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The location: Miss Jeanette's Day Job


Q
. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A pharmacy.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Keachi, Louisiana.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 10, of Season One, "I Don't Wanna Know".

    Tara's mother (Lettie Mae) was a nasty drunk. But, seeking
    redemption, she got it into her head that what she needed to free herself of the addiction was an exorcism ritual performed by Miss Jeanette, a spooky voodoo priestess who lived in a bus out in the woods, isolated from modern civilization. Miss Jeanette was balding and walked with a stoop, requiring a walking stick.

    Tara told her mom it was all nonsense, but Lettie Mae was so persistent that eventually Tara helped her pay for the ritual.

    And it seemed to work. Her mama gave up the booze and seemed like a new woman.

    After seeing the huge improvement in her mom, troubled Tara began to hope that Miss Jeanette could
    set her free of her own nagging problems.

    After visiting the supposed witch, and undergoing a disturbing exorcism ritual, Tara herself became convinced that Miss Jeanette was the real thing, and that her life had been changed in a meaningful way.

    But later, in this scene, Tara and her mother are out driving in Keachi one day, eating crawfish, when they stop at DeSoto Pharmacy to buy some Pepto-Bismol.

    While there, Tara spots a woman who looks a lot like Miss Jeanette, working as a cashier at the drug store. Only she's not stooped over, isn't using a walking stick, isn't bald, and seems at home with the modern world.

    A closer look tells Tara it is Miss Jeanette, only no longer disguised as a voodoo priestess. So Tara confronts the woman, and pulls off her wig.

    It turns out that Miss Jeanette wasn't a witch after all, but rather a humbug: her real name was Nancy Levoir, and she had worked at the pharmacy for almost 20 years. She admits that the voodoo lady disguise was just a sideline to bring in extra cash.

    Tara, her faith shattered, denounces her as a fake & a fraud, and storms out of the store.

    ( Miss Jeanette winds up murdered in Episode 1 of the second season, her heart ripped out of her chest... It appears that she may have been a fake, but her rituals had the effect of summoning up a very real supernatural threat - in the shape of Maryann. )


Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. A drug store - but not in Louisiana.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This drug store scene was filmed in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, at a place called DeSoto's Pharmacy, which you can find at 20914 Roscoe Blvd, in Canoga Park, CA.

    That's at the southwest corner of Roscoe Blvd & DeSoto Ave, part of a small neighborhood shopping center. The front of the store faces north.

    It's about 2 1/2 miles southeast of the Northridge Fashion Center mall, about 7 miles west of the San Diego (405) Freeway, and about 15 miles northwest of Universal Studios Hollywood.

    (The same drug store appeared in the 2003 Nicolas Cage movie, "Matchstick Men".)


    The photo below was shot in 2009 by my friend, Chas Demster





    Here is an aerial photo of the pharmacy. And here is a map link.



Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This was an easy one, since the "DeSoto Pharmacy" on the show really IS named the DeSoto Pharmacy in real life, all I had to do was look it up in the Yellow Pages, find its address in the Valley, then check to make sure it was the same place.








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