Season 1 Episode 3

Popping Cherry

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2006 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.