Dexter gets ready to save Lumen. He tells Harry that he wants to share his life with her and refuses to let her die. Just as he's about to walk out the door. Sonja shows up with Astor and Cody. They want to spend the summer with him. They miss him. He can't very well run out after that. He finally gets away and calls Jordan. He volunteers to turn himself over to Jordan, but Jordan refuses. After the call, Jordan is at a stoplight and Lumen, who is bound and gagged in his trunk, kicks and muffle screams until some dude selling fruit hears her. But, Jordan drives away before the guy can do anything. Then, he pistol whips her.
Deb studies the videos of the Barrel Girls being tortured. It reminds her of when Rudy kidnapped her. Dexter does a property check for Eugene Greer, to maybe see where Jordan might have taken Lumen. Then, word comes in that RoboCop's body was discovered in his van. Dexter has to do the blood work at the scene. That's like recapping your own television show. Poor Lumen is dragged into a remote house, where she has flashbacks of being there before and being attacked.
At Liddy's murder scene, LaGuerta confronts Quinn about his relationship with Liddy, as there were lots of calls to Quinn on his cellphone. Then, she sees that drop of Liddy's blood on Quinn's boot. He decides that he'd rather get lawyered up than tell her any more. Dexter gets a call that Eugene Greer owns a camp -- the same place where he and the assholes attacked Emily. Lumen and Jordan have a struggle, but it's too early in the episode for her to escape.
Quinn won't tell Deb anything about his involvement with Liddy. Dexter steals a car and wrecks it near Camp Jordan. Jordan is waiting with a gun when he climbs out of the wreckage. Deb gets a police report of a Jordan sighting from the street vendor. At the camp, Jordan is taunting Dex and Lumen when he realizes that one of Dexter's knives is missing from his killing knapsack. Just then, Dexter stabs the crap out of his foot and it's awesome. They tie him up and he tells Lumen that he made her who she is, which makes her kill him. Just then, Deb arrives. Hooooollllly shitttt. She finds Jordan's dead body, and there's a standoff with only plastic separating her and her brother and Lumen. She tells the vigilante that it's amazing that she's alive. And, she lets them get away. Jennifer Carpenter, folks. She goes to Quinn (who is being held in jail) and tells him that she won't judge him.
Dexter and Lumen dump Jordan's body and are thrilled. Dexter's happy! The next day, Lumen tells him that she has to leave. She doesn't want to kill people anymore. He begs her to stay and it's heartbreaking. At Harrison's birthday party, Quinn and Deb are back together, due in part to Dexter fudging the results of the test of the blood from Quinn's boot. He decides to take off his wedding ring. Dexter seems more alone and darker than ever.
Previously: Quinn thought Dexter was involved with Rita's death. Dexter and Lumen proceeded to kill all of the men who tortured her. Dexter also killed Liddy, who was investigating him for Quinn. Lumen has been kidnapped by Jordan Chase.
We begin with Dexter scurrying around his place, packing up his knives. He should really have a travel case on the ready, for those out-of-town killings that pop up when you weren't expecting them. Then, at least, we could have all avoided a lecture from Harry. While I don't mind the actor, I'm glad that we've seen less of him this season.
Anyway, so Harry's there as Dexter is frantically packing. Harry reminds him that the last time he was in a situation like this, Rita ended up dead. Dex is like... yes, I... haven't forgotten that. Because, really, who forgets shit like that. And, it's only been a few months, in show time. Harry asks Dexter how he's going to find Lumen and he says that all of the girls were tortured in the same place and he bets that is where Jordan has taken Lumen. OK, we've reached the season finale. They don't seem to be working to make this any more complex. In which case, I have a problem. The whole Eugene/Jordan killing thing and the motivation. I mean, I get it, I guess, if Jordan is just a person with a dark passenger who was too much of a coward to kill people himself, but... something's off. I don't get how all of the parts of his personality combine to make the person that he is now. So, he was this fat kid and managed to be able to talk people into raping and murdering girls. Then, he transformed himself into a wealthy and fit and powerful man via internal drive and surgical assistance. And... he still continued to talk the same dudes into raping and murdering girls. Dudes who were of vastly varying levels of success (Boyd picked up dead animals, Dan was a dentist). What was their motivation? It's not like this was Jordan's first motivational moment and convinced them that brutalizing these women would change their lives. Or, if it was, then why wouldn't Boyd have eventually been like, "So, yeah, I'd like my money back. Being a murderer hasn't made me successful at all." I mean, seriously. The boys were likely of the same socioeconomic status because they were all at the same summer camp, but three became suit-wearing executive types and one picked up dead animals from the road. I'm not trying to diss sanitary workers, but it doesn't really seem like a match, does it? Unless, I guess, Jordan tried to convince Boyd that the sanitation job was great, so that he would have someone who would dispose of the bodies that they killed. But, Boyd was clearly aspirational, as evidenced by his manic recitation of Jordan's chestnuts, and looking to advance himself. What bothers me most is that all of these fairly cliche inconsistencies make me feel like the writers started with the idea of a bunch of brutalized pretty girls, which ultimately comes off as a little exploitative. I mean, even with the thin premise, there were a lot of answers about Dexter that could have been answered in regards to sex, namely why he seems completely non-violent in that area. But, we got nothing. Structurally, I think the show has been absolutely stellar this season and the reason I've rated the episodes so highly. The tension has been taut as hell for a great deal of the season, which is a hard thing to accomplish. In the end though, where we are now, the sum is not as great as the parts.