Dexter  Season #1 Episode #1
Synopsis: Dexter Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst, has a double life. When he's not helping the Homicide division solving murders, he spends his time hunting and killing bad guys that slip through the justice system. He spends his sun-drenched days solving crimes - and moonlit nights committing them. But not to worry, our cool-blooded Dexter doesn't kill just anyone. He reserves his homicidal hobbies to taking only the lives of other killers.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Actors: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar
  Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 49 wins & 191 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.7
TV-MA
Year:
2006
53 min
1,150 Views

FADE IN:

ON THE FULL MOON

Millions of glittering stars behind it and as we start

pulling back off the stars, we HEAR the even VOICE of -

DEXTER (V.O.)

Tonight's the night. And it's going to

happen again and again. Has to happen.

PANNING DOWN:

Passing the moon -- wonderfully bright in all its redness.

DEXTER (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Nice night.

PANNING FURTHER DOWN UNTIL

The moonlight illuminates the restless, inner city streets of

Miami and we start moving through them -- passing the neon

lit bars with enthusiastic DRINKERS, clueless GERMAN

TOURISTS, wearing shorts, black socks and sandals, long

legged MODELS flirting on the boulevard, blue collar CUBANO

MEN sipping espresso, a few scantily clad HOOKERS hawking

johns and a band of RUNAWAYS looking for handouts --

DEXTER (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Miami's a great town -- love the Cuban

food, pork sandwiches -- my

favorite...but I'm hungry for

something different now.

A nervous middle-aged COUPLE, clearly lost, RACES in and out

of the pools of light cast by the city street lights.

A HONDA CIVIC, CIRCA LATE 1980's

Drives into frame, turns a corner, drives down a main

boulevard, approaches an intersection -- the overhanging

light turns RED and as the car stops, we push into --

THE WINDSHIELD AND SEE

A MAN behind the wheel of that Civic but we can't see his

face.

CUT TO:

EXT. BAND SHELL - PARK - MIAMI, FL - NIGHT

PROUD PARENTS sit on the grass, opened picnic baskets in

front of them.

2.

Their eyes focused on two dozen BOYS (12-14) wearing snappy

looking ties and jackets, singing a beautiful rendition of

ÒBach Magnificat.Ó

With a flourish, the tuxedoed CHOIR MASTER (40's), handsome,

all-American looking, with a scrubbed clean face, guides the

boys to the stunning crescendo.

The CROWD stands, ERUPTS with applause. The boys smile.

The Choir Master turns, bows to the audience -- more

applause, then rises, blows kisses to his perky little WIFE

and their TWO young DAUGHTERS standing in the front row.

FREEZE FRAME ON THE CHOIR MASTER

DEXTER (V.O.)

(contained excitement)

There he is --Mike Donovan. He is the

one.

BACK TO SCENE:

The kids all walk off the stage, join their happy parents on

the lawn. The Choir Master joins his wife, bends down, gives

her a kiss, hugs his two sweet little girls.

Everyone starts packing up their picnic baskets -

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - BORDERING THE PARK - MIAMI, FL - LATER

The Choir Master walks his wife and daughters to a Buick

sedan. Helps them get in, buckles up the kids -- waves as the

car drives off.

He turns, walks up the street, passes the Civic, but the Man

sitting behind the wheel is no longer there.

NEW ANGLE:

The Choir Master comes closer, closer to a -

FORD TAURUS STATION WAGON

And STOPS right before us, so close we can almost touch him.

He fumbles in his pocket for his keys and after a beat, the

key finally enters the lock, the station wagon door opens and

as the Choir Master slides in behind the wheel, SUDDENLY -

A MAN:

3.

POPS UP from the back seat, quicker than a jack in the box,

and with incredible quickness WHIPS a fishing line around the

Choir Master's neck, pulls it very TIGHT.

THE CHOIR MASTER'S EYES go wide and his face turns white.

The MAN behind him turns toward the camera, and we finally

SEE -

DEXTER'S FACE (30's), good looking with carefully constructed

features, eyes that are full of life.

FREEZE FRAME ON HIS FACE

DEXTER (V.O.)

My name is Dexter -- Dexter Morgan and

I'm going to kill this man tonight.

BACK TO SCENE:

Dexter turns back to Donovan, leans in close to his ear,

whispers menacingly.

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James Manos, Jr.

James Manos, Jr. is an American film and television writer and producer. Manos worked as a co-producer and writer on the first season of The Sopranos. more…

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