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That Night, a Forest Grew 

Dexter sends the Miami Tribune a 32-page manifesto designed purely to baffle and mislead the police. His scheming continues as he finally fights back against Sgt. Doakes.

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The police think they have a break in the case when the Bay Harbor Butcher sends a 32 page manifesto to a local newspaper. Only thing is Dexter had a very specific purpose in doing what he did, as the police now go off into every direction imaginable. With Sgt. Doakes having set his sights on him yet again, Dexter realizes that he's going to have to play hardball to protect himself and so takes him head on. Rita comes to the end of her tether with her domineering mother. Lila sells a sculpture for a tidy sum and she and Dexter have a romantic dinner out. When Dexter tells her that he is going to a school event for Rita's son, she takes drastic action to get his attention. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Episode title refers to Maurice Sendak's short story "Where the Wild Things Are", where a forest grows in Max's room that leads him to where the wild things are. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Debra and Gabriel are in bed and Debra says she wants to break up with him it is supposed to look like Debra has been listening to her iPod for a while, but when the scene starts the display on her iPod is illuminated and goes dark after a second or two. This means she just used the controls on her iPod. See more »

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Rita Bennett: I spoke with Aunt Cecilia. She told the the school district fired you almost a year ago.
Gail Brandon: We had philosophical differences. The educational system is failing apart. School should be life itself, not preparation for living. Do you know that they give trophies to every child now, whether they win or lose.
Rita Bennett: You know, I finally get it. It took me a few decades, but it's not just me. Nobody can deal with you. You don't leave room for anybody else to exist.
Gail Brandon: It's not my fault that so many people are ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Blood Theme
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Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Excellent Episode!
18 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the seventh episode of the second season of Dexter and it's an excellent, character-driven, action-packed episode. Many things happen in this episode, so you better not blink. I loved this episode in part because the intensity between Sgt. Doakes and Dexter has gotten even stronger with the happenings in this episode.

In this episode, "That Night, A Forest Grew," Dexter sends a 32-page manifesto in order to confuse the task force. Meanwhile, Dexter realizes he must fight back against Doakes if he is to protect his secrets. While on a romantic dinner with Lila, she gets jealous when she finds out he will be seeing Rita at Cody's school play. Finally, Debra begins a relationship with Secret Agent Lundy.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode and it's even more intense. This show has a knack of wanting you to see more and I do want to see more. I rate this episode 10/10.


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