Dexter (2006–2013)
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The Dark Defender 

Dexter learns that one of the three men who murdered his mother is still alive and, thanks to the Witness Protection Program, running a pub in Naples, FA.

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

At Lila's urging and as part of his 'recovery', Dexter agrees to face his past. He learns that one of the three men who killed his mother in the shipping container is still alive and owns a tavern in Naples. With Lila in tow, Dexter sets out to confront the man who has, as he says, taken his life away. Deborah is still seeing Gabriel, but blows up at him when she sneaks a peek at his e-mail. Rita's mother Gail tells Dexter he should leave, but when Rita hears of it, she tells her mother that it is she who will be leaving. Gail has other ideas. The police investigation continues, and the Bay Harbor Butcher's marina is narrowed down to three possible sites. Dexter decides to give his boat a thorough cleaning, but doesn't realize he's being watched. Written by garykmcd

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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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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

In season 1, Dexter learns the date of his mother's murder being October 3rd, 1973. But when he confronts Estrada in season 2, he yells out '1972!' as he beats him with a baseball bat 8n the bar. See more »

Quotes

Gail Brandon: You think you're charming, don't you? I'm sure that probably works for you most of the time. It did for Paul. I know what you are.
[begins moving away]
Dexter Morgan: Confused?
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Connections

References Challenge of the Superfriends (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Blood Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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A Look Into Dexter's Past!
16 June 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the fifth episode of the second season of Dexter and it's a very strong episode. I was interested in how this episode has a relation to the current comic-book faze, hence the title. I liked how Dexter explores more of his past in this episode and it shows a different side of Dexter. The acting is excellent especially by Michael C. Hall who is clearly embracing his role as Dexter. The guest stars in Keith Carradine and JoBeth Williams add even more starpower to this excellent episode.

In this episode, "The Dark Defender," Dexter decides to confront one of his mother's killers at Lila's urging. Also, Rita's mother, Gail tells Dexter to leave her family alone. Debra gets angry at her new boyfriend after she thinks he is writing a book about her. Finally, Dexter cleans off any traces of blood on his boat in the marina but he doesn't realize that the place is being filmed.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode and I love how Dexter is seemingly changing his personality. I also liked how he confronts his past and all of this is going to result in an interesting future. I rate this episode 9/10.


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