Dexter becomes anxious and frustrated after more than a month without killing. When he finally gets his chance, he finds he is off his game.



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Det. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)


It is now 38 days since Dexter saved his sister and executed the Ice Truck Killer. Since that time however, Sgt. Doakes has spent all of his free time following Dexter sure in his belief that something about him is wrong. Dexter very much wants to kill someone and when the opportunity finally arrives, finds that he is unable to follow through. His sister Debra, apparently recovered from her ordeal, returns to work but Lt. Laguerta isn't so sure. Rita is happy with her relationship with Dexter, but her husband keeps pressuring her to help him with his defense. The police discover Dexter's burial ground. Written by garykmcd

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30 September 2007 (USA)  »

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The lottery machine during the bowling scene is a California lottery machine not a Florida one where the show takes place. See more »


The lottery machine in the background in the bowling alley is clearly a California Lottery machine. You can see the California Lottery logo on the vending machine behind Detective Doakes when he is leaving the alley. Florida Lottery machines are blue, where as California has orange machines. See more »


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References It's Alive (1974) See more »


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Here We Go Again!
11 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the season opener of the second season of Dexter and it doesn't disappoint. It still has the same, sly dark humor we have been accustomed to with the first season. The acting is terrific and it shows how perfectly casted Michael C. Hall was. There are some surprises here and this episode ended with a scene that will truly make your heart beat fast.

In this episode, "It's Alive!" Dexter has trouble killing anyone because Doakes is on his tail believing something is wrong with him. Meanwhile, Dexter's sister is back at work, five weeks after almost being killed by her psycho fiancé. Also, Rita is being pressured by her ex-husband to bring down Dexter even though she believes Dexter has nothing to do with this.

Overall, this is a fantastic opener to the season. It's acted well and it's really tense despite some comedy. By the end of the episode, Dexter realizes he may be facing a lot more trouble than he did with the Ice Truck Killer. I rate this episode 9/10.

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