Dexter (2006–2013)
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Dexter uses Thanksgiving as an opportunity to get closer to his most dangerous adversary yet.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)


Dexter stops by Arthur's house for a visit and realizes that though Arthur is in appearance the happy family man, he is in fact terrorizing his family. According to Arthur's son Jonah, they are all regularly beaten. Jonah is afraid to confront his father and invites Dexter for Thanksgiving dinner. The confrontation between Arthur and his family forces Dexter to take action. While Dexter is away for lunch with the Mitchells, neighbor Elliot kisses Rita and she clearly lets him, though she immediately regrets it. Meanwhile, LaGuerta and Batista finally admit to what has been obvious for some time. Elsewhere, Joey Quinn spends the holiday with his reporter girlfriend Christine Hill, but he clearly has commitment issues and is starting to feel hemmed in. After he leaves, she gets a surprise visit from her father. Written by garykmcd

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22 November 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The football game they watch at Trinity's house is Seattle vs Oakland, neither of which play on Thanksgiving. See more »


When Dexter walks back into the Mitchell house and asks Jonah what happened to his finger, Arthur is seen holding a beer glass. In the next shot of Arthur, he is eating nuts out of his hand, and no beer glass is visible in his hand or on the table. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: This'll do the job.
[holding up a large knife]
Dexter Morgan: Cut you into exactly the right size pieces.
[taps the turkey with the knife]
Dexter Morgan: You got one more day.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


Dexter Main Title
Written by Rolfe Kent
Performed by Rolfe Kent
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Best Episode in Series
11 January 2014 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

What a fascinating example of how characters familiar to us can transcend a series formula and become three dimensional, able to surprise and excite us through a remarkable screenplay and fine direction. The cast is superb and part of the appeal is recognizing ourselves in the characters. This episode plays on that particularly to jolt us upright with a blade to the chest and a twist of the blade for good measure. We expect certain things from a series we are involved with; but, the mark of greatness is when we get what we expect from episodic TV along with something wonderfully cinematic, something thought provoking that enriches the characters and the audience. This episode does all that and more. It is a masters class in acting (David Zayas is brilliant and Brando Eaton has real star power) and full of surprises. The perfect Dexter episode.

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