Dexter (2006–2013)
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Popping Cherry 

After the discovery of another victim of the Ice Truck Killer at an ice rink, the missing guard, Tony Tucci, becomes a potential suspect.


Michael Cuesta


James Manos Jr. (developed for television by), Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael C. Hall ... Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz ... Rita Bennett
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Erik King ... Sgt. James Doakes
Luna Lauren Velez ... Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Det. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
Geoff Pierson ... Capt. Tom Matthews
Rudolf Martin ... Carlos Guerrero
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka
Brad William Henke ... Tony Tucci
Scott William Winters ... Det. McNamara
Mark L. Young ... Jeremy Downs
Denise Crosby ... Nurse Mary
Lizette Carrion Lizette Carrion ... Shanda


After the dead body of another of victim of the so-called "Ice Truck Killer" is found on the ice rink at Miami's Hockey Dome, Dexter helps out Debra, newly transfered to the homicide squad to investigate when Lt. Laguerta, ambitious for a promotion and the media spotlight, decides to have the department pursue a security guard whom they believe is the Ice Truck Killer. Meanwhile, Rita receives an unpleasant visit from her imprisoned ex-husband's drug dealer who confiscates her car, leading Dexter to drive her to and from her hotel receptionist job, while at the same time, Dexter zeros in on his next victim, a recently paroled teenage murderer who harbors some dark secrets of his own. Dexter also flashes back to committing his first killing: a nurse who he suspected was poisoning his terminally sick stepfather. Elsewhere, Sgt. Doakes continues to hound the drug kingpin Carlos Guerrero, but gets in over his head when a group of dirty cops decide to take matters involving Guerrero into ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denise Crosby, who plays the nurse taking care of James Remar in this episode, previously starred with him in 48 Hours (1982). See more »


Dexter's eyes are a deep brown but when he is a teenager talking to his father his eyes are baby blue. See more »


Dexter Morgan: [holding Astor] If I had a heart, it might be breaking right now.
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Written by Ray Armando
Performed by Ray Armando
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All Talk, No Serial Killing …
11 November 2007 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The very first episode already made clear "Dexter" definitely wouldn't become the greatest show on television ever, but at least it had several things going for it. Michael C. Hall is a terrific actor, there was a lot of blood and gory set-pieces and it had cynical humor and a seemingly fascinating ongoing search for a serial killer that drains all the blood from his victims' bodies. In between all his forensics work, supporting his cop-sister and upholding appearances with a divorced mother of two, Dexter found the time to personally go after criminals that somehow escaped their legal punishment. "Popping Cherry" is only the third episode, but all the aforementioned good stuff has already vanished. This episode represents 50 minutes of sheer dullness, as all Dexter and his colleagues do is talk, talk and talk. The Ice Truck Killer made a new victim and proudly exhibits her bloodless leftovers in the Miami ice hockey stadium. Debra's supervisors think they found a suspect in the sport dome's night watchman but they're wrong. Meanwhile, Dexter – suffering from long & tedious flashbacks as always – observes a youthful criminal who's released from prison but will kill again. There are no blood analyzes in this installment, no pitch-black jokes or witty remarks and no action! It was boring and the main story lines feel like they're stretched needlessly, because there's nothing else to tell. I hope the show will get better again really fast, otherwise I'm giving up.

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