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2006, TV Show

Dexter Episode: "All in the Family"

Season 3, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Ramon's obsession with finding Oscar's killer has him putting his career at risk, and Dexter does a masterful job manipulating Ramon and keeping him off balance; Internal Affairs leans harder on Deb to dig up some dirt on Quinn, but she "won't be a rat." Also, Rita and Dexter decide to tell the children about her "condition," and Angel's quest for companionship nearly gets him in hot water.
Original Air Date: Oct 19, 2008
Guest Cast Geoffrey Pierson: Capt. Matthews Mos Def: Brother Sam
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Season 3, Episode 4
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Length: 55:00
Aired: 10/19/2008
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Dexter Episode Recap: "All in the Family" Season 3, Episode 4

Ramon proves untrustworthy, but not without a little help from Dexter. Maria seeks justice. Yuki keeps Debra on her toes with constant texts. Angel makes a mistake. Dexter considers taking a step towards being a family man. There are a few surprises in this episode of Dexter.

Dexter continues to search for what will make him more like those around him. He wonders how you love someone when you don't know what love is. He and Rita tell the kids that there's going to be a baby. Cody says he prefers a puppy, but remains optimistic. Astor's not sold since Dexter isn't her father and doesn't seem to be making an honest woman of her mother. A family will be a good front for Dexter. And with Astor's new brooding, sullen preteen posturing, it could be easier than expected.

Ramon is the only one of the still-living Prado brothers concerned with finding his brother, Oskar's killer. Dexter can see that Ramon is a loose cannon and cannot be trusted with the secret he is sharing with Miguel. Dexter has to do something to show Miguel some perspective regarding his brother.

A random killing, in which a young woman's fiancé is slain, shows Debra and Quinn working closely together, (or not so together). Throughout the entire thing, Yuki texts Debra to push her to ratting on Quinn. Deb succeeds in pushing Fiona away; having no patience for the turmoil the woman is feeling at losing her fiancé. Quinn calmly steps in and gets Fiona to trust him. The best line of the night going, once again to Debra, who says, "He's like the (sic) witness whisperer," about Quinn.

Rita gets fired for calling a b*tch a b*tch. Anyone who tells you their room is "way too dark with the curtains closed" is just that. This spurs Dexter to offer to marry her from more of a financial perspective, to which she throws up in the toilet. "No, huh?" "Uh, uh." Two attempts at proposals fail.

The ticking time bomb that is Ramon gets Dexter thinking about how to silence him. He can't kill Miguel's other brother, so he intends to set him up for a big fall. After getting him rather in a lather, he begins to call him in an hilariously surreal southern twang, offering him hints that Freebo is alive and well in Miami. Ramon's blow-up at the station has Miguel turning to Dexter, whom he refers to as "hermano". Dexter's plan is working almost too well.

Maria spends her time following up on the Chicky Hinds case. She cannot shake the feeling that Miguel is dropping the ball on the case for some reason and she wants to find the truth. Miguel wonders if her concern is misplaced feelings about the bad rap that Doakes got. She asks Angel his opinion. He advises if she brought it to Miguel and he chose not to pursue it, then she's done everything she could. Maria is not satisfied. In a prophetic comment, Angel tells her, it's "not easy realizing you're alone in the world." Maria takes the info to Ellen, the prosecutor, who likes "the sound of the quid, but what's the pro quo?" She's astonished that Maria is giving her a "get-out-of-jail card" considering the relationship she's had with Miguel. Ellen pours scotch to cement their collaboration. There's no turning back now for Maria.

Angel tries to get his "cop on" with an undercover cop. She tells him to, "Take a pass, Sergeant." Detective Barbara comes down hard on Angel. By way of explanation, he offers, "I'm half way down the road to a full-blown cliché – a divorced, alcoholic cop." He is tormented with loneliness and searching for connection with "someone who wouldn't hurt him back no more". Because Angel is one of the most genuine characters, she believes him and seems semi-sympathetic.

In a stroke of genius and brotherly concern, Dex hands Debra her case by walking her to the door of Fiona's guilt. I love how he does it. He sets up the question and leads her directly to the answer. Unfortunately, Debra, being Debra, goes gangbusters on Fiona and it backfires. Conveniently, Quinn is right there, letting Debra do the heavy lifting, then slides in to get Fiona's confession. Deb is rightfully angry with Quinn for setting her up that way; "Quinn played me like a (sic) $20 guitar." Quinn gives props to Debra, but admonishes her that she has "one tool in your toolbox, and that's a hammer."

Debra's report gives Quinn the win in the case, but she is made to reconsider when Yuki shows up and tells her that's exactly how Quinn plays it ,and I can't stop thinking that Debra's being taken in by yet another creep.

In a final set up to show Miguel how unstable his brother is proves a thing of beauty. His anger and the booze incite Ramon to violence. Dexter hits it out of the ballpark by telling the bouncer that Ramon has been inappropriate with a female customer and possibly has a gun. It is the last straw to make Ramon unravel and Miguel to see that his brother can no longer be trusted. Brothers that once had each other's back now leave big holes. Miguel tells him there is only one person he can trust and that's Dexter. Miguel wants him to let him hold his secrets. Dexter's got Miguel right where he wants him to be.

To Dexter, the unanswered questions are whether he can be a brother or have a friend a wife and a family. Dexter's going to pop the question. He wonders if he commit to a role does it become real, could he become real? It is that same struggle for self he wrestles with daily. He stands in Rita's house looking scared and uncertain, but determined. The kids wonder why he's acting so weird. The connection Angel can't find, Dexter has with Rita and her children. She's his stabilizer. It's such a heartfelt proposal; you know he wants to believe he can have it all, even if he can't quite feel it. He tells the children, "I'm going to hang on to you for dear life," and gets Rita's "yes", then looks to Cody and Astor for theirs. He knows he is merely acting, but wonders if it might ever be real. Dexter is still finding a skin that allows him to fit in.

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Ramon proves untrustworthy, but not without a little help from Dexter. Maria seeks justice. Yuki keeps Debra on her toes with constant texts. Angel makes a mistake. Dexter considers taking a step towards being a family man. There are a few surprises in this episode of Dexter.

Dexter continues to search for what will make him more like those around him. He wonders how you love someone when you don't know what love is. He and Rita tell the kids that there's going to be a baby. Cody says he prefers a puppy, but remains optimistic. Astor's not sold since Dexter isn't her father and doesn't seem to be making an honest woman of her mother. A family will be a good front for Dexter. And with Astor's new brooding, sullen preteen posturing, it could be easier than expected.

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