Dexter: Season 1, Episode 9

Father Knows Best (26 Nov. 2006)

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Dexter learns that his biological father (named Joe Driscoll), whom he was told had died 30 years ago, has just recently died and left him everything he owned, including his house. He goes ... See full summary »

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Dexter learns that his biological father (named Joe Driscoll), whom he was told had died 30 years ago, has just recently died and left him everything he owned, including his house. He goes on a trip to pack the items in the house, along with Rita. But later, Debra and Rudy also show up at the house to help out, where Dexter clicks with Rudy, while suspecting something strange about Joe Driscoll's death, and about who Dexter's biological mother was. Flashbacks to Dexter's childhood show him questioning Harry about who his real parents were, and about an accident which an anonymous person donated some of his blood to help the young Dexter during his surgery and it happened to be Mr. Driscoll. Back in Miami, Angel questions a shooting incident involving Doakes and a suspect. Also, Paul begins to slide back into his old habits when he suspects Rita is keeping him away from unsupervised visits to their children. Written by Anonymous

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Dexter learns that Driscoll bequeathed to him a house in Dade City, Florida. Dade City is in the eastern part of Pasco County, and is a suburb of that big Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area; non-Floridians can think of Dade City as being about 170 miles west of DisneyWorld. (Pasco County also has a large beach coast on the West Coast of Florida.) The home that Dexter and Rita go to see is given the house number 5570, and the house opposite is 5561. In Florida, avenues and roads usually run north and south, and streets run west-east, but even if Dexter fans wanted to chase down these houses, they should remember that probably false numbers were put on the houses by the crew. See more »

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Dexter states that his biological father lived "five hours up I-95." However, Dade City is located in Pasco County, on the western side of Florida, and would actually be five hours up Interstate 75, which also runs out of Miami, but actually travels up the western side of the state where Dade City would be located. See more »

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Dexter Morgan: Blood never lies.
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Certainly Knows How To Be Exciting!
1 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ninth episode in the first episode of Dexter is definitely engaging like it's predecessors. After the last episode ended on an exciting cliffhanger, this episode manages to do the same though not as mind-numbing as before. I liked this episode for two reasons. The first reason is that this is more family-centered. In other words, we learn more about Dexter's past and his biological father. The second reason s that there is a theme of morality which is a big issue within police departments.

This episode "Father Knows Best," has Dexter learning that his biological father recently passed away after being told he was dead for over thirty years. Rita begins to get abused again by her ex-husband. Debra and her new boyfriend Rudy are taking it to the next level. Angel faces a moral dilemma whether he should rat out Sgt. Doakes or not after he killed someone.

Overall, this is another very good, engaging episode. I like how they come up with these amazing cliffhangers. I just want more and more as I watch more and more. If this episode was any indication, big things are about to happen. I rate this episode 9/10.


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