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Dexter Episode: "That Night, a Forest Grew"

Season 2, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: In an attempt to shake the task force off his trail, Dexter sends a manifesto to the newspaper detailing previously unreleased information and he also sets up Doakes in an effort to get him off his case. Also, Deb's relationship with Special Agent Lundy (Keith Carradine) takes a surprising turn; and Rita confronts her intrusive mother (JoBeth Williams).
Original Air Date: Nov 11, 2007
Guest Cast JoBeth Williams: Gail
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Season 2, Episode 7
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Length: 56:00
Aired: 11/11/2007
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"That Night, a Forest Grew" Season 2, Episode 7

Though I have no idea how the title related to this ep, a better one might have been "Requiem for Demonic Dexter." Dexter continued to try to alter the monster within and with each week of "recovery" gets closer and closer to taming the wild beast. I must say they are pulling out all the stops in the second season of Dexter. This is the antithesis of the sophomore slump. If anything, Dexter has gotten even better this time around. Dexter decided to control the actions of Lundy and his task force with his "Presto Manifesto." In an action designed to force the force to run "scattershot," Dex offered them the scent of another dog that led them down a dead-end trail. However, it really didn't matter, because with Chopin's help, (Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, to be exact), Lundy put some of the pieces together and figured out the Bay Harbor Butcher is in law enforcement. Wow, he's good. Say what you will, Lila, but Dexter not only took control of his feelings, but those of Doakes and of you, Lila. As Lila helped Dexter find this control, she lost it and he was subjected to her manipulative ways. Speaking of taking control of one's feelings, in what should have been a touching scene (but which I found unpleasant), Debra's feelings towards Lundy went from familial to romantic. Deb's crush on Lundy was inappropriate since she has been leaning on him more like a father. Though he had said earlier, "You're rubbing off on me, Morgan," he tried to knock her off the track. "I've got plaque in my arteries. I know the lyrics to elevator music. My hair isn't getting any thicker." They kissed anyhow. Is that a little incestuous, or is it just me? Any relationship where the individual participants say, "Truth speaks to me from a peaceful place" and "I thrive on chaos," is going to have a difficult time finding commonalities. But if there's anything good to come of a relationship between Deb and Lundy, it is that Deb broke up with Gabriel because "smokin' hot body" or not, I couldn't take his strange way of talking. Debra is so desperate to be in a normal relationship in her life that she got ticked off at Dex for throwing away his relationship with "doe-eyed" Rita for the sexy Lila. Until the ending of this ep, I was mad at her for even suggesting it was any of her business. However, when Lila the drama queen resorted to burning her artwork and studio, I was in total agreement with Deb. Dexter has really lost his marbles if he plans on choosing Lila over Rita. (Did Lila go off because someone accepted her art and therefore accepted her as an artist, or just because she is just good-old-fashioned jealous? Why would she burn her whole apartment down? More importantly, what does the light in the hallway make Dexter wonder about? Best lines: "I've always found instruction manuals quite useful." "Bulls--t, I never laughed." "Dexter says it should be fun." "Dexter does drugs." Rita's obnoxious, control-freak mother really got it good when Rita told her she needed to go home. That was a few weeks in the making. JoBeth Williams has been incredible as Rita's micromanaging mother and I hope this isn't the last we are going to see of her. Incidentally, Julie Benz looks really good in dark purple. The lieutenant laid it on the line for Doakes. He needed to leave Dex alone or suffer the consequences; a very nice moment for what came later. Dexter set up Doakes but good. And frankly, even though Doakes knows there's something fishy about Dexter (and he is right about that), I felt he got what he deserved. The head butt Dexter gave him was fantastic! I did not see that coming. I knew he was setting him up, but holy smokes! That was a stroke of genius and painful to watch. Did you hear the crack? That must have smarted. OK, total aside, Lila said to Dex, "You live in a nice neighborhood," but I thought he lived on a houseboat. When did he move to a neighborhood? Lila tried to sway Dexter into thinking that Rita and the kids might be a bad thing for him. But he doesn't feel clean when he is around Lila. She had thought Dexter was out of Rita and the kids' lives. Boy is she going to be surprised. When Dex was with Rita and the kids at Cody's Saudi Arabia preso, he finally understood, "This is the first time since I went into recovery that I actually feel clean." I suspect a very interesting split coming, and some very nasty repercussions. But from now until the next ep, I'm checking out Dexter in our Online Video Guide. You should, too. show less
Though I have no idea how the title related to this ep a better one might have been Requiem for Demonic Dexter Dexter continued to try to alter the monster within and with each week of recovery gets closer and closer to taming the wild beast I must say they are pulling out all the stops in the second season of Dexter This is the antithesis of the sophomore slump If anything Dexter has gotten even better this time aroundDexter decided to control the actions of Lundy and his task force with his Presto Manifesto In an action designed to force the force to run scattershot Dex offered them the scent of another dog that led them down a dead-end trail However it really didnt matter because with Chopins help Nocturne No 2 in E flat major to be exact Lundy put some of the pieces together and figured out the Bay Harbor Butcher is in law enforcement Wow hes goodSay what you will Lila but Dexter not only took control of his feelings but those of read more

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