Dexter's heading out of the office with a small grin on his mug, VO-ing, "I finished my spatter report, put in for a personal day, left word with Rita. Naples, here I come. I can't really focus my rage on the man who killed my mother, not with Lila along for the ride. But I can prepare for the day when I do." He steps into the elevator, and just as the doors are about to slam shut, a hand pries them back open. The hand belongs to Deb (shocker), who says, "Where are you off to so early?" "Um, gettin' out of town for the night. Don't wait up for me." "In the middle of the week?" "Thought I'd, you know, take the minivan out on the open road." "Who are you?" Dexter: "Good news is you've got the place to yourself, if you wanna tie up Gabriel again." "Yeah, that one never gets old. Call me when you get back, I wanna talk to you about Corral Cove." Now Dexter's the one to stop the elevator, because he wants to know what she's talking about. She says the algae led them there. "You might want to seriously consider moving your boat. The security out there sucks ass!" "That's kind of the point," he VOs, looking defeated. "This little green algae may as well be kryptonite. If it's ever traced back to me, I'll be helpless." He looks sad.
On the road, Lila asks Dexter if the van is a rental. "Nope, she's all mine." Lila finds it amusing that Dex calls the van a "she." "Your girlfriend must be jealous." Damn straight, but not of his car, you minx, you. "Is she cool with you doing this?" "I didn't tell her. Rita's mom found out I'm in recovery. She wants me to leave Rita and the kids." Lila, seeing an in, says, "She could be right." "I can't abandon them," he says. Lila changes the subject, and asks Dexter what he's going to say to Jimenez when they get there. Dexter says he's sure he'll come up with something, and Lila tells him to practice on her. At first he demurs, but she insists. "I feel like...you stole my life. I'm not the person I'm supposed to be. It's like I'm hollow. I hide in plain sight, unable to reach out to people close to me, afraid I'll hurt them. Like I've hurt so many others. This is what you've made me become." After a pause, Lila says, "That's what you should tell him. What do you remember most about your mother?" Dexter reminisces, and flashes back to a tableau of his toddler self and Laura Moser, bathed in amber light. "She had long hair, soft like her hands. That's all."