Episode name reference to/pun on: The racing term "photo finish", used to determine the winner of a race since the naked eye can not.
October 8, 1997
Robert Alvarez Genndy Tartakovsky
Photo Finish is the second part of the 13th episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory, which first aired on October 8, 1997. In the episode, Dee Dee captures several photos of Dexter's laboratory with her camera. Dexter then intercepts Dee Dee and Mom to stop the photos from being processed.
This episode reunites Christine Cavanaugh and Jim Cummings, the voices of Gosalyn and the title character in Disney's Darkwing Duck.
This episode references and parodies several elements from the James Bond film series.
The episode's score, featuring twangy guitar and strident brass stings, is written and played in the style of the classic Bond movies' scores.
While delivering the reconnaissance film to Mat Parallax, Dexter disguises his voice by imitating Sean Connery, who played James Bond in seven films.
Dexter's removal of a scuba suit to reveal his spotless evening wear directly references an identical scenario in the third Bond film, Goldfinger (1964).
The factory's workers (as well as Dexter's assistant Katka) are all stunningly beautiful women, referencing the Bond films' tendency to cast gorgeous women in even the smallest roles.
Villain Red-Eye parodies two Bond villains: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (as portrayed by Donald Pleasence in the sixth Bond film, 1967's You Only Live Twice) influenced most of Red-Eye's outfit, his disfigurement, and his baldness. Emilio Largo (from the fifth Bond film, 1965's Thunderball) is referenced in Red-Eye's eyepatch.
Dexter uses suction cups attached to his wrists and knees to climb a tower in the episode, similar to Bond's suction gadget in You Only Live Twice.
The laser interrogation scene is based on a similar scene from Goldfinger. Red-Eye and Dexter almost exactly quote an exchange between Goldfinger and Bond:
Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
Dexter: Do you expect me to talk?
Red-Eye: No, Agent Dexter. I expect you to smile!
This episode along with "Sassy Come Home" were produced in the same year of 1997 according to the credits.