Dexter Filming Locations: Debra warns Anton

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The location: The Bloody Socks crime scene.

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

    A. A residential road.

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 7 (of Season 3), "Easy As Pie".

    In this short scene, we see Debra driving up an uncurbed road.

    She sees Anton up ahead waiting for her.

    She pulls the car over, and Anton walks over and gets in her car.

    She warns him, rather cryptically, that he is in danger - that the police have leaked word that he gave them information about The Skinner - who will now be looking for revenge.

    Anton says he didn't say anything, and Debra says she knows that, but he's still in danger, and she urges him to get out of town.

    Anton refuses.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential road - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was shot at the same time as the bloody socks crime scene, and the scene with Prado & Dexter hitting balls at the double-decker driving range.

    Both of those scenes were shot in an unusual area for Dexter: the city of Downey, California.

    So, since all they needed was a road, there was no reason to go far.

    They simply went one block east of the bloody socks house and filmed there.

    The scene was shot on the 8500 block 11th Street, in Downey. That's between Birchdale Ave (on the east) and Brookshire Ave (on the west), just south of Florence Ave.

    Debra is driving east on the street. Anton's car is parked on the north side.

    They probably opted for that particular street because it has a number of palm trees on it, and fact that most of the road is uncurbed (which is unusual for Southern California) gives it a somewhat rural look. (The city has since curbed the street.)

    Despite the natural palm trees, they added a cluster of smaller palms to the foreground, to make it look even more tropical.

    The city of Downey is located about 9 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and about 13 miles north/northeast of their usual stomping ground of Long Beach. The city is in a triangle formed by the Long Beach (710) freeway (on the west), the Century (105) freeway (on the south), and the 605 freeway to the east.

    ( A historical footnote: The nearby McDonald's, just east of this location, at the southwest corner of Florence Ave & Lakewood Blvd, is the oldest surviving McDonald's in the world, built in 1953 by the original McDonald brothers, before Ray Kroc bought the chain. There's no drive-thru, just walk-up, and they've added a small museum of sorts next to it. The address is 10207 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA. )

    I shot these photos in November 2010.

    The tall house with green shutters that you see on
    the right side of the photo above is at 8500 11th St.

    The house with the red tile roof that Debra passes on the way in
    (seen in the photo above) is at 8529 11th Street.

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

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

    A. I didn't.  I searched for months on this one, to no avail.

    Finally, I got a tip from Geoff (who also found the "bloody socks" house nearby). (Thanks, Geoff !)

    Google StreetView made it clear that it was the right street.

    Then I went there in person and shoot the matching photos that you see above.

    I noted a number of changes since the 2008 filming. They have curbed the street, and one notable wall (seen behind Anton) has been replaced.

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