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Dollhouse: Instinct

Topher takes imprinting to the next step by making glandular changes to Echo to allow her to become the mother of a newborn child. However, the alterations soon have an unexpected side effect. Meanwhile, Adelle visits November and urges her to come in for a check-up, and Senator Perrin gains new information on the Rossum Corporation's activities from an unknown source.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 2APK03
Airdate: Friday October 02nd, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

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


Guest Stars
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Senator Daniel Perrin
Miracle LaurieMiracle Laurie
As November
Stacey ScowleyStacey Scowley
As Cindy Perrin
Kristoffer PolahaKristoffer Polaha
As Nate Jordan
Iris BahrIris Bahr
As Detective Donovan

Co-Guest Stars
Sergio EnriqueSergio Enrique
As Sanchez
John Kelly (5)John Kelly (5)
As Captain
Geoff BurnsGeoff Burns
As Medical Tech
James S.W. LeeJames S.W. Lee
As Uniformed Officer
Main Cast
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Echo / Caroline
Fran KranzFran Kranz
As Topher Brink
Tahmoh PenikettTahmoh Penikett
As Paul Ballard
Olivia WilliamsOlivia Williams
As Adelle DeWitt
Episode Quotes
Topher: Well, arguably, one could program the brain to... fight cancer. Or be telekinetic. Or not to have that gag reflex when you eat sea urchin. Or whatever. The possibilities are pretty much endless is what I'm saying. I don't want to use the word "genius," but I'd be okay if you wanted to.

Topher: I can't fiddle with a mind until it's wiped clean. The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates.
Paul: Yeah, I don't understand.
Topher: But it's so cute that you're trying. Mmm! Okay. Good talk! Huh?!? Yeah!

Topher: Hey, um... while we're waiting, may I offer you any additional enhancements. On the house. I've been working on some pretty sick apps. How do you feel about ventriloquism?
November: So tempting. Uh, I'll have to pass.
Topher: Well, it's a dying art.

Adelle: Are we looking at another composite event, Mr. Brink.
Paul: I don't think so. I think we're looking at a genius.
Topher: I'm not as comfy with you saying that as I thought I'd be.

Cultural References
Topher: I can't fiddle with a mind until it's wiped clean. The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates.

Van Halen is a popular band originating in the late 1970s, originally consisting of songwriter and guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his brother, Alex, on drums, bassist Michael Anthony, and singer David Lee Roth, Roth left and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, who eventually left, and was replaced briefly with Roth and then others, then Hagar came back, and eventually left again, and Roth came back, then Anthony left, (replaced by Eddie's son, Wolfgang)... While the band has continued to be popular and moderately successful, few would argue that it has been as brilliant as the initial albums were with the original crew, or is now even as good as it had been with Hagar.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  David Solomon  |  Tim Minear
ProducerEliza Dushku  |  Kelly A. Manners
Consulting ProducerMichele Fazekas  |  Tara Butters
Associate ProducerChris Cheramie
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
EditorElena Maganini
CastingMichael Nicolo  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
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
Camera OperatorJay Hunter  |  Ron Baldwin (2)
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerChris Campbell (2)
Transportation CoordinatorLeroy Reed
Property MasterDoug Madison, Jr.
Construction CoordinatorTed Wilson (2)
Production Sound MixerColeman Metts
Script SupervisorNirvana Adams
Production CoordinatorLynnet Price
Script CoordinatorLisa Randolph
Assistant EditorIone Soyangco
Post Production SupervisorJessica Bupp
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Ken Teaney
Director of PhotographyLisa Wiegand
Story EditorJed Whedon  |  Tracy A. Bellomo  |  Andrew Chambliss  |  Maurissa Tancharoen
Stunt CoordinatorMike Massa
Art DirectorRon Mason
Production AccountantTony Lindo
ScoreMychael Danna  |  Rob Simonsen
Main Title Theme Written/performedJonatha Brooke
Main Title Theme Written ByEric Bazilian
Department Head HairTeressa Hill (1)
Sound SupervisorWilliam Dotson
Department Head Make-upMichael Mills (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJohn J. Gray  |  Natalie Farrell  |  Chandra Farley Smith
Special Effects CoordinatorChris Nelson (3)
Writing AssistantJenny DeArmitt
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