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Dexter Episode: "First Blood"

Season 5, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Dexter must deal with his unwanted conspirator while wondering if Rita's death and Harrison's exposure to it may have had a subconscious impact on the infant. Meanwhile, Quinn's suspension leaves Deb to work the Santa Muerte homicides alone, but frees him up to look further into Dexter's background and possible involvement in the Trinity Killer case.
Original Air Date: Oct 24, 2010

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Length: 52:00
Aired: 10/24/2010
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Dexter Episode Recap: "First Blood" Season 5, Episode 5

Dexter struggles to convince Lumen to move on with her life, but he later discovers she has a master plan to seek revenge on the men who raped her and held her captive. Meanwhile, Quinn and Deb continue their relationship outside the workplace.

At the start of this week's episode, Dexter meets up with Lumen for breakfast, and she's still on edge following her traumatic experience. Although he tries to tell her she needs to get on with her life, Lumen is dead set on getting revenge and killing the other men involved in her rape and captivity. Dex even tries to help the healing process along by giving her a ticket to Minneapolis, but Lumen thinks Dexter's gesture is just a means to get rid of her, so she storms off.

Dexter begins digging to see if he can find out who Boyd's partners in crime were, but he doesn't get much. He returns to Boyd's house to see what he could scrounge up, but finds that someone broke in and beat him to it. Dex finds a match for the prints left behind and it's none other than Lumen. Who is this chick and what is she up to? I'm feeling there's a lot more than meets the eye with this one — stemming from whatever past she's running from.

Trying to find out what Lumen's up to, he goes to her motel room and finds a wall of crazy clippings and notes (ala your typical serial killer) revolving around rape and murders committed by Boyd and his accomplices. He also finds a makeshift bed in her closet — the only place she feels safe. Harry is right, sister is not right in the head. Dex is convinced she is plotting to kill Boyd's partners, so he meets with her and begs her to stop before it's too late, but her mind is made up.

After some more digging, Dex learns Boyd's partner is out of jail and living under a bridge where the shady ex-con folk (namely sex offenders) live. Dex finds the man while undercover and ultimately gets him back to his kill room. But just as Dex is prepping to take the man's life, Harry frantically tries to tell his son to rethink what he's about to do. Dex finally understands what his father is saying. He discovers the man has an ankle bracelet and thus could not have been involved in Lumen's captivity because he couldn't leave the area. Why couldn't Harry just come out and say that? Must the subconscious always be so cryptic? Regardless, Dex dumps the unconscious man and sets out to find Lumen to tell her the man she's after is not involved.

He goes to Lumen's hotel room, but is too late because she's already under the bridge looking for her target. She finally finds him and just as she takes aim to shoot him from a distance (does she think she's a sniper?), Dexter grabs the gun from her and tells her the man could not have been involved in her rape and capture because the ankle bracelet would have went off. She almost murdered the wrong man. "This is where it leads," Dex tells her. "It's not too late, there's still no blood on your hands." Lumen finally agrees to go home.

Dexter takes Lumen to the airport, where he finally tells her his last name (that's going to come back to bite him). Lumen thanks him, heads through security, but buzzes as she goes through the metal detector. As the guard begins to feel around her body in a routine pat down, Lumen starts to have a panic attack. Next thing you know, Lumen is back in a cab leaving Miami airport.

Meanwhile, Deb and Quinn have been spending nights together, much to Dexter's disapproval. Deb heads in to work on the cult killing case and interviews the boy who's neck was slit last episode — who knew you could survive that? She and the team get a little something to go on: a small tattoo on his hand. Masuka, apparently no stranger to the tattoo world, takes Deb to the "Michelangelo" of body ink for some insight. They continue on their leads and line of questioning and stumble across a house with two decomposing corpses. And they really went all out on this scene, too — we're talking maggots, flies, larvae ... the works. How Deb didn't hurl is quite a feat. Apparently, the murders were likely one of the first kills committed by the killers.

Batista has troubles of his own and is convinced his wife is having an affair. He surprises her at a hotel room where he finds her with the Internal Affairs guy and makes a huge scene, but it turns out she was working a sting to nail a crooked cop in exchange for closing his books on Batista's case. But the most unsettling thing about the situation is that Quinn wants to hire the disgraced, crooked cop to dig up the dirt on Dexter. Things are definitely going to get interesting.

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Dexter struggles to convince Lumen to move on with her life, but he later discovers she has a master plan to seek revenge on the men who raped her and held her captive. Meanwhile, Quinn and Deb continue their relationship outside the workplace.

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Premiered: October 01, 2006, on Showtime
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: A forensic expert lives a double life as a vigilante-serial killer who murders wrongdoers who've escaped justice.



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