Dexter (2006–2013)
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Born Free 

Dexter races against the clock to find Debra when she is abducted by Rudy, the Ice Truck Killer, which leads the two psychopathic killers to have a fateful showdown, and who finally reveals his connection to Dexter.

Director:

Michael Cuesta

Writers:

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

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 ... Det. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Det. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
Geoff Pierson ... Capt. Tom Matthews
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka
Mark Pellegrino ... Paul Bennett
Christian Camargo ... Brian Moser
Judith Scott ... Lt. Esme Pascal
Scott Atkinson ... Bob Hicks
Christina Robinson ... Astor Bennett
Daniel Goldman Daniel Goldman ... Cody Bennett
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Storyline

Dexter frantically searches for clues for Debra's whereabouts when Rudy, finally revealing himself as the Ice Truck Killer, abducts her and forces Dexter into a series of mind games to find her where he finally reveals his connection to Dexter: "Rudy" is actually Brian Moser, Dexter's long-lost biological brother. Meanwhile, Lt. Laguerta locks horns against her replacement Lt. Esmee Pascal, who's even MORE officious and pompous than her or Captain Matthews, and who hampers the case by ignoring key evidence to further advance her own personal career. Sgt. Doakes finally comes to blows with Dexter over his denial with knowing the Ice Truck Killer, and Rita is contacted by the imprisoned Paul who tells her that Dexter framed him for his drug possession charge.

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Highest rated episode of the series with a 9.6/10, as of 2017. See more »

Goofs

When searching Rudy's apartment, Dexter goes over to look at the Barbie record player. The African-American police employee who is cataloging the items is clearly wearing a laminate with a photo of a bearded, white, middle-aged man on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: I've lived in darkness a long time. Over the years, my eyes adjusted until the dark became my world and I could see. But then Rudy turned on the light. He flooded my memory and now I'm blind.
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Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Dexter Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Rolfe Kent
Performed by Rolfe Kent
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Perfect Season Finale!
5 January 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The twelfth and final episode of the first season of Dexter is about perfect in every way. The events leading to this episode is all worth the waiting because this is one final epic showdown. We learn many surprising things here including a connection between Rudy and Dexter that I certainly did not see coming. From start to finish, this episode is just amazing and will truly hold your attention like no other.

In this episode, "Born Free," Debra has been kidnapped by Rudy, whose identity has been known now as he truly is. Dexter races against the clock to find Debra. Meanwhile, his feud with Sgt. Doakes becomes physical. Also, Paul calls Rita saying that Dexter framed him and that's why he is in jail.

Overall, this is such an amazing episode. It took eleven episodes of build-up, but we have come to the utmost satisfying conclusion there could be. I'll be eagerly awaiting the second season of this fantastic series. I rate this episode 10/10.


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