Season 2 Episode 7

That Night, A Forest Grew

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2007 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dexter manages to get Doakes off his back. He devises a plan to get the police in another direction. Lila and Dex's relationship intensifies, and he has some interaction with Rita and the kids.

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    The series is starting to take a strange turn here. The focus is now on a love triangle. Lila was a good addition to the series when she was a force for change, accepting Dexter and teaching him to do the same. Now she's what? A jealous maniac? This is a bit of a cop out. We all now Dex will go back to Rita and that realization is important but this isn't a soap opera and thus should not play out like one.

    In other areas Dex gets the upper hand against his law enforcement adversaries. Compelling stuff here, especially the ousting of Doakes.

    Then there's Deb. and good god she has to be the most annoyingly pointless character since Kim Bauer! Now she's going to sleep with the FBI agent? It seems as though her only purpose on this show is to screw people... The killer she was supposed to catch, the FBI investigator, and in season 3 maybe she'll have three way with Rita and Dexter?moreless
  • Law Enforcement Background.

    In this episode Dexter tries to confuse the police by giving them a message with lots of blogs mixed in to one so the police will try to make a profile but because its lots of blogs they will just get mixed up and it proves to be a big mistake for Dexter because Lundy saw through it and figured out that the Bay Harbour Butcher has Law Enforcement Background because he knows how the police work Dexter also manages to get rid of Doakes for now when he tricks him in the case but the funniest part was where Dexter headbutted Doakes and made Doakes react so Doakes got kicked out of the police department Lila has also proven how crazy she is when she sets the fire at the end to get Dexter to go to her but hopefully Dexter will be able to stop her.moreless
  • Nutshell review: Dexter 2x7 - That Night, A Forest Grew

    An improvement over the last 2 episodes, but the "new" Dexter is still far less exciting than the "old2 one, however the plot is actually cooler. The episode was slow paced...VERY slow paced but some character development here and there made up for it:

    -Deb hating on Lila - two thumbs up

    -Deb's secret love to Lundy - Great, Lundy's a good character

    -Dexter visiting Cody (Or Astor? :D) was a good wkae up call for Dexter

    -Lila finally revealing she's a psycho.. duh

    Liked the ending, Dexter realizing Lila will get things done no matter what. But still it's disappointing that such poorly defined character had Dexter captivated for so long. Yes I liked her in the beginning, but the writers suddenly gave her way too much screentime. Maybe now it will be reduced.moreless
  • Dexter is finally stepping up, and peoples true colors are starting to show.

    I love how he gets the crazy cop from stalking him. I have been rooting for the new girl this whole time, but I think that she might just be a little more off her rocker that I had previously thought. I love that dexter is still being there for the kids, he really loves them even if her can't admit it to himself. I was super happy that rita finally stood up to her mother I was getting really irritated with her mom always being so up in it. This episode was much needed it brought things more to a peak.moreless
  • A Requiem For Demonic Dexter

    After spending the last few episodes with Miami PD and FBI Agent Lundy on his tail, Dexter goes on the offensive and gets them dancing to his tune which he coins "Requiem For Demonic Dexter". I love that title! Dexter sends a 'manifesto' to the police to confuse them and lead them in a different direction, giving him some breathing room. He also goes on the offensive against Doakes and devises a dirty scheme to get him off of his back. It was quite a tense, exciting scene where Doakes attacks Dexter and LaGuerta demands his badge. Dexter's relationship with Lila intensifies and when Deb sees it up close and personal, she gets really ticked at Dexter. Lila's dark side shows up as well as she manipulates Dexter by setting her apartment on fire to get his attention away from Rita. I liked her up to this point, but now that she's manipulating Dexter, I really don't. I'm greatly anticipating whatever is coming Dexter's way next, but I'm much happier with him one step ahead of his colleagues.moreless
JoBeth Williams

JoBeth Williams

Gail Brandon

Guest Star

Dale Midkiff

Dale Midkiff

Mr. Wilson

Guest Star

S.A. Griffin

S.A. Griffin


Guest Star

Jaime Murray

Jaime Murray


Recurring Role

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey


Recurring Role

Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music featured this episode:
      Miles Davis - "So What" and Chopin, especially Nocturne No.2 in E Flat, Major Op.9, No.2.

    • Goof: When Dexter and Lila are at the restaurant, Dexter goes to drink from his champagne glass, then we see a different angle, and he goes to drink from it again.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Dexter watching the team reading and analyzing his manifesto)
      Dexter: They are still playing my tune. It's like I'm conducting a final symphony – requiem for demonic Dexter.

    • Deb: Didn't hear you come in last night.
      Dexter: Well, it was late. I was quiet.
      Deb: Yeah, you're good at quiet. Guess you kind of have to be with me crashing here and Rita's mom over there. You and Rita fuck quiet, too?
      Dexter: And she's off, right out of the gate.

    • Doakes (about Dexter): I won't say anything to hurt the little girl's feelings...

    • Dexter: (voice over, at Cody's presentation) I'm a little confused. Lila is the one showing me how to take control, stop killing, get my life clean. (waves at Cody) But this is the first time since I went into recovery that I actually feel clean.

    • Doakes: Unlike you, I do everything out in the open.
      Dexter: Well in that case, Sergeant, let me put this in the open for you. No matter what you try, no matter when, no matter how hard you work, I'll always be a step ahead of you for one simple reason.
      Doakes: And what's that?
      Dexter: I own you. (whacks Doakes' head and leaves the room)

    • Dexter: (voice over, about his manifesto) To tell you the truth, I don't know what my alter ego had in mind when he wrote that crap. I just pulled from various blogs on the internet, mixed and matched. Presto manifesto.

    • Gail: It's not my fault that so many people are willing to settle for mediocrity. Just look at you: first Paul, then Dexter. Rita, you lack even common sense, and now you're passing that torch of ordinary character on to your children.
      Rita: Shut the fuck up. Nobody talks about my kids that way.

    • Deb: (to Dexter, about Lila) Who is she? (looks around at the many candles in the bedroom) And are you trying to fuck her or set her on fire?

    • Deb: (to a naked Lila) Who the fuck are you?
      Lila: Oh hi, I'm Lila. (notices she's naked) Oh, pardon my tits.

    • Lila: I believe that we've found a true substitute for your addiction.
      Dexter: What's that?
      Lila: Life.

    • Dexter: (voice over) So much for threatening Doakes. He won't back off until he exposes the twisted branches of my family tree, from my father's indiscretions to my murderous brother to the root of all evil: me.

    • LaGuerta: Goddamn it, James, I'm not joking.
      Doakes: Do I look like I'm laughing?
      LaGuerta: No. You don't. I wish you would. You used to.
      Doakes: Bullshit, I never laughed.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Laguerta suggests that Doakes go work for a "Steelwater" company, alluding to the actual private military Blackwater company, which were hired by the US government to reinforce the army in the war in Iraq.

    • Title: That Night, A Forest Grew
      The episode's title is a reference to a line from the children's book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: "That very night in Max's room a forest grew."