Dexter (2006–2021)
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The Dark Defender 

Dexter discovers that the man is still alive who murdered his mother in front of him as a boy, and confronts the killer as part of his recovery from addiction - but he also discovers that old impulses die hard.

Director:

Keith Gordon

Writers:

James Manos Jr. (developed for television by), Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael C. Hall ... Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz ... Rita Bennett
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Erik King ... Sgt. James Doakes
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka (credit only)
Luna Lauren Velez ... Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Det. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
JoBeth Williams ... Gail Brandon
Tony Amendola ... Santos Jimenez
Jaime Murray ... Lila Tournay
Keith Carradine ... Special Agent Frank Lundy
Christina Robinson ... Astor Bennett
Preston Bailey ... Cody Bennett
Sage Kirkpatrick ... Laura Moser (as Katherine Kirkpatrick)
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Storyline

Dexter discovers that one of the men who murdered his mother in front of him as a boy is still alive. He dreams that a comic-book hero based on the Bay Harbor Butcher saves his mother, and is encouraged by Lila to seek closure by confronting his mother's killer, Santos Jimenez (Tony Amendola). Doakes and LaGuerta investigate a homicide in a comic-book store, and reminisce about their days as partners. Rita's mother warns Dexter to leave Rita and her children alone. Debra begins to lose faith in her relationship with Gabriel, suspecting that he is taking advantage of her.

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The title of Gabriel's book is "The Ice Princess". Erik King, who plays Doakes, was in the Disney movie Ice Princess (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Lundy sits down on the dock to eat his lunch the shadows being thrown by pilings and other posts are very long. At one o'clock in the afternoon it would be high sun with very small shadows. All the subsequent shots show the sun shining on boats and other things from a fairly low angle. See more »

Quotes

Dexter Morgan: Am I the twisted Bay Harbor Butcher, or the valiant Dark Defender?
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Connections

References Godzilla (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Blood Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Things Are not Always What They Appear to Be
15 August 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The press questions whether the Bay Butcher Killer is a friend of a foe. Dexter decides to perform a further investigation about the murder of his mother and finds that most of the evidences are missing. He finds that one killer is still alive running a bar in Naples, Florida, under the witnesses' protection program. He tells Lila that advises him to travel and face the past that haunts him. Meanwhile the distrustful Debra glances at Gabriel's e-mail and believes he is betraying her. Agent Lundy decides to install hidden surveillance cameras in the three possible marinas where the Bay Butcher Killer might have taken the stones and shows Debra the report of his personal investigation about Gabriel. Debra does not have time to tell Dexter about the cameras since he is in a hurry to head to Naples with Lila. In the end, Dexter and Debra find that things are not always what they appear to be.

"The Dark Defender" is another engaging and one of the best shows of the Second Season of Dexter. In this episode, Dexter finds that his stepfather had not told the whole truth about the execution of his mother. Debra also discovers that she has misjudged Gabriel that seems to really like her. The conclusion with Dexter cleaning his boat is promising. Last but not the least, Jaime Murray is sexier than I could imagine. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Defensor Negro" ("The Black Defender")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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