Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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Echo enters an assignment as a newlywed who is undercover trying to bring down an arms dealer. The Rossum corporation becomes a target of a senator. Dr. Saunders and Boyd discuss Dr. Saunders' personal conflict while she takes out her frustrations on Topher. Ballard gets in deeper with the Dollhouse.


Joss Whedon


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Episode complete credited cast:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo
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 / Whiskey
Liza Lapira ... Ivy
Alexis Denisof ... Senator Daniel Perrin
Zoran Radanovich ... Hugo Taubman
Jamie Bamber ... Martin Klar
Ben Hermes ... Handler
Jesus Ruiz ... Justice
Eileen Gonzales Eileen Gonzales ... Reporter


Six months after Alpha's reign of terror and with him still on the loose, Echo is still randomly picking up flashes of past engagements, especially under stress. This hampers her latest assignment, wedding a British businessman who has ties to one of Ballard's open FBI cases. Meanwhile, at the Dollhouse, DeWitt tries to convince a reluctant Ballard to become Echo's new handler, while facing a new threat - a senator intent on investigating the Rossum Corporation, the Dollhouse's parent company. And Dr. Saunders has difficulty coping with her new awareness that she is actually a former Active named Whiskey, torn between anger at Topher for creating her, and Langton's urging to accept herself and live like a normal human. Written by matt-282

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Jamie Bamber (Martin Klar) and Tahmoh Penikett (Paul Ballard) both starred on Battlestar Galactica as Apollo and Helo, respectively. See more »


When Echo is at the airplane hanger after her concussion, she slips into different imprints, including the ditzy girlfriend from the finale of last season. She asks to see Alpha's "character", but she calls him by the wrong name. His name was "Bobby", she's asks for "Donny". See more »


[first lines]
Handler: Big day.
Echo: Is it?
Handler: Trust me.
Echo: With my life.
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User Reviews

Echo gets married and Dr Saunders is conflicted about who she really is
13 January 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode returns us to the present, rather than the future depicted in the final episode of the first season. DeWitt is trying to recruit Ballard; to this end she has let him use Echo in an attempt to bring down an illegal arms dealer. This is a long term operation that involves Echo marrying the man. Things could get dangerous when she starts having flashbacks of previous engagements. Meanwhile back in the Dollhouse Dr Saunders is conflicted now she knows that she was previously a doll and her personality is just something given to her by Topher. As a hint at a season long plot arc it is reported that a senator is investigating the Rossum Corporation.

This was a good start to the second season. It provided a good standalone story; introduced a potential series long arc and gave us good character development. The main story provides elements of danger and some decent action; it also serves to explain Ballard's actions given that he spent the first season trying to bring down the Dollhouse. While these scenes are fun I preferred Dr Saunders' story the most as it gave an insight into her character; there was a touch of poignancy as she simultaneously dislikes Topher for what he did to her and wishes to continue being the person she is now rather than getting her 'real' personality back. Amy Acker was on top form here. The introduction of the plotline involving the senator investigating Rossum might not add much to this episode but it nicely hints at things to come.

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Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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