Dexter Filming Locations: Doakes Flashback (on Dock)

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The location: Doakes Flashback (on Dock)

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

    A. A dock.

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

    A. Somewhere at the Miami harbor.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 12, the finale of Season 7, "Surprise, Motherf**ker!"

    This is a flashback to before the first episode of Dexter, illustrating how & why Sgt. Doakes came to suspect that there was something wrong with Dexter.

    We see them at a crime scene down on the docks.

    The body of a female victim lies on the ground, near a tugboat.  Doakes stands near the body, while Dexter is up at the top of the gangplank leading from the boat to the dock.

    Dexter begins to analyze the blood spattter and to enthusiastically describe how the crime went down - colorfully detailing how the murderer chased and caught the victim, stabbing her, how her blood spurted when he slashed her throat...

    Unfortunately for Dexter, this time he failed to conceal his gleeful excitement over the bloodshed, and the observant Sgt. Doakes sees it, and jumps to the right conclusion: that Dexter likes the bloodshed too much.

    (This scene ties in with a later flashback, at the police station, where Dexter slips up again around Doakes, accidentally quoting the journal of a serial killer. Doakes angrily declares that there's something off about Dexter, that "it's all an act", and that one day he will find out what Dexter is hiding.)

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A dock at a harbor.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This scene was shot on what appears to be a temporary/floating dock, at the end of a larger permanent dock on the south side of Pier C, at the Port of Long Beach.

Maps indicate the property belongs to Pacific Tugboat Service, at 1512 Pier C Street, in Long Beach.

(See this aerial photo for the precise location.)

It is right next to the location where they filmed the scene at Doakes' deserted boathouse, and the Estrada kill-room scene where LaGuerta was shot.

And it's about a mile north of the dock where they filmed Dexter's scene with Isaak aboard the ship Fearless.

    Take a look at the background of the scene in this screenshot:

    The camera is looking southwest.

    You can see, in the background, a dome, a bridge, and four smokestacks.

    • That giant dome is the Georgia-Pacific gypsum plant, at 1401 W. Water St., on Pier D, where raw gypsum ore is shipped in, stored inside the dome, and then processed into products like plaster & wallboard.

    • The bridge is the Gerald Desmond Bridge (on Ocean Blvd).  It's slated to be demolished soon, and replaced with a higher, more modern bridge.

    • The four smokestacks seen beyond the bridge are on the east side of Terminal Island, just north of the Desmond Bridge.  According to my Press-Telegram pal, Tim Grobaty, they are part of the old Edison power plant (no longer owned by Edison), at 2665 W Seaside Blvd, which is now used only during emergency brown-out situations.

    All of this is seen while Doakes' dock off Pier C is seen in the foreground.

    Here is a Google aerial photo, with the floating dock location marked with a red arrow:

Here's an aerial photo with all four of the spots marked.  And here is a map link.

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

A.  Those three landmarks in the background: the giant dome, the Desmond bridge, and the smokestacks, were more than enough to allow me to pinpoint the location, since they had already filmed multiple scenes at the Port of Long Beach.  The only tricky part came when Bing's aerial photos didn't show that floating dock.  But fortunately, Google's photos did. (Obviously, they were shot on different dates.)

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