Alpha has taken Echo. More secrets of the Dollhouse are revealed. Ballard must work with the Dollhouse to stop Alpha, if he wants to save Caroline.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Echo / Crystal / Caroline Farrell
Sophie Alvarez
Wendy / Caroline
Tanaka (as Mark A. Sheppard)


Having abducted Echo, Alpha attempts to recreate the "composite event" that resulted in his becoming a mosaic of all the imprints he'd ever had, so as to make her a fitting companion for himself - at a frightening cost. Meanwhile, Ballard must overcome his scruples when Boyd and Adelle ask him to work with the Dollhouse to find Echo and Alpha before it's too late. Meanwhile, there are disturbing revelations about Alpha's background - and that of Dr. Saunders as well. Written by matt-282

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When Alpha inserts the hard drive to 'wedge' Wendy, he inserts the drive upside down to how it would fit into the slot. See more »


Victor: [after being carved up by Alpha] I'm not by best anymore. I want to be my best.
Dr. Claire Saunders: Yes. I know you do.
Victor: How can I be my best now? Dr. Saunders? How can I be my best please?
Dr. Claire Saunders: You can't Victor. You can't be your best. Your best is past. Your past you can't even remember. You're ugly now. You're disgusting. All you can hope for now is pity. And for that, you're going to have to look somewhere else.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


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Finally gets it right
9 May 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

With this possibly penultimate episode "Dollhouse" finally delivers on all the promise it's shown until now. Engaging, mysterious and thought provoking. Tim Minears script somehow manages to reference both "Blade Runner", "Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind", "Buffy the vampire slayer", the bible and even one of his own (unproduced) feature scripts, while still ending up with something that is utterly unique. Amy Acker, Fran Kranz and Allan Tudyk delivers stellar performances. And the next episode promises to be somewhat mind blowing to bad it'll be 12 or so weeks till we get to see it, i hope there is some miraculous way this show can get renewed.

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