Dexter (2006–2013)
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Slack Tide 

Dexter finally strikes a balance between family, career and his secret life, but is thwarted in his pursuit of his next victim, while Debra expresses a renewed and unwelcome interest in their father's checkered past.


Tim Hunter


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




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
Courtney Ford ... Christine Hill
Greg Ellis ... Jonathan Farrow
Mary Mara ... Valerie Hodges
Christina Robinson ... Astor Bennett
Preston Bailey ... Cody Bennett
Rick Peters ... Elliot


Dexter finds himself enjoying a brief moment of tranquility. He's finally managed to strike a balance between work, family and other pursuits. But he's keenly aware that times like these aren't meant to last. When Miami Metro discovers a string of murders connected to a prominent photographer, Dexter sees an opportunity for a clean kill.

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The episode's title refers to "the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the tide". See more »


While camping with Cody, Dexter was setting up a tent. As he starts to hammer what was clearly a plastic tent peg, we hear him pounding a metal peg. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] There's a moment sailors call slack tide, when the tide is neither coming in nor going out, but perfectly still. It's a moment frozen in time. When all is calm and peaceful.
[Dexter's phone rings]
Dexter Morgan: The only downside to it is that it passes too quickly.
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References Bambi (1942) See more »


Dexter Main Title
Written by Rolfe Kent
Performed by Rolfe Kent
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Wrongly Jumping to the Top of the List
18 August 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Dexter is resting with his family in his boat not worried with the Trinity Killer that has completed his cycle of murders. Out of the blue, he is summed by Miami Metro to analyze an arm that has been found in the stomach of an alligator. He discovers that it belonged to the illegal waitress and aspirant model Estrella Carazo that has vanished. After the investigation Sergeant Batista finds that the photographer Jonathan Farrow is the prime suspect, but he gets no search warrant to check Farrow's studio. Farrow jumps to the top of Dexter's list and he breaks in the studio during the night seeking evidences to connect Carazo with Farrow.

Meanwhile Debra moves to Dexter's apartment and becomes disappointed with her father after interviewing his former criminal informant Valerie Hodges, and she gives up to investigate the truth about Harry Morgan interviewing other CIs. Dexter destroys the file of his mother since some secrets should not be found out.

"Slack Tide" is a good episode where Dexter commits an error in his assessment and I do not know how it will affect his behavior in the future. The Trinity Killer is spared again and I do not envision other reason but last the fourth season to the maximum. Rita is terribly annoying and I do not understand why Dexter needs such pain in the ass at home. The boring soap opera between Angel and La Guerta continues. Quinn is teasing with the wrong guy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Maré Mansa"

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Release Date:

8 November 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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