I just can't see Deb Rehab being an actual solution
Neither did she, at least until Dexter called her. I think she knows that this is a crappy stopgap measure--she told Dexter after he called her that she didn't think it would work until
he called her, she mutters to herself "What the fuck am I doing here?"--but that this is the only way she can reconcile her love for Dexter with her sense of right and wrong: stop Dexter from killing, but protect him from the authorities. She's desperate to believe that Dexter can stop killing, because if he can't, then she's going to have to choose once and for all between her love for Dexter and doing what's right, and she wants to avoid that choice at all costs. Serial Killer Rehab allows her to delay making that choice between going "all in" with Dexter--allowing him to continue killing--or "all in" with the law (turning Dexter in). If it came down to it, though, even if she learns everything about Dexter and even if she concludes that he is completely beyond help and beyond saving, I think she would make the same choice she impulsively made in 7x01 when she chose to cover up Travis Marshall's murder.
Several have observed--even MCH--that the series works the best when Dexter is in hot water, and the first two episodes have set up threats from multiple people. Laguerta has confirmed that the blood slide contained Travis Marshall's blood and will do whatever she can to exonerate Doakes. Louis has it out for Dexter, has subtly threatened Harrison (oh, hell
no) and is not cowed at all by his threats. Isaak is trying to find out the truth about Victor, whom Dexter offed in the premiere. And Deb could change her mind at any moment about whether Dexter is beyond help. It's going to be exciting.
I do however love the choice to have Deb angry with Harry for telling Dexter this is the only way he can possibly exist.
It was oddly satisfying to have Deb tell Dexter "[Harry] fucked up." Yes! Yes, he did. Harry also told Dexter (or implied) in the flashback in 7x01 that if Deb found out the truth about him, she wouldn't love him anymore, and she confirmed this episode that that wasn't the case, so suck it, Harry.
One thing I liked was the way both Doakes and Deb, when they found out the truth about Dexter, were reduced to "Jesus fucking Christ" and calling Dexter a "sick fuck."
Edited by Blue32, Oct 8, 2012 @ 11:28 AM.