Dexter Filming Locations: Dexter Catches Trinity (on foggy road)


The location: Dexter Catches Trinity.

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

    A. A lonely, foggy stretch of road.

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

    A. Somewhere near Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 12 (of Season 4), "The Getaway".

    Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer (played by John Lithgow) has managed to evade Dexter, has taken
    his family's life savings and believes he has escaped for good.

    In this scene, we see him driving his Mustang at night, along a foggy stretch of rural road (playing Let Me Baby by Richard Myhill on the car radio), when suddenly his car's engine begins to stall.

    He pulls over to the side of the road (near two large electrical towers), opens his car's hood, and notices that his oil cap is missing.

    Just then, Dexter appears, holding the oil cap, saying "Hello, Arthur Mitchell."

    Arthur attempts to escape, but Dexter captures him in a sleeper hold.

    He wakes up on Dexter's killing table.

    (What Dexter doesn't realize is that it's too late...)

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A park road.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was filmed at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, CA.

    It was shot in almost the identical spot where they shot Dexter's auto accident, in the first episode of the season.

    The official address is 2800 NStudebaker Road.

    But hey filmed this capture scene on the west side of the park (near the river channel), in the park section north of Spring Street. There's an archery range in that corner of the park, and they shot the scene on the road that runs along the west side of that range, but farther north on that road - where you'll find those big electrical towers.  (See the map link for the specific spot.)

    In the scene, Trinity's car is heading south on that road, and he pulls over to the west edge before getting out of the car.

    To reach the spot, you need to enter the park through the entrance on the north side of Spring Street, then follow the road west (past the archery range), then north about 800 yards.

    [ Warning: the park charges an admission fee when you enter. ]

    (While you're there, you can also see the "pit stop" where Dexter & Trinity stopped on their way to Tampa.)

    And the park's Nature Center was used for the alligator scene in the first season.

    The two photos below were shot by Dexter fan Kerry Weiss, in November 2009.
    They show the area in El Dorado park where they filmed the scenes of both
    Dexter capturing Trinity, and Dexter's roll-over car accident.

    Here is an aerial photo of the park, with the spot marked. And here is a map link.

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

    A.  Except for the fog (and a few well-placed fake palm trees), this looked identical to the stretch of road where they had filmed Dexter's car accident at El Dorado.  So I immediately assumed it was the same spot.

    However, I got briefly distracted, when I realized that someone had tipped me months earlier that Dexter had filmed something up near Hansen Dam park, in Sylmar, and wasted an hour or two trying to match up the road and the electrical towers with those in Sylmar, but had no success.

    A second, closer look at El Dorado left no doubt.  It was definitely the same place, right down to the very same tree, next to the same twin electrical towers on the same road as before.

    (By the way, if anyone knows what they did film at Hansen Dam, please let me know.)

    (I should mention, again, that I found the initial accident scene with the help of fan Kerry Weiss.  Thanks, Kerry!)

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