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Dexter Detention
Season 2, Episode 19c
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
Dexter Detention
Air date November 19, 1997
Production number 219c
Storyboard by Dave Smith & Christopher Battle
Directed by Rob Renzetti

(Art Direction): Craig McCracken

Dexter Detention is the third segment of the nineteenth episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on November 19, 1997.

In this episode, Dexter, after he unwillingly gives a student the answer to the first question on a quiz, has to spend time in detention while under the supervision of the warden. He then tries to find a way to escape.


Dexter is at Huber Elementary one morning ready to take a test that his teacher, Miss Wimple, hands out. She becomes confident in Dexter as she knows he'll pass the test, but as the students do their tests, Dexter yells out the answer to the first question to a student that badgers him. Shocked at what she heard, Miss Wimple faints and Dexter runs over to her. He assures her everything will be okay, but Miss Wimple thinks otherwise and gives Dexter detention for helping someone cheat.

Inside the detention room, the warden heads out to get some work for the boys. Instead of being able to talk, Dexter learns Morse Code and uses it to communicate with the others, but as he does so with a tall boy, he gets punched in the face just as the warden returns with four sticks of chalk. As punishment, Dexter and the boys have to write the sentence "I am a criminal" one thousand times.

While the boys write the sentence, Dexter is suddenly pushed down by one of them, causing his piece of chalk to make a screeching sound that startles the napping warden awake. As punishment, Dexter is placed into solitary confinement whereas the other three boys were ordered to get back to work. Inside the cell, Dexter looks for a way to escape, but gets an idea as a white rat burrows toward him. When the warden takes Dexter out of solitary confinement, he uses Morse Code to explain his escape plan to the other boys, who then agree with his idea.

Much later, the boys wrote their sentences and sit at their desks. The warden then tells the small boy to clap the erasers, allowing Dexter to enact on his plan. As a cloud of chalk dust covers the classroom, the warden learns, much to his horror, that Dexter and the boys have escaped through a tile in the floor. Dexter is happy to be free from detention, but is thrown into state prison for breaking in. He then uses a mallet to break a rock while two guards stand over him.



  • Running gag: Whenever the Detention Warden says "criminal", there is a close-up of his mouth.
  • 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.
    • 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.


  • In the real world, it is against state law for schools to keep students in after school detention for more than two hours. The Detention Warden would've been terminated from his job or got sent to prison had the school, police, government, or the parents of the students in detention got involved.
  • When the kids were ordered to write "I am a criminal" one thousand times, they wrote them at least 7 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.

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.

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