What is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Outside of Kendall, in Miami-Dade County.
When did we see it on the show?
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. In Episode 7, of Season 8, "Dress Code".
The previous episode (6) had ended with Dexter and Deb being drugged, at Deb's beach house, by Hannah (who has mysteriously reappeared).
This episode opens with Dexter waking up stranded on the side of the road in "the middle of nowhere".
He knows Hannah left him there, but he's not sure why. And he's worried that she might have hurt Deb.
phones his sister, but she has just come out of a drugged sleep
herself. He tells her he's outside of Kendall, and to come pick
Once she arrives, they talk about Hannah, and why she didn't just kill them when she had the chance.
notices that there are surveillance cameras on the nearby light poles,
and says he will get access to the footage and try to spot Hannah's car
(which he does, later).
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. A public street, a flood control channel, and the County land surrounding it.
A. This is familiar territory for Dexter: this is Loynes Drive (near Studebaker Road), in
Long Beach, CA.
(That's about three quarters of a mile east of Pacific Coast Highway.)
The bridge they stand on is where Loynes passes over the channel.
They have filmed here many times over the past seasons, because of the semi-rural look of this stretch of Loynes.
The Los Cerritos Channel (an offshoot
of Alamitos Bay) runs through the property here, so the wetlands around
the channel are fenced off and left in a semi-natural state.
Add to that the fact that some of the surrounding properties contain oil refineries and power plant smokestacks, and it adds up to a fairly rural / industrial look.
Or, as Dexter put it in this episode: "in the middle of nowhere"
(Unless, of course, one were to
turn the camera around and look in the opposite direction, and then one
would see that there is a large residential neighborhood right across
So when the show needs a strip of deserted land, Loynes seems to be their first choice.
Last season, for instance, they used the same area as the site where Mike Anderson was murdered.
And in Season 6, it was where Travis murdered the fruit vendor.
And by the way, there are no
surveillance cameras perched atop the light poles at Loynes &
Studebaker, as you can see from this matching StreetView.
I shot the photo below in 2011:
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. Here is a Google StreetView.
And here is a map
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I could never miss this
location. I've been there on several occasions to shoot photos for
previous scenes, and that combination of empty land, blue channel
water, and industrial smokestacks in the background is unmistakable.
I knew it was Loynes the second I saw it. And so did some of my fans, who wrote to mention it.
Plus, Suzi had sent me photos of the actual shoot back in May, months before the episode aired.
Here is one of her shots:
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