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 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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Release Date:

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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Performed by Bat for Lashes
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28 October 2009 | by HavoacSee all my reviews

This is a powerhouse of an episode turning everyone inside out. Literally everybody's worst fears come true and they have to find a way to deal with it.

But what makes it really special, and the top Dollhouse episode so far, is the intricate way the show blends it's unique concept with personal consequences.

It would be criminal to not mention the exquisite performances all around, actor and actresses who play Topher and Sierra as standouts. I must also confess the Nolan character, who had quite an evil streak going for him, was also very well-played and I'm surprised I remembered him so vividly from last year, which I guess serves as a testament to the quality of the performance.

It also helps you hardly see Echo and have a bit of Carradine, who turns in a deliciously evil performance.

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