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"Dexter" Slack Tide (2009)

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Dexter: Season 4: Episode 7 -- Dexter finds himself enjoying a brief moment of tranquility.  He's finally managed to strike a balance between work, family... and other pursuits.  But he's keenly aware that times like these aren't meant to last.  When Miami Metro discovers a string of murders connected to a prominent photographer, Dexter sees an opportunity for a clean kill.  However, his plans seem to be thwarted every step of the way.  Quinn has taken a renewed interest in Dexter's nightlife.  Dexter's plans to keep Astor and Cody distracted with new activities soon backfire.  Even Harry disapproves of Dexter's choice of pastime, urging him instead to focus his efforts on the Trinity Killer.  Meanwhile, Debra returns to work, frustrated to find everyone treating her with kid gloves.  She decides to concentrate on her pursuit of the Trinity Killer as well as delving into her father's checkered past - investigations which Dexter fears might lead her to danger - or worse, the truth.


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James Manos Jr. (developed for television by)
Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
8 November 2009 (Season 4, Episode 7)
Dexter is resting with his family in his boat not worried about the Trinity Killer that has completed his cycle of murders... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Tim Hunter 
Writing credits
James Manos Jr. (developed for television by)

Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by)

Scott Buck (written by)

Produced by
Scott Buck .... executive producer
Sara Colleton .... executive producer
Charles H. Eglee .... executive producer
John Goldwyn .... executive producer
Lauren Gussis .... producer
Michael C. Hall .... executive producer
Gary Law .... co-producer
Robert Lloyd Lewis .... producer
Clyde Phillips .... executive producer
Melissa Rosenberg .... executive producer
Tim Schlattmann .... supervising producer
Chad Tomasoski .... co-producer
Wendy West .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Daniel Licht 
Cinematography by
Romeo Tirone (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stewart Schill 
Casting by
Shawn Dawson 
Production Design by
Eric Weiler 
Art Direction by
Ken Watkins 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
Costume Design by
Abram Waterhouse 
Makeup Department
Michelle Ceglia .... key hair stylist
Keith Hall .... key makeup artist
Gloria Conrad .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Lindsay Garrison .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gary Law .... unit production manager
Shawn Petersen .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Berke .... second assistant director
Princess O'Mahoney .... first assistant director
Art Department
James Barron .... construction coordinator
James J. Burke .... additional graphic artist
Kevin Egeland .... title artist technician
Colin Kirkpatrick .... art department coordinator
Joshua Meltzer .... property master
Drew Pierce .... painter
Alexa Roman .... art department coordinator
Billy Schwartz .... dressing painter
Armando Abarca .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
David L. McGuire .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
James Clark .... sound mixer
Fred Judkins .... sound supervisor
Mark Lanza .... sound editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Roache .... re-recording mixer
Michael Sana .... assistant sound editor
Christian Buenaventura .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Judah Getz .... sound quality controller (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brian Bero .... special effects
Eric Mingebach .... special effects
Richard Stutsman .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Applegate .... digital imaging technician
Hector Javier Canales .... rigging grip
Eric Fletcher .... camera operator: 'B' camera
Eric Fletcher .... steadicam operator
Jack M. Guberman .... lighting technician
Jason D. Hodges .... key grip (as Jason Hodges)
Martin J. Layton .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Marty Layton)
Earl C. Williman .... chief lighting technician (as Earl Williman)
Cameron Smith .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deborah Aquila .... original casting
Helen Geier .... casting associate
Annie Muñoz .... extras casting (uncredited)
Jeffrey M. Paal .... extras casting
Jennifer L. Smith .... original casting (as Jennifer Smith)
Julie Tucker .... original casting: New York
Tricia Wood .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Felix-Hager .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Joe Cook .... colorist
Susan J. Vinci .... assistant editor
Megan Walsh .... post-production coordinator
Ray Miller .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Terry Gusto .... location manager
Jason Kaplon .... key assistant location manager
Music Department
Mark Bensi .... music editor
Gary Calamar .... music supervisor
Jeanne Fay .... music clearance
Rolfe Kent .... composer: theme music
Jonathan Licht .... composer: additional music
Sporto .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Sergio Orozco .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Brian A. Alexander .... script coordinator
Matthew Budman .... production assistant
Dan Harder .... lot medic
Don McNeill .... main title
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator
Gregg Pittman .... animal coordinator
Scott Reynolds .... story editor
Susan Safer .... production accountant
Sam Schectman .... assistant: Sara Colleton
Michael Svoboda .... assistant to executive producer and writer
Andréa Vasilo .... production assistant
Sarah Werner .... production coordinator
Pete Brown .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

53 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The episode's title refers to "the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the tide".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Dexter is shredding the CI file of his mother, the file inside is not hers. Instead he shreds the file of Estrella Carazo, the aspiring model whose arm was found inside an alligator earlier in the episode.See more »
[first lines]
Dexter Morgan:[narrating] There's a moment sailors call slack tide, when the tide is neither coming in nor going out, but perfectly still. It's a moment frozen in time. When all is calm and peaceful.
[Dexter's phone rings]
Dexter Morgan:The only downside to it is that it passes too quickly.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Wrongly Jumping to the Top of the List, 18 August 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dexter is resting with his family in his boat not worried with the Trinity Killer that has completed his cycle of murders. Out of the blue, he is summed by Miami Metro to analyze an arm that has been found in the stomach of an alligator. He discovers that it belonged to the illegal waitress and aspirant model Estrella Carazo that has vanished. After the investigation Sergeant Batista finds that the photographer Jonathan Farrow is the prime suspect, but he gets no search warrant to check Farrow's studio. Farrow jumps to the top of Dexter's list and he breaks in the studio during the night seeking evidences to connect Carazo with Farrow.

Meanwhile Debra moves to Dexter's apartment and becomes disappointed with her father after interviewing his former criminal informant Valerie Hodges, and she gives up to investigate the truth about Harry Morgan interviewing other CIs. Dexter destroys the file of his mother since some secrets should not be found out.

"Slack Tide" is a good episode where Dexter commits an error in his assessment and I do not know how it will affect his behavior in the future. The Trinity Killer is spared again and I do not envision other reason but last the fourth season to the maximum. Rita is terribly annoying and I do not understand why Dexter needs such pain in the ass at home. The boring soap opera between Angel and La Guerta continues. Quinn is teasing with the wrong guy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Maré Mansa"

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