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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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Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Harry Morgan (credit only)


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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11 November 2007 (USA)  »

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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 »


Cody's position relative to the background when practicing his presentation on Saudi Arabia. See more »


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 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921) See more »


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Written by Rolfe Kent
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Solving a Problem and Divided by Two Women
16 August 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Dexter sends a messy manifesto to the Miami Herald to mislead the investigations of Lundy's team. With Sergeant Doakes on his tail, Dexter plots a Machiavellian scheme to get rid of the hassle. Gail punishes Cody for calling Dexter and Rita takes an attitude sending her back home. Debra dumps Gabriel and shows affection for Agent Lundy. Meanwhile Dexter sentimental life is divided between Lila that supports him in his addiction and Rita and her kids that give sense of family to him. Out of the blue, Lila decides to call the attention to her.

In this episode, Dexter frames the dangerous Doakes and this attitude will probably bring consequences in the next episodes. However the reckless attitude of Lila seems to indicate that the woman will be trouble for him. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Naquela Noite, Uma Floresta Cresceu" ("In That Night, a Forest Grew")

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