Perception, a fairly new crime drama TV series by TNT, tells the story of Dr. Daniel Pierce, a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist who finds himself constantly helping the FBI solve their most complex cases, despite him seemingly having an aversion towards the government. As a special treat, the show has decided to film its first episode of season 3 in Paris. Here’s a look at some of the amazing locations used for filming:

*Warning*: MAJOR spoiler alert! Plot and locations revealed!


The episode opens with Dr. Pierce and his girlfriend, Miranda, sitting at a café, enjoying their new life in Paris.

Café right by the Eiffel Tower/Champs de Mars
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Thanks to quite a bit of sleuthing, I can say with 99.9% certainty that this is in fact Chez Francis by the metro station Alma Marceau



Of course, Miranda has to run off and only moments later, an FBI agent enters the scene, bringing along the usual remark, “You know, you’d be a lot easier to find if you carried a cellphone.” To which Pierce answers with his typical reply, “If I carried a cellphone, the government could track me.” So far, nothing out of the ordinary.

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Pierce and Agent “Drexler” take a stroll past Pont Louis Philippe
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Hôtel de Ville and Pont d’Arcole in the background



Agent Drexler tells Dr. Pierce about some huge scheme involving a “smart pill” and tries to convince him to help the FBI. Dr. Pierce is hesitant. Pierce, believing the agent to be a delusion, walks away from him and over to Miranda. She asks him who the man he was talking to is and he realises that the agent but actually be real. He runs back to him and says he’ll help with the case.

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Academie Nationale de Musique a.k.a. Opéra (Palais Garnier) in the 9th arrondissement of Paris



Pierce goes back to Miranda but finds her speaking to a man named Serge. He’s clearly a little jealous but they move on with their day.

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Palais Garnier (Opéra)
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Miranda tells Daniel about her decision not to go on tour around the Middle East with Serge.



Dr. Pierce gives his lecture at one of the many buildings of the prestigious Sorbonne, completing the task Agent Drexler asked of him.

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Presumably La Sorbonne — I’ve never been inside
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Lecture hall at the Sorbonne
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Gorgeous lecture hall at the Sorbonne
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Dr. Pierce prepares to complete the task



Pierce then proceeds to the Notre Dame, where he was given instructions to hide the pen he has received.

Close up of the Notre Dame
Close-up of the Notre Dame
Dr. Pierce arriving at Notre Dame
Dr. Pierce arriving at Notre Dame
Close up of the doctor
Close-up of the doctor
Point zero! (Incidentally, one of the great new locations on our upcoming walking tour!)
Point zero! (Incidentally, one of the incredible new locations on our upcoming walking tour!… Plus the inspiration for the tour’s name (Center Stage)!
Making sure the coast is clear
Making sure the coast is clear



Pierce then makes a phone call back to the States before he is abducted briefly, robbed of his American passport, and thrown out of a van into a pile of trash. His kidnappers warn him to give back the pen within the next 24 hours.

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Phone booth in Paris – real or put in for filming?
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This phone booth looks a lot like a traffic sign
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Somewhere in Paris…
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At least they threw him somewhere with a pretty decent view of the Eiffel Tower



So, naturally, Dr. Pierce goes running off to speak to an associate from the Sorbonne to try to figure out where the man who gave him the pen has gone. He later finds the man dead and ends up being questioned by the police as a murder suspect.

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Courtyard at the Sorbonne
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Man turns up dead at Pont au Double
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Prefécture de police at 36, Quai des Orfèvres



Miranda, thinking that Pierce must be having a psychotic breakdown, decides to play her cello on tour around the Middle East, after all. Dr. Pierce, having put everything together, rushes down to Gare de Lyon, realising that Serge had hired actors to create a fake espionage scheme so that Miranda would be put off by Pierce and his schizophrenia. The doctor unveils Serge’s plan of using Miranda’s cello to smuggle technology for creating nuclear weapons into the Middle East and has him arrested. Miranda, though realising that Pierce hadn’t gone crazy, still says she can’t handle his schizophrenia and so, they break up.

Gare de Lyon
Gare de Lyon



Finally, the episode closes on Pont de Double with Donnie asking Kate to marry him…again.

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A spot only a mere minute away from our own Set in Paris office!


A few of these locations (plus many, many others from films and TV series) are included in our new walking tours! Come on the brand new tour and discover them for yourself!

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