Dexter (2006–2013)
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Dex Takes a Holiday 

While Rita and the kids are out of town for a wedding, a police officer comes onto Dexter's radar.


John Dahl


James Manos Jr. (developed for television by), Jeff Lindsay (based on the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael C. Hall ... Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz ... Rita Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Desmond Harrington ... Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka (credit only)
Luna Lauren Velez ... Lt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
David Zayas ... Sgt. Angel Batista
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
John Lithgow ... Arthur Mitchell
David Ramsey ... Anton Briggs
Courtney Ford ... Christine Hill
Christina Cox ... Off. Zoey Kruger
Tim Maculan ... Sam
Sharon Sachs ... Realtor
Keith Carradine ... Frank Lundy


With Rita away with the kids away attending a cousin's wedding, Dexter finally has the freedom to find another victim. He focuses on Zoey Kruger, a police officer whose husband and child were killed in a house invasion. The blood evidence suggests that she may have actually planted evidence to incriminate a known thief and was in fact responsible herself for the killing. She hears of Dexter's investigation and warns him off in no uncertain terms, but he decides to go ahead anyway. Debra is spending more and more time with ex-Agent Frank Lundy and helping in his pursuit of the Trinity killer. Her boyfriend Anton has noticed but she assures him he has nothing to worry about. Unexpected events forces Debra to re-evaluate her relationships. The Trinity Killer realizes that Lundy may be on to him. Det. Quinn is still sleeping with reporter Christine Hill but she may have stepped over the line with her latest story. Laguerta and Angel Batista argue whether they should inform their superiors... Written by garykmcd

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evidence | blood | police | death | murder | See All (23) »


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Release Date:

18 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode is a twist on the title of the classic movie Death Takes a Holiday (1934). See more »


After Dexter finishes fixing the garbage disposal in his next victim's house, he is knelt down and is taking his gloves off. The cupboard doors behind him are open. Then when he is given a hand up he is no longer holding his gloves and the cupboard doors are now magically closed. See more »


[first lines]
Dexter Morgan: [narrating] Everyone needs a vacation. In my case it's time off - for bad behavior. But I intend to make the most of this family trip... that they're taking without me.
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References Death Takes a Holiday (1934) See more »


Blood Theme
Written by Daniel Licht
Performed by Daniel Licht
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One of the best episodes
20 October 2009 | by tim-baylissSee all my reviews

Well Dexter is known as a heart-wrenching series that can go in any direction, and yet again it's just completely twisted off on a new tangent proving this is the best show on US TV.

The last scene is shocking, but very well filmed with great acting proving this episode should be nominated for awards to be honest.

The ending was so unexpected - I never expected them to do that, frankly i'm disappointed - but at least now i'm full of anger, wanting to watch the rest of the season to see if and when Dexter catches that S.O.B

Great writing and another amazing episode.

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