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Dexter: The Dark Defender

Dexter learns that one of the men who killed his mother is still alive, and decides to confront him with Lila so that his addiction does not get the best of him.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 205
Airdate: Sunday October 28th, 2007

Director: Keith Gordon
Writer: Tim Schlattmann

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Aug 10, 2008
NL (VPRO) Feb 05, 2010

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (25 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Christina Robinson
As Astor
Recurring
Jaime Murray
As Lila
Recurring
JoBeth Williams
As Gail
Recurring
Katherine Kirkpatrick
As Laura Moser
Recurring
Keith Carradine
As Special Agent Frank Lundy
Recurring
Preston Bailey
As Cody
Recurring
Tony Amendola
As Santos Jimenez
Recurring
Main Cast
Michael C. Hall
As Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz
As Rita Bennett
Jennifer Carpenter
As Debra Morgan
Erik King
As James Doakes
Lauren Velez
As Maria LaGuerta
David Zayas
As Angel Batista
James Remar
As Harry Morgan
Episode Quotes
Deb: If Dad taught us one thing, it's the value of human life.
Dexter: (voiceover) Yeah, but I think we had different homework assignments.

Deb: Sweet Mary mother of fuck that's good.
Dexter: I think you might have broken a commandment somewhere in there.

Dexter: (voiceover) Most people hate long lines. The bank, grocery store, coffee bar. Not me. Want a real glimpse of human nature? Stand in the way of someone's mocha latte. It also reminds me that the good people of Miami and I aren't so different. They have no more idea of what I am than I do.

Dexter: (voiceover) Harry taught me to lie and keep my darkest secrets from those around me, which is why I need to make sure there's not a trace of blood left on my boat. He also taught me not to rush to judgment. Things aren't always what they appear to be, including Harry. And what about me? Am I the twisted Bay Harbor Butcher or the valiant Dark Defender? Only time will tell. Funny thing is I've met someone who doesn't care what I am. I suppose every hero needs a sidekick, every villain a partner in crime. All my relationships have been built on not knowing, but that may be changing. Imagine that. A life with no more secrets.

Lila: So what about what you're going to say to this guy when you get there?
Dexter: I'm sure I'll think of something.
Lila: Why don't you practice on me.
Dexter: I'd rather not.
Lila: Just try. Out loud.
Dexter: I feel like ... he stole my life.
Lila: And?
Dexter: I'm not the person I'm suppose to be. It's like I'm hollow.
Lila: That's good. Go on.
Dexter: I hide in plain sight, unable to reach out to people close to me, afraid I'll hurt them ... like I've hurt so many others. This is what he made me become.

Dexter: See you tonight?
Debra: Think I'm staying at Gabriel's.
Dexter: Thought you were taking it slow.
Debra: We are. No sex, just cuddling.
Dexter: My little sister, the cuddler.



Episode References
LaGuerta says that Doakes has been involved in two shootings, one of which occurred in "Father Knows Best."



Warning: Dexter season 2 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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