Dexter (2006–2013)
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Dress Code 

Dexter takes on an apprentice and tries to teach him Harry's code.


Alik Sakharov


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
Jennifer Carpenter ... Debra Morgan
Desmond Harrington ... Det. Joseph 'Joey' Quinn
C.S. Lee ... Vince Masuka
David Zayas ... Lt. Angel Batista
Aimee Garcia ... Jamie Batista
Geoff Pierson ... Deputy Chief Tom Matthews
James Remar ... Harry Morgan
Yvonne Strahovski ... Hannah McKay
Charlotte Rampling ... Dr. Evelyn Vogel
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Jacob Elway
Bethany Joy Lenz ... Cassie Jollenston
Julian Sands ... Miles Castner
Sam Underwood ... Zach Hamilton
Dora Madison ... Niki Walters (as Dora Madison Burge)


After being drugged by Hannah McKay, Dexter wakes up in an industrial area outside of town. He knows that Hannah is responsible and she's surprisingly easy to find, which makes Dexter more than just a bit suspicious. It turns out she's living on a luxury yacht with her husband Jacob. She's changed her name to Maggie and says she's quite happy. Her husband doesn't appreciate the fact that she's met with Dexter forcing her to take action and for Dexter to help her out. Meanwhile, Dexter has agreed to teach Zach Hamilton the code - to Dr. Vogel's delight - but he is proving to be a difficult student. When someone close to Dexter is killed, he's certain that Zach is the culprit. Masuka arranges a new job for his newfound daughter. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The phone number Dexter gets from the car rental for Hanna is a Tampa Bay area code. See more »


When Zach goes to Dexter's place at night, Dexter emphatically states that he never do it again and they can't be seen together. Later on in the show, after Zach leaves the police station during broad daylight, Dexter is waiting for him in the station parking lot and they sit and talk. That makes no sense. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Evelyn Vogel: [phone call awakens Dexter laying next to a rock] Hello? Dexter? I was just about to leave you another message. Where have you been all morning?
Dexter Morgan: [thinking] The last thing I remember is Hannah.
Dr. Evelyn Vogel: Is everything all right?
Dexter Morgan: [thinking] Not if Hannah got to Deb.
Dexter Morgan: [aloud] I can't really talk now.
Dr. Evelyn Vogel: I just thought you should know that Zach Hamilton called. I'm so glad you decided not to kill him, Dexter.
Dexter Morgan: I have to go...
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Written by Daniel Licht
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Two psychopaths together, never good mix
12 August 2013 | by nikashviliSee all my reviews

Previous episode A Little Reflection gave some tricky points for this week's episode - Hannah was back, Dexter did not kill Zach, because Vogel suggested to raise him up.

Dress Code brings great followups for each points. Starting with Hannah, Dex tries to understand the reason she is back and tries to trace her. It seems she is not hiding and actually wants that Morgan found her easily. Debra is worried about her sudden appearance in Miami and practically asks brother to kill her, however he seems to have different plans about ex-girlfriend.

Zach becomes bigger trouble having zero control over himself. It seems writers do not want him to be a bad person, he seems miserable in beating his dark passenger and therefore he totally hopes for Dexter's help. Hamilton is a little, confused kid, who does terrible things and hates himself for this reason and a serial killer is the last chance. Morgan has already decided to be "Harry" for him, to teach a code and make new himself.

The same time, Debra tries to gain control over brother and Hannah. She is not sure whether Dexter is still in love or not and accordingly does not trust him very much. Vogel urges her to foresee all possible solutions for her problems, without hurting Dex, or sending Hannah to prison, since she know everything about serial killer. Debra starts to work in her own way, which might lead us to a very interesting and stunning end.

Dress Code gives a closer look at Masuka and his child relationship. Vince does his best to be a good father, taking care of her. And they kind of seem to fit each other. But I have a huge doubts about Nikki. Why writers brought someone on the last season of show, who does not even complicates the plot? She is too simple and aside standing character and it does not look like Dexter. So, I think, there is something we all have to wait for regarding this little new girl, but I have no clue what this is going to be.

Hannah and Dexter reunite in some specific sense, which any viewer will find interesting to see on screen. So, I guess that is one of the good parts of this episode.

As always, Jennifer Carpenter is outstanding. As I said before, Sam Underwood is a new star bringing total freshness to the show. His character is interesting, not knowing where to he leads, he is a great actor himself, making a brilliant serial killer. This episode is even better for him, than previous one. So, I guess he as an actor progresses a lot.

All in all, Dress Code is a damn good episode, which successfully followed the 6th one up.

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