What is it supposed to be on the show?
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode
12, of Season 5, "The Big One".
has kidnapped Lumen, and has locked her in the trunk of his car.
When they stop
at a traffic light, Lumen begins making noise in the trunk, drawing the
attention of a fruit vendor, who recognizes
In this short
scene, an angry Chase pulls his car over on a side road, opens the trunk,
and hits Lumen in the face with his gun, knocking her unconscious.
What is it actually in real life?
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This short
scene was shot on Loynes Drive
and E. Vista Avenue,
in Long Beach, CA.
( Note that
this particular part of Vista Avenue might be renamed Palo Verde
Ave for a short distance here. Maps disagree. Google
maps shows it as E. Vista, but Yahoo and Bing maps show it as Palo
To be more precise,
Chase's car is first seen heading west on Loynes, as it crosses
the Cerritos Channel bridge (just west of Studebaker Road).
As soon as the
car crosses that bridge, it makes a sharp right turn, north,
onto Vista Ave (or Palo Verde... whatever it's called here).
The car comes
to a stop on Vista, just a few yards north of Loynes, where Vista curves
off to the left (west), in the University Park Estates neighborhood.
Chase gets out
if the car, and opens the trunk (with the camera looking back southeast,
towards the bridge), and knocks out Lumen.
He then gets
back in the car, U-turns on Vista, and drives a few yards south back
to Loynes, before making a right (west) turn on Loynes and
That same channel
bridge is seen in the scene of Dexter
stealing a car.
And Loynes Drive
was used in two other scenes as well (in the same episode): the
scene of Chase driving while
he talks on the phone to Dexter, and the fruit
shot the photo below in December 2010:
shot above shows Chase's parking spot on Vista/Palo Verde,
with the camera looking back southeast, towards Loyne's Drive
the screenshot below...
my photo below is a wider shot, showing the channel bridge and the University
Park Estates sign.
Here is an aerial
photo of the road. And here is a map
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing
the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season,
though, I'd 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.
reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the
first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations,
and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the
This group of
helpful fans includes Kerry,
Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
I had heard
from Rick that they were filming on
Loynes. After the scene aired, it wasn't hard to place this shot, as there
are several notable items visible: the bridge, the traffic barrier, the
ice plants near where Chase parks, and especially, the traffic signs at
On top of that,
Ellen emailed to say that "he turned his car around on
the inlet to Vista St., which is to the west, next to the channel."
And Coleen emailed to say that she
recognized it as "Palo Verde Ave (300 block) as it enters the neighborhood
known as University Park Estates, near Channel Island Park - just off of
Loynes Drive." (Thanks!)
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