Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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Man on the Street 

Ballard gets a lead on a possible Dollhouse client and he finds more than he expected. Meanwhile at the Dollhouse, an active is being abused, possibly by another active.

Director:

David Straiton

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Rebecca Mynor
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Victor
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Amy Acker ... Dr. Claire Saunders
Ben Bode ... Academic (as Ben Bodé)
Reed Diamond ... Laurence Dominic
Kevin Kilner ... Joe Hearn
Liza Lapira ... Ivy
Miracle Laurie ... Mellie
Patton Oswalt ... Joel Mynor
Mark Sheppard ... Tanaka (as Mark A. Sheppard)
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Storyline

While a street reporter interviews random passersby about the urban legend of the Dollhouse, Ballard continues his obsessive quest for evidence of its existence, leading to an encounter with dot-com billionaire Joel Mynor, where he finally meets Echo face-to-face in her "programmed" state, and learns a little more about the Dollhouse clientèle. Meanwhile, it appears that Victor has been sexually abusing Sierra. DeWitt wants to have Victor sent to "the Attic", but Boyd suspects all may not be as it appears. Elsewhere, Ballard increasingly confides in his neighbor Mellie, and finally begins a romance with her, unaware that he may be putting her in danger by doing so. DeWitt decides to take more decisive action against the threat posed by Ballard - with unexpected consequences. And there are ominous hints that the Dollhouse may be much more than it appears. Written by matt-282

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

West Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In "Man on the Street" we see that it cost one of their clients $439,000,000 to engage Echo. See more »

Goofs

As Ballard enters the kitchen, you can see the a cameraman's reflection in the oven. See more »

Quotes

Laurence Dominic: You played a good hand ma'am.
Adelle DeWitt: I played a very bad hand very well. There is a distinction.
Laurence Dominic: Of course.
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Sweet Dream
(uncredited)
by Greg Laswell
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Wow!
6 April 2011 | by LaFeeChartreuseSee all my reviews

OK, I was lukewarm about this series up until this point. I'd finally started watching it on Netflix because I'd enjoyed a lot of Joss Whedon's other work, but Dollhouse really seemed to be kind of sub-par for him... until now.

This episode is orders of magnitude better than anything that came before it. Breathtakingly intense, and full of alarming twists, turns and shocks that easily rival some of the best of his work on other shows, not to mention hints of much more interesting plot elements than anything seen in the series thus far. He even took what appeared to be a setup for a classic Whedon trope (terrible things always happen to happy people) and twisted it in an entirely unexpected direction.

I don't know if the rest of the series will be able to maintain this standard, but as of now, I'm completely hooked.


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