Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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A backer of the Dollhouse needs to talk to his nephew who was injured in a car accident. He wants to find some people who may have been abducted by his nephew.

Director:

David Solomon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Tim Minear | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Victor
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra (credit only)
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Liza Lapira ... Ivy
Arye Gross ... Professor Gossen
Michael Hogan ... Bradley Karrens
Joseph Sikora ... Terry Karrens (as Joe Sikora)
Matt Winston ... Franklin
Danielle Langlois ... Aunt Sheila
Susan Ziegler ... Mother
Deanna Lee Douglas Deanna Lee Douglas ... Little Sister (as Deanna Douglas)
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Storyline

Echo is imprinted with the personality of a fun-loving, seductive college student as the behest of a Casanova college professor seeking to relive his youth. Echo's mission collides with Victor's mission when he is imprinted with the personality of the psychotic nephew/serial killer of one of the Dollhouse's shareholders. Ballard then takes over both cases as he races the clock to save some hostages held by the comatose killer, while Victor escapes and plots to use Echo as his latest 'creation'. Written by matt-282

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TV-14
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Official Sites:

SciFi [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The title means "beautiful thing" in French and was a euphemism for a vagina in Middle English. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terry Karrens: Goodness gracious, but it is good to be out of doors. It certainly is.
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Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Performed by Little Boots
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Putting the mind of a potential serial killer into a doll
16 January 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

As this episode opens we see a man, Terry Karrens, playing his own version of dollhouse... he has four drugged women that he addresses as though they are family. When one of them tries to fight back he kills her and goes out trying to find a replacement. He is promptly hit by a car; ending up in a coma. His uncle, a major contributor to the Rossum Corporation has him taken to the Dollhouse hoping Topher can do something to bring him out of his coma. A scan reveals that he has the mind of a serial killer; only then does his uncle inform Adelle that he thinks Terry is involved in the disappearance of four women. In an attempt to find them Terry's mind is put into Victor so he can be questioned. Things somewhat inevitably go very wrong. While this is going on Echo has been turned into Kiki; a fun-loving, but failing college student, so her professor can be seduced by her to get an 'A'.

As this episode got started I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this as Terry and his 'human statue' captives seemed a bit far-fetched even for a sci-fi series... but it soon got interesting and proved to be a fine episode with plenty of twists and turns and some character development. Once Terry is put into Victor things initially go as expected in a way that raises the tension nicely. There are further problems that are explained in an interesting way; this also serves to tell the viewer that Dr Saunders has gone missing rather than merely not featuring in the episodes. It was interesting to see Echo taking a relatively minor role, at least for most of the episode. The plot is clearly quite dark but that doesn't mean there aren't lighter moments... without going into details the scene with Victor in a dance club proved to be one of the funniest in the series to date. Enver Gjokaj was on really great form as Victor with his various imprinted personas. Overall a really solid episode which turned out much better than I expected.


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