Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Mellie's Dollhouse name is revealed to be "November."

  • Quotes

    • Adelle: The effect is spreading. Mr. Dominic is exhibiting erratic behavior.
      Topher: Huh? He didn't take any. There's no way Dominic would consciously try to have fun. It could be airborne.

    • Adelle: Do you have any crisps?
      Topher: Have you not seen my drawer of inappropriate starches?

    • Paul: Didn't know I could cook, did you?
      Mellie: Nope.
      Paul: Good. Then you won't be disappointed when you find out I can't.

    • Dominic: Tom, this is Dr. Gawa from the Center for Disease Control.
      Victor: Super, I haven't heard a good flesh-eating-strain-of-something-horrible story in a while.
      Sierra: Yeah, I've got dozens.

    • Topher: I'm working! What are you doing, besides being...
      Adelle: Being what?
      Topher: Wait a minute.
      Adelle: Sarcastic? Unfeeling? British?
      Topher: It's an animal.
      Adelle: Where?
      Topher: No, the word.
      Adelle: Still, you have to admit, I am… very... British. I don't say hard Rs.
      Topher: You know what I like? Brown sauce. What's it made of? Science doesn't know.
      Adelle: It's made of brown.
      Topher: Brown... mined from the earth by the hardscrabble brown miners of North Brownderton.
      Adelle: Oh, my God! I find lentils completely incomprehensible.

  • Notes

    • The building shown as the outside of the frat house where the affected people are being kept is the Associated Students building at San Jose State University. The two buildings in the background are MacQuarie (on the left) and Duncan (on the right).

    • International Airdates:
      UK: June 30, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Australia: July 21, 2009 on FOX8
      Latin America: September 15, 2009 on FX
      Norway: November 9, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: January 15, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: December 28, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Music: Portions For Foxes (Rilo Kiley), Fantaisie-Impromptu In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66 (Chopin), For Everything A Reason (Carina Round)

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • The Rossum Corporation

      The Rossum Corporation, and the Rossum Building on campus, takes its name from Karel Capek's 1931 science-fiction stage play R.U.R., later translated to English under the full title of Rossum's Universal Robots. The play introduced (and popularized) the term robot in reference to automatons. In the play, the robots are not purely mechanical systems, but rather organic creatures assembled in a factory, more resembling the current definition of "clone" than that of "robot".

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