Dexter (2006–2013)
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It's Alive! 

Dexter becomes anxious and frustrated after more than a month without killing. When he finally gets his chance, he finds he is off his game.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dexter Morgan
... Rita Bennett
... Debra Morgan
... Sgt. James Doakes
... Vince Masuka
... Det. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
... Det. Angel Batista
... Harry Morgan
... Lt. Esme Pascal
... Paul Bennett
... Jimmy
... Teenage Dexter
... Banana Boat Tour Guide
... Astor Bennett
... Cody Bennett
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Storyline

It is now 38 days since Dexter saved his sister and executed the Ice Truck Killer. Since that time however, Sgt. Doakes has spent all of his free time following Dexter sure in his belief that something about him is wrong. Dexter very much wants to kill someone and when the opportunity finally arrives, finds that he is unable to follow through. His sister Debra, apparently recovered from her ordeal, returns to work but Lt. Laguerta isn't so sure. Rita is happy with her relationship with Dexter, but her husband keeps pressuring her to help him with his defense. The police discover Dexter's burial ground. Written by garykmcd

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30 September 2007 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The lottery machine during the bowling scene is a California lottery machine not a Florida one where the show takes place. See more »

Goofs

When LaGuerta is pouring herself a cup of coffee and Esme Pascal comes up in the elevator, LaGuerta quickly goes into hiding and can be seen saying "shhh" to the camera crew. See more »

Quotes

Dexter Morgan: There are moments when I feel the mask is slipping.
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Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Blood Theme
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Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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A promising start

What really works in this episode is the portrayal of he obvious distress Dexter finds himself in when his usual murderous routines are interrupted. It is clear to the viewer that living the everyday life of normal people is taking its toll on him. Sgt Doakes is watching his every step and Dexter knows that the best way to get rid of the unwelcome surveillance is to act normally, and he even joins his colleagues' bowling team in an effort to rid himself of his foe.

The episode also deals with Debra trying to get back to a normal working routine after her horrifying experiences of season 1. However, this is dealt with in a rather short way, which I think is unfortunate since I feel it it interesting enough to expand a lot more.

It takes nearly 20 minutes until we see something resembling a regular plot line, but the real interesting twist occurs a good half hour into it, and it fascinated me, and it is clear that these events will affect the rest of the season.

Overall, a good first episode which nicely summarizes the events of the first season and at the same time sets the tone for what promises to be a very interesting second season.


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