Season 1 Episode 4

Let's Give the Boy a Hand

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 2006 on Showtime
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The Ice Truck Killer begins leaving pictures from Dexter's childhood at the crime scenes. Is the killer trying to tell Dexter something about his own past?

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  • The Ice Truck Killer shows Dexter his life with body parts.

    A very good episode with Tony Tucci being proven innocent with his body parts left at scenes from Dexter's past Only Dexter is able to understand what the Ice Truck Killer is telling him and when he figures out Dexter is given an opportunity to kill Tony Tucci and Dexter was able to turn it down If Dexter would have killed him the Ice Truck Killer would have taken his photo then Dexter would've been in trouble It was good that Dexter left Deb the location of Tony Tucci to help her do well in homicide.moreless
  • The ice truck killer takes Dexter back to his past

    This episode shows that the ice truck killer knows that Dexter is a serial killer and because he knows that he is toying with Dexter leaving behind pictures of his childhood next to the body parts of La guerta's alive ice truck killer suspect.When La Guerta realises this she feels really bad and tries to make it up to the mother.When Dexter sees the photos of his past I thought Debra would be able to remember but she only remembered one crime scene but didn't think too much of it.I think the best part was where the ice truck killer led Dexter to the security guard and the ice truck killer gave Dexter the chance to kill him maybe thinking he might have done because he had already lost his hand and foot but Dexter never chose to kill him but if he did the ice truck killer would have taken his photo while he was killing him and then Dexter would be in trouble.The ice truck killer still remains unknown but Dexter is moving closer by each episode.

  • This episode made this one of my new favorite shows.

    The new information about dexter's past made him more really to me. I love how weird the show is, but I like that the show is not just about being weird its more. I was glad that Dexter didn't kill the guy that was left for him, it made him a real person that you can almost understand. It was nice that he let his sister find the body he says that he has no feelings but I think that kinda shows that he does. I was glad to see some sexual interaction happen between his girlfriend and him the big builded up was starting to make me mad. Her stealing the dog was classic finally starting to get a back bone.moreless
  • Getting into Dexter's childhood..

    So.. this time it is getting much more personal. I mean, the whole thing with that suspected Ice-truck killer and leaving his bodyparts in places from Dexter's childhood photographs. That just creepy but works very well with the story and the development leads to deeper dive into Dexter's personality and his thoughts.. I mean.. like the one when they are in Halloween shop... The concept of monster and wearing masks. I mean - it just works and it has a beautiful meaning if looking.

    So, I think it was great story and well worked out. Great episode with good story developments.moreless
  • It's... OK

    De a poquito esto está empezando a despegar. Que quede claro que no espero que me lleve muy lejos, pero con llegar a Orlando me conformo. Al menos ahora no tengo ganas de meterme los dvd's en el bolsillo.

    The ice-truck killer parece un tipo inteligente, los policías que atrapan a Guerrero lo consiguen en base a un buen plan.

    Y... eso... le doy una mano a Dexter, le doy una segunda oportunidad.

    Aparte: मैं बहुत इस ... लेखन वास्तव में सेवा करने के लिए नहीं है जारी करने के लिए इच्छुक नहीं हूँ. Espero que puedan apreciar lo que acabo de confesar.moreless
Haley King

Haley King

Teenage Debra

Guest Star

German Legarreta

German Legarreta

Juvenile Prisoner #1

Guest Star

Laura Marano

Laura Marano

Young Debra

Guest Star

Dominic Janes

Dominic Janes

Young Dexter

Recurring Role

Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson

Astor Bennett

Recurring Role

Daniel Goldman

Daniel Goldman

Cody Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Dexter takes Rita and the kids to pick out Halloween costumes, Dexter suggests a costume for Rita to wear. It's hard to see, but he is suggesting that she dress up as a witch.

    • On the beginning of the episode right at the moment Dexter is doing a voiceover about the Halloween tradition of people wearing masks of monsters, Cody appears wearing a mask of U.S. President George W. Bush.

    • Goof: In this episode, when Dexter looks at the back of the photograph and sees the smiley face, the photo paper is HP. Digital photo printing wasn't around when Dexter was young.

    • Dexter should stick to blood spatter - for both the foot and the hand he is way off on where the killer's incisions are. The hand has been severed well below the carpals, clean through the radius and ulna. Similarly the foot has been removed by cutting through the tibia and fibula - the tarsals and metatarsals are about halfway down the foot itself.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Harry: It's great to see you having such a great time, Dex.
      Dexter: Are you kidding me? This hay is giving me a total allergy attack and we are just going around in circles on a pumpkin patch.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) Gift-wrapped and begging for death, tools at the ready. He was left here so I would kill him, but my new friend doesn't see me as clearly as he thinks. I can't kill this man. Harry wouldn't want it, and neither would I.

    • Dexter: (Voice over about the clue) My friend left this. He's showing me where to go. Am I going because it's what he wants or because that's what Harry would want? And what do I want?

    • Deb: (watching security footage) Oh look, there's Mr. Tub-O-Lardy bring Mrs. Tub-O-Lardy another bucket of fried chicken.

    • Dexter: (Voice over during the blow job) I've come to to appreciate the comfortable moments with Rita. The easy, quiet moments. This might be better.

    • LaGuerta: If I were you I'd head back to the station. Traffic at this hour's a bitch. (walks away)
      Deb: Speaking of bitch...

    • Dexter: (voice over) Unlike Harry, my new friend doesn't place much value in blending in. He wants me to see who he is and what he does. Everything about him is brazen, authentic. What does that make me?

    • Harry: You can't be a bully, Dexter. First of all, it's wrong. Secondly, people remember bullies. People like me, cops. A Bully is a felony waiting to happen. So..?
      Dexter: Blend in.

    • Dexter: (Voice over about the dog) I could make things so much easier for Rita, but that would be wrong.

    • Harry: This time everybody smile. That means you too, Dex.
      Deb: Yeah, pretend you're burning ants!

    • Neighbor: Walter is an outside dog.
      Dexter: Hey, you put Walter inside, Walter is an inside dog.
      Neighbor: He doesn't like being inside.
      Dexter: He tell you that?

    • Dexter: (voice over) Maybe I'll never be the human Harry wanted me to be, but I couldn't kill Tony Tucci. That's not me either. My new friend thought I wouldn't be able to resist the kill he left for me, but I did. I'm not the monster he wants me to be, so I'm neither man nor beast. I'm something new entirely, with my own set of rules. I'm Dexter. Boo.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Everyone hides who they are at least some of the time. Sometimes you bury that part of yourself so deeply that you have to be reminded that it's there at all, and sometimes you just want to forget who you are altogether.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Hospital's shut down now. Abandoned for years, but tonight it's visiting hours again.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Harry was the only one who saw me, really saw me. So he taught me to hide, and that's what's kept me safe. But sometimes, I'm not sure where Harry's vision of me ends and the real me starts. If I'm just a collection of learned behaviors, bits of pieces of Harry. Maybe my new friend is right, maybe I am a fraud.

    • Dexter: (voice over) He knows. He's not corrupting the happy Hallmark images of my youth. He's revealing the ugly truth behind them.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Another photo from my family album, he's recreating my past with Tony Tucci's body parts. He's forcing me to see this.

    • Dexter: (voice over) It is my new friend the Ice Truck Killer. When he broke into my apartment, he took some time to get to know me. My life, my secrets.

    • Dexter: (sees severed hand in chair) Interesting hand job.
      Angel: That's funny.
      Dexter: It is?

    • Dexter: (voice over) I find people around me are all making some kind of connection, like friendship or romance but human bonds always lead to messy complications; commitment, sharing, driving people to the airport. Besides if I let someone get that close, they'd see who I really am and I can't let that happen. So, time to put on my mask.

    • Dexter: (voice over)I love Halloween, the one time of year when everyone wears a mask, not just me. People think its fun to pretend you're a monster. Me, I spend my life pretending I'm not. Brother, Friend, Boyfriend- all part of my costume collection. Some people might call me a fraud.
      (Dexter stops and looks at Rita and the kids)
      Rita: Let's see if this fits.
      Cody: Boo! (stabs Dexter with play knife)
      Dexter: Ahh! You stabbed me in the back. (voice over) I prefer to think of myself as a master of disguise.

    • Harry: When somebody takes your picture, you smile. It doesn't matter if you're happy or not, you just do it, to fit in. Ok?
      Dexter: Ok.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Title: Let's Give the Boy a Hand

      The title is a line from Denice Williams "Let's Hear it for the Boy." The song is on the Footloose movie/musical soundtrack.

    • Dexter: Dexter Morgan, this is your life.

      This phrase came from the popular show This is Your Life, where celebrities were "ambushed" and interviewed and reacquainted with old friends and recounted person tragedy.

    • Rita's Halloween Costume

      Rita was dressed as Lara Croft, from the Tomb Raider video game series. Angelina Jolie starred in the movie adaptation titled Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.