drives to Nebraska (with his imaginary dead brother, Brian, the Ice
Truck Killer), and comes to this hardware store to confront Jonah
Mitchell, the son of the Trinity Killer.
sister & mother have been murdered, and Jonah told police that he saw
the Trinity Killer do it - something Dexter knows is impossible, since
he personally killed Arthur Mitchell.
hardware store, where Jonah works, Dexter is surprised that Jonah knows
his real name (since he had used the alias "Kyle Butler" when he was
around the Mitchell family).
that they saw him on TV, as Dexter Morgan, in news reports after Rita
was killed. But they believed that he was trying to help their family,
so they didn't tell the FBI about him.
Jonah continues to lie, telling Dexter a detailed story about how his (dead) father supposedly killed his mother and sister.
to this hardware store later in the same episode, after Dexter has
visited the Mitchell house, and gathered enough evidence to convince
himself that Jonah killed his family.
expecting him, and attacks him with a sharpened bailing hook.
Dexter easily subdues him, but is surprised when Jonah begs him to kill
prompting from "Brian", he resists the urge, and asks Jonah what really
happened. He says that their Mom continued to love their murderous
father, waited for him to return, and made life miserable for him and
his sister. When his sister committed suicide, Jonah snapped and
killed his mother.
backs off, concerned about the parallels between Jonah and his own child,
Harrison - both the sons of a serial killer. He lets Jonah live.
parking lot, Dexter disposes of his imaginary evil brother. Jonah runs
out to his car and asks how he can live with this. Taking a page from
Brother Sam, Dexter tells him to forgive himself - before driving away.
What is it actually in real life?
A. A hardware store - just not in Nebraska.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is Pacific True Value Hardware, located at 1135 S. Pacific Ave, in downtown San Pedro, CA.
That's on the west side of Pacific, between 11th and 12th Streets.
San Pedro, part of the Los Angeles harbor area, lies at the south end of the Harbor (110) Freeway.
Here's a photo I shot of the front of the store, in November 2011, looking west/southwest:
The parking lot scenes were shot in the small lot behind the
store, where they set up a table & chairs (and a few planters) next
to a small
shed/garage right behind the store's rear entrance. They painted
the east side
of that shed a reddish brown, added a mural/sign (reading "Gene's
Hardware") to the back of the main building, and also moved in a large
tractor on a flatbed, to set the
Here's a screencap of the lot scene:
Here's a photo of the same lot, which I shot in November 2011.
(Note that the shed has been repainted white, the mural replace by the
usual True Value sign, and there's a pickup truck parked where the
The earlier scene of Dexter driving into Kearny, on his way to the hardware store, was shot just a couple of blocks away. Dexter's car was traveling south on Pacific Avenue, approaching 10th Street,
with the camera looking southeast. In that driving scene, you can
see a slanted sign reading "Indian" at the corner of a nearby
building. That is the Indian Room bar, at 952 Pacific. The blue awnings seen a bit farther down the street belong to Pacific Home Furniture, at 1002 Pacific.
Here's a screencap of that driving scene:
And here's a matching photo I shot (in November 2011), looking southeast down Pacific Avenue:
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, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of them.
me know that they were filming in San Pedro, back in late July, with a
number of possible locations, including this hardware store, and some
storefronts on 7th & Centre Streets. So I headed down there to
check things out.
I spotted nothing going on at 7th
or Centre (for some reason, they seem to have decided against using
those spots), but I did spot a little action outside the True Value
Hardware. But not as much as usual. So my hunch (which proved
correct) was that they were probably filming mostly inside or behind the
After the scene aired, I came back to shoot the matching photos you see above.