We see the school again in Episode 8 ("Sin of Omission") when the police discover Lisa's dead body, after she has been killed by Gellar and posed as "The Whore of Babylon".
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 6, of Season 6, "Just Let Go".
Travis Marshall visits his sister, Lisa, at the school where she works as a teacher.
She is in a colorful outdoor environment, surrounded by little kids, who are painting at easels.
Lisa is very happy to see him, and remarks that he has never visited her there before.
tries to cut the visit short, but Lisa insists that he stay. She tells
her students that Travis is a very talented artist, and incites them into
cheering for him to join them.
Travis's mood brightens, and he stays and interacts with the kids.
He asks one
little girl what she is painting. She says that they are painting
what they want to be when they grow up - and that she wants to be a
nurse like her mom.
Lisa remarks that they are so full of dreams, and have all the time in the world to make them come true.
Travis pause and look at the children, because of his belief that they
are all doomed as the End of the World approaches.
What is it actually in real life?
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene was shot at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, at
(And yes, the school does border Santa Monica Blvd, on its north side. Van Ness Ave is on its west side
1022 N. Van Ness Ave, in Hollywood, CA.
The scene was filmed down at the south end
of the school, in an open area (perhaps a kindergarten) filled with the
kind of colorful umbrellas & playground equipment seen on the show.
It's very close to two other locations where they filmed scenes for this same episode: Leo's house, and the alley where Anderson "flamingoed" a junkie.
And it's literally across the street from (east of) both Paramount Studios, and the Hollywood Forever cemetery (where they filmed the scenes of Rita's funeral, and of Dexter digging up Miguel's victim).
Here is a Google StreetView of the west side of the school:
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. And here is a map
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th 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.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, 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 correct
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason,
Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of
This tip came from Rick,
and it was very welcome, indeed.
I have found that schools are
some of the most difficult locations to track down. Why?
Because there are hundreds & hundreds of them, a school in every neighborhood
across Southern California. And many of them look remarkably
similar. Trying to pinpoint one school out of so many, based on a
brief glimpse in a scene, can be next to impossible.
The only way
to improve my chances is to search first near areas where they had
filmed other scenes in same episode, but that still doesn't guarantee
success. Fortunately, Rick knew where it was. (Thanks, Rick!)
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