks Batista about Zach. Batista says that they followed his orders and backed away, but Matthews says that Zach is now missing.
Batista then meets with Deb and gives her her badge back. He's offering her a spot as a detective, promising that she'll earn her way back up. She tells him wants some time to think about it. Batista is confused but tells her to take all the time she needs
She comes home to find that Hannah has made dinner for the both of him. Deb initially avoids the food, not wanting Hannah to poison her for the third time, but eventually relents and eats with her.
Hannah asks Deb if she's going back into the force. "How the f—k am I going back?" Deb asks. "My brother's a serial killer, and I have another one hiding out in my house, eating salad."
The next morning, the Marshal stops by Dex's place, saying that the Hannah threat has died down so he's taking the police detail off the apartment.
He spots Harrison drawing a picture of his family, including a blond woman.
"Who's the pretty lady?" the Marshal asks.
"That's my mom," Harrison replies.
Dex quickly ushers Harrison out and passes off the mom figure in the drawing as Rita. (Yikes. That was close.)