Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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A man requests Echo as his companion on a camping trip, but his true intentions are far more deadly. More back story on the Dollhouse, Alpha, and Boyd's first encounter with Echo.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Echo / Jenny
Sierra (credit only)
Richard Connell
Tanaka (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Male Active


Echo becomes the ultimate outdoorswoman when a handsome young client, Richard Connell, hires her as a date for a wilderness adventure. But unknown to the Dollhouse, Richard's true sport is hunting humans - with Echo intended as his next victim. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard continues investigating the origins of the Dollhouse, hindered by both his skeptical superior Tanaka, and his colleagues who continues to dismiss it as a legend. Eventually, Ballard receives a clue about Echo/Caroline's past from an anonymous source. Also, periodic flashbacks show how Boyd came to work for Adelle and be assigned as Echo's handler, his first meeting with tech Topher, and how Dr. Claire Saunders received her facial scars from the shadowy Alpha; a rogue active who may or may not still be on the loose. Written by matt-282

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20 February 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams) calls the Dolls' resting state the "Tabula Rasa", the blank slate. Tabula Rasa is the title of episode 6.08 of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which Willow (Alyson Hannigan) unintentionally wipes everybody's memory with a spell. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, when the security team is running down the stairs at the Dollhouse, the second guy from the front trips on a step just as Laurence starts to say "Secure the exits.". See more »


Adelle DeWitt: Our company policy requires a small additional fee against any unforseen complications.
[Shows Richard the new fee. Richard coughs]
Richard O'Connell: Small, huh?
Adelle DeWitt: To my employers, very.
Richard O'Connell: Well if this girl's everything you promised, it'll be worth it.
Adelle DeWitt: Just make sure you return her safe and sound otherwise, there will be... additional costs.
Richard O'Connell: I'll keep it low key.
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So much better than the pilot!
22 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved Buffy, I sorta like Angel, I love Dr. Horrible, and I just recently watched Firefly after failing to get into Serentiy twice. So I've been waiting for Dollhouse to premiere for what seems like forever.

Unlike the pilot, which was somewhat convoluted (with all the necessary exposition and everything), this episode flew by! After "Ghost" I was a little worried about this new show, but that worry's gone now.

The main story was interesting; Echo's responses in particular were interesting. The writing was good... I was hooked. Humor was the only thing missing, but I heard that it'll enter into the series a little later.

I'm definitely giving Joss the full 7 episodes. Not only has he earned it, but this episode made me want to see more.

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