The location: The Hospital (with Boyd)
The interiors of the ambulance were no doubt shot at the studio. But the exterior shot of the ambulance racing down a city street is stock footage that was, bizarrely enough, shot back in the 1970's.
The shot shows the ambulance speeding east down the 10800 block of Pico Blvd (near Westwood Blvd), past what is now the Westside Pavilion mall.
Only you won't see the mall in the scene, because it didn't yet exist when they shot this ancient footage. Instead, you'll see the old Picwood theatre and bowling alley, which was torn down in 1985 to make way for the mall.
was a time-traveling ambulance. ;)
I shot this photo of St. Mary's Medical Center in October 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.
This particular tip came from Rick, who let me know that they were filming at the hospital that day.
before filming, Joel drove past their
base camp at Drake Park, and noted that the extras there were dressed in
hospital scrubs. (Thanks, Rick & Joel!)
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