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Dollhouse: The Left Hand

Bennett's nature and motivation is partly revealed when Echo winds up in her hands, including part of her history with Echo/Caroline. At the same time, Adelle faces off against the powerful head of the DC Dollhouse. Meanwhile, Victor is imprinted with Topher's persona, to assist in Topher's personal espionage, under Adelle's direction, against the DC Dollhouse's plans.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 2APK06
Airdate: Friday December 04th, 2009


Alternate Airdates:

UK (Syfy) Nov 17, 2009
AU (Eleven) Sep 10, 2012

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (26 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Ray WiseRay Wise
As Stewart Lipman

Guest Stars
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Senator Daniel Perrin
Recurring
Nelson FranklinNelson Franklin
As Burt Styne
Recurring
Summer GlauSummer Glau
As Bennett Halverson
Recurring
Stacey ScowleyStacey Scowley
As Cindy Perrin
Recurring
Miracle LaurieMiracle Laurie
As Madeline/November
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Matt RiedyMatt Riedy
As Senator
Main Cast
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Echo / Caroline
Harry J. LennixHarry J. Lennix
As Boyd Langton
Fran KranzFran Kranz
As Topher Brink
Enver GjokajEnver Gjokaj
As Victor
Olivia WilliamsOlivia Williams
As Adelle DeWitt
Episode Notes
Overall Ratings for this ep 1.94 million, 0.8/2 share among 18-49yos



Episode Quotes
Boyd: You get into their system, you make the connect so that we... you can get a look at Perrin's brain map.
Victor/Topher: I'm not up to this. I suffer from acute agoraphobia Or I plan to.

Topher: It's different. Yeah. Than L.A.... uh...
Bennett Halverson: Well, I suppose it would be. You probably have palm trees and tans.
Topher: We're four stories underground. Not a lot of photosynthesis.
Bennett Halverson: No, no, you're very pale. White. Pinkish-white. I mean... your skin... Your skin is like a pig.
Topher: Bennet Halv...
Bennett Halverson: Because it's pink. People assume that pigs are bad, but I... I love them. I like them.
Topher: I hear they make good pets.

Stewart Lipman: Perrin has to be at that Senate hearing in four hours, or Rossum will have our heads.
Adelle: To be clear, this little project is your problem, not mine.
Stewart Lipman: Well, I'll remind you of that when we're bunk buddies in the Attic.

Victor/Topher: Do you know how many...?
Real Topher: Shut up and work.
Victor/Topher: I'm already working. I wouldn't hold your breath on the shutting up.
Real Topher: No. I wouldn't.

Cindy Perrin: Where is he?
Echo: Gone. Something else is here.
Cindy Perrin: Oh, God. Doll-speak.

Victor/Topher: Who's your back door man?
Real Topher: We'll just pretend I didn't say that.
Victor/Topher: Yeah.

Adelle: Finding him obstinate?
Real Topher and Victor/Topher: Yes! This is so weird.



Cultural References
Title: The Left Hand

Two references -- The most obvious being Bennett Halverson's lame left arm, apparently a result of something Echo did as Caroline (possibly what made her become a Doll?), but also a reference to Matthew 6:03: "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing"

Victor/Topher: Who's your back door man?

The term "Back door man" refers to a man involved with a married woman, generally while the spouse is away, using the back door as an entrance & exit to make the affair unobvious to the surrounding people who might warn the cuckolded husband.

Bennett Halverson: Because it's pink. People assume that pigs are bad, but I... I love them. I like them.
Topher: I hear they make good pets.

The Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig is a moderately popular pet.



Analysis
The reference to Matthew 6:03: "Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing" is particularly applicable to the situation of this story arc, as the two Dollhouses are acting at cross purposes with neither knowing precisely what the other is up to.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Tim Minear  |  Joss Whedon
ProducerKelly A. Manners  |  Eliza Dushku
Consulting ProducerTara Butters  |  Michele Fazekas
Associate ProducerChris Cheramie
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
EditorElena Maganini
CastingMichael Nicolo  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerRobert D. Nellans
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
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 EditorJeff Ervin
Post Production SupervisorJessica Bupp
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Ken Teaney
Director of PhotographyLisa Wiegand
Story EditorJed Whedon  |  Andrew Chambliss  |  Tracy A. Bellomo  |  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 HairAndre Dubois
Sound SupervisorWilliam Dotson
Department Head Make-upDavid Abbott (4)
Post Production AssistantCody Smith
Assistant To The Executive ProducerCelez Suratos  |  Natalie Farrell  |  John J. Gray  |  Chandra Farley Smith
Special Effects CoordinatorChris Nelson (3)
Writing AssistantJenny DeArmitt
 
Warning: Dollhouse season 2 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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