Season 2 Episode 1

It's Alive!

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2007 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • At the beginning of the episode when Rita invites Dexter to her room, he can't perform, they sit on the edge of the bed and she lays her head on his right shoulder. The camera shows the reflection of the couple in a mirror yet Rita is on Dexter's left shoulder.

    • The bowling team's name is "Bowl 'Til You Bleed"

    • Goof (Possibly intentional by writers): Debra says there is a new mass murderer worse than the Ice Truck Killer out there. A mass murderer is one who kills a group of people all at once, the Ice Truck Killer would be a serial killer. It is unlikely that Deb assumes that the find was all at once.

  • Quotes

    • Deb: My psycho-killer fiancé? Please, I've had worse. At least he paid for my meals.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Some gangs earn teardrops of blood by killing. I understand, we all need our keepsakes. One man's tattoos are another man's blood slides.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Tonight's the night. Really.

    • Masuka: Hey Morgan. You wanna see something swell? Come a little closer.
      Deb: And the token has spoken. Good to see you too, Vince.

    • Dexter: See you've been benched.
      Deb: LaGuerta's just jealous the Ice Truck Killer fucked me instead of her.
      Dexter: Wow, you're chipper.

    • Masuka: Heard your sister's back on the job already. Is she in any kind of shape?
      Dexter: You know Deb, nothing gets her down.
      Masuka: No, I mean did she pack on any pounds when she was gone because, you know, last time I saw her she was tight.

    • Dexter: (voice over, about his blind victim) Maybe I took pity on my victim. I mean, sure he's a heinous killer, but he also bumps into walls.

    • Dexter: (voice over, about his kills) I've always enjoyed my work. It brings order to the chaos, fills me with civic pride.

    • Jimmy Sensio: I am the one with the power in his hands.
      Dexter: (waves scalpel) That's not entirely accurate.
      Jimmy Sensio: Those who believe in me shall be free. (begins chanting)
      Dexter: (smacks Jimmy on the head) Knock it off.

    • Dexter: (voice over, about his intended victim) A blind man. Not very sporting, I know, but I'm not one to discriminate based on race, gender or disability.

    • Dexter: Call me an office crazy, but your humbling interest in my personal life could be misinterpreted as harassment in some circles.
      Doakes: So, report me.
      Dexter: (voice over) I could think of easier solutions.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Debra can't sleep in an empty house anymore. In fact, she can't sleep much at all. I guess that happens when your fiancé tries to slice you up into small bloodless pieces.

    • Dexter: (voice over) I wish I could have fun. But with Doakes tailing me, my life's been all Jekyll and no Hyde.

    • Dexter: I don't normally seek human contact in times of failure, but then I don't normally experience failure.

    • Debra: Did you hear that? Thirty bags! Do you know what that means? It means that there might be a new mass murderer out there way worse than the Ice Truck Killer. Maybe I can finally get some peace. Isn't that great?
      Dexter: It's amazing. (Dexter's heart beating rapidly)

    • Angel: Don't forget: Tell the universe what you need.
      Dexter: (Voice over) I really need to kill somebody.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) I'm on edge. 38 days, 16 hours and 12 minutes have passed since I've killed my brother and in that entire time I haven't had a single night to myself.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 Eddie Award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television.

  • Allusions

    • Vince Masuka's bowling ball is the same as the one used by 'The Bowler', Janeane Garofalo's character, in the movie Mystery Men. The skull inside it is that of her deceased father, 'Carmine The Bowler'.

    • Title: It's Alive

      The title refers to the exclamation by Dr. Frankenstein in the 1931 movie when his creation moves for the first time.

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