I love the beautiful use of irony in this series - Dexter getting the psychiatric help he so badly needs but not for the right reason.
I was wondering how long they could drag out the sex weirdness thing - if it had gone on too much longer, it would have felt strained. Nice to see Dex (not to mention poor Rita!) gettin' some, but I sure hope it doesn't make Dex too normal...that's the dilemma, to keep the story from getting stale, Dex needs to evolve as a character but his character arc is dragging him towards boring normalcy, and who wants that?
I haven't seen anything beyond this episode, so this is pure speculation, but after this episode am 100% convinced Harry murdered Dex's parents - Harry was probably a cop making a bust who just got angry - which would make hardly the first time that's ever happened - that's where Harry's lecture about "not losing control" came from.
It also explains Harry's obsession with trying to "fix" Dexter (in atonement for his own crime) and also why Dexter, who subconsciously remembers what Harry did, and always wanted revenge against Harry
has sublimated his rage into killing stand-ins for Harry, since he could never bring himself to kill the man who, after all, loved and protected him.
And it explains Dexter's dream in which HE was the victim and Deb was a serial killer threatening him. Deb is a stand-in for Harry, who Dex can't allow himself to see in her place, because then he'd figure it all out.
It also fits neatly into this shows' taste for parallelism and irony. One day, Dexter will dredge up the memories of what really happened and will realize his savior was a killer. And one day, that little Cuban boy from the junkyard will realize that he didn't see Jesus (the savior) after all, and Dexter is a killer. My hunch is that this will all happen in the final episode of the whole series, which I hope is about ten years from now because I'm sure enjoying it all now!) :D
Edited by Temis the Vorta, Sep 16, 2007 @ 12:28 PM.