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 »


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 »


Dexter Morgan: [voiceover] The rocks I used to submerge my victims may eventually sink me too, but if I'm learning anything in recovery, it's "one day at a time."
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References Challenge of the Superfriends (1978) See more »


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Things Are not Always What They Appear to Be
15 August 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The press questions whether the Bay Butcher Killer is a friend of a foe. Dexter decides to perform a further investigation about the murder of his mother and finds that most of the evidences are missing. He finds that one killer is still alive running a bar in Naples, Florida, under the witnesses' protection program. He tells Lila that advises him to travel and face the past that haunts him. Meanwhile the distrustful Debra glances at Gabriel's e-mail and believes he is betraying her. Agent Lundy decides to install hidden surveillance cameras in the three possible marinas where the Bay Butcher Killer might have taken the stones and shows Debra the report of his personal investigation about Gabriel. Debra does not have time to tell Dexter about the cameras since he is in a hurry to head to Naples with Lila. In the end, Dexter and Debra find that things are not always what they appear to be.

"The Dark Defender" is another engaging and one of the best shows of the Second Season of Dexter. In this episode, Dexter finds that his stepfather had not told the whole truth about the execution of his mother. Debra also discovers that she has misjudged Gabriel that seems to really like her. The conclusion with Dexter cleaning his boat is promising. Last but not the least, Jaime Murray is sexier than I could imagine. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Defensor Negro" ("The Black Defender")

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