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)
Sgt. Angel Batista
Rebecca Mitchell
Astor Bennett
Cody Bennett


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 Rita and Eliott are preparing Thanksgiving dinner, grocery bags from Ralph's are visible on the kitchen counter. Ralph's is a chain on the west coast, but the show takes place in Florida. 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 »


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Written by Rolfe Kent
Performed by Rolfe Kent
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Scary Good
25 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

A tour de force episode for all involved, but especially for Michael Hall and John Lithgow. The scenes in the Mitchell household are frighteningly intense, turning the traditional Thanksgiving feast into psychological warfare.

Great work in this episode from the supporting cast with an unexpected and well written turn from C. S. Lee's Masuka, and another superb job from James Remar's Harry who's constant questioning dialog serves to shape Dexter's motives and actions in new and evolving ways.

Dexter is clearly the best thing on television and about the only reason to subscribe to Showtime.

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