Dexter (2006–2013)
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The Dark Defender 

Dexter learns that one of the three men who murdered his mother is still alive and, thanks to the Witness Protection Program, running a pub in Naples, FA.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Masuka (credit only)
Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Laura Moser (as Katherine Kirkpatrick)


At Lila's urging and as part of his 'recovery', Dexter agrees to face his past. He learns that one of the three men who killed his mother in the shipping container is still alive and owns a tavern in Naples. With Lila in tow, Dexter sets out to confront the man who has, as he says, taken his life away. Deborah is still seeing Gabriel, but blows up at him when she sneaks a peek at his e-mail. Rita's mother Gail tells Dexter he should leave, but when Rita hears of it, she tells her mother that it is she who will be leaving. Gail has other ideas. The police investigation continues, and the Bay Harbor Butcher's marina is narrowed down to three possible sites. Dexter decides to give his boat a thorough cleaning, but doesn't realize he's being watched. Written by garykmcd

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28 October 2007 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of Gabriel's book is "The Ice Princess". Erik King, who plays Doakes, was in the Disney movie Ice Princess (2005). See more »


Ángel points to a map of the coast of south Florida and identifies three marinas as Turkey Point, Sunset Keys, and Coral Cove. The areas' real names are Key Biscayne, Virginia Key, and Fisher Island. None of these are public marinas. In fact, Turkey point is a nuclear power generating station. See more »


Special Agent Frank Lundy: You're very fidgety. Anyone ever tell you that?
Debra Morgan: Yes, my father. You applying for the job?
Special Agent Frank Lundy: Just an observation.
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References Challenge of the Superfriends (1978) See more »


Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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A Look Into Dexter's Past!
16 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the fifth episode of the second season of Dexter and it's a very strong episode. I was interested in how this episode has a relation to the current comic-book faze, hence the title. I liked how Dexter explores more of his past in this episode and it shows a different side of Dexter. The acting is excellent especially by Michael C. Hall who is clearly embracing his role as Dexter. The guest stars in Keith Carradine and JoBeth Williams add even more starpower to this excellent episode.

In this episode, "The Dark Defender," Dexter decides to confront one of his mother's killers at Lila's urging. Also, Rita's mother, Gail tells Dexter to leave her family alone. Debra gets angry at her new boyfriend after she thinks he is writing a book about her. Finally, Dexter cleans off any traces of blood on his boat in the marina but he doesn't realize that the place is being filmed.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode and I love how Dexter is seemingly changing his personality. I also liked how he confronts his past and all of this is going to result in an interesting future. I rate this episode 9/10.

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