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Dexter Episode: "The Big One"

Season 5, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: On the fifth-season finale, Dexter smells a trap being set for him and Lumen (Julia Stiles) and pulls out all stops in an effort to avoid getting caught in it; personal feelings get in the way of Debra's investigation into the Barrel Girls; and Quinn gets in a bind from which only Dexter can extricate him.
Original Air Date: Dec 12, 2010
Guest Cast Peter Weller: Stan Liddy Mos Def: Brother Sam Julia Stiles: Lumen
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Season 5, Episode 12
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Length: 56:00
Aired: 12/12/2010
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Dexter Episode Recap: "The Big One" Season 5, Episode 12

In the fifth-season finale, Dexter sets out to find where Jordan and Lumen are without getting caught in a trap. Deb's feelings get in the way of the Barrel Girls investigation; and Quinn finds himself in need of help, and Dexter my be the only one who can provide it.

This week's finale starts with Dexter packing up his knives and heading out to find Jordan and Lumen — with little to go on. But as soon as he opens the door, Astor, Cody, Harrison and the whole family surprise him since he couldn't make it to Orlando for the birthday party. And if that wasn't enough, Astor and Cody drop another bombshell on him — they want to spend the summer with him. Dex rushes out of there  and gives Jordan a call. He tries to make a deal with him, but Jordan says he wants nothing but to kill Lumen.

At the station, Dexter grabs the file of Jordan's real estate holdings while talking to Deb about the case. Dex can't find a secluded place where Jordan would have Lumen, but Harry helps his son out by telling him to check out where Jordan is from — before he was Jordan Chase, that is. Of course, things get even more complicated when, Laguerta announces Liddy was found dead and puts Dexter on to analyze the blood. Quinn knows something is very wrong here — and that Dexter most likely has something to do with it.

They arrive at the scene of Liddy's murder, and Quinn is struggling about what to say to Deb. Laguerta pulls him aside about the recent calls they found between him and Liddy, but Quinn doesn't say anything. They both look down and see the blood on his shoe, and Quinn says he won't talk until he has a lawyer. Uh-oh. His name is on all the surveillance equipment found in Liddy's van, too. This will be a tough one to talk his way out of. Quinn refuses to answer questions at the station, and he won't even tell Deb what he knows about her brother. Wow. He has really changed from the beginning of the season.

We see Jordan speeding into a desolate River Jordan Camp — the same camp where he raped Emily back when they were teens. Hence, the inspiration behind his identity. Jordan has Lumen tied up in the building he and the other guys used to torture and rape the girls. He tells her that he set a trap for Dexter by hinting that she's alive and in need of rescue. Just then, Dexter pulls into the camp, fully aware that Jordan was goading him, and tells Harry he will be cautious. Unfortunately, Harry distracts him, and Dex swerves to avoid a tractor and flips his car. As he crawls out of the wreckage, Dex finds Chase standing over him pointing a gun.

Chase ties up Dex and brings him to where Lumen is tied up. He grabs Dexter's knives and just as he says he's going to put him out of his misery with one of his own tools, he notices one is missing. Next thing you know, Dex cuts himself free, stabs Jordan in the foot and puts him in a sleeper hold. All the while, Deb is following up on a tip from a street vendor who heard Lumen banging from inside the trunk. They better hustle with this one.

With Chase on the table, he says that he's responsible for Lumen's transformation into the courageous person she is. She impulsively stabs him in the heart, and Deb pulls up at the camp two minutes later as they are cleaning the knives. She makes her way in and finds Jordan dead on the table with nothing but a dirty plastic sheet hanging between them. Deb demands they drop what they're holding and remain still. Deb then says she knows that silhouettes she sees are victim No. 13 and a man who loves her. Just as you think she's going to let them go, Lumen makes a move and Deb fires. She says it's her duty as a cop to call it in, so she's going to. But, wait. "If I were you, I'd be gone by then," Deb says to them before turning and leaving.

Moments later we see Deb talking to Quinn behind bars, saying she's OK with whatever he's not telling her. Guess everyone has their secrets. Who is she to judge?

Dex and Lumen dispose of the body on his boat, and the two breathe a sigh of relief that it's over. Dexter comes in to work the next morning and is about to test the blood on Quinn's shoe. He arrives back at the apartment in a fabulous mood and Lumen looks disturbed.

"I have to leave. Today." she says. "I don't feel it any more. The need."

Dexter's face is blank. "Her dark passenger. It's vanished," he says to himself. 

They both get emotional and asks her not to leave. He says she doesn't have to kill anymore, but Lumen tells him that he still has to. "It's who you are," she says.

Dexter catches a glimpse of himself in a plate before chucking it across the room and squatting into a corner. "You're right. We're not the same," Dex says a moment later.

Lumen apologizes, but he tells her not to be sorry that her darkness is gone. "I'll carry it for you always," he says. "I'll keep it with mine."

The two share a touching hug. Poor Dex. Just when he finds love for the first time, she leaves.

Dexter arrives at Harrison's birthday party on the beach, and Quinn and Deb arrive as a couple. Quinn thanks Dex for "the blood work" and Dex plays dumb about messing with the results. But Quinn tells him he still owes him one. (So he's fine with the fact that there's a good chance Dexter killed Liddy because he saved him from being falsely accused?) Dex watches as the couples and families connect with one another, and somberly sits by himself. Just as he takes off his wedding ring, Astor comes over and asks what happened to Lumen. Dex tells her she left, so she asks if he helped her like he said he wanted to. He says he did, but Astor continues, asking if it helped him feel better about Rita's death. 

Seconds later, Dex gets pulled away. As everyone sings "Happy Birthday," Dex thinks about what Lumen did for him. "While she was here, she made me think for the briefest moment that I might have a chance to be human," he thinks as everyone yells for him and Harrison to make a wish. "But wishes, of course, are for children."

I have to say I was hoping for a little more from the finale — maybe more difficulty in getting Jordan on the table or another reveal about his past or some connection he had with Lumen that made her different from the others. Then again, I could just be spoiled after how insane the Season 4 finale was. Hopefully, that's not the last we see of Lumen.

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In the fifth-season finale, Dexter sets out to find where Jordan and Lumen are without getting caught in a trap. Deb's feelings get in the way of the Barrel Girls investigation; and Quinn finds himself in need of help, and Dexter my be the only one who can provide it.

This week's finale starts with Dexter packing up his knives and heading out to find Jordan and Lumen — with little to go on. But as soon as he opens the door, Astor, Cody, Harrison and the whole family surprise him since he couldn't make it to Orlando for the birthday party. And if that wasn't enough, Astor and Cody drop another bombshell on him — they want to spend the summer with him. Dex rushes out of there  and gives Jordan a call. He tries to make a deal with him, but Jordan says he wants nothing but to kill Lumen.

At the station, Dexter grabs the file of Jordan's real estate holdings while talking to Deb about the case. Dex can't find a secluded place where Jordan would have Lumen, but Harry helps his son out by telling him to check out where Jordan is from — before he was Jordan Chase, that is. Of course, things get even more complicated when, Laguerta announces Liddy was found dead and puts Dexter on to analyze the blood. Quinn knows something is very wrong here — and that Dexter most likely has something to do with it.

They arrive at the scene of Liddy's murder, and Quinn is... read more

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