Dexter: Season 5, Episode 9

Teenage Wasteland (21 Nov. 2010)

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Dexter has now set his sights on self-help guru Jordan Chase and is spending some time with him getting to know him better. His life is turned upside down however with the sudden arrival of... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Off. Cira Manzon (as April Hernandez Castillo)


Dexter has now set his sights on self-help guru Jordan Chase and is spending some time with him getting to know him better. His life is turned upside down however with the sudden arrival of his step-daughter Astor and her friend Olivia. They're drunk and have lied about where they are. Astor is rebellious, refusing to tell Dexter what she is up to or why she is acting this way. She is also convinced that Lumen is Dexter's new girlfriend. Lumen has a conversation with Olivia that puts the girls escapade in an entirely new light. When the girls disappear from his house, he fears that Chase is on to them and the girls have been kidnapped. Dexter is forced to reveal to his colleagues that he's been seeing Chase and they also learn about Lumen, who Dexter describes as his new tenant. At the station meanwhile, Debra has been assigned to work in the filing room and comes across some startling information about the barrel girl murders. She also learns about Quinn's suspicions of her brother. ... Written by garykmcd

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Jordan Chase played by Jonny Lee Miller wears a necklace containing a sample of blood. Miller was previously married to Angelina Jolie who very famously wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton's blood whilst the two were married. See more »


Dexter tells a guy, "That's your liver" while hitting him on his left side. See more »


Dexter Morgan: You were a teenaged girl, right? How do I deal with Astor?
Lumen Ann Pierce: Try talking to her.
Dexter Morgan: Last time I did that, she said she hated me and moved to Orlando.
Lumen Ann Pierce: Well, now you get a second chance. Share something with her, what you did when you were her age.
Dexter Morgan: I killed the neighbor's dog.
Lumen Ann Pierce: Well, don't tell her that.
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References Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) See more »


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I can't describe how relieved I am... Dexter is finally back on track!
22 November 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I have to admit, I have been pretty uncomfortable with this season so far and I didn't believe this show would be able to recover from the weird direction it had taken the last few episodes. I was proved wrong tonight. So what's the deal here? Actually it's a pretty simple formula: less of Lumen and more of Dexter and the rest of the cast, paired with a believable and personally engaging plot.

Dexter is back from zombie-land! He shows a whole spectrum of emotions in this episode (not only the weird and seemingly forced ones related to Lumen) and finally behaves like a human being again. It feels as if he returned from an 8-episode during hibernation. The Dexter/Lumen relationship gets shrunk to acceptable proportions again and this way I actually am buying it. Lumen is bad news. Dex finally gets a clear head and realizes this fact. He is helping her not because he is a nice guy, but for very egoistic reasons; a) to be able to continue his perverted hobby without feeling guilty and b) because Lumens vulnerability gives him a lot of power over her. In this episode we get reminded about his true nature.

The rest of the cast gets more on-screen time than in any of the previous episodes. I can't remember when I last saw Quinn working at his desk in the department. Or Masuka. Or Laguerta saying anything making sense. Or Deb not being shag*ed for once :). This episode was so good, I think I shed a little tear of joy when the credits started rolling.

I'll be honest with you, I do not care very much about the Jordan Chase storyline or even the Lumen character (which is portrayed very well by Julia Stiles). What I do care about is what will happen to Dexter, who will find out what about him, how he will cope with it etc. This episode does exactly this, it puts the main focus back on Dexter, on his character and his destiny. It is tense and interesting again.

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