location: The Neighborhood Watch Patrol
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A residential
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
new neighborhood in Miami.
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 3 (of Season 4), "Blinded By The Light".
Dexter sets out to stop a neighborhood vandal, by scaring him.
He waits across the street for Jesse Brightman to come out of his home, and when he does, Dexter pulls on a mask and follows him.
But just then, the Neighborhood Watch patrol (which has been formed as a result of the vandal's destructive pranks) spots him and mistakes Dexter for the vandal.
The chase is on, as Dexter runs away, darts between houses, with the mob in hot pursuit, and finally eludes them in the back yard of one of the homes.
back to his own house, frustrated, Dexter is aggravated
by the glaring
security lights on Elliott's house, and
thinks to himself: "This neighborhood is going to kill me."
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential street - but nowhere near Miami.
A. This chase scene, which was supposed to be in Dexter's neighborhood, was actually a mix of two different Long Beach neighborhoods.
Most of the scene was shot on the 4100 block of Locust Avenue, in the Bixby/Los Cerritos neighborhood in Long Beach.
But when Dexter
emerges again, the producers do a fake cut to a completely different neighborhood,
six miles away, namely, the Bluff Park section
of south Long Beach, where Dexter's new home really is.
And here is a map link of both areas.
I shot the photo below in November 2009.
Warning: These are private homes. Do not trespass
on their property, knock on their doors,
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. A Dexter
fan who lives in the area, Susan Loomis,
alerted me early on that they had been filming on Locust Avenue. So, when
this scene showed up on the show, I naturally checked to see if it was
Locust. And it was. (Thanks, Susan!) Identifying
the individual homes was just a matter of using Google StreetView
to match the houses to those seen during this chase scene.
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