Dexter: Season 1, Episode 6

Return to Sender (5 Nov. 2006)

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The Ice Truck Killer leaves a surprise dead body for Dexter at one of the crime scenes of Dexter's most recent kill, which puts him in the cross hairs of his own Homicide Division of the Miami Metro Police.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
Doakes' Mother (as Vernée Watson Johnson)
Andi Chapman ...
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Jorge Castillo (archive footage) (as Jose Zuniga)
Daniel Goldman ...


Dexter struggles to keep in control when the still-unseen Ice Truck Killer leaves the dead body of Valerie Castillo, Dexter's most recent kill, at the auto yard, which puts Dexter in dangerous proximity to being discovered by his colleagues, which is worsened when a young Cuban boy is also found at the scene claiming to have seen who killed Mrs. Castillo. Dexter must stay one step ahead of his own friends by tampering with Vince Masuka, the medical coroner's, e-mails, then tries derailing Debra's suspicions to a copycat killing, and always half-expecting to be arrested. Lt. Laguerta tries to be compassionate to the little Cuban boy whom she tries to asks for a sketch of the man he saw. Meanwhile, Rita gets an unpleasant phone call from her abusive ex-husband, Paul, who has just gotten paroled from prison and wants to visit Rita on her daughter Astor's birthday. Dexter also recalls a row he had with his stepfather over including Debra in their hunting trips. Also, Doakes asks Debra to ... Written by Anonymous

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Dexter's fake DEA license to obtain the M-99 Ethorpine Hydrochloride animal tranquilizer is registered to: Bateman, Patrick M.D. 2203 Blanchard Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 State License #: F334156 CDS#: E-669-BL-66 DEA#: AB664955-6613-1106 Patrick Bateman is the main character in American Psycho - and as Dexter, also a serial killer. See more »


For children's protective services to so quickly place the Cuban refugee boy with his just-located uncle. Normally, CPS would require foster certification, even of a family member, and while it could expedite this process, it wouldn't occur as quickly as depicted in the episode. See more »


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Dexter Morgan: [voice-over] Life is so fleeting. So fragile. Every breath of potential may not last.
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The World of Lies Falling Apart
18 June 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While having breakfast with Rita and the children on the day of Astor's birthday, Dexter is called by cellular and asked to return to Jorge Castillo's junkyard. He finds that the Ice Truck Killer had dived 30 m below the sea level and brought the corpse of Valerie Castillo back to the crime scene. Further and to make his situation worst, a Cuban boy has witnessed the killer from the truck of a Mercedes Benz; and Vince Masuka has found the needle prick on the neck of Valerie and investigated the list of supplies of the powerful anesthetic. Dexter feels that his world of lies is falling apart and nothing lasts forever. Meanwhile Paul is released from prison and tells Rita that he will come to Astor's birthday party, disturbing Rita en her family. However she takes an attitude to resolve the situation with her family. Meanwhile Dexter gets rid of his arsenal but suddenly he discovers that the Ice Truck Killer is playing a prank with him and he decides to forge evidences to incriminate Jorge.

In this great episode, Dexter gets in serious troubles when the Ice Truck Killer plays a sick game with him. Rita shows that she is stronger and capable to fight to protect her daughter and her son from he cracked husband. Debra proves that she is an excellent detective developing the perfect profile of the criminal. Unfortunately Dexter has to destroy her discoveries to save him. Lt. Maria Laguerta shows a different attitude with the treatment she spends to the Cuban boy. The unexpected last scene with the picture described by the boy is tense and funny. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Retorno ao Remetente" ("Return to the Sender")

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