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  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Epitaph 2: Return

    Aired 1/29/10

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    The Hollow Men

    Aired 1/15/10

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Getting Closer

    Aired 1/8/10

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    The Attic

    Aired 12/18/09

  • S 2 : Ep 9


    Aired 12/18/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eliza Dushku


  • Harry J. Lennix

    Boyd Langton

  • Fran Kranz

    Topher Brink

  • Tahmoh Penikett

    Paul Ballard

  • Enver Gjokaj


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  • They can be anyone you want. The Dollhouse is a very secret, and very illegal, place where wishes come true. Clients with the right connections and enough money can hire "Actives", people who have been programmed to perfectly fulfill the needs, and desires of their clients. The Actives are people who have chosen, for their own reasons, to surrender their bodies and minds for a five-year stay in the Dollhouse. Now they can be imprinted with any personality, skill, or even muscle memory. They can be the perfect companion, lover, spy, assassin; and when the job is done they forget everything. But something is wrong with the Active called "Echo". No longer just a blank slate waiting for her next assignment, Echo is remembering flashes of the lives that she has lived and the games she has played, and she is starting to wonder just who she really is... Dollhouse is a production of 20th Century Fox Television, Joss Whedon's "Mutant Enemy", and Eliza Dushku's "Boston Diva Productions".moreless

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  • Quotes (269)

    • Topher: Wait, you are not allowed to have conspiracy theories when you're in the employ of the conspiracy. These folk elected to give us 5 years of their lives, after which they will be blissfully ignorant and very wealthy.

    • Adelle: I know you've heard colorful rumors about what an "Active" is. Robots, zombie slaves - they are, of course, quite the opposite. The Active is the truest soul among us.

    • Adelle: I know you've heard colorful rumors about what an Active is. Robots, zombie slaves... they are, of course, quite the opposite. The Active is the truest soul among us.

    • Caroline: (on video) I'd like to take my place in the world, like Mrs. Dundee taught us. Global Recovery, Doctors Without Borders... The world is in need of serious saving. And I want to travel. Travel around the world as I save it. In a private jet that I pilot and designed. Okay go ahead and laugh yearbook monkey. I know, I'm such a cliché. What can I say, I want to do everything. Is that too much to ask?

    • Boyd: (to Adelle) I've been here long enough to know that you like to tell yourself that what we do helps people... Let Echo help this girl.

    • Topher: Look at Echo, not a care in the world. She's living the dream. Boyd: Whose dream? Topher: Who's next?

    • Adelle: I'm talking about a clean slate. Caroline: You ever try to clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before. Adelle: Are you volunteering? Caroline: I don't have a choice, do I? How did it get this far? Adelle: Caroline, actions have consequences.

    • Topher: (Indicating a monitor of Echo's brain) See the blue areas? That's fear. Boyd: It all looks blue. Topher: That's where I'm going with this.

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    Notes (77)

    • On May 15th 2008 a trailer containing parts of "Echo" was shown at the Fox-Upfronts and was later leaked on the Internet.

    • This episode was originally intended to be the series pilot, but after test audiences found it too confusing and dark Joss Whedon decided to shoot a new pilot, "Ghost", to better introduce the story and characters to the viewing audience. It was originally reported that this episode was going to be aired second, after the new pilot, but when it proved impossible to salvage (even with reshoots) Joss decided to shelve the episode completely.

    • Production of "Echo" began on April 23rd, 2008. Principal photography took place from May 6th to May 12th. In June, four of the seven original days of shooting had to be reshot. This may have been related to the fact that a new pilot was filmed, making "Echo" the second episode rather than the first, as originally planned.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 19, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Australia: June 9, 2009 on Fox8
      Latin America: July 28, 2009 on FX
      Norway: September 28, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: November 27, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: December 7, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Music: Into the Fold (The Duke Spirit), Just Dance (Lady Gaga), Civilization (Front Line Assembly), K.O. (The DNC), The Way You Like It (DNC)

    • Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku first discussed the idea for the series while meeting over lunch to talk about Eliza's career.

    • According to a copy of the shooting script for this episode which leaked onto the Internet in August of 2008, the title of this episode was originally "Mariposa", and the name of Tahmoh Penikett's character changed from Paul Smith to Paul Ballard.

    • On July 22, 2008 Joss Whedon announced that he was planning to film a large number of Dollhouse webisodes, one for every regular episode produced.

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    Trivia (21)

    • The names of the Dolls are all words from the NATO phonetic alphabet. This alphabet is used for radio communication because many letters sound the same over such connections. Thus one says "Alpha" instead of "A", "Bravo" instead of "B", and "Echo" instead of "E".

    • When Olivia is in her office and reaches for the bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label, she uncorks it then pours a drink. The problem is that Johnnie Walker Red Label is the least expensive of all the company's brands; it doesn't come with a cork, it always comes with a screw top to keep the cost low.

    • When ATF have surrounded the compound, they incorrectly identify themselves as "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms". Since 2002, the full name of the organization has been "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

    • Just before Langton talks to the store owner, a white school bus is parked outside the store, yet from inside the store there is no bus visible through the window.

    • When Agent Ballard first confronts Echo and Joel the reflection of a camera man is clearly visible in the front of the oven.

    • When Topher meets Clive Ambrose, he greets him by saying, "Third richest man in the country; nominated for a Nobel Prize..." According to, the names of the nominees cannot be revealed until 50 years later, so the only way that Topher would know this is through the Dollhouse's network of influential clients and other clandestine sources of information.

    • We learn that Echo's real name is Caroline Farrell when a college professor recognizes her.

    • The motorcycle that Echo rides in this episode is a Ducati 1098.

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    Allusions (30)

    • Echo: Fatherly types?
      Gabriel: Like Edward James Olmos.
      Edward James Olmos is an American actor and director who is perhaps best known for the role of Admiral William Adama in the remake of the Battlestar Galactica TV series. Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon has said that he is a huge fan of the series, and Tahmoh Penikett (FBI Agent Paul Ballard) was one of the series regulars as Karl "Helo" Agathon.

    • Topher: There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
      This is a line from Act II Scene II of Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare.

    • Matt: (Looking after Echo when she is gone) It's time for her to go. And to get to her carriage before it turns to a pumpkin. He is referring to classic folk tale Cinderella. In the story Cinderella's Fairy Godmother assists Cinderella in attending a fancy ball. She turned a pumpkin into a carriage, mice into horses, a rat into a coachman, and lizards into footmen. She then turned Cinderella's rags into a beautiful gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers. The Godmother told her to enjoy the ball, but return before midnight or the spell would be broken.

    • Client's given name: Richard Connell Richard Connell shares his name with the author of the short story The Most Dangerous Game, a story that - like this episode - features one person being hunted by another.

    • Biz: Rayna has had stalkers ever since she was singing for the mouse.
      Referencing The Mickey Mouse Club, an ABC TV series produced by Walt Disney which featured a group of teenagers (the Mouseketeers) singing and dancing, interspersed with Disney cartoons. It was later revived in the 1970s as The New Mickey Mouse Club where stars such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake started their early careers.

    • Topher: That could lead to a coma state, or it could turn her into Carrie at the prom. Referencing the title character in Stephen King's novel Carrie (1974), a young girl with telekinetic abilities who goes berserk at her high school prom and kills most of the students and teachers. Brian de Palma made the novel into a movie in 1976, and it has since inspired a Broadway musical and a television movie.

    • Topher: Listen to me, carefully. I've got a huge phalanx of machines that go ping.
      This is an allusion to the Monty Python film The Meaning of Life. In the first part, "The Miracle of Birth", there is a machine in the hospital which the doctors refer to as "the machine that goes ping."

    • Topher: As long as we keep the place locked down and don't have any more X-factors, then here I come to save the day. "Here I come to save the day!" is a catchphrase used by the cartoon character Mighty Mouse, star of The Mighty Mouse Playhouse and other cartoon and comic book series.

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  • Fan Reviews (188)
  • Dollhouse come back!

    By djswanson54, Sep 16, 2014

  • Better than most shows of the past 10 years

    By ELMarcel, Jul 15, 2014


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