Dollhouse: Season 1, Episode 3

Stage Fright (27 Feb. 2009)

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Pop star Rayna is in need of protection due to death threats, so Echo is programmed as a backup singer/bodyguard for her. Sierra serves as additional protection. Paul's investigation into the Dollhouse might cost him his life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Echo / Jordan
Sierra / Audra
Rayna Russell
The Fan


Echo is programmed for her next assignment to be a backup singer to protect a wealthy pop star, Rayna Russell, from an obsessed fan out to kill her. Newcomer active Sierra is also programmed to be the Australian winner of the "Number One Fan Contest" to assist Echo to flush out the stalker. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard's investigation to find Caroline/Echo in order to link her to Dollhouse takes a turn for the worse when his Russian contact, Lubov, turns out to be an active for the Dollhouse and sets him up to be killed by Russian thugs of no relation to the matter he is investigating. Written by matt-282

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Jewel Staite:  Watch the crowd before the second failed assassination of Rayna. You'll notice a cameo of Jewel (Kaylee from Joss Whedon's Firefly (2002)) as a member of the crowd. See more »


Jordan: Rayna, I know you don't feel anything, or think that you don't. But you will. You will if you do something to save this girl. And you will help this girl!
Rayna Russell: What makes you think...
Jordan: [Jordan knocks Rayna out] Friends help each other out.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.118 (2010) See more »


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by Kimberly Cole
Performed by Jaime Lee Kirchner
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"You think you know people....Hello, Victor"
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"Stage Fright" has its moments, but it also has the same problem as the previous episode, "Target": the real juice is on the side stuff, not on the center stuff. The revelation of Lubov as a Dollhouse Active (so that's what Adelle meant in "Target" when she said that the appropriate measures concerning Paul Ballard have been taken!), or the fact that Echo and Sierra seem to be developing some sort of friendship that goes beyond their programming, are more interesting to watch than an unoriginal "bodyguard to a pop star" story and the clichéd "psycho-stalker-No. 1 fan" figure (at least we get to hear Eliza Dushku sing - and she doesn't sound bad at all). Jaime Lee Kirchner gives a pretty good performance as the pop star, but her story is really nothing more than a vehicle to prove a point about Echo's unusually creative mind that extends beyond her given orders. *** out of 4.

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