The location: Emily Birch's House
In a later scene, at the house, we are surprised to see Emily conspiring with Jordan Chase. We learn that she only spoke with Lumen, and only identified Alex, because Jordan told her to. And that she told Lumen the truth.
We don't know why, but it's clear that some strange relationship exists between Emily and Jordan.
She seems to be jealous that Lumen is pretty, so Jordan assures her that no one could ever take her place, and that they have an "unbreakable bond". He says she made him what he is today.
That makes her smile. But when she reaches out to touch him, he is clearly uncomfortable with such physical contact, and he quickly removes her hand from his.
But he then tells her that she's special to him, leaving the mystery dangling...
In the next episode (11, "Hop a Freighter"), the house appears again, when Emily phones Lumen and tells her that she knows where Jordan Chase is. Lumen goes to the house alone, and walks into a trap: Chase is waiting for her.
Jordan flies into a rage (over having to deal with Lumen himself), and comes at Lumen with a fireplace poker. When Emily objects, Jordan smashes Emily's head in, then continues his pursuit of Lumen.
In a later night scene, Dexter arrives to find the house full of blood. He thinks it is Lumen's at first, but then discovers the Emily's dead body. He also discovers Lumen's footprints, signs of a struggle, and her knife, with blood on it - an indication that Lumen was fighting back.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential home.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. If this house looks familiar, it's because it's the very same house seen in Season 4 as the home of the Trinity Killer's second victim (the woman he forced to jump to her death). It's where he met the victim while pretending to walk his dog.
The colorful house is located in Hollywood, just north of the studio where they film Dexter.
The address is 6070 Selma Ave., on the south side of the street.
Two streets north of Sunset Blvd, this is just one street north of Harold Way, where they filmed Wendell Owens' house (the youngest victim of The Skinner) in Season 3.
It's also just around the corner from Lumen's motel on La Baig Ave, which was previously seen in the third season as Angel's "hooker motel". And within walking distance of the cafe where Dexter & Rita has their first date, as well as the bar where Quinn hired Liddy.
photos below we shot by Sandra, at twilight on September 31, 2010:
Warning: This is a private
home. Do not trespass on their property, knock on their
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. A fan from Sacramento, Sandra, who was planning a visit to Hollywood, asked me back in August of 2010 if I knew of any Dexter filming going on during her visit in late September/early October.
At first, I didn't think there would be (in fact, I thought they might be finished with the season by then. But at the last moment, I found a Film LA. notice that they would be closing off Selma Avenue to traffic, between Gower & La Baig (for the filming of Dexter) on the day she was due to arrive. It was a night shot, scheduled for 6 PM to 10 PM. Rick drove by the morning of the filming and spotted the specific house on Selma.
So I let Sandra know about the night shoot.
She went to the scene, and watched the filming, and even managed to meet Michael C. Hall, who waved at them from across the street at one point, and then (when they were still there hours later), approached them between takes.
She also sent me the photos you see above of Emily's house and the cars on the scene. (Thanks, Sandra!)
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