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Gail Brandon: Rita's Controlling Mother

Gail Brandon
JoBeth Williams
Character Profile
Portrayed By
JoBeth Williams
Season(s)
Season Two
First Appearance
See-Through
Last Appearance
That Night, a Forest Grew
Appears in
Four Episodes
Character
Full Name
Gail Brandon


Status
Alive


Characteristics
Age
50s
Gender
Female
Eyes
Hazel
Hair
Blonde
Personal Status
Marital Status
Divorced or Widowed
Spouse
Rita's father (status unknown)
Immediate Relatives
Rita Morgan (daughter; deceased)
Astor Bennett (granddaughter)
Cody Bennett (grandson)
Harrison Morgan (grandson)
Dexter Morgan (former son-in-law)
Paul Bennett (former son-in-law; deceased)
John Alan Ackerman (former son-in-law)
Cecelia (unseen sister)
Address
Michigan
Professional Status
Profession
Former School Teacher

Gail Brandon is a character in Season Two of the Showtime series DEXTER.

She is Rita Morgan's mother and Cody, Astor, and Harrison's grandmother, as well as Dexter Morgan's former mother-in-law.

History

Gail was a schoolteacher in Ashley, Michigan, until the school board forced her to take early retirement due to her overly strict teaching style. A snide and controlling woman, she's exceedingly distrusting of anyone, especially people in whom her daughter takes an nterest.

Personality

Gail has extremely high standards, making her judgmental of her daughter and her grandchildren, presumably because she used to be a schoolteacher. She also distrusts Dexter Morgan, whom she believes is a drug addict, and believes Rita is repeating her mistake with Paul by getting involved with another addict.

Season Two

Gail travels from Michigan to stay at Rita's house in Miami. While Rita is at work, she watches the children. Soon Cody and Astor become unhappy when she pressures them to do extra homework every night, and rarely lets them play. If they annoy or disobey her, she sends them to bed early before Rita comes home.

When Gail finds NA pamphlets in a drawer and learns that Rita is smoking again, she tries to convince Rita that Dexter is a bad influence. Rita, however, stands up for Dexter...until she learns that he had sex with Lila West.

When Dexter and Rita break up because of Lila, Gail is pleased and becomes even more controlling. Her attitude causes Rita to force her to move out, not wanting her children to be exposed to her behavior (like she was). Gail then returns to Michigan.

Season Three

(Mentioned only)

Gail refuses to attend Dexter and Rita's wedding, claiming that she has started teaching again and is too busy. She does, however, send a sarcastic card expressing her hope that Rita's "third time" will be "the charm," as her previous two marriages didn't work out.

Rita hides that she was previously married twice from Dexter, and tells him that her mother is referring to her third child. Dexter discovers that Rita lied to him, and it bothers him, despite the fact that he continually lies to her.

Trivia

  • Strangely, Gail does not attend her daughter's funeral in Season Five.

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