Season 3 Episode 11

I Had a Dream

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 2008 on Showtime
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Dexter ponders how to take care of his situation with Miguel, which is further complicated when someone else within the police department suspects Miguel of murder. Debra becomes emotional after making a discovery about her past. Dexter considers which friends he can truly trust, and finalizes his decision of his best man.moreless

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  • Dexter plans a way to kill Miguel.

    This was a great 11th episode and throughout the episode Dexter was one step in front of Miguel because he was controlling the investigation of Ellen Wolf while La Guerta was getting closer to arresting Miguel Through Miguel's friendship breaking down with Dexter he picks Deb as his best man because there is nobody he wants to be up with him more than Deb The ending was definitely the best part where Dexter is able to finally kill Miguel and reveals he killed his brother Oscar but Dexter is going to have to make it look like the Skinner did this I presume the season finale will show the conclusion of the Skinner who has been on the run for a few episodes now.

  • Pretty much a letdown

    Season 3 IS a mixed bag. However last 2 episodes were quality and I was hoping for a strong ending for the season...unfortunately this one was a let down. Major developments but not what I was hoping for.

    Miguel dies..yeah, he was bound to. Jimmy Smits was a guest star and Miguel an obstacle for Dexter, so he dies. But the least they could do is to work something great... unpredictable. But this was the most obvious way to do it...Miguel covered with sheet of plastic and killed by..Dexter. That`s disappointing. I was hoping they came up with another solution.. someone else to kill Miguel or some other way or even not kill him. Season 1,, is like Dexter and ends up getting killed by the latter. Season 2, Lila...understands Dexter in a way...ends up killed by Dex. These were great but now they came up with the same thing with Miguel...I can only say same old same old. Meh.

    The opener was fun...bachelor party..ok I was surprised and LMAO. No Skinner vs. Dexter thing for now. Surely, we will have it in the finale but party won`t be the same without Miguel.

    Side stories were OK...not much to say. Main story was interesting but the outcome like I said, very disappointing. Laguerta getting into the mix as expected was a great thing. Miguel goes without a fight, his death sucks BUT it doesn`t prevent the final scene to be great...big time the grey effect in the end, great acting...hate the outcome of it. I would lie if I say I`m looking forward to the finale. Still hats off to Jimmy Smits for his great contribution this season.moreless
  • Dexter chooses a new best man!

    Great set-up for what I hope will be an excellent season finale. An end to Miquel, which was only to be expected but the way in which is was done, was a bit too predictable.

    The opening on the other hand was a complete surprise. Not a confrontation but a bachelor party instead, excellent writing and playing with people's expectations.

    The climax with Miquel was OK, not great but we all knew a guest starring role had to end someday. Jimmy Smits did an excellent job and the development of the relationship between those two was great fun to watch.

    To me, the stand-out scene in this episode was when Dexter realised he should have asked Deb to be his best man and then he did ask her. Such an emotional scene, I loved it!!moreless
  • Death Becomes Miguel] Written by Lauren Gussis And Chic Eglee Directed by Marcos Siega

    Dexter: "What did you say in your bachelor party speech? Friends are always honest."

    Miguel: "Friends forgive. Friends forgive."

    Dexter: "But I don't forgive you. And I don't get to have friends."

    Okay, was there anyone who thought that maybe for a nanosecond that Miguel would make it out of this season alive? Yeah, didn't think so. That being said, I did think that it would be in the finale that Miguel would meet his untimely end and not the episode before it.

    The opening scene of this episode is wonderful in it's tension. Dexter genuinely thinks that with him being tied up in the trunk of a car that Miguel has won. The interesting part is that without the Harry bit, we really should've seen it coming. How else would you get Dexter to go to his bachelor party?

    It's probably not best to kidnap the groom, especially when the groom in question has a highly impressive body count that you'll never see on his resume. I did laugh when Masuka got punched in the face, proving that some good deeds can get you punished for a lot.

    Miguel at Dexter's bachelor party had some defining moments. Both men were desperate to keep up appearances but as soon as Miguel started talking about friendship and forgiveness, I just knew that he was trying to appeal to Dexter's better nature.

    Miguel might have the Skinner in his pocket but he knows that Dexter's a killer and he also probably knew that Dexter was going to end him. Trying to appeal to Dexter's better nature was pointless. Even I was cheering on Dexter talking about killing Miguel and yeah, I'm aware that that's somewhat disturbed.

    Miguel however is a deserving victim for Dexter. He had no reason other than pettiness when he killed Ellen Wolf and he made some serious threats to Dexter and the few people that Dexter cared about. Plus if Miguel hadn't been bumped off this week, then it might have been Maria.

    Maria certainly has come leaps and bounds from the vapid woman she was in the first few episodes of Season One. She had already figured out that Miguel had killed Ellen and spent this episode siding up to him so she could evidence. In other words, Maria was being competent.

    It's usually when Maria acts like a professional that someone like Captain Matthews comes down and bulldozes her. Surprisingly the writers actually avoided doing that. Instead they actually wrote some delightful scenes between her and Dexter, the kind that make you hope that the fourth season will give you more.

    Dexter isn't particularly friendly with Maria most of the time. I don't think he hates her but he never seemed to be as friendly with her as he is with everyone else on the series. Because of their mutual in bringing Miguel to justice, they bonded and it was interesting.

    I liked seeing Maria confiding in Dexter about her fears with Miguel and even telling him that the psycho AD was Ellen's killer when Dexter was able to prove it. At one point, Dexter was even gonna provide her with more clues. Instead he saved her life and she'll never know.

    Miguel's plan to use a drunken Ramon as an alibi wasn't the smartest one he could've thought of. I loved how Dexter was able to trick Miguel into falling straight into his trap. As death scenes go, Miguel's is certainly interesting.

    There's no overt emotiveness like there was when Dexter had to kill Brian/Rudy but like Lila, Miguel did teach Dexter a lesson – he can't have friends. Telling Miguel that he killed Oscar was a touch spiteful so it's a good job that Miguel is definitely dead. That being said, Dexter should probably watch out for Ramon who isn't above a little torture himself.

    If you want an emotional link in this episode then it came perfectly with Dexter telling Deb about Harry's affair with a CI. He didn't specify that it was with Laura Moser but he better not be surprised when Deb pieces that bit herself. I loved Deb's reaction to Dexter about secrets. It's so perfectly in character for her.

    Also touching was the fact that Dexter asked Deb to be his best man. I know there are probably some viewers out there who wondered why he didn't do that in the first place but it felt rather earned here. Deb is probably the closest person that Dexter can be honest with. Maybe not about his killing tendencies, especially if you've read the books but she's pretty close.

    Speaking of Deb, anyone else feel like shedding a tear when Anton told her about the true extent of his ordeal with the Skinner? I certainly did. Anton might not be perfect but him and Deb are a good pairing and he does genuinely care for her. She also seems to feel the same way given her lack of enthusiasm of carpooling with Quinn.

    Quinn's another character I can't figure out. Both him and Deb have had a love/hate relationship all season long and it's easy for that to translate into a sexual one. He's clearly not a bad person but I'd rather Deb with Anton than Quinn. I don't think I'm alone in that sentiment.

    In terms of the other relationships, how interesting is it that Masuka has finally found a woman who likes him? Hey if he can get lucky, there really does have to be someone for everyone out there after all. Angel and Barbara also maintain a level of sweetness that only a genuine sourpuss would scowl at.

    Rita however just seems to be constantly in wedding mode but I did like her comments about Miguel and bringing Dexter some bagels, given that it's usually him delivering food to all and sundry. Will she still do that when they're married?

    Also in "I Had A Dream"

    I'm gonna go on a limb and say that this episode isn't named after a certain ABBA ditty, right?

    Dexter: "So this is how it ends. I pictured it a thousand ways but never like this, me bound in the trunk of a car. I'm so ****

    In regards to this wedding, are we actually gonna see any of Rita's family (excluding Cody/Astor of course)?

    Miguel: "Friends are always honest with each other. They can see past their differences. When they have a conflict, friends are there to forgive. A true friend whom to bury the hatchet because friendship is a sacred bond built on trust and Dex, I have learned so much from you about trust."

    Masuka: "Ow, what am I, the Morgan family punching bag?"

    Deb: "Thanks for not inviting to me to Dexter's party you ass."

    As fitting as Deb would've been at Dexter's bachelor party, shouldn't she have been at Rita's hen night along with Sylvia?

    Dexter: "Dad, I got it. Miguel dies, people notice."

    Harry: "Which means you can't just make him disappear."

    Dexter: "So I'll pin it on someone else."

    Anton: "Debra, I could hear it, y'know? The sound of the blade cutting into me. I didn't, the sound of me screaming like it was somebody else and I remember thinking, 'that guy screaming is gonna die'."

    Can we please get back that woman who Deb went to get files on all of Harry's attractive female CI's for next season? She was a lot of fun.

    Masuka (re Tammy): "The problem is she likes me. I mean, there's gotta be something wrong with her, right?"

    Angel: "I'll let you know when the server is up."

    Maria: "Do you ever get a voice inside nagging at you?"

    Dexter: "I'm aware of the phenomenon."

    It turns out that Masuka donates sperm as his way of giving back to society. Won't someone think of the children?

    Masuka (re Tammy): "That means she's got issues, so she's not out of my league."

    Angel: "Happy to help."

    Dexter (re Harry/Laura): "I didn't know if I -"

    Deb: "- Should tell? Yes. Whenever you have an earth shattering, ball crushing, mind **** of a secret you should tell your ****ing sister."

    Quinn got one seriously nasty slash to the face from the Skinner. I'm surprised he wasn't as damaged as he looked.

    Miguel: "I accept you. I accept you, Dexter, like a brother."

    Dexter: "I killed my brother. I killed yours too."

    It was interesting that Dexter not only had a picture of Ellen on display but also one of Maria as well. It also made sense given what Miguel was prepared to do to Maria.

    "I Had A Dream" delivered punch after punch after punch. Full of excellent tension, beautiful character moments and while I'll be surprised if the finale is a genuine cop out, I'm wondering how Dexter finishing off the Skinner is going to have the same impact given how impersonal the villain has been.moreless
  • perfect

    Dexter does not know if he should kill Miguel or not, but he decides he must when he realizes Laguerta knows what Miguel did, and so Miguel targets her. Will Dexter kill his best friend? Does Dexter even have a best friend?

    Great episode. I really liked the ending when Dexter killed Miguel. The whole episode was pretty heart-pounding and made me want to know what was going to happen next. Great episode, I can not wait for the next episode to find out how season 3 of this wonderful show ends. A+ episode, without a doubt in my mindmoreless
Jane McLean

Jane McLean


Guest Star

Vincent Pagano

Vincent Pagano


Guest Star

Ethan Andrew

Ethan Andrew


Guest Star

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado

Recurring Role

Desmond Harrington

Desmond Harrington

Joey Quinn

Recurring Role

David Ramsey

David Ramsey

Anton Briggs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Miguel: I know you, Dex, I know you better than anyone.
      Dexter: Oh, there have been quite a few who have seen the real me as they lay on that table.

    • Dexter: What did you say in your bachelor party speech? Friends are always honest.
      Miguel: Friends forgive.
      Dexter: But, I don't forgive you. And I don't get to have friends.

    • Miguel: I accept you. I accept you, Dexter, like a brother.
      Dexter: I killed my brother. I killed yours, too.

    • Miguel: They deserved it. I'm not like them.
      Dexter: You are. Admit it.
      Miguel: I'm like you.
      Dexter: No. No, no, no, no. I know I'm a monster.

    • Maria: I don't want you getting into any trouble over this. Use my authorization codes, and make it happen. Procedure above board, results under the table. You good with that?
      Dexter: Absolutely. You need something under the table, I'm your guy. (Pause) That didn't come out right.

    • Dexter: (voice over) If home is where the heart is, where do you go when you don't have a heart?

    • Dexter: (voice over) After last night, they all think we share a secret, but Miguel's the only one who knows mine. I could tell the rest of them, but then I'd have to kill them. Just like I'm going to kill Miguel.

    • Miguel: While my job as Best Man is to offer a few remarks, you're gonna have to forgive me for keeping them G-rated because I'm running for office after all.
      Dexter: (voice over) Better run fast.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Bachelor parties. While I do understand the need for ritual, I've heard these events aren't really for the groom, they're for everyone else. I have plans to make for my own big day. The day I kill Miguel.

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