Dollhouse: Season 1, Episode 5

True Believer (13 Mar. 2009)

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Echo is programed to go under cover as a blind woman at religious cult in Arizona after a corrupt senator recruits Dollhouse to assist the ATF in the breakup of the cult. But with Boyd ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Echo / Esther Carpenter
Jonas Sparrow
Senator Boxbaum
Agent Lilly


Echo is programed to go under cover as a blind woman at religious cult in Arizona after a corrupt senator recruits Dollhouse to assist the ATF in the breakup of the cult. But with Boyd watching from a distance, he soon learns that the Jonas Sparrow cult may be more difficult to handle, and the ATF agent in charge has an ulterior motive... as does Dominic when the situation takes a turn for the worse. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard continues his relentless quest to look for Echo while his neighbor, Mellie, continues to harbor a crush on him. Also, Topher and Dr. Saunders monitor Victor when he begins exhibiting primordial behavior whenever he's around Sierra. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The cult leader uses the fake name "Jonas Sparrow." Steve Martin plays a con artist posing as a revival preacher named Jonas Nightingale in the film Leap of Faith (1992). See more »


Just before Langton is seen talking to the store owner, the outside of the store is shown with a white school bus parked outside, yet when inside the store and looking out through the window there is no bus there. See more »


Dr. Claire Saunders: [Topher and Claire are searching the film archives for instances of Victor getting an erection. She finds one] Of course. If it'd been a snake... Please pretend I didn't say that.
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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Music by Anthony J. Showalter
Lyrics by Elisha A. Hoffman
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Little Dollhouse on the Prairie
14 March 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

It's only the 5th episode and I'm almost bored by the show. I mean it's not interesting anymore when you can see behind the curtain as the same patterns are applied over and over. A new mission and side story, a few minutes about the main one… The episodes almost feel like fillers. I don't mind as long as the screenplay is catchy and original but this one… Its ending was as disappointing as the one from Stage Fright and Gray Hour because after The Target it's obvious they all end up the same way, with Echo remembering something after waking up and saying "Did I fall asleep ?". The Sleeping Beauty effect has its limit, even for Eliza. Of course the cop's investigation advanced but I don't really like that story arc. What happened to Victor was funny but I'm not really fond of the programmer. His scene with the Doctor wasn't as hilarious as it should have been. The worst part was the writing and the whole cult idea. I mean it's so old ! Considering Echo's character it almost felt like watching Little House on the Prairie.

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