At the tail end of “Teenage Wasteland” we know Jordan is one smart cookie. Not only is he on to Dexter, but he knows that Lumen escaped and is living with our dark hero. This forces Dexter to make some revelations of his own, sending young Harrison away to live with Rita’s parents until the dirty deed has been done.
Among other revelations that occur in this episode, we find that “In the Beginning”, charming and charismatic Jordan Chase (played by Johnny Lee Miller) is at the dead center (excuse the pun) of a 20 year old conspiracy to rape, torture and murder young female victims. The reasoning for these heinous crimes is yet unknown, other than to embrace Jordan’s now famous tag line, “Take it”. Whatever “it” seems to be at the moment.
Enter Emily Birch, Jordan’s first victim, and (other than Lumen) the only other woman to have been left alive out of 13 previous assaults. When Dexter and Lumen visit Emily–who seems to live an existence full of suffering and self defense mechanisms–originally she turns them away. It isn’t until Lumen returns with evidence dear Dexter has pilfered from the evidence locker showing in disturbing detail the assault on Lumen, that Emily fesses up. It seems as if our young, budding vigilante has found a friend and confidante…or has she?
We discover later that Jordan still visits Emily, still carries her blood in vile around his neck, and has her wrapped around every inch of his little finger. Had Jordon not commanded his hold over Emily, she would never have spoken to Lumen. It appears as if Jordan is the master orchestrator of something much larger than what we originally assume. It becomes clear that Emily desires a physical connection with Jordan, yet his refusal to touch any of the 13 previous assault victims rings true as he pushes her hand away from his during his visit, and reiterates how “important” she is to him.
In the meantime, Dexter’s sister Deborah is taking her normal bull dog approach to police work, bearing down on Jordan and known associates to find the bad guy. It appears as if Deb and Quin are back on speaking terms at least professionally, despite their falling out once Deb found out Quin was secretly hunting Dexter, in the Trinity case, accusing him of being Kyle Butler (which he was, but that’s beside the point). Deb has surmised that a vigilante is taking out known associates of Jordan and men seen in the DVD evidence of the crimes found at Cole’s house (also dead-naturally).
Skip ahead, skip ahead, and we find Lumen and Dexter hunting their next victim, Alex Tisdale. Even though Jordan knows Alex’s life is in danger as he watches Lumen and Dexter begin to hunt him, he commands his lackey to maintain his normal routine. This routine lands Alex on Dexter’s table, with Lumen at the helm. Despite a few tears, Dexter’s protégée completes her kill as instructed.
This makes for some interesting pillow talk later, between the two cohorts in crime, and an unexpected romance. This simply cannot bode well for our finale. As Quinn’s investigator inches ever closer, Jordan becomes ever more slippery and Deborah is gaining ground in the investigation this is shaping up to be a season ender of whodunits and who lives.