location: Brother Sam's Garage: "Good Shepherd Auto Repair"
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. "Good Shepherd Auto Repair", a garage run by an ex-con who now calls himself Brother Sam.
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
When did we see it on the show?
A. This is a continuing location in Season 6, but we first see the garage in Episode 2, of Season 6, "Once Upon a Time..."
Dexter is stalking Brother Sam. Dex deliberately backs his car into a dumpster, and then takes the damaged car to Sam's "Good Shepherd Auto" to be repaired - so he can scope out Sam while he's there.
follows Sam at night, and after witnessing what he believes is Sam
committing a murder at Nick's house, he goes back to the garage to make certain.
sneaking into the garage, Dex is surprised to encounter a vicious
dog. Sam calls it off, and Dexter learns that the "murder
victim", Nick, is alive. Nick was simply a straying member of
Brother Sam's flock, who Sam stopped from falling back into drug abuse.
scene is interrupted by the arrival of three hostile gang members, who
threaten Sam unless he turns over Nick. Sam refuses, and faces
down the gunman, impressing Dexter with his willingness to sacrifice
his own life to save another.
makes brief appearances in most of the subsequent episodes, up until Episode 6, when Brother Sam is fatally shot at his
garage by an unknown assailant.
That same episode has a scene of a vigil held at the garage by Sam's workers, plus security camera footage of Sam being shot.
What is it actually in real life?
A. An auto repair garage.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. To be more specific, this is Tempco Transmissions, at 1505 E. Burnett Street,in Signal Hill, CA.
That's between Willow and Pacific Coast Highway, and a few blocks west of Cherry.
It's on the north side of the street, just west of Walnut, and just east of the parking lot where Dexter backed into the dumpster.
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I
already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
I had lots of help on this one - which was a team effort.
Both Eric M. (who works nearby) and Rick tipped me beforehand that filming was going to start at Tempco.
Then Ellen took
a drive past the location and let me know that Burnett Street was
closed on that block, that they were wetting down the street, and that
she saw a tow truck towing a black car with major front end
damage. Later, Ellen updated to say that the tow truck had "Good
Shepherd Auto Repair" painted on the side. (That was the first
time I'd heard that name.).
Next, Joel emailed me a few photos of the base camp and some of the vehicles parked nearby:
Joel reported back a couple more
times during the filming, including once at night, when they were
filming in the lot next to Tempco, and during a break, when he let me
know that the base camp was gone, but that the set was intact for
future filming, including the tow truck.
( Thanks go to Joel, Ellen, Eric and Rick. Thanks, guys! )