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Season 1, Episode "Return to Sender".

It was discovered that the drug used to drug Dexter's victims was M99 and Dexter's Asian colleague sent a request for a list of all people who were registered to have access to M99.

Dexter logged into his colleague computer and deleted his alias from the list of registered people who had access to M99.

The obvious logic hole is:

  • How did Dexter's Asian colleague could not notice this?

There are two possibilities:

  1. Dexter deleted his alias from the email itself. This is not technically possible.
  2. Dexter deleted his alias from the attachment to the email and saved it locally on his colleague's PC. His colleague would easily notice someone viewed an email in his in-box OR his colleague could easily go back to the original email and download the original attachment, which would still include Dexter's alias.

Given his colleagues are all professional, how could this happen? I guess it is a logical hole that was overlooked by this show's director.

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You are excluding many valid reasons for this to happen.

His colleague would easily notice someone viewed an email in his in-box.

You can set an email to Unread in pretty much every mail app I've ever used. So how would the colleague see that the mail was read, but then put back into an unread state?

OR his colleague could easily go back to the original email and download the original attachment

He could, yes. But why? He has no reason to suspect that anything has changed in the list since he has no knowledge of anyone having been on his computer.

If you copy a file to a USB stick, do you then always re-check the copied file bit by bit to make sure that everything copied correctly? No, you don't. No one does. Unless there is a problem with the copied file, in which case you would try to copy it again.

If the colleague suddenly noticed that there were 99 people on a list that says there should be 100 people, he might be willing to recheck his sources. However, if there is nothing that leads him to believe there is anything wrong with the list; he has no reason to recheck his source.

Given his colleagues are all professional, how could this happen?

You can't expect a fictional character to know everything the viewer knows. More often than not, them not knowing it is the whole point of it all.

Not every person is aware of every piece of evidence that exists everywhere in the world. And even if they were, they would not continually recheck everything; because this all takes up valuable time, and there is no reason to suspect that there is anything incriminating to be found in the first place.

For a similar reason, not every security tape ever recorded will be watched by someone in the future. They will only be watched if anything interesting happened during that time.
If nothing interesting happens, why would you look back? What would prompt you to do so?


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To prove my point, I have written some incriminating evidence about me in this answer. However, I have edited it out again.

Be honest: before I told you that I had put something incriminating in my post, did you already check my edit history?

You didn't. Because you had no reason to suspect that there was any evidence to be found.
And that's the whole point. Unless someone (or something) makes the Asian colleague think that there is anything wrong with the list of registered people, he has no reason to check it again.

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    Plus, Vince Masuka is probably too busy misusing his PC resources to find fetish and bondage sites online to see if a potential serial-killer was a colleague in the same lab, scrubbing his email attachment. – PoloHoleSet May 19 '17 at 16:02

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