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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27 February 2009 (USA)  »

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When Paul goes to investigate the building that Victor "tipped" him off about, the quick exterior shot is of the same building on Wilshire that served as the Hyperion Hotel in Joss Whedon's Angel. See more »


Boyd Langton: Look, if you don't certify me, and Echo gets sent out again, she could end up with some stranger as her handler.
Dr. Claire Saunders: We're all strangers to them.
Boyd Langton: She's my responsibility. And we both know there's someone out there. Someone who wants her dead. The word from upstairs is it can't be Alpha.
Dr. Claire Saunders: ...You're certified.
Boyd Langton: Thank you.
Dr. Claire Saunders: And do keep a close eye. Someone else is watching.
Boyd Langton: Someone always is.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.118 (2010) See more »


Superstar (Smash It)
by Kimberly Cole
Performed by Jaime Lee Kirchner
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This is where Whedon reveals his magic.
4 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was holding out hope for this series to gel sooner or later. Since my 'name' shows allegiance to Mutant Enemy productions, I consider comments I make to be largely FAN-ning flames here. Yet, seeing where Echo 'winks' at Sierra in the end of this episode, I assume a thousand new fans have been created. That may not be enough for FOX to green-light another 13 episodes, but I believe profitable DVD sales are a lock. No matter how restrictive a network can be, Whedon will rise above their challenges. I could see, in the 1st episodes, how FOX dumbed down the finished product. At least a deal was struck in the back room that allowed Joss' lotuses to blossom. And HERE is the charming, 3rd ep.. So surprise, Echo can 'sing' with the best of 'em. Eliza is convincing, her magic parallels the man who blessed her with the TV role of a lifetime. Her greatest investment is in Dollhouse, as an artist AND a producer. It will reap untold reward. -PLUS, use of the word 'reap' in this ep. was most satisfying. Hooray!

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