Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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The story of how Sierra came to the Dollhouse is revealed. And leads to a shocking outcome.


Jonathan Frakes


Joss Whedon (created by), Maurissa Tancharoen | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard (credit only)
Enver Gjokaj ... Victor
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra / Priya Tsetsang
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Vincent Ventresca ... Nolan Kinnard
Carlease Burke ... Pam
Clyde Kusatsu ... Dr. Makido
Keith Carradine ... Matthew Harding
Andrea Wright ... Rich Woman (as Andrea Walker)
Alan Pietruszewski ... Handler
Natalie Graziano Natalie Graziano ... Attendant
Sean Solan ... Soldier


Sierra's past connection to the Rossum Corporation is revealed. Nolan, a Rossum doctor, threatens DeWitt unless she gives him an imprinted Sierra permanently. It is revealed that Nolan was in love with Sierra in her life as Priya Tsetsang (before she joined the Dollhouse), but she rejected him completely from the beginning. Nolan has her kidnapped and put in a Rossum institution, where he uses medications to force her into insanity. As part of Nolan's plan, Topher is sent to the institution to bring Priya to the Doll House and make her an Active. In the present, Topher discovers the truth after a clue from Echo, and, feeling pangs of guilt about handing Sierra over to Nolan, imprints her instead with Priya's original personality, and she confronts Nolan at his house. Meanwhile, Boyd takes notice of Echo's growing self-awareness when he discovers a book in her sleeping pod and he slips her a security pass in preparation for when "the storm" comes. Written by YHC

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23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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[first lines]
Topher Brink: I was just trying to help her. I was just trying to help her.
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The story of how Sierra joined the Dollhouse
26 January 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode opens a year ago as Australian tourist Priya Tsetsang is trying to sell her paintings on Venice Beach; she is approached by Nolan Kinnard, a doctor who works for the Rossum Corporation. He tells her that he believes she can go far in the art world and sets up an exhibition of her work in a gallery... unfortunately he wants her for more than her art. She refuses and the next thing we know she is in the Dollhouse as Sierra and she is frequently called to serve him. Sierra is somewhat troubled; something that shows through her painting so Echo approaches Topher to see if he can help; this leads to him discovering just how Priya came to become Sierra. Something that will cause moral dilemmas for him and Adelle.

This is one of the best episodes yet. We know the Dolls have fairly tragic backgrounds but what we learn about Sierra seems particularly tragic; largely because we see that she was a happy person until she crossed paths with a particularly unpleasant Rossum associate... events so unpleasant that even Topher of morally outraged. The story progressed well with some quite disturbing revelations before the satisfying conclusion. Dichen Lachman gets a chance to shine in this episode; this particularly shows in the scene where she meets Topher for the first time as a very troubled Priya. Fran Kranz also impresses as Topher; it was nice to get a greater insight into his character. Although only a one off guest actor Vincent Ventresca impressed as the genuinely disturbing Kinnard. Overall a top quality episode that fans of the series are sure to enjoy.

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