Dollhouse: Season 2, Episode 11

Getting Closer (8 Jan. 2010)

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With the Rossum conspiracy now fully revealed, Echo and her allies must now make their stand to stop the Rossum Corporation from enslaving the free world with their newest remote mind-wipe ... See full summary »

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With the Rossum conspiracy now fully revealed, Echo and her allies must now make their stand to stop the Rossum Corporation from enslaving the free world with their newest remote mind-wipe technology to take over the world. Topher meets up with Bennett Halverson when she is forcibly taken from the DC Dollhouse and brought to Los Angeles to help restore Caroline's past memory whom is the only one who can identify the two Rossum corporate heads. Echo will finally face herself as Caroline, even as Ballard struggles with the facts of his new existence as an Active, while he also brings in former active November/Millie back into the fold. The background story between Caroline and Bennett is revealed from three years earlier during Caroline's status as a student in Arizona. As Adelle tries to prepare an evacuation of the Dollhouse, an invasion is incurred by Rossum soldiers, just as Whiskey/Dr. Claire Saunders finally returns to the Dollhouse at the request of Boyd with some info for all ... Written by matt-282

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When Echo discovers a file on Bennett Halverson, she comments that Bennett is "off-the-charts smart," adding, "I bet you could kill me with your brain." Bennett is played by Summer Glau, who in Joss Whedon's previous series, Firefly (2002), played River Tam, a psychic super-genius who once advised another character, "I can kill you with my brain." River's amygdala (part of the brain) was damaged by experiments, and Bennett says "I'd love to get a look at your [Caroline's] amygdala." See more »

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Topher Brink: Aw...
Echo: What did you do?
Topher Brink: [groans] Her left arm may be dead, but she's got a terrific right cross. If anyone asks... Actually, if anyone asks, don't say I got beat up by a one-armed girl.
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Best episode of "Dollhouse"
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After having discovered, during her trip to the Attic, that Caroline has seen the face of Rossum's #1 man (or woman), Echo decides that it's the right time to bring her back into her brain mix; however, her imprint has been stolen, and the back-up kept by Topher was almost completely destroyed by Alpha; the only person who can repair it is the Washington Dollhouse chief programmer, Bennett, so Adelle arranges for her abduction! Bennett's hate for Caroline is explained through flashbacks of their shared backstories. Meanwhile, Rossum has detected that people have escaped from the Attic and is closing in on the L.A Dollhouse; get ready for war! This is, arguably, the best episode of the whole series up to this point (only other serious contenders, IMO: "Epitaph One" and "Spy In The House Of Love"). It's an ensemble episode with brilliant teamwork between the entire cast, with perhaps a special nod to Fran Kranz, and Summer Glau, who somehow manages to make Bennett impossibly charming, despite what she may have done in the past. This episode was already very good until the last 5 minutes, and then there is a brutal shock similar to the one in "Epitaph One", and then there is a final twist so chilling and unexpected that, depending on how they justify it in the next episode, may even put "The Usual Suspects" to shame! I haven't been left so speechless at the end of a TV episode since "The Economist" from the 4th season of "LOST". Apart from the twist itself, the final dialogue exchange gives me shivers even now, just thinking about it. ***1/2 out of 4.


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