The location: Saying Goodbye to the Kids
The Club was used for both the swimming pool scene and the scene where Debra phones Dexter about the missing kids. The apartment house and this same parking lot were both seen in the scene where Dexter looks for blood in the moving van (with baby Harrison along for the ride).
And it's just south of the house used for the scene where Quinn & Debra checked out an open house.
Dexter has filmed often in this general in Bixby Knolls area of northwest Long Beach. Besides the Episode 2 locations mentioned above, this location is close to the Miguel Prado's house, Maria LaGuerta's house, Trinity's house, the donut shop, the pool party, the Neighborhood Watch scene, and a number of other (mostly residential) Dexter locations.
Club has its own website at www.lbpetroleumclub.com.)
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.
I already knew they were filming at the Club, and had alerted two of my tipsters, who were on the scene.
Ellen emailed me to say they were shooting something involving a red mini van with a roof rack and Yakima-type cargo box. She reported there were lights on cranes and the tops of the buildings, and that the parking lot was being wet down with a hose.
Joel, also at the location, sent me a blow-by-blow report of the scene as it was acted out that night: "They filmed Astor and Cody emerging from the little apartment bldg walking to that parking area to the left of the Petroleum Club, getting in the van with Rita's parents, and driving away/ Very sad little moment when Cody hugs Dexter goodbye, Astor gives him a half hearted hug and Dexter watches then drive away (in the Dexter way)."
to Ellen and Joel. Great job, guys!)
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