Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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Senator Daniel Perrin breaks new ground in his attempt to expose the Dollhouse's secrets - by recruiting Madeline/November to testify before a Senate subcommittee. Rossum states that they ... See full summary »


David Solomon


Joss Whedon (created by), Andrew Chambliss | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Victor (credit only)
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra (credit only)
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Alexis Denisof ... Senator Daniel Perrin
Miracle Laurie ... Madeline Costley
Stacey Scowley ... Cindy Perrin
Jillian Armenante ... Grace
Nelson Franklin ... Burt Styne
Summer Glau ... Bennett Halverson
Keith Carradine ... Matthew Harding
Maurissa Tancharoen ... Kilo


Senator Daniel Perrin breaks new ground in his attempt to expose the Dollhouse's secrets - by recruiting Madeline/November to testify before a Senate subcommittee. Rossum states that they will handle the situation, leading Ballard and DeWitt to fear for Madeline's safety, so Echo is sent to stop him, in hopes that that will keep Rossum from harming her. But all is not as it appears - Rossum has a hidden agenda, and the tension between the LA Dollhouse and its parent company increases. Meanwhile, in the Washington DC Dollhouse, we meet genius programmer, Bennett Halverson, a woman with a mysterious past connection to Echo/Caroline. Written by matt-282

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Did You Know?


The Washington Dollhouse run by Bennett uses names of Roman gods for their actives (as opposed to the Military Alphabet used by the LA Dollouse). Consistent with this, Bennett has statues depicting various Roman gods and myths, including Romulus and Remus with Lupa in her cabinet and Diana on her desk. Among the active names identified in this episode are Aphrodite and Hedes. See more »


Madeleine Costley: [to Ballard] You said you freed me. When someone's free they get to make mistakes. Am I free?
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Senator Daniel Perrin uses November to try to expose the Dollhouse
27 January 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Since the start of this season we have seen Senator Perrin trying to expose Rossum and the Dollhouses; until now this has been limited to small parts in the background of episodes' main stories... here it very much takes centre stage. He presents Madeline Costley, AKA November, to a press conference and says he will have her testify against Rossum in front of a Senate committee in Washington. Adelle is told not to act but takes this as advice rather than an order. As they look at footage of November, Perrin and his wife, Echo makes an observation... it appears that Perrin's wife is a doll! Ballard is tasked with rescuing November while Echo is given the job of creating material to blackmail the senator with... things take a major turn when Perrin takes Echo to see his wife and Ballard activates a device which shuts down all dolls in a fifty foot radius.

After hints about Senator Perrin it was good to see his story coming to the fore. The story developed in a way which included some genuine twists that I did not see coming. As things developed more questions were raised that will no doubt be addressed in future episodes. As well as advancing the season's plot arc the story provides some exciting action sequences and the first glimpse of another Dollhouse, in this case the one in Washington DC, where we are introduced to somebody who appears to know Caroline/Echo. The episode ended well; in might not have said 'to be continued' but it might as well have given how things ended for one main character. The cast does a fine job; not surprisingly Eliza Dushku impresses as Echo; Alexis Denisof impresses as Perrin's role increases and it was a delight to see Summer Glau appear in the Washington Dollhouse; I can only hope that her character becomes more important in future episodes. Overall a fine episode that left me keen to discover what happens next.

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