“Dexter” is wrapping up its fourth season (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) in excellent form.
After spending all season playing a cat-and-mouse game with the so-called Trinity Killer (John Lithgow in a stunning performance), Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is again walking the line between justice and immorality. All season long, Dexter has been obsessed with taking out the Trinity Killer, only to find hurdles constantly putting his mission at bay.
“The (moral) code that Dexter had is not so hard and fast anymore. Dexter is really on shaky ground,” Hall said about the character before the season’s start.
Dexter learned quickly that he and the killer have similar lifestyles. Both are family men, with wives who love them and friends who are supportive. These men hide the extent of their darkness even from loved ones.
In fact, the killer’s everyday life is as an unassuming father/husband/church leader who is a pillar of the community. Only Dexter knows the duality of this man — a coldblooded murderer who stalks people who remind him of his family.
In the season-ender, the police are close to nabbing the Trinity Killer. But before it can happen, the killer warns Dexter to stay away or Dexter’s own secrets could be exposed. Meanwhile, Debra, who is Dexter’s sister and a detective, comes upon information she’s not sure she wanted to learn.
Whatever the result, “Dexter” will undoubtedly leave us breathless once again, just as the series has almost every week during its run. The series remains nearly flawless, with Hall’s performance growing more calculating and the plotting more superb and nail-biting.
If the history of this show proves anything, it’s that season-closing episodes do not disappoint.
Other highlights for the week of Dec. 13-19:
“Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” (9 p.m., ABC Family). Santa’s stressed-out daughter (Jenny McCarthy) gets back in touch with the spirit of the season.
“Explorer: Narco State” (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel). The illicit narcotics business near the U.S.-Mexico border has resulted in 1,800 murders in a single year. Lisa Ling reports on the dangerous trade of death and drugs.
“Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Prime-time Special” (9 p.m., ABC). You knew it had to happen sooner or later: Oprah’s in the White House.
“Bank of Hollywood” (11 p.m., E!). Celebrities give money away to folks who really deserve it. And the celebrities want nothing in return but publicity.
“Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live” (8 p.m., Fox). The cursing chef has a prime-time special where he’ll show folks at home how to make three special courses.
“The Three Gifts” (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A skeptical couple take in three orphans during the holidays.