Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2006 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • The site Dexter visits says you must be 21 to enter, but the warning says by entering you acknowledge that you are at least 18.

    • Error: Both younger Dexters have moles on their faces, but are in different spots. Dexter as an adult has no mole.

    • The refrigerated truck that the killer was driving belonged to Miami Chills Ice.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Dexter drives by The Crescent Hotel, a popular Miami beach resort.

    • Dexter has a very large scar, located on his side, under his left arm about the height of his nipple.

    • Dexter's boat is named "Slice of Life".

    • Dexter keeps a case of slides, each one containing a blood drop sample from each of those he has killed so far, hidden in the wall unit air conditioner of his apartment.

    • Dexter cuts each of his victims on their right cheek with a scalpel to extract a drop of blood for his collection.

  • Quotes

    • Doakes: You give me the fucking creeps, you know that, Dexter?
      Dexter: Yeah, I know. Sorry about that.
      Doakes: Fuck you.
      Dexter: Okay. Uhh... is there something I can...?
      Doakes: Yeah, you can give me your fucking analysis on the blood splatter on these killings. You think I'm here to invite you to my nephew's bris?
      Dexter: I didn't know you were Jewish.
      Doakes: Shut the fuck up and write your report already.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Rita's ex-husband, the crack addict, repeatedly raped her, knocked her around. Ever since then, she's been completely uninterested in sex. That works for me.

    • Angel: Son of a whore.
      Dexter: Who?
      Angel: Talking about this hijo de puta, this asshole killer, this maricón savage who makes us work on a Friday night.
      Dexter: Only Mondays through Thursdays--that's what I always say.
      Angel: Of course, cońo, be reasonable. Who wants to work on a Friday night? I have my needs.

    • Dexter: Talk to me about Jane Saunders.
      Jaworski: Okay, I did her.
      Dexter: How?
      Jaworski: In a movie. A snuff film, but I'm not sorry.
      Dexter: Of course not, and now I'm not sorry either. (Dexter swings blade for the kill)

    • Dexter: (Voice over) Animals don't like me, especially dogs. I don't think they approve of what I sometime do to their masters. That dog recognizes me, as easily as I can recognize Jaworski... or any other killer.

    • LaGuerta: Tell me Dexter, how'd you get so smart?
      Dexter: Lots of sleep.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) The problem with eating and driving, which I love to do, is not being able to employ the 10-2 hand position on the wheel. It's a matter of public safety. But there's always a sacrifice.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Salt of the earth these people, and they work hard; but with a solve rate for murders at about 20%, Miami is a great place for me. Great place for me to hone my craft. Viva Miami.

    • LaGuerta: (to Deb) Ahh, Officer Morgan. I didn't recognize you with your clothes on.

    • Harry: Have you ever wanted to kill anything else? You know, something bigger than a dog?
      Dexter: Yes.
      Harry: Like a person?
      Dexter: Yeah, but no one in particular.
      Harry: Why didn't you?
      Dexter: I thought you and mom wouldn't like it.

    • Harry: You're different, aren't you, Dexter?
      Dexter: What do you mean, pop?
      Harry: The Billups say Buddy disappeared. I found the grave, son.
      Dexter: That dog was a noisy little creep, dad. He was barking all night, and mom couldn't sleep. And she's very, very sick, and that lousy dog was yapping at every leaf that blew down the sidewalk!
      Harry: There were a lot of bones in there, Dexter, and not just Buddy's.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) Nice night. Miami is a great town. I love the Cuban food. Pork favorite. But I'm hungry for something different now.

    • Dexter: (Deb dressed as hooker) Geez Deb, where the hell do you keep your gun?

    • LaGuerta: So then he must have already had the head with him in the front seat. Huh, that's weird. Why would he keep it there?
      Dexter: I don't know. So he could use a carpool lane.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) That's it. He's definitely the one. Now it's just a matter of time before he becomes a drop of blood in my glass slide collection.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) But for me, sex never enters into it. I don't understand sex. Not that I have anything against women, and I certainly have an appropriate sensibility about men, but when it comes to the actual act of sex, it's always just seemed so undignified.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) Just like me- empty inside.

    • Dexter: (to Deb) Keep the sex suit on when you're talking to the captain, it'll help your cause.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Blood. Sometimes it sets my teeth on edge, other times it helps me control the chaos. The Code of Harry, my foster father, is satisfied and so am I.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Harry and Dorris Morgan did a wonderful job raising me. But they're both dead now. I didn't kill them. Honest.

    • Dexter: (voice over about the doll parts in his freezer) I suppose I should be upset, even feel violated, but I'm not. No, in fact, I think this is a friendly message, like "Hey, wanna play?" and yes I want to play. I really do.

    • Camilla: You have a morbid sense of fun.
      Dexter: That's probably true...

    • Dexter: (Voice over) No sticky, hot, messy, awful blood, no blood at all! Why hadn't I thought of that? No blood, what a beautiful idea.

    • Detective Sue: See you at the next bloodbath?
      Dexter: I never miss a party.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) Needless to say I have some unusual habits, yet all these socially acceptable people can't wait to pick up hammers and smash their food to bits. Normal people are so hostile.

    • Dexter: (as killer averts his eyes from dead bodies) Look! Or I will cut your eyelids right off your face.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Harry was a great cop here in Miami. He taught me how to think like one; he taught me how to cover my tracks. I'm a very neat monster.

    • Dexter: (voice over) My name is Dexter, Dexter Morgan. I don't know what made me the way I am, but whatever it was left a hollow place inside. People fake a lot of human interactions, but I feel like I fake them all, and I fake them very well...and that's my burden, I guess.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) There's something strange and disarming about looking at a homicide scene in the daylight of Miami. It makes the most grotesque killings look staged, like you're in a new and daring section of Disney World: Dahmerland!

    • Harry Morgan: Remember this forever, you are my son, you are not alone, and you are loved.

    • Mike Donovan: (about killing the boys) I couldn't help myself. I couldn't. Please, you have to understand
      Dexter: Trust me, I definitely understand. See, I can't help myself either. But children, I could never do that. Not like you. Never, ever kids.
      Mike Donovan: Why?
      Dexter: I have standards.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) She's the only person in the world who loves me. I think that's nice. I don't have feeling about anything, but if I could have feelings at all, I'd have them for Deb.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) The only real question I have is why in a building full of cops, all supposedly with a keen insight to the human soul, is Doakes the only one who gets the creeps from me?

    • Mike Donovan: Hail Mary, full of grace, the lord..
      (Dexter slaps him)
      Dexter: Stop, that never helped anybody.

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