Season 1 Episode 7

Circle of Friends

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 2006 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

The police identify the Ice Truck Killer. However Dexter feels there is something wrong with the suspect. Dexter must also deal with Paul, Rita's recently paroled husband.

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  • Loved this show BEFORE this episode...

    then this episode blew that love off the chart! The range of emotion I felt at the end of the episode will likely never be matched by another. Anyhow, I simply HAD to comment here (first time I've done so) and to give this episode the perfect 10 it so deserves! Wow!
  • Only Dexter knows the Ice Truck Killer is still out there.

    Throughout this episode everyone thinks the Ice Truck Killer is Neil Perry who looks good for it but I never thought it would be him because its too early It was a great ending where Dexter talked to Neil Perry expecting to find out how he knows about him and much more but Dexter finds out that Neil Perry isn't the Ice Truck Killer when he has no idea who Dexter is Neil Perry just wanted to be famous and it will come as a shock to everyone when they find the real Ice Truck Killer is still out there.moreless
  • When the police think they have caught the ice truck killer Dexter learns the shocking truth that he is still out there.

    This was an episode that led us to believe that the police had caught the Ice truck killer and that Debra had found him but when Dexter goes to confront him the suspect doesn't know who Dexter is and that was the killer ending that tells you the Ice truck killer is out there and only Dexter knows it and I don'y know how he will explain it to anyone because if he told them how he knows it won't be good for Dexter.Also in the episode Jeremy the boy Dexter let go is back and he had killed someone else and Dexter tries to help him because they are both alike but it ends with Jeremy killing himself.moreless
  • Connections

    So, they are after ice-truck killer again and Deb seems to make a break with Angel and they are after the guy - they get him and going trough his house, they find so much that seems to be connecting him to Ice-truck killer. Did they got the man?

    And there is also that Jeremy, the boy from couple of episodes back.. Dexter thinks he has killed again and almost gets in the middle of Jeremy's arrest while trying to grab him again`(?)

    And I also liked the developments on Rita's side - Paul is back, acting all nice.. In the end, this was the episode what played quite long with the question - did they really caught they guy.. and the ending was just stunningmoreless
  • killing and drama with comedy... could it get better?

    I loved this episode it mixed the killing and drama with comedy. It's great that Dexter's girlfriends ex is back it brings hole new levels of drama into the picture. I had a feeling that the suspect wasn't the real killer so I had a huge grin on my face when at then end when they reveled that it wasn't. I still think it's the doctor that did it and even more now that he told his story about his mom and never being about the put her back together all the pieces, but at least it's better for Dexter this way. The new drama with the sister liking the partner and the doctor is good stuff I can't wait to see how it all plays out. I am glad that the sister isn't still mad at Dexter for all the stuff her pulled last week.moreless
Jayden Lund

Jayden Lund


Guest Star

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Neil Perry

Guest Star

Mark L. Young

Mark L. Young

Jeremy Downs

Guest Star

Daniel Goldman

Daniel Goldman

Cody Bennett

Recurring Role

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino

Paul Bennett

Recurring Role

Christian Camargo

Christian Camargo

Rudy Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At the end of the first scene while Dexter soliloquizes and looks at the body of the boy, it is fairly obvious that the actor is breathing from the light glinting on the "blood" on the corpse's neck

    • When Dexter arrives at Neil Perry's trailer Deb says they have been digging through the entire night. Nevertheless, on the previous scene, when she calls Dexter to come by they are just starting to dig.

    • Dexter makes reference to "a double-wide" when speaking about a trailer, in fact the trailer in question is a single-wide.

    • Neil Perry's cellphone service was with Verizon.

    • The song Neil Perry sings is the gospel, "Now the Day is Over".

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Rita: (about Paul) I just wish he'd just go away. I mean, why can't he just go away and disappear forever?
      Dexter: (voice over) He can do that. Very easily.

    • Dexter: (voice over) The first time I saw his work, I felt like a Spanish explorer landing on the shores of a new world. No blood in the victims, no spatter, no stain.

    • Dexter: (voice over) For weeks I've felt like a student at a master class. Is it really possible that the master's on the run? And even more tragic, does he live in a double-wide?

    • Dexter: The Ice Truck Killer drains the blood from his victims, freezes their bodies, and only then severs their limbs. It's clean and efficient. That's his psychological signature. Neil Perry, on the other hand, stuffs roadkill.
      Deb: Yeah, and turns it into fucked up fantasy shit.
      Dexter: But the fantasies are all wrong. The guy we're looking for wouldn't turn dead, dirty things into living cartoons. He'd find that pathetic.
      Deb: How do you know?
      Dexter: Because it is pathetic.

    • Dexter: (talking about Paul) When'd you first notice it, this darkness inside the guy you fell for?
      Rita: I always knew it was there. I guess I just didn't think I deserved better, 'til I met you.
      Dexter: I have a dark side too. (Rita laughs) What? I do.
      Rita: Somehow I doubt that. You have a good heart, Dexter. You're not like Paul, you don't hurt people.
      Dexter: Innocent people. I don't hurt innocent people.

    • (Angel and Deb examine Neil Perry's hidden stash)
      Deb: This is a record of everything he's ever done.
      Angel: I got photos.
      Deb: Those are his crime scenes. Did we release those photos to the press?
      Angel: No.
      Deb: Did he take them himself?
      Angel: He had to.
      Deb: Did we just hit the motherload?
      Angel: No. We hit the motherfuckin' motherload.

    • Paul: Um, hi, how are ya? I'm Paul Bennett, father on parole.
      Dexter: Uh, Dexter Morgan. Uh, I can't think of anything clever to say.

    • Deb: (holding up a sample of Neil Perry's taxidermy) He is a sick fuck.
      Masuka: Yeah, some might say that. To others, cryptotaxidermy's a fine art. I've got a mummified Chupacabra at home.
      Deb: Can I have permission to run Masuka's prints as the Ice Truck Killer?
      Masuka: No need for that. I'll give you some warm DNA right now.

    • (Angel assembles a task force)
      Angel: Debra Morgan. Get over here, you're on the team.
      Deb: (to Dexter) Did you hear that? I'm on the team. Do you think we get hats?

    • Angel: According to the DMV, this is where Perry lives.
      Deb: Ew, with his seven inbred cousins by the look of it. Something has gotta be wrong with somebody that can live in a steel box.
      Angel: Aluminum, actually. Nina and I had a deluxe multi-sectional.
      Deb: For real?
      Angel: It was our starter home.

    • Doakes: (to Dex staring at corpse) Getting a goddamn hard-on there, Morgan?

    • Dexter: (voice over) He might be a crack-addled, wife abusing yahoo but he refuses to abandon his kids. I'm not sure that's a good thing.

    • Dexter: (to Jeremy Downs) I'm empty. But I found a way to make it less bottomless. Pretend. You pretend the feelings are there, for the world. For the people around you. Who knows, maybe one day they will be.

    • Dexter: (voice over) The FBI estimates that there are less than 50 serial killers active in the U.S. today. We don't get together at conventions, share trade secrets, or exchange Christmas cards. But sometimes I wonder what it's like for others. The only sound I hear. The only sound in the entire world is my heart beating.

    • Rita: Fucking bastard!
      Dexter: Only you can make those words cute.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Masuka: I've got a mummified Chupacabra at home.

      A Chupacabra is a mythical chimeric creature, alternately described as resembling a reptile, dog, or rodent. Like the Ice Truck Killer, the Chupacabra drains the blood from its victims' bodies.

    • 300:

      When Dexter is inside Neil Perry's trailer we can see a rubber manikin with the head of a she-goat, very alike one character from Xerxes' harem in Frank Miller's 300.

    • Brokeback Mountain
      Jeremy is said to have been hanging out with the "Brokeback Boys", an apparent euphemism for gay men, based on the movie Brokeback Mountain.