Dollhouse: Season 1, Episode 4

Gray Hour (6 Mar. 2009)

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Echo's engagement to steal some art starts to go bad when she and others in her crew get locked in the vault. When Echo is wiped remotely, the Dollhouse must figure a way to get her out.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Echo / Taffy
Sierra / Taffy
Atalo Diakos


Echo's latest mission is as a professional safe-cracker to lead a team to rip off a valuable artifact from a impregnable safe. But in a twist, Echo's mind gets remotely wiped by a hidden signal and she is powerless inside the safe. Boyd then tries to find a way to rescue her while Topher tries to find out how this happened. Adelle and Laurence have Sierra programed as the safe-cracker to try to help Echo out before the authorities close in. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard struggles to recover from the attempt on his life, still unaware that his source, Lubov, is the active "Victor" whom takes refuge in his apartment claiming to be sought after by Dollhouse agents. Written by matt-282

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Lubov: The FBI doesn't work like that! You can't - you can't do this!
Paul Ballard: I'm a screw up, remember? My CI shows up dead, nobody's gonna blink. Nobody's going to care.
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The first shake-up of the formula
6 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Gray Hour" is a considerable improvement over the previous two episodes, and the reason is simple: the main story is exciting again, and the side stories are just that - additional offerings. How do they make the main story exciting? By a) taking a page out of the "Alias" book (high-risk mission that is not what it first appears to be, fast pacing, driving music score, etc.), b) shaking up the formula of the show by having Echo get "wiped" (i.e., her new temporary identity, as a master thief, erased) remotely while ON the mission, which turns her into a lost child in the middle of chaos, and forces the Dollhouse to give the exact same identity to one MORE Active, Sierra, to help Echo out of her situation. The striking Dichen Lachman is really the show-stealer of this episode, her line readings as the cocky super-thief are very funny. And for some reason the scene where a member of the team explains to Echo why one painted portrait is "broken" gives me chills just thinking about it. *** out of 4.

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