Dexter: Howdy, Partner

Happy Halloween from Dexter! And what better way to celebrate than with a good, old-fashioned double homicide? No, Sunday night’s episode wasn’t Halloween-themed, but it certainly had enough blood to keep me feeling festive. Several of you thought I was too hard on last week’s ep—which, to be fair, I mostly liked. “Everything Is Illuminated” just felt like a more clear progression of the plot, forging the alliances that will color the second half of this season.

Dexter got himself a partner. He didn’t want a partner—at least, not consciously—and he’s been doing fine without one for quite a while. But Lumen isn’t leaving any time soon, and the two appear inextricably linked until her storyline plays out. I like the interplay between Dexter, the nervous-but-experienced killer, and Lumen, the careless amateur. Dexter's interests are clearly paternal: Note the scene in which he licks his finger and wipes blood off Lumen’s face. (“Blood stains on school picture day! What’s a mother to do?”) Dexter has to teach Lumen the code—although, as I speculated last week, her motivations are a lot simpler. Lumen doesn’t need to kill—she just needs to find peace. Hopefully Dexter stepping into Harry’s role will aid her in that process without pushing her too far toward the dark side. Speaking of, isn’t it curious that Harry was conspicuously absent this week?

Dexter appears to see Lumen as his “daughter.” He insisted on reiterating his favorite bad omen mantra, “Lumen didn’t witness her mother’s murder, but she was born in blood.” A little repetitive, to be sure, but I’d rather Dexter fret over a grown woman than over Harrison, who may or may not have said “die, die.” (Babies: not known for their enunciation skills.) I do, however, think Dexter is being a bit naïve in establishing himself as the father when his interests in Lumen are—how shall I put this?—not just familial. He wants to see her as a version of himself, but isn’t she more of a Rita? This is another strong, motivated woman destroyed by the violence wrought on her. And if we needed any more hints, we got an obvious nod to Rita’s death with Lumen’s bath. “I can’t get revenge for Rita’s death,” Dexter lamented, “but I can help Lumen avenge what was done to her.” And where does that leave you, Dex? Are you the Harry to her Dexter? Or, if you do end up saving her, are you the Dexter to her Rita?

The other alliances will likely prove interesting as the season progresses, but I have little to say about them now. While I’m glad to see that Angel and Maria worked through their differences, I’m confused as to why we had to go through all the drama. When they first ended up together, I was as surprised as most viewers—but I went with it. The more we saw, the more it made sense. They just fit. Throwing a wrench in the relationship felt like Season 5 spinning its wheels, which was my biggest issue with last week’s “filler” episode. Here’s hoping Miami’s finest can hold it together till the season finale.

And then there’s Quinn, who has now established alliances with a crooked cop (Peter Weller) and with Deb, the sister of the man he’s trying to take down. From the beginning, it seemed as though Quinn was following Doakes’ footsteps—and he definitely is, to some extent. But this plotline has the potential to exceed Season 2’s cat-and-mouse game, with the addition of two more outsiders. To me, the biggest wildcard is Deb. On the one hand, the bond between brother and sister has never been stronger. At the end of last season, Deb learned that her former fiancée, the Ice Truck Killer, was Dexter’s biological brother, and she still stuck by him. But what happens now? She’s developed feelings for Quinn, a man convinced—and rightly so—that Dexter is Kyle Butler. “If this is going to end badly, will you please just tell me now?” she insisted. Oh, Deb. You should know better than that.

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Interesting take on the episode. I think Lumen is both a Rita and a child to some extent in Dexter's mind. I can see her sticking around a long time. This episode was one of the best of the season with all the suspense and seeing Dexter back in his apartment and comfort zone, until of course Lumen shakes things up!
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can't wait for Chris Vance the hit the scene
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Good review... Loved the episode.
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Deb has the absolute worst taste in men. I love the article, it definitely sums up everything I thought about the episode. With Lumen in the show, I'm on the edge of my seat again. And I found the fight they had while searching for her not-so-dead victim hilarious. I can't wait to see more.
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This episode was a perfect example of why I love this show. No doubt the best episode so far this season. I had to sit up and cover my face (i know, slightly dramatic) when Dexter ran after his kill. I also really like the direction the relationship between Dexter and Lumen is taking. I find the Harrison-half of the story to be quite boring, I just prefer the part where Dexter is just being Dexter. But all in all a great episode. Keep it up!
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This episode was a perfect example of why I love this show. No doubt the best episode so far this season. I had to sit up and cover my face (i know, slightly dramatic) when Dexter ran after his kill. I also really like the direction the relationship between Dexter and Lumen is taking. I find the Harrison-half of the story to be quite boring, I just prefer the part where Dexter is just being Dexter. But all in all a great episode. Keep it up!
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finally began the season, is starting to get interesting, i dont now how endend quin but hopefully not be debra who discovers dexter
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i wasnt too sure about the "lumidex"(dont forget i coined that phrase right here) relationship at first, but after the last episode, i think lummen and dexter will work out just fine! i do like the way how the story aims at dexter being at harry, molding a killer he is...but remember how that worked out the first time with the then jimmy smits character ...he then was molding him and how much trouble that became...well i was really under the impression that this might be a boring season...but the last 2 epsiodes have been great...oh and just a side note, with lummen and dex teaming up, i think this would be a great season on getting a rid of a few annoying characters, like mazzuka and that terribly retarded display of his on what happens at a crime scene, or the lovey dovey duo of angel and laguertta...they should never of gotten together or Quinn...now hes gonna catch dex soon like doakes did...and look wat happened to dum ol doakes...so in away, im seeing some story lines being played out that kinda mighta happened in another story line
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I really don't know that it's either (paternal or romantic) but if I had to go one way, I really doubt that Dexter sees Lumen as a daughter-figure---student, maybe, but not a daughter figure. He sees Lumen as someone he can be honest with. In fact one of my favorite parts of the season so far is when Dexter gave Lumen his real name. Who knows... It may turn into a paternal role, or it could be romantic but I'd rather it not turn into either of those. A partnership could be cool, and I'd love to see Lumen for more than just one season because I think she's awesome. Otherwise it's just a mentor/student relationship and fathers and daughters and lovers and etc has nothing to do with it.

Another favorite scene of mine--despite the slight "yeah right" aspect of the situation at hand--is when Dexter's runaway victim almost runs into Deb. Hall's face in those slo-moments really sold the moment for me. That was probably the most believable fear-acting I've ever seen on film.
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now I can say - this season is getting really really interesting!
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sweet, a solo becomes a duo, woohoooo.should be interersting.
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I felt the most compelling moment was when the guy that Lumen shot made the call to his "partner" - until this moment I considered Lumen to be naive and unstable. This was the turning point for me, she certainly has some skills which will no doubt play out as the season progresses. One of the stronger episodes, although Dexter's risk taking (victim #2 running towards Deb etc) still a little unbelievable but built some suspense.
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Another great episode. This season just keeps getting better and better.
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its "Everything Is Illumenated" as in Lumen.
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It's been a while since I've been so antsy, wondering just how Dexter would extract he and Lumen from their predicament.
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Marioni211: Lila framed Angel, killed Doakes and tried to kill Cody, Astor and Dexter himself. Lumen wants to kill a bunch of sadistic rapists. I really don't see the similarity here.
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One of the best episodes of season 5! I thought the title: Illumenated was brilliant and reminded me of the books. Also there should be no confusion about Dexter's relationship with Lumen, because Dexter basically said himself that he is the Dexter to Lumen's Rita. Then there's Deb, oh Deb, when does a relationship of yours ever not end badly. Finally, Vince's graphic pantomime was the funniest thing Ive seen on this show since Dexter imaginaed what Deb would do to him if he told her the truth.
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Great episode! Loved that Dexter had to run after his kill! And then Vince that helped explain the kills Dexter came up with.
Really awesome episode! Can't wait for next week.
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no consistency - he offed the sexy psycho babe who liked him in season 2, but now he helps julia stiles?



worst season so far
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Vince's explanation at the end was brilliantly done. The hand gestures definitely helped lol :)
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Great episode of a great show. Any show thay gets me to log off the internet and only watch it is a good show. At the moment this is about the only one given that homage.
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I loved this episode. It made me laugh.
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