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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Cast in the Role of a Lifetime
17 January 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Dexter and Rita decide to tell Astor and Cody that their mother is pregnant but Astor questions why they are not married. Out of the blue, Dexter botches the situation proposing Rita and she declines and tells that father and husband are different responsibilities. Meanwhile, there is a break-in the house of Fiona and her fiancé Jack is hit on his head by the burglar, splattering blood on the wall. Angel and his team investigates the murder but Fiona is in shock and unable to help the police. Rita is nervous with the situation, curses an irritating client and is fired by the hotel manager. Ramon is drinking every night and blaming the Miami Metro detectives of incompetent to investigate the murder of his brother, and Miguel suggests Dexter to tell Ramon the fate of Freebo to calm him down. However Dexter feels that Ramon can not be trusted. Yuka is pressing Debra to rat Quinn to get her shield but she declines the offer again. Dexter decides that something must be done with Ramon that is a ticking bomb; finds a surprising revelation in his forensic investigation; and decides to propose Rita in the role of his lifetime.

"All in Family" is another engaging episode of Dexter, where he finds that he must act like most of the normal people do to get married with the stressed Rita. The disturbed Ramon threatens his safety and Miguel seems to be his real friend and might help him to share the burden of his secret life. The needy Angel is almost caught in a vice operation by a female detective. The mystery about the past of Quinn, who seems to be an efficient detective, remains unsolved. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Tudo em Família" ("All in Family")

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