Father Knows Best (Dexter)

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"Father Knows Best"
Dexter episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 9
Directed by Adam Davidson
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Production code 109[1]
Original air date November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
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"Father Knows Best" is the ninth episode of the first season of the American television drama series Dexter, which first aired on November 26, 2006 on Showtime in the United States.[1] The episode was written by Melissa Rosenberg and was directed by Adam Davidson.


Dexter learns that his biological father, Joe Driscoll, who he thought had been long dead, has only recently died and has left all of his belongings to Dexter, including his house. Dexter travels to the house with Rita. Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) and Rudy - revealed in the previous episode to be the Ice Truck Killer - arrive there later (following Rudy's advice) to assist him in cleaning out the house. Dexter suspects Joe Driscoll's death to be murder.

Flashbacks to Dexter's childhood show his questioning his foster father Harry (James Remar) about his real parents, and Dexter finds that Mr. Driscoll donated some of his blood to the young Dexter for surgery.

In the last scene, one of Joe's neighbors, an elderly woman, recognizes Rudy as a cable repairman, who happened to be Joe's last visitor before his death; after Dexter, Rita, Debra and Rudy had left the premises, Rudy is shown to have returned to the elderly woman's house, dressed as the cable repairman again.

Back in Miami, Angel is questioned about a shooting incident involving Doakes and a suspect. Dexter's analysis of the blood spatter evidence suggests that Bayard was not shot from where Doakes says he shot him.

Meanwhile, Paul begins to slide back into his old abusive habits when Rita attempts to prevent him from seeing their children.


  1. ^ a b Goldman, Eric (November 27, 2006). "Dexter: "Father Knows Best" Review". IGN. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 

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