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Dexter: Crocodile

As Dexter stalks his next victim, a drunk driver who is about to be acquitted for vehicular homicide that resulted in the death of a teenage boy, the Ice Truck Killer strikes again and later gets in touch with Dexter. Meanwhile, when a cop is found murdered, Dexter helps Doakes and Debra investigate a crime boss who they believe is responsible.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Sunday October 08th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Sep 06, 2007
Sweden Oct 01, 2007
UK (FOX) Mar 05, 2008
NL (VPRO) Nov 08, 2009

Guest Stars
Geoff PiersonGeoff Pierson
As Captain Matthews
Rudolf MartinRudolf Martin
As Carlos Guerrero
C.S. LeeC.S. Lee
As Vince Masuka
Sam TrammellSam Trammell
As Matt Chambers
Cristos AndrewCristos Andrew
As Norberto Cervantes (as Cristos)
Lisa KaminirLisa Kaminir
As Prosecutor

Co-Guest Stars
Christina RobinsonChristina Robinson
As Astor
Daniel GoldmanDaniel Goldman
As Cody
Devon GrayeDevon Graye
As Teenage Dexter
Andrew HawkesAndrew Hawkes
As Guard
Roxanne BeckfordRoxanne Beckford
As Reporter
Maureen MuldoonMaureen Muldoon
As Kara (Kara Simmons)
Keith PillowKeith Pillow
As Lawyer
Roger HewlettRoger Hewlett
As Mr. Pryce
Alex SchemmerAlex Schemmer
As Alexander Pryce
Nina OnuoraNina Onuora
As Uniform #1
Camilla BanusCamilla Banus
As Girl Swimming
Main Cast
Michael C. HallMichael C. Hall
As Dexter Morgan
Julie BenzJulie Benz
As Rita Bennett
Jennifer CarpenterJennifer Carpenter
As Debra Morgan
Erik KingErik King
As James Doakes
Lauren VelezLauren Velez
As Maria LaGuerta
David ZayasDavid Zayas
As Angel Batista
James RemarJames Remar
As Harry Morgan


Dexter goes swimming in the river and floats, at peace until some skiboaters go by. One girl dives in and Dexter admires how easily they go about their lives, and then swims over to his boat and gets out of the water. He then goes home to admire his collection of victim’s bloodstains. When someone knocks at the door, Dexter puts the collection back in his hiding spot in the air conditioning and puts away the doll that the Ice Truck Killer left him. Debra has brought bagels and he tells her that everything’s fine. She finally tells him that the LaGuerta is looking across the state for the ice truck and Debra figures that the killer is hiding it in plain sight. However, LaGuerta has put Debra back with prostitutes, looking for a witness. They both figure that if Debra can find the truck then she’ll be promoted to Homicide, and that she should look for the truck on her own time. Once Debra leaves, Dexter takes the doll pieces out of the freezer where he hid them, but is unable to make any sense of them...

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Episode Notes
Dexter's Victims:
Matt Chambers: vehicular hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a teenaged boy; exonerated of his crime in court

This episode was nominated for the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay.

Episode Quotes
Dexter: I dream. I dream I'm floating on the surface of my own life, watching it unfold, observing it. I'm the outsider looking in. Look at them. They can laugh and play, it comes so easily for them. Even though I'm not one of them, even though sometimes I can really be a monster. Today, I'm just... a sea monster.

Debra: Why is it we never talk brother/sister stuff?
Dexter: Our dad was a cop, you're a cop, I work for the cops. For us this is brother/sister stuff.

Lawyer: And how long have you been doing blood spatter analysis, Mr. Morgan?
Dexter: Almost twelve years.
Lawyer: You've been involved in quite a few cases then?
Dexter: 2,103.
Lawyer: Give or take.
Dexter: No. 2,103.
Lawyer: Then it's safe to say blood is your life.
Dexter: Safe to say.

Dexter: I see their pain. On some level I even understand their pain, I just can't feel their pain.

Dexter: Our boss, Lt. LaGuerta. In keeping with her total sense of entitlement, she has this attraction to me. And I thought I was creepy.

Angel: What crawled up his ass?
Debra: He hates lab rats.
Angel: Well here's a headline, it's lab rats that make us cops look good.

Dexter: Lately, the thing that surprises me most about Rita is how much I like being with her. But whenever that happens with a woman, when I feel comfortable with her, it all goes wrong.

Dexter: Another beautiful Miami day. Mutilated corpses with a chance of afternoon showers.

LaGuerta: Why go to all this trouble? What's this sick son of a bitch trying to tell us?
Dexter: (voiceover) Not us. Me. My freezer, the painted doll's fingernails. I think he's trying to impress me. And it's working.

Dexter: Ice Truck Killer returns, dead undercover cop. It's a typical day in the neighborhood.

Dexter: Men like Matt Chamberes know how to pull on the invisible mask of sympathy. Even empathy. And otherwise right-thinking people don't stand a chance. Not Guilty. Matt Chambers may have found a way to beat the system, but so have I.

Angel: You must have been a motherfucker at cat's cradle.
Dexter: I never played

(about his next victim)
Dexter: Sure hope he doesn't go out there and kill himself. That would be tragic.

Dexter: My father taught me one thing above all others: to be sure.

Dexter: If God is in the details, and if I believed in God, then He's in this room with me. I just wish He'd brought an extension cord.

Dexter: Seems like a nice guy.
Rita: They could barely keep their hands of each other.
Dexter: (voiceover) I can kill a man, dismember his body, and be home in time for Letterman. But knowing what to say when my girlfriend's feeling insecure... I'm totally lost.

Dexter: (as Rita kisses his ear) Every time a woman tries to do this to me, it... tickles. Still, it's not entirely unpleasant.

Dexter: We have an elephant in the room and its name is sex.
Rita: Tell me about it.
Dexter: As far as I'm concerned, it can just stay in the corner and mind its own damn business.
Rita: It's easier said than done.
Dexter: Yeah, but it needs to be right. For both of us, or it won't be right for either of us. I don't want that, do you?
Rita: No. You know, I can't believe I found the one good truly decent man left on the planet.

Debra: Why the different nail polishes? What the hell's this guy thinking?
Dexter: (voiceover) He's thinking, "Tag, Dexter you're it."

Dexter: My sister puts up a front so the world won't see how vulnerable she is. Me, I put a front so the world won't see how vulnerable I'm not. I don't care who these fingertips belong to, only what my new friend out there is trying to say.

Dexter: In slaughterhouses they stun the animals before butchering them. It's the humane thing to do. Those animals, they're the lucky ones.

Debra: I just wish I could get into a healthy relationship like you and Rita. Without the drama and tension and the uncertainty.
Dexter: Yeah, I'm a lucky guy.

Matt Chambers: All right. Okay, okay, it--it was me, only it wasn't me, it was the booze. It takes me over.
Dexter: That's a point of view to which I'm not entirely unsympathetic. Neither you nor I is in complete control of our destinies. Although, at the moment, it would seem I have the upper hand.
Matt Chambers: I'm sorry--really, I'm so sorry.
Dexter: You've done this too many times to be sorry.

Dexter: He came back and left nothing behind but a message. "Come find me." And I will. There are no secrets in life. Just hidden truths that lie beneath the surface.

Episode Goofs
Although the undercover cop's name is Ricky Simmons, the blood sample names during the DNA match are for "Jimmy Saunders."

When Norberto is killed, Doakes removes his photo from the organizational board.

However, later when LaGuerta comes to see him, Norberto's photo is back on the board.

When Deb talks to Lt. LaGuerta and Captain Matthews, her radio is on her left shoulder.

When Deb goes to leave the room, the radio is gone.

When LaGuerta goes to see Doakes, he removes a photo from the organizational board.

In the next shot, it's back again.

Cultural References
Rita: You're snarfing them down like the Cookie Monster.

The Cookie Monster is a Sesame Street character who first appeared in 1969 and has a voracious appetite for cookies and almost anything else.

Episode References
Dexter has worked for the Miami Metro Police for 12 years and has been involved in 2,103 cases.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJames Manos, Jr.
Executive ProducerJohn Goldwyn  |  Sara Colleton  |  James Manos, Jr.  |  Clyde Phillips
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Cuesta  |  Daniel Cerone
ProducerRobert Lloyd Lewis  |  Drew Z. Greenberg
Consulting ProducerMelissa Rosenberg
Associate ProducerArturs Rusis
Production DesignerBrandy Alexander (2)
EditorElena Maganini
CastingLori Wyman  |  Shawn Dawson
Unit Production ManagerGary Law
First Assistant DirectorLinda Rockstroh
Second Assistant DirectorWalter Parry Jr.
Staff WriterKevin R. Maynard  |  Lauren Gussis
MusicDaniel J. Licht
Music EditorMark Bensi
Music SupervisorGary Calamar
Costume DesignerJill M. Ohanneson
HairstylistLynda Kyle Walker
Key GripJason Hodges
Set DecoratorDebra Combs
Location ManagerTerry Gusto
Transportation CoordinatorSergio Orozco
Property MasterPola Shreiber
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Brewer
Script SupervisorKellie Cyrus
Production CoordinatorDelia Circelli
Assistant EditorJeff Ervin
Post Production SupervisorKenneth Andrade
Re-Recording MixerJoe Earle  |  Elmo Ponsdomenech
Director of PhotographyRomeo Tirone
Story EditorTim Schlattmann
Sound MixerRoger Pietschmann
Based On The Works OfJeff Lindsay (1)
Costume SupervisorKathleen Felix-hager
Main Title ThemeRolfe Kent
Production AccountantRobin L. Ginsberg
Casting AssistantPhyllis Karpinski
Chief Lighting TechnicianEarl C. Williman
"A" Camera OperatorGeoffrey Haley
Casting AssociateGarrett McGuire
Original CastingDeborah Aquila  |  Jennifer L. Smith  |  Tricia Wood  |  Julie Tucker
Special Effects CoordinatorDavid Watkins
Digital Imaging TechnicianRalph King
Makeup ArtistKeith Hall
"B" Camera OperatorPhilip Lee
Music ClearanceJeanne Fay
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