Dexter: Season 2, Episode 2

Waiting to Exhale (7 Oct. 2007)

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Dexter, desperate to get his game back, seeks out Chino yet again; but the hulking gangster is waiting for him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Little Chino (as Matthew J. Willig)


Dexter's failure to dispose of Little Chino results in the tragic death of a witness against him. He's determined to get it right the next time, but Sgt. Doakes is still following him in his off hours. With the discovery of Dexter's burial ground, a special joint task force with the FBI is established. Doakes hopes to join but is rebuffed. Debra Morgan clearly has not recovered fully from her ordeal with the Ice Truck Killer but her use of excessive force results in a major drug bust. Rita is having trouble coming to grips with the death of her husband and she now realizes that Dexter set him up. In order to explain however, Dexter embellishes his story somewhat. Written by garykmcd

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The colorful doll Cody is seen playing with when Dexter just had a fight with Rita, is a matryoshka doll or babushka doll which is a Russian nesting doll, a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. See more »


Dexter pulls up to Rita's house in a silver Dodge Neon (with round headlights). Elsewhere in the episode and season, he drives a similarly-shaped, but much larger, silver Ford Taurus. See more »


Dexter Morgan: [Dexter's mobile rings while he is dumping Little Chino in several garbage bags into the Gulf Stream; he answers] Hey, you.
Rita Bennett: [trying to sound as firm as possible] I need to see you.
Dexter Morgan: Uh...
Dexter Morgan: just dropping somebody off, can it wait?
Rita Bennett: [managing to sound firm] No, it can't.
Dexter Morgan: Alright then.
[closes mobile]
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Written by Daniel Licht
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Letting go
23 May 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Dexter finds himself brooding, self-doubting and trying to understand why he has lost his lethal touch and struggling with his kills, and on top of that the additional stress of having his underground burial site revealed, and in the process earning the nickname "Bay Harbour Butcher", which he strongly dislikes.

He also ends up feeling guilty about his recent inability to kill when his failure to murder Little Chino leads to an important witness being killed by Chino's henchmen, and the victim's little daughter suddenly finds herself without a mother.

Meanwhile, Debra still struggles with her traumatic experiences, and in this episode the issue is explored thoroughly, with the effects of her trauma clearly affecting her in a negative way both personally and at work. This storyline is very well-handled and I look forward to seeing more of how this theme is explored later on in the season. Jennifer Carpenter gets a few good scenes here and her acting talent is well-used.

Letting go is one of the major themes of this episode, as Dexter's relationship with Rita becomes strained when Dexter's lack of social skills leads to trouble when he fails to grasp the concept of mourning when Rita deals with the demise of Paul and his subsequent funeral. However, he's clearly having problems of his own as well, as he keeps seeing visions of his dead brother, and he gradually begins to understand more about the complexity of letting go of your past. I think the scriptwriters handle this well, and the scenes are both witty and thought-provoking.

I think the episode was good, it opened up a few interesting possibilities for the rest of the season, but I don't rate is as a classic as I think it builds for the future more than it is instantly rewarding.

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