SynopsisEditThe Ice Truck Killer's recent crime scenes send a secret message to Dexter, lead him to think about his past. LaGuerta's investigation changes course. Doakes continues to have run-ins with Carlos Guerrero and his associates.
PlotEditIn the opening sequence a severed male hand is found at the beach. It is unknown whether this is the work of the Ice Truck Killer or not. Whilst investigating the hand, Doakes spots Guerrero's men watching him. After discovering the hand belongs to Tony Tucci (LaGuerta's Ice Truck Killer suspect) the Lieutenant visits his mother in an attempt to make amends for branding him a killer on television. She promises to bring him home, dead or alive.
Dexter remembers that this is a beach he came to as a child. During a flashback scene, Harry, his foster father, lectures him on the importance of faking emotions to make other people happy. Back at his apartment, Dexter looks through an old family photo album. It appears that the Ice Truck Killer broke into his apartment to get to know him, not just leave doll parts.
Debra is forced to watch through boxes of surveillance tapes by LaGuerta, who continues to make life miserable for her. Kara’s brother continues to taunt Doakes about how he’s going to get himself killed. Doakes lets him know that Ricky wouldn’t come out of cover to give Kara a divorce and that he’s the reason she was killed.
Angel asks Dexter for his advice on an anniversary gift to give his wife, Nina. He continues to ask for advice from Dexter on various gifts he's gotten, first a diamond-filled stud that Dexter says looks like a butterfly and an "XO" necklace that he says looks like "tic-tac-toe". He later buys a diamond heart necklace and tries to find Dexter in the Miami Metro Police Department in order to make sure there's nothing wrong with his gift (a heart-shaped key, made of diamonds), but instead finds Debra, who tells him that "she'll love it." It transpires, however Angel and his wife have been separated for three months due to "something he did" and Nina still wants to be alone, despite it being their tenth anniversary and all. Angel is saddened and proceeds to leave, but Nina still gives him the courtesty of seeing their daughter. He apologizes to her, while she is asleep and leaves the diamond necklace next to her, before leaving.
Dexter follows the clues to an abandoned hospital (another flashback from his past). Whilst searching the hospital, Dexter finds Tucci (who is blindfolded), waiting for Dexter to make the final kill. Tucci begs for death, but Dexter cannot kill an innocent man, due to Harry's influence. He makes an anonymous tip to Debra and leaves, resulting in the police arriving in the area and rescuing Tucci. Debra's efforts result in LaGuerta taking her off survaillance duty.
- Michael C. Hall: Dexter Morgan
- Julie Benz: Rita Bennett
- Jennifer Carpenter: Debra Morgan
- Erik King: James Doakes
- Lauren Velez: Maria LaGuerta
- David Zayas: Angel Batista
- James Remar: Harry Morgan
- Geoff Pierson: Tom Astor
- Rudolf Martin: Carlos Guerrero
- Gina Hecht: Mrs. Tucci
- Brad William Henke: Tony Tucci
- Scott William Winters: Detective McNamara
- Dominic Janes: Young Dexter
- Erin Daniels: Rita's Neighbor
- Monique Gabriela Curnen: Yelina
- Angela Alvarado Rosa: Nina
- Christina Robinson: Astor Bennett
- Daniel Goldman: Cody Bennett
- Laura Marano: Young Debra
- Devon Graye: Teenage Dexter
- Haley King: Teenage Debra
- Carlease Burke: Assistant
- Kathrin Lautner Middleton: Doris
- Alex Wexo: Male Detective #1
- Francisco Viana: Male Detective #2
- Ashton Moio: Simon
- Connor Matheus: Bully
- Alden McKay: Grandfather
- Elena Maria Garcia: Technician
- Krista Swan: Singer
- German Legarreta: Juvenile Prisoner #1
- Nick Simmons: Thug #3
Eric Goldman said: "This was a very strong episode overall, that contained a lot of clever, dark comedy." He also praised the main plot: "The personal touches the killer was doing just for Dexter were a very intriguing aspect of this episode, and gave a natural narrative "in" to the flashbacks we saw of Dexter's childhood this week, as he recalled what was occurring when each photo was taken." Sarah Dobbs of Den of Geek remarked that "there's some nice characterization here." She also praises the sub-plot involving Angel, "It's nice because it's all so cleverly handled."