Season 1 Episode 3

Popping Cherry

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2006 on Showtime
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Dexter's on the trail of a recently released murderer who plans to kill again when he's sidetracked by the Ice Truck Killer's latest crime - a cut-up hooker found in a hockey ice rink.

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  • La Guerta beleives she has found the Ice Truck Killer.

    When another Ice Truck Killer victim is found in Miami's hockey dome La Guerta believes that the security guard Tony Tucci is the ITK while Dexter and Deb think he was framed but Dexter isn't complaining In this episode we also go back to Dexters first kill where a nurse was giving Harry more morphine than he should be on and Harry tells Dexter what he needed to do Dexter's fist kill was sloppy but in the end he was able to kill her and Harry recovered It was the start of Dexter.moreless
  • Debra continues to track the ice truck killer after his latest kill and also Dexter deals with his own issues.

    In this brilliant episode Dexter continues to pursue the ice truck killer after his latest victim of a hooker but this time its different because there is a suspect who is night watch at the hockey stadium where the body was dumped but Dexter and Debra think that he was framed but with him missing La Guerta puts a manhunt out for him but Debra hates the fact that La Guerta won't listen to her.Dexter deals with his own issues with a boy released from prison who will kill again but Dexter plans to stop him but it was good part when Dexter found out that the boy was just like Dexter who kills the bad people and Dexter liked that and lets him live.The episode also taken us to the past again with Dexter's first kill which came around when his dad was dying and the nurse was slowly killing him and his father believes there was more victims.In his first kill it was sloppy but in the end Dexter killed her and it would be the first of many.moreless
  • the first human kill

    For Dexter it is definitely true what they say ... You always remember your first. For Dexter this first was his first human kill. I enjoyed watching Dexter pursue the teenage boy he was going to kill in this episode. I like that he let the kid go because the kid was basically doing what he himself does ... kill because they deserve it. Dexter's first kill was the nurse at the hospital his dad was at. She was killing him and others via overdose. Dexter soon put a stop to that and her. I like that although he is a self professed monster he has a big warm heart and will do anything for certain people.moreless
  • Great episode!

    Dexter tries to kill a boy released from prison who plans to kill again. Dexter doesn't realize that the boy was taking out the trash until the last minute. He lets the boy go with a warning not to kill innocent people. The only problem is the boy sees Dexter's face. I'm more concerned about this than Dexter. It doesn't seem like he's too concerned about his safety. It seems a little sloppy.

    I'm starting to wonder about some of these cops at the police station turning on their own. If some of them aren't careful their actions wlll put them on Dexter's radar.moreless
  • Tracking ice-truck killer

    So.. another murder and police is trying their best to catch the man and they have a suspect but neither of Morgans believe it. So, in some way it is development and Debbie vs LaGuerta tension but that does not take majority or lead in the episode. There are so many little storylines that none of them feels major - everything develops but it does not feel so strong as previous two episodes. I think there part of episode what had great development, was the Dexter personal side - I mean the whole thing with Rita and that social service.. he saying that the system sometimes work and whole thing there. It was sweet and little different - usually all those series show how system never works..moreless
Rudolf Martin

Rudolf Martin

Carlos Guerrero

Guest Star

Mark L. Young

Mark L. Young

Jeremy Downs

Guest Star

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby


Guest Star

Devon Graye

Devon Graye

Teenage 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 (3)

    • Deb tells Captain Matthews she got a tip about a wood-paneled station wagon from Gabrielle, one of her vice contacts. In fact, it was a different hooker named Bella who gave Deb the tip.

    • Popping Cherry: The episode title comes from the slang term for piercing a women's hymen, usually during sex for the first time. In this episode, there is a flashback to Dexter's killing a human for the first time.
      The episode title also refers to the dead prostitutes name, Cherry.
      Popping is also a slang term for killing someone, so it ties into the sex theme of Cherry being a prostitute and also the fact that she has been murdered.

    • Jeremy Downs goes to Dade County Juvenile Prison.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Gabrielle: Never piss off your pimp.
      Bella: Ever.
      Deb: LaGuerta's not my pimp.
      Shanda: Is that right? Bitch tell you what to do?
      Gabrielle: Is your pussy taking all the risk?
      Bella: Does she steal everything you earn?
      Deb: Yeah, she definitely does that.
      Gabrielle: Then she's your pimp, baby. She will mess you up if you play her.
      Deb: I told you, I'm not a fuckin' whore.
      Shanda: What's wrong with bein' a fuckin' whore?

    • Angel: (discussing the Ice Truck Killer's kill in the hockey arena) What do you think he's trying to tell us?
      Dexter: That hockey's a violent sport?

    • Dexter: (Voice over) I understand now. Why didn't I see it before? Jeremy didn't murder that boy four years ago, he was taking out the garbage. Just like I do.

    • Mac: (to Doakes) You fucked my sister. You fucked a cop's wife. Now, you're just fucked.

    • Mary the Nurse: Oh he is getting better, sweetie. A body can not suffer in sweet repose.
      Deb: What does that mean? What the hell did that mean?
      Dexter: She's weird?

    • Hooker: Who'd you fuck Dolce or Gabbana?
      Deb: I let 'em both pull a train on me.

    • Deb: (upon seeing Dead hooker's face) I know her.
      Dexter: Sherry?
      Deb: Yeah, she called herself Cherry. We worked the same corner when I was undercover.
      Dexter: You were, like, friends?
      Deb: Yeah.
      Dexter: (unsure) You want a hug?
      Deb: Fuck off.

    • Dexter: (Voice over) Most people have a hard time dealing with death, but I'm not most people. It's the grief that makes me uncomfortable. Not because I'm a killer, really I just don't understand all that emotion, which makes it tough to fake.

    • Astor: Will the Splinter Fairy come if I cry?
      Rita: Thanks for picking her up.
      (Astor hugs Dexter)
      Dexter: (voice over) If I had a heart, it would be breaking right now.

    • Harry: When you take a man's life, you're not just killing him. You're snuffing out all the things he'll ever become. As a cop, I only fire my weapon to save a life. That's a code I live by: Killing must serve a purpose. Otherwise, It's just plain murder. You understand?

    • Deborah: Can you believe LaGuerta? She didn't even know Simmons.
      Dexter: At least she knew he was a cop, or wait, did you tell her?

    • Dexter: (Voice over) All I had to do was drive home, have a taco, plan my attack, instead I tried to act human, like it's my job to save lives. (finds his car broken into and his wallet stolen) The Code of Harry never covered this. At least I know what Jeremy is and what I need to do.

    • Dexter: All you can do is play along at life and hope that sometimes you get it right.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Harry taught me that death isn't the end, it's the beginning of a chain reaction that will catch you if you're not careful. He taught me that none of us are who we appear to be on the outside, but we must maintain appearances to survive. But there was something that Harry didn't teach me, something he didn't know, couldn't possibly know, the willful taking of life represents the ultimate disconnect from humanity. It leaves you an outsider, forever looking in, searching for company to keep.

    • Dexter: (About his first murder) Things were a little messy in the beginning, hey; perfecting a new craft takes time.

    • Dexter: (voice over) I am lucky, what do I know about abuse? Without the Code of Harry, I'm sure I would have committed a senseless murder in my youth, just to watch the blood flow.

    • Dexter: (arriving at the crime scene of the latest Ice Truck Killer victim) I knew he'd be back, it feels like Christmas morning; look at that, a miracle on ice, stunning!

    • Dexter: (As Angel and Vince discuss sex) Many times in life I feel like I'm missing some essential piece of the human puzzle, this is one of them.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Sometimes you get a second chance. Florida prisons kick free 25,000 inmates a year, they don't do that for me, but it sure feels like it. I search for the ones who think they've beat the system. They're not hard to find.

    • Dexter: (voice over) Everyone moves to Miami to die, which means we have more junk than any city in America. A skilled bargain hunter can find real treasure here, but that's not my idea of hunting.

    • Rita: (about how her trees keep dying) I can't help it, I kill things.
      Dexter: That must be awful.

    • Deb: Proud of you for coming, bro. I know you hate funerals. How are you holding up?
      Dexter: I'm managing. (Voice over) No, I'm not. Keeping my face pinched in sorrow for two hours straight is a real chore.

    • Dexter: Score one for the little wooden boy!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The actor who played Mac (Scott William Winters) previously starred alongside series stars Lauren Vélez (Maria Laguerta) and David Zayas (Angel Batista) on the HBO series Oz as Cyril O'Riley.

    • The actress who played the nurse in the flashback of Dexter's first kill is Denise Crosby who is best known for playing Lt. Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation.


    • Hooker: Who'd you f*ck Dolce or Gabbana?

      Dolce&Gabbana is a high fashion clothing label.

    • Dexter: Score one for the little wooden boy.

      Dexter is alluding to Pinocchio from The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi or from Disney movie fame. The story of a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy.