Dexter Filming Locations: Arson victim in burned-out car

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The location: Arson victim in burned-out car

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

    A. A public street.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 9, of Season 7, "Helter Skelter".

    Dexter gets a call when he's out on his boat with Hannah, and shows up at this crime scene.

    There's a burned-out car parked at the side of the road, and inside are the charred, skeletal remains of a male paralegal.

    At the car, they meet arson investigator Phil Bosso, who declares that it was probably a suicide. When Dexter points out evidence to the contrary, Bosso dismisses it.

    Dexter takes Debra aside and tries to resolve the situation between them that has developed since she blurted out that she's in love with him. He tells her it's OK, that it's "logical", since they have always been there for each other.

    (Later, a second arson victim is discovered in a burned-out elevator, and it becomes clear that a killer is loose.)

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A public street - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is Lodi Place, in Hollywood, between Fountain & Lexington.

    That's less than a block southwest of the Sunset-Gower studio where they film Dexter.

    When the scene opens, Dexter is walking north up the Lodi Place, as the camera looks south, towards Lexington. The burned-out car is parked on the west side of the street, in front of 1215 Lodi Place.

    That's the former YWCA Hollywood Studio Club, a 1926 local landmark which once offered low-cost lodgings to aspiring young actresses, including Marilyn Monroe, Donna Reed, Kim Novak, Rita Moreno and Barbara Eden.

    Here is a Google StreetView of the location.

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

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 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 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 locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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