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Dollhouse: Vows

A few months have passed, and some of the cracks in the Dollhouse's facade are becoming more visible. Paul has become a "client" of the Dollhouse. He has Echo helping to infiltrate a wealthy, charismatic merchant in "things", a man even the FBI couldn't touch, by becoming his bride. Echo, though, sporadically flashes past imprints, presumably due to Alpha's tampering. Whiskey/Dr. Saunders struggles with her newly conscious awareness of her status as an active and makes Topher the target of her confused responses. Meanwhile, Boyd personally interacts with Saunders in a risky fashion.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 2APK01
Airdate: Friday September 25th, 2009

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Syfy) Oct 20, 2009
AU (Eleven) Aug 27, 2012


Special Guest Stars
Jamie BamberJamie Bamber
As Martin Klar

Guest Stars
Amy AckerAmy Acker
As Dr. Claire Saunders
Liza LapiraLiza Lapira
As Ivy
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Senator Daniel Perrin
Zoran RadanovichZoran Radanovich
As Hugo Taubman

Co-Guest Stars
Ben HermesBen Hermes
As Handler
Jesus RuizJesus Ruiz
As Justice
Eileen GonzalesEileen Gonzales
As Reporter
Main Cast
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Echo / Caroline
Harry LennixHarry Lennix
As Boyd Langton
Fran KranzFran Kranz
As Topher Brink
Tahmoh PenikettTahmoh Penikett
As Paul Ballard
Enver GjokajEnver Gjokaj
As Victor
Olivia WilliamsOlivia Williams
As Adelle DeWitt
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
EarlimartThe WorldLangton discovers Claire has left
Rosi GolanHazyEcho and Martin consummate their wedding

Episode Quotes
Adelle: Why in particular does this engagement bother you?
Boyd: You know, after that news anchor...
Adelle: Which one?
Boyd: The one who wanted to be rolled in eggs and flour and dipped in...
Adelle: Ah, Tempura Joe. Such a lonely soul.

Ivy: So... do you want to know what I've been doing while you've overslept?
Topher: If you tweaked an imprint, I'll throw you through that window.

Topher: How many more (imprints) today?
Ivy: Well, the Jonas Brothers are back in town, so...
Topher: Say no more. Voracious little nippers.

Boyd: You seem to be having a hard time.
Dr. Claire Saunders: My entire existence was constructed by a sociopath in a sweater-vest. What do you suggest I do?
Boyd: Have dinner with me.

Echo: Is this about the sex? I know, for you, the act of love is the most intimate and precious thing two people can share. But it's just bodies. It's useful. And with Klar, it's pretty damn fun. Man's got a work ethic.

Adelle: Well, this is charmless, isn't it? What do you think, Mr. Langton?
Boyd: I like his suit.
Adelle: You may well be missing the point.

Paul: You're working an angle.
Adelle: With the exception of the "very special" and the comatose, have you ever met someone who wasn't?

(startled by finding Dr. Saunders, wearing her underwear and not much else, in his bed)
Topher: You need a frickin' treatment!
Dr. Claire Saunders: Why shouldn't I love you? Aren't you lovable? Aren't you Big Brother? Aren't you the Lord my God? Why should I fight your divine plan?
Topher: Because you're better than that. You're better than me.

Topher: She could be concussed. I'm calling it.
Paul: You move in now, Klar will kill her for sure.
Topher: You got a better plan?
Paul: No, but I do have a much worse one.

Cultural References
Boyd: The one who wanted to be rolled in eggs and flour and dipped in...
Adelle: Ah, Tempura Joe. Such a lonely soul.

Tempura is a Japanese dish, consisting of deep fried battered vegetables, meat, or seafood. Very popular in Japan.

With this episode Whedon continues his masterful examination into the nature of identity and its ties to memory. Via the mechanisms of Echo and Saunders/Whiskey in particular, and their various interactions with Paul, Topher and Boyd, he continues to ask important questions about this technology and what it would mean to humanity.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Tim Minear  |  David Solomon
ProducerEliza Dushku  |  Kelly A. Manners
Consulting ProducerTara Butters  |  Michele Fazekas
Associate ProducerChris Cheramie
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Michael Nicolo
Unit Production ManagerRobert D. Nellans
First Assistant DirectorW. Scott Wolf
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorMoira Marquis
Music SupervisorAndrea von Foerster
Costume DesignerShawna Trpcic
Key GripMichael Pizzuto
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerChris Campbell (2)
Transportation CoordinatorLeroy Reed
Property MasterMychael Bates (1)
Construction CoordinatorTed Wilson (2)
Production Sound MixerColeman Metts
Script SupervisorNirvana Adams
Production CoordinatorLynnet Price
Script CoordinatorLisa Randolph
Post Production SupervisorJessica Bupp
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Ken Teaney
GafferChris Reiter
Director of PhotographyLisa Wiegand
Story EditorMaurissa Tancharoen  |  Jed Whedon  |  Andrew Chambliss  |  Tracy A. Bellomo
Stunt CoordinatorMike Massa
Art DirectorRon Mason
Production AccountantTony Lindo
ScoreRob Simonsen  |  Mychael Danna
Main Title Theme Written/performedJonatha Brooke
Main Title Theme Written ByEric Bazilian
"A" Camera OperatorMike Thomas
Department Head HairTeressa Hill (1)
Sound SupervisorWilliam Dotson
Department Head Make-upMichael Mills (2)
Post Production AssistantCody Smith
Assistant To The Executive ProducerChandra Farley Smith  |  Natalie Farrell  |  John J. Gray
Special Effects CoordinatorChris Nelson (3)
Writing AssistantJenny DeArmitt
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