Before Dexter and Lumen head out to take down head honcho Jordan Chase, they have one stop to make… the woman whose blood Chase has been wearing around his neck. This woman will lead Dexter and Lumen to the final piece of the sick and twisted puzzle, and by the end both of their lives will be changed forever.

Miami Metro will also get one step close in their investigation into the barrel girls when they discover a key piece of evidence hidden away in a secret lock box… evidence that will send Debra on an emotional tail spin.

Finally, Liddy steps up his investigation into Dexter and his new “squeeze.”

What worked: Allow me to jump to the end for a second, I am so glad that the writers aren’t extending the sexual tension between Dexter and Lumen any more than they needed to. They got it on, and that is what I and I’m sure the rest of you have been waiting for since they met.

As for Dexter allowing Lumen to make her first kill, I was impressed with the sensitivity with which the writers handled the situation. The whole thing could of ended up being one giant angst-filled mess, but instead we got a lot of heart and emotion from Julie Stiles and her portrayal of the emotionally broken Lumen. I can totally buy that she is latching on to Dexter’s murderous ways because it is the only stable thing in her life now and the only thing that provides her with comfort.

Peter Weller is absolutely killing it in his guest spot this season. I mean all I want to do when I see him on screen is curl up into a fetal position in absolute fear. I can’t wait to see if there is a final showdown between him and Dexter before the season is out.

I also like that Deb is really taking on an actual investigative role in this episode. By that I mean that she isn’t just bringing evidence to Dexter for him to figure out. She is actually coming up with conclusions on her own for once, which is nice.

What didn’t: I think the Jordan Chase character is getting just a little to much screen time. The whole point of the villains that aren’t big bads (like Trinity or Ice Truck) is that we know very little about them. If the writers wanted to make Jordan Chase into an emotionally deep big bad, than they should of done it much sooner than episode ten.

I’m starting to get annoyed with how out of touch Masuka is with the rest of the outside world. You’re telling me he doesn’t find it suspicious in the slightest that Dexter just happens to knock over the one piece of evidence that could bring down an entire gang of serial killers? Come on.

Final thoughts: A good episode with an absolutely killer ending.

Episode: “In the Beginning” (Season 5, Episode 10)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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