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
11, of Season 5, "Hop a Freighter".
Stan Liddy has
tasered Dexter, tied him up, thrown him in a van, and driven away.
shots show Liddy driving between the parking
lot where he abducted Dexter and the old
fuel docks where he later parks the van.
shot (at around 31:59) shows Liddy's van
speeding away from the scene of the crime, and then lingers on a blue house.
shot (at around 33:54) shows his van driving
past a beach, just before Dexter wakes up (to find himself tied up in the
back of the van).
shot (at around 35:01) shows the van driving
past a bay, with a city skyline visible on the other side of the bay.
At the end,
Liddy arrives at the old fuel docks,
and phones Quinn.
What is it actually in real life?
Where can I find it in real life?
A. All three
driving shots were filmed in Long Beach,
CA, but quite far apart:
- The first
scene, of Liddy's van speeding away from the scene of the crime, was
shot with the van heading east on Stearns
Street, between San Anseline Ave
and Ocana Ave.
east of the parking lot where Liddy
abducts Dexter. The camera pans from north to east, following the van,
and lingers on a blue house with distinctive hedges.
That blue house
is located at 2206 Ocana Ave, at the
northeast corner of Ocana and Stearns, two streets east of Liddy's parking
is a photo I shot in December 2010 of that blue house on Ocana:
- The second
scene, of Liddy's van driving past a beach and pier, was shot
five miles to the south, with the van headed south
on Bay Shore Avenue, near
E. 1st Street, just before it curves
off onto 54th Place.
you see is the same short pier that Dexter
walked out on when he planted evidence on Doakes in Season 2, located
next to Bayshore Aquatic Playground Park,
at 14 54th Place.
where they shot the scene of Lila buying
roofies, in Season 2, and the scene of Lundy & Debra having lunch
at a tropical cafe in that same season.
on Bay Shore Avenue, they filmed the "barrel
girls" accident scene this season.
is a photo I shot in 2010 of that same pier view from Bay Shore Ave:
- The third
scene, of Liddy's van driving past a bay, with a downtown skyline view
in the background, was shot file miles to the west and across a bridge,
on the Queen Mary side of the bay.
The van is heading
southeast on Queensway Drive,
just before the Queen's Event Park, where they filmed the camping scene
The spot is
just east of the marina dock where
Doakes shot a guy, in Season 2, and the Maya hotel
where Dexter & Lila had a date at a fancy restaurant (in
The camera is looking northeast across the bay, at the Long Beach downtown
skyline. Visible on that skyline is the round International Tower, the
red-roofed Parker's Lighthouse, and the blue whale mural on the Long Beach
is a photo I shot in 2009 showing a similar view from the nearby park:
Here is an aerial
photo of the three locations. And here is a map
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
is where my own familiarity with Long Beach comes in handy, thanks in part
to past Dexter filming...
shot so many times in Long Beach (especially along the coast) that it's
hard to throw a rock in that town without hitting one of their filming
locations. I spent a fair amount of time in the city long before
Dexter existed, but as someone who has documented all of its filming
locations, I've gotten to know the city a lot better over the last few
Bay Shore Avenue not only from having driven there on my own, but also from
the many times they used the pier and Kayak café there as filming locations.
recognized Queensway Drive not only from my trips to the Queen Mary, but
also from the times they used the park, the docks and the hotel there as
And the blue
house on Ocana was easy to find, since it was next to the location they
used for Liddy abducting Dexter..
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