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Topher Brink (Character)
from "Dollhouse" (2009)

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"Dollhouse: Belonging (#2.4)" (2009)
[first lines]
Topher Brink: I was just trying to help her. I was just trying to help her.

[last lines]
Sierra: Did I fall asleep?
Topher Brink: For a little while

Topher Brink: Alpha got it to work through a phone, nonetheless. Are you comparing my intelligence to Alpha's? Well, you're talking to yourself like he does. That's... a very good point.

Echo: Thanks for the treatment, Shaggy.
Topher Brink: No problem, I can't remember your name today...

Topher Brink: Do you know where you are?
Sierra: I'm in... hell?
Topher Brink: You're in Los Angeles. I can understand the mix up.

Sierra: Are we happy here?
Topher Brink: I... you... most of you- I have no idea.

Topher Brink: I helped Sierra, you know? She was paranoid schizophernic when she came here - psychotic. And I helped her.

Topher Brink: [Reading Saunder's report on Sierra] "I can only conclude that if the dark shapes don't symbolize Sierra's state of mind before intake. They must represent extreme sense of anxiety and rage associated with..."
[Reads his own name]
Topher Brink: I'm not the bad man.

Boyd Langton: How did this get by DeWitt?
Topher Brink: We gotta tell her. She's going to flip her biscuits. Unless... you don't think she already knows?
Adelle DeWitt: She does now.

Topher Brink: Priya does not belong in the Dollhouse.
Boyd Langton: She does now... Now I have to start the lies.

Sierra: What's his name?
[Topher looks where she's pointing]
Topher Brink: Victor.
Sierra: I love him... Is that real?
Topher Brink: Yes. Yes. It's real. He loves you back.

Sierra: This secret we have, can you keep it?
Topher Brink: I can keep it. But I don't know if I can live with it.
Sierra: I know I can't. But I don't have to.
[Sits back and prepares for a treatment]

"Dollhouse: The Left Hand (#2.6)" (2009)
Topher Brink: Okay, so we have had an active, Whiskey. She was rendered unengageable. So we - *I* made her into a doctor. Uh - and you -
[gestures to Bennett's arm]
Topher Brink: so I thought maybe - similar - Bennett - the real Bennett would use an active to...
Bennett Halverson: You thought... That's idiotic. Actives are beautiful.
Topher Brink: Yeah.

Bennett Halverson: Do you know who Echo really is?
Topher Brink: She's a friend!
Bennett Halverson: Friend? A shell? I was her friend. I was her *best* friend.
[Indicating her arm]
Bennett Halverson: This is what I got for it. This is my gift from Caroline.
Topher Brink: This isn't about Caroline. This is about Echo.
Bennett Halverson: They're the same! Caroline has a power over people. And however well you wiped her, she clearly still does!

Topher Brink: She's got me locked out on this end.
Victor: Who's your back door man?
Topher Brink: We'll pretend I didn't say that.
Victor: Yeah.

Boyd Langton: So what are you saying? They're manufacturing a president?
Topher Brink: Wouldn't be the first time.

Adelle DeWitt: Finding him obstinate, are we?
Topher Brink, Victor: Yes!... This is so weird.

Victor: Finally!
Topher Brink: Everything good there?
Victor: Everything's great, me-man. Except I've got a long white beard from waiting.

Victor: Are we into her?
Topher Brink: We may be fierce on the subject.
Victor: Oh, God, I wish I was there! I mean, w-what's she like?
Topher Brink: Uh, totally shy, librarian energy through the roof.
Victor: Glasses?
Topher Brink: Glasses on a chain!
Victor: For the win!

Bennett Halverson: If we use the neural electric biolinks, we can redirect the loop to target a specific brain.
Howard Lipman: In english.
[everyone looks at Topher]
Topher Brink: Oh, wow, okay, I do the english part? That's new.

Victor: Seriously, just a few more days. I could help analyzing Perrin's brain map!
Topher Brink: It wouldn't be a second opinion. It would be the same opinion twice!

Victor: Did I fall asleep?
Topher Brink: For a little while.
Victor: Shall I go now?
Topher Brink: For the love of God, yes!

"Dollhouse: Getting Closer (#2.11)" (2010)
Adelle DeWitt: Ms.Halverson, as you correctly noted, you have been abducted. Now, you can be treated as a prisoner or as a guest. It's entire...
[Topher moves his arms a bit out of sight from Bennett and Adelle understands asking Bennett]
Adelle DeWitt: Can I get you anything?
Bennett Halverson: [sigh] A diet soda.
Topher Brink: I have some! I mean, in my fridge. Come on. Well, lab's in here. You showed me yours. Let me show you mine.

Topher Brink: Then maybe we could work on the one memory I'd like to erase. Bennett... I'm so sorry I hit you. I didn't want to. God, how I didn't want to.
Bennett Halverson: Well, I was trying to kill your Active at the time.
Topher Brink: Eh. You had your reasons. Still... that face. Slugging it. Not my first instinct.
Bennett Halverson: Oh, I didn't think it was.
Topher Brink: Some form of contact, but not...
Bennett Halverson: [They go in closer to almost kiss but then] Who's on that wedge?
Topher Brink: Huh?
Bennett Halverson: Who are you trying to resurrect?
Topher Brink: Uh... This person.
Topher Brink: It's stupid. Does it... Does it matter?
Bennett Halverson: It might.
Topher Brink: It's not like it's Stalin or somebody.
Bennett Halverson: I didn't suppose that it would be a historical figure. Who is it?
[Bennett looks down to see Echo]

Topher Brink: Aw...
Echo: What did you do?
Topher Brink: [groans] Her left arm may be dead, but she's got a terrific right cross. If anyone asks... Actually, if anyone asks, don't say I got beat up by a one-armed girl.

Topher Brink: Say, can we get to the part where the chairless imprinting tech that *I* designed, and *you*
[looks at DeWitt]
Topher Brink: handed over to Harding in order to get this swank office back, leads to the apocalypse? 'Cause I thought that was kind of an interesting detail.

Topher Brink: Ivy's right, we actually don't know what dumping Caroline into Echo's brain will do. Your original self comes home to find the house party that's going on inside your head. She might fight back.
Echo: She'd lose.
Adelle DeWitt: All right, pull Caroline from the Vault. Put Echo in the chair.

Bennett Halverson: Why do you need this one restored?
Topher Brink: [Topher sighs] Uh, would it sound OTT if I said this could help prevent the end of civilization as we know it.
Bennett Halverson: I would need to understand the context.

Topher Brink: So either he could live his life trapped in a paralyzed body, or I could take away something else.
Echo: Me, wasn't it?
Topher Brink: [Topher sighs] Not his memories of you. He still got those.
Echo: Our connection.
Topher Brink: I think so. The freshest brightest paths, those are the ones I needed. I think that was you. Yeah.

Topher Brink: [Boyd and Dr. Saunders enter] You mean you two? Wait. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
Dr. Claire Saunders: Less talking would mean less bleeding. And I mean that in so many ways.

Topher Brink: I got it from here. You get your chance, you slip out. In the real world, you can write your ticket any place you land.
Ivy: I really do want to help you.
Topher Brink: Then live! You have a remarkable brain. I think it should stay in your head. Ivy, don't become me. Go. Go!

"Dollhouse: Vows (#2.1)" (2009)
Dr. Claire Saunders: I'm not even real. I'm in someone else's body, and I'm afraid to give it up. I'm not better than you. I'm just a series of excuses.
Topher Brink: You're human!
Dr. Claire Saunders: Don't flatter yourself.

Topher Brink: You need a freakin' treatment!

Topher Brink: [to Ballard] But this is the Dollhouse, frenemy. Nothing happens here without my - What the hell?

Topher Brink: Is this your idea of a joke?
Dr. Claire Saunders: You designed me, Mr. Brinks. I guess it must be your idea of a joke.
Topher Brink: I designed you to be a NOT crazy person! You gotta stop messing with me.
Dr. Claire Saunders: I don't seem to be able to.

Topher Brink: [as Sauders is trying to seduce Topher] Okay, that is the minority vote. And you tricked it! Okay? A guy's asleep, could've been Fozzie Bear and it would've - not that I think of Fozzie Bear.

Dr. Claire Saunders: So why didn't you stop there?
Topher Brink: Because I was designing a person not a roomba. I needed you to be whole. If you agreed with everything I'd said, we would've missed something, and somone would get hurt.
Dr. Claire Saunders: You don't care if - if people get hurt.
Topher Brink: You don't know me! That's the contract. You don't know me, and I don't know you, not fully, not ever! I made you a question. I made you fight for your beliefs. I didn't make you hate me. You chose to.

Topher Brink: Maybe Dewitt would even imprint your own identity. You've earned it.
Dr. Claire Saunders: Because I don't want to die. I'm not even real. I'm in someone else's body, and I'm afraid to give it up. I'm no better than you. I'm just a series of excuses.
Topher Brink: You're human.
Dr. Claire Saunders: Don't flatter yourself.

Ivy: I'm just moving things along. We're backed up like LAX at Christmas.
Topher Brink: It's the autumn rush. Temperatures plummet to the high 60s. Leaves fall off that one tree on Wilshire. People need comfort.
Ivy: What's up with you?

"Dollhouse: Instinct (#2.2)" (2009)
[first lines]
Topher Brink: Would you like a treatment?
Paul Ballard: I was just sitting... because I'm... tired.
Topher Brink: Life of a handler is pretty exhausting. Better you than me.

[after he is attacked by Echo]
Topher Brink: I remember wiping her, and then my face exploded.

Topher Brink: The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates.
Paul Ballard: Yeah, I don't understand.
Topher Brink: But it's so cute that you're trying.

Topher Brink: May I offer you any additional enhancements? On the house. I've been working on some pretty sick apps. How do you feel about ventriloquism?
November: So tempting, I'll have to pass.
Topher Brink: It's a dying art.

Topher Brink: [as Echo is resisting going into the chair] Did you offer a treatment?
Paul Ballard: [Sarcastically] Gee, that's great idea, Topher.

Topher Brink: [after Echo's been tranquilized] You knocked her out? No! I can't wipe her when she's knocked out. Think. Okay? Just - come on. Put her in the chair. I'll wipe her when she wakes up. Whenever that is.

Topher Brink: The maternal instinct is the purest. It's too strong for a normal wipe. I outplayed myself like in chess.
Paul Ballard: Not like chess. Like Echo was in trouble and pain because you didn't think it through. She probably can't remember his name. She has to have him back, no matter what!
Topher Brink: Perhaps triggering lactation was a bridge too far. Live and learn.

Adelle DeWitt: Are we looking at another composite event Mr. Brink?
Paul Ballard: I don't think so. I think we're looking at a genius.
Topher Brink: I'm not as comfy with you saying that as I thought I'd be.

"Dollhouse: Omega (#1.12)" (2009)
Topher Brink: I made it very clear these imprints were prone to paranoia. I flagged it in the paperwork.
Adelle DeWitt: Just as a point of interest, how potentially lethal would you say these imprints are?

Paul Ballard: In a mass killing like this, the first victims will often be whoever's in the way. Who was the first individual that Alpha went for the moment he had a choice?
Topher Brink: Himself. Yeah. The first individual? He came over here to the Self Shelf. It's where I keep my primaries stored, the original personalities that the volunteers first walk in with. He took his original self and he smashed the hell out of it.

Dr. Claire Saunders: [still in shock after her encounter with Alpha] He asked me if I always wanted to be a doctor.
Topher Brink: Huh. Well who can fathom the mind of a crazy person?
Dr. Claire Saunders: The one who made him crazy? Maybe.

Paul Ballard: [standing next to the chair] So this is it. This is where you steal their souls.
Topher Brink: [sarcastically] Yeah. And then we put 'em in a glass jar with our fireflies.
[to DeWitt]
Topher Brink: Why is there a tall, morally judgmental man in my imprint room besides him?
[points to Boyd]

Topher Brink: Dr. Saunders?
Dr. Claire Saunders: I think you gave me more computer skills than would be required by a medical doctor. It was very easy for me to hack your system. I'm curious.
Topher Brink: About?
Dr. Claire Saunders: Well, I guess, I understand why they wouldn't wanna waste an investment. And I suppose, why hire a new physician when you can just... imprint the broken Doll. But why did you decide it was so important for me to hate you? I think that's strange.
Topher Brink: You didn't open it.
Dr. Claire Saunders: No.
Topher Brink: Aren't you curious to see who you really are?
Dr. Claire Saunders: I know who I am.

Paul Ballard: So this is it. This is where you steal their souls?
Topher Brink: Yeah. And then we put them in a glass jar with our fireflies! Why is there a tall, morally judgmental man in MY inprint room,
[points at Boyd]
Topher Brink: besides him?

"Dollhouse: Echoes (#1.7)" (2009)
Adelle DeWitt: [after hearing Dominic is infected by the drug] We need to know what it is.
Topher Brink: Yes, well, we will. When I figure it out.
Adelle DeWitt: And reversing the effect? Are you making any progress?
Topher Brink: I'm working! What are you doing? Besides being...
Adelle DeWitt: Being what?
Topher Brink: Wait a minute...
Adelle DeWitt: Sarcastic? Unfeeling? British?
Topher Brink: It's an animal.
Adelle DeWitt: Where?
Topher Brink: No, the word!
Adelle DeWitt: Still you have to admit, I am... very British. I don't say hard R's.
Topher Brink: You know what I like? Brown sauce. What's it made of? Science doesn't know!
Adelle DeWitt: It's made of brown.
Topher Brink: Brown. Mined from the earth by the hardscrabble brown miners of North Brownderton.
Adelle DeWitt: Oh, my God. I find lentils completely incomprehensible. What the sun-dappled hell is Echo doing at Fremont?
Topher Brink: That's got nothing to do with the drug, which means our problems are huge and indomitable.
Adelle DeWitt: Ooh. I could eat that word. Or a crisp. Do you have any crisps?
Topher Brink: You haven't seen my drawer of inappropriate starches? C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon!
[Adelle giggles; it is clearly apparent that both she and Topher are now infected by the drug]
Adelle DeWitt: [walking with Topher] Oh my god, I'm having such a terrible day.

Adelle DeWitt: [Hiding after November appears to self-trigger her lethal fighting skills] I don't hear anything. She didn't finish the trigger code... she's probably right as rain.
Topher Brink: Go check.
Adelle DeWitt: [Angrily] I am your superior!
Topher Brink: In every way. Go check.

Topher Brink: You could've said no.
Adelle DeWitt: The Rossum Corporation is why we exist. And I believe in the work we're funding. I also believe that the only reason I don't have Clive Ambrose's job, is 'cause he couldn't handle mine!

Adelle DeWitt: It's not being sold, Topher. The effect is spreading. Mr. Dominic is exhibiting erratic behavior.
Topher Brink: [laughs nervously] He didn't take any. There's no way Dom would consciously try and have fun! It could be airborne.

Adelle DeWitt: I know why Echo went to Fremont.
Topher Brink: To punish you?
Adelle DeWitt: To let Caroline punish me.

Topher Brink: [infected Topher is talking to Victor-as-NSA-Agent on the phone] Listen to me carefully. I've got a huge phalanx of machines that go "PING!" And this drug is carried by anyone exposed to it... through touch! It is mandated that you get any Rossum operatives off the grounds and send them back here.
Adelle DeWitt: [Infected Adelle is jumping on a trampoline on the half-level below] Say Hi for me!
Topher Brink: [Ignoring Adele, continuing to talk to Victor over the phone] Nope. You Dolls, your...
[cringes at his mistake]
Topher Brink: By which... I mean of course... I mean NSA, CDC folks. You're safe as houses. Because of the government. They do things! But anyone else who comes into physical contact with the drug or anyone that is infected is susceptible. Am I sure?
[camera pulls back to reveal he's not wearing pants]
Topher Brink: I am fairly sure.
[to the infected DeWitt]
Topher Brink: Secret Agent Victor is so lofty.
Adelle DeWitt: I have a good story about him.
Topher Brink: Hold on, hold on.
[to himself]
Topher Brink: I have another call.
[into the phone]
Topher Brink: I have another call... I have a "better" call! Boyd. Did you find Echo?
Adelle DeWitt: [snatches phone and looks at Topher angrily] Boyd. Did you find Echo?
Boyd Langton: It's alright Miss DeWitt. I-I've worked it out.
Adelle DeWitt: Worked out what? Is Echo contained?
Boyd Langton: Just listen.
[the infected Boyd props cell phone up and starts playing the piano]
Adelle DeWitt: [the infected Adelle puts phone on speaker and she and the infected Topher smile blissfully and enjoy the music... both giggling insanely] Beautiful...

"Dollhouse: The Attic (#2.10)" (2009)
Topher Brink: [Speaking of Ballard] Alpha mapped his entire brain. I'll try and piece it back together.
Adelle DeWitt: Maybe not. I plan on making some changes around this house today. Perhaps his petulant personality's a good place to start. And we are in the market for a - strapping new Victor, are we not?

Boyd Langton: What do we know about the attic?
Topher Brink: No one comes back, Boyd.
Boyd Langton: But why? What do they do to them in there?
Topher Brink: I don't know: experimenting, torture. They're testing the limits of the human mind. The brain is kept in a fear induced adrenaline fueled overdrive state like a problem you can't solve. Either the nightmare lasts forever or...
Boyd Langton: Or it doesn't last at all.

Topher Brink: I've done nothing wrong. Apart from the things that got you your job back.
Adelle DeWitt: You gave us extraordinary technology which will be used soon. The question is whether you have anything more to offer. Whether you can accept radical change, or buckle under pressure.
Topher Brink: I don't buckle. Occassionally, I swashbuckle.
Adelle DeWitt: Yes, you're quite the pirate hero. Swinging in and dismembering Nolan Kinnard. If you try and keep secrets from the corporation, you may have every expectation of being chopped into pieces yourself. How do you imagine that would feel?

Topher Brink: That's what we're going to do to Paul, you know. Take something away.
Boyd Langton: Yeah. I heard. That's going to make him more pissed off than he ususally is.
Topher Brink: Not if I take away his anger.
[Slight chuckle]
Boyd Langton: No. Anger will be all he has.
Topher Brink: That woman is going to drag us straight to hell.

Paul Ballard: What - what the hell - what the hell did you do to me?
Boyd Langton: You were in a coma, Paul.
Topher Brink: Alpha damaged your brain. We did it to save your life.
Paul Ballard: Did what?
[Long pause, as Ballard realizes what happened]
Paul Ballard: You made me a doll?

Boyd Langton: [after Ballard goes to confront DeWitt] At some point, he's going to figure out what we took away from him.
Topher Brink: I know.

"Dollhouse: A Love Supreme (#2.8)" (2009)
Paul Ballard: The wipes just push everything down. But it all surfaces again. And now she can control what and when.
Topher Brink: She can control?... What does that make her? What is she?

Topher Brink: Is she still Terry Karrens?
Boyd Langton: Topher, yes.
Topher Brink: So she's a serial killer?
Boyd Langton: Only a little.
Topher Brink: Right. Only a little bit serial killer. And we let her outside.

Topher Brink: I am obsolete. This must be what old people feel like, and Blockbuster.

Topher Brink: That's the kind of problem we're having with Alpha.
Joel Myner: Yeah, the guy who wants me dead. Who is he?
Topher Brink: Uh, in a nutshell, he's this supergenius serial killer who imprinted himself with a bunch of personalities and then escaped.
Joel Myner: Wait! WHAT?

Topher Brink: These are the craziest scans I've ever seen. I can't even look at them without going nuts! I know a conspiracy when I desperately try to avoid seeing one.
Boyd Langton: Did you tell DeWitt?
Topher Brink: No. So why don't you two crack open your little chamber pot of secrets, and tell me what's going on?

Boyd Langton: She's in control, Topher.
Topher Brink: She's in control? Not you? Not Paul? And who is "she" again? Does she still trust you with her life? And is that because she's programmed to, or just because you're a swell guy with a trustworthy brow?
Echo: [entering the room] I like to think both.

"Dollhouse: The Target (#1.2)" (2009)
Topher Brink: [bursting in on Adelle's meeting] Um, hey! Uhh, sorry. I think we have a situation. The kind you need to shoot at.

Topher Brink: So what do you think of your new girl?
Boyd Langdon: She's not a girl. She's not even a person. Just an empty hat, until you stuff a rabbit in it.

Topher Brink: [Boyd and Echo are about to bond] Hey, this isn't about friendship, man. It's about trust. From this point on, Echo will always trust you without question or hesitation. No matter what the circumstances. You're about to become the most important person in her life.
Boyd Langdon: Let's just get this over with.

Laurence Dominic: [about Alpha] He gets wiped after every engagement like all the rest. How could he composite?
Topher Brink: [shaky] Can't. Shouldn't. Did.

Topher Brink: We're still working out the kinkies.
Boyd Langton: Like the blood, the screaming, the dying?

Boyd Langdon: Why not default them with, uh, ninja skills, or whatever?
Topher Brink: We tried that once.
Boyd Langdon: And?
Topher Brink: Blood, screaming, dying.

"Dollhouse: A Spy in the House of Love (#1.9)" (2009)
Boyd Langton: We have a spy?
Topher Brink: Inside the Dollhouse.
Boyd Langton: [Looks around] And you think it's me? You think *I'm* the spy.
Topher Brink: Not in a bad way.
Boyd Langton: If they find out that you talked to me before you talked to DeWitt, they'll fry you.
Topher Brink: Yeah. I didn't really think that through.
Boyd Langton: Thank you.
Topher Brink: Oh, come on. Hey, I'm boned anyway. I call DeWitt. She's gonna take it out on Dominic. And who's Dominic gonna take it out on?

Echo: I can help you.
Topher Brink: Why would you want to?
Echo: Why wouldn't I?
Topher Brink: Eh. Did I just lose an argument to a doll? Okay, um, thanks, but you can't... help.

Ivy: [as Echo and the mole are fighting] Shouldn't we help?
Topher Brink: Yeah. I helped when I imprinted her with Kung Fu skills, but be my guest.

Echo: [Imprint is done, she gets up out of the chair] I need copies of personnel records, security logs for the past three months and access to your mainframe.
Topher Brink: Uh... anything else?
Echo: Yeah, some clothes. I can't catch a spy in my pajamas.

Echo: I wanna start with him.
[looks at Topher]
Topher Brink: Uh.
[chuckles nervously]
Topher Brink: I'm not the spy. I discovered the spy. Remember? The spy was operating under my nose!
Echo: Which means you're either dangerously incompotent, or you're trying to throw us off your trail.
Laurence Dominic: I'm sorry I ever doubted your programming skills.

"Dollhouse: Gray Hour (#1.4)" (2009)
Topher Brink: [after listening to a call between Boyd and Echo] That's not - Uh-uh. That didn't happen. How do I know that didn't happen? Because that *can't* happen!
Adelle DeWitt: Topher, what can't happen?
Laurence Dominic: This goes nowhere good.
Topher Brink: I'm pretty sure, I'm kind of positive, actually, that something happened - the exact same thing happened, except without the chair.
Adelle DeWitt: You've stated that remote wipes aren't possible.
Topher Brink: I've said they're untested. I-I've said they're a very bad, bad idea. I've said I can't do them.

Topher Brink: This isn't a lone gunman. This is a conspiracy. A gigantic, multi-pronged conspiracy.
Ivy: You need to take something.

Topher Brink: You don't know?
Boyd Langton: What's going on?
Topher Brink: Echo's been wiped. Remotely.
Boyd Langton: WHAT?
Topher Brink: It's not my fault!

Topher Brink: It was Alpha, wasn't it? Nobody else could come even close to pulling off a remote wipe. He's alive. He's out there.
Adelle DeWitt: [Puts some papers on the table] You'll need to sign and initial at the bottom.
Topher Brink: Is this... Am I fired?
Adelle DeWitt: I'm upping your security clearance.

Boyd Langton: They're not bison, Topher.
Topher Brink: They're a little bit bison!

"Dollhouse: Ghost (#1.1)" (2009)
Topher Brink: You see someone running incredibly fast, the first thing you gotta ask is, are they running to something or are they running from something. The answer is always both. So these personality imprints, they come from scans of real people. Now, I-I can create amalgams of those personalities, pieces from here or there, but it's not a greatest hits, it's a whole person. Achievement is balanced by fault, by a lack. Can't have one without the other. Everyone who excels is overcompensating. Running from something. Hiding from something.

Topher Brink: [Pointing at a monitor of Echo's brain] See the blue areas? That's fear.
Boyd Langdon: It all looks blue.
Topher Brink: That's where I'm going with this.

Topher Brink: Look at Echo, not a care in the world. She's living the dream.
Boyd Langdon: Whose dream?
Topher Brink: Who's next?

Boyd Langdon: So what's in the past that you gave Echo?
Topher Brink: That's her business, Boyd. She's right for the job. She spent her life profiling and negotiating with kidnappers. That's the person they needed, so that's who Echo is, the expert!

Boyd Langdon: Everything go all right with the wipe?
Topher Brink: Why don't you just ask Echo? Oh, that's right, because she can't remember.
Topher Brink: Of course it went all right. Imprint's gone, the New Moon has made her virgin again. Is there some reason it shouldn't have? Something happen during the engagement?
Boyd Langdon: I think she finally met the right guy.

"Dollhouse: Epitaph One (#1.13)" (2009)
Topher Brink: It's great. I love what you haven't done with the place. I get up in this, I'm gonna need a couple throw pillows and a fridge...
Laurence Dominic: Should we, uh, order you a poster with a cat, maybe hanging off a tree?

Laurence Dominic: It takes two hours to upload an imprint, so I don't see you having any time...
Topher Brink: Whoa! Two hours? What? Are they memorizing their personalities?
Adelle DeWitt: Two hours is the standing record for any house. Do you think you can beat it?
Topher Brink: Uh, to a pulp. Yeah.

Adelle DeWitt: Mr. Dominic is my eyes and ears.
Topher Brink: Can I be your nose and throat?

Topher Brink: An entire army in a single instant. That's all it takes. That's brilliant. That's so brilliant. Why didn't I think of that?
Topher Brink: Did I think of that? Did I?

Topher Brink: If I think I can figure things out is that curiosity or arrogance?

"Dollhouse: The Hollow Men (#2.12)" (2010)
Topher Brink: I did all of this. I'm the one who brings about the thought-pocalypse.
Adelle DeWitt: Thought-pocalypse?
Topher Brink: Is brain-pocalypse better? I figure, if I'm responsible for the end of the world, I get to name it.
Adelle DeWitt: I gave the plans to Harding, I'm just as culpable.
Topher Brink: Thanks Adelle. You handed someone a piece of paper. I invented it. Which means I have to destroy it.

Adelle DeWitt: Is that even possible?
Topher Brink: The mad scientist in me says 'yes.'

Boyd Langton: The wedge must have been damaged.
Topher Brink: No! Bennett fixed the wedge. She *died* fixing it!
Adelle DeWitt: Then maybe Echo and Caroline aren't getting along.

Topher Brink: I thought it would take Rossum years to realize my schematics.
Boyd Langton: And now they have?
Topher Brink: We're even more screwed than we thought.
[Picks up a weapon]
Topher Brink: With this you can wipe and imprint anyone. No need for an active's cranial architecture in your coconut. One zap with the laser and bzzz, you're a doll.

Boyd Langton: Topher think!
Topher Brink: That's what got us here in the first place. I'm going for mindless destruction now!

"Dollhouse: Haunted (#1.10)" (2009)
Boyd Langton: So, we can give you life after death?
Topher Brink: Only if we really like you.

Topher Brink: In a world where all men are guilty until proven dead, one man stands as our only hope in the fight against...

Boyd Langton: Life after death. Where does that end?
Topher Brink: Same place it begins. Death.

Sierra: Speaking of sci-fi, can we play with the sleepies?
Topher Brink: No.
Sierra: Come on, Topher. We could have them battle one another and bet on them like gladiators.

Sierra: Earth-identical gravity and atmosphere on other planets. Is that two?
Topher Brink: I'll give you one.
Sierra: That's fair. One ecosystem for a whole planet.
Topher Brink: Good.
Sierra: Human-alien cross-breeding without scientific intervention.
Topher Brink: Nice.
Sierra: Flamey explosions and sound in a vacuum.
Topher Brink: Yes! Good job.
Sierra: Oh, but there's so much more. Light speed travel, space storms and sexy, sexy aliens.
Topher Brink: Ahh-ahh-ahh, I said classic sci-fi errors. Now you're just attacking good story telling.

"Dollhouse: Stop-Loss (#2.9)" (2009)
Topher Brink: There's nothing lef in Ballard's head. Alpha scrubbed him clean. Even if I could make the chair work on someone without active architecture, I'd be lucky if I could get him to walk a straight line.
Boyd Langton: But he's stable, physically?
Topher Brink: As a zucchini. Which is what he's going to be for the rest of his life. Now my brain is starting to feel like his.

Adelle DeWitt: Just make sure this doesn't happent with any other actives. We can't have clients being rejected by dolls who are programmed to love them.
Topher Brink: Yeah, we're lucky this happened to you.
Adelle DeWitt: [Long pause] If anyone finds out about this, you *won't* be so lucky!

Topher Brink: What did I just tell you?
Victor: 5 years would seem like... 5 seconds.
Topher Brink: Welcome to the future. Where cars fly, robots server our every whim, and genetically engineered dinosaurs rule the Earth.
Ivy: It's pretty much the same as when you left.
Victor: The war - is it...?
Topher Brink: Still going.

Ivy: Why didn't you let me in on this earlier?
Topher Brink: You were on a need-to-know basis.
Ivy: Need-to-know or need-to-fetch?

"Dollhouse: Meet Jane Doe (#2.7)" (2009)
Ivy: Topher, what happened in DC?
Topher Brink: It's confidential.
Ivy: You if you want me to learn, at some point you're going to have to trust me with important information.

Victor: I've burned out another dozen CPLD's trying to cool this thing down.
Topher Brink: I'll order a couple hundred more.
Victor: These are polycrystalline diamond composites. Do we have a budget for that?
Topher Brink: Indeed we do. As Mr. Harding says "Anything in the name of progress."

Topher Brink: I think they're trying to build a portable device that would be able to imprint anyone without any active architecture in place. Any innocent on the street with a new personality.
Adelle DeWitt: That's unnerving.
Topher Brink: What's unnerving is - I figured out how to do it.

Topher Brink: You are the coldest bitch on the planet!
Adelle DeWitt: That is the last time you will ever speak to me like that, or at all unless spoken to. You're off R&D and back on programming. You will imprint these dolls with dedication and precision. And you will follow every single one of my commands as if they were your hearts deepest desire.
Topher Brink: And what happens if I don't?
Adelle DeWitt: I would hope that, as some who does care for you, that you will never find that out. I rule this house! I won't let *anyone* challenge that, ever again!

"Dollhouse: Belle Chose (#2.3)" (2009)
Boyd Langton: [Told the mind of an escaped doll with a serial killer's personality is to be erased by remote control] Then what? Leave him out on the street? Completely wiped?
Topher Brink: He'll be an empty-headed robot wandering around Hollywood. He'll be fine.

Topher Brink: I have to finish mapping his neural landscape. But if I can figure a way to sneak up behind his reticular activating system. Give it a goose. That might do it. Could also give him a man reaction.
Adelle DeWitt: I choose not to hear that.

Adelle DeWitt: Lovely. So you're saying that we've imprinted an active as a serial killer and blindly let him loose upon the streets.
Topher Brink: I wasn't saying that.

Boyd Langton: What are you trying?
Topher Brink: Uh... A remote wipe.
Boyd Langton: Why?
Topher Brink: Oh well, ha, Victor's loose, doesn't have GPS, and apparently he's a serial killer.
Boyd Langton: Ah.

"Dollhouse: True Believer (#1.5)" (2009)
Dr. Claire Saunders: This is the eighth time he's had that exact imprint. I've cautioned against repeated imprints in the same dolls. Haven't I?
Topher Brink: I don't know. You put it in one of those reports?
Dr. Claire Saunders: Of course!
Topher Brink: Okay, well, nobody reads those.

Topher Brink: [embarrassed] Uh, you know, a reaction that a man, person, might have in the, you know, the - naked part - shower - Victor!
Dr. Claire Saunders: Victor had an erection?
Topher Brink: I prefer 'man reaction.'

Dr. Claire Saunders: There have been instances of this technology causing aneurysms and in one case, death. It's possible one good sneeze could bring on a seizure.
Topher Brink: Or even worse, a sneezeure!

Topher Brink: It ain't oak, but it's on its way to wood.

"Dollhouse: Needs (#1.8)" (2009)
Topher Brink: Echo?
Echo: Not anymore.

Dr. Claire Saunders: If you start playing with their meds, it could backfire or damage them...
Topher Brink: Or solve the problem. I know what I'm doing, Doc.
Dr. Claire Saunders: So do I. But I also *care* what you're doing... to our pets.

Topher Brink: You can't imprint on top of a fully functional brain. It'll implode!
Echo: Oh. Is that why you keep us so simple?
Topher Brink: [frightened] Yes. Yes!

Echo: How come it's there, if you didn't give it to me?
Topher Brink: It's coming from you. It's what you need. I have your memories. You can have them back.
Echo: You can do that?
Topher Brink: Totally.
Echo: [Indicating the chair] But I have to go in there.
Topher Brink: Well yeah. But...
Echo: [backs up] Okay.
Topher Brink: Okay.
Echo: [points the gun at Topher] You first.

"Dollhouse: Epitaph Two: Return (#2.13)" (2010)
Topher Brink: I'm so close, so close to solving both problems. They would have no idea.
Echo: Close to what? Wiping everyong?
Topher Brink: The opposite. A reflection like an echo. Put everything back the way they were. Minds back the way they were... I can bring back the world.

Adelle DeWitt: Explosion?
Topher Brink: It does the work for you.
Adelle DeWitt: You said it could only be activated manually... You're not coming back.
Topher Brink: Small price to pay... I didn't want to cause any more pain.

Adelle DeWitt: You don't have to do it, you know? At least not alone.
Topher Brink: I do. I'll fix what we did to their heads. You fix what we did to the rest of the world. Your job's *way* harder.

"Dollhouse: Echo (#1.0)" (2009)
Topher Brink: You wear the tie because it never occurred to you not to. You eat eggs every morning but never at night. You feel excitement and companionship when rich men you've never met put a ball through a net. You feel guilty, maybe a little suspicious, every time you see that Salvation Army Santa. You look down for at least half a second if a woman leans forward. And your stomach rumbles every time you drive by a big golden arch even if you weren't hungry before. Everybody's programmed, Boyd.

Dr. Claire Saunders: I'm compiling a report.
Topher Brink: I'm making a paperclip Eiffel Tower.

Topher Brink: Hey, I imprinted her to be a sociopath, not an idiot.

"Dollhouse: Stage Fright (#1.3)" (2009)
Topher Brink: Of the two people here, one of us is a genius, and the other is a security guard in a very lovely suit.
Laurence Dominic: All right, genius, tell me why Echo would kidnap the girl you programmed her to protect and bring her to the man who's trying to kill her?
Topher Brink: [pause] Wow.
[nervous chuckle]
Topher Brink: That does sound kind of bad.

Dr. Claire Saunders: You sent Echo out on a high-risk engagement?
Topher Brink: [sighs] Dr. Saunders, hey, so good of you to annoy me.

"Dollhouse: The Public Eye (#2.5)" (2009)
Paul Ballard: This is the same tech that turned Echo into a serial killer.
Topher Brink: We said we wouldn't dwell on that. He's dwelling.
Adelle DeWitt: Just continue.

"Dollhouse: Briar Rose (#1.11)" (2009)
Ivy: How'd you sell DeWitt on it?
Topher Brink: Everybody wants to be righteous when they can afford it.
Ivy: Even Topher Brink.
Topher Brink: This feeling, it is not unlike pride.