Dexter (2006–2013)
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Once Upon a Time... 

Dexter decides to look into the activities of an ex-con named Sam, while Debra receives some news that may upset Batista.


S.J. Clarkson


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
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Desmond Harrington ... Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka
Luna Lauren Velez ... Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Sgt. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
Colin Hanks ... Travis Marshall
Yasiin Bey ... Brother Sam (as Mos)
Edward James Olmos ... Prof. James Gellar
Geoff Pierson ... Deputy Chief Tom Matthews
Aimee Garcia ... Jamie Batista
Molly Parker ... Lisa Marshall
David Monahan ... Nathan Roberts
Brea Grant ... Ryan Chambers


Dexter lines up his next victim, Brother Sam a criminal who claims to have found religion and while still running his body repair shop, gives other ex-cons a chance at rehabilitation. Dexter isn't buying any of it and is certain that Sam will be his worthy next victim. Doesn't quite turn out that way. The investigation into the dead man with the snakes put into his torso advances when one of the students finds heavy metals in their system. The two men responsible for that killing continue their preparations. Deb meanwhile has a day to remember. Still getting praise from her colleagues over the restaurant shooting, Quinn has a surprise waiting for her in the refrigerator. It's left to Deputy Chief Tom Matthews to spring the biggest surprise of all however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yasiin Bey, formerly known as 'Mos Def' is a hip-hop/rap artist, and has appeared in several films and TV shows. See more »


In the stand-off between Brother Sam, Dexter and Julio, the gun pointed at Brother Sam switches from his head and his chest in different angles. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] Until a few days ago I was convinced there was nothing I believed in. But I was wrong. There *is* something I truly believe. Everything's better after a bubble bath.
[sudsing Harrison in the tub]
Dexter Morgan: Rituals are important. Not just for a serial killer, but also for a 2-year-old - if you want him to go to bed on time. Not that I mind. This ritual has become my favorite bedtime. Alone with my son, being myself.
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Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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A Day to Be Remembered by Debra
12 July 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Dexter is raising Harrison as a good father but his dark side needs also to be fed. When he sees the regenerated criminal Brother Sam at the Miami Metro giving his testimony about Omar Rivera, he does not believe in his rehabilitation. Sam claims that he has found strength in religion and he hires ex-cons to work at his repair shop. Dexter targets Sam as his next victim. Meanwhile Quinn unsuccessfully proposes Debra to get married with him. At the Miami Metro, Tom Matthews tells to Debra that she will be promoted to lieutenant and she replies that Angel should be the next lieutenant, but Matthews does not accept her suggestion. Debra tells to Dexter the news and on the next morning, she invites Angel to drink coffee with her and he supports her. Travis and his mentor James Gellar continues to prepare something evil. Dexter intentionally hits his car to go to Sam's repair shop. Soon he finds the truth about Brother Sam.

"Once Upon a Time" is an episode with a day to be remembered by Debra. Dexter is doing his best to raise Harrison without his problems. Angel is a great character and despite his frustration, he supports the promotion of Debra. Masuka is the relief of this show with his silly behavior. What is the scheme of Travis and Gellar is the question of this season. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Era Uma Vez..." ("Once Upon a Time")

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