location: The Police Funeral on the Beach.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A funeral on the beach.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Somewhere in the Miami area.
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 3: "Popping Cherry".
Episode 3 begins with the Simmons' funeral, on a beach.
Other officers are in attendance, including the regulars from Dexter's station (Doakes, LaGuerta, Angel, Debra.)
Dexter thinks to himself that he is uncomfortable at funerals because he doesn't understand all the emotion. He slips on a pair of dark sunglasses to hide his lack of grief.
Doakes tells his fellow officers that he plans to get revenge against Guerrero for ordering the hits.
LaGuerta courts the press, which disgusts Debra.
Angel & Debra speak with Dexter, with Debra asking how he's holding up, since she knows he hates funerals.
Dexter watches as Simmons; parents pour Simmons' ashes into the ocean.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A beach in the Miami area.
Where can I find it in real life?
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
This one drove me crazy for years.
Since I'm from L.A., and have never been to Miami, what
I found puzzling was how you could see the buildings of downtown Miami
in the background of this beach scene, when the Miami beaches
face east, away from the Miami skyline. Yet the view in the scene was clearly looking west/southwest towards downtown.
I checked dozens of different beach
locations, but found none that I offered this kind of view of downtown Miami.
I didn't know is that it wasn't one of Miami's regular beaches.
Instead, it was located along a narrow bridge of land (a "causeway")
leading east/west between Miami and two of the Florida Keys, south of where Miami Beach ends.
strip of beach runs along the bottom (southwestern) edge of the causeway, and thus allows a
view back (west/northwest) of the downtown skyline.
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