Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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A wealthy backer asks the Dollhouse for help when his daughter is kidnapped. They send Echo to negotiate the release. One of the memory imprints used to prepare Echo for the mission causes some complications.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Caroline Farrell
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Anton Lubov
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Amy Acker ... Dr. Claire Saunders
Reed Diamond ... Laurence Dominic
Kurt Caceres ... Gabriel Crestejo
Brett Claywell ... Matt Cargill
David Doty David Doty ... Sam Zimmerman
Tim Kelleher ... Detmer
Vincent Laresca ... Mr. Sunshine
Haley Pullos ... Davina Crestejo (as Haley Alexis Pullos)


Echo is one of several volunteer "Actives" working for a secretive, morally ambiguous organization known in urban legend as the Dollhouse. Cunning and enigmatic entrepreneur Adelle DeWitt, whose motives are far from transparent, heads the Los Angeles-based outfit. She enjoys the luxury of a seemingly endless budget and employs the best and the brightest in the fieds of tech and neurobiology. Programmed with a new personality for each assignment, Echo carries out various tasks according to the wishes of the Dollhouse's wealthy and enigmatic clientele. In her latest role, Echo is tasked with rescuing a client's kidnapped daughter. Aided by her handler, Boyd Langdon, and programmed by prodigious techy Topher Brink, Echo embarks upon the rescue mission. Along the way, glitches in her memory imprints cause some complications. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Paul Ballard struggles to uncover information on the Dollhouse. His growing obsession with the case has destroyed his marriage and threatens to ... Written by matt-282

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Official Sites:

Sci-Fi Channel [UK]





Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

West Hollywood, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gabriel first meets Echo, he reveals that he had expected a fatherly character as the hostage negotiator, someone like Edward James Olmos. Olmos plays Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica (2004) which Tahmoh Penikett (Paul Ballard) also stars in. See more »


Every time "Ms. Penn" uses her inhaler, she does it wrong. See more »


[first lines]
Adelle DeWitt: Nothing is what it appears to be.
Caroline: It seems pretty clear to me.
Adelle DeWitt: Because you're only seeing part of it. I'm talking about a clean slate.
Caroline: You ever try and clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.
Adelle DeWitt: Are you volunteering?
Caroline: I don't have a choice, do I? How did it get this far?
Adelle DeWitt: Caroline, actions have consequences.
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


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Good - I see some problems that may be fixed
14 June 2012 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

There is a channel in Australia called Channel 11, it mostly airs crap. Every Monday night this will be on. I saw it because I turned into a big Joss Whedon Fan since it was pulled off the air. The show sets up an interesting enough premise.

But here is what is wrong with the show that hopefully will be broken in later episodes. Whedon has Dushku playing one different role per episode, this means that in the span of forty minutes the episode writer must create character development whilst writing the storyline, if that doesn't happen (which - is a big ask for a writer) then we have no reason for us to root for Echo's new counterpart. Hopefully Whedon fixed this later on and made Echo remember fragments of these persona's.

The subplot is very good. I actually think this would be more interesting to mainly follow than the actual plot. A cop trying to uncover the conspiracy that Dollhouse doesn't exist and on his last warning before being off the case.

For those who want to know the plot (assuming you know the premise - if you don't then you're lost): A rich man's daughter gets kidnapped and asks the Dollhouse to imprint an Active with the experience and memories to get the daughter back. They have Echo aka Elizabeth Penn whose back story is that she believes she was kidnapped at the age of nine. They transact the ransom with the kidnappers, only to find that one of them is who Echo believes kidnapped her (to explain in more detail - because I was lost until it was explained, What Actives are imprinted is a collection of memories from other people in order to do what they are intended to do) then she tries to get the daughter back before the daughter suffers the fate she believes she did (and what an un-shown person did).

This is a show I will watch (Although I prefer Terminator as a show). This is definitely Whedon's weakest attempt at a show though, I hope to give you more reviews in the future.

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