It’s funny how things can so quickly change around here. Last week, I was singing the praises of Jennifer Carpenter and the episode as a whole, and this week I’m back to being frustrated by the increasingly unrealistic stuff going down at Miami Metro Homicide. Granted this show always required substantial leaps of believability, I think we’re definitely at an all-time high right now.


Nevertheless, let’s get to the 5 burning questions we were left with after watching “Helter Skelter”:

1. What will be the driving force for Dexter and Hannah’s downfall?
Right now, Dexter is still figuring out his feelings for Hannah considering the concept of “love” is so foreign to him. But something’s gotta give, right? We can’t actually have Dexter and Hannah live happily ever after. As much as I think Yvonne Strahovski is doing a phenomenal job, I still can’t stand her character and find Hannah very unlikeable. This week they even hinted at her difficult childhood, perhaps to evoke sympathy for her crimes. But I couldn’t feel that. I was really hoping she would just die.

But no. Dexter gave up a lot to keep her safe after Isaak presented him with an ultimatum that threatened her life. But even though he followed through on everything and Deb was the one who ultimately saved her life, I just don’t buy the relationship. Meanwhile, Isaak and Dexter bond some more until he meets his demise and Dexter helps him reconnect with his dead lover, Victor.

2. Who is this phantom fire starter?
Now that Isaak’s out of the picture, we were dealt up a new case for our cops to focus on. This time, it’s some guy (presumably associated with the name “Bobby”) who is burning people alive all over Miami. The fire inspector working the case seems suspicious enough, but isn’t he just a little too easy?

3. Why did LaGuerta go to Matthews?
La Guerta is still hot on Dexter’s tail, coming closer and closer to connecting him to the Bay Harbor Butcher murders. This week, she enlists the help of her frenemy and former chief, Thomas Matthews. Considering their past, he’s reluctant to help. Still, the fact that he was best friends with Dexter’s dad Harry can’t bode well for our protagonist. What will these two find out?

4. Will the incest story just disappear now?
It’s nice the writers didn’t completely have amnesia after Deb’s heartbreaking confession to Dexter last week, but still, it seems like they are moving as fast as possible away from it. I felt that Dexter’s reaction this week seemed off. “I’m glad you said it,” he tells her. “On some level, I’ve always felt the same way.” Then he proceeds to say he doesn’t feel the same way. Essentially, I just don’t think we got any real payoff for that ever-long storyline. Do you? Is this the end of it?

5. How much longer until Quinn dies?
Quinn is still knee-deep in a Ukranian mob mess as he’s forcefully accepting bribes to keep his job. He’s also still fighting with the strip club owner, George, to get Nadia’s passport and keep her safe. But because Quinn isn’t following through on his side of the deal, George sleeps with Nadia to teach him a lesson (or something). So Quinn throws him through a glass window. Because, you know, that will make everything better.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know in the comments!

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Written by Sharon Tharp. Follow Sharon on Twitter to talk all things TV.