Season 1 Episode 9

Father Knows Best

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 26, 2006 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dexter receives notification that his biological father has recently passed away. Dexter is named as the sole heir of all his possessions including his house. Dexter goes for a weekend away with Rita, Deb, and Rudy.

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  • Dexter meets the Ice Truck Killer

    When Dexter learns his biological father has recently died he questions Harry who told him he was already dead He has also been given his fathers house so Dexter goes but it turns into Rita coming with him and then Deb and Rudy who we have just found out is the Ice Truck It was very good to see Rudy with Dexter because Rudy has wanted to meet Dexter for a long time Rudy was following Dexter through the episode and trying to get to know him At the end Rudy nearly gets found out when a neighbor recognizes him as a cable man but everyone drives away before they find out what she was saying he was the cable man This means that Rudy killed Dexter's bio and he also comes back at the end to kill the neighbor just in case she can recognize him again.moreless
  • This one didn't have enough of that strangeness that I have come to love in the show.

    Thought the show was alright I think it was a good filler episode that gave some information about Dexter and setup so new story lines. It was interesting to see the serial killer and Dexter together and Dexter not even know it. I think that the killer is lonely and he is trying to make Dexter, the sister, and the girlfriend all a happy little family. I think that he likes Dexter more that the sister. I was glad to see that the ex finally messed up the good guy act was becoming annoying. I hope Dexter does something to him soon, although she showed in this episode that she didn't even really need his help.moreless
  • Matters of family

    I think this episode has the irony when looking after knowing some things to come - it all goes around family for Dexter.. I mean his family.. the families of others around him.. Rita's scene in the end promises much trouble for woman.

    I think it was quite weird that Deb introduced her new boyfriend this way, but it was needed for the story and development and it did well. There was little unknown, mystery and much we never know but what we can think - I mean the mark what Dexter had no change to find and "tv guy".

    The only thing that little bothered me was the police station storyline. Maybe it has it's own use later, specially the special force background but this way it was little off and little not connected.moreless
  • Beside You

    Dexter se entera que su verdadero padre murió y que heredó de él una tierna casita en las afueras de Miami. Su noviecita se ofrece a ayudarlo a ir y sacar todo lo que ya no sirve y a ellos se le suman la parejita feliz de la hermanita con the ice truck killer que está encantado y fascinado da al fin conocer a su mentor (alguien se dió cuenta que no me se los nombres de los personajes?).

    Podría haber sido un capítulo de p*** madre a lo Jason pero terminó siendo uno más, donde se dan muchas vueltas al p***.moreless
  • Revealing...

    We have finally found out who the Ice Trucker is (Rudi) In this episode...

    Dexter receives a registered letter informing him that his biological father has recently died. This comes as a shock, because Harry, Dexter's adoptive father, had told him that his real dad died over 30 years ago. As Dexter heads off to visit the house of his deceased biological father, Rita decides to come along to help him make it through the weekend. Then Debbie and Rudy join them at the house and things become even more awkward.

    Back in Miami, Doakes is involved in the questionable shooting of a middle-aged Haitian man. Internal Affairs investigates and Batista has to decide if he's going to tell the truth about the shooting, or back Doakes' untrue version of the actual incident.moreless
Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Dr. Pittman

Guest Star

Joseph Lyle Taylor

Joseph Lyle Taylor

Sgt. McKay

Guest Star

Jeanette Miller

Jeanette Miller

Old Neighbor

Guest Star

Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson

Astor Bennett

Recurring Role

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino


Recurring Role

Christian Camargo

Christian Camargo

Rudy Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In Dexter's flashback of the hospital, the doctors discuss a problem with his blood type. They say that he has a very rare blood type, AB negative, and therefore can't get a blood donor. However, this is incorrect.In reality AB negative can receive from any other negative blood type- A,B,O, or AB.

    • When Dexter is about to see the body at the morgue, a digital clock over his shoulder reads "4:11." In the very next shot, however, it says "4:17."

    • When Deb is waking up and starts talking to Rudy, there's an exceedingly quick shot where you can tell Jennifer Carpenter is wearing pasties.

    • Dexter references his biological father living "five hours up I-95." However, Dade City is located in Pasco County, on the western side of Florida, and would actually be five hours up I-75, since Interstate 75 traverses mostly the western part of the state while Interstate 95 traverses the eastern part.

    • Music in this episode:
      "Slow Ride" by Foghat
      "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Masuka calls Dexter's cell phone)
      Deb: Morgan here.
      Masuka: Wait, did I call the hot Morgan by mistake? Freudian. My subconscious has been exposed.
      Deb: Well, zip it up and tell me what's going on.

    • Rita: I hope tuna's alright.
      Rudy: I do love me a little mercury.

    • (Dexter calls Masuka)
      Masuka: Masuka.
      Dexter: Hey, it's Dexter Morgan.
      Masuka: Dude, I know your last name.
      Dexter: Yeah, I need a favor. A DNA comparison.
      Masuka: I thought you were away for the weekend with the girlfriend. What, she surfin' the crimson wave?

    • Dexter: (voice over) Luckily, I get up earlier than normal people.
      (enters the kitchen)
      Rudy: Coffee?

    • Dexter: (voice over) How did a death turn into a couples weekend?

    • Rita: Hello.
      Paul: Hey babe, it's Paul. Just making sure dear Dexter is dealing decently with his dead dad.
      Rita: We're fine, everyone's fine. Alright, we'll see you on Monday.
      Paul: Talk to me, you having fun? Cause I'm not.
      Rita: Paul.
      Paul: Would've if I'd have taken my kids to the circus. We'd be eating peanuts right now, stepping in elephant shit.
      Rita: Paul, this is not helping my confidence in you.
      Paul: Oh, I think you've got enough confidence for both of us.
      Rita: Look if you want to work towards building more visitation days and not less, you need to avoid this kind of behavior right here. Now I think you might just politely hang up.
      Paul: OK, you're right, I'm sorry. You have a great weekend. (hangs up phone)

    • Rudy: Well, Joe said no to the drugs, but not his rock n roll. Nothing in his collection post 1980. Gotta love a purist.

    • Doakes: (About Dexter) The man is a fucking creep-job!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Paul: Hey babe, it's Paul. Just making sure dear Dexter is dealing decently with his dead dad.

      This alliteration style is a reference to Dexter's narration in the books. The titles Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter are alliterations, as well as many lines of narration in the book.

    • Title: Father Knows Best:

      The title is an allusion to a popular American TV series that ran from 1954 to 1962. It was a family sitcom. It began originally as a radio show in 1948.