Dollhouse: Season 1, Episode 8

Needs (3 Apr. 2009)

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The Dollhouse's worst fears are realized as several actives awaken and remember some of their past lives and try to escape from the Dollhouse.

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Echo, Victor, Sierra, Mellie/November, and another Active mysteriously awaken with them aware of their identities, but not their memories. The five of them start to search for answers about the Dollhouse facility they as well as how they got there and how to escape. In trying to find her own answers, Echo discovers more about herself, while Victor and Sierra escape to look for the man who recruited Sierra, and November searches for her missing daughter. But Adelle soon learns about the Active's glitch and sets her own agenda with the help of Boyd, Dr. Saunders, Dominic, and Topher to help her out. Meanwhile, Ballard discovers the hidden surveillance camera in his apartment and it sets him back on the path to finding the Dollhouse. Written by matt-282

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At around minute 48, when Sierra walks past the room of her past trauma, and after they've gotten closure and returned to tabula rasa, the camera focuses on the glass of the doors. If you look closely, you can see subtle hand prints on the glass. Almost like a ghostly memory of what happened in there; a memory apparently from which Sierra no longer suffers. See more »

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When Echo first jumps out of the SUV in the car-park, and argues with the other dolls about staying, the elevator door in the basement is closed, and she is on the "right" of the car and the lift (as we see it). When the shot changes, the lift door is open, and Echo approaches from the left of the lift with the car on her right. See more »

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Dr. Claire Saunders: If you start playing with their meds, it could backfire or damage them...
Topher Brink: Or solve the problem. I know what I'm doing, Doc.
Dr. Claire Saunders: So do I. But I also *care* what you're doing... to our pets.
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6 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The good; Excellent scenes with the actives planning their escape in true The Prisoner style. Very gratifying to watch Victor beat the stuffing out of the guy abusing Sierra.

The bad; Seems all very reckless of Adele, Victor throttles one handler and beats up Sierra's client. Echo beats the crap out of another handler before raiding the armoury and threatening everyone with a gun. Perhaps Topher put in blocks to prevent them killing anyone but given how the wipes haven't been working lately this still seems very risky.

Best line; Dr Saunders; "Let the tide wash in"

Packing heat; Echo with a glock. The Dollhouse has it's own armoury in the handlers room with Glocks, M16 carbines and H&K MP5s. Echo;5 Boyd; 6 Dominic; 6 Sierra; 3 Victor; 2

Echo kissage; By request this new topic will be included.

Kinky dinky; Mike suggests that they've been kidnapped to have sex with aliens, an idea that Mellie is understandably not too keen on (presumably she's seen Alien vs Predator; Requiem or Taboo Comics/Monsters and Angels-internet GOT-fic?). But she's quite OK with the thought of showering naked with both boys and girls unlike Sierra who's more hesitant.

Notches on the Dollhouse bedpost; Echo; 3 November; 1 Ballard; 1

How'd they get away with that? Dead Echo is plenty frightening! Victor is also pretty hardcore throttling the handler but that suits his soldier mentality. Echo beating up Sophie is also pretty savage.

This weeks fantasy; 1 each for everyone, their own personalities but without the memories. Echo is still the moral crusader we see in Echoes. Victor the level headed military man, November the maternal free spirit, Sierra kinda prickly and damaged.

Total number personalitites; Echo; 15 Sierra; 6 Victor; 3 November; 2

Total dolls; 6, we meet 2 more, a blonde girl called Tango (who I think we've seen before as a background player?) and Mike who seems to be a conspiracy theorist and finds himself in the ultimate conspiracy. We also meet handler Sophie who like Topher's assistant Ivy will become a recurring minor character. We see another active in military garb (maybe filling in for Victor?) but we don't get a name. Echo, Sierra, November, Victor, Mike, Tango

Topher is a bit geeky; Astonishingly he's afraid of the dark

Bondage; Sierra tied up; 1

Knocked out; everyone passes out once they've achieved their closure Echo; 2 November; 1 Sierra; 1 Victor; 1

Kills; Sierra; 2 kills Echo; 1 November;1

Capt subtext; Ballard's dream suggests he has a sexual attraction towards Caroline at the expense of Mellie. Victor is appalled by the Village People-style leather chaps he appears to have in his wardrobe (Rid'em Cowboy?). Echo eyes Tango's legs in her stockings and suspenders. Tango closely resembles Liza Minelli's character in Cabaret. Is she off to a hetero client who wants to have sex with her or to a gay guy who wants to sing 'Money makes the world go round' with her as Buffy star Joel Gray (Doc from season 5) did in that movie. Boyd says he would have liked to have seen Echo leading everyone to freedom, he subconsciously wants to free everyone?

Happy hookers; Echo refers to the Dollhouse 'Pimping them out'

Know the face? 5 Whedon alumni-Mark Shepherd, Amy Acker, walking action figure, Eliza Dushku, Jim Piddock

Guantanamo; Dominic suggests that the handlers think of the Actives as pets instead of children? Mike thinks they're government prisoners.

Reminds me off; The Buffy ep Tabula Rusa (a phrase used in this show), the characters all have their personalities and are trapped somewhere but don't have their conscious memories

Breaking the programming; They all do so Adele allows them all to partially achieve their secret desires under controlled circumstances.

Questions and observations; Victor very much the military man and does it very convincingly. November has a daughter called Kate who died, did she kill her? Even unprogrammed Caroline is pretty tasty in her fight with Sophie, maybe she retains some of her fighting skills from her imprints? Sierra's loathsome returning client (who appears to have forced her into the Dollhouse in the first place?) calls her Maria but is that her real name or the name of the personality he hires? Is he the guy who gave her the cut on her face in Echo? Victor's love for Sierra seems to be able to overcome even his mindwipe. Presumably Mike didn't really have an awakening, he's the control entered by Topher to convince the others they have to make their escape quickly. Marks out of 10; 8/10


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