Dollhouse Episodes

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Dollhouse Season 1 episodes

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Omega" Season 1, Episode 12

With the appropriately titled "Omega" (the final letter in the Greek alphabet), Joss Whedon brought his literally mind-bending drama Dollhouse to a close for the summer, and quite possibly for good. The episode promised to reveal Alpha's past and his true plans for Echo. I certainly can't accuse Joss and Co. of not delivering on that promise. However, while the serial delivered a satisfying enough season finale, there are still a number of lingering questions about the Dollhouse, its owners and most importantly, its residents.

"Go help Victor! Quickly!"

The episode picked up pretty much right where we left off. It seems history is doing that thing where it, you know, repeats. The Dollhouse staff is in a panic after Alpha ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Briar Rose" Season 1, Episode 11

After a self contained outing last week, Dollhouse returned to its grand arc with "Briar Rose." It brought Whedon vet Alan Tudyk into the fold, paying off on a long standing mystery and finally allowing actor Tahmoh Penikett onto the shows' main set. read more

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 ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Spy in the House of Love" Season 1, Episode 9

Who would have thought fusing Dollhouse with Rashomon would lend the show a storytelling device needed to deliver its most fast-paced episode yet? In "Spy in the House of Love," we followed our four main dolls on their individual engagements — which added up to a wealth of revelations, plot twists and resolutions.

The episode began near the end of the story. I found myself asking the type of questions usually reserved for the teaser of an episode of Lost: Where are we? The Dollhouse. Who are these people? The staff. And what is that lightning? It's the result of a procedure a little more intense than the normal imprinting. read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Needs" Season 1, Episode 8

This week's episode, "Needs" (aka Dollhouse: The Awakening), put the Dolls front and center in an amalgamation of Lost, The Great Escape and Buffy's "Tabula Rasa." Up until now we've seen Dolls break engagements, develop feelings for one another and, increasingly, glitch like mad. But what if they emerged from their sleep pods as the person they were before the Dollhouse? But, you know, without all those pesky memories.

Despite being short on Agent Ballard, the episode both began and ended with him. In a dream sequence, Paul ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Echoes" Season 1, Episode 7

Dollhouse 2.0: Whedon Strikes Back continued to build on the 'verse it expanded on big time last week. Revelatory flashbacks told the story of Caroline's path to "volunteering" while the entire staff from the Dollhouse was given a long overdue chance to shine. The episode was Grade-A Mutant Enemy: Smart, funny and bursting with twists.

Welcome back to's Dollhouse blog. I was glad to see that the readers were so ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Man on the Street" Season 1, Episode 6

In this highly touted, game-changing episode, Agent Ballard's quest for the truth finally came to a head this week, while the Dollhouse staff investigated the abuse of Sierra.

If you're reading this, you're no doubt interested in the public's overall opinion of the show. It's clear that the chief criticisms of the program are its lack of Whedon wit and the standalone nature of the stories coming from the writers' room.

While just this week Joss spoke with about the lack of funny, the knocks on the show's pacing have been around for quite some time. For weeks, the Whedonites ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "True Believer" Season 1, Episode 5

In this week's Tim Minear-scripted episode of Dollhouse, Echo's imprinted with the personality of Esther Carpenter, a blind religious zealot led by the Lord to a religious compound in Arizona. Unbeknownst to Esther, the Lord who sent her on this pilgrimage is Topher and she's only blind due to the fact that her eyes are being used as cameras in an ATF investigation.

Besides being one of the show's strongest episodes yet, "True Believer" was also extremely topical. No, I don't think it's 1993 and we're in the wake of the Waco siege. I'm talking about the eye cameras. You may have read about San Francisco artist Tanya Vlach. Tanya lost her eye in a car accident four years ago and ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Grey Hour" Season 1, Episode 4

Echo's imprinting experiences a setback, Agent Ballard continues his search for the truth about the Dollhouse, and rogue Alpha causes more trouble for the organization that created him. 

Sound familiar? Yeah. I think I could have put that introduction on the past three blogs and it would still work. As vague as it might be, it would be applicable.  

I should really be more specific. What does have to say about the episode?

"Echo's stint as a safecracker doesn't go as planned, causing Sierra to be imprinted with a familiar persona. Meanwhile, Ballard delivers an ultimatum to Lubov, and Adelle shares shocking information with Topher."

Yep. Another week, another engagement gone awry ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Stage Fright" Season 1, Episode 3

Why go on Fox's American Idol when you could become a pop singer overnight by simply volunteering to work at Adelle DeWitt's Dollhouse? That's what happened to Echo in this week's episode when she's imprinted with the personality of Jordan, a wannabe from Southie who wins a recently vacated backup singer position with pop celebrity Rayna Russell, an ungodly fusion of Beyonce, Shakira and Katy Perry with Aisha Tyler's face. Little does Jordan know she's also been charged with the task of being Kevin Costner to Rayna's Whitney Houston.

Welcome back to's blog dedicated to Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. While you may have seen the show experienced a dip in ratings during its second week, I can't say ... read more

Target Season 1, Episode 2

Echo becomes the target of an expert outdoorsman's hunt after she's imprinted with a persona to match his. Agent Ballard's investigation, meanwhile, is boosted by information concerning Echo's true identity. Richard O'Connell: Matt Keeslar. read more

Ghost Season 1, Episode 1

The Joss Whedon series about agents for hire who receive personality implants for each mission---and have their memories cleared once finished---opens with Echo (Eliza Dushku) becoming a hostage negotiator in order to free a kidnapped girl, the daughter of a businessman (Kurt Caceres) who'd rather pay big bucks than go to the police. Meanwhile, an FBI agent (Tahmoh Penikett) finds his career threatened by his search for the illegal Dollhouse. Dr. Claire Saunders: Amy Acker. read more

Epitaph One Season 1, Episode 13

In 2019, a group of "actuals" attempt to escape the chaos that Rossum Corporation's imprinting technology has wrought on the world by locating Safe Haven, a place where no one's mind can be wiped, but instead stumble into the long-dormant Dollhouse. 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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