Dexter (2006–2013)
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A Beautiful Day 

Six months have passed since LaGuerta's death. Dexter is managing his life as well his "dark passenger" will allow. Debra has quit the force and is working as a private investigator but isn't doing so well. The police investigate a murder where parts of the victim's brain have been removed.


Keith Gordon


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

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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
David Zayas ... Lt. Angel Batista
Aimee Garcia ... Jamie Batista
Geoff Pierson ... Deputy Chief Tom Matthews
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
Charlotte Rampling ... Dr. Evelyn Vogel
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Jacob Elway
Rhys Coiro ... Andrew Briggs
Jadon Wells ... Harrison Morgan
Dana L. Wilson ... Det. Angie Miller
Nick Gomez ... Javier 'El Sapo' Guzman
Nadège August ... Receptionist


It's now 6 months since Captain LaGuerta's death. Dexter is still working as a blood spatter expert but Deb has quit the force and is now working as a private investigator. She's also been avoiding Dexter as much as possible. Angel Batista is now the squad's Lieutenant and Tom Matthews is a Deputy Chief. Dexter is worried about Deb in general but even more so after he hears she hasn't been in touch with her new boss for two weeks. Metro homicide has a new case after a body is found on the beach. The man's skull has been sliced open and a small part of his brain removed. Matthews introduces a civilian expert, Dr. Evelyn Vogel, who has volunteered her time to help with the investigation. Dexter is distrustful of her from the outset and with good reason as it turns out: she seems to know a great deal about him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The truck driven by Debra's boyfriend at the beginning of the episode is the same exact truck driven by Nero Padilla in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. Padilla is portrayed by Jimmy Smits, who also plays Miguel Prado in season 3. See more »


In the first half hour of the episode when Dexter is called in the morgue, Dr. Vogel is seen holding and handling the victims severed brain like it's solid which is inconsistent with the brains' soft, gel-like consistency, similar to soft tofu. See more »


[first lines]
[acoustic guitar plays What a Wonderful World]
[All action is in slow motion. Harrison throws a kite up into a cloudy sky, rainbow arcing behind a lighthouse. He runs, laughing, to Dexter, holding the line]
Dexter Morgan: [all in V.O] There's nothing like a crisis to define who you are.
[fade to Dexter hitting a splatter-skull with a baseball bat in the lab]
Dexter Morgan: A better person would feel bad about LaGuerta's death. But the truth is, it solved all my problems.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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Everybody Knows about Dexter
30 July 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

There is a memorial service for the sixth month of LaGuerta's death and many things have changed in Miami Metro since then. Angel has returned as lieutenant and Tom Matthews as deputy Chief; Debra has quit the police and now she is working as private investigator. Dexter tries to contact her, but she avoids him. Debra is involved with a drug dealer and thief and is sort of crazy. The police are investigating the death of a man that had part of his brain removed and the psychopath expert Dr. Evelyn Vogel joins the team to help them. Dexter meets Debra expecting to protect her in an unfortunate encounter. Then Dr. Vogel meets Dexter and talks about Harry's Code, showing that she know about Dexter.

"A Beautiful Day" is a strange beginning of the last season, with Debra completely out of control. Out of the blue appears a new character, Dr. Evelyn Vogel, knowing Harry's Code. Does everybody know about Dexter? I did not like this beginning of season. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Um Lindo Dia" ("A Beautiful Day")

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