Originally Posted by ScottH
Everything tied up a little too neatly if you ask me. And it was really lame that they would have Deb go out on her own to check that lead with the fruit vendor. And that she would never call for backup, as soon as she saw the name of the camp...or Jordan's car...or the car that Dexter crashed. And speaking of which, wouldn't Dexter's DNA be all over that car? I realize that was all done to have Deb be alone with the "vigilantes", but it just came off as weak lazy writing.
I hesitate to weigh in, because, on the subject of Dexter
, I'm always in left field, but here goes.
For me, this was the very opposite of "lazy writing". This was thoughtful, well-planned, character-based writing of the kind I missed last season. With respect to Deb's actions going it alone: First of all, her partner was unavailable. On the initial call, all she was doing was checking out a sighting. Going alone, under those odd circumstances, isn't a stretch.
Second, the whole pursuit of Chase was being done "on the down low". They had insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime and no warrant. They had to keep cooking up excuses to go looking for him, and they were all painfully aware that they were on thin legal ground and dealing with someone who had the means to challenge them. Raising the profile of their hunt for Chase, especially with that jackass captain in the building, would be the last thing they wanted to do.
But third -- and this is really the key -- I think Deb wanted
to be alone, especially when it appeared that she might have found Chase. All of that time watching the DVDs thinking about Chase behind the camera, that exchange with Dexter where she says that some people deserve to die, her flashbacks to being held captive by the Icetruck Killer -- everything suggests that she was fighting a battle inside herself about what she should do with Chase if she found him. It wasn't so much a matter of being alone
with the vigilantes as of identifying
with them. I think she seriously considered becoming one herself. She may even have been relieved when she saw Chase's body and knew that the job had been done for her.
Re: Dexter's DNA in the car wreck. We don't know how much Dexter and Lumen have already done when Deb arrives, and we don't see the rest of the clean-up. It's inconceivable that someone with Dexter's experience and expertise would not have taken some sort of steps to cleanse the wreck, even though we don't see it. Then again, the police already know who killed the Barrel Girls from DNA in the barrels. The site will be IDed from the DVDs, and it may never even be processed for DNA. And if it's Dexter
doing the forensics (as with Quinn's boot), it may not matter.
The real loose ends, IMO? Quinn and Dexter.