At the apartment, Cody and Astor arrive home and Astor complains about the lack of room. Dexter insists that it is just temporary until he finds a new home for them. Astor asks why they need a new place, and Dexter explains that he thinks it is a good idea for them to start fresh. He sends them both to bed, but Astor complains that she doesn't have her school things. Dexter promises to stop by the house to get them, but when she asks to come with him he refuses because of what happened to Rita. "I know what happened to mum," she replies. "She was murdered." When she leaves, Deb reminds Dexter to go to his FBI interview in the morning. In voiceover, Dexter claims that it is the "final loose end to tie up" before he can put it all behind him.
After his interview, Deb asks Dexter how it went and he admits that he is glad it is over. Masuka tells him that he's missed him, and Dexter says he will be back in a few days. However, Laguerta tells him to spend at least another week with his family. Dexter tells Deb that he'll see her tonight, revealing that Astor and Cody's grandparents will be coming to visit. When he leaves, Deb admits that her apartment is crowded but explains that Dexter doesn't want Astor and Cody staying at the house.
Later, the FBI agents tell Laguerta that Dexter is "airtight" but admit that they have no leads as Arthur Mitchell has disappeared. They add that they are looking for Kyle Butler, and Laguerta reveals that she worked on a case with a murder victim of that name. The investigators explain that their Kyle Butler is alive but has disappeared and promise to keep Laguerta updated. Meanwhile, Batista notices Laguerta's mail and calls after her. However, his eye is drawn to one of her bank statements which shows that she has a lot of money saved up.
Dexter is hiring a moving van to take stuff from the house to the apartment. As the salesman shows him the different vehicles, Dexter spots some blood in one of the trucks. "There are plenty of reasons for blood to be there," he thinks. "Someone cut themselves moving. I can't let myself think about this - I've just got to move the kids." However, he decides to hire the van with the blood.
Dexter goes to the house to pick up some items and Elliot comes round with some mail. Elliot offers Dexter his condolences and asks if they have caught the Trinity Killer yet. He adds that he is a single dad and offers Dexter some help, but he refuses. Elliot explains that he had to give up a lot to be a single dad and asks Dexter if he's ready to do that. Dexter insists that he is, and accidentally knocks a box of kitchen utensils onto the floor. He bends down to pick them up and finds a knife, which he holds towards Elliot, but eventually he drops it. In voiceover, Dexter resolves to make sacrifices and focus on the children.
Back at the apartment, Deb is shocked at how much stuff Dexter has brought from the house. However, Astor complains that Dexter picked up clothes that were in her reject pile. "I can't wear this to school," she moans. Dexter says no-one is going to notice her, and Astor storms off. Her grandparents immediately ask Cody to help them carry the last few boxes in and Cody says that he likes staying in the apartment because it's like camping.
That night, Dexter can't sleep and notices that Harrison is also awake. He picks him up and takes him out to the moving van, explaining in voiceover that he won't be able to put the blood out of his mind until he knows for sure. He investigates the van with his crime scene kit and discovers that there is blood on the door and handprints on the floor. Harry appears and points out that the kids are supposed to be Dexter's number one responsibility, but Dexter claims it's not that simple. "It's like when you get on the plane," he says. "They tell you if the oxygen masks come down you should put yours on before your kids. I've got to take care of my needs too or I'll go spinning out of control." However, Harry replies: "It's not just for the sake of the kids but for you. They're not only your responsibility. They're your salvation." Dexter goes to warm up a bottle for Harrison.
Dexter is still thinking about the van and looks up the records for the truck rental agency. He discovers that Boyd Fowler was the last person to use the vehicle, but soon finds that Boyd works for the dead animal pick-up division of the department of sanitation. He thinks that the blood belongs to an animal, before realising that there were handprints. He tests some of the blood and discovers that it belonged to a human.
Later, Dexter calls Boyd to deal with some roadkill. "I was driving down the road and saw it," he explains. "It creeps me out. You're probably used to seeing dead things." Boyd claims that you never get used to it. Dexter then mentions that he is moving, and describes it as a "hassle", but Boyd explains that he wouldn't know because he has lived in the same house for 20 years. Dexter immediately wonders why Boyd hired a moving van. After he leaves, Dexter admits that Boyd is "peculiar" but adds: "I guess the best and brightest don't get into animal pick-up."
Meanwhile, Batista and Quinn are at a park, where they have discovered the head of a female victim. Quinn suggests that it is a drug killing. As they chat, Batista asks if he can ask Quinn a "hypothetical question", saying: "Say a newly married person accidentally discovers that his or her new spouse has a savings account with a lot of money. Is that something you'd expect them to share?" Quinn misunderstands and says he should tell Laguerta to keep her hands off the money. Batista asks Quinn to take him to the head, and they discover Masuka, who reveals that the woman was still alive when her head was cut off. The eyes and tongue have been cut out. Quinn touches Deb, but she asks what he's doing, adding that she is exhausted because Astor shared her bed and kicked her all night. Quinn says she can stay at his place, but she refuses.
Meanwhile, another detective - Cira Manzon - suggests that the murder could be the work of the Santa Muerte cult. Deb asks why she thinks that, and Cira explains that the missing eyes and tongue are meant to send a message that the victim is not going to see or say anything. She adds that the golden candles around the head are to represent money but admits that she doesn't know what the icons are. She explains that the cult is from her neighbourhood and suggests that a machete might have been used to cut off the head. However, Deb tells her that they will pursue the theory that the murder was carried out by a drug cartel. Cira warns that everyone will be too afraid to talk.
Dexter is trying to find advice on helping children cope with grief on the internet, but he soon decides to search for more information about Boyd. He discovers that he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and learns that he inherited his house from his parents. Deb arrives home, and Dexter explains that Astor and Cody will be seeing a grief counsellor tomorrow. Deb tells him that it might help but admits that it is still going to be difficult for him to be a single dad raising three children. Dexter replies that nothing can make up for the fact that Rita was a great mum, but he resolves to try. Deb promises that she will help and offers to look at a house for him tomorrow. When Dexter lies down to sleep on the couch, Deb goes into the kitchen and rings Quinn, deciding to stay at his place. When she arrives, Quinn tries to kiss her but Deb replies that she came to sleep, not to have his "fat little sausage fingers" all over her. She admits that she is finding it difficult to be a good sister. Quinn promises that she can stay for as long as she wants and asks if the FBI have any leads on Rita's murder. Deb reveals that they are looking for Kyle Butler but admits that she expects them to mess up the case.
The next morning, Dexter is making pancakes for Astor and Cody in different shapes. He tries to make triangles, while Astor sets the table. Suddenly, Astor realises that she has counted too many plates because she set a place for Rita. Dexter tells her it's OK, but she replies that Rita should be there. She adds that she wants to go home, and as Dexter replies, Cody shouts at them to stop fighting. Both Astor and Cody storm out of the room.
Meanwhile, Quinn asks to talk to Deb about the fact that they had sex, but she replies: "I'm not the kind of person who would have sex with you. We're not doing anything, we never did anything, we never will do anything." She goes to find Masuka, who is reluctantly testing various weapons in the blood splatter lab. He complains that it is Dexter's job, before explaining that whoever cut the victim's head off used the same weapon for the eyes and tongue. He adds that he can't find anything that fits, but finds a match when Deb suggests a machete. Outside the lab, Deb tells Batista that Masuka is enjoying working with the blood. Batista asks her what she would do if someone she married had a secret account, and Deb tells him to leave Laguerta's cash alone, saying: "Just because you're married doesn't mean you own her money." Batista sends her to a new crime scene.
Meanwhile, Dexter arrives at Boyd's house and explains that he works a 7-4 shift. Harry appears, and Dexter explains that being on a hunt keeps him sharp and focused. "The better killer I am, the better father," he says. Dexter opens a bin and finds some dead animals, but points out that there is no crime in Boyd bringing his work home. He heads inside and finds a loaded handgun, but admits that it's not much to go on. Suddenly, Boyd arrives home and Dexter realises that he must come back for lunch. Boyd puts on a self-help CD, while Dexter frantically tries to escape. As he makes his exit, he spots a lock of hair on the floor with a number attached to it and becomes more suspicious.
When Boyd drives away, Dexter follows him but says: "How desperate am I to follow Boyd to the middle of nowhere when all I've got is a bit of blood and a lock of hair?" He spots Boyd dropping a barrel into a secluded lake and suggests that he is too busy to take the dead animals back to the incinerator. Soon, Deb calls Dexter and asks if he has the children. She explains that the woman at the school's office told her that they haven't been to class and there is no answer at the apartment. Dexter realises that they must have gone to their old house.
At the station, Quinn asks Laguerta whether she has some police sketches of Kyle Butler. Laguerta reveals that she's not sure how useful they will be as the mother and children all gave different versions of him, adding that their biggest lead seems to be going nowhere. She hands the sketches to Quinn, explaining that she has other copies. Laguerta heads into her office, where she discovers Batista. He asks why she kept so much money from him, but she insists that it was never a secret and reveals that it is her retirement fund. Batista claims that they should have discussed it, and adds that he always pictured walking down the beach with her at 80. Laguerta says she likes that picture too, but explains that she is more practical and has worked hard to protect herself and save up. She adds that Batista lives every day like it's a party. "It's one of the things I like about you, but it also means you spend money faster than you even make it," she continues. Batista is hurt, and when he leaves he announces to the rest of the station that the drinks are on him tonight. Later, Batista is in a bar getting drunk with Masuka when a man comes to congratulate him on marrying Laguerta. However, he adds that she is a "sugar momma" and "a fine piece of ass", causing Batista to begin a fight with him.
Back at the apartment, Dexter explains to Deb that Astor and Cody are going to live in Orlando with their grandparents. He reveals that Cody wanted to stay, but explains that he told him that it's important that he is never split up from his sister. Deb agrees that she would never have been able to cope without Dexter, and he explains that he told Cody that. "I really was trying to make it work, in my own way," he says. "I guess it's time to face reality." Deb calls Quinn, saying: "OK, we had sex." Quinn asks if it was good and if they are going to have more sex, but Deb refuses to respond and hangs up. Quinn looks down at his desk, where he is examining the sketches of Kyle Butler that Laguerta gave him.
Outside the apartment, Cody begs Dexter to let him stay, but Dexter explains that he has to go to his grandparents' house and adds that he will still see him a lot. Cody says he doesn't want to go, and Dexter admits that he doesn't want him to leave either. Astor arrives and steers Cody away, but Dexter asks her to stop. "Your mother loved you more than you could ever imagine," he tells her. "And I... me too." Astor gives him a quick hug before getting into the car. As they drive away, Dexter thinks: "Cody and Astor showed me I could still care about something. It makes letting them go so much harder, and it's losing them that makes me realise there must be some small part of that innocent child still inside me. Because just like Astor, I was foolish to think that things would always be good but they're not. They're worse, much worse. Normally, having a target would make me feel good, give me direction and a sense of purpose, but now it means nothing and I don't know what's going to make me feel better."
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