That Night, A Forest Grew

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"That Night, A Forest Grew"
Dexter episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 7
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Written by Daniel Cerone
Production code 207
Original air date November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)
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"That Night, A Forest Grew" is the seventh episode of the second season and nineteenth overall episode of the American television drama series Dexter, which first aired on 11 November 2007 on Showtime in the United States.[1] The episode was written by Daniel Cerone and was directed by Jeremy Podeswa.


The episode's title is a quote from the children's book, Where the Wild Things Are.[2]


A written manifesto sent by the Bay Harbor Butcher to a local newspaper sends Lundy's special task force scrambling to find clues in it. Doakes almost discovers the truth about Dexter's past, which forces Dexter to devise a plan to get him suspended from the police force. During a romantic dinner with Dexter, Lila learns that Dexter plans to attend one of Cody's school events where he will see Rita, and becomes jealous. Rita stands up to her mother and compels her to move out of the house. Debra breaks up with Gabriel and decides to pursue a relationship with Lundy, not knowing if her feelings are reciprocated.


Filming locations for the episode included Miami, Florida, as well as Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Pasadena, California.[3]


The episode was positively received. IGN's Eric Goldman gave the episode a rating of 9.3 out of 10, and commented that "[a]ll these elements are combining to make Dexter a sort of intensely horrific version of a soap opera. And with a show about a serial killer, that's not a bad thing at all. This was a very strong episode, deftly weaving together several plotlines and upping the tension in several ways."[1] The A.V. Club critic Scott Tobias gave the episode a B+ grade and stated that "[a]las, “That Night A Forest Grew” was not a perfect episode, which shouldn’t surprise me too much, given that the show has yet to put an “A”-worthy hour for me in the whole of its run. Tonight, I was a little worried over a concern that Alan Sepinwall has voiced in his weekly write-ups this season: Basically, the possibility of Dexter turning into Vic Mackey on The Shield, stretching credibility as he miraculously slips the knot, season after season. Ironically, I’m rarely bothered by that element of The Shield, but it can be a bit of a distraction on Dexter, because Dex’s ability to elude justice isn’t as interesting as his compulsion to break the law. It’s not that his attempts to sabotage the investigation aren’t entertaining; they just don’t fit with the overall intent of the show. [...] This was mostly a very strong hour."[4]


  1. ^ a b Goldman, Eric (12 November 2007). "Dexter: "That Night, A Forest Grew" Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Dexter Season 2 Episode 7 That Night, A Forest Grew". Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dexter (TV Series) That Night, A Forest Grew (2007) Filming Locations". IMDb. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Tobias, Scott (11 November 2007). "Dexter: "That Night, A Forest Grew"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 

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