Dollhouse Episodes

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Dollhouse Episode: "Belle Chose"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: The imprinted Echo and Victor butt heads after Echo is given the personality of a free-spirited coed and Victor is assigned the identity of a Dollhouse shareholder's psychotic nephew. Bradley Karrens: Michael Hogan.
Original Air Date: Oct 9, 2009
Guest Cast Matt Winston: Franklin Joe Sikora: Terry Karrens Ayre Gross: Professor Gossen Michael Hogan: Bradley Karrens Liza Lapira: Ivy Susan Ziegler: Mother
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Season 2, Episode 3
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Length: 43:59
Aired: 10/9/2009
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Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Belle Chose" Season 2, Episode 3

In "Belle Chose," writer Tim Minear and director David Solomon delivered the best, completely standalone episode of Dollhouse since last season's "True Believer."  

How did TVGuide.com describe "Belle Chose"? "The imprinted Echo and Victor butt heads after Echo is given the personality of a free-spirited coed and Victor is assigned the identity of a Dollhouse shareholder's psychotic nephew."

Despite the exclusion of Sierra, November, Dr. Saunders, Alexis Denisof's Senator Daniel Perrin and any real movement as far as a grand arch is concerned, "Belle Chose" provided a consistently entertaining story and the most Victor-centric episode yet.

 Battlestar Galactica vet Michael Hogan and character actor Arye Gross also turned up in guest roles as clients of the Dollhouse.

"Belle Chose" delivered in spite of inheriting many of the same problems I had with the previous episode, "Instinct." It was missing a whole slew of characters, there was a dearth of great lines and the storyline focused solely on an engagement of the week. Sometimes it seems like the show's very premise works against it.  More than any past Whedon project, the nature of Dollhouse dictates there will be standalone adventures. The problems are apparent when the engagement just isn't... well, engaging or when the writing staff can't find the appropriate balance of this episode's story and this season's story. Tim Minear managed to avoid any balancing problems by steering clear of the big ideas and focused on simply crafting a compelling story.

Enver Gjokaj hasn't had a lot to do in the first two episodes of this season, so putting him front and center was the right thing to do.  With such a large cast, it can't be easy giving each person their own storyline. Season one's "Spy in the House of Love" managed to make such a challenge look effortless but we can't expect that every week. Based on the promos, the next episode appears to be Sierra-centric and focuses on her past.  If pushing characters to the background for an episode or two is what's needed to give everyone their due, then I'm okay with that.  And that includes Echo. While her storyline was ultimately linked with Victor's, it was without a doubt, a "B" story. 

Great Lines & Moments

Echo/Kiki: Don't you just feel like dancing?

Paul: Not overly.

Comparing one brain scan to another.

Topher: This is a brain, a healthy brain.  Frankly, an overly smart brain.  It's my brain.

Boyd: Topher has ethical problems.  Topher!

The wait of shame... Handlers killing time outside the Dollhouse costume department.  Waiting for Dolls to exit the makeup chair is far more excruciating than seeing them in Topher's... even with the whole robbed of a personality thing.

Topher: He'll be an empty-headed robot wondering around Hollywood.   He'll be fine.

Kiki dancing Victor's ass off.

I hope readers are forgiving of the noticeable lack of summarization in these blogs of late.  Episodes like "Spy..." and "Needs" which strike that perfect balance mentioned earlier, allow summary to be analysis.  Storylines like "Belle Chose" or "Instinct" leave little to be discussed besides summarization.

After a week off, Dollhouse will return on Oct. 23 with "Belonging."

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In "Belle Chose," writer Tim Minear and director David Solomon delivered the best, completely standalone episode of Dollhouse since last season's "True Believer."  

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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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