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Episode 112
"Born Free"
(formerly "Black Heart Optional")
Written By
Daniel Cerone and M elissa Rosenberg
Directed By
M ichael Cuesta
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Shooting Script
10/06/06
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10/12/06 (Full Pink)
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BLACKNESS.
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Slowly the blackness FADES. Something undulates beneath us.
Rippling black oil. Shimmering lights. We don’t know what.
DEXTER (V.O.)
I’ve lived in darkness a long time.
Over the years, my eyes adjusted.
Until the dark became my world, and I
could see.
The reflection of a HUMAN FIGURE in water takes shape.
DEXTER (V.O.)
But then Rudy turned on the light. He
flooded my memory and now I’m blind.
TILT UP from the water to reveal DEXTER standing on the edge
of a pier, out of breath, staring desperately to sea. The
glare of a LIGHT POST behind him nearly blinds us. We’re -2
EXT. MARINA - NIGHT 1
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His options dwindling, Dexter turns away and runs back down
the pier.
DEXTER (V.O.)
I don’t have much time. Or to be more
accurate, my sister doesn’t have much
time. He wants me to find them, but
where do I look? I can’t think. It’s
too bright.
As Dexter races past, STOP on a harsh marina LIGHT, and the
screen FLARES TO WHITE -3
EXT. YACHT - HELM - NIGHT 1
3
FLARE FROM WHITE to RUDY’S pleased face. The wind blows
back his hair, his eyes bright with anticipation as he
captains the yacht across open sea into the blackness of
night. After a beat, he cuts the engine and hops down to -THE DECK, where he nonchalantly steps around the unconscious
body of DEBRA. Her hands are bound behind her with duct
tape, her legs bound, as well. Rudy unzips a large DUFFLE
BAG, his back to Debra.
CLOSE ON DEBRA’S FACE -- suddenly, her eyes open.
second as she remembers where she is.
A split
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How she came to be here. Tears of humiliation, shame and,
of course, terror spring to her eyes.
Struggling against her bonds, she looks around for a weapon.
Rudy hears and looks over his shoulder, smiling pleasantly.
RUDY
Let me know if the tape’s too tight.
No need to be uncomfortable.
DEBRA
(sitting up)
Why are you doing this?
RUDY
Oh, I wouldn’t want to spoil the
surprise.
She strains to see what he’s doing.
He notices.
RUDY
Just checking supplies. Things moved
a little faster than I expected.
DEBRA’S POV - RUDY’S DUFFLE BAG
He digs through the bag, stuffed with clothes and personal
belongings, and pulls out deadly knives, a hacksaw. Finds a
roll of duct tape.
RUDY
Can never have enough of this.
He separates the items into a pile.
BACK ON DEBRA, trying desperately to calm her fears.
think rationally. A beat.
To
DEBRA
This isn’t you.
RUDY
Pretty sure it is.
No.
DEBRA
There’s more.
I’ve seen it.
He looks at her, sees her searching his face for the man she
loved. Emotion, concern, begins to fill his expression.
Don’t.
RUDY
I don’t want to talk about it.
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She sees a shred of humanity in him, recognizes the man she
fell in love with. Clings to it.
DEBRA
You don’t have to do this. I know
part of you doesn’t want to.
RUDY
I never wanted to hurt you...
I know...
DEBRA
RUDY
(subtle shift)
Does this make it easier for you?
could keep going.
I
His tone isn’t cruel, just observational, but she realizes
he’s acting. She gets exactly how sick he really is.
Jesus.
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DEBRA
Jesus Christ.
He shrugs, oh well, he tried. His sweet expression vanishes
with sociopathic swiftness, and he turns back to his work.
RUDY
Nothing to be ashamed of, Deb. You’re
not the only one who bought it.
You’re just the only one who bought it
so completely. Lucky for me.
She fights tears, not wanting to give him the satisfaction
of showing her hurt.
DEBRA
Rudy Cooper isn’t even your fucking
name, is it?
RUDY
No, but he died for a good cause.
DEBRA
So will you.
He just laughs heartily.
DEBRA
You must want to get caught. You
kidnapped a cop this time. Not some
invisible hooker. A cop.
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RUDY
(grins excitedly)
All part of the plan. Hard to believe
it’s about to come to fruition. Lotta
years on this one. Only hours away
now.
DEBRA
What fucking plan?
RUDY
Don’t worry. You’ll find out. Fact,
you’ll be right in the middle of all
the fun.
Whistling, he climbs back to the helm.
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Off Debra’s fear --
INT. DEXTER’S APARTMENT - NIGHT 1
Dexter enters and looks around.
He walks into the kitchen --
DEXTER (V.O.)
He wouldn’t have taken Deb unless he
left me everything a clever monster
would need in order to find him.
-- and opens the freezer door... no new Barbies.
DEXTER
(aloud)
Clues. Somewhere.
CUT TO: Dexter removes the
inside. Nothing. CUT TO:
checks his Craigslist ad.
rises from his desk, turns
Desperation mounting. And
air conditioner cover and peers
Dexter, behind his computer,
“No New Messages.” Damn. He
around, and surveys his place.
then Dexter seriously gets busy.
In a SERIES OF CUTS, he rips apart his apartment... flips
through photo albums... pulls up cushions... yanks out
drawers. Dexter turns his tidy home upside down searching
for a clue from Rudy, when suddenly he hears something very
odd. The golden voice of ANDY WILLIAMS, singing...
ANDY WILLIAMS
Born free, as free as the wind blows.
As free as the grass grows. Born free
to follow your heart...
Dexter stops cold and turns to the computer to see a SCREEN
SAVER dissolving through images of LIONS ATTACKING PREY.
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DEXTER (V.O.)
Seems I have a new screen saver. I
knew he wouldn’t leave me stranded.
But “Born Free”?
Dexter picks up a CRIME SCENE PHOTO of the hotel bloodbath.
DEXTER (V.O.)
(realizing)
Of course. Thanks to Rudy, now I know
where dearly disturbed Dexter was
born.
QUICK FLASH:
A tearful LAURA MOSER begs her son, LITTLE DEXTER, 3, not to
look. A COLOMBIAN MAN starts a chain saw.
ANDY WILLIAMS (CONT’D)
Stay free, where no walls divide you.
You're free as the roaring tide, so
there's no need to hide...
The sound of a chain saw hitting bone. Dexter’s mother
SCREAMING. Off Little Dexter, crying -RESUME:
DEXTER (V.O.)
Born free... of all that’s human.
That’s where I’ll find him.
He pulls out a NEWSPAPER STORY. The headline reads: “SHIPPING
YARD MASSACRE,” with a photo of a Miami shipping yard. As we
PUSH INTO the overwhelming image of hundreds of cargo
containers, until they FILL THE SCREEN -5
EXT. YACHT - DECK - NIGHT 1
Rudy turns off the last lights on the boat. Off the bow, we
see, in the very far distance, the twinkling LIGHTS of an
INDUSTRIAL HARBOR. Rudy climbs over the rail onto -A SMALL ZODIAC CRAFT
He looks back at the yacht, admiring it -RUDY
My, she’s yar.
-- and tosses the boat’s keys into the water.
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RUDY
Whatever that means. Saw it in a
movie once. Wait -- didn’t we watch
that together?
He looks down at DEBRA, sitting in the Zodiac, still bound.
Fuck you.
DEBRA
Rudy just smiles, then pushes off, starts the Zodiac motor
and pilots it toward the harbor.
RUDY
Settle in, it’s further away than it
looks.
Off the silhouette of the abandoned YACHT, a ghost -6
INT. HOSPITAL - ROOM - DAY 2 - MORNING (DAWN)
BATISTA lies in his hospital bed. He has been moved to a
ward. Next to a wacky toothless INDIGENT MAN, who won’t
stop babbling. Batista tries his best to ignore.
She knows!
INDIGENT MAN
She knows!
LAGUERTA and DOAKES enter.
BATISTA
Oh, thank God.
(notices)
What -- no pastelitos? I’m starving
here. You promised, Boss.
Boss?
LAGUERTA
Not anymore.
BATISTA
Sorry, forgot. Slumming with the rank
and file, huh?
LAGUERTA
Could be worse.
DOAKES
(all business)
Listen, we need your help.
She knows!
INDIGENT MAN
God help us, she knows!
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Batista indicates the crazy man the next bed over.
BATISTA
All fucking night with that. Stuck in
a ward with a nutbag. So much for our
goddamn police medical insurance.
DOAKES
(on point)
So. Masuka says you were following a
lead on the Ice Truck Killer when you
were attacked.
BATISTA
Yeah, a hooker with a prosthetic hand.
Some john painted the nails different
colors, but it didn’t go nowhere.
LAGUERTA
Except yesterday she got cut up by the
Ice Truck Killer.
BATISTA
(stunned)
Holy shit. Monique was a victim?
LAGUERTA
We’re operating on the theory that he
found out you were on his trail.
DOAKES
If we’re right, you got stabbed for a
reason. And it wasn’t no carjacking.
BATISTA
How’d he find out about me? No one
knew what I was doing ‘cept Masuka.
LAGUERTA
There must have been someone else.
BATISTA
(shrugs)
I consulted Rudy. You know, Debra’s
boyfriend. He’s a prosthetics guy.
Doakes and LaGuerta exchange a look.
Batista catches it.
BATISTA
But that’s crazy. Right?
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DOAKES
She’s been AWOL since heading out last
night to see him. She was supposed to
come back and help me canvass.
LAGUERTA
That’s not like her.
to -Go.
BATISTA
Fuck, just go!
Doakes and LaGuerta hustle out.
can’t go with -7
Angel, we have
Off Batista, frustrated he
INT. DEXTER’S APARTMENT - DAY 2 - MORNING (DAWN)
PAN the messy apartment. Low orange light slices through
the room, creating long shadows. FIND Dexter hunched over
his desk, holding a magnifying glass over a newspaper. He
looks like he’s been up all night.
DEXTER (V.O.)
There are roughly five thousand cargo
containers in the Port of Miami.
Finding the one where my mother was
butchered took a bit of magic.
THROUGH THE MAGNIFYING GLASS
We see a NEWSPAPER PHOTO of the cargo box where Dexter’s
mother was killed, police gathered around. The magnifying
glass slides to the corner of the container -- to reveal a
small IDENTIFICATION CODE painted on the side: “CBAN-348 9.”
Presto.
DEXTER
Dexter smiles. As he jots down the number on a pad of
paper, there’s a KNOCK on the door. Dexter moves to the
curtain and peers outside. What he sees makes him unhappy.
AT THE FRONT DOOR
Dexter opens the door.
LaGuerta enters, followed by Doakes.
DOAKES
Told you he was here.
(to Dexter)
There a reason you’re not answering
your phone?
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Ambien.
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LaGuerta looks around the messy apartment.
LAGUERTA
What happened here, Dexter?
DEXTER
I was looking for the remote.
DOAKES
Where’s your sister? She never came
back to work last night, and she’s not
at her apartment.
DEXTER
I truly don’t know, Sergeant.
LAGUERTA
(breaking the news)
We think her boyfriend Rudy might be
connected to the Ice Truck Killer.
We’re working on a warrant right now
to search his home.
Dexter tries to react like that’s devastating news.
DEXTER
Oh my... no. Wow -DOAKES
(not buying it)
Cut the crap. You know something,
godammit. What?
James --
LAGUERTA
DOAKES
I saw him last night. Skulking in the
lab. Ordering secret blood tests.
LaGuerta, surprised, turns to Dexter.
LAGUERTA
What kind of tests?
DEXTER
I found a type match for the blood in
Batista’s collar.
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LAGUERTA
Whose was it?
(shit)
Rudy’s.
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Hearing that, Doakes angrily takes a step toward Dexter -Mother --
DOAKES
-- but LaGuerta immediately stops him.
LAGUERTA
Knock it off.
DOAKES
He fucking knew all along!
Dexter tries to explain.
DEXTER
Rudy lied about a cut on his lip,
Angel head-butted his attacker in the
face... it was just a wild hunch.
LAGUERTA
Why didn’t you tell us?
DEXTER
I couldn’t crush Deb’s love life on a
hunch. I had to get the facts.
DOAKES
Well here’s the fucking facts -- if he
kills her it’s your fault. Now what
else do you know?
That’s all.
He’s lying.
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DOAKES
LAGUERTA
Give him a break, James.
sister, alright?
This is his
DOAKES
Yeah, and if he knows what’s good for
her, he’ll sit his ass home and answer
the goddamn phone when it rings.
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LaGuerta puts a hand on Dexter.
LAGUERTA
Call us if you hear anything.
Dexter walks her to the front door. HOLD on Dexter, who
watches her for a beat, then looks out at the sparkling bay.
DEXTER (V.O.)
The truth is I wish they could help.
But I prefer my sister alive, not in
small bloodless pieces. Rudy wants me
to find him alone.
As Dexter shuts the door on us -8
INT. RITA'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 2 (MORNING)
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CLOSE ON THE PHONE as it rings. RITA enters and picks it
up. We HEAR the kids playing in the other room.
Hello?
RITA
PAUL (O.S.)
Don’t hang up.
RITA
(lowering her voice)
Paul? The kids don’t want to talk to
you right now. You have to give them
more time.
INTERCUT:
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INT. PRISON - HALLWAY - DAY 2 - MORNING (CONTINUOUS)
PAUL, in an orange prison jumpsuit, talks on the pay phone.
PAUL
This isn’t about them. I mean, it is,
but -- it’s about how I was arrested.
RITA
With a needle in your arm.
about it.
PAUL
Well I don’t. Look...
responsibility for all
pulled. But Rita, I’m
program. I kicked the
I know all
I accept
the shit I’ve
still in the
hard stuff.
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RITA
Apparently not.
PAUL
I was clean! Swear on my kids’ lives.
And it's been driving me crazy, how I
got from your house one minute, to my
motel room the next, outta my mind on
junk.
RITA
It’s called a black-out.
PAUL
It’s called a set-up.
RITA
Oh, for the love of -PAUL
The last thing I remember is standing
in the kitchen, talking to Dexter. He
coulda smacked me over the head and
dragged me out of the house, probably
through the back yard -RITA
You really are a piece of work.
PAUL
I’m telling you, Dexter isn't who you
think he -She hangs up.
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Shakes her head.
So happy he’s locked up.
INT. POLICE STATION - BULLPEN - DAY 2 (MORNING)
CLOSE on a FACILITIES WORKER putting up a new plaque on
LaGuerta’s office door, which says: “Lt. Esmee Pascal.”
LAGUERTA (O.C.)
...his name’s Rudy Cooper. You might
have met him -- he was dating Officer
Morgan.
PAN to LaGuerta at a bullpen desk (which holds a couple
unpacked boxes from her office), holding an employee ID
PHOTO of Rudy Cooper, the new lead suspect for the Ice Truck
murders. Concerned DETECTIVES and OFFICERS gather around.
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LAGUERTA
She was last seen sixteen hours ago
driving to meet him at the Miami Beach
Marina. We need to canvass the entire
area, check boat rentals, you know the
drill. I already sent a team to his
prosthetics lab at the hospital.
DETECTIVE SIMMS hangs up the phone.
DETECTIVE SIMMS
The judge just signed off on the
warrant for Cooper’s apartment.
LaGuerta grabs her bag, others grab their coats -LAGUERTA
Let’s take it apart. Gary, Sergio,
Kim -- you’re with me.
CAPTAIN MATTHEWS (O.C.)
Your attention please!
They all stop, and turn to see -CAPTAIN MATTHEWS enter the bullpen in the company of ESMEE
PASCAL, 40s, Haitian-American. Dignified but no-bullshit.
Observant as hell.
CAPTAIN MATTHEWS
Like to introduce our new lieutenant,
Esmee Pascal. She agreed to put her
vacation on hold to come in early and
provide some much needed leadership at
this time of crisis. Lieutenant,
you’re on.
Lt. Pascal steps forward.
LT. PASCAL
I understand we have a new suspect in
the Ice Truck Killer case.
Everyone looks to LaGuerta, their leader.
LAGUERTA
We’re on our way now to search his
place.
LT. PASCAL
And you are...?
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LAGUERTA
Maria LaGuerta. We have an officer
missing, so we need to move fast -LT. PASCAL
I thought Sgt. Doakes was running the
investigation.
LAGUERTA
He's out following a lead.
What lead?
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LT. PASCAL
LAGUERTA
He said he’d let me know if it came to
anything. Now if you’ll excuse me -LT. PASCAL
I can handle it from here, Maria.
(to the squad)
Who here can bring me up to speed on
the way over?
She’s so commanding the squad is compelled to follow.
DETECTIVE SIMMS
I can, I guess.
She tosses him her keys, as she grabs her bag and coat -LT. PASCAL
You’re driving.
(to LaGuerta)
Feel free to join us when you track
down your partner.
(to the squad)
Let’s go, people.
As the squad mobilizes, Lt. Pascal turns to Matthews.
LT. PASCAL
Care to join us, Captain?
CAPTAIN MATTHEWS
Seems like you’ve got everything under
control.
Lt. Pascal leads the squad out, leaving LaGuerta to smolder
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EXT. OUTSIDE THE SHIPPING YARDS - DAY 2 (MORNING)
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OVERHEAD SHOT - cargo cranes loom like abandoned Star Wars
props, overlooking acres of metal cargo containers. Rows
upon rows of them creating a giant maze.
DEXTER (V.O.)
It’s in there somewhere. My
birthplace. Now what?
CRANE DOWN to find Dexter, next to his car, studying the
shipping yard from the other side of a chain-link fence.
Dexter pops his trunk and pulls out a pair of BOLT CUTTERS.
As he heads to a secluded section of fence, his eyes search
the area for any sign of security.
DEXTER (V.O.)
No cameras, no patrols, no dogs. With
billions spent on homeland security,
it can't be as easy as a couple snips.
Dexter starts cutting.
He pauses -- no alarms sound.
DEXTER (V.O.)
So much for the war on terror.
He resumes cutting an opening. A beat later, his CELL PHONE
RINGS. Dexter quickly checks the caller I.D., which says:
RITA. He presses IGNORE, puts his phone away, and continues
cutting.
Hello...
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DEXTER’S VOICE
EXT. RITA'S HOUSE - DAY 2 - MORNING (CONTINUOUS)
Rita, both annoyed and concerned, holds her phone to her
ear, watching ASTOR and CODY run around the front lawn.
DEXTER’S VOICE
Please leave Dexter Morgan a message.
RITA
(after the BEEP)
Hi. We’re waiting for you. Remember?
You said you’d take the kids to I-HOP?
You were supposed to be here half hour
ago.
Astor and Cody run over --
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ASTOR
Is he almost here?
CODY
I want chocolate chip pancakes!
She shushes them and they run off.
RITA
Okay, well... I guess I’ll take them.
This is so unlike you, Dexter. I hope
everything’s alright.
And she hangs up.
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Off Rita, feeling something off --
EXT. SHIPPING YARD - DAY 2
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On the perimeter of the cargo containers, a DOCK MANAGER
talks to a TRUCK DRIVER, drinking coffee, shooting the shit.
TRUCK DRIVER
I was supposed to pick up from plug 36-3 but there’s nothing there. What
the fuck?
DOCK MANAGER
New night manager’s still learning the
ropes. Might’a put it in wrong.
A STACK OF PALLETS
Dexter peers out from behind the stack, eyeing a COMPUTER
that’s mounted on a rolling stand, not far from the men.
Taking a chance, Dexter creeps out and rolls the computer
back behind the pallets.
Out of view now, Dexter quickly punches in the ID code he
jotted down: “CBAN-3489.”
DEXTER (V.O.)
Finding a needle in a haystack isn’t
hard when every straw’s computerized.
(reading the screen)
“Reefer Yard, Plug 4-3-6.”
He stealthily slips away.
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EXT. SHIPPING YARD - CARGO CONTAINERS - DAY 2
FOLLOW Dexter as he hurries through a deep valley of cargo
boxes, searching for the plug number. They loom over him,
casting shadows, stirring fear.
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DEXTER (V.O.)
I don’t like this place. Something
nameless was born here. Something
that lives in the darkest hidey-hole
of the thing called Dexter.
He rounds a corner. See numbers on the pavement in the low
400 range. He’s getting closer. SLOW as we reach... 436.
Dexter stops in front of a REFRIGERATED CARGO CONTAINER,
with the same ID code, now faded and chipped, from the
photo.
His heart hammering, his breath rapid, Dexter steps closer
to the door and -DEXTER’S POV -- THE CONTAINER DOOR
It BURSTS open in SLOW MOTION.
Out steps --
HARRY, 30s, in uniform. He carries THREE-YEAR-OLD DEXTER,
wrapped in a blanket, clinging to him. Harry walks toward
Dexter, standing in the middle of a living memory. Harry’s
face is grim, having just witnessed the most horrific thing
he’s ever seen. Harry calls to someone behind Dexter.
HARRY
Get in there! Somebody else get the
hell in there now!
Dexter turns... to see two parked patrol cars, circa 1973,
with LIGHTS flashing. Three OFFICERS holding weapons have
taken up defensive positions behind their open doors. On
Harry’s command, one of them splits off and races into the
cargo box.
Harry stops to comfort Little Dexter, right in front of
adult Dexter.
HARRY
It’s alright, little guy. You’re safe
now. Nothing will hurt you -- I
promise.
Little Dexter wraps his arms around Harry’s neck and holds
him tighter. Dexter watches them walk away -- and VANISH.
Along with the patrol cars and officers.
Dexter turns back to face the door again. It’s closed.
We’re back to REALITY. Dexter walks to the container door,
takes a breath -DEXTER
Okay Deb... don’t be dead.
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-- and pulls it open.
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What he sees shocks him.
DEXTER’S POV - INSIDE THE CONTAINER
It's stacked to the ceiling with BANANAS.
BACK ON DEXTER
His face falls at the sight of this completely dead end.
Shit.
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DEXTER
Reeling, Dexter closes the container door, WIPING TO REVEAL
Doakes standing on the other side.
DOAKES
Surprise motherfucker.
Doakes grabs Dexter and shoves him against a container.
DEXTER
(surprised)
You’re following me now?
DOAKES
You better have a hell of a reason for
being here.
DEXTER
I’m looking for my sister.
DOAKES
In a cargo box?
DEXTER
I'm kinda working on a theory.
DOAKES
You forget you work for the fucking
cops? We like theories. Come on,
asshole. Spin me a story.
Dexter stares at Doakes evenly, too focused on Debra to
engage his usual disguise.
DEXTER
What I do on my time is my business.
DOAKES
(smiles)
Yeah, me too. And I’m on my time
right now.
(MORE)
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DOAKES (CONT'D)
There’s no lieutenant here to save
your ass. It’s just you and me,
Morgan. So don’t fuck with me.
DEXTER
Okay, you got me. I ordered furniture
from Thailand and I couldn’t wait for
delivery -Abruptly, Doakes PUNCHES Dexter in the gut, knocking him
back. Doakes comes at him again, but Dexter dodges the blow
and displays some martial arts skill to strike Doakes, then
strikes him again. As Doakes climbs to his feet he sees the
dark truth in Dexter’s eyes -DOAKES
Fucking lab geek, my ass.
Hey!!
DOCK MANAGER
Godammit --
The Dock Manager races over and gets between them.
DOCK MANAGER
What the hell is going on here?
(into radio)
Security! I got -DOAKES
(flashes his badge)
Miami-Metro P.D.
DOCK MANAGER
(indicates Dexter)
Is this guy under arrest?
DEXTER
Good question.
DOAKES
(to Dexter)
You're connected to this. I don’t
know how, but I'm going to find out.
And some of what I find is going to
stick to you.
Before Dexter can respond, Doakes’ phone PAGES him. A beat
later, so does Dexter’s. As they reach for their pagers -15
INT. PONTIAC - DRIVING - DAY 2
Rudy, sitting alone, cruises a mid-90s Pontiac down a road,
listening to a perky BACH PARTITA on the tinny radio. His
duffle bag rests on the seat next to him.
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After a beat, muffled SHOUTING interrupts the lovely music,
then escalates to SCREAMING, all but drowning out Bach.
With a frown, Rudy calmly pulls the car over to the curb.
Stops. Grabs a roll of duct tape from the front seat.
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Rudy pops open the trunk to REVEAL Debra inside, legs and
hands bound tightly, but kicking and bucking like a feral
animal -- and for good reason. She’s lying next to A DEAD
MAN. The side of his head bloody and beaten. The duct tape
covering Debra’s mouth has come loose and it looks as if
she’s vomited.
DEBRA
HELP! FUCKING HELP! CALL NINE-ONEONE! GODAMMIT HEL -But duct tape cuts her off, as Rudy seals her mouth and
deftly wraps the duct tape around her entire head.
RUDY
Sorry.
(gestures to dead guy)
But you’re drowning out Fred’s radio.
As the trunk hood CLOSES on Debra’s wide-eyed face -A17
EXT. LOFT - DAY 2
A17
Dexter pulls up to a Miami-style loft and exits his car. A
small group of police cars and emergency vehicles are parked
outside.
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INT. RUDY’S LOFT - DAY 2
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Dexter enters a bustling CRIME SCENE. Flooded with UNIFORMS
and FORENSICS. Scouring the loft for evidence.
As he moves through the space in SLOW MOTION, Dexter sees
Doakes already there, standing beside LaGuerta. Lt. Pascal
gives them orders. Doakes eyeballs Dexter as he passes.
A friendly UNIFORM OFFICER nods at Dexter and points to the
closed silver door. Dexter reaches the silver door, pulls
it open, and enters -18
INT. RUDY’S LOFT - KILLING ROOM - DAY 2 (CONTINUOUS)
Once inside, Dexter stops to marvel at the chilly chamber of
death. Stained blood containers line the shelves. The
dried up blood of Monique (Episode 11) still covers the
INVERSION TABLE. Blood has coagulated in the catch pan
below and blood-stained tools are strewn about.
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DEXTER (V.O.)
His happy place. Where he kills more
than time. This is where he’d leave
me a clue.
Across the room, a forensics guy wearing an Eskimo parka
turns to reveal MASUKA, his face framed by a fuzzy fur hood.
Hey Dexter.
MASUKA
Better bundle up.
DEXTER
I like the cold.
MASUKA
You know, hypothermia can easily sneak up
on you.
DEXTER
So can hypochondria.
Dexter intently circles the room, looking for a clue left by
Rudy, but also fascinated by this peek into Rudy’s mind.
DEXTER
A home setup like this takes years to
put together. He must have hated
leaving it behind.
MASUKA
(notices him searching)
What are you looking for?
DEXTER
A clue. A signature. Calling card.
Anything out of the ordinary that
might tell us where he went.
MASUKA
I’m not sure he was thinking about us
when he did this. Look at the mess.
You were right about the victim at
Santa’s place -- he rushed his work.
DEXTER
He killed that girl to keep us busy.
So he could escape.
(convinced)
But he wouldn’t go without leaving a
message. We just need to find it.
Masuka moves to the specially-designed inversion table, the
gravity boots still attached at the feet.
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MASUKA
Check this out. It’s where he plays
with his meat.
Masuka pushes a button to TILT UP the table.
MASUKA
I can think of a hundred and one uses
for this table, you know what I mean?
DEXTER
He has my sister, Vince.
MASUKA
Right -- I didn’t mean... I’m sorry.
Dexter turns to an eager young Forensics Tech named KAREN.
DEXTER
Karen, right?
KAREN
That’s right.
DEXTER
I’m putting you in charge of evidence.
This entire room? Evidence. Take
photos of every item in its original
position. Mark it, package it, and
show me the inventory list when you’re
done.
Dexter pulls on his gloves and turns away to start his blood
work. Karen, unsure, steps over to Masuka and whispers -KAREN
Is he in charge?
MASUKA
(impressed)
Guess he is now.
Off Dexter’s intensity at the crime scene -19
EXT. RITA'S HOUSE - DAY 2
Rita weeds the base of the fruit tree Dexter planted for
her. A shadow moves over her. She looks up to find a man,
BOB HICKS, 40s, wearing khakis and a button-down shirt.
Respectable. Kind face. He smiles.
Rita?
BOB HICKS
Hi, I’m Bob Hicks.
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RITA
Can I help you?
BOB HICKS
Guess Paul never mentioned me. I’m
his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor.
Rita flushes with anger.
Rises.
RITA
Having your sponsor do your dirty
work. Which step is that?
BOB HICKS
He’s just concerned for his kids.
RITA
He’s concerned for himself, so if
you’ll excuse me -She takes off her gardening gloves and turns to go.
BOB HICKS
I thought he was lying, too.
saw the proof.
She stops.
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Until I
Curious.
What proof?
RITA
BOB HICKS
The x-rays that the prison doctor took
of Paul's head. They showed a skull
fracture.
RITA
Which I deservedly gave him.
BOB HICKS
No, you didn’t. After you struck him,
the hospital took x-rays. No
fracture. But in prison, fracture.
RITA
If you really know Paul, you know he’d
bash his own head against a wall to
get what he wants.
BOB HICKS
I do know Paul. I know when he’s
lying. And I looked him in the eye --
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Rita just shakes her head, disgusted.
door. Bob follows.
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Starts for the front
BOB HICKS
Look, if Paul was attacked -- the way
it happened? That takes experience.
Skill. No first-timer can pull that
off.
RITA
Which is why Paul’s accusation is so
ludicrous. Dexter spends all his time
in a laboratory, for God’s sake.
BOB HICKS
So you’ve been there?
Rita stops and faces Bob.
RITA
(no)
I know where he works.
BOB HICKS
But how much time do you spend in his
world... with his friends... at his
house?
RITA
Bob, you seem like a nice man but -that’s none of your goddamn business.
And with that, she continues to the front door. But we STAY
ON HER FACE, which flickers ever-so-slightly with doubt.
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INT. RUDY’S LOFT - KILLING ROOM - DAY 2
PAN the killing room -- the shelves and surfaces now empty.
DEXTER (O.C.)
This is everything?
KAREN (O.C.)
Everything that wasn’t welded or
bolted down.
We REACH Dexter, standing over stacks of evidence in plastic
bags. He flips through the inventory list with Karen.
KAREN
We gutted the place.
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DEXTER
Did he leave anything that might help
us find him? A personal signature? A
psychological marker? A handwritten
note with his GPS coordinates?
Sorry.
KAREN
With a sigh, Dexter hands the inventory list back to Karen.
DEXTER
Thank you, Karen.
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INT. RUDY’S LOFT - DAY 2
The scene still bustles. Forensics Techs swarm the loft.
Doakes wraps up a cell phone call, writing on a notepad.
DOAKES
(into phone)
Okay... Got it, thanks.
He flips his phone closed and turns to LaGuerta.
DOAKES
They traced the name and social of
Rudy Cooper to a New Jersey plumber
who mysteriously died in ‘98.
LAGUERTA
You gotta be kidding. After all this,
we still don’t have an ID on this guy?
Dexter joins them from the kill room.
DEXTER
Rudy isn’t his real name?
DOAKES
You trying to be smart?
DEXTER
Not trying, no.
DOAKES
If you know his fucking name -LAGUERTA
Whatever’s going on between you two?
It ends. Now.
(to Dexter)
What’d you find in there?
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DEXTER
Other than the obvious? Lots of trace
blood stains. That’s probably where
he killed them all, but I’d like to
check the rest of the apartment before
I go.
LaGuerta nods. Dexter turns to explore the loft, heads to
the living room -- and freezes. Wonder on his face. He
steps forward slowly.
DEXTER (V.O.)
It’s perfect. Right out in the open.
REVEAL a vintage BARBIE RECORD PLAYER, sitting on a shelf,
with a blonde BARBIE HEAD painted on the closed lid. A
FORENSIC TECH bags items on the shelf. Dexter steps over.
DEXTER
Mind if I -- uh?
TECH
Be my guest.
Dexter, wearing his gloves, lifts the cover of the record
player. There’s a .45 on the turntable. Again, it’s “Born
Free” by Andy Williams.
DEXTER (V.O.)
At least he’s consistent.
DEXTER
(to Tech)
Was there anything else near this
record player?
TECH
Fucking doll sitting on top.
The Tech hands him a plastic bag and keeps working. Dexter
peers through the plastic -- and sees a ‘50s Barbie wearing
an apron. She holds her hand up in a wave. PUSH INTO the
apron. It says: “Home Sweet Home.” Dexter smiles.
DEXTER (V.O.)
He’s taking me back before the blood.
To a place where a boy was born. A
real boy. With a home. Home sweet
home.
The Tech, still working, glances over.
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TECH
Think the Barbie means something?
Clearly.
DEXTER
He wasn’t breast fed.
TECH
(deadpan)
That’s funny.
Dexter hands the Barbie back to the Tech, trying to hide his
excitement as he heads out.
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We have no idea where or what kind of room this is. The
window is card-boarded. The room empty but for a single
narrow table at its center. The walls are white plaster.
The door opens as Rudy pushes Debra inside, blindfolded and
gagged, her hands duct-taped to her sides. He switches on
the single, bare, overhead bulb.
RUDY
Down on the floor, please.
But Debra won’t go quietly into the good night. She blindly
tears free of him and runs but hits a wall -- spins and runs
again, another wall. She’s in a dark hell with no escape
but keeps trying -RUDY
This is kinda foolish, Deb.
But she keeps searching for an exit. Rudy simply kicks the
back of her knees, she crumples to the ground. Hard.
He then holds her face-down on the ground with a knee on her
back. As he talks, he pulls a syringe from his pocket...
RUDY
I don’t usually work this way. But
we're going to try something new.
(taps out the bubbles)
Call it an homage to a fellow traveler
I greatly admire...
And with that, he plunges the needle into Debra's neck -23
INT. POLICE STATION - DEXTER'S INNER LABORATORY - DAY 2
CLOSE on a COMPUTER SCREEN -- a MUG SHOT of Dexter’s mother.
INCLUDE Dexter, who pours over it.
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Laura Moser. Addict. Dealer.
Mom.
He scrolls down.
DEXTER (V.O.)
Arrested in ‘69, again in ‘71. Same
address listed both times.
(as he writes it down)
1-2-3-5 Mangrove Drive. They say home
is where the heart is. Maybe this is
where I left mine.
He closes the screen, grabs his keys, and starts out -- but
Rita appears in front of him.
Surprise.
RITA
DEXTER
What are you doing here?
He’s not being intentionally rude, he’s just desperate to
get out of there. She’s a little taken aback but sweetly
holds out a Starbucks coffee to him.
RITA
White chocolate mocha.
Your favorite.
DEXTER
I’ll have to drink it on the run.
RITA
You know, I’ve never even been here
before. I’d love a tour sometime.
DEXTER
Sometime that’s not now.
He starts out.
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She stops him.
Dexter.
RITA
What’s going on?
DEXTER
(sharply, exasperated)
It’s Deb, okay? She’s in trouble.
Oh God.
RITA
Is it serious?
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DEXTER
Yes, actually. Very serious. But I
just -- can’t worry about you, too,
right now.
She sees the panic in his eyes.
As Dexter turns to go --
RITA
I understand.
-- and he’s out the door.
sure what to feel.
Rita stands there.
Alone.
Not
INDIGENT MAN (PRELAP)
She knows!!!
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INT. HOSPITAL - ROOM - DAY 2
Batista lies in bed, a file folder and notebook open. The
TV is tuned to the news. Batista tries to work but his
crazy indigent roommate is awake and driving him nuts.
INDIGENT MAN
She knows!!!
BATISTA
(calling to the hallway)
Will someone give this guy his goddamn
meds?
Batista sees something on the TV and turns up the volume.
ANGLE ON THE TV -- A NEWSCASTER addresses camera, with an
employee ID PHOTO of Rudy projected next to her.
NEWSCASTER
...Authorities launched a nationwide
dragnet for the suspect, believed to
be the notorious Ice Truck Killer...
She knows!!
INDIGENT MAN
BATISTA
(spinning on him)
If she knows, your yapping about it
won’t change anything. So shut the
fuck up!
The guy takes to muttering.
ON THE TV -- At a crowded POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE, the new
Lieutenant Pascal stands at the podium addressing reporters.
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LT. PASCAL
The suspect was operating under the
alias “Rudy Cooper.” His fingerprints
aren’t in our criminal data base, so
we still don’t know his real identity.
A NURSE scurries in, attending to the Indigent Man.
NURSE
Sorry, Mr. Batista. We had to take
the psych overflow from County. But
this one’s harmless.
BATISTA
(trying to hear the news)
Don’t be so sure.
NURSE
Oh, we never take the violent ones.
They got arsonists, rapists, psycho
killers over there. I tell you, those
people belong in prison.
Batista stops, looks at her.
Something occurs to him.
BATISTA
Do they fingerprint psych patients at
County?
NURSE
Of course. Half of them don’t know
their own names. Gotta I.D. them
somehow.
She smiles and exits. Batista suddenly grabs the phone by
his bed. Dials. As it RINGS, he pulls the I.V. tube from
his arm and painfully, clutching his gut, climbs out of bed.
MAN’S VOICE
(filtered)
I.D. Tech.
BATISTA
Batista here. I need you to run Rudy
Cooper’s prints against state mental
institution records...
As Batista shuffles to the closet and grabs his clothes --
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Dexter pulls his car to a stop in front of a classic 1930s
Florida bungalow, two bedrooms, simple but nostalgic. No
other vehicles are in sight.
Dexter gets out of his car, staring at the house. Is this
where he once lived? As Dexter slowly walks up the front
lawn, distant CHILDREN’S LAUGHTER echoes hauntingly in his
head, and Dexter transitions into another living memory.
Dexter!
WOMAN’S VOICE
Dexter stops in the middle of the grass and looks ahead to
see LAURA MOSER, mid-20s, step out onto the porch. Wearing
jeans and a Creedence concert T, she smiles playfully.
LAURA
I’m gonna find you!
Laura steps off the porch and walks toward Dexter, standing
in the center of his own memory. As she moves closer,
Dexter glances at her fingernails, glistening in the sun -each one painted a different color.
LAURA
Let’s see... where can he be?
Dexter turns to see, right beside him... Little Dexter. The
3-year-old gleefully crouches behind a tree. Dexter studies
him for a beat, the joyful anticipation on his face.
Dexter?
LAURA
Laura walks right past our Dexter, not seeing him.
gets close to the tree, Little Dexter jumps out -Boo!
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When she
LITTLE DEXTER
LAURA
Oh my gosh, you surprised me! Sneaky
Bear.
(hugs him)
Now where’s your brother hiding?
Dexter reacts like he was gut punched, as he watches his
mini doppleganger run across the yard and point at a bush.
LITTLE DEXTER
Biney’s right here!
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LITTLE BRIAN, a beautiful 5-year-old, stands up behind the bush.
LITTLE BRIAN
You’re not supposed to tell her!
Little Brian chases Little Dexter, who lets out a squeal and
runs away. Little Brian catches Little Dexter and tackles him.
LITTLE BRIAN
Eat grass, Gumby!
Little Brian grabs handfuls of grass and drops them on the
head of Little Dexter, who’s laughing and spitting out grass.
LAURA
Brian, don’t hurt him.
RUDY’S VOICE
You remember now?
Instantly, the characters in the memory FADE. Dexter, his
universe collapsing and folding into itself, turns to see
Rudy standing on the porch.
DEXTER
(hesitant)
Biney...?
Rudy, who we’ll now call BRIAN, nods happily.
BRIAN
You always had trouble saying Brian.
DEXTER
(more to himself)
I have a brother.
BRIAN
A real one. None of this “foster”
bullshit. We’re blood brothers...
through birth and death.
(off Dexter’s confusion)
Watching Mom die? Amazing we survived
that, isn’t it? The chain saw, the
flying body parts, the... blood.
Off Dexter, surprised -QUICK FLASH: Little Dexter, 3, sits in blood, crying. The
chain saw GRINDS on bone. Offscreen, his mother SCREAMS.
This time, the flashback continues, and Little Dexter turns
to look over -- and see his 5-year-old brother Brian seated
next to him, catatonic with horror.
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RESUME Dexter, realizing -DEXTER
You were there, too.
BRIAN
Two days sitting in blood before they
found us. You were young enough to
block it out. I was older, I never
forgot the day we were...
Born.
DEXTER
BRIAN
Exactly. Born into what we are now.
They call it a reaction formation to a
precipitating event, if you’ve done
any reading on “monsters” like us.
Dexter snaps out of his initial shock.
DEXTER
Where’s Deb?
BRIAN
She’s fine. I didn’t want to begin
without you.
Not so sure about that, Dexter strides onto the porch,
pushing past Brian and entering -26
INT. BUNGALOW - LIVING ROOM / HALLWAY - DAY 2 (CONTINUOUS)
The
but
and
and
small house is perfectly kept, nicely painted in yellow,
barren of furniture, save for a simple dining room table
chairs. FOLLOW Dexter as he storms through the kitchen
main living area.
Debra!
DEXTER
BRIAN
(patiently watching)
She’s not here. She’s safe.
slow down and I’ll --
Just
But Dexter pushes past Brian. FOLLOW him down the hallway.
At the end of the hall, he opens a door -Debra!
DEXTER
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-- and charges into the master bedroom.
the hallway.
STAY with Brian in
BRIAN
Dexter, this really isn’t how I
envisioned our family reunion.
A beat later, Dexter returns to the hallway.
BRIAN
Let’s sit down and have a beer.
DEXTER
(mind still working)
Our bedroom.
With that, Dexter pushes past Brian again, hurries back down
the hallway and opens the door to -27-28 OMITTED
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INT. BUNGALOW - BOYS’ BEDROOM - DAY 2 (CONTINUOUS)
Dexter races into the room -- and freezes. REVEAL that he’s
staring at the bedroom that he and Brian shared, exactly as
it used to be -- bunk beds, race car wallpaper, a lizard
aquarium, boy toys.
In the middle
bandaging the
trying not to
them. Dexter
of the room, Little Brian sits on the floor,
scraped, bloody knee of Little Dexter, who’s
cry. There’s a 70’s era SKATEBOARD next to
is back in a memory.
LITTLE BRIAN
That was the best wipeout. You didn’t
even cry. Next time you try my
skateboard, keep your knees bent.
Okay?
Little Dexter nods bravely. As Little Brian puts the
bandage on his knee, Little Dexter looks up and sees Dexter.
LITTLE DEXTER
Hi.
Hi.
DEXTER
(smiles)
Look out.
LITTLE DEXTER
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Before Dexter can react, Brian steps up behind him and
plunges a SYRINGE into his neck. The boys, along with
everything else in the room, VANISH. The room is now empty
like the rest of the house.
BRIAN
I didn’t want to do it this way.
As Dexter slips into unconsciousness in his brother’s arms -30
INT. POLICE STATION - BULLPEN - DAY 2
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LaGuerta hovers behind a COMPUTER TECH telling him what to
input, as Doakes talks on the phone. Both work the case,
intensely focused, all too aware of the stakes.
LAGUERTA
...okay, now let’s run his description
against Interpol’s fugitive list, in
case he’s not American.
BATISTA (O.C.)
Rudy Cooper's American all right.
real name is Brian Moser.
His
LaGuerta looks up, stunned. Doakes looks up, too. REVEAL
Batista walking up to them, fighting pain with each step -LAGUERTA
What the hell are you doing here?
Batista hands Doakes a print out.
BATISTA
Got a hit on his prints from a Tampa
mental hospital, where he grew up. He
was institutionalized for an antisocial personality disorder. At
twenty-one, they decided he was
"cured."
DOAKES
Meaning they ran out of beds.
Doakes turns to the Computer Tech.
DOAKES
Run the name Brian Moser for bank
records, credit cards, utilities, real
estate holdings, anything that’ll tell
us where he’s got Morgan --
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Listen up!
LT. PASCAL (O.C.)
Lt. Pascal enters the busy bullpen.
their attention.
Everyone gives her
LT. PASCAL
We’ve triangulated Officer Morgan's
cell phone. Last known location was
twenty miles off the coast. Which
means he’s got her on a boat -LAGUERTA
Lieutenant, we have his real name.
We’re digging into his records now -LT. PASCAL
His name won’t help us find him on
open water. Let’s coordinate a search
with the Coast Guard...
LAGUERTA
(sotto to Doakes)
Waste of time.
DOAKES
(sotto to Laguerta)
Chain of command.
LT. PASCAL
...I want helicopters, fly-overs,
whatever it takes...
LaGuerta can’t hold back -LAGUERTA
Lieutenant, that signal died last
night. By now he most likely moved
her to his final location.
LT. PASCAL
(dismissive)
Noted. Now let's get busy, people!
Lt. Pascal returns to her office.
But then she sees Batista.
LaGuerta could punch her.
LAGUERTA
Jesus, Angel, you’re bleeding. You
pulled your stitches. Why didn’t you
just call this in?
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BATISTA
I’m tired of that place.
(re: Pascal)
You tired too or you just lose your
nerve?
LAGUERTA
Not a chance.
(to a COP)
Get this man back to the hospital
before he bleeds out.
(to Batista)
Nice work.
She storms toward Pascal’s office.
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INT. POLICE STATION - LT. PASCAL'S OFFICE - DAY 2
LaGuerta enters her old office, now occupied by Lt. Pascal,
and shuts the door behind her.
LAGUERTA
Fly-overs look good to the press, but
they’re not going to find Morgan.
LT. PASCAL
You think the press matters to me?
LAGUERTA
It matters to Captain Matthews and he
calls the shots.
(then)
Look, I know you need to define
yourself here, and putting me in my
place is one way to do that. But one
of our own is missing and we shouldn’t
waste our time pissing on trees.
Lt. Pascal looks at LaGuerta, summing her up.
LT. PASCAL
I agree.
(off LaGuerta’s surprise)
I also know why you were reassigned -it had nothing to do with incompetence
and everything to do with the Captain
trying to save his job.
...o-kay...
LAGUERTA
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LT. PASCAL
But he hired me with the directive not
to make your life easy.
LaGuerta shakes her head, knows what this means.
LAGUERTA
So you’re going to ignore this lead.
LT. PASCAL
You don’t know me very well.
lucky for Officer Morgan...
(small smile)
...neither does the captain.
But,
Off LaGuerta, surprised but starting to like this woman -32
INT. BUNGALOW - DINING ROOM - NIGHT 2
Dexter sits behind the table, head slumped down. Slowly, he
awakens to find his arms duct-taped to the arms of the chair
and Brian sitting across from him, drinking a cold beer. A
KNIFE rests on the table. Brian nods to the restraints.
BRIAN
Nothing personal. I just wanted to
sit down with a beer before we got
started. You made that difficult.
Dexter fights his way through the fog of the tranquilizer.
...Sorry.
DEXTER
BRIAN
You never need to apologize to me,
Dexter. For who you are or anything
you do.
Dexter looks around the room, trying to orient himself.
BRIAN
Looks just like it used to, doesn’t
it?
DEXTER
Who does it belong to?
BRIAN
Me. And no, I didn’t kill the owners.
I bought it honestly. Good deal, too.
Interest rates were still low. I got
it for you, actually.
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DEXTER
I’m really more an apartment person.
BRIAN
(smiles)
You’re trapped in a lie, little
brother. The same lie they tried
forcing me into.
They?
DEXTER
BRIAN
You know -- doctors, therapists, group
leaders. What a family they were.
DEXTER
You were never put up for adoption?
BRIAN
Afraid not. You were three. A little
bird with a broken wing. That first
cop on the scene... Harry Morgan? He
wanted to make you better. But me?
(darkens)
I could see it in his eyes. All he
saw was a fucked-up kid. They all saw
that. So they locked me up.
Dexter registers this.
Tries to reconcile it in his mind.
DEXTER
I didn’t even know you existed.
BRIAN
Of course you didn’t. Harry wanted
you to himself. And while you were
being raised by the Morgan...
(makes quotes sign)
...”family,” all I had was the memory
of a family.
Me.
DEXTER
BRIAN
Mom always told me to watch out for
you.
(sits forward, emotional)
Imagine how I felt when I tracked you
down and found out you were just like
me.
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DEXTER
(also with emotion)
I don’t have to imagine.
Brian looks at his brother. It’s a shared moment, honest,
real. Brian nods. Then he picks up the knife, stands, and
slowly moves around the table toward Dexter.
BRIAN
We’ve spent our lives playing a part.
Reciting lines, pretending we belong
in a world made for human beings, but
never really human ourselves. All the
while reaching for something, some way
to... I don’t know...
Connect.
DEXTER
Brian reaches out with the knife and slices the duct tape
from one of Dexter’s hands.
Yeah.
BRIAN
Connect...
He cuts the other arm free. Brian holds out a hand and
helps the still shaky Dexter up.
BRIAN
I know what it’s been like for you all
these years... the isolation... the
other-ness... the hunger that’s never
satisfied. But you’re not alone
anymore, Dex. You can be yourself
with me. Your real, genuine self. It
takes your breath away, doesn’t it?
Dexter’s eyes drift over Brian’s shoulder.
DOWN THE HALLWAY
He sees Little Brian and Little Dexter laughing, chasing
each other. Dexter turns back to Brian.
Yes.
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DEXTER
(honestly)
BRIAN
(smiles)
I think we’re ready for Debra.
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Dexter follows Brian, still carrying the knife, around the
back of the house to the DETACHED GARAGE. Brian produces a
set of keys and unlocks the side door. He throws his arm
around Dexter’s shoulder like the big brother that he is -BRIAN
This is gonna be good.
-- and guides Dexter inside.
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INT. BUNGALOW - GARAGE - NIGHT 2
34
The same darkened space we saw earlier. In the middle now,
Debra lies unconscious on an operating table under a singlesource light. Plastic wrap covers her naked body and holds
her to the table. A strip of duct tape stretches across her
lips and down to the table to lock her head still.
The two brothers walk up to Debra and stop.
BRIAN
I prepared her just the way you like.
This time we do it together.
DEXTER
Does it have to be her?
BRIAN
It’s the only way.
She’s my --
DEXTER
BRIAN
Fake sister, I know.
(then)
Tell me something... your victims, are
they all killers?
Yes.
DEXTER
BRIAN
Harry teach you that?
DEXTER
He taught me a code.
To survive.
BRIAN
As some kind of absurd avenger?
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DEXTER
That’s not why I kill.
BRIAN
Of course not. You kill because you
have a craving. A need. But Harry
had to rationalize your need -- make
it nice. It’s not nice.
I know.
DEXTER
BRIAN
Then stop pretending it is. You don’t
have to do that around me. What am I,
Dex?
DEXTER
A killer without reason.
(thinks further)
Free...
Or regret.
BRIAN
That’s what you can be, too.
DEXTER
But -- the code.
BRIAN
Dammit, Dex! You don’t have a code -Harry did! And he’s been dead ten
years. You can’t keep him sitting on
your shoulder like Jiminy-fuckingCricket. It’s time to embrace who you
are.
All the emotions that have been scratched in recent months
boil to the surface. Dexter looks up at Brian, a lost soul.
DEXTER
I don’t know who I am...
BRIAN
Of course not. You’ve been without
your family since you were three. I
can help you, Dex. Lean on me. We’ll
take the journey together... okay?
Okay.
DEXTER
(long beat)
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He means it. And it’s shocking even to Dexter. Brian takes
Dexter’s trembling hands and presses the knife into them.
BRIAN
The first step starts now. Come on,
Dexter. Little brother. Take the
knife. Showtime.
Brian turns Dexter’s body to face Debra.
Dexter looks down.
BRIAN
Are you ready?
DEXTER
I’m ready to join you.
(then)
But I won’t kill Deb. I’m very fond
of her.
Yes.
BRIAN
(losing patience)
Don’t do this. Not now. You can’t be
a killer and a hero. It doesn’t work
that way.
Dexter just stares at Brian, unable to move.
Fine.
BRIAN
I’ll choose for you.
Brian grabs the knife back. As he raises it upward, Debra’s
eyes flutter open... and meet Dexter’s. Brian thrusts
downward -- but Dexter catches his hands, stopping him.
Dexter!
BRIAN
The brothers struggle over the weapon. Dexter spins Brian
into the wall. The impact makes him drop the knife. Debra,
eyes wide with fear, watches as Brian goes for the knife,
but Dexter stops him. Brian turns on Dexter, and the two
exchange a combination of skillful STRIKES and BLOCKS.
The flurry ends with Brian knocking Dexter to the ground.
Before Brian can make a move for the knife, however, we hear
a car SCREECH to a stop outside and CAR DOORS SLAM.
Brian steps to the window and peers out through a crack, as
Dexter climbs to his feet.
Fuck.
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BRIAN
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Dexter yells to draw attention to their location -DEXTER
In the garage!
FOOTSTEPS and MUFFLED SHOUTS approach. Shooting Dexter a
loaded look, Brian races to the back of the garage. He
opens a DOOR on the back wall and bolts through as -The side door BURSTS OPEN. Doakes and LaGuerta push into
the garage, guns drawn. Dexter, who starts releasing Debra,
points to the back door.
DEXTER
Back there...
Doakes reaches the door and pulls -- it’s locked.
DOAKES
(to LaGuerta)
Secure this door!
Doakes races back out the side door.
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EXT. BUNGALOW - GARAGE - NIGHT 2 (CONTINUOUS)
Doakes runs out and sees there’s a TOOL SHED built against
the back of the garage where the back door would be. He
races to the shed door. It’s padlocked from the outside. A
WOOD PILE stacked in front of it. As Doakes rapidly clears
the wood pile to gain access -DOAKES
(into radio)
He’s trapped in a tool shed. Stay on
your door and call for backup. I’m
breaking in from this side.
Once he has a free path, he picks up a RUSTY AXE off the
ground -- and SWINGS, splintering the shed door. A couple
blows and the latch with the lock falls away. Holding his
gun, Doakes yanks open the door, goes in -IN THE SHED
There’s no sign of Brian. Just some lawn mowers and a piece
of PLYWOOD on the dirt floor. Instinctively, Doakes lifts
the plywood -- to reveal a DEEP HOLE in the dirt.
DOAKES
Fucking tunnel?
Doakes shines a FLASHLIGHT down the hole.
No sign of Brian.
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Motherfuck!
DOAKES
As the sound of a HELICOPTER rises -36
EXT. BUNGALOW - NIGHT 2
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Overhead, a HELICOPTER passes by, its SEARCHLIGHT probing
the woods. TILT DOWN to find emergency vehicles and police
cars parked outside the bungalow, now a crime scene. Debra,
wearing a borrowed EMT jacket, sits with a PARAMEDIC, who
flashes a penlight into her eyes.
PARAMEDIC
Any headache? Dizziness?
DEBRA
No, I’m fine. I just want to go home.
PARAMEDIC
Afraid we have to transport you to the
hospital. Standard procedure.
NEARBY
LaGuerta and Doakes question Dexter.
Their tone is firm.
LAGUERTA
You’re saying Rudy called you?
would he do that?
Why
DEXTER
I think he wanted me to talk him down.
He said he was having second thoughts
about killing Debra. He seemed to
think we have some kind of connection.
DOAKES
He’s not the only one.
LAGUERTA
Why didn’t you call us, Dexter?
DEXTER
He told me he’d kill Debra if I didn’t
show up alone.
DOAKES
You almost got her killed. I’m going
to recommend immediate suspension when
we get back to --
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DEBRA (O.C.)
You’re going to what?
They turn to see Debra, swimming in her large jacket,
clutching it around her shoulders, standing behind them.
DOAKES
Morgan, you shouldn’t be -DEBRA
You’re questioning Dexter? As what?
AS WHAT? A suspect? Back the fuck
off my brother! He just saved my
life. He’s a fucking hero and I want
every one of you to treat him that
way, godammit.
She can barely stand, she’s shaking so much. Dexter steps
over and puts an arm around her. As he silently leads her
toward the flashing lights of the emergency vehicles -37
INT. AMBULANCE - DRIVING - NIGHT 2
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Dexter and Debra sit side by side on the cot.
DEXTER
Way to go, Deb. I thought you were
gonna burst a frontal lobe out there.
DEBRA
Assholes.
(notices her HAND)
Jesus -She starts desperately wrenching the ENGAGEMENT RING around
her finger.
DEXTER
Stop, you’re gonna dislocate it -DEBRA
Get it off me or I’m gonna be sick.
Relax.
DEXTER
She does. Dexter carefully removes the ring.
a look. You okay? She nods.
DEBRA
He’s still out there.
He gives her
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Yep.
DEXTER
DEBRA
And he didn’t get what he wanted.
Nope.
DEXTER
DEBRA
Think he’ll try again?
DEXTER
Maybe. I'll talk to Captain Matthews
about putting officers by your door at
the hospital tonight.
DEBRA
I’m not sleeping in any fucking
hospital. There’s nothing fucking
wrong with me.
DEXTER
Well, you're not sleeping at home.
DEBRA
Then I'll crash at your place.
DEXTER
Let's just see what the doctor says,
alright?
A beat.
DEBRA
(quietly)
Why me, Dex. Why’d he choose me?
He knows exactly why and feels miserable.
DEXTER
Just lucky, I guess.
She laughs softly but can no longer fight the tears. Dexter
puts a tentative arm around her. Debra surprises him by
hugging him, clinging to him like a lifeline. This time
it’s not awkward for Dexter. He just holds her closer as
she starts to sob.
DEBRA
I was... so scared.
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DEXTER
DEBRA
Thank you... thank God for you...
(then)
Dad would’ve been so proud...
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EXT. RITA'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - NIGHT 2
38
Rita cleans up the back yard, pulling the kids’ toys off the
lawn -- balls, bikes, etc. The phone RINGS. The cordless
phone sits on a patio chair. She hurries to it, answers -Dexter?
It’s me.
RITA
PAUL (O.S.)
RITA
Paul, this is harassment.
INTERCUT:
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INT. PRISON - HALLWAY - NIGHT 2 (CONTINUOUS)
Paul talks on the pay phone.
PAUL
Just tell me if he’s acting weird.
Who?
RITA
PAUL
Dexter. He hasn’t been himself
lately, has he? How could he be?
After what he did to me -RITA
That’s it! I am done. Call again and
you can forget seeing the kids. Next
weekend or ever. I won’t subject them
to your insanity -PAUL
Fine! If that’s what it takes to get
you to listen to me. I just need to
know they’re safe.
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She wasn’t expecting that.
Takes a deep breath.
RITA
Why are you doing this? So I’ll be
alone and miserable like you? Is that
what you want?
PAUL
All I want... is for you to look for a
shoe.
A shoe?
RITA
PAUL
Maybe in the kitchen -- or the back
yard. It’s missing. I checked and it
wasn’t on the list of items they took
outta my motel when I was arrested.
RITA
Why would it be here?
PAUL
See, I was trying to figure out why my
ankle’s so bruised. Now I’m thinking
it got banged when Dexter dragged me
out. When my shoe was knocked off.
RITA
Good night, Paul.
She hangs up. Tries to shake him off. Turns to head into
the house. But she pauses... and glances around a little.
No shoe in sight. She even steps over and peers down the
side yard --- then stops, hating Paul, and hating herself for doubting.
RITA
Screw you, Paul.
Rita returns inside, slamming the screen door behind her.
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INT. HOSPITAL - WAITING AREA - NIGHT 2
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Dexter waits in a chair.
him.
The busy hospital swirls around
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DEXTER (V.O.)
What did I just do? I drove away a
brother who accepts me... sees me.
For an adopted sister who’d reject me
if she knew, and a foster father who
betrayed me.
Agitated, Dexter rises and starts pacing.
DEXTER (V.O.)
That’s what it was. A betrayal. The
most important single fact about me -I’m not alone -- and Harry kept it
from me. What do I really owe him
after that?
Mr. Morgan?
DOCTOR (O.C.)
Dexter snaps out of his thoughts as a DOCTOR approaches.
That’s me.
DEXTER
DOCTOR
Your sister has a few bruises, but no
major injuries. Still, you should
keep an eye on her. I’ll write a
prescription for a mild sedative.
DEXTER
But she’s okay?
DOCTOR
(as he writes out
prescription)
She can go home with you tonight, far
as I’m concerned. Or we can keep her
here at the hospital. Your choice.
Off Dexter, debating -42-43 OMITTED
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INT. DEXTER’S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT 2
CLOSE on a pair of hands drawing curtains shut. FIND Dexter
moving around his room, closing the curtains, turning off
lights. Debra is crashed in bed, head on a pillow, bare arm
and a leg poking out from the sheet she’s sprawled under.
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DEXTER
Don’t worry, the sheets are clean. We
aim to please at Chez Dex. I’ll be
sleeping on the couch with a spring
poking in my side, just to make sure
you feel safe tonight. But we’re
gonna have to talk about a long term
plan tomorrow...
Dexter turns off the last light and sits on the bed.
DEXTER
After you get a good night’s... Deb?
Debra’s back is to Dexter, but she hasn’t moved.
out and gently strokes her hair.
He reaches
DEXTER
Good night, sister.
MATCH CUT TO:
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EXT. DEXTER’S APARTMENT - NIGHT 2 (CONTINUOUS)
45
Through a small crack in the curtains, someone outside
watches the sweet tableau playing inside Dexter’s bedroom.
DISSOLVE TO:
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INT. DEXTER’S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 2
46
Dexter lies sleeping on the couch, which he’s made a comfy
bed. He fell asleep with the TV on. Some awful late-night
plays.
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EXT. DEXTER’S APARTMENT - NIGHT 2
47
CLOSE on the doorknob. HANDS deftly pick the lock. TILT UP
to Brian. He quietly opens the door and peers inside -- to
find Dexter asleep on the couch.
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Brian enters and stealthily moves to the couch. He looks
down at the sleeping Dexter. Threatening. Ominous. But
this isn’t his prey tonight. Assured that Dexter is asleep,
Brian turns down the hallway. He reaches the bedroom and
gently pushes open the door.
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Brian sees Debra still asleep, her naked leg and arm still
protruding from under the sheets, sexy and vulnerable. With
a smile, Brian steps to the bed and pulls out his KNIFE.
He glances out the door, where he has an eye-line to Dexter
on the couch, still asleep. Satisfied, Brian raises the
knife -- and PLUNGES it through Debra’s heart. Strangely,
Debra’s leg rolls off the bed and THUDS to the floor. With
a frown, Brian yanks back the covers to REVEAL --- prosthetic LEGS, ARMS, and a HEAD artfully laid out, with
a pillow in the middle, to look like a woman asleep. Before
Brian can react -- a GARROTE swiftly wraps around his neck.
Dexter stands behind him pulling it tight.
DEXTER
Stopped by your prosthetics lab. Your
work’s so good you fooled yourself.
Brian tries to fight but can’t shake Dexter’s powerful hold.
Losing air, Brian falls to his knees.
DEXTER
I know, it’s not as elegant as your
blood choke technique -- Deb told me
about that at the hospital. Where
she’s sleeping tonight. But I can’t
afford any mistakes with you.
Dexter pulls tighter -- and Brian passes out.
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INT. BRIAN’S LOFT - KILLING ROOM - NIGHT 2
CLOSE ON two gravity boots, attached to the end of a table.
MOVE UP them to a plastic-wrapped body. And FURTHER UP to
reveal an unconscious Brian, dressed but plastic-wrapped to
his own specially-designed killing table. The CATCH PAN for
blood sits under the table. He stirs awake to see --- Dexter, wearing latex gloves, opening a little MAHOGANY
CHEST, full of gold-plated antique baroque flatware. Dexter
turns to see Brian awake.
Hey.
DEXTER
You weren’t supposed to wake up.
BRIAN
(assessing his situation)
I guess not.
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DEXTER
Sorry. The police recorded all your
knives as evidence. It took a while
to find your dinner flatware.
BRIAN
Gold-plated. I keep it for special
occasions.
DEXTER
(adjusting the catch pan)
Which you are. I can give you more
tranquilizer, if you’d like. I don’t
normally offer that service.
BRIAN
So I’m one of your victims now? You
going to collect a sample of Biney’s
blood for your slide collection?
A deep well of sadness rises up inside Dexter.
DEXTER
No, you’re not a trophy.
to be put down.
Why?
But you need
BRIAN
Because of your “code”?
DEXTER
And the safety of my sister.
Dexter selects a GOLD STEAK KNIFE from the flatware chest.
Brian remains surprisingly calm. He knows Dexter can’t do
this.
BRIAN
She’s not your real sister, Dexter.
She’s a stranger and always will be.
I was trying to help you by killing
her.
DEXTER
I know that. And you should know this
isn’t easy for me. You’ve done more
to deserve my knife than anyone -- but
you’re the only one I’ve ever wanted
to set free.
BRIAN
(comforting)
You’re the one who needs setting free,
little brother. Your life’s a lie.
(MORE)
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BRIAN (CONT'D)
You’ll never be what you’re pretending
to --
Dexter abruptly SLICES HIS THROAT along the garrotte line.
Brian, shocked by the suddenness, gasps for breath.
DEXTER
(barely a whisper)
I’m sorry. I can’t hear any more...
because you’re right.
With that, Dexter pushes the button to RAISE the inversion
table so Brian can bleed out into the catch pan. Brian,
eyes wide, wheezes for air through his slashed vocal chords.
Dexter painfully forces himself to watch his brother die.
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INT. BRIAN’S LOFT - KILLING ROOM - DAY 3 (MORNING)
CLOSE on Brian’s face, still upside down, only now bled out,
white, dead.
MASUKA (O.C.)
How’d you know he was here?
LAGUERTA (O.C.)
Neighbor saw the front door open.
PULL BACK to reveal Masuka poking around his slashed neck,
with LaGuerta watching. Brian’s blood fills the catch pan.
The gold-plated knife lies on the floor.
MASUKA
Single incised wound to the neck.
Slight upward angle. Even a stigmata
of hesitation in the stroke. Looks
like a clear suicide.
The plastic wrap has been removed from Brian’s body, so that
he hangs from the gravity boots. A FORENSIC TECH works in
the background.
LAGUERTA
He did himself the same way he did his
hookers. Poetic.
Retarded.
MASUKA
Look at him, he’s dead.
LAGUERTA
The Ice Truck Killer always flaunted
his kills. Like he was untouchable.
Taking his own life, he’s preventing
us from ever catching him.
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MASUKA
I don’t care why he did it, I’m just
glad he did. Guy was a dick.
LAGUERTA
It’s been a long haul.
MASUKA
And a lot of blood.
Dexter.
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I’ll call in
INT. RITA'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 3 (MORNING)
Rita cleans the kitchen, emptying the trash as Dexter enters
carrying a Starbucks coffee.
DEXTER
Decaf mochachino, non-fat, no whip.
Your favorite.
She looks up, sees him, and drops the trash bag to hug him.
He manages to set the coffee on the counter as -RITA
I got your message.
How’s Debra?
DEXTER
Well, she’s got all her limbs.
RITA
Thank God she’s alive. Poor thing
must be a mess. I mean, falling for a
serial killer?
DEXTER
What are the odds.
Dexter casually finishes tying the trash bag for Rita.
RITA
And what about you?
DEXTER
What about me?
RITA
Are you alright?
Oh.
No.
DEXTER
Yeah.
(rethinks)
I’ve been through a lot lately.
(MORE)
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DEXTER (CONT'D)
I could use a little time with you.
And the kids.
RITA
We could use that, too.
Dexter knows he hasn’t been the greatest boyfriend lately.
DEXTER
I’m sorry I’ve been so -Shhh.
RITA
Rita puts a finger on Dexter’s lip.
Then he kisses her. Afterward...
He kisses her finger.
RITA
Next time, just...let me know what’s
going on, okay? When you forgot our
plans... didn’t return my calls... I
was getting a little paranoid, you
know?
DEXTER
I can get better at that.
Good.
RITA
(kisses him again)
Who knows. You might even find I can
handle the truth.
Dexter smiles wistfully.
DEXTER (V.O.)
I wish that were true.
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EXT. RITA’S HOUSE - DAY 3 (MORNING)
Dexter crosses the lawn toward his car.
DEXTER (V.O.)
The reality is there’s nobody left
alive who can handle my truth.
Opening his car door, Dexter glances up the street to see a
sedan parked two houses away. A CLOSER LOOK reveals Doakes
inside, brazenly casing Dexter.
DEXTER (V.O.)
Doakes always sensed I was hiding
something, now he knows.
(MORE)
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DEXTER (V.O.) (CONT'D)
My devil danced with his demon, and
the fiddler’s tune is far from over.
Dexter starts the car and drives OUT OF FRAME.
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EXT. RITA’S HOUSE - SIDE YARD - DAY 3
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Rita carries the plastic garbage bag out the back door to
the side yard.
DEXTER (V.O.)
Sometimes I wonder what it would be
like. For everything inside me that’s
denied and unknown to be revealed.
When she reaches the open trash container, Rita dumps the
kitchen garbage inside. When she closes the lid, she sees
fallen behind the trash container... PAUL’S SHOE.
DEXTER (V.O.)
But I’ll never know. I live my life
in hiding. My survival depends on it.
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EXT. LOFT - DAY 3
A CRANE SHOT of a crowd scene. A much larger gathering of
police cars and emergency vehicles are outside, with more
MEDIA MEMBERS and satellite news trucks than we’ve ever seen
on this show. Off to the side, Lt. Pascal briefs a crowd of
reporters around her.
FIND Dexter pulling his blood kit from the trunk of his car.
He closes the trunk and turns to see... Debra pull up behind
him. Dexter stops and watches Debra, IN SLOW MOTION, exit
her car.
DEXTER (V.O.)
Dearly damaged Debra. She’s here to
face what’s left of the monster. Spit
on his carcass. Mourn him.
Debra sees Dexter, smiles bravely, and heads over to him.
DEXTER (V.O.)
She’s in hiding too, now. Harry’s
daughter will be damned if she lets
anyone see what she’s suffering
inside. That’s her tragedy.
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When she reaches Dexter’s side, they wordlessly fall in step
and head toward the entrance of the loft.
DEXTER (V.O.)
My tragedy is that I killed the one
person I didn’t have to hide from.
But I’m the only one who mourns him.
Dexter looks around at the press, the uniform officers, the
forensic techs. A handful of them steal glances at the
brother and sister.
DEXTER (V.O.)
Everyone else would probably thank me
if they knew I was the one who drained
him of his life.
A COP turns toward Dexter and calls out -COP
Good job in there, Dex!
him up good.
The Cop starts clapping.
You sliced
An EMT starts clapping, too.
EMT
Way to take out the trash.
buddy!
Thanks,
One by one, more officers and emergency personnel begin to
clap.
DEXTER (V.O.)
In fact, deep down, I’m pretty sure
they’d appreciate a lot of my work.
Pedestrian bystanders join in the applause, including a
SOCCER MOM who vigorously pumps her fist -SOCCER MOM
Alright Dexter! Protecting our
children!
-- until everyone outside the loft, reporters included, are
facing Dexter and Debra, applauding and cheering.
Debra flashes a smile and proudly raises Dexter’s hand into
the air like a prizefighter. CONFETTI and STREAMERS start
to fall from the heavens. Dexter raises his head skyward in
wonder to see a SMALL PLANE fly overhead dragging a “WE
[HEART] DEXTER!” banner.
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DEXTER (V.O.)
This is what it must feel like to walk
in full sunlight. My darkness
revealed. My shadow self embraced.
As they move down the gauntlet, Dexter looks around at the
cheering crowd that surrounds him.
DEXTER (V.O.)
Yes, they see me. I’m one of them.
(beat)
In their darkest dreams.
With Debra by his side, Dexter serenely enters the crime
scene to a ticker tape parade, and we -FADE TO BLACK.
END OF SEASON ONE