Dexter Filming Locations: Harry Hitchhiking

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The location: Harry Hitchhiking

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

    A. Interstate 95.

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

    A. At the Miami city limits.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7, of Season 6, "Nebraska".

    After killing Nick (who had killed Brother Sam), Dexter has a crisis of conscience and temporarily loses his bearings. He imagines his dead brother, Brian (the Ice Truck Killer), in the same way that he usually imagines his father Harry - as his invisible companion.

    Dexter takes off on a wild road trip to Nebraska (with Brian), to kill Jonah Mitchell, and to contemplate ditching Harry's Code for the unstructured, murderous abandon offered by Brian.

    By the end of that trip, and after he has spared Jonah Mitchell and finally dumped Brian, we see him driving back from Nebraska.

    He spots Harry on the side of the road, hitchhiking, and stops to pick him up - symbolizing his rejection of Brian's evil influence, and his reconciliation with Harry's Code.

    Harry says "Welcome home, Dexter", gets into his car, and they drive off together, as the episode ends.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A public street - but nowhere near Florida

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. They shot this scene in Altadena, CA, on a stretch of Oak Grove Drive, just south of Yucca Lane.

    Dexter is driving east, on the south side of Oak Grove, when he picks up Harry on the shoulder of the eastbound exit to Yucca - a street which runs above Oak Grove.

    It's on the Altadena/Pasadena border, and was listed on the Pasadena shoot sheet as "Oak Grove Dr, from N Windsor Ave to Linda Vista".

    They put up two fake signs: One, reading "Miami City Limit", was put up on the right (south) side of the offramp, where Harry was standing.  The other, reading "South - Interstate 95", was put up on the left (north) side, on the divider separating the offramp from Oak Grove Drive.

    While they were in the general area, they filmed the scene of Jonah Mitchell's house, down in South Pasadena.

    If this location looks familiar, you might recognize it from the Disney movie "PROM", even if you've only seen the trailer for that movie.

    In the "PROM" trailer, an unlucky teenager hangs a big banner from a bridge, asking a girl to go with him to the prom.  But seconds before she arrives to see it, a large truck suddenly comes roaring down the road and rips his banner to shreds.
    They shot that scene on this exact same stretch of road, in Pasadena.

    Here is an aerial photo of the location, with the red X marking the spot where Harry stood:

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

    A.  I recognized this location from when I originally tracked it down for Disney's Prom, just a few months ago  (Plus, it was listed in the Pasadena shoot sheet as a Dexter filming location.)

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