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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 11 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Dec 6th 2010 10:30AM


Julia Stile and Michael C. Hall in Dexter['Dexter,' 'Hop a Freight Train']

As the fifth season comes tumbling to an end, Dexter is acting like man who's found true love for the first -- and possibly only -- time. My husband even summed up the scene with Dexter and Lumen mapping out their plans with Harrison's toys as "two college students who can't keep their hands off each other studying for finals."

The two of them were so coupley they made buying a mother-of-pearl switchblade, snooping around in Quinn's apartment and arranging Jordan Chase's murder seem romantic.

Like Deb said about her spot-on "Barrel Girls Vigilante" theory, "what they're doing takes devotion." And to steal a line from 'Grease,' they do seem hopelessly devoted to each other.


That Dexter has found his "born in blood" soul mate is touching, and considering the themes of this series, actually unexpectedly sweet. But despite the instinct to "awwww" at the sight of Duxter and Lumen cuddling, it's difficult not to cringe, knowing that this is not a show where the protagonist psychopath gets to live happily ever after. This nail-biting episode proved that once again Dexter is thisclose to being caught (of course, he was caught, albeit temporarily, by Stan Liddy).

That Dexter has found his "born in blood" soul mate is touching, and considering the themes of this series, actually unexpectedly sweet. But despite the instinct to "awwww" at the sight of Duxter and Lumen cuddling, it's difficult not to cringe, knowing that this is not a show where the protagonist psychopath gets to live happily ever after. This nail-biting episode proved that once again Dexter is thisclose to being caught (of course, he was caught, albeit temporarily, by Stan Liddy).

Speaking of Liddy, he was the penultimate episode's big kill. It wasn't surprising, considering how much he'd cottoned on to Dexter and Lumen, but the van homicide -- and Quinn's arrival on the scene -- were still heart-thumping. Peter Weller was a memorable scene-stealer as the dirty cop desperate to get back on the force, and his colorful one-liners were right up there with Deb and Masuka's each episode. Now that Dexter has stabbed him to death and let his body to rot in that conversion van, it's inescapable that Quinn will discover the truth about Dexter.

Poor Quinn. His emotional monologue about his love for Debra was so treacly, it felt an awful lot like a farewell speech. When he turned up to meet Liddy, I almost expected Dexter to take him out as well, especially when the blood started dripping out of the van. Luckily for Quinn fans, he'll live to see another (climactic) episode, but all bets are off as to whether he can survive the finale, which will surely be bloody.

Jonny Lee Miller was fantastic in the scene where he shockingly murders Emily -- the only person outside of Lumen and Dexter who knew who he was and what he was capable of doing. It's a shame, because Emily's blind devotion to Jordan (talk about some "serious s--t" between two people) merited some explanation. Jordan may have eliminated the only innocent "witness" to his criminal past, but he is getting sloppy. He's being hunted on two fronts, and Sherlock Holmes-style Debra is so bad-ass she told Jordan to his face that she knew he was involved.

No matter what, it's clear that either Debra or Dexter is bound to end the season with a broken heart (again). If history repeats itself, neither of their love interests has a good chance of surviving next week's episode.


Burning questions:

--If Quinn wasn't 100 percent positive about Dexter's homicidal instincts before, how could he not know after Liddy winds up dead? It's too obvious -- what's the twist?

--Not that it matters, but what happened to April Lee Hernandez' Officer Cira? She basically disappeared. Her supporting role completely fizzled out ; she went from Deb's pest to protege to 'All About Eve'ish usurper to nonentity.

--Did LaGuerta redeem herself by apologizing and getting the court-order Deb wanted?

--Who's destined to die in the season finale? Will super-sleuth Deb finally catch Dexter in the act?

Memorable lines:
--"People all around you are dropping like flies. You could be next." --Deb to Jordan

--"You little f---in' wimp. You're up to your ass in alligators with this thing, whether you like it or not. So you're going to make this bust, and I'm gonna call you. You best come runnin'." --Liddy to Quinn

--"Great. They ended up dead in a bullet-riddled car." --Dexter

--"She has someone in her life. A guy who's helping her. Someone that would do anything and everything for her... What they're doing takes devotion. To kill someone together? That's some pretty serious s--t." --Deb to Dexter

--"When you said you didn't want me to leave, does that mean you want me to stay?" --Lumen to Dexter

--"You're more like a guy... You don't play games where I have to figure out what it is you're really thinking. You just say it, usually with a lot of really filthy words I've never heard before..." --Quinn to Deb


'Dexter' airs Sundays at 9PM on Showtime

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Joe

A paragraph is repeated in the post.

The episode is called 'Hop A Freighter', not 'Hop a Freight Train'. It says so at the start of the episode and Lumen says the exact words.

Is journalistic integrity even a consideration once people are here seeing the 'sponsored links'? You can try to simply dismiss the criticism as standard on the Internet, but look around. Very few other sites get this kind of reaction because even run by amateur fans, there is a great deal more care taken in being accurate, relevant or interesting.

December 07 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon

Do you really think you have to sensor "bad words" in a review of Dexter?

December 07 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Piecar

I agree with Dan. Someone's gotta proofread this stuff....If it's just some guy's site from Peoria and he's havin' a good time, fine...But if you are styling yourself as a comprehensive legitimate outlet...Damn.


Liddy's death was inevitable, and therefore not surprising. Also, he was doomed to die when he laid out his entire plan. Like a supervillain before the hero takes him out. One question, though. Is this the first kill for Dexter where he just kills, without vetting the person first?

I miss Angel, the tough cop. Now he's just a shlep

The "Wow, he bought me a jack knife" moment was hammy and lame.

The "Wow, he bought me a jack knife" moment was hammy and lame.

Lumen's a retard. She keeps going into these things alone. I got money says she makes it, though. Quinn too.

December 06 2010 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JT

This was not Dexter's first kill away from the code. This is his second kill in self defense, the first one was Freebo and also this season he killed the guy in the run down boathouse bathroom.

December 07 2010 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

I find it amazing that they could kill off Rita in such a shocking season-ender and then totally ignore her death in the next season. Nothing about the FBI, Trinity's family, anything. And people (as well as the show) keep acting like this is the first time Dexter has had a partner in crime. He had Miguel Prado, Jimmy Smits' character in Season 3, and I thought he learned his lesson about partners in crime. So not only does Season 5 totally ignore season 4, it totally ignores season 3 as well. It's not that I don't find season 5 entertaining, but it does piss me off. Why bother killing Rita? What was the point of that? Dexter didn't need any new friends (he certainly didn't need a new love interest).

December 06 2010 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MosquitoControl

That blood on a homicide officer's shoe is noticed and leads to DNA testing seems loose. If Quinn goes down like that I'll be irked. I think that, rather than repeat the whole Dexter-is-caught-and-kills we may end up with Quinn being satisfied that Dexter is the vigilante due to Lumen and a personal connection from having lost Rita.

We'll see.


Not sure why Johnny Chase would keep whatshername around for so many years, a living witness, and stay hands-off, only to kill her in a sudden rage that you struggle to imagine he hasn't had before. A lot felt lacking there. Plus why would he then keep Lumen alive? I'm sure we'll see some plan, but it feels contrived.

Quite a bit of this season has felt contrived, but overall it's been one of the best and very, very entertaining.

December 06 2010 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dee

It's "Jordan" Chase...Johnny Chase is Vince's brother on Entourage ;)

I hope Lumen manages to survive and comes back next season; it'd be interesting to see how their relationship progresses...especially after Jordan dies. I'd like to see how the dynamic changes once she has lost her drive to kill.

Also, I don't think we've seen the last of Officer Manzon, since one of the Fuentes brothers is still out there somewhere. So although it may seem like the Santa Muerte case is closed, it's actually not. Which is too bad, because as far as B-plots go, I could not care less about this one!

Oh, one last thing: I love Jonny Lee Miller! I will be sorry to see him go :(

December 06 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

Looks like Quinn could be framed for Liddy's death. The blood on his shoe and the voice mail he left saying "you're really starting to piss me off" combined with his forged signature signing out the surveillance equipment that's in the van almost guarantees it.

December 06 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Does anyone proofread on this site?
This is really pathetic. The same paragraph is repeated twice in a row.

Please, stop paying these writers, they're horrible!

December 06 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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