Dollhouse (2009–2010)
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Getting Closer 

With the Rossum conspiracy now fully revealed, Echo and her allies must now make their stand to stop the it from enslaving the free world with their newest remote mind-wipe technology. ... See full summary »


Tim Minear


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Caroline Farrell
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Anthony Ceccoli
Dichen Lachman ... Priya Tsetsang
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Amy Acker ... Dr. Claire Saunders
Philip Casnoff ... Clive Ambrose
Reed Diamond ... Laurence Dominic
Summer Glau ... Bennett Halverson
Liza Lapira ... Ivy
Miracle Laurie ... November / Mellie
Jay Malone Jay Malone ... Clyde Randolph
Rick Otto ... Gabe


With the Rossum conspiracy now fully revealed, Echo and her allies must now make their stand to stop the it from enslaving the free world with their newest remote mind-wipe technology. Topher meets up with Bennett Halverson when she is forcibly taken from the DC Dollhouse and brought to Los Angeles to help restore Caroline's past memory, as she is the only one who can identify the two Rossum corporate heads. Echo will finally face herself as Caroline, even as Ballard struggles with the facts of his new existence as an Active, while he also brings former active November/Millie back into the fold. The background story between Caroline and Bennett from three years earlier is revealed during Caroline's status as a student in Arizona. As Adelle tries to prepare an evacuation of the Dollhouse, Rossum soldiers invade it, just as Whiskey/Dr. Claire Saunders finally returns to the Dollhouse at the request of Boyd with some info for all involved--and a few surprises as well. Written by matt-282

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8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Echo discovers a file on Bennett Halverson, she comments that Bennett is "off-the-charts smart," adding, "I bet you could kill me with your brain." Bennett is played by Summer Glau, who in Joss Whedon's previous series, Firefly (2002), played River Tam, a psychic super-genius who once advised another character, "I can kill you with my brain." River's amygdala (part of the brain) was damaged by experiments, and Bennett says "I'd love to get a look at your [Caroline's] amygdala." See more »


Topher Brink: Aw...
Echo: What did you do?
Topher Brink: [groans] Her left arm may be dead, but she's got a terrific right cross. If anyone asks... Actually, if anyone asks, don't say I got beat up by a one-armed girl.
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References TRON (1982) See more »

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Shocks and revelations
13 February 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Having the discoveries Echo made in The Attic it is time for the members of the LA Dollhouse to move against the Rossum Corporation... there is something they need to do first; access Caroline's memories as she is the only person who has met the director. Unfortunately the wedge with her personality and memories has disappeared; there is just a damaged copy. Fixing it is beyond Topher's abilities but he has an idea who might be able to fix it. That person is brought to the LA House and they set about fixing the wedge. Intertwined with this we see Caroline, before she became Echo, as she befriends Bennett Halverson. Together they infiltrate Rossum intent on destroying the corporation. Bennett is injured and Caroline captured... finally she meets the people at the head of the corporation.

This was a really great episode; we get so many revelations and surprises that make it hard to describe in much detail while avoiding spoilers. It is a real treat that we get to see many characters who haven't appeared for a while; this is done in a way that feels natural not just an excuse to please the fans. Both storylines provide real surprises most notably a tragic event that came very suddenly and left me stunned and the identity of one of the heads of Rossum right at the end of the episode. The cast was one really fine form; I especially enjoyed guest star Summer Glau's performance as Bennett, Amy Acker's return as Dr Saunders and Fran Kranz as Topher. Overall a really impressive episode... it is just a pity that the series is nearly over now.

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