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TV Review: DEXTER: Season 5, Ep. 12: The Big One

Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter, Season 5, Episode 12, The Big One

Dexter, Season 5, episode 12 – entitled  The Big One – ended the fifth season of Dexter in both predictable and unpredictable ways. Ninety-nine percent of the unpredictability belonged to Quinn (Desmond Harrington) and one percent belonged to Lumen (Julia Stiles). This season’s ending didn’t have the power that last season’s ending had but it almost did. When Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter) had Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Lumen cornered at the Camp Jordan crime scene, I thought the show would have the best season finale ever. Deborah finally finding out what Dexter was and having to make a choice between being a cop and being a sister. Unfortunately, because of Deborah previous trauma the viewer did not get that.

Two things though: 1.) Dexter was bleeding after the car crash. Would he have enough time to clean up the kill scene and his DNA at the car crash before the police got to the camp? 2.) Deborah fired her gun in the kill room at the camp. Her bullet will be in the wall and her shell casing was left on the floor. If she forgot those two things, would Dexter remember them? CSI certainly would not overlook them.

This episode can easily be called The Foley of Jordan. I spoke about this in  TV Review: Dexter: Season 5, Ep. 11: Hop a Freighter so I will not repeat it. I would have loved to have seen Jordan (Jonny Lee Miller) be methodical, intelligent, and controlled like Dexter, a true adversary but a one-up: a killer with vast international means. I was hoping for this and more from Jordan.

Lumen leaving was predictable, especially since Julia Styles was only a guest star this season.

Now Dexter is revealed to Quinn, at least in part anyway. I wonder what that will turn into next season.

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