In what has been a pretty uneventful season of Dexter, things are finally beginning to heat up, as everyone’s favorite serial killer goes looking for the one that got away, in the episode ‘Ricochet Rabbit.’
After the twist that surprised absolutely no one in last week’s episode, ‘Get Gellar,’ Dexter finds himself hunting Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks), the real Doomsday Killer, and the suspect that managed to evade Dexter’s usually impeccable serial killer detection skills – or ‘murdar,’ to coin a colloquialism.
Before Dexter can get his hands on Travis, however, DDK has a heart-to-heart with his imaginary mentor, Dr. Gellar (Edward James Olmos), who informs Travis that not only was he responsible for the death of the professor, but also instrumental in getting Gellar fired from the university at which he taught.
For some reason, this revelation (no pun intended) immediately transforms Travis from a confused, guilt-ridden accomplice into a bloodthirsty fiend, as though the imaginary Gellar were flipping a switch. And off Travis goes in search of disciples to join him in bringing about the “end of the world.”
Before the police can arrive, Dexter masks DDK’s hideout to make it look as though Gellar is still alive. Meanwhile, he, too, has a conversation with his imaginary friend, Harry (James Remar), about the failure that has arisen from heeding the advice of Brother Sam (Mos Def). Essentially blaming the slain ex-con for the weakness that earned Travis his brief pardon.
Later, while inspecting the crime scene, Deb has a small panic attack – which she attributes in therapy to all the loss she’s had to deal with over the years. Of course, after a quick chat with her brother, Lieutenant Morgan is ready to tackle the DDK case once more.
But finding Doomsday isn’t the only priority on Deb’s plate as she comes to find out, with ridiculous ease, that Tom Matthews (Geoff Pierson) was involved in the death of the call-girl that LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) so adamantly demanded be labeled as a drug overdose.
As Dexter is now free of the burdensome Professor Gellar subplot, the majority of ‘Ricochet Rabbit’ goes by at a rather brisk pace. Travis easily finds a couple who shares his love of wrath, and quickly has them doing his bidding while the final tableau in his murder masterpiece is prepared.
More importantly, however, the episode covers Deb’s renewed interest in her relationship with Dexter, which may be setting up the speculated news that the last few episodes of season 6 will, for all intents and purposes, begin the conclusion of Dexter in the next two seasons. Will Deb be faced with the truth of Dexter’s dark passenger before this season is out?
With just two episodes left in season 6, Dexter may finally get interesting again.
Dexter airs Sunday nights @9pm on Showtime.
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