Dexter (2006–2013)
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Dex Takes A Holiday 

Dexter gets some much-needed R&R time with Rita and the kids out of town, leading to his stalking of a new victim - until he unexpectedly begins to empathize with his target, a cop that murdered her family.


John Dahl


James Manos Jr. (developed for television by), Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael C. Hall ... Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz ... Rita Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Desmond Harrington ... Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka (credit only)
Luna Lauren Velez ... Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Sgt. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
John Lithgow ... Arthur Mitchell
David Ramsey ... Anton Briggs
Courtney Ford ... Christine Hill
Christina Cox ... Off. Zoey Kruger
Tim Maculan ... Sam
Sharon Sachs ... Realtor
Keith Carradine ... Frank Lundy


While Rita and the kids are out of town for a wedding, a police officer comes onto Dexter's radar. The officer is a kindred spirit, and highly suspicious of Dexter's motives. LaGuerta and Angel discuss full disclosure to the police department leadership about their relationship, pulling Dexter unwillingly into the middle of their problem. Meanwhile, Quinn's reporter girlfriend, Christine, uses their relationship to put out a story how Lundy's hunt for a phantom killer pulls time away from the Vacation Murders. This puts a strain on Lundy's retirement project when his visitor's pass to Miami Metro is revoked. Having to take the project out of the office, old sparks heat up between Lundy and Debra. At the end of the episode, Lundy and Debra are shot by an unseen assailant.

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evidence | blood | police | death | murder | See All (23) »


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Did You Know?


The title of this episode is a twist on the title of the classic movie Death Takes a Holiday (1934). See more »


When the Trinity killer "accidentally" bumps in to Lundy you can see the camera man in Lundy's sunglasses several times. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] Everyone needs a vacation. In my case it's time off - for bad behavior. But I intend to make the most of this family trip... that they're taking without me.
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References Death Takes a Holiday (1934) See more »


Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Had me on the edge of my seat!
11 September 2020 | by lingwersenSee all my reviews

Wow what an intense episode! Dexter "takes care" of another "victim", a very interesting one this time. The episode is concluded by a HUGE cliffhanger!

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Release Date:

18 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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