The location: Dead Skunk Pickup
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential street - but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene with the dead skunk was shot on Stevely Avenue, in Long Beach, CA, between Rosebay Street & Mezzanine Way. The house they are in parked front of is at 3163 Stevely Ave.
west of (right across the street from) El Dorado Park, where
they filmed the abandoned Visitors
Welcome Center (where Dexter held Lumen captive), and close to the
liquor store where Quinn tried to talk
to Jonah Mitchell. And it's on the very same street (just a block or two
away) as the safe house where the FBI
shot the photos below, of the actual filming of the scene, in July 2010:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
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 5th 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, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, 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 locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
tip came from Kerry, who also sent
us the photos this season of the El Dorado Park
scenes and the nearby liquor store.
Kerry, who lives
near El Dorado Park, was scoping out the above park locations, when she
learned that they were filming nearby, over on Stevely. So she hurried
over and shot the above photos of the crew filming the skunk scene (including
a good shot of Michael C. Hall walking with 'Boyd'.)
(Thanks, Kerry! Great work!)
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