Dexter

Season 5 Episode 12

The Big One

12
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 2010 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dexter is lured into a trap. Liddy's body is discovered and the murder is tied to Quinn who gets unexpected help from an unlikely source to get clear of the charge. Deb allows her emotions to cloud her judgment.

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  • I have never before felt compelled to write a review for a show, despite frequenting tv.com for a few years, in fact even during its days as tvtome.com. But this episode of Dexter defines everything that I love about quality television.moreless

    10
    I am not sure why there is such a ground swell of negative sentiment to both this finale and the series as a whole. In my humble opinion, this has been the best series of Dexter to date and epitomises the benefits of character development.



    Dexter's progression from cold-hearted serial killer to angst driven vigilante has mirrored Julia Stiles character's descent into darkness. Their transformations crossing paths over the last two episodes sated that quintessential human requirement of acceptance that Dexter so craves, acceptance that someone knows what he is but they have not turned away from him. The fact that the excellent Julia Stiles lost her "dark passenger" once revenge had been accomplished and in fact started her ascent back to light has once again ripped this possibility of a normal existence away from Dexter. His feeling of sadness was palpable in the final kitchen scene with Stiles and this magnified the power of his final monologue and ending scene. Has Dexter finally accepted that he will always be alone.



    I think some viewers missed the point of Lumen indicating her wish to return to normality and to abandon Dexter. Some suggested she even used Dexter. While this is true in a basic sense, she ultimately provided a catalyst for Dexter to reconnect with humanity. Her circumstances were not normal and it made sense she formed an allegiance with a similarly broken person. The natural response after fulfilling her vengeance was to reject the darkness or indeed look away from the abyss (to paraphrase Nietsche), to Dexter's detriment. What is painfully clear is that with Lumen no longer there, what/who will provide Dexter with the necessary mechanism/plot device to accept his humanity (which he clearly does not believe is there), if that of course is the ultimate aim of the show. If that is not the aim, I fully expect a dark and brooding Dexter to reappear in the coming seasons which would ultimately define this as a tragedy as he would have come full circle.



    In the end, this was an incredibly powerful season and comes straight after the brilliant season 4. Where to from here is anyone's guess but I will be waiting with bated breath.moreless
  • Anti-climactic.

    7.5
    As usual, Dexter maintained a high level of tension for most of this season. Unfortunately, the season finale was mostly disappointing.



    Jordan Chase was killed off too soon, and we never learn why he began killing 20 years ago or why Emily, his first victim, remained loyal to him. With everyone involved dead, we'll never know.



    There were quite a few plot weaknesses in this finale.



    Debra letting the 'vigilantes' go seemed uncharacteristic; she's always such a stickler for honest police work. Still, it is somewhat understandable as Deb was forced to watch the torture videos and could probably relate to the one victim who escaped, Lumen.



    Deb also thought of the vigilantes as 'romantic,' that they had the kind of dependable 'love' that she longs for.



    Still, wasn't she at least curious to see who they were?



    Quinn looking favourably at Dexter now that Dexter's gotten him off the hook for Liddy's murder is a bit too neat. He knows stuff about Dexter; maybe next season he'll reveal some things to Deb.



    I still enjoyed this season of Dexter, mostly because of the strong acting (Jonny Lee Miller was great). The writing was not as strong this season though, especially with the character of Lumen.



    Someone who had been through as much as her would be seriously damaged. She got strong pretty quickly--all without professional help. She also took to killing pretty easily too, despite it being for revenge.



    So when she tells Dexter at the end that she has to leave, it seemed too abrupt. Suddenly her anger is all gone? How can she return to a normal life anyway--she is still a killer. It's not likely she'll forget her trauma.



    The best scenes were Dexter's reactions when Lumen told him she was leaving. He gets emotional by throwing the plates--he really had a strong bond with her and didn't want her to go.



    It was heartbreaking when Dexter told Lumen that he would carry her darkness for her. His fragility really showed there. Great acting by Michael C. Hall.



    Even though the finale was disappointing, with too many neat bows, at least we see Dexter realizing that he deserves more from life, and that he is capable of helping someone--he realizes he is not the monster he had always thought himself to be.moreless
  • Worst season finale ever

    1.0
    I had so high expectations for this one and was so disappointed I don't even know where to begin. Authors: Why amount so many challenges for the main person when you do not have a trustworthy resolve to any of them? First of all, Dexter's escape from the police surveillance van in the previous episode was just stupid. An experienced police officer with the suspect in handcuffs let himself be killed just like that. And again the same routine at Jordan Chase's camp in this one. A car accident too stupid to even mention, again prisoner and easy escape. Just like that. And why would Debrah, a by the book police officer, resist the urge to really know who was behind that curtain? Ok, she might have suspected it be Dexter, but she couldn't possibly have known for sure. And just leave the crime scene like that? Again a less than trustworthy turn. I have really loved Dexter up until this season and the season finale last year was one of the most emotional in tv history. This year however I felt there were too many loose ends in the story. I have the feeling this series has reached it's peak and I'm not too anxious to watch next season now.moreless
  • Final without ambition

    10
    I give this episode note 10 because i love "Dexter" for everything, for his something special but i must give note 5 or less in my mind for this episode because producers give us some bad , really bad and unspecting...



    This final dont have anything special and he was predictable so predictable... only "alone" Dex can us little suprising ... just his and only this Debra must find out true aboput Dexter in this episode but not she just let him go ...



    I cant believe why producers give us some kind of "poop"



    soo I wait for next season with better ending ...moreless
  • I guess the audience should have known that once the last of the rape gang was dead, that Lumen would no longer need to kill anymore. But, it is disappointing that she is leaving the show.moreless

    8.0
    The best part of the show was when Deb found the 2 vigilantes and spoke to them through the clouded plastic. She knew her theory was right, but couldn't bring herself to arrest them or even feel the need to look at them. They had gotten their just vengeance, as far as she was concerned, and could go live their lives now.



    I sit here writing this review feeling empty. Not only is the show over for the season, but one of the best new characters, Lumen, will not be returning. It was still another great season for one of the best shows on TV, which will return for a 6th season, so we all have that to hang onto.moreless
David Zayas

David Zayas

Angel Batista

Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter

Debra Morgan

C.S. Lee

C.S. Lee

Vince Masuka (Season 2+)

Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez

Lt. Maria LaGuerta

Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall

Dexter Morgan

James Remar

James Remar

Harry Morgan

Michael Ray Escamilla

Michael Ray Escamilla

Street Vendor

Guest Star

Derek Basco

Derek Basco

Records Clerk

Guest Star

Kathleen Noone

Kathleen Noone

Maura

Guest Star

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Sonya

Recurring Role

Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson

Astor Bennett

Recurring Role

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey

Cody

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Astor: (referring to Lumen) Where is she? Your tenant...who was staying at the house.
      Dexter: She left.
      Astor: I'm sorry. Did you do it? What you wanted to do? You said she needed your help. Did you help her?
      Dexter: Yeah. I think I did.
      Astor: And did it work? Did it make you feel better? About what happened to mom?
      Dexter: (voiceover)You can't do one thing to make up for another. That's what Jordan Chase says. But he's wrong, because we do that all the time. This is the way the world works. We try to make things right. Even me.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Lumen said I gave her her life back, a reversal of my usual role. Well, the fact is, she gave me mine back too. And I'm left not with what she took from me but with what she brought. Eyes that saw me, finally, for who I really am. And this certainty. That nothing, nothing is set in stone. Not even darkness. While she was here, she made me think, for the briefest moment, that I might even have a chance to be human.

    • Dexter: (voice over) They make it look so easy. Connecting with another human being. It's like no one told them it's the hardest thing in the world.

    • Lumen: I can't do it anymore, what we've been doing.
      Dexter: You don't have to.
      Lumen: But you do. Right? We both know that. It's who you are.
      Dexter: You're right. About everything, you're right. We're not the same.
      Lumen: I'm so sorry.
      Dexter: Don't be. Don't be sorry your darkness is gone. I'll carry it for you. Always. I'll keep it with mine.

    • Deb: The blood on Quinn's shoe, is it Liddy's?
      Dexter: I haven't run it yet. Do you think it is?
      Deb: I don't know. You think you know someone, and then it turns out you don't. You think someone's a good cop, and then they... do something. I don't know. All I'm saying is, nothing is as simple as it seems.

    • Deb: I understand what these women went through... part of it, at least. I know what it is to be taken by some sick bastard...
      Dexter: (voice over) She can't even say his name. Rudy. My brother.
      Deb: To know you're gonna die.
      Dexter: (voice over) Is this what I do...curse everyone around me?

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