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Rita tells Dexter that he is no longer welcome to visit her house or her children.
He apologizes, admitting that his affair with Lila was a mistake, but she is still hesitant to forgive him.
Dexter executive producer Clyde Phillips claimed the staff did not know how Rita would leave until late in the fourth season, but that it began to feel inevitable as the story evolved.
Benz was notified the day before the script was distributed to the cast and was disappointed, but found the scene revealing her departure to be "very poetic".
In the book series, she and Dexter have a daughter, Lily Anne.
Benz received positive reviews for her portrayal of Rita, winning a Satellite Award and Saturn Award, and receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
The character made her last television appearance in 2010; she was a special guest star in Dexter season five opener entitled "My Bad".
Dexter alerts the police and Paul is sent back to prison."I think we all feel so lucky to be part of a show that attracts such high caliber talent.In the books, Rita is scatter-brained and easily upset, prone to speaking in disjointed, rambling sentences that Dexter often finds incomprehensible.The only quality that Dexter truly appreciates about her is that she is an excellent cook.In the television series, Rita is portrayed as a loving and caring mother who is emotionally damaged due to physical abuse by her former husband, Paul Bennett.Rita is the mother of Astor Bennett (Christina Robinson) and Cody Bennett (Preston Bailey), and later in the television series, gives birth to Dexter's son, Harrison.