Dollhouse Episodes

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Dollhouse Episode: "Haunted"

Season 1, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: After a friend of Adelle's is slain, Adelle has Echo programmed with the dead woman's memories and personality in order to find the killer. In other events, Ballard investigates Mellie's past and Topher imprints Sierra for a secret engagement.
Original Air Date: Apr 24, 2009
Guest Cast Ian Anthony Dale: Jack Dunston Brenda Bakke: Margaret Bashford Rhea Seehorn: Jocelyn Bashford Aisha Hinds: Loomis Gregg Henry: William Bashford Jordan Bridges: Nicolas Bashford
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Season 1, Episode 10
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Length: 23:06:11
Aired: 4/24/2009
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Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Haunted" Season 1, Episode 10

Dollhouse returned to Fox's Friday night line-up this week with "Haunted," an Espenson, Tancharoen and Whedon (That would be Jed, not Joss) scripted episode dealing with life after death.

How did TV Guide describe the episode?

"After a friend of Adelle's is slain, Adelle has Echo programmed with the dead woman's memories and personality in order to find the killer. In other events, Ballard investigates Mellie's past and Topher imprints Sierra for a secret engagement."

For the most part, that pretty much sums it up. Your posts for "Spy in the House of Love" indicated that you all felt much like I did. It was a terrifically paced and plotted adventure giving each of the Dolls a chance to take center stage. This episode however, seemed to go in the other direction. It reminded me more of the earlier stories in this season. Lower stakes, fewer twists and little action added up to an extraordinary feeling of "Meh."

Something not mentioned in the blurb above is Topher's storyline, which was one of this week's highlights. Under the guise of conducting an annual test, everyone's favorite mind manipulator borrows Sierra. In fact, he's actually imprinted her as a beer-swilling, pizza-eating, videogame playing nerd buddy. This is something Adelle knows about and signs off on every year. I had drastically different feelings about this storyline. I mean, at least he's not sending Sierra out on a risky engagement. But, still, he's manufacturing a friend for himself. It makes me feel awful for Topher but also hate him for not simply trying to make a real friend. And how much worse did I feel for him when we saw that it was actually his birthday?

The life-after-death angle was certainly interesting. It pointed out that there's so much more that could be done with the Dollhouse's technology. Fingers crossed we'll get to see that technology exploited season after season.

We learned that Adelle is 15 years older than Echo and therefore Caroline. This clue may be important to those holding onto the idea that the two may have had a past long before Caroline was on the run from The Rossum Company.

Despite finding their storyline rather pedestrian, the performances by guest stars Gregg Henry (Firefly, Slither), Rhea Seehorn (The Starter Wife), and Jordan Bridges (Dawson's Creek, New Suit) were top notch.

Ever since an implanted glitch in her imprinting caused Mellie to spill the beans, Paul doesn't know how to act around his lady friend. If he says the wrong thing, she could snap and kill him instantly with any number of techniques given to her by the Dollhouse. But he's not going to let a little thing like that stop his investigation. Paul obtains Mellie's fingerprints from a wine glass and has them run through a database. This brings up a file for "Annabeth S," then "Polly Keller," then name after name until all the windows close and the computer returns zero results.

A frustrated Ballard returns home to find Mellie in his living room with a bottle of wine and a very understanding outlook on their relationship. If Ballard wants more out of this relationship, he gets more. If he wants less, he gets less. She places the rudder entirely in his hands and Ballard navigates himself into a passionate albeit rough romp with Mellie. Despite enjoying their evening (after all she's programmed to), Mellie explains it's not something that can happen all the time. After asking if Paul will continue looking for Dollhouse clients he proclaims, "I think I found one."

Adelle offered a piece of advice to her dearly departed friend explaining to us how she's able to have an on-going affair with an imprinted Victor: "Illusions aren't worthless. They're at the heart of most relationships.

Great Lines & Moments

Adelle: Margaret, I'm sorry to have to tell you. You're dead.

Topher: Having trouble letting go Poppa Bear? Aw.

Topher: Well, not special friends. All though, late night... too much wine...

A reverse Back to the Future moment when Nicholas kisses Echo, imprinted as his mother Margaret. I found myself cringing the whole scene knowing it was coming.

Jocelyn: God, I'm so emo.

Topher's movie trailer monologue while playing laser tag.

Mellie: Red wine makes my teeth purple... Paul we need to talk.

With only two episodes left (three, if you plan on purchasing the Blu-Ray/DVD) I'm sure this was the quiet before the storm. For spoiler-phobes you'll definitely want to avoid commercials for the upcoming episodes. After all, Fox did tout next week's as "The Dollhouse event you've been waiting for." Would Fox lie to you? Don't answer that.

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Dollhouse returned to Fox's Friday night line-up this week with "Haunted," an Espenson, Tancharoen and Whedon (That would be Jed, not Joss) scripted episode dealing with life after death.

How did TV Guide describe the episode?

"After a friend of Adelle's is slain, Adelle has Echo programmed with the dead woman's memories and personality in order to find the killer. In other events, Ballard investigates Mellie's past and Topher imprints Sierra for a secret engagement."

For the most part, that pretty much sums it up. Your posts for "Spy in the House of Love" indicated that you all felt much like I did. It was a terrifically paced and ... read more

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Premiered: February 13, 2009, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A sci-fi drama about a woman named Echo and other 'Actives' who are controlled by a shadowy group. Each week, they're programmed with specific personalities in order to service the needs of the wealthy, ranging from hostage negotiation to providing comfort to securing the Dollhouse itself. When finished with the jobs, their minds are wiped clean. Yet, for some, memories linger, and for Echo they become a driving force that she shields from her handlers.

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