A. In Episode 2, of Season 8, "Every Silver Lining", and in subsequent episodes.
We first see the interior when Dexter is at Vogel's house, watching old video tapes of Harry.
We first see the exterior at the end of Episode 2, when Vogel calls Dexter to tell him that someone has broken into her house.
to help her, and they discover a DVD left behind. When Vogel
plays it, it shows a video of an innocent Sussman being forced (by an
unknown killer) to suffocate a victim of the Brain Surgeon killer.
In Episode 5, she counsels Dex & Debra after Deb has driven them into a lake. And later, she is kidnapped from her home by Yates.
turns out to be the scene of Vogel's murder, at the end of Episode 10,
when her long-lost son turns out to be the Brain Surgeon killer.
(Saxon slits her throat in the front window, while Dexter is watching.)
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential home.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. You'll find this house at 275 Bay Shore Ave, in Long Beach, CA.
That's just a few blocks north of Angel's house, on the same street.
Bay Shore Avenue runs along the bay which separates Naples Island from the Long Beach mainland.
One of my regular Dexter tipsters, Ellen, occasionally does work as a movie extra, although she never managed to get a role on Dexter.
However, her friend, Chris Caneday Parrish, landed the job of Dr. Evelyn Vogel's body double, for that bloody scene where Vogel is murdered.
Actress Charlotte Rampling, who played Dr. Vogel, had gone home to
England, so they needed someone to play Vogel's dead body in the aftermath scene in Episode 11.
Chris filmed the dead body scene laying on the wood floor at Vogel's
house on Bay Shore Avenue; the only actor in the scene with her was
Michael C. Hall, kneeling over her body.
She had to keep her head turned to the side so the slashed throat
showed, but not her face. They did some great makeup effects for that
wound (as you can see from the photo here), and they also darkened
Chris's hair and put her in bloodly clothing.
Chris was kind enough to provide the photo you see to the right, via Ellen.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In the early seasons, I
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using
clues from the various scenes. By the now, though, I've developed
a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I
already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia,
Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.
Rick initially told me about this location. Later, Jim Frey let me know that they had started filming there (on Feb. 28).
( Thanks Rick & Jim! )