Dexter Filming Locations: Post Office

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The location: Post Office

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

    A. A U.S. Post Office.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 3, of Season 7, "Buck the System".

    At the start of the episode, we see Dexter standing in line at the Post Office, his anger & frustration growing -- not because he's in line, but because his sister, Debra, has been thwarting his usual murderous efforts.

    As Debra waits impatiently for him in the background, Dexter fantasizes about slashing the throat of the postal clerk, when she closes the window in his face.

    But in real life, he just steps to the next clerk and gives him two packages to mail.

    We later learn that one of the packages contained the Ice Truck Killer hand that Louis sent him.  The other contained a video of Louis with a hooker.

    Dexter mailed the hand back to Louis, but made sure that Masuka would open it, discover that Louis had taken it, and fire him.  He sent the hooker video to Angel's sister, who had been dating Louis, so she would break up with him.

    Both strategies worked.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An empty space in a suburban retail building above a gym.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was strictly an interior, but it was shot in the very same building where they filmed the scene about Speltzer's gym: at 19626 Ventura Blvd, in Tarzana, CA.

    Only instead of using the ground floor (where they shot the gym scene), they went upstairs and filmed in a space on the top (2nd) floor. The entrance was to the east side up there.

    Rick shot the photo below, during filming, in 2012.

    (The red arrow points to the 2nd level location)

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

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

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've 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 airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick not only tipped me to this one, he also shot video of the location when they were filming there.

    His video showed the extras walking up the stairs to the location.  So all I had to do was compare the faces in his surveillance video to the "post office customers" in the scene to prove conclusively that they filmed there.

    Take a look at his video, and see how many characters you can spot from the post office scene:

    And on the same day, Rick also got video footage of Speltzer's Gym and Speltzer's bar.

    (Great goin' Rick!  Thanks!)

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