'Dexter' recap: Damage Control Season 5, Episode 5

Dexter Julia Stiles

In the past, I've always found it refreshing when Dexter would ignore the advice of his dark passenger. These moments reminded me that as much as his DP is part of his life, he is fully capable of setting it aside and acting on his own -- however briefly. So when Dexter nursed Lumen back to health last week, I was proud of him for acting against Harry's wishes. Unfortunately, as we've learned before, the actions that make Dexter a better person also make him a sloppy serial killer. I hate to say it, but Dexter would've been much better off had he followed Harry's advice to kill Lumen. As we saw this week, she turned out to be the big cherry on top of Dex's ever-growing fudge-me sundae of problems.

We opened this episode with, quite literally, the smallest of Dexter's woes: Harrison. Despite his son getting a clean bill of mental health in a previous episode, Dexter once again found himself worried after Harrison caused playtime havoc (term used relative to children sitting under a rainbow parachute at mommy-and-me classes). Since Rita's death, Dexter has become an expert in over-analyzing Harrison's actions, so naturally he turned a simple act of toddler misbehavior -- Harrison scratched another kid on the cheek -- into premeditated assault and a sign of darker things to come.

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