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Posted by: MacGyverOnline 18 May 2008 - 01:26 PM
Every week I will be posting a new topic titled "Character Discussion". In this we will discuss a character, what we liked about them, what we didn't like, etc.

Dexter Fillmore


MacGyver's favorite alias. He used this computer-geek identity to help bring down a money launderer, to stop a plot to steal top-secret Phoenix equipment, and to shut down a counterfeit baseball memorabilia operation.



Posted by: MacsChick 18 May 2008 - 02:03 PM
I love Dexter! He's fabulous for comic relief! Ack! laugh.gif I also see him as RDA's alter-ego--the more shy, sweet, awkward, and self-conscious but intelligent side to him. I often wonder if he assumed this personality when he wore glasses and before he had contacts and Lasik surgery on his eyes. I could definitely see him doing that as a joke to have some fun with his glasses and pretend to be "nerdy." happy.gif

Posted by: MacNymph 18 May 2008 - 03:50 PM
I love Dexter. It's kewl to see RDA flex out of his "acting" comfort zone.

huh.gif Maybe it isn't too much of a stretch. Anybody seen pictures of him at age 15-17? laugh.gif

Posted by: MacGyverOnline 18 May 2008 - 05:13 PM
http://www.macgyveronline.com/pages/yearbook.html LOL


Posted by: MacNymph 18 May 2008 - 05:53 PM
Naaah laugh.gif Those aren't too bad. I'm thinking of the one where he'd come back from his bike trip looking like a scruffy nerf herding geek. happy.gif

Posted by: Lothithil 18 May 2008 - 07:00 PM
I love Dexter! biggrin.gif

I think MacGyver must have learned a few things in his long life of studying people... and one of the (many) things he learned and put to good use was the knowledge that people will consistently underestimate you if they think they know all there is to know about you.

'Dexter' shows me a side of MacGyver that reveals his true intelligence, wit, and wisdom concerning people. I wish that MacGyver had been giving more chances to 'become' a different person in the course of the TV show. Working as an agent for the DXS, State Department, and the Phoenix Foundation, he must have had quite a repertoire of disguises and personalities he could use.

Kinda like Simon Templar... only MacGyver ain't no Saint! laugh.gif


Posted by: MacGyverOnline 18 May 2008 - 07:27 PM
I thought Dexter was good for a laugh, but never really thought much else about him. Maybe the subtleties of the character went way over my head.. probably still do. But he gets a good from me anyway.

The thing I don't like is they used him in the very next episode again which I think was too much of an over kill.

QUOTE (Loth)
I wish that MacGyver had been giving more chances to 'become' a different person in the course of the TV show. Working as an agent for the DXS, State Department, and the Phoenix Foundation, he must have had quite a repertoire of disguises and personalities he could use.


Maybe MacGyver was the disguise. happy.gif



Posted by: Lothithil 18 May 2008 - 07:58 PM
QUOTE (Rockabye)

The thing I don't like is they used him in the very next episode again which I think was too much of an over kill.

I agree. They could have 'spread him out' a little better...
QUOTE (Rocklobster)

Maybe MacGyver was the disguise.  happy.gif

ohmy.gif omg... Rock, you're evil just to suggest that! lol! laugh.gif


Posted by: MacGyverOnline 18 May 2008 - 08:12 PM
QUOTE (MacNymph @ 19 May 2008 - 02:28 PM)
Naaah laugh.gif Those aren't too bad. I'm thinking of the one where he'd come back from his bike trip looking like a scruffy nerf herding geek. happy.gif

you holding out on us Nymphy?


Posted by: Amy 19 May 2008 - 03:07 AM
QUOTE (Lothithil @ 18 May 2008 - 10:35 PM)
I think MacGyver must have learned a few things in his long life of studying people... and one of the (many) things he learned and put to good use was the knowledge that people will consistently underestimate you if they think they know all there is to know about you.

I like that observation, Loth!

Dexter was one of my favorite 'characters.' What I really enjoy most about Mac as Dexter is the reactions of the bad guys to him. You can almost hear them thinking, "Is this guy for real???" and of course...he's not...totally. smile.gif It's just enough of a deception to put them off guard.

Posted by: MacGyver 19 May 2008 - 05:07 AM
Dexter is funny. I like that.

Posted by: mser 19 May 2008 - 07:21 AM
I like Dexter a lot. I'd have liked to see him a little more, but not too much. Don't want to get tired of him.

As far as other aliases for Mac... maybe 1 more. Wouldn't want any more than that. I'd start thinking too much about which character he was and it would take away from the point of the episode. Call me simple-minded...

And after reading some of these comments, I begun to wonder if some of the Dexter's in real life are disguises for people who are really tough and self-confident... cool.jpg

Posted by: MacNymph 19 May 2008 - 11:56 AM
QUOTE (Rockatteer @ 19 May 2008 - 04:47 PM)
QUOTE (MacNymph @ 19 May 2008 - 02:28 PM)
Naaah laugh.gif Those aren't too bad. I'm thinking of the one where he'd come back from his bike trip looking like a scruffy nerf herding geek. happy.gif

you holding out on us Nymphy?

Noooo. happy.gif

Who would ever thought this user posted image
ever looked like this user posted image

Okay, it was an akward phase. whistle.gif

Posted by: trtlsoup 19 May 2008 - 12:11 PM
Oh, those glasses! Total nerd. Wonder if was the chick magnet way back then as he was as MacGyver? hmm.bmp

Dexter Fillmore was my favorite MacGyver alter-ego. RDA did him SO well... yeah, he had to be a nerd in another life.

I agree too that they used Dexter too soon. The next year, maybe would have ben good.

I LOVE that pic, Nymphy. That face, the expression; priceless! I can see why you use it for your avatar...

Posted by: MacGyverOnline 19 May 2008 - 12:52 PM
QUOTE (MacNymph @ 20 May 2008 - 08:31 AM)
user posted image

Okay, it was an akward phase.  whistle.gif

OMG! laugh.gif


At least it shows his casual attitude towards his looks seem to have always been there. laugh.gif


Posted by: ScreamingBansheila 20 May 2008 - 07:01 AM
Dexter is one of my favorite characters! biggrin.gif Even if he is the alter ego of Mac. tongue.gif I would have loved to see more of him!

Posted by: Liz1976 3 June 2008 - 04:05 PM
Dexter is great! Seeing Mac as nerd suggests maybe Mac is more insecure that we might think. Even beautiful people have insecurities. Mac and Dexter may have more in common than people realize. We all have nerdiness potential.

Posted by: lucky charley 14 August 2008 - 12:51 PM
I wish that dexter was in more than two episods that would of been awsoooooome man dude peoples


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Posted by: MacGyverOnline 14 August 2008 - 01:38 PM
You might be in luck, cos I think he was in 3 episodes?




Posted by: Liz1976 14 August 2008 - 01:48 PM
QUOTE (Rockatteer @ 15 August 2008 - 09:38 AM)
You might be in luck, cos I think he was in 3 episodes?

Yup, 3 eppys
Jenny's Chance
Deep Cover
Squeeze Play

Posted by: androgyny 18 August 2008 - 09:32 PM
I like Dexter. The nerdiness if fun in a good way.

Posted by: MacsChick 19 August 2008 - 05:41 PM
He's the cutest nerd ever! blush.gif wub.gif wink.gif happy.gif

Posted by: SHEILA 19 August 2008 - 11:11 PM
I like Dexter too.Very funny. Can you image what Dex would look like now or be like.I wonder if he would be into SciFi stuff . May there is an idea for fanfic there.



Posted by: khelben1979 20 August 2008 - 01:43 AM
I voted poor.

Posted by: MacsChick 20 August 2008 - 05:50 PM
Care to explain why? I'm just curious...

Posted by: khelben1979 21 August 2008 - 12:03 AM
It felt like bad acting, although I understand that one is supposed to see a bit humoristic on the character, I guess. Didn't like the character, that's all.

Posted by: kiwijem 21 August 2008 - 02:46 AM
I voted "excellent" cause Dexter was one of my favourite characters!!! biggrin.gif I actually sometimes watch episodes JUST because I know he's in them LOL Love the way he says "quit it" most of all wink.gif Heh heh heh


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Posted by: Murdoc12 10 March 2009 - 01:08 PM
Dexter was awesome. DUDE!!! biggrin.gif He was so good especially in "Jenny's Chance." I think they needed more Dexter. happy_dance.gif

Posted by: macsgirl1 5 May 2009 - 08:59 PM
Glasses or not he's still surprise.gif happy_dance.gif sorry blush.gif
Maybe Dexter was his way of getting intouch with his former self. hmm.bmp Either way I think Dexter was cool and good for a laugh now and then. roller.gif I guess maybe I'm sticking up for Dexter and RDA because I too wear glasses, bi focals to be exact.

Posted by: MacGyver-Fan 18 April 2010 - 04:13 PM
I voted "good".. I like Mac's nerdy alter ego. hee.. biggrin.gif

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Posted by: Traveller 20 April 2010 - 01:34 AM
Dexter! Yes! Terrific RDA-creation.

Yesterday I watched 'There but for the Grace' , with Grazer, another nice undercover RDA-creation, and saw something funny.
When at night Mac/Grazer is looking for the guy who killed father Jim, he passes two hobos that suddenly looked familiar to me. They are the same as the Dexter's cellmates in 'Under Cover'.
And as 'Grazer' walks past them, the guy with the mustache is saying something to his friend like: 'Look, that's the same guy we met in jail.'
At least that's what I imagine he says.
Nice little director's joke I think.

Posted by: lostsouls 20 April 2010 - 11:06 AM
Even the title of this thread puts grin on my face! I simply love this character laugh.gif
voted as excellent!

Posted by: MurDaltonfan 20 July 2010 - 01:18 PM
I voted Excellent! I loved Dexter! He was hilarious. tongue.gif

Posted by: Telah777 8 November 2011 - 07:41 PM
Dexter's awesome! A great comical side to Mac.

Posted by: Beachbead 27 November 2011 - 11:44 AM
I liked Dexter he is innter nerd that MacGyver has inside of him.

Posted by: Jediferret 4 December 2012 - 04:50 PM
I just re-watched Deep Cover. The whole scene with Dexter in the cell was hilarious. XD

I thought Dexter was a well acted character. RDA was very good because I had to remind myself it's supposed to be Mac in disguise! XD

I love this line: It's creepy in here!

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Posted by: AussieMacFan 16 February 2013 - 10:05 PM
I love Dexter!!!
I confess to watching the episodes just because I know he's in them too. biggrin.gif
Should have had more Dexter episodes... smile.gif

Posted by: Mela_007 17 February 2013 - 12:56 PM
I notice a little bit of Dexter creeping out in Mac from time to time when he's not trying to be Dexter. Between the facial expressions combined with the tone of voice, Dexter shows himself now and then otherwise.

The first place I noticed it was in "Faith, Hope, and Charity". When Mac and the Lacey sisters are tied up in the cellar and he is asking them if there isn't something more they want to tell him about Leo or the will.

Right now I cannot think of the other place that I particularly noticed it, but it's fun to see Dexter creep into Mac's normal persona. It makes me smile because I think of Dexter then too. laugh.gif

Posted by: MacGyverisms 17 February 2013 - 01:36 PM
I like Dexter. I think he is a well acted character. I think Dexter is the inner nerd of MacGyver. There should have been more Dexter episodes. An "Excellent" character. laugh.gif

Posted by: Daisy8577 13 March 2013 - 05:08 AM
I love Mac's alter-ego. I agree with having him in other eps. Besides heaven knows there is a bit of Dexter in each of us.

Posted by: AussieMacFan 15 March 2013 - 12:19 AM
Possible nit-pick, in Deep Cover, we see the shot of Dexter in the newspaper, is his last name spelt with one or two L's?

Posted by: KiwiTek 15 March 2013 - 12:22 AM
Good question. I thought 2, but you could argue that because this is the only time we ever see it written, they way must be the correct way.


Posted by: AussieMacFan 15 March 2013 - 12:40 AM
That's what I thought, it's been annoying me since I first saw the episode. happy.gif

Awesome episode! biggrin.gif

Posted by: AussieMacFan 4 April 2013 - 11:26 PM
QUOTE (Mela_007 @ 18 February 2013 - 07:56 AM)
I notice a little bit of Dexter creeping out in Mac from time to time when he's not trying to be Dexter. Between the facial expressions combined with the tone of voice, Dexter shows himself now and then otherwise.

The first place I noticed it was in "Faith, Hope, and Charity". When Mac and the Lacey sisters are tied up in the cellar and he is asking them if there isn't something more they want to tell him about Leo or the will.

Right now I cannot think of the other place that I particularly noticed it, but it's fun to see Dexter creep into Mac's normal persona. It makes me smile because I think of Dexter then too. laugh.gif

I rewatched Faith, Hope & Charity, that was very Dexter worthy. Mainly the part when he asks why it's ripped in half. happy.gif

Posted by: YopeGyver 5 April 2013 - 08:43 AM
QUOTE (MacNymph @ 20 May 2008 - 07:56 AM)
QUOTE (MacNymph @ 19 May 2008 - 02:28 PM)

user posted image
Okay, it was an akward phase.  whistle.gif


laugh.gif Oh man, where'd you ever find that pic? laugh.gif

Posted by: AussieMacFan 7 April 2013 - 01:18 AM
That's such a cute pic... wub.gif

Posted by: YopeGyver 7 April 2013 - 06:07 AM
QUOTE (AussieMacFan @ 7 April 2013 - 09:18 PM)
That's such a cute pic... wub.gif

Lol, if I didn't share a room with my sister, I'd probably have some of these photos on like one of those bulletin board type thingys.

Posted by: AussieMacFan 8 April 2013 - 09:58 PM
That's a really good idea. I'm gonna do that now. happy.gif
I have three boards that aren't really being used for anything. tongue.gif
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Posted by: Scwilson 10 August 2013 - 06:35 PM
Mac's hidden personality brought out. It was a change of pace to See Mac become someone else.

Posted by: Fly_airdalton 10 September 2014 - 07:34 PM
"Cut it out would ya!" "Ow! Stop!" roller.gif

Posted by: cmbj67 11 September 2014 - 10:48 AM
I voted poor, I think he's a character that could be avoided. He's supposed to be hilarious, but he doesn't make me laugh.

Posted by: RadiantRose 24 September 2016 - 05:24 AM
QUOTE (trtlsoup @ 19 May 2008 - 12:11 PM)
Oh, those glasses! Total nerd. Wonder if was the chick magnet way back then as he was as MacGyver? hmm.bmp


That's an interesting question. 'Cos during the teen years, most "chicks" have the worry that (a) their friends will mock them for their taste in teen crushes and, worse, (b) that the object of their desire will also reject them. As chicks grow into swans or other birds or whatever the metaphor is, it usually gets easier to say, "Oh *** it, this is me, this is what I like, frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn what other people think".

Posted by: RadiantRose 24 September 2016 - 05:26 AM
QUOTE (AussieMacFan @ 15 March 2013 - 12:19 AM)
Possible nit-pick, in Deep Cover, we see the shot of Dexter in the newspaper, is his last name spelt with one or two L's?

We could explain that one away as the newspaper people being bad at spelling. It would be a definite nitpick if Dexter had 2 different ID documents with the 2 different spellings.

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