Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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A man requests Echo as his companion on a camping trip, but his true intentions are far more deadly. More backstory on the Dollhouse, Alpha, and Boyd's first encounter with Echo.


Steven S. DeKnight


Joss Whedon (created by), Steven S. DeKnight | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Jenny
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Anton Lubov
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra (credit only)
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Amy Acker ... Dr. Claire Saunders
Reed Diamond ... Laurence Dominic
Matt Keeslar ... Richard Connell
Miracle Laurie ... Mellie
Rich McDonald ... Ranger
Mark Sheppard ... Tanaka (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Tim Conlon ... Shaw
Omar Adam ... Male Active


Echo becomes the ultimate outdoorswoman when a handsome young client, Richard Connell, hires her as a date for a wilderness adventure. But unknown to the Dollhouse, Richard's true sport is hunting humans - with Echo intended as his next victim. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard continues investigating the origins of the Dollhouse, hindered by both his skeptical superior Tanaka, and his colleagues who continues to dismiss it as a legend. Eventually, Ballard receives a clue about Echo/Caroline's past from an anonymous source. Also, periodic flashbacks show how Boyd came to work for Adelle and be assigned as Echo's handler, his first meeting with tech Topher, and how Dr. Claire Saunders received her facial scars from the shadowy Alpha; a rogue active who may or may not still be on the loose. Written by matt-282

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Official Sites:

Sci-Fi Channel [UK]





Release Date:

20 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams) calls the Dolls' resting state the "Tabula Rasa", the blank slate. Tabula Rasa is the title of episode 6.08 of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which Willow (Alyson Hannigan) unintentionally wipes everybody's memory with a spell. See more »


Though he's tracking through wilderness and carries no extra equipment, Richard always has four arrows, even after he shoots two at Echo and one at Boyd. See more »


Adelle DeWitt: In the light of recent events, we've decided to engage individuals with a more, shall we say, intensive background. If you're amenable to the terms of your contract, you will be assigned to Echo, one of our most requested actives.
Boyd Langdon: What happened to her last handler?
Dr. Claire Saunders: [Dr. Saunders enters] You're standing in him.
[Boyd notices the dried pool of blood he's standing on]
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So much better than the pilot!
22 February 2009 | by teleiapSee all my reviews

I loved Buffy, I sorta like Angel, I love Dr. Horrible, and I just recently watched Firefly after failing to get into Serentiy twice. So I've been waiting for Dollhouse to premiere for what seems like forever.

Unlike the pilot, which was somewhat convoluted (with all the necessary exposition and everything), this episode flew by! After "Ghost" I was a little worried about this new show, but that worry's gone now.

The main story was interesting; Echo's responses in particular were interesting. The writing was good... I was hooked. Humor was the only thing missing, but I heard that it'll enter into the series a little later.

I'm definitely giving Joss the full 7 episodes. Not only has he earned it, but this episode made me want to see more.

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