Dexter

Season 3 Episode 2

Finding Freebo

10
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2008 on Showtime
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Dexter continues the hunt for Freebo, knowing he is still in town after finding Teegan's body. Dexter and Rita must make a decision about her pregnancy. Dexter isn't sure whether he can raise a child. Deb searches for the identity of her body, not knowing the link to the Freebo case. Dexter races to beat the rest of the police to Freebo.moreless

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  • Dexter tries to stay ahead of the police to find Freebo.

    8.5
    This episode as everyone would've predicted is about finding Freebo because he has saw Dexter and knows that he would've killed Oscar Not much happened in the episode overall but the last few minutes of the episode is what will impact the rest of the season when Miguel finds that Dexter has killed Freebo but Dexter claims self defense and because Miguel thinks Freebo killed Oscar he thanks Dexter Throughout the episode Dexter wanted to stay away from Miguel but now he is going to be seeing a lot more of him.moreless
  • I love the development between Miguel and Dexter, genius!

    9.5
    Dexter impressed last week with its 3rd season premier and this episode once again didn't disappoint. The whole theme of Dexter and children was really entertaining, what would his child be like? I also enjoy his relationship with Rita, she's a great character. Deb is also a brilliant character, I loved watching her trying to solve the case...but what she doesn't know is that her brother is racing her.



    Miguel is already a excellent and interesting development to the show. I have to say that I loved the ending, how Dexter killed Freebo...Miguel appeared then Dexter put on that act...all of a sudden he's hugging him, saying 'we're in this together'. Just brilliantly written and something I cannot wait to see more of.moreless
  • Impending Written by Melissa Rosenberg Directed by Marcos Siega

    8.0
    Rita (to Dexter): "I'm not trying to pressure you but we have to make a decision before one is made for us."



    Parenthood. If there's something that will definitely bring you out in cold sweats, it's possibly that. We know that for all of his murderous ways that Dexter actually is pretty cool with children. You get him to babysit and not worry about him dispatching them.



    However that's not much of a cert for fatherhood. Rita's pregnancy is certainly enough to get Dexter in a tail spin and when it's confirmed for definite (because actual proof is needed to back up Rita's realisation of old patterns); it's also the last thing that Dexter really wanted to discuss.



    Outside the hospital, he couldn't get fast enough to work and even at Rita's house, he still wasn't able to talk to her about the potential of being a parent. Rita even made a half-baked attempt to try and get him to open up on their way to Miguel and Sylvia's house and that still didn't work.



    Rita almost made a point of telling Sylvia that she was pregnant. Maybe because it was heavily playing on her mind or maybe it's a depiction that aside from co-workers and occasional sitters for Cody and Astor, Rita doesn't really have that many friends she can confide into.



    Valerie Cruz (next to be seen in True Blood) is a good casting choice for the role of Sylvia and seems to work well along with Jimmy Smits. It's also more likely that whatever friendship Rita and Sylvia will have is probably going to be healthier that the friendship Dexter finds himself being thrown into with Miguel.



    Tension aside, it's nice that Dexter and Rita didn't have any explosive arguments or cross words with each other. When Rita stopped by Dexter's apartment and started talking, I did at first think that she was going to suggest a termination in order to gauge Dexter's reaction (the one thing he wasn't giving her).



    Instead she made the point of telling that she was keeping the child, in spite of the list of cons the both of them had earlier discussed. However she did give Dexter an out by telling him that his role in the baby's life was his decision. While Rita's not stupid, I doubt emotional blackmail factored into her discussion with Dexter.



    As for being a good parent, I think we can vouch for that, especially when considering that the other parent (Paul, not Dexter) was a wife beating drug user. Rita's certainly stepped out of the role of cute but dim girlfriend into something more with a backbone and personality.



    Dexter spent a good part of this episode wondering whether or not his child would inherit the sociopath gene. Given that Dexter's original father wasn't a violent killer (if not exactly a law abiding citizen), there is the vague possibility that Dexter Jr could be a well adjusted child. Stranger things have happened and you've also got to remember that Rita's there too.



    When Dexter wasn't brooding about impending fatherhood, the search for Freebo was also on his mind. There was a time when Dexter would bask in the incompetence of his own work place, only for them to now actually be more proactive in their search for Freebo as well.



    Dexter had hoped that it was going to take them longer to link Oscar and Tegan's murders and Freebo's involvement but it seemed that Deb was doing her job just a little too well for Dexter's liking. Isn't it terrible when the police are actually good at their jobs? It's certainly going to be problematic for Dexter if they get too good.



    One big shining problem that came Dexter's way this week was Miguel. Miguel's suspicions of Dexter in the previous episode had signalled enough trouble but this week he was actively making a point in vetting Dexter out. That cosy little dinner incite had nothing to do with friendship or at least not the conventional kind.



    When I meet up with friends, there's usually chatter, pool, food, beverages (whether caffeinated or alcoholic). When Miguel met up with Dexter it was just so he could get an honest reaction in figuring out whether or not the police would end up catching Freebo.



    There are a lot of things that can easily be called out on this show but Dexter being caught by Miguel after he murdered Freebo wasn't one of them. I know Miguel was in the house while Dexter was getting busy on Freebo in the garage but I assumed (and hoped) that Dexter would escape and Miguel would just find Freebo's corpse. Not so much apparently.



    Miguel knowing that Dexter killed Freebo, even if he does believe it was in self-defence is trouble personified. Although Miguel intrigues me as a character (he could be a very interesting foil), I just don't trust him and Dexter really is going to have to tread carefully with this guy.



    Also speaking of treading carefully, Deb seems to be on a slippery slope. Although she's always been the ambitious type, she really seems to be even more fixated on getting her shield more and more this season; to the point where I think she's gonna mess up.



    I'm not sure about Quinn as a character but I'm also uncertain that it would be wise for Deb to spy on him as well. Plus it doesn't help that Yuki's a massive **** Seriously, there's someone lacking people skills in a big way and using Harry in a bid to try and get Deb to play ball is just low.



    At least Deb got some results with Tegan, like actually finding out whom she was and that there was a link to Freebo. Of course, it's also very interesting that Quinn wasn't best pleased when Anton actually delivered the good. Now, that's jealousy that could either be professional or personal but either way, both Quinn and Anton seem to fancy Deb. That part is certainly clear.



    As for Masuka, I had to delight in him getting published but is there any chance we might actually get a snippet on the article he wrote about the Bay Harbour Butcher. Maria's scenes with Miguel had some interesting moments. She did look pretty sad when Miguel kept things purely platonic and while Angel talked about the cons of his new position, I did love his little scene with Dexter on fatherhood.



    Also in "Finding Freebo"



    I don't think there's anyone who hasn't seen this episode and realised that the title is a nice little play on "Finding Nemo". Still, at least Nemo didn't get gutted whereas Freebo certainly did.



    Dexter (re Tegan): "I already saw what I saw and it was nothing."

    Deb: "Well, see what you see again."



    Masuka's little shrine made for a funny moment in the episode as did Dexter's pointed response on crucifixions.



    Deb: "You're gonna give me a shield for being a snitch."

    Yuki: "No, for being an honest cop, Deborah, like your father."



    Anton: "You know there is more to life than policing."

    Deb: "So I've heard."



    Anton plays the guitar in a band when he's not doing snitch work on drug dealers. He also poked fun at Deb's swearing.



    Deb: "What the **** is scrap-booking?"

    Dexter: "The tradition of putting photos and memorabilia into family keepsake albums along with relevant journaling."

    Deb: "I don't even want to know how you know that."



    Harry: "I always wanted to be a grandfather."

    Dexter: "I think we're all better off without you."



    Naturally Dexter's dream of a normal child would be skewered; though I'm surprised the kid only went after Astor. In the books, it's both her and Cody that display sociopathic tendencies.



    Deb: "You're a little young to be in business for yourself."

    Javier: "I'm a wonder kid."



    Masuka: "I got the call. I'm getting published."

    Dexter: "Congratulations, the shrine must've worked."



    Maria had to tell Miguel that his conviction for Chicky Hynes was wrong. Miguel looked like he wanted to flip on Maria but instead he chose to thank her for being honest with him.



    Rita: "Having this child is a huge mistake. I weighed up all the pros and cons and all I've got are the cons."

    Dexter: "I was thinking the same thing."

    Rita: "I'm keeping it."



    Rita (to Dexter): "This child is happening but your role in its life is entirely up to you."



    Rita's list of cons included expense, sagging boobs and in Dexter's dreams, was that a syringe rattler Harry had with the baby?



    Freebo: "What the hell is this?"

    Dexter: "Show and tell. It's been so long since you killed them, I thought you'd forgotten."



    Chronology: More or less a day or two since "Our Father".



    "Finding Freebo" certainly livened things up a little. Dexter works better when he's on the hunt for someone and the pursuit of Freebo was entertaining enough. The Miguel plot however pushed the episode and it'll be interesting to see how that develops.moreless
  • Interesting turn of events

    9.0
    After a rather "going nowhere" season premiere, Dexter returns to its typical awesome self. Ok on the whole, the episode was not that great. Between Dexter dealing with Rita`s pregnancy and Debra`s internal affairs thing..not really that interesting. However, the last 10 minutes were totally worth it.

    First, I must say Miguel Prado is a very interesting character and Jimmy Smits is doing great in the role. Definitely grown on me already. Freebo being at his dead girlfriend`s place was unexpected (rather stupid actually) but Miguel being there too, that was even more unpredictable and thrilling. Dexter kills Freebo and Miguel sees him and actually thank him. Looks like the beginning of a very odd "friendship", with Miguel being the only who actually witnessed Dexter killing. Very interesting turn of events.moreless
  • an average episode with an awesome ending

    9.5
    the best part of the episode was the ending but the rest aws still pretty good . the pregnancy storyline if handeled wrong can be a desaster but so far so good. also dexters dream sequnece during the episode wore great and it is nice to see harry back but what mekes this episode so good is the ending first of all dexters spech to freebo before killing him wa awesome and the death it self is one of the best in the series history also having miguel know dexter killed freebo makes for a even better dinamic between the 2 and alot f excitment for the next episodes p.s: it was insinueted that freebo didnt kill teegan . is it possible there is a new serial killer out there?moreless
C.S. Lee

C.S. Lee

Vince Masuka (Season 2+)

Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez

Lt. Maria LaGuerta

David Zayas

David Zayas

Angel Batista

James Remar

James Remar

Harry Morgan

Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter

Debra Morgan

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Rita Bennett

Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin

Fred "Freebo" Bowman

Guest Star

Natalie Garza

Natalie Garza

Amanda

Guest Star

Nicole Garza

Nicole Garza

Kelly

Guest Star

Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson

Astor

Recurring Role

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado

Recurring Role

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey

Cody (Season 2+)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Dexter finds victim Teegan Campbell's driver's license on the computer, her date of birth is listed as 4/16/87, with a date of issuance of 9/23/90, indicating she somehow got a driver's license when only three years old.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Deb: Nice watch. Knockoff?
      Quinn: Me? No. Real thing only. I sold a kidney in Ghana. I'll show you the scars sometime.
      Deb: I'll give you a kidney not to.

    • Deb: What the fuck is scrap-booking?
      Dexter: The tradition of putting photos and memorabilia into family keepsake albums along with relevant journaling.
      Deb: I don't even want to know how you know that.

    • Dexter: (voice over) What kind of father would I be? After all, I kill people.

    • Dexter: (voice over) We're supposed to see hope in children, but right now all I see are little bundles of uncertainty. And germs, but that's another matter. I love kids; I can play with them, enjoy them, and leave. I don't have to worry about what they'll become. A Nobel Prize laureate, a drunk, president of the United States, or someone like me. Why do parents take the chance? I've never felt compelled. But why would I; I'm not in the business of giving life.

    • Dexter: First you drained her of her self-respect and hope, and last Sunday you choked the life out of her.
      Freebo: No. No, Sunday, I was getting high with Sherry….. or Kerry. She's a...she's a…she's a...
      (Dexter shoves gauze in Freebo's mouth.)
      Dexter: You seem uncertain. It's uncomfortable, isn't it? Just when you think you've answered all the questions, another one smacks you in the face. Life, life, life. Life is just like that. Which is why I prefer death.

    • Masuka: Step away from the incense. This is America, buddy. Freedom of religion.
      Dexter: I didn't realize you were a Buddhist, Vince. Japanese are traditionally Shinto.
      Masuka: Are we? Oh, whatever. I borrowed this shit off my manicurist. I need all the luck I can get. Got a crucifix up there, too.
      Dexter: 'Cause it did so much for Jesus?

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