Last week’s episode of Dexter: New Blood Delivers a big reveal when Angela finally finds out the whereabouts of her missing friend Iris. Unfortunately, the poor girl’s remains were discovered at the bottom of several local caves.
With all the indications that Kurt Caldwell is the Big Bad (duh), can the suspicious diner owner continue to evade the police? More importantly, how does Dexter plan to solve the town’s serial killer problem when Harrison is working for suspect #1? Sunday’s episode revealed all that and more. Let’s recap!
We start right where we left off, with Dexter meeting Angela at the crime scene. Now know who Dexter is Actually is, she wants his forensic expert’s opinion. He examines the body and finds the girl’s shirt ripped; She was shot from behind with a rifle. She was also still alive when she was buried, and from the looks of it, was trying to dig herself up. Dexter pulled a tooth out of her mouth. It has human skin on it and may have enough DNA to pinpoint the killer.
Angela tells Dexter she has a theory: Kurt Caldwell. She thought he was hiding something, adding that he wanted them to stop searching as soon as Angela was getting ready to check out the cave. Doubt a lot? Yes!
Dexter and Harrison are still at odds over the boy’s new part-time job. Deb asks Dex to kill Kurt, but Dexter wants to let Angela solve the case. That way, Harrison would see Kurt for who he really is without creating any distance between them.
Dexter tells Angela what happened between Molly and Kurt, and takes her to the creepy cabin in the woods. Something seemed to have been dragged out of the cabin, and when they entered the basement, it smelled of bleach and the apartment was completely stripped.
As Harrison begins his job, Dexter grabs a coffee from the diner to keep an eye on him. Kurt sits in his booth, and Dexter asks Molly if she’ll ever take that interview with Matt. He really wanted to hear that side of Matt’s story, he told Kurt, both poking and prodding. The conversation quickly turns into a suspenseful tete-à-tête, but before things really heat up, Angela cuts in to arrest Kurt for murder.
Kurt claimed he was innocent when Angela told him about his FaceTime with Matt (which we and she knew was a lie). She also asks him about the scar on his arm and tells him that they found a DNA sample on Iris’ body that matches his own.
Meanwhile, a driver at a truck stop hands Harrison an envelope to give to his father. When Dexter opens it, it’s a thin piece of metal (a nail?) and Dexter isn’t sure what to make of it. He then creates a distraction so he can sneak into the prison and visit Kurt. He warned him to stay away from his son. Kurt says the night Dex picked him up, he knew it wasn’t snowing; ash rain. And another troubling tidbit from Kurt: Titanium doesn’t melt. Looks like Kurt knows exactly What did Dexter do?
Dexter Googles looks at what titanium compression screws look like, and sure enough, that’s exactly what’s in the envelope. So Kurt knows Dexter killed Matt, and he has range. Even from behind bars.
Kurt released a statement to the police, telling a story from his childhood about how his father picked up girls from work and abused them with young Kurt in the car. (The song the boy filmed in the truck was, again, Del Shannon’s “Runaway” – the same song Kurt repeatedly played in the bar, and the same song the killer played before Lily. murdered in Episode 3) He said that one night he saw Iris hitchhiking with his father. They drove away and that was the last time he saw her. The rest of the story goes like this: Kurt’s father tried to get Iris back home, but when he refused to let her out of his truck, she bit his arm and jumped out. As she was running away, he pulled out a rifle and shot her dead. Kurt insists the DNA in question belongs to his father. Since it was only a 67 percent match, Kurt was eventually released.
Dexter questions the diner, wondering what to do with the “loose end” that is the screw. He began snooping around Kurt’s office, and came to the conclusion that he would have to kill him.
At the bar, Angela tells Molly that she was supposed to leave town with Iris, but backed out at the last minute. Molly said she was lucky that “Jim” showed up in the cabin when he arrived, although his timing was certainly strange. Angela tells her that Jim has overheard them talking, but Molly notes that he is sitting too far away from them to simply overhear their conversation. Maybe he recorded them, she guessed, recalling that he was charging his phone at the bar. When Molly steps outside, we see the newly freed Kurt stalking her.
When a group of people threaten Harrison, he pulls his razor at them, but fortunately, Dexter is there to quell the situation. Harrison broke down, saying he “tried and always has.” He says he always has nightmares, but when he listens to Molly’s podcast, it all comes back. “I miss everything,” he says, as we see a flashback of the Trinitarian Killer (hey, John Lithgow!) bleeding, standing on top of him. Harrison accused Dexter of always knowing about Rita’s murder, and then the boy jumped into a friend’s car and drove off. The episode ends with Dexter being jumped from behind by an unknown assailant.
So Of course Harrison remembers his mother’s murder, doesn’t he? And does Kurt have an army of trucks to help him cover up his nefarious deeds? Drop your best guess in the Comments section below!
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