The Dark Defender

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 10/28/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Dexter finds out that the man who killed his mother, right in front of him, is still alive. When he tells this to Lila, she suggests he faces the man, as part of his road to addiction recovery. But then as his sponsor she insists on tagging along.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keith Gordon

  • Tim Schlattmann

  • Michael C. Hall

    Dexter Morgan

  • Julie Benz

    Rita Bennett

  • Jennifer Carpenter

    Debra Morgan

  • Fan Reviews (20)
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    By DexterMorgan2, Feb 09, 2013

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Lila: (about a painting of a cottage hanging on the motel wall) This isn't art, it's cottage porn.

    • Deb: If Dad taught us one thing, it's the value of human life. Dexter: (voice over) Yeah, but I think we had different homework assignments.

    • 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 supposed 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.

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

    • Dexter: (voice over) 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.

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    Notes (2)

    • Music: "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Drama.

    Trivia (2)

    • If Harry was already a detective when he met Dexter's mother, he shouldn't be in uniform when he took Dexter out of the shipping container in a previous flashback.

    • LaGuerta mentions that, counting the incident with Curtis Barnes, Doakes has been involved in two shootings in less than six months. The other shooting occurred in the episode "Father Knows Best", in which Doakes shot and killed Jacques Bayard, a Haitian war criminal.

    Allusions (2)

    • The scene where Dexter enters the bar, with the red lighting, Rolling Stones playing in the background and with the slow zoom, is similar to the scene where Johnny Boy enters the bar in the film Mean Streets, directed by Martin Scorsese. "Gimme Shelter" is also staple Martin Scorsese soundtrack choice.

    • Kryptonite Dexter: (voice over) This little, green algae may as well be kryptonite. If it's ever traced back to me, I'll be helpless. Kryptonite is a meteor rock in the DC Comic universe that weakens Superman when he is exposed to it.

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