Dexter (2006–2021)
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Truth Be Told 

The Ice Truck Killer kidnaps someone close to Dexter, forcing him into a trap that will forever change his life, while Doakes begins to harbor suspicions about Dexter's odd behavior.


Keith Gordon


James Manos Jr. (developed for television by), Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 4 more credits »




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 (credit only)
Geoff Pierson ... Capt. Tom Matthews
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka
Mark Pellegrino ... Paul Bennett
Christian Camargo ... Rudy Cooper
Margo Martindale ... Camilla
Graciella Evelina Martinez ... Monique (as Tomiko Martinez)
Angela Alvarado ... Nina Batista (as Angela Alvarado Rosa)
Debbie Lee Carrington ... Patty


The Ice Truck Killer strikes again, leaving a real nightmare before Christmas at Santa's Cottage. Sergeant Doakes becomes more suspicious about Dexter after his ambivalence about Batista's survival. Dexter finally finds he is connected to the Ice Truck Killer over a past case involving Harry Morgan and a blood-bath crime scene in 1973 involving Dexter's biological mother. Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta braces herself as Captain Matthews blames her for the department's failure to find the Ice Truck Killer and he has her replaced. Rudy and Debra spend some quality time together, and Rudy proposes marriage to the smitten detective. Rita decides to take her children, Astor and Cody, to visit Paul, who has been sent back to prison.

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Rita mentions that she will have trouble admitting to her kids that Paul is back in prison. However, at the end of the previous episode, (#1.10 Seeing Red), Astor and Cody are standing with her when she announces to Dexter that she just received a phone call that Paul has been arrested. The kids act as though they are hearing this news for the first time when Rita tells them again in this episode. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: I've never had much use for the concept of Hell, but if Hell exists, I'm in it. The same images running through my head, over and over.
[He remembers horrific images]
Dexter Morgan: I was there. I saw my mother's death. A buried memory, forgotten all these years. They climbed inside me that day. And it's been with me ever since. My dark passenger.
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Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Just Fantastic!
4 January 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The eleventh episode in this the first season of Dexter is just wonderful, very intense, and has keeps-you-on-end-of-your-seat pacing. Just as I have predicted, big things happened here and the episode ended with me biting on my nails eagerly awaiting the season finale. But as usual, there is no shortage of clever writing or witty, darkly-humored acting. The only thing I didn't like is how the episode had to end.

In this episode, "Truth Be Told," Sgt. Doakes begins to become a little suspicious of Dexter. Rudy and Debra are about to take their relationship to the next level. Rita takes her kids to visit Paul in jail. Lt. LaGuerta is demoted by Captain Matthews over the handling of Ice Truck Killer Case.

Overall, this is one hell-raising episode. The way this episode ended kind of makes me fearful of what happens next, especially the way Dexter was feeling by the end. But whatever happens, I'll be eagerly waiting. This is a great, powerful episode. I rate this episode 10/10.

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Release Date:

10 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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1.78 : 1
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