Season 1 Episode 9

Father Knows Best

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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