Season 1 Episode 5

Love American Style

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 29, 2006 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

While the rest of the police department are focused on finding the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter is busy gathering evidence for his next victim. It turns out he will also discover more about relationships, love and how to make a success of it all. In doing so he gets some hilarious advice from unlikely sources and we see the first time that he actually kills two people at one time.moreless

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  • Dexter was being watched.

    It started where the last episode ended but the Ice Truck Killer makes his first mistake when a lozenge wrapper is found with a partial print of the ITK Very interesting ending when Dexter kills a couple but also gets advice off them to help him with his relationship with Rita What Dexter doesn't know is that he was being watched by someone and could effect him in the next episode.moreless
  • Dexter starts to escalate when he kills a couple

    The episode starts with Dexter and Debra investigating the scene where the ice truck killer kept the security guard and it leads to Debra possibly breaking the case when she gets a partial print.In this episode Dexter seems to be focusing on his next victim who is a human trafficker but Dexter feels he also has to kill his wife because they are both as bad as one another.While Dexter is putting their bodies in the trunk of the car he is being watched by someone but all you can see his an eye but is likely the ice truck killer.In this episode we found out what Dexter does with the bodies of his victims because he dumps them in the sea probably to be never found.moreless
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  • Some mistakes.. and much development

    So, this episode is about Dexter and much emphasize is put on his need to be alone and the way they explain it - I most say it is weird - they manage to explain all his difference so normally like he is.. normal person.

    Anyway, this episode is good in story development - I mean, this opens up so many storylines. They get lead on ice-truck killer and Deb meets that doctor and Dexter makes mistake.. It all gets used later.

    And the whole struggle Dexter has with Rita and trying to "play" relationship. It is somehow comical but also serious and those thoughts raised there.. they are really thought provoking and deep.moreless
  • This wasn't anything amazing but well worth watching.

    I like how they show that Dexter is really trying to make his relationship work. I the head things was pretty comical. what kinda of girl turns that down. I thought that his sister was really getting into the survivor but she hooked him up with the other slut so I am not so sure. I am trying to figure out who the killer is, sense I am watching this behind most some people already know, but don't tell me I cant wait to find out on my own. I am going to go with the doctor, the mexican friend, or some random that hasn't been introduced yet.moreless
June Angela

June Angela


Guest Star

Demetrius Grosse

Demetrius Grosse

Morgue Attendant

Guest Star

Ashley Rose Orr

Ashley Rose Orr


Guest Star

Devon Graye

Devon Graye

Teenage Dexter

Recurring Role

C.S. Lee

C.S. Lee

Vince Masuka

Recurring Role

Christian Camargo

Christian Camargo

Rudy Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Dexter: (voice over) The inability to feel has its advantages. Sometimes.

    • Dexter: Do you have a dream for your life? Your future? Yes?
      Rita: Of course. Do you?
      Dexter: It might sound weird. I want to someday be content. Just feel comfortable, like everyone else. I want...
      Rita: ...a normal life?
      Dexter: Yeah, a normal life.
      Rita: That's all I want. Just that.
      Dexter: No fame and fortune? Excitement at every turn?
      Rita: No, I've had enough excitement, thank you. I'll take boring.
      Dexter: Average.
      Rita: Ordinary.
      Dexter: That's weird, huh?
      Rita: Yeah.

    • Dexter: Be prepared, that's my motto, the boy scouts and I have that in common. Of course, there's no merit badge for tonight's outing.

    • Angel: (giving relationship advice to Dexter) Don't go down that emotional road, just go down on her, it's easier, and she'll be distracted.

    • Dexter: (about Angel) I wonder what I did to make him think we're so close. I wonder if it'd work on Rita.

    • Rita: You think they'll catch whoever did this?
      Dexter: I think he'll get what he deserves.

    • Jorge: I love you.
      Valerie: I love you so much.
      Dexter: I'm going to ask you a question and I want you to answer me honestly, understand? No more bullshit. How long have you been married?
      Valerie: Twelve years.
      Dexter: How do you love each other? You're like me, you make it work. how?
      Jorge: We want the same life.
      Valerie: We want the same thing
      Dexter: You share the same dream?
      The Castillos: Yes that's it.
      Dexter: That's, uh, helpful. Thank you.
      (Stuffs cotton in their mouths in preparation to kill them)

    • Harry: That you, Dex?
      Dexter: Yeah, sorry I'm late.
      Harry: It's okay, son. Must have been having fun.
      Dexter: No, I pretended to.
      Harry: That's good, Dexter.
      Dexter: Dad, do you think that maybe one day I'll, you know, feel it for real?
      Harry: I hope so, son. I really do.

    • Dexter: (voice over) The problem with acting normal is that normal people get into stupid situations like this.

    • Harry: Dexter, women are different from men.
      Dexter: We've had this talk, Dad.
      Harry: I'm saying, they have a whole different experience of things. When they're with someone physically, they feel connected and they know when you're not. They can sense it because you're very exposed.
      Dexter: Yeah, you're naked.
      Harry: I mean emotionally. Son, this is going to be very dangerous for you.
      Dexter: Well, I can fake it.
      Harry: Buddy, you can learn to fake a lot of things, but this is a tough one.

    • Dexter: (Voice over while watching Castillo) Yeesh. New money. Normal people dream of this, a new car, a big home, a boat at the Reefshore Marina, and a beautiful wife. Too bad, I never enjoy making someone a widow. They're so happy. She has no clue who she's with. Maybe that's the key to a successful relationship.

    • Dexter: Should I?
      Rita: No I'll go with her, she might need a shoulder.
      Dexter: (Voice over) She senses I'm not a shoulder, bad sign. She's catching on.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) I don't understand America's obsession with cars. I can just imagine squeezing Rita and the kids into this thing. Hitting the open road, cramped quarters, public bathrooms, hours of nothing but conversation. Someone's American dream, my nightmare.

    • Dexter: I just assumed you were Cuban.
      Jorge: I'm American, pal. Just like you.
      Dexter: Just like me.

    • Dexter: (Voice over about his relationship with Rita) It always come to this when sex is introduced. Small talk no longer cuts it. Eventually she'll call me a science project and slam the door in my face.

    • Rita: Every night after work Yelina goes across the street to the beach. I've seen her there, just staring at the water and willing him to walk out of it. Have you ever longed for anything like that?
      Dexter: (Voice over) She wants something from me. Ever since the blow job she assumes we've taken it to the next level. She doesn't know yet I don't have a next level.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) I like to pretend I'm alone. Completely alone. Maybe post apocalypse, or plague, whatever. No one left to act normal for, no need to hide who I really am, it would be freeing.
      Doakes: Stop grinning like a fucking Psycho and get back to work!

    • Dexter: (Voice over) My favorite serial killer is a lozenge eater. How human of him.

    • Vince: Who had garlic for lunch?
      Deb: I'm gonna punch you in the neck.
      Vince: Actually, I think you're going to french me.
      (Vince holds up lozenge wrapper)

    • Dexter: Somehow it's reassuring knowing I'm not the only one pretending to be normal.

    • Harry: It's important that you seem normal.
      Dexter: Even though I'm not?
      Harry: Because you're not.

    • Police Officer: I know you want to help out your maid, but there ain't a whole hell of a lot you can do.
      Dexter: (Voice over) You'd be surprised.

    • Police Officer: Freedom is just another word for one more way to get fucked.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Cop: Freedom's just another word for 'one more way to get fucked'.

      This is a twisted take on the lyrics to Janis Joplin's song "Me And Bobby McGee". "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose.

    • Dexter: It's like shooting a Jackson Pollock.

      Jackson Pollock is an American Artist. He does abstract expressionism. He does "splatter art".

    • Title: Love American Style

      The title of this episode is an allusion to the popular ABC anthology series which originally ran from 1969 to 1974.