Dexter (2006–2013)
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Left Turn Ahead 

Dexter decides that he needs to turn himself in, but gives himself a day to get his life together. Meanwhile, he leaves Doakes in his cage.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Harry Morgan (credit only)
Leonis (credit only)


Dexter continues to brood over the realization that even his father couldn't accept the code of ethics he had developed and seriously considers putting it all to an end. Doakes manages to escape from his cell but the people he ends up with are no improvement on Dexter. In an attempt to get the upper hand on Dexter, Lila accuses Angel Batista of rape and he is relieved of his duties. Debra does a little digging and learns that Lila is in the US illegally. With little progress in the Butcher case, the FBI assigns a Deputy Director to take over the case thereby pushing Agent Lundy off to the side. Written by garykmcd

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9 December 2007 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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When Lila breaks into Dexter's van, she clearly presses the top of the button which is usually the locking mechanism. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] I always thought hardening arteries squeezed the life out of my father. But it was me. Harry gazed into the eye of his creation and saw evil, pure and simple. My evil. It killed him.
Sgt. James Doakes: That shit about your father... you wanna talk about it?
Dexter Morgan: About what? That my life is one tragic mistake?
Sgt. James Doakes: We've all thought that at one time or another. I know I have.
Dexter Morgan: Did you happen to be stuffing a human leg into a garbage bag at that point?
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References Movie Macabre (1981) See more »


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Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Fascinating Episode!
26 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the eleventh episode of the second season of Dexter and it's a great episode, though I was surprised for some time especially how Dexter felt this episode. Based around his ethics, I never thought Dexter would feel the way he did in this episode. But things are wild as the search for the Bay Harbor Butcher continues. There are even a few darkly comedic moments here in scene as Dexter contemplates on telling Debra who he really is.

In this episode, "Left Turn Ahead," Dexter is still unsure what to do especially after what he discovered about Harry. He believes he should turn himself in but he decides to take a day to prepare. Meanwhile, Doakes manages to escape but he gets trapped in people no better than Dexter. In order to get at Dexter, Lila frames Angel for raping her and Debra realizes that she is actually an illegal immigrant.

Overall, this is an excellent episode and based on the ending, there are promises for an excellent finale. These episodes are getting more daunting by the day which is a good thing. Unlike other crime shows, Dexter does new things to reach its goals. I rate this episode 9/10.

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