A wealthy backer asks the Dollhouse for help when his daughter is kidnapped. They send Echo to negotiate the release. One of the memory imprints used to prepare Echo for the mission causes some complications.

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Echo is one of several volunteer "Actives" working for a secretive, morally ambiguous organization known in urban legend as the Dollhouse. Cunning and enigmatic entrepreneur Adelle DeWitt, whose motives are far from transparent, heads the Los Angeles-based outfit. She enjoys the luxury of a seemingly endless budget and employs the best and the brightest in the fieds of tech and neurobiology. Programmed with a new personality for each assignment, Echo carries out various tasks according to the wishes of the Dollhouse's wealthy and enigmatic clientele. In her latest role, Echo is tasked with rescuing a client's kidnapped daughter. Aided by her handler, Boyd Langdon, and programmed by prodigious techy Topher Brink, Echo embarks upon the rescue mission. Along the way, glitches in her memory imprints cause some complications. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Paul Ballard struggles to uncover information on the Dollhouse. His growing obsession with the case has destroyed his marriage and threatens to ... Written by matt-282

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The tattooed fighter seen sparring in the ring with Agent Ballard is Tanoai Reed. See more »

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The chess board on Topher's desk is set up wrong, rotated by 90 degrees. See more »

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Adelle DeWitt: Nothing is what it appears to be.
Caroline: It seems pretty clear to me.
Adelle DeWitt: Because you're only seeing part of it. I'm talking about a clean slate.
Caroline: You ever try and clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.
Adelle DeWitt: Are you volunteering?
Caroline: I don't have a choice, do I? How did it get this far?
Adelle DeWitt: Caroline, actions have consequences.
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If this show will be canceled, it'll be the writers' fault.
13 February 2009 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Quite honestly, I wasn't too excited for this show, but it still managed to let me down.

The concept(on paper) looks good, but in execution, it's horrendous. How can you relate to a character with no personality, and be interested in a plot that's only interesting in it's setup phase? Let me explain it. Each episode will deal with a small story of Dushku's character(and obviously, sometimes, others too) taking a "role". The scenes before that(Dollhouse scenes) are fairly good. But once she gets on the mission, it's just like any other crime show.

The supporting case COULD make up for the lead's dullness, but they don't. I mean Fringe -- Olivia Dunham is pretty dull, but the rest of the cast is strong. Not here.

I gave Dollhouse a fair chance - I sat through the pilot, and didn't look elsewhere. If I was watching this on TV, I probably would've turned it off halfway. Thank god for DVR.


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