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Rita Bennett was Dexter's girlfriend and later wife.Rita is portrayed as a mother, who is slowly recovering from being physically abused by her ex-husband, Paul, and having difficulties maintaining a sexual relationship.After the baby, Harrison, is born, Rita and Dexter move into a house together in the suburbs.Rita begins to notice a pattern of lies from Dexter, including deceiving her about the concussion he suffered in the car accident and the ownership of his old apartment.After discovering that Dexter framed her ex-husband Paul with drug abuse, she suspects that Dexter owned the drugs himself.



At the beginning of the third book, Dexter in the Dark, it is revealed that Cody is not the only one with dark impulses, as Astor too pressures Dexter to teach her.In season 3, Rita suddenly discovers that she is pregnant with Dexter's baby.Believing that being a parent is one of her main achievements, Rita decides to keep the baby, and leaves Dexter's role in the child's life entirely up to him.Dexter comes to accept his role as a stepfather to both children very seriously in Dexter in the Dark.

For example, while on a stakeout, he begins to wonder if Cody has brushed his teeth before going to bed and if Astor had set out her Easter dress for photo-day at her school.

However, he soon realized that Dexter had an insatiable urge to kill that would begin to intensify.