As far as Dexter is concerned Lumen has gone back home and is out of his life for good. Or so he thought until he gets a call from the damaged girl who is now in a panic after shooting a man in a warehouse. But things only get worse for Dexter because when he gets to the scene, the body is gone.

Now Dexter and Lumen must find the man before he can alert the authorities. But that’s only the beginning of one of the longest nights of Dexter’s life.

Deb and the rest of the homicide division will also get one step closer to nailing the Fuentes Brothers.

And Batista will also try to smooth the waters of the stormy ocean that is his marriage.

What worked: “How long have you been a cop?” “I’m not a cop.” “What are you?” “Complicated.”

When it came to Dexter himself, this episode did everything right. It got the charm, the anger, the sadness, the tragedy and the dark comedy spot on.

I feel that Lumen is truly the perfect character to counter balance Dexter’s various activities. The back and forth the two kept having while they were looking for the man Lumen shot was beyond perfect. Its pace was spot on without a single moment of slow down.

And some of Dexter’s best dialogue actually came from the things he spoke out loud for once. For example, once he learns the truth, that the man Lumen shot really did rape her, he immediately goes in for the kill but right before he does he utters the first words of his child “die-die.” And he does in such a way that sent chills up my spine.

This episode also delivered on the tension,  despite the fact that I knew what the outcome would be. The scene I think of in particular is when the man Dexter was originally hunting escaped from his car. Even though I knew Dexter would stop him before got within view of Masuka, Deb and the rest of the funky bunch, I was still hoping he would be able to. I know that sounds weird, but it just goes to show how well this episode was put together.

I also liked where the Quinn story line ended up in this episode. Unlike all the other times they end up getting hot and heavy, the end of this episode felt natural. It felt like there was some actual chemistry between them, and that’s something they’ve been missing.

And once again, Peter Weller is f’n creepy.

What didn’t: I’m not even going to spend time explaining this because my complaint is the same as always, I’m bored by Batista and his need to please.

Final thoughts: Anything involving Dexter in this episode was perfect.

Episode: “Everything Is Illumenated” (Season 5, Episode 6)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: By aiding Lumen, Dexter puts himself on a collision course with Debra and the homicide division, and things get worse when he’s brought in to work a horrific crime scene.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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