Dexter Recap: “Monkey in a Box”
The penultimate episode of Dexter was much like the calm before the storm. This was not dissimilar to the denizens of Miami awaiting Hurricane Laura to hit landfall.
Dexter (Michael C. Hall) tried to get his affairs in order and leave before anything bad could happen. Unfortunately, something did.
Earlier, he called in Dr. Vogel’s (Charlotte Rampling) murder, after clearing out all of her “Dexter is My Serial Killer Creation” files, of course. This made his last day on the job a little awkward.
Saxon taunted Dexter and Miami Metro. Privately he informed Dexter that’d he wouldn’t harm him or his loved ones, if he just let things lie and got out of Miami. Maybe Saxon had gotten too cocky, since it wasn’t long before Quinn (Desmond Harrington) suspected Saxon of killing Cassie and Dr. Vogel. Although, he still didn’t realize Saxon was the Brain Surgeon.
For the first time Dexter didn’t want to kill Saxon to satiate his Dark Passenger. He wanted to kill him for revenge, and to make sure his family stayed safe. He leaked all of the videos of Saxon “Brain Surgeon-ing” his victims to the media, which brought an enraged Saxon right to him.
Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) helped Dexter subdue him, and it wasn’t long before Dexter had Saxon strapped into his own kill chair. After a bonding moment about Miami Metro’s low capture rate of murderers, and actually loving people as opposed to just faking it for a cover, Dexter was going to end Saxon’s life. However, he ultimately couldn’t do it this time. Instead, he decided to call Deb so she could make the arrest, and become a hero.
This didn’t make much sense to me. What was to stop Saxon from totally spilling the beans about Dexter’s own psycho-killer ways? Wasn’t rule number one of The Code “Don’t get caught?”