Dexter/Born Free

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Born Free
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Season 1, Episode 12
Airdate December 17, 2006
Production Number 112
Written by Daniel Cerone and
Melissa Rosenberg
Directed by Michael Cuesta
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Born Free is the twelfth episode of the first season of Dexter and the first season's finale.

Starring: Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan), Julie Benz (Rita Bennett), Jennifer Carpenter (Debra Morgan), Erik King (Sgt. James Doakes), Lauren Vélez (Maria LaGuerta), David Zayas (Det. Angelo Batista)

And: James Remar (Harry Morgan)

Guest Starring: Geoff Pierson (Capt. Tom Matthews), C.S. Lee (Vince Masuka), Mark Pellegrino (Paul Bennett), Christian Camargo (Rudy Cooper/Brian Moser), Judith Smith (Lt. Esme Pascal), Scott Atkinson (Bob Hicks)

Co-Starring: Christina Robinson (Astor), Daniel Goldman (Cody), Maxwell Huckabee (Little Dexter), Brandon Killham (Little Rudy), Katherine Kirkpatrick (Laura Moser), Josh Phillips (Indigent Man), Josh Wingate (Paramedic), P.J. Marino (Truck Driver), John C. McDonnell (Dock Manager), Jennifer Echols (Nurse), Kathleen Mary Carthy (Doctor), Morgan Margolis (Cop), David Haley (EMT), Christie Lynn Smith (Soccer Mom), Mary Alyce Kania (Karen), Francisco Viana (Detective Simms), Patrick Y. Malone (Tech)


Plot Overview



  • "Born Free" by Andy Williams: The song which tips Dexter towards where Brian is hiding out is "Born Free," performed by Andy Williams in the case of this episode. "Born Free" was a song composed for the movie of the same name and is about a lion cub named Elsa raised by an African couple who shot her mother out of self-defense.

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