Dexter is sent to investigate a horrific blood-soaked crime scene, which he usually enjoys, but he is gripped by a long-suppressed memory of a childhood trauma. Rita is charged with assaulting Paul and could lose her children in a custody battle. However, when Dexter finds out, he decides to remove Paul from his and Rita's lives, but only temporarily. During a briefing at the station, it is suggested that Doakes had read Dexter's mind: Dexter had an internal monologue, which Doakes responded to. Angel investigates a hunch regarding the Ice Truck Killer, which leads him to suspect Rudy.