Circle of Friends
Episode 7 of 12 within Season One. Item 7 of 100 overall.
Production number 107.
Daniel Cerone - Writer
Steve Shill - Director
66 votes

Debra and Batista find proof that Neil Perry is the Ice Truck Killer when they find a body beneath Neil's trailer home. A manhunt ensues to find and capture Neil before he kills again. As more and more evidence rises to the surface, Dexter is left adrift. Neil Perry, the supposed Ice Truck Killer, doesn't live up to his expectations.

Meanwhile, Dexter has to deal with his past when a teenager he caught and released murders again. As a result, Dexter sets out to correct this mistake in one of the only ways he knows how. Rita's family life is torn asunder as her paroled ex-husband, Paul, reasserts himself as the father of her children. Paul even confronts Dexter, letting him know that he doesn't like Dexter being around his wife and kids. Rita wishes that Paul would go away forever, something that is definitely possible when your boyfriend happens to be Dexter.

original airdate--November 12,2006

music--Theme song by Rolfe Kent

  1. "Perfidia" by Mambo All Stars


Goofs: In the scene where the dead high school yearbook editor is found, you can clearly see his neck pulse beating and his chest breathing.

  • When Dexter is talking about how embarrassed he is about thinking he was dealing with the master and "he lived in a double wide". The trailer shown in the exterior shots is a single wide trailer that looks old enough to have been built before double wides existed; which was sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
  • The subplot involving the return of Rita's abusive husband, Paul, is not realistic. When he picked up the children from school without her consent, Dexter acted like there was nothing she could do when, in fact, her restraining order (mentioned in a previous episode) should have granted her custody and defined his visitation/parenting-time rights. Rita could have reported Paul for custodial interference, which is a crime. Contacting her likely also violated the terms of his probation, and she could have reported this to his probation officer. Finally, her comment to Dexter that she couldn't get divorced until Paul signed the divorce papers is inaccurate. Most state laws provide for a "default divorce" where a divorce can become final if the other side does not contest the case by filing documents in court.

Trivia: While searching for Neil Perry (Ice Truck Killer suspect), Debra and Angel catch him in room 20 of the Pink Motel. In the first episode of Season 8 while Dexter is searching for Debra, he finds her in room 6 of the Pink Motel.


  • Many of the filmed shots, especially up until the last moments, are shot at an angle, representing Dexter's sense that something isn't right: that the police have not caught the right killer, perhaps that his sure-fire instinct for knowing killers was wrong. In the last moments, the angle filmed is really askew. Then Dexter meets Perry, who delivers the final sentence, and the camera tilts from askew to upright. Dexter very nearly smiles into the camera when he realizes that his view was right the whole time.



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006 Return to Sender
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regional titles

Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends
Cercle des Amis
Circle of Friends
Ciorcal na gCarad
Circle of Friends
Círculo de Amigos