Dexter: Season 3, Episode 4

All in the Family (19 Oct. 2008)

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Dexter botches his first marriage proposal to Rita, but a shocked and grieving fiancée's display of emotions provides him with clues on how to show the proper feelings himself.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Harry Morgan (credit only)


Having decided to be involved in the baby's life, Dexter and Rita decide to tell the kids, but Astor isn't too keen and asks why they're not married. Dexter proposes but Rita declines. He comes up with a way to get her to say yes. Rita's hormones are up to full speed and her short-tempered treatment of a hotel guest gets her fired. Meanwhile, Ramon Prado is upset that the police have not yet found his brother's killer. Miguel Prado suggests to Dexter that they tell him the truth about killing Freebo, but Dexter sets out to show him that the ill-tempered Ramon can't be trusted. Elsewhere, Angel and the squad investigates the murder of man who is discovered by his fiancée. Also, Debra Morgan doesn't appreciate her partner, Quinn's approach to the case. All the while, she continues to receive text messages from Yuki from Internal Affairs asking for her help in their investigation. Angel Batista is almost caught in a police sting operation when he picks up what he thinks is a prostitute. ... Written by garykmcd

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Rita washes her hands while talking on the phone to Astor, she takes a towel but the immediate close-up shows her hands to be already dry, although it wasn't possible for her to wipe so fast. See more »


Dexter Morgan: [voiceover] Real. How do you show someone real love when you don't even know what it feels like?
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References All in the Family (1971) See more »


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Dexter the Family Man!
20 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the fourth episode of the third season of Dexter and it's a really good one and the tension picks up as we see the imminent collision between Dexter's personal life and his family life. This film has some good bout of black comedy, but it also has some surprising emotional moments. I nearly choked up at one of the scenes toward the end. But this episode is focused on Dexter trying to become a family man.

In this episode, "All in the Family," Dexter and Rita tell the kids about Rita's pregnancy, but Astor is far from impressed and furthermore, Rita rejects Dexter's marriage proposal. Meanwhile, Miguel's brother Ramon is not happy with the police, and Miguel suggests that they tell him about Freebo's death. Batista is almost caught in a police prostitution sting and Debra is not pleased about how her partner, Quinn is handling the investigation.

Overall, this is a great episode and I like how Dexter tries his best to incorporate himself as a family man but comes across as really awkward. But however that final scene left me with two...perhaps somewhat moist eyes. I rate this episode 9/10.

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