Season 2 Episode 12

The British Invasion

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 2007 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • The plane Lila boards when going to Paris CDG can't reach Paris. The plane is a McDonnell Douglas with a maximal range between 1,570 to 2,300 nautical miles (depending of model). Direct from Miami to Paris the range is somewhere around 4,000 nautical miles.

  • Quotes

    • (about the explosion at the cabin)
      Dexter: What happened?
      Deb: They think a propane tank exploded.
      Dexter: How?
      Deb: Do I look like a fucking fire chief?

    • Dexter: It's pretty impressive. It seems it wasn't too long ago I was taking care of you.
      Deb: I like it better this way.
      Dexter: Yeah, I can see that.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Not long ago I had a dream that people could see me for what I am, and for a brief instant in time the world actually saw my bodies of work. Some even cheered. But as it turns out, nobody mourns the wicked. Sorry James. I think Harry knew that from the start. That's why he gave me a code. It cost him his life, but it kept me alive through incredible trials. The code is mine now, and mine alone. So too are the relationships I cultivate. They're not just disguises anymore. I need them, even if they make me vulnerable. My father might not approve, but I'm no longer his disciple. I'm a master now, an idea transcended into life. And so this is my new path, which is a lot like the old one, only mine. To stay on that path, I need to work harder, explore new rituals, evolve. Am I evil? Am I good? I'm done asking those questions. I don't have the answers. Does anyone?

    • Dexter: (voice over) I passed through the flames and rose from the ashes, again. I've never been one to put much weight into the idea of a higher power, but if I didn't know better I'd have to believe that some force out there wants me to keep doing what I'm doing.

    • Deb: How can you be so fuckin' relaxed?
      Dexter: I'm good at compartmentalization.
      Deb: You're a little weird, Dex.
      Dexter: That's not gonna change. I'm gonna be this way forever.
      Deb: I can live with that.

    • Deb: Frank?
      Lundy: Bedroom.
      Deb: What are you doing home in the middle of the day? (to herself) She asked, hoping for sex...

    • Lila: (to Dexter) You're not coming with me, then?
      Deb: (to Dexter) Oh my god. What did you do to make her so pathetically crazy for you? Does your dick dance?

    • Dexter: (voice over, about Lila) It's strange to have a creation out there, a deeply mutated version of yourself, running loose and screwing everything up. I wonder if this is how parents feel.

    • LaGuerta: (about Doakes) I knew him, as a partner and as a friend. And I have to keep on believing that that is who he was, because if he could hide all that other fucked up shit, then I don't think I could ever...
      Deb: anyone again.
      LaGuerta: That's right.
      Deb: Or yourself.

    • Angel: I spent two hours saying, "No, I did not rape Lila Tournay. She's batshit, nuts, wacko." I started to run out of adjectives.
      Deb: Well I got a few you can use.

    • Lila: I can't wait to go away with you, Dexter. I can't wait.
      Dexter: (voice over) You're going away with me, alright. In a garbage bag.

    • Lila: What do you think I wanted?
      Dexter: To know what it's like to feel something that deeply. Anything. That's why you hang out in recovery groups. You're emotionally colorblind. You use the right words, you pantomime the right behavior, but the feelings never come to pass.
      Lila: It's not true.
      Dexter: It is, Lila. You know the dictionary definition of emotions: longing, joy, sorrow. But you have no idea what any of those things actually feel like.
      Lila: You're wrong. I have feelings for you.
      Dexter: You want to have feelings for me, but they're just impulses.
      Lila: Enough!
      Dexter: They're primitive responses to immediate needs. You know all the words, but you can't hear the music.
      Lila: Stop it. Don't do this. Don't do this.
      Dexter: Lila. I'm just like you.

    • Masuka: A bad ass like Doakes would rather burn than get burned. That's a good line for my movie. I'd better write it down.
      Dexter: You're writing a movie about Doakes?
      Masuka: Like you're not?

    • Masuka: We already know what we need to know. Doakes was a suicidal maniac.
      Dexter: I believe the term is homicidal maniac. Not that I'm judging.

    • Masuka: Hey, are you free?
      Dexter: Vince, you have no idea.

    • Dexter: Donut?
      Detective Weiss: I'm, uh, not really feeling like donuts today, Dex. You know what I mean?
      Dexter: Uh, no? (voice over, seeing picture of Doakes) Oh, right.

    • (after sex)
      Rita: That was unexpected.
      Dexter: Yeah, I wound up with some unexpected time on my hands. (voice over) Like twenty years to life.

    • (Dexter knocks on Rita's window)
      Rita: What are you doing out there?
      Dexter: Well, I figured the kids were still asleep. I didn't want to ring the bell.
      Rita: Why are you here?
      Dexter: Well, I figured the kids were still asleep...
      (cut to Dexter and Rita having sex)

    • Dexter: (voice over) Sleep. What a concept! I can't believe I actually contemplated turning myself in. This is so much better than a prison cell. I can squeeze fresh orange juice, savor a fine French roast, grab a morning workout. Ok, working out I could have done in prison, but still. I'm free.

    • Deputy Director Adams: This is good news, gentlemen.
      Deb: And lady.
      Deputy Director Adams: Right...

    • Dexter: (voice over, about the cabin explosion) Was it spontaneous combustion? Divine intervention? If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve. But when you don't believe in anything, who do you thank at a time like this?

    • Dexter: (voice over, about the cabin explosion) When something beyond reason happens, it turns skeptics into believers. Believers in a higher power. But what kind of power did this?

    • Sheriff: The search is on hold right now until they sort out the confusion.
      Dexter: Confusion, huh?
      Sheriff: Yeah, it's a real mess. Take a right at the fork, park outside the line of fire trucks.
      Dexter: (to himself) Confusion requires fire trucks?

    • Dexter: (voice over) Waiting out there in the Everglades are hordes of county sheriffs, search parties, and ravenous reptiles. And in this corner, wearing dark trunks, the mighty Dexter.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography For A One Hour Series".

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Sound Effects and Foley.

  • Allusions

    • Title: The British Invasion

      The title refers to the influx of British rock 'n' roll bands (notably the Beatles) to the US in the 1960s.