What is it supposed to be on the show?
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Outside 8240 Palm Terrace,
When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode
11, of Season 5, "Hop a Freighter".
that someone is watching him, when his baby monitor accidentally picks
up the video from a secretly-planted surveillance camera in his apartment.
He quietly warns
Lumen, and assumes that the camera has been planted by Jordan Chase. (In fact,
it was planted by Stan Liddy.)
In this scene,
we see Dexter leaving his apartment, and then desperately looking around
for the person doing the spying.
He thinks to
himself that the person must be close by, since wireless cameras have a
As he looks
at the buildings and cars in the neighborhood, he thinks that the recording
unit could be in a vacant apartment, a motor home, a van... all of which
he sees nearby.
As his frustration
mounts, he jogs down the street, and spots a parking lot with a number
of vans (the same lot where Liddy
is parked), and thinks that he could be anywhere.
Back at his
apartment, he finds the camera hidden in a children's lamp, sees that it
is police property, and realizes it wasn't Jordan Chase, that it
was a cop at his own station.
In a later scene,
we see Dexter and Lumen walking together in the same neighborhood, still
trying to pinpoint the location of the spy.
that there are no new renters, and the motor home he saw is gone - so he
assumes it must be one of the many vans parked in a small lot behind a
He notes that
there were originally four vans, and that it's down to three now. He tells
Lumen they will keep checking back...
Just then, he
gets a phone call from his nanny, who tells him they are planning a birthday
party for baby Harrison.
spots the right van, leading to the abduction
What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential
neighborhood, near a local shopping center
Where can I find it in real life?
A. These in
the Los Altos section of Long Beach,
just blocks south of the old "Dexter Neighborhood"
where Rita lived.
t's just south
of the San Diego (405) Freeway, and just east of Bellflower Blvd, behind
(east of) the large Los Altos Market Center.
The scenes with
Dexter desperately searching for the spy were shot on the 2200 block
of San Anseline Ave, in Long Beach,
between Stearns Street and Los Arcos Street.
The scenes of
Dexter & Lumen together were filmed on Stearns
Street itself, and on Marwick Ave.
To break it
down more precisely:
- The first shot,
of Dexter sprinting out of his old apartment,
was old, recycled footage from the first season, actually shot in Miami.
- The apartment
house with a "For Rent" sign outside
was on San Anseline. That brown & white apartment we see
us in the west side of that street, at 2225
San Anseline Ave, in Long Beach,
- The shot of
Dexter looking at the motor home, features another apartment
house in the background, just a few houses north of the brown & white
one, at 2249 San Anseline Ave.
- When Dexter
jogs down the road, he's running south
on San Anseline, towards Stearns Street.
- When he sees
the white vans in a parking lot, he is on Marwick
Ave. (one street west of San Anseline) looking southwest
across Stearns, into the small parking
lot behind the L.A. Fitness store in the Los Altos Market
- When we see
Dexter and Lumen walking, later, they are walking west
down the residential north side
of Stearns, which is separated from the busier (south) side
of Stearns by a divider. That divider (with a trash can, and a blue curb
drain) is prominent in the scene.
- Dexter & Lumen
reach Marwick Ave and stop. They look
south/southwest across Stearns at the
same small parking lot in the
Los Altos shopping center.
shot the matching photos below, in Long Beach, in December 2010:
apartment house with the "For Rent" sign -- on the west side
of San Anseline Ave.
the apartment house seen behind the motor home.
east up the south side of Stearns Street.
south from Marwick & Stearns, into parking lot
Here is an aerial
photo of the streets, with the locations marked. And here is a
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I knew
that they had filmed the scene where Liddy
abducts Dexter in that Los Altos parking lot, and since the walking
scenes end at that same parking lot, it only made sense that they would
film the earlier walking scenes nearby.
Also, I knew
they had filmed on San Anseline in a previous season (the scene
of Rita dropping off a stolen dog), and
that the street is filled with garden-style apartment buildings like the
ones seen in this walking scene.
So, all it took
was a look with Google
StreetView to confirm it and pinpoint the exact buildings. Then I drove
down there and shot the photos you see above.
But that was
for the houses... When it came to the Dexter/Lumen part, I didn't even
have to wait for the episode to air.
Back at the
time of the actual filming (October 1st), one of my tipsters, Ellen,
was on the scene, and sent me a cell phone photo of Dexter & Lumen
standing together at the northeast corner of Marwick & Stearns.
here is her photo:
Ellen's white MINI-Cooper even managed to sneak a cameo in the background:
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