Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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FBI Agent Paul Ballard searches for Caroline, a missing person, who may be connected to a Dollhouse, a place that people say doesn't exist.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Shauna Vickers
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Anton Lubov / Victor
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Amy Acker ... Dr. Claire Saunders
Reed Diamond ... Laurence Dominic
Ashley Johnson ... Hayden Leeds
Aisha Hinds ... Loomis
Maury Sterling ... Eddy
Clayton Rohner ... Dollhouse Client
Raphael Sbarge ... Richard
Rico E. Anderson ... Agent


Echo is an 'active' one of several volunteers who work at the Dollhouse, a secret and illegal international organization that rents out programed people for their high-paying clients needs. Paul Ballard is an ambitious FBI agent who relentlessly asserts the existence of the Dollhouse, despite incredulous claims by fellow agents and superiors that it does not exist. Adelle DeWitt, director for the Los Angeles Dollhouse branch, suspects someone from the inside is aiding Ballard in his investigation, so she programs Echo to stop him. Written by matt-282

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The song playing at about 4 minutes in is Front Line Assembly's "Civilization" from the album Epitaph. See more »


Langton tells Echo that their insider at St. Paul's Hospital has informed them that Agent Ballard is still alive. When Echo goes to the hospital to finish the job, the sign at the entrance very clearly identifies the place as St. Michael's Hospital. See more »


[first lines]
Adelle DeWitt: The world is a very simple place... at first. Then, as we grow up, it grows around us, a dense thicket of complication and disappointment. Unbearable for some. And even for the luckiest of us, still sometimes more than we can handle. Less than we'd hoped.
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References Roger & Me (1989) See more »

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A Good Introduction to the Series
20 August 2020 | by tpennington-76448See all my reviews

A lot of scenes in this first pilot were repurposed for other episodes. Most of which were in the first half of the first season. I personally like the scenes being spread out more, but I do also think this is a really good introduction to the show. The second pilot that was actually used tried to do a story and an introduction at the same time, which may be a little confusing. If you possess the Season 1 DVD set, I would recommend watching this episode first even though some scenes are reused in other episodes.

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Release Date:

1 September 2009 (Spain) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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