Dexter (season 2)

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Dexter season 2
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes12
Original channelShowtime
Original runSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) – December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)
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Dexter season 2
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DVD box
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes12
Original channelShowtime
Original runSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) – December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 1
Next →
Season 3

The second season of Dexter premiered on September 30, 2007,[1] and ended on December 16, 2007.[2] "It's Alive", the season premiere, attracted 1.09 million viewers in the United States,[3] making Dexter the first Showtime series to attract more than a million viewers with a season premiere.[4] The season finale, "The British Invasion", attracted 1.4 million viewers,[5] making it the program's most-watched episode until the airing of the season three finale, "Do You Take Dexter Morgan?".[6] Including digital video recorder (DVR) usage, season two was watched by an average of 2.4  million viewers on a weekly basis through 11 full weeks, outperforming season one by 21%.[5] The season received universal acclaim from critics, and was praised as "one of the best shows on TV this decade" by the Chicago Sun-Times,[7] while Variety considers Hall's portrayal of the title character as a "towering achievement, one that eclipses the show's other shortcomings and rough patches";[8] the aggregate site Metacritic scored the season at 85 out of 100 based on 11 reviews.[7]

In the season, the bodies of Dexter's victims are uncovered and an investigation is launched in Dexter's own department to find the killer, dubbed the "Bay Harbor Butcher".[9] During this time, Debra struggles to recover after surviving Ice Truck Killer's attempts to murder her, and Rita sends Dexter to Narcotics Anonymous meetings when she suspects that he has an addiction.[9] Sergeant James Doakes (Erik King), stalks Dexter, suspecting that he is connected with the "Ice Truck Killer" killings.[10] Three new characters are introduced:[11] Keith Carradine appears as Special Agent Frank Lundy, an FBI agent who heads the "Bay Harbor Butcher" investigation,[12] JoBeth Williams as Rita's mother Gail, and Jaime Murray as Lila Tournay, Dexter's Narcotics Anonymous sponsor.[13]


After killing his brother Brian, the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter suffers from psychological fallout and goes nearly a month without killing anyone. His life is complicated by allowing his adoptive sister Debra move in with him after her traumatic experience with Brian. Further, Rita begins to doubt Dexter's reliability after finding evidence that her ex-husband Bennett said would be near her house that Dexter had set him up to be returned to prison. However, Rita believes that Dexter is using drugs himself, and he falsely admits to this, and promises to seek help by joining Narcotics Anonymous. There, he meets Lila Tournay, who offers to be his sponsor. Sgt. James Doakes remains suspicious of Dexter's true motives, and constantly monitors Dexter's whereabouts.

Divers accidentally stumble upon the bags of dissected body parts that Dexter had dumped after his killings. They are considered part of the same case, and named the "Bay Harbor Butcher"; the suspect gains a cult following once it is revealed that nearly all the victims were known murderers themselves. The FBI brings a special team led by FBI Special Agent Lundy to oversee the investigation, bringing in several of the Miami detectives, including Debra, aboard as special agents. Through this, Debra and Lundy become romantically involved.

Dexter works hard at falsifying records, destroying evidence, and causing the refrigerated remains to decompose as to throw the investigators off his trail; however, the investigators are still able to use evidence to narrow the suspect to someone in Miami with police training. Doakes becomes confident of Dexter's guilt, and breaks into his apartment and finds the box of glass slides with the victims' blood samples that Dexter had hidden away. However, the investigative team mistakenly concluded that Doakes is the Butcher after finding the box in his car, and Doakes goes into hiding while still tracking Dexter's movements. Lieutenant LaGuerta attempts to vouch for the innocence of her former partner, but Lundy refuses to consider her evidence.

Meanwhile, Dexter's relationship with Lila becomes more romantic as she show him how to accept who he is; this further hurts Dexter's relation with Rita. Dexter learns that Lila is a pyromaniac, at one point purposely setting fire to her apartment and feigning innocence to draw Dexter back to her. When she starts to follow him obsessively, he takes measures to distance himself from her, eventually foregoing their relationship and returning back to Rita. Lila is scorned by this, and begins to track Dexter's movements, while getting close to other police agents. Debra realizes her motives, and finds evidence of Lila lacking citizenship papers, and threatens to use that to force Lila to leave Dexter and other police alone.

During these events, Dexter has returned to his killings, but has come to doubt his adoptive father Harry's code after learning that he has slept with Dexter's biological mother and that he had committed suicide after witnessing Dexter kill a victim. He now dumps the bodies farther into the ocean into the Gulf Stream to assure the evidence is swept away. One of his targets is a local drug lord, and leads him to discover a remote cabin in the nearby swamps, unaware Doakes has followed him. Dexter subdues Doakes and locks him in a makeshift cell within the cabin, and is forced to kill and butcher the drug lord in front of Doakes, affirming Doakes' suspicions about him. Dexter leaves Doakes with food and water, and plants more evidence for the FBI to connect Doakes to the Butcher.

Events come to a head when Lila, given one day to leave the country by Debra, take a GPS device from Dexter's car and uses it to locate the cabin. Instead of letting Doakes out even after he reveals Dexter as the Butcher, she opens a propane tank and lights the gas stove. Doakes attempts to escape but is killed when the cabin explodes. The FBI consider the Butcher case closed after finding Doakes' body and that of one of the drug lord's men along the ruins, believing that was his next kill. Lila, now aware of Dexter's secret, kidnaps Rita's children and lures Dexter into a trap in her apartment on the guise of preparing to leave the country with him. She sets the place ablaze before fleeing, forcing Dexter to chose her or Rita. Dexter opts to rescue Rita's children, giving Lila time to flee the country. The season concludes with Dexter having tracked down Lila to Paris, where he proceeds to kill her and eliminate the last person that knows his secret.


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Series developer James Manos, Jr. left his first season role as executive producer. First season executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Clyde Phillips all returned for the second season. First season co-executive producer Daniel Cerone was promoted to executive producer for the second season. First season consulting producer Melissa Rosenberg took a staff position as co-executive producer for the second season. Scott Buck joined the crew as a co-executive producer and writer. Robert Lloyd Lewis returned as the on set producer.

First season Story Editor Timothy Schlattmann was promoted to Executive Story Editor for the second season and continued to write episodes. Lauren Gussis was promoted from staff writer to Story Editor and continued to write for the show. Chad Tomasoski, who had not worked on the show since the pilot episode, rejoined the crew as an associate producer.


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131"It's Alive!"Tony GoldwynDaniel CeroneSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)N/A
A suspicious Doakes follows Dexter at all times, which makes it impossible for Dexter to kill. Thirty-eight days after his last kill, Dexter gains an opportunity, but finds himself unable to murder gang leader Little Chino (Matthew Willig). An emotionally unstable Debra returns to work in the Homicide Department. She tries to resume a normal lifestyle, but finds herself under scrutiny from the public. Paul tries to convince Rita that he was framed by Dexter, but she refuses to believe him in spite of the evidence presented to her. Scuba divers discover approximately 30 hefty bags of Dexter's mutilated victims' body parts on the ocean floor. 
142"Waiting to Exhale"Marcos SiegaClyde PhillipsOctober 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)N/A
The Miami Metro Police Department, led by FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy, begins the hunt for the "Bay Harbor Butcher". Both Dexter and the police are hunting for Little Chino, and Dexter is determined to kill him properly given a second chance. Debra and Dexter struggle to overcome memories of the encounter with Brian that led to his death. After Paul's funeral, Rita confronts Dexter about his involvement in Paul's death, and he admits to having an addiction, which Rita infers to be to drugs. LaGuerta shows surprising support for new boss, Lieutenant Esmee Pascal (Judith Scott). 
153"An Inconvenient Lie"Tony GoldwynMelissa RosenbergOctober 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)N/A
Rita threatens to leave Dexter if he does not commit to a program to deal with his drug addiction. He starts attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings, while still trying to evade Doakes' constant surveillance. At the meeting, Dexter meets a mysterious and flirtatious woman named Lila (Jaime Murray), who volunteers to be his sponsor. Doakes tracks Dexter at the meeting, but to Dexter's relief, Doakes displays understanding of the "addiction" and lets Dexter go. Later, he hunts down a new victim, Roger Hicks (Don McManus), a used-car salesman who murders beautiful brunettes. Lundy invites Debra to join the new task force investigating the Bay Harbor Butcher, and soon discovers a pattern to the murders. 
164"See-Through"Nick GomezScott BuckOctober 21, 2007 (2007-10-21)N/A
Dexter begins to question Lila's suitability as his sponsor, and Rita encourages him to find a male one. Rita's visiting mother, Gail (JoBeth Williams), becomes sure that Dexter is hiding something from the family. Cody starts having nightmares about the Bay Harbor Butcher. When Vince announces that he has found a way to identify the marina where the Bay Harbor Butcher moors his boat, Dexter attempts to destroy some of the evidence. Debra starts dating Gabriel (Dave Baez), whom she met at the gym. LaGuerta returns to her job as lieutenant following the mental collapsing of Pascal, who suspects her fiancé of cheating; it turns out that he was cheating on her with none other than LaGuerta. 
175"The Dark Defender"Keith GordonTim SchlattmannOctober 28, 2007 (2007-10-28)N/A
Dexter discovers that one of the men who murdered his mother in front of him as a boy is still alive. He dreams that a comic-book hero based on the Bay Harbor Butcher saves his mother, and is encouraged by Lila to seek closure by confronting his mother's killer, Santos Jimenez (Tony Amendola). Doakes and LaGuerta investigate a homicide in a comic-book store, and reminisce about their days as partners. Rita's mother warns Dexter to leave Rita and her children alone. Debra begins to lose faith in her relationship with Gabriel, suspecting that he is taking advantage of her. 
186"Dex, Lies, and Videotape"Nick GomezLauren GussisNovember 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)N/A
After learning that he was filmed while cleaning his boat at the marina, Dexter becomes desperate and tries to delete the videofile, which he eventually manages to do before computer upgrades enable its viewing by his colleagues. A mock killer mimics, and claims to be inspired by, the Bay Harbor Butcher, and unless the police find him, the FBI may take over the case completely. After learning about his mother's secret relationship with his foster father, Dexter questions Harry's motives about his own adoption. At Rita's mother suggestion, Dexter brings Lila to dinner, and when Rita finds out that Lila accompanied Dexter on his road trip, Rita breaks up with him. Dexter and Lila leave together and have sex later. 
197"That Night, A Forest Grew"Jeremy PodeswaDaniel CeroneNovember 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)N/A
A written manifesto sent by the Bay Harbor Butcher to a local newspaper sends Lundy's special task force into chaos. Doakes almost discovers the truth about Dexter's past, which forces Dexter to devise a plan to get him suspended from the police force. During a romantic dinner with Dexter, Lila learns that Dexter plans to attend one of Cody's school events where he will see Rita, and becomes jealous. Rita stands up to her mother and compels her to move out of the house. Debra breaks up with Gabriel and decides to pursue a relationship with Lundy, not knowing if her feelings are reciprocated. 
208"Morning Comes"Keith GordonScott BuckNovember 18, 2007 (2007-11-18)N/A
A desperate Lila sets her loft on fire in an effort to sustain her relationship with Dexter, but Dexter realizes that Lila is lying when she claims it was an accident. Jimenez visits Dexter and the suspicious Doakes breaks into Dexter's apartment and finds the hidden collection of blood slides. Lundy re-examines all of the department's old cases when he suspects that the Bay Harbor Butcher has a history in law enforcement. Rita tells Dexter that he is no longer welcome to visit her house or her children. 
219"Resistance is Futile"Marcos SiegaMelissa RosenbergNovember 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)N/A
Under constant surveillance by federal agents, Dexter is unable to dispose of his latest victim's remains. He apologizes to Rita, admitting that his affair with Lila was a mistake, but she is still hesitant to forgive him, as Lila retaliates by pursuing Angel. After finding Dexter's collection of blood slides, Doakes seeks the advice of an old friend in Haiti to analyze them. The department begins to suspect Doakes' involvement in the Bay Harbor Butcher case, but cannot find him for questions. Debra and Lundy spend the night together and contemplate making their relationship public. 
2210"There's Something About Harry"Steve ShillScott ReynoldsDecember 2, 2007 (2007-12-02)N/A
After their latest confrontation, Dexter imprisons Doakes in a cabin hidden in the Florida Everglades, but is unsure of what to do next. Doakes reveals information that leads Dexter to a surprising discovery about his foster father's death. The FBI continues the search for Doakes, while LaGuerta tries to prove his innocence. As the investigation comes to a close, Debra realizes that Lundy will leave Miami at the end of the investigation. She confronts him about the future of their relationship. Rita and Dexter reconcile and visit the beach together, while Lila plans to frame Angel for raping her. 
2311"Left Turn Ahead"Marcos SiegaScott Buck & Tim SchlattmannDecember 9, 2007 (2007-12-09)N/A
Dexter contemplates admitting to the Bay Harbor Butcher killings. Doakes escapes from his cell but runs afoul of two drug smugglers. The FBI is displeased with the lack of progress in the Bay Harbor Butcher case and assigns a deputy director to take over Lundy's role in the investigation. Angel is arrested for the sexual assault of Lila, who offers to drop the charges if Dexter will resume their relationship. Debra investigates Lila's past and discovers that she is an illegal immigrant. Meanwhile, using Dexter's global positioning system, Lila discovers the cabin in the swamp, where Doakes is being held. 
2412"The British Invasion"Steve ShillStory by: Daniel Cerone & Melissa Rosenberg
Teleplay by: Daniel Cerone
December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)N/A
Lila finds Doakes imprisoned in the cabin, and realizes that Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher. She ignores his pleas for help, and kills Doakes by setting the cabin on fire. Doakes is found dead, and because the evidence of the Bay Harbor Butcher killings indicates him as the criminal, the case is closed. Debra and Lundy try to resolve their relationship problems and Dexter reconciles with Rita. When Lila threatens Rita's children, Dexter realizes that he needs to find a solution to Lila's obsession with him. After Lila attempts to kill him, Dexter follows her to Paris and kills her. 


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