Dexter tries to focus on the children; blood evidence leads Dexter to a new serial killer; Debra ends up on Quinn’s doorstep; Miami Metro investigates the Santa Muerte murders..
While Dexter swims in the pool, he reflects on the seven stages of grief. Killing a man in a restroom, he thinks, was his way of working through the anger stage, but he has no time for the other six stages now that he’s a full-time dad.
Dexter and Debra bring the kids to her apartment. Cody seems cool with the whole situation but Astor is upset. She thinks it’s overcrowded and wants to go home. However, Dexter wants them to start over in a new apartment and is looking for one. When Dexter says he will swing by the house tomorrow to pick up some things, Astor insists on going with him. Dexter, though, tells her it's not a good idea.
Dexter finally sits down with the FBI to be interviewed regarding Rita’s murder. When he loses his temper at their questions, the agents admit that he has an iron-clad alibi. The remind Dexter that he was at the raid on Arthur Mitchell’s house when she was murdered. They just want to learn why Mitchell targeted Rita. Exasperated, Dexter replies, “Because he’s a serial killer?”
Maria informs Dexter that he needs to take a week off from work.
The Feds tell Maria that all they have to go on is the name Kyle Butler (Dexter's alias). The name rings a bell for Maria, and she remembers that a man by the same name was murdered a few weeks back. The Feds plan to have a sketch artist meet with the Mitchell family and work up a composite.
While Angel is bringing Maria’s mail to her, he drops it and accidentally sees one of her bank statements. He’s stunned to discover that she has almost $270,000 in savings.
As Dexter is choosing which moving van to rent, he spots a 14-footer with drops blood on the floor. He chooses that one.
Cody and Astor’s grandparents help move stuff into the apartment which has become a madhouse. Astor continues to be miserable that she can't go home, and complains because Dexter didn’t bring her the right clothes for school. Cody, however, says he likes it there because it’s like “camping.”
That night, Dexter and Harrison each have trouble sleeping. He takes the baby into the moving van and examines the blood. He finds a large spatter on the inside consistent with blunt force trauma of someone kneeling. Dexter jumps online and finds the last person to rent the van. It’s Boyd Fowler who listed the sanitation department as his address. He works for the department of dead animal pick-up. Dexter tests the hand prints from the van and they are human blood.
Dexter plants a dead raccoon on a road to lure Boyd to him. The two chat for a bit, during which Boyd reveals that he’s lived in the same house for twenty years. Boyd scrutinizes the racoon and states that it was killed elsewhere and dropped on the road. Dexter thinks that Boyd is peculiar, and decides to further investigate him.
Quinn, Debra, and Angel arrive at the scene of a murder in a Venezuelan neighborhood. They have only the decapitated head of a female victim. Quinn believes it is consistent with a drug killing. Masuka says the head was cut off while the woman was still alive. Quinn offers his couch to an exhausted Debra. A local cop, Cira Manzon, tells Debra the candles and icons around the head indicate the Santa Muerte cult. She thinks the woman was killed with a machete. Her body is soon found on the other side of the park.
Dexter can't figure out how to help the kids deal with their loss. He looks up Boyd online and discovers that he served time for assault with a deadly weapon, and that he inherited his parents’ house. Debra arrives home and Dexter tells her that Cody and Astor are going to see a grief counselor the next day.
With Dexter on the couch and the kids in the bed, Debra goes to Quinn's place to sleep. He tries to kiss her but she isn't having it. The next morning, she still won’t acknowledge they had sex in Dexter’s house.
During breakfast, Astor has a meltdown based on the number of plates after it reminds her that her mother is dead. She tells Dexter that she wants to go home. Cody is upset that Dexter and Astor are arguing so much and storms off.
Based on a suggestion from Debra, Masuka proves that it was a machete that decapitated Nina. He says that he hates working with blood, after which Debra tells Angel that Masuka really likes working with blood.
Quinn and Debra are called to a another body, this one the result of a shotgun wound to the head 24-hours ago. The dead man is Francisco Alfaro, the husband of the decapitated woman. At this crime scene, there are none of the elements of Santa Muerte.
Dexter breaks into Boyd's house. While he snoops around, Boyd comes home for lunch and Dexter is forced to hide. While Boyd listens to a self-help tape and looks for soup, Dexter find a numbered lock of human hair and sneaks out undetected.
Debra and Quinn check out an open house for Dexter. Quinn pretends they are a couple to Debra’s annoyance.
Dexter follows Boyd to the middle of nowhere and watches him dump a barrel into a marsh. He suspects it is animal remains but, before he can check it out, Debra calls to say the kids never went to school.
Dexter finds Astor and Cody at the house staring at the bathtub where Rita was killed. Dexter apologizes, but Astor doesn’t care and accuses him of ruining everything. " She wants to live with her grandparents -- not him.
Quinn asks Maria if he can check out the Kyle Butler sketches. Each are somewhat different based on which of the Mitchell family members gave the description.
Angel confronts Maria about her secret bank account. She says it’s “not a secret” and explains it’s for her retirement. Maria implies that Angel isn't smart with his money which offends him. Angel walks out of her office and announces to his co-workers that drinks are on him that night.
That night, Dexter tells Debra that Cody and Astor are going to live in Orlando with their grandparents. Cody wanted to stay in Miami with Dexter, but Dexter told him it was important to stay with his sister.
Debra calls Quinn and finally acknowledges they slept together.
Quinn is piecing together the sketches and recognizes the similarities between Kyle Butler and Dexter.
Sergeant Lopez approaches Angel at the M Street Bar and makes inappropriate comments about Angel's wife, Maria. Angel, quite drunk, is furious and gets into a physical altercation which leads to Masuka getting slugged as well.
The kids are ready to leave with their grandparents for Orlando. Cody is crying and begs to stay with Dexter, but Astor pulls him away. Dexter tells Astor that her mother loved her...and he does, too.
It’s still night when Dexter returns to the marsh to look inside Boyd's barrel. When he pops open the top, he finds a dead woman inside. He looks around the marsh where there are four more barrels.
- “It doesn’t matte how much I love my children, I’m still a creature of the night.” ~Dexter
- Rita and Dexter’s House
- Santa Muerte Case
- Boyd Fowler’s House
- Boyd's Marsh
- M Street Bar
- Kyle Butler (alias)