‘Dexter’ Recap: The Brain Surgeon Returns?

Sun, August 18, 2013 10:01pm EDT by 44 Comments
Dexter Season 8 Episode 8 Recap
Courtesy of Showtime

While Dexter was getting all googly-eyed over his ex-girlfriend, the real monster, his protege, was potentially bludgeoning his next door neighbor to death. Whoops!

Over the course of the series, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) has let a surprising amount of characters see into who he really is. All of them have either kept their mouths shut or been put down. But as Dexter comes to and end, will Zach Hamilton (Sam Underwood), the creepy teen psychopath, become the exception?

Dexter & Hannah: He’s Still Thinking With The Wrong Head

We’ll have to wait before a question like that is answered.

Even though Dexter knows he should’ve been paying more attention to Zach instead of living in lala land with Hannah (Yvonne Strahovsky), he doesn’t learn from his own mistakes. Instead he decides he should probably help Hannah flee the country. Seriously?

Dexter can’t avoid his Zach problem forever though, so he’s on the hunt for a fake passport AND a teenager in the midst of a murderous rage.

With his blood under Cassie’s fingers (a piece of evidence that Dexter is obviously omitting from the police investigation), Zach is wisely on the run, fled to the Florida Keys. So of course Dexter’s like, “Hey Hannah, let’s take a romantic trip to the Keys!” Smart move, or as Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) puts it, “Dick for brains!”

Speaking of Deb (Hannah’s archnemesis, remember?), she’s tired of letting Dexter solve the problems. With a GPS tracker attached to Dexter’s car, Deb follows him down to the Keys while her boss, Elway, looks into Miles Castner’s odd disappearance (I assume this will come up at later time).

Zach Hamilton: Did He Kill Cassie?

But did Zach even kill Cassie? When he and Dexter finally come face-to-face, he looks more confused than caught red-handed. Oh boy! Turns out the kid has an alibi — he’s been hunting an old high school enemy. The protege plot line continues!

I absolutely love how Dexter goes from hunter to teacher in .01 seconds, schooling Zach on the importance of picking the right kill rooms and dishing on the best ways to sedate a victim. I can’t tell you how gleeful I am.

But Wait, The Brain Surgeon Lives?

With Dexter passing the serial killer torch — and maybe finding someone he actually loves (and can get butt-naked with!) in Hannah — he may actually have a shot at some semblance of normalcy. He’s got a lover, and he has two sons, one literal and one figurative. He has one big happy family. Will Dexter end with him retiring and riding off into the sunset with his happy bunch?

Well no, not exactly. The fact that Zach didn’t kill Cassie means someone else did. And after Dex sexes up Hannah he returns home to find Zach sitting in his desk chair — with his brain carved out! And guess who just happens to have that missing piece — yup, Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling).

First of all, I’m furious that the protege plot line is over but second of all — holy crap, is Vogel the Brain Surgeon?! (Told ya so, kind of.)

– Andrew Gruttadaro

More ‘Dexter’ Recap:

  1. ‘Dexter’ Recap: Dexter & Debra Team Up To Save The Day
  2. ‘Dexter’ Recap: Debra Morgan Comes Clean
  3. ‘Dexter’ Recap: Dexter Morgan Gets A New Mother

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MrC

Posted at 7:32 PM on August 25, 2013  

***NEXT ANGLE*** the killer could be Masuko, he is very weird and you would never suspect him. he also has the skills to be able to do what the brain surgeon does. out of all the theories that has come to mind i still think that its a friend or family member of Evelyn Vogel. it makes a bit of sense now. if it was an enemy of Vogels she would have been dead a long time ago.

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tnt

Posted at 12:26 AM on August 24, 2013  

The end? No idea.

BUT! Logically, Dexter will have violated Harry’s code by falling in love with Hannah. She is now Dexter’s girlfriend and Dexter cares about his son and his sister. These are no-no’s.

Maybe, for the bounty, Elway goes after Hannah one night with Deb backing him up. Dexter tries to protect her and gets killed in the crossfire. Maybe Deb’s gun fires the fatal bullet.

Dexter dies, Deb is horrified and distraught, and Hannah escapes with Elway in pursuit. Or Hannah dies at Dexter’s side?

End of series.

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Joe

Posted at 12:25 AM on August 23, 2013  

I’m surprised that no one has explored the idea that maybe Hannah didn’t break out of jail. Maybe she ratted out Dexter for a reduced sentence and has been released to collect hard evidence against him. That was some pretty intense questioning in the keys, maybe she was wearing a wire. I’m all for Deb being the brain doc!

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Michelle

Posted at 4:29 PM on August 22, 2013  

I think I guessed the ending!!!! Matthews kills dexter because this WHOLE thing has been an experiment!!! Dexter was a test subject for Vogel,Matthews and his father was in on it! He even told Vogel this season the experiment was over…..we all missed its meaning!!! Michael c hall even said the ending has been planned from the start of episode one. Dexter is killed because he wants to stop killing and live with Hanna…Matthews ends the experiment!!!!!

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bogdan

Posted at 10:55 AM on August 22, 2013  

Okay guys, so the brain surgeon topic is very exciting, but what do you think about what Niki Walters?
I don’t think she is connected to any murder, but there is something intriguing about her. So, what do you think is the reason of her arrival?

P.S.: she has nice daughter boobs.

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bogdan

Posted at 11:04 AM on August 22, 2013  

about that Niki Walters*

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Amber Ree Duffer

Posted at 9:44 PM on August 21, 2013  

Do we know anything anout Quinns parents?Could he be Vogels son?

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Lucía

Posted at 6:10 AM on August 21, 2013  

OMG! I just realized, VOGEL IS DEXTERS MOM! i just saw a picture of them together and she looks like she loves him like a real mom! Could it be (we know Harry was having an affair with a CI and weve had some hints that he also had an affair with Vogelway to go Harry btw…)) that the worng person was killed and Dexters mom refused to say it was his kid so that she would stay alive?) wow that would be awesome. Or it could also be she thinks she is her mom cos she kind of createt him. But also she could have become a pro in her field in her attempt to cure her own son since she already felt guilty cos he wouldnt have been so damaged if she hadnt been a CI? Remember she avoided answering why she became interested in her fiel of expertice…
Great thing is, this plot would solve what the hell Vogels deal is and still allow Deb to be the surgeon (Please Deb be the surgeon!!!!)
No matter what it is, as usually, you wont see it coming..!

Dont block me please, I promise I wont make any more comment until next episode, but my friends dont like the show and i got noone to share my crazy hyphothesis with!

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Kevin

Posted at 6:23 PM on August 22, 2013  

Interesting theory, but lets remember where Harry found Dexter. He is and has already been explained to be Dexter Moser. I feel like with the lengths they went in season 1 and 2 to explain Dexter’s background, they wouldn’t just deem all of that a lie and decide he is Vogel’s son.

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Lucía

Posted at 5:53 AM on August 21, 2013  

Making Vogel the brain surgeon would only happen if the script wirtters had forgotten to do their homework and decided to copy the script from 2 seasons ago, when the real killer (crazy catholic dude) had always been right in front of us and even working with Dex. But nothing happens for nothing, script writters and the director do not decide to ask Vogel during dinner Why she got interested in this field, then get a close up frame of her face while she enhances her acting to say its not something she wants to get us bored with, thats one of the keys, where it leads, no idea, it could relate to someone we,ve met before, something realted to Rita, to the icetruck killer, Deb, old-guy-whos-theboss- and whose name i dont know, even Astor and Cody, doesnt matter, its gonna be definitly a link between Dex and Vogel that we didnt know about and its gonna blow our minds. Even something to do with Dexters father, OR even, with his REAL father (or did he die? ) I just really hope it makes everything make sense and does not just make this last season a ROUND story, but the whole show, engaging pieces from every single season making an awesome puzzle thats gonna make us wanna see the whole freaking show all over again. I still thing the whole Deb is the real killer plot would be awesome. I need to get a life.

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Sally

Posted at 1:56 AM on August 21, 2013  

The season has to end in a huge bang as the writer promised… That bring said the brain surgeon will be Deborah.

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Is Everyone an Idiot but Me?

Posted at 2:02 PM on August 20, 2013  

I don’t remember anything about Vogel’s son… but I think she is connected to the Brain Surgeon in some way and wouldn’t be surprised if she has been lying to Dexter this whole time about “being in danger” so she could observe him or continue her experiment.

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Glenn

Posted at 11:23 AM on August 20, 2013  

Vogle and Oliver are in cohoots! Oliver does the heavy work, and Vogle performs the surgical procedure! I believe Oliver is her son from Harry! It will all play out in the season finale! I can’t wait to say I told you so!!!

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Ryanlesko

Posted at 2:44 PM on August 19, 2013  

No, Vogel is clearly not the brain surgeon. Shes holding the brain fragment clearly to suggest that she was just sent it. Shes looking at it like shes afraid.

The main piece of evidence that she isnt the brain surgeon came several episodes ago when she recieved a text from the surgeon. She was alone, so she had no reason to fake a message or anything.

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Niri Tacen

Posted at 4:29 PM on August 19, 2013  

Totally disagree. Remember, the brain surgeon is a master manipulator, forcing others to do his/her dirty work. She’s been applying her psychiatric techniques to Dexter all season, doing a number on him.

Vogel and Zac were last seen together. I think she took him to one of her minions, and got that minion to do the dirty. The whole present-in-a-jar thing is just an act.

For me, this episode is the clearest evidence yet that Vogel is the mastermind behind the brain surgeon attacks.

I also think that, if Dexter ends up killed, it will be at the hands of Vogel (directly or indirectly).

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gill bates

Posted at 4:39 PM on August 19, 2013  

volgel is the brain surgeon the text was from that guy with the scar on his head if you listen to the music playing on the ipod is a major clue because its the same song she was listening to before that guy with the scar broke in she also was the one to take zack home and she clearly recorded that video on her computer.

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drewseaver

Posted at 12:15 PM on August 25, 2013  

The text WAS from the brain surgeon if you remember…the guy with the scar (Nates) never left Vogel the pieces of the brain. The text message from the surgeon was to tell Vogel that he had just left her his famous gift outside the door. Vogel is NOT the surgeon.

 
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Ronda Sweet

Posted at 10:29 AM on August 19, 2013  

It appears obvious Hannah has been setting up Dexter to take the fall for her husband’s murder. The drop of blood on his neck after she dumped him on the side of the road, the comments about his missing a drop of blood when he cleaned up after hubbie’s murder, the comment to Zach about just one drop of blood. I think she set the whole thing up to get even for his sending her to jail. She may be feeling a little sorry and I think Deb will be the instrument of Hannah’s demise or maybe Dexter and Hannah find themselves in Argentina when it all ends in September.

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Andrea J. Snyder (@AndreaJSnyder1)

Posted at 11:17 AM on August 19, 2013  

just as Alexander implied I didnt even know that a mom able to profit $6828 in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this site… ℂ­­a­n9­9.ℂ­ℴ­­M

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Aurelia

Posted at 9:04 AM on August 19, 2013  

I am so happy Dexter is reunited with Hannah. Of all the romantic interests he has had over the course of this show, he has the best chemistry with Hannah McCay. So glad they hooked up last night. I love watching them together. He truly does love Hannah. I loved when they both confessed to eachother (“Dress Code”) that they were “it” for eachother and that he “felt the same” for her. Love love love it. Their energy when they act together is palpable. Yesss!

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SanMan

Posted at 4:33 AM on August 19, 2013  

yeah if you read the description on the upcoming episodes it says dexter wants to “d taking Saxon out once and for all.” Who is saxon, saxon is voxels son, thats why she devoted her time to trying to help dexter, and thats why saxon killed zachy boy.

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Docer

Posted at 4:40 AM on August 19, 2013  

I saw that. How stupid can they be?

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ross

Posted at 4:18 AM on August 19, 2013  

she is she is she is

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Docer

Posted at 4:16 AM on August 19, 2013  

Okay, Heres a weird thought. Call me crazy (you will), Is Dexter’s dad really dead? Thinking back, we never saw his funeral (remind me if Im wrong). Could he be the Brain Surgeon?

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gill bates

Posted at 4:41 PM on August 19, 2013  

ok you just went full retard.

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luna

Posted at 12:59 AM on August 21, 2013  

Seriously, I look up to you. That comment was not only inspiring, but it was justified.
Want some of my jelly beans?

 
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Querty

Posted at 1:15 PM on August 21, 2013  

I think, Vogel killed Harry. She did everything to create and research Dexter.

 
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STH

Posted at 1:33 AM on August 19, 2013  

It’s Dr. Richard Vogel.
Her husband. Dexter mentioned him while him and Deb were eating steaks.

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mythdr

Posted at 2:54 AM on August 19, 2013  

I think Dr. Richard Vogel is long dead, and their son is the killer. This is why she has devoted her life to studying and understanding killers. At tonight’s dinner with the ‘gang’, she quickly diverts the topic as to how she got into studying sociopaths. If her son is the brain surgeon could explain why she was so intrigued by her success with Dexter and the code, and why she was so anxious to see if it would work on Zack…before his demise. fun to speculate…

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Chazz Cobalt

Posted at 12:25 AM on August 19, 2013  

the brain surgeon is Matthews!!!???

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Larry

Posted at 11:23 PM on August 19, 2013  

or Quinn, but ya I think Vogel or Mr Vogel is the brain surgeoun

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M.

Posted at 12:03 AM on August 19, 2013  

Vogel is not the brain surgeon. have you even watched the rest of the season? the brain surgeon sent her the brain bits the entire first half if the season, it in no way signifies her guilt of being the real killer… .

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Ming

Posted at 12:32 AM on August 19, 2013  

what if vogel is setting up dexter saying that she keeps receiving all of the brain parts? she is the one who loves to study the psychopaths. you never know with this show though, you expect one thing only for it to be another. the producers are making it look like vogel is the brain surgeon. i guess we’ll just have to find out. theres so many possibilities for this show to end

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yeahno

Posted at 3:14 AM on August 19, 2013  

That would be ridiculous. What would be the point in finishing off Zach right now when he’s showing so much promise into what she wants for him. Furthermore, if she doesn’t care about that, why didn’t she kill Dexter too? Vogel’s absolutely NOT the brain surgeon.

 
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TruthNLogic

Posted at 5:18 AM on August 19, 2013  

I agree with you… And let me add… it would be lame since they already did the thing where the killer was following the directions of his mentor, whom he killed and was only hallucinating… to repetitive. I think its her husband… what do the books do?

 
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abe

Posted at 11:49 PM on August 18, 2013  

……………….lilo is back?

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Marco

Posted at 11:43 PM on August 18, 2013  

Vogel got the brain piece like she did with all of the other victims of the brain surgeon.

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ed

Posted at 11:41 PM on August 18, 2013  

I don’t believe that final scene suggested Vogel was the brain surgeon. as in the past, she may just be a recipient as part of a message to both of them.

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Mythdr

Posted at 11:38 PM on August 18, 2013  

I don’t think Vogel is the brain surgeon, I think it is her son. That is why “the experiment”, with Dexter and zack was so important. A new dimension, but seems to fit in with the clues and storyline.

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Ming

Posted at 12:34 AM on August 19, 2013  

who is vogels son?

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Posted at 12:19 AM on August 19, 2013  

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Posted at 8:34 PM on August 19, 2013  

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