Dexter (2006–2013)
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Monkey in a Box 

Dexter struggles to decide whether to kill the Brain Surgeon or leave the country.


(as Ernest Dickerson)


(developed for television by), (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dexter Morgan
... Debra Morgan
... Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn
... Vince Masuka
... Lt. Angel Batista
... Jamie Batista
... Deputy Chief Tom Matthews
... Harry Morgan
... Hannah McKay
... Jacob Elway
... U.S. Marshal Cooper
... Sylvia Prado
... Niki Walters (as Dora Madison Burge)
... Oliver Saxon
... Harrison Morgan


Still coming to terms with Dr. Vogel's death, Dexter wants to eliminate Oliver Saxon before he, Harrison and Hannah head off to South America. He also has a lot of personal items to tie up including selling his condo. Saxon shows up as a prospective buyer and offers Dexter a deal: they stop going after each other and go their own way. Dexter is non-committal and, having located his kill room, sets a trap for him. Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Marshall Clayton is following Deb, certain that she will lead him to Hannah. Dexter is continuing to reevaluate his priorities and his final choices have an impact on several key players. Written by garykmcd

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15 September 2013 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Daniel Vogel tells Dexter "Miami is a great city" and that he "loves the cuban food". This almost identical to part of Dexter's first lines on the show. He also comments on the low murder solve rate, something Dexter commented on in the first episode. See more »


Sil says that after Miguel she downsized, focused on the kids. But she an Miguel didn't have kids. in "Finding Freebo" (S. 3 Ep. 2) when Sil finds out Rita is pregnant she says that Miguel wants to start a family but that she is happy with the way things are. In "Easy as Pie" (S. 3 Ep. 7) Dexter, Rita, Astor and Cody are having dinner at the Prados. The two other kids at the table are Ramons children who were probably invited to play with Astor and Cody. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] Vogel warned me I've been straddling two worlds, and I ignored her. For that, she paid the price with her life. Now, I have to remove myself from her life.
[removing evidence from Vogel's house]
Dexter Morgan: I never imagined the last homicide I'd work would be one I'm now a part of. I have to call this in. I can't be seen leaving the scene of the crime. The last time I was in a pool of my mother's blood, I was too young to do anything about it, but I'm no longer a child.
Dexter Morgan: [...]
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Dexter Main Title
Written by Rolfe Kent
Performed by Rolfe Kent
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Dexter deserves to end on a good note..
16 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Why do all the hate mongers want dexter to burn in hell or not get away with what he has done? on the other note, what do you mean by justice? this is exactly why dexter was made in the first place, to question our own conscience and choose between what we think is right and wrong! i can agree to a certain level of certainty that the ending will be unexpected for most of the people and it really does not matter whether he gets away and leads a happy life or dies or get caught by the police. What matters is that dexter has changed after such a long period of struggle and has finally started to take such decisions in life that is better for him as a human being in the long run emotion-wise and not as a psychotic rage-full killer...

If in the end, he can get away with all of it then so be it! politicians and gangsters do bad things and get away with it all the time, then why can't a serial killer who has a high morale and knows when or how to punish the culprits or considers himself as the guardian of city Miami? Why can't you see justice being served to a just person? Dexter deserves to be happy, and live a loving life with his son and hannah!! You are perfect dexter, just the way you are

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