Dexter: Season 2, Episode 5

The Dark Defender (28 Oct. 2007)

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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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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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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 »

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At the start of the scene where Dexter & Lila are driving to Napels, Lila isn't wearing her seat belt, yet in subsequent shots she is. See more »

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Debra Morgan: If dad taught us one thing, it's the value of human life.
Dexter Morgan: [voiceover] Yeah, but I think we had different homework assignments.
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23 May 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This episode is without a doubt one of the better ones from season 2. Dexter and his sponsor and new friend Lila embark on a quest to Naples, Florida to track down the only one of his mother's murderers still alive, and try to find some closure at last.

Naturally, taking the road to forgiveness does not come easy to Dexter and before long he has to choose which way he wants to play it. I really like seeing the character evolve, and the start of season 2 has really explored these themes beautifully through the relationship with Lila.

Michael C. Hall does one of his best performances of the season, managing to convincingly portray the many contradictory sides of Dexter's character. The chemistry with Jaime Murray who plays Lila also works well.

As far as the acting is concerned, the guest stars put in some of the strongest performances. Keith Carradine is really good as the stubborn agent Lundy, and I like seeing old 80s star JoBeth Williams playing Rita's mother.


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