The Wrong Motel.
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A motel.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In or near
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In a brief scene in Episode 3, of Season 4, "The Cold Turkey".
In the wake of Marissa's death, Ryan is still hunting for Volchok.
Sandy, hoping to head him off before he does something rash, has been cruising around, looking for Ryan.
In this short scene, we see Ryan leave a motel office, after being told that Volchok isn't there.
Coming out of the office, Ryan bumps into Sandy, who is waiting for him outside, leaning against Ryan's car.
Sandy convinces Ryan to come with him, in his Lexus.
( When we next
see them, it's night, and they are pulling into the parking lot of the
motel where Volchok is really staying. Sandy tells Ryan that he has
convinced Volchok to turn himself in to the police, and Ryan goes to his
room to confront him. )
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A motel.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. The motel sign that we see when the scene first opens is fake (re-used from an earlier episode), but the green & white motel is real.
This scene was shot at the Long Beach Inn, at 2900 E. Pacific Coast Highway, in Long Beach, CA.
That's on the south side of the highway, at the southeast corner of PCH and Gladys Ave, about a mile west of the Long Beach traffic circle (roundabout).
(It's not the
greatest part of town, but it didn't seem dangerous when I stopped there
to shoot the photos.)
(I shot these photos of the motel in March 2010. The camera is looking south/southwest.)
Here is a map
link with the exact location. And here is an aerial
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I had found the hotel where Ryan eventually finds Volchok (it's about four miles southeast of this motel), but this earlier motel (where Ryan looks for him but doesn't find him) had eluded me.
In 2010, I got
a tip from a fan, Geoff, who had found
the motel in Long Beach - where he had found other locations from the same
episode. (Thanks, Geoff!)
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