Dexter (2006–2013)
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The Damage a Man Can Do 

Dexter's friendship with Miguel grows closer - dangerously closer - when Miguel declares that he wants to make the next kill himself.



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


Dexter's relationship with Miguel Prado reaches a new level when he not only identifies the next victim but tells Dexter that he will kill him. Dexter knows he should probably bring this to an end asap, but he's enjoying himself teaching Miguel the ropes. Debra spends the night with Anton, her confidential informant and learns from Joey Quinn that he's never been officially a CI. She tells Anton the good news but he then vanishes. Lt. Laguerta and her friend Ellen Wolf attend a police function together. Rita 's hormones are in full tilt and everyone around her is paying the price. Written by garykmcd

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16 November 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The article "Suspect Found in School Teacher Murder Case" is shown to be written by Kevin Egeland of the Miami Tribune. An advertisement for Egeland Motors can be seen on the bottom right corner of the newspaper's webpage. In actuality, Kevin Egeland is the graphic artist who worked on this episode of Dexter. See more »


During the talk Dexter is having with Prado about calling off the kill; the freighter passing by behind them disappears in two or three of the shots. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] It's said that everything is connected to everything. The Butterfly Effect. You drop a pebble into a pond, and the ripples radiate outwards, touching and affecting everything. Until finally a fish grows arms and legs and crawls out of the water. And picks up a rock and smashes the next two fish over the head. And we have the first serial killer.
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Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Best episode of the season yet
19 November 2008 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

The episode evolves around Miguel asking for Dexter's help once again to rid Miami from another Mal-doing thug, but with a twist- he wishes to do the killing himself, under Dexter's guidance.

A fantastic episode. Well written, well directed. Jimmy Smits (Miguel) delivers his most convincing act to date. The episode bounces from tension, characters developing, shocking story developing and even humor breaks (by Ritta's pregnancy hormones) gently and with efficiency.

Next episodes will have to try hard to top this one, but considering the ending of the episode, the climax is just ahead.

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