'Dexter' will submit these six episodes in Emmy race for best drama series
Three years ago Showtime received its first Emmy nomination for best drama series when "Dexter" broke through. Both the show and Michael C. Hall have been nominated for Emmys the last three seasons. Although they haven't won yet the series did pick up major trophies last year with John Lithgow winning as a guest actor and Steve Shill victorious as director of that season's finale, "The Getaway."
In the most recent season, its fifth, "Dexter" featured new guest actors Julia Stiles (as Lumen, a victim who got away from a serial killer), Jonny Lee Miller (as Jordan Chase, a motivational speaker and the big bad serial killer for the season), and Peter Weller (as Stan Liddy, a detective on the trail). Series producers and Showtime staffers have chosen the final six episodes of the season as their submissions to the Emmy judging panel if the show receives another nod as best drama series.
"CIRCLE US" (aired Nov. 7, 2010)
Dexter is helping Lumen find the men who attacked her when they discover an overturned truck with barrels filled with bodies of dead women. They determine that the truck is owned by Jordan Chase, whose security chief might be one of Lumen's attackers. Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) continues on the Santa Muerte case that now involves a sting operation.
"TAKE IT" (Nov. 14, 2010)
Dexter attends one of Jordan's motivational seminars, hoping to kill off the head of security with Lumen's help. Debra and the other officers have a major fallout over shootings in their nightclub case.
"TEENAGE WASTELAND" (Nov. 21, 2010)
While Dexter has started hanging out with Jordan to learn more about him, his stepdaughter arrives and starts causing problems. In fact, he is afraid that the teenage girl has gone missing. Debra is now on an office assignment in the filing room when she discovers new details about the barrel girls.
"IN THE BEGINNING" (Nov. 28, 2010)
Debra has been reinstated and is assigned to work on the barrel girls' murders. She starts piecing together evidence about the serial killer. Dexter and Lumen find another living victim of Jordan Chase, who is initially uncooperative but then provides information about the abduction.
"HOP A FREIGHTER" (Dec. 5, 2010)
Dexter and Lumen continue their quest to trap and kill Jordan Chase, but he remains a step ahead of them by planning a speaking trip to Europe. Debra has the serial killer case almost figured out.
"THE BIG ONE" (Dec. 12, 2010)
Jordan is captured by Dexter and Lumen who plot their revenge to kill him. Debra also tracks him down but arrives just after he has been murdered. She can't see who is behind the wall but assumes it is one of his living victims and allows her (and unknowingly Dexter) to escape.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles in the "Hop a Freighter" episode of "Dexter." Credit: Showtime