“We all have something inside,” Dexter says as the episode opens, “some dark place where we pretend everything’s okay. Some of these places are darker than others. Watching your mother die hasn’t changed you like it changed me.” He is referring to Harrison who has scratched a child at the Mommy and Me playgroup. Now Daddy has to help him flee the scene of the crime.
As Harrison grows will he take on his father’s demons? Will Dexter become his “Harry”? At times, it seems Harrison’s life is mirroring his own, a major concern for Dexter and something which will continue to trouble him no matter how much Sonia assures him that Harrison is a “gentle child.” The scratch, he worries, is a sure sign of bad things to come.
But Lumen is Dexter’s current concern. He tells her the best thing to do is go home to Minneapolis, but this is not going to happen; she can’t get past what happened and needs to find the men who did this to her. She is also upset over the fact Dexter still has not revealed anything about himself to her. Rather than respond to this, he gives her a plane ticket to Minneapolis and pleads with her to get on with her life. Maybe this is one problem he can remove from the list. “Yeah," he thinks, “Maybe it will snow this week.”
It is apparent Debra is becoming less ambivalent toward Quinn. Can she be close to admitting that she has feelings for him?
She leaves his apartment to meet Angel at the hospital to question one of the Fuentes’ victim. Outside the hospital room she talks to the mother of the victim, then asks the woman’s son about the man who hurt him. The young man remembers a mark on his attacker’s hand, a small one, which he draws for them.
Attempting to get a line on Boyd Fowler’s accomplices, Dexter searches the internet but comes up with nothing. He drives to Boyd’s house to look for more clues and finds that someone has been there before him. A window is broken and smears of blood are on the door, leading Dexter to surmise whoever was there left in a panic.
At the police station, Dexter finds Lumen’s fingerprints on the evidence he took from Boyd’s house, proving she is the one guilty of breaking and entering. He has no choice but to check out Lumen’s apartment. There he finds articles about victims like herself plastered all over the walls. “Does this seem like the product of a stable mind?” Harry asks. “She’s not a killer, she’s not you. She’s coming undone.” A letter among her possessions from Robert Bruner, Boyd’s old cellmate, clues Dexter into the fact that Lumen has taken matters into her own hands. Harry warns Dexter if he continues his quest to save this woman, she is going to bring him down.