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Dexter Detention
Season 2, Episode 19c
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
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Air date November 19, 1997
Production number 221c
Storyboard by Dave Smith & Christopher Battle
Directed by Rob Renzetti

(Art Direction): Craig McCracken

Dexter Detention is the third part of the 19th episode of season 2 in Dexter's Laboratory, the episode first aired on November 19, 1997. In this episode, Dexter has to serve time in detention after one of his classmates constantly asks him for answers on a test and must find a way to escape.


It seems to be a good day for Dexter as today there's a test going and he, along with his teacher Miss Wimple seem to have faith that he'll pass it.

Things go well until a student starts pestering Dexter for the answer to the first question and Dexter, instead of snitching on the student or politely telling him that cheating won't get him anywhere, loses his temper and yells out the answer to the first question, much to the shock of the teacher.

Miss Wimple is so disappointed that Dexter yelled out the answer that she has no choice but to give Dexter detention.

When he is in detention, Dexter tries to protest his innoncence, but the Detention Warden won't listen and places him with the other "criminals".

Soon he learns that they can't talk and need to use Morse Code while the Warden is out finding them work.

Eventually the Warden returns and is impressed that none of them made a sound but it doesn't mean that they're completely off the hook as now they have to write on the chalkboard "I am a criminal", while they are writing it down a bully knocks Dexter over, making him mess up his line and waking up The Warden who places Dexter in solitary confinement which involves being trapped in the floor.

While under the ground, Dexter finds that they can dig their way out of detention when a rat digs a hole.

Eventually The Warden lets him back out and sometime later finds out that they have finished so he tells one of the kids to clean the erasers (Not realizing that they're planning something), the kid makes a huge dust cloud with the erasers and when it dissapates, The Warden finds that, much to his horror, Dexter and the other kids have escaped.

Eventually Dexter digs his way out of the ground and is initially happy that he and the other kids have escaped but his triumph is short lived though, as he finds out that he had burrowed his way into a penitentiary and ends up having to stay there as punishment for accidentally breaking in.



  • The kid bothering Dexter does not end up in detention.
  • It's an overrreaction of the teacher to give Dexter detention; normal procedure would be to fail the student for the test and inform the parents.
  • Dee Dee, Mom & Dad do not appear in this episode
  • This is another episode where Dexter isn't in his home nor in his lab.
  • This episode is the third one to end with the sad reprise of the ending credits. The first one was Way of the Dee Dee and the second one was Germ Warfare.
  • The Detention Warden would've gotten in serious trouble (either getting fired or sent to jail) if either the higher ups at the school, the police, the government, the news or even Dexter's parents and the parents of the other kids in detention found out that he was running the detention classroom like it was a prison.
    • Detention typically is spending one hour after school either working on homework or reading; it's clear the Warden has abused his authority, since it's obvious more than an hour has past.
  • The Detention warden told each kid to write “I Am a Criminal” one thousand times. When the kids finished, each kid had clearly written the sentence five to seven times.
  • The penitentiary wouldn't imprison kids; even if they accidentally tunneled in. They would keep them safely in the visitor section and contact the parents.
  • The town's layout is quite odd; Dexter shouldn't have been able to tunnel a short distance into a prison from the school.

Cultural References

  • The Detention Warden and the Prison Warden are both similar to the Warden from the 1979 film, Escape from Alcatraz played by the late Patrick McGoohan.
  • When the Detention Warden looks at his list of names, they include:
    • Dan Krall, an animator who made layout keys for the show, as well as other Cartoon Network shows including The Powerpuff Girls.
    • Paul Rudish and Dave Smith, both storyboard artists and model designers for the show.
    • Chris Battle, a character designer and model designer for the show.
    • Craig McCracken, an art director for the show, and the creator of The Powerpuff Girls, and Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.
    • Genndy, the first name of Genndy Tartakovsky, a producer and creator of the show.

Production Notes


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