‘Dexter’ Season 7: ‘Buck the System’ Recap – A Pretty Face or ‘Big Bad’?

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Under constant watch by Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), this week’s episode of Dexter, “Buck The System”, sees Dexter (Michael C. Hall) finally reaching his breaking point. As uncomfortable as his sister may be with his murderous desires, Dexter attempts to help Deb understand that, even though she wants to be there for him, attempting to control his Dark Passenger will only lead to bad things. Things Dexter, himself, cannot control.

Though Debra may not be thrilled with the idea of Dexter running around on his own, she agrees to give him the space he needs, allowing Dexter to pursue another potential target, Ray Speltzer, a graveyard grounds keeper who has just been released on parole for battery. Unfortunately for Speltzer, his ties to too many unsolved murders places him in the cross-hairs for the Dark Passenger’s justice.

In an attempt to bring some order into his life, Dexter begins to slowly remove all of the unneeded stress, beginning in Louis (Josh Cooke). Louis and Dexter’s battle has been slowly brewing over these past few episodes, and while shunning Louis’ video game may have rubbed him the wrong way, Dexter needs to take care of him once and for all. Just not with murder.

Dexter, making use of the information he found in Louis’ apartment, creates a two-step plan to completely remove his new nemesis from every aspect of his life. Step 1: By using the Ice Truck Killer’s stolen prosthetic, Dexter sets Louis up as the one who stole the hand, prompting Masuka (C.S. Lee) to fire him on the spot. Step 2: Moving a little closer to home, Dexter makes sure that any romantic relationship Louis had with Batista’s younger sister, Jamie (Aimee Garcia), is ruined by sending her the tape of Louis sleeping with a prostitute – while they were together.

Perhaps a little harsh for someone who wishes to remain in the background, Dexter has, however, been pushed to the limits recently, so establishing some semblance of order is a must for him and his Dark Passenger, no matter how drastic the results of his actions may be. Even so, this time Dexter may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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As Miami Metro continues to investigate a co-worker’s shooting, it brings them closer to this season’s “Big Bad”, Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson), whose interest and involvement is finally revealed. Sirko heads up a highly profitable drug ring, making use of GPS to keep track of their shipments. Sirko, continuing to search for Basko, believes that his drug ring is in danger of being revealed. Unfortunately for Dexter, murdering Basko in the season 6 premiere means that his maritime hideaway is the last location listed on Basko’s GPS.

After Sirko arrives at the docks, he begins to follow the GPS to locate the boat used in disposing of Basko’s body. Upon approaching Dexter’s boat, Sirko finds Louis there, attempting to sink the vessel by drilling holes in it. Louis, not knowing how dangerous Sirko is, says that he is the owner of the boat, which causes Sirko to threaten Louis with a drill to the head. Not wanting to die, Louis tells them about the real owner of the boat, Dexter Morgan. As Louis goes to leave, Sirko shoots and kills Louis, bringing an end to Dexter’s nemesis.

Elsewhere, Dexter continues to investigate Speltzer, this time bringing Debra in on his actions, allowing her to see how his Dark Passenger can still provide justice, even if it’s not within the law. Debra, rejecting her brother’s philosophy, continues to pursue the case of Wayne Randall, the death row inmate who killed himself last episode. Randall’s mother went to Miami Metro following his son’s death, returning the trophies he had taken from his victims. To the surprise of everyone, Randall had more trophies than confirmed bodies, leading everyone to believe that more victims may be out there.

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In an attempt to track down these additional bodies, Debra sends Dexter and Batista (David Zayas) out to pay a visit to Randall’s former lover, Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski). Hannah, now completely disassociated with Randall, isn’t too interested in bringing up the past; however, a DNA sample is needed, even if she doesn’t know about other victims. Like Randall, McKay is a unique individual in Dexter’s eyes, as not many people have killed – or have loved a killer. Proving to be equally as alluring as she is intriguing, Dexter stumbles while in her presence, dropping the cotton swab as he attempts to collect DNA from her mouth.

Returning to Dexter’s investigation (and hopeful murder) of Speltzer, Debra took time to consider the information Dexter presented her with. Instead of allowing her brother to release his Dark Passenger, Debra goes to LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) for advice. Though LaGuerta wasn’t as helpful as Debra had hoped, questioning the Speltzer case did allow her to see things from her brother’s prospective. “If you knew there was a murderer out there, and you could do something to stop him before he killed again, could you let it go?”

As the evidence that Speltzer will kill again grows, both Dexter and Deb follow their own paths of justice to bring him down. Unfortunately for Debra, the law doesn’t provide as many opportunities for justice as Dexter’s Dark Passenger. Debra, continuing to follow her brother’s leads, finds herself at Speltzer’s place in the midst of one of his ritual kills. With a dangerous obstacle course set up for his victims, Debra is mere moments away from death. Fortunately, Dexter, hearing Debra’s voicemail about heading to the house, comes to her rescue – though Speltzer manages to escape.

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  1. Great episode, this season so far is on par with season 4 imo.

    Very shocked that they killed Louis off, as I thought that he woudl have played a bigger part in the end of Dexter storyline. Although i do believe that his death will have certain detrimental ramifications for Dexter.

    Also, I feel that La Guerta’s suspicions about the bay harbor butcher will point her towards Deb. I feel like she is going to mistake Deb for the Bay Harbor butcher…mark my words

    No doubt though that something HUGE is coming once again this season.

    After 2 seasons, Dexter is finally back on track

    • yah i have a feeling that might happen

    • I never thought of that, and La Guerta’s hate for Deb actually plays in quiet well.

    • I actually think she will find out it’s Dexter. And a situation will arise where Deb has to choose between protecting Dexter or upholding the law. I bet she chooses Dexter and has to kill La Guerta and that’s the season cliff hanger. How? Why? I dunno.

  2. So many angles here. Jamie will note Louis getting killed on Dexter’s boat and remember Louis blaming Dexter for the leaked video of him. LaGuerta and the blood slides, reigniting her belief from season two about the BHB. The ‘Big Bad’ closing down on Dexter. Deb finishing the episode with a subtle ‘You do what you do, I do what I do’ threat to Dexter (reminded me of Pacino and De Niro in Heat)…

    If I was being harsh, I’d suggest they didn’t know what angle to take with Louis so just killed him off. I’ll be fair though and suggest it’s settling into a ‘all bets are off now’ structure. Quinn will die at the hands of Issak as well I feel (which is fine. Utterly pointless character) and the noose is tightening harder than in any previous series. Too many variables are out of Dexter’s control now. Which is where Hannah may come in.

    • I don’t see how Jamie is going to make a connection between Louis’s Death and Dexter, since it seems most likely that Louis’s body is going to be dumped in the ocean, she probably won’t even know he was killed. So that angle seems a bit too far fetched to me.

  3. I never thought of Hanna being a “Big Bad”. I was thinking she may end up being the ideal woman for Dexter to finally settle down with if that ever happens. With her criminal past she could maybe understand Dexter more than any other woman that’s been in his life.
    Also, as happy as I am with death of Louis I do feel it was a bit unsatisfying. It kinda feels like the writers didn’t know what else to do with him so this was an easy way to kill him off but have it be relevant to the bigger picture. I mean come on! He was actually trying to sink the boat with a drill?? That was a bit moronic, even for this show…

  4. i wonder if this was the introduction to the MLK storyline….

  5. One of the most powerful episodes i can remember of late. I was not sure of the storyline at the end of last season, but this has gone to a new level. Kudos to the writers,

  6. Yeah, and i wouldn’t try to predict where this is going. Excellent writing

  7. I’m disappointed that they did away with Louis so quickly. After all, they could have easily gotten the information about the owner of the boat without Louis having to be there. I was looking forward to a bit more of that war between him and Dexter. It would have beautifully interferred with all the other things on his plate.

  8. It would be great if Yvonne IS the main baddie. Cos Dexter hasn’t really met a female version of himself. A girl serial killer. Or she just might be Rita 2 and calm him down. I hope not cos it would be boring storyline.

    • More like Lumen 2, just less unstable. ;)

  9. DEXTER has finally reached a point where there are literal “facets” in the storytelling, that have clearly been missing for years. I love that I am excited for DEXTER on Sunday’s now, and not just waiting to push the DVR’d play button. Eager for more to be sure!

  10. Why won’t Dexter tell deb that he was the one behind the curtain when she “found” he and lumis in the basement. She was all for vigilantism then.

    • That was before she found out her brother was a killer. And even than she said that the fact that Chase deserved it didn’t make it right to kill him.

  11. Those daydream scenes were epic. This episode was very surreal.

    • what daydream scenes?

  12. besides season 5, dexter hasnt met any sadistic killers. that MAY be changing. would have preferred if louis slowly got his revenge on dexter. MAD AF we will never understand the message he wrote on the hand. why did he really mess with dexter? he purchased the hand which would be 1 of a kind collectors item and when dexter shoots down the game, he defaces it with his palmistry message and mails it to dexter? not to mention travis opened it up and then threw it on top of the fridge where it stayed until deb found it. that hand had us long time fans eager.

  13. I don’t like that debra is on board with dex and it takes away from what the characters were coming into in season six, the writers are going in the wrong direction. dexter needs to put his son harrison before debra especially since harry and deb are the cause of not only his sociopathic personality disorder but also created his killer instinct I like dexter in season 6 when he was tormented with his darkness and tried to fight it and thanks to debra he is on killer mode again forgetting what this will do to poor little harrison. f u dexter!

  14. Things that didn’t make sense this episode….how did Speltzer have time to get changed into his Sadistic outfit with a girl running around in his house? How did he have time to burn the plastic covers in the oven with his victim screaming? Did he anticipate he would have to make a quick get away after killing the girl?