Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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The Left Hand 

Echo and Bennett have a shocking confrontation in which she reveals the reason for her grudge against Echo, while Adelle goes head-to-head with Stuart Lipman, the ruthless head of the ... See full summary »


Wendey Stanzler


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Caroline Farrell
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard (credit only)
Enver Gjokaj ... Victor / Topher Brink
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra (credit only)
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Alexis Denisof ... Senator Daniel Perrin
Nelson Franklin ... Burt Styne
Summer Glau ... Bennett Halverson
Stacey Scowley ... Cindy Perrin
Miracle Laurie ... Madeline Costley
Ray Wise ... Howard Lipman
Matt Riedy ... Senator


Echo and Bennett have a shocking confrontation in which she reveals the reason for her grudge against Echo, while Adelle goes head-to-head with Stuart Lipman, the ruthless head of the Washington, D.C. Dollhouse, to lobby for Echo's safe return. Meanwhile, Topher sees double when he involves Victor in his espionage plans to hack into the D.C. Dollhouse computer to locate both Echo and Senator Perrin as they try to run from Perrin's wife Cindy. Written by matt-282

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4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


While the Los Angeles house uses the NATO phonetic alphabet to identify its actives (Alpha, Echo, etc.), the Washington DC house uses the names of Greek gods (Hades and Aphrodite are briefly referred to). See more »


In a flashback scene, Cindy Perrin states that she's from "Salinas, Kansas," which she pronounces with a "long e" sound in the second syllable; this is how Salinas, California, is pronounced. The city in Kansas is Salina (no final "s") and is properly pronounced with a "long i" vowel in the second syllable. This is a common mispronunciation in the entertainment industry. See more »


Cindy Perrin: But everybody's got a past. It's the future the voters care about. You show them that. All will be forgiven.
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References Grease (1978) See more »

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Adelle and Topher go to Washington
28 January 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Following on from the events of the previous episode Adelle and Topher head to the Washington Dollhouse on a duel mission; ostensibly they are hoping to retrieve Echo but in a more secret mission they hope to access Senator Perrin's brain patterns. Here Topher meets Bennett Halverson; and is surprised to learn she is a beautiful young woman, not the older person he expected. Since this operation requires somebody of Topher's ability to access the files from LA, Victor is imprinted as a second Topher. Meanwhile we learn of Halverson's reasons for disliking Caroline/Echo; she blames her for her useless left arm so imprints Echo to suffer as she did... which makes things difficult when she escapes with Perrin.

It seems we have moved on from single episode stories to longer plot arcs as this story follows on from the previous one and ends in a way that leaves many things open. The story featured some twists; perhaps not as surprising as those of the previous episode but good none the less. There are plenty of interesting things going on; notable the fact that Caroline had dealings with Halverson in the past. There is a good amount of action to be enjoyed as well as a fair amount of tension. This isn't at the expense of humour though; the conversations between Topher and Victor-imprinted-as-Topher were priceless; Fran Kranz and Enver Gjokaj were great in these scenes; especially the latter as he imitated all of Topher's little ticks as though he'd played the character for a long time. The rest of the cast are solid too; most notably Summer Glau who really impresses as Bennett Halverson. Overall this was a really good episode that nicely advanced the season's main plot arc.

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