Things are about to go off in the sunny city of Miami, and it all leads up to the beginning of what will hopefully be a heart-stopping season finale.

Dexter will be put into a situation that will force him to choose between keeping his secret a secret, or risk exposure from within the department… or so he thinks.

Deb will also get one step closer to proving her vigilante theory, but not before LaGuerta can stonewall her from moving forward.

And Lumen will be put into the one situation she has been trying to avoid for weeks.

What worked: I liked that this episode got a lot of the exposition out of the way so that we can have a non stop tension filled season finale next week.

The actual detective work that was going on between Deb, Quinn, and Batista was really well done. Dexter has always had some roots in the traditional cop drama structure, and it’s scenes like the one that showed Deb “warning” Jordan Chase that she’s on to him that, at least for me, push the show over the top.

And of course everything involving Dexter was top-notch as always. And by that I mean the stuff between Dexter and Deb. It’s no secret at this point that the writers are hinting that Deb will learn the full truth about her brother before the season is over, I for one fully support this. I think the character of Deb needs to have the conflict of knowing the truth while still being bound by the rule of law. It’s a place the show needs to go.

I also like that Dexter decided to play detective on his own and that we finally got a face-off between him and Liddy. It was something that needed to happen and I think the fact that it ended with Dexter killing Liddy in a way that doesn’t violate his code (self-defense) shows that the writers wanted to be extra careful with how they handled the situation.

What didn’t: The Deb/LaGuerta stuff, no matter how minimal, is very poorly written. The dynamic between the two just isn’t there, and all that’s becoming of LaGuerta is Dexter’s version of agent June Stahl. At this point I want someone to put a Mac 10 to the back of LaGuerta’s head and pull the trigger.

Though I liked the final showdown between Dexter and Liddy I do wish it was done next week during the finale. Having it done here, where the stakes aren’t that high yet, really just feels out of place. At this point Liddy was the only one who knew some form of the truth. And having him go when he did, I just ended up feeling like Liddy’s overall character was a waste of time.

Final thoughts: A decent episode that will hopefully lead to a heart pounding finale.

Episode: “Hop a Freighter” (Season 5, Episode 11)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: The season finale.

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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