Dexter/Love American Style

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Love American Style
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Season 1, Episode 5
Airdate October 29, 2006
Production Number 105
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Directed by Robert Lieberman
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Love American Style is the fifth episode of the first season of Dexter.

Starring: Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan), Julie Benz (Rita Bennett), Jennifer Carpenter (Debra Morgan), Erik King (Sgt. James Doakes), Lauren Vélez (Maria LaGuerta), David Zayas (Det. Angelo Batista)

And: James Remar (Harry Morgan)

Guest Starring: C.S. Lee (Vince Masuka), Christian Camargo (Rudy Cooper), Sam Witwer (Neil Perry), Brad William Henke (Tony Tucci), Jose Zuniga (Jorge Castillo), Angela Alvarado Rosa (Nina Batista), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Yelina), Valerie Dillman (Valerie Castillo), Scott MacDonald (Officer Gerard), Lizette Carrion (Shanda)

Co-Starring: Minerva Garcia (Mariel), Ashley Rose Orr (Mindy), Devon Graye (Teenage Dexter), Josh Daugherty (Morgue Attendant), June Angela (Doctor), Terry Woodberry (Tech), Carmen Olivares (Attractive Woman #1), Norma Fontana (Attractive Woman #2), Allysa Tacher (Screaming Jogger)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Love American Style: The title of this episode is a reference to the 1970s romance anthology series, Love, American Style. In each episode, an ensemble cast would act out various comedic sketches, usually failed pilots edited down to their funniest bits. This episode bears some similarity to the concept of the series by displaying a variety of different relationships: Dexter and Rita, Angel and his wife, Tony and the hooker/Debra, Debra and the doctor and, lastly, Jorge and Valerie. Each relationship is clearly a corrupted or dysfunctional version of the American ideal of love, whereas the '70s show segments were typically idealized and unrealistic.

Memorable Moments