Dexter: Season 5, Episode 12

The Big One (12 Dec. 2010)

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Just as Dexter is about to set off find Jordan Chase, his entire family arrives having decided to travel down from Orlando to celebrate Harrison's birthday in Miami. Cody and Astor have ... See full summary »



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Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)


Just as Dexter is about to set off find Jordan Chase, his entire family arrives having decided to travel down from Orlando to celebrate Harrison's birthday in Miami. Cody and Astor have something special to ask him. Having managed to extricate himself from any family obligations from the day, he arrives at the station to learn that Liddy's body has been found and the entire squad is assigned to working on the case. Things quickly deteriorate for Joey Quinn who is taken into custody after they find Liddy's phone and see that Quinn was frequently called on the day he died. Jordan Chase has not yet killed Lumen as he wants to trap Dexter as well and eliminate both of them. Dexter manages to trace Chase to his lair leading to the inevitable confrontation. In the end Dexter, Lumen and Debra will all have choices to make and not everyone will be happy or content with the choices they make. Written by garykmcd

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On the refrigerator there is a restaurant's menu - "Killer Menu" -and a picture of Harrison's hand print in red (blood). See more »


While Dexter and Debra are in the briefing room talking, Deb says "I know what it's like to be taken" (referring to Dexter's brother who took her, The Ice Truck Killer) and immediately after Dexter has one his asides and says "she can't even say his name, Rudy, my brother" when in fact it was revealed that his name was Brian Moser, not Rudy. See more »


Dexter Morgan: You're right.I will sob myself to sleep if I subsequently learn that
Lumen Ann Pierce: I'm so sorry.
Dexter Morgan: Don't be. Uma sugestão arquitetural.
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Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Not Tied Up As Much As People Think
14 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well I actually really enjoyed this episode, it did feel a bit anti-climatic, especially after the last 4 or 5 excellent episodes but definitely had some strong talking points.

First of all the really big thing for me was at the birthday party when Deb says to Dex 'YOU must be glad now all this is over', could it be that Debs has had her suspicions all along that Dexter was the vigilante. She's one of the best detectives on the force and had met Lumen at Dexter's old house in an earlier episode, surely it wouldn't have taken much for her to realise there was a possibility the mysterious blonde who's turned up in Dexter's life could well be victim 13. I actually thought she had her suspicions about Dexter at the end of last season when she found Dexter at Trinity's house and despite giving him a puzzled look accepted his defence that he'd just arrived to do some blood analysis. This might explain some of her anger towards Quinn when she hears he also had suspicions towards Dexters involvement with the case. Debs later finds Dexter at the industrial estate and again gives him a quizzical look, this woman is not stupid so surely she is starting to put two and two together. The scene where Deb has the two vigilantes at gun point behind plastic is key, not only does she let the vigilantes go she also stops Lumen from breaching the plastic sheet that separates them. For me this shows that she already has a pretty good idea who it is behind the plastic but is not yet ready to face up to the truth This season has really set it up for Debs to be able to handle the truth about Dexter, it's the first season where Deb actually kills some one and when discussing it with Dexter she admits she has no emotion about it because the person she killed was a killer himself. Also Quinn is aware that Dexter is doing something dodgy and has seen pictures of him dumping something in the sea but so far has been convinced by Deb to leave it alone.

There was so much more going on in this episode that I could fill up pages with it but I won't, just to say the scene where Aster asks Dexter at the end if helping Lumen made him feel better about Rita's death he just sits there silently. A lot of people are saying it seems harsh the way he didn't care about Rita but Rita is the one he really did care about, Dexter doesn't know how to deal with real emotion but is channelling all the emotion he had for Rita towards the kids. The episode where he tells Astor he loves her shows this.

Anyway good episode, great series, best show of all time.

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