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Dollhouse: Meet Jane Doe

Echo, still in a Doll state, flees, and innocently gets a young Spanish girl arrested. Three months later, Harding has taken over control of the House, reducing Adele to performing menial tasks as his assistant, while putting Topher onto R&D. In the course of performing the R&D, Topher has a flash of genius and realizes the dangerous technology Rossum is actually out to create.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x7
Production Number: 2APK07
Airdate: Friday December 11th, 2009
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) Sep 17, 2012


Special Guest Stars
Keith CarradineKeith Carradine
As Matthew Harding

Guest Stars
Philip CasnoffPhilip Casnoff
As Clive Ambrose
Liza LapiraLiza Lapira
As Ivy
Jonathan Del ArcoJonathan Del Arco
As Mr. Caviezel
Kevin LinehanKevin Linehan
As Deputy Merrick
Glenn MorshowerGlenn Morshower
As Sheriff Rand
Jeff DoucetteJeff Doucette
As Store Manager

Co-Guest Stars
Maurissa TancharoenMaurissa Tancharoen
As Kilo
Ido EzraIdo Ezra
As Talik Raj Amin
Denice J. SealyDenice J. Sealy
As Myra (as Denice Sealy)
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
Episode Quotes
Topher: Bennett has twice the resources I have. She thinks she runs that House. And she might for all I know. But there is one thing of which I am certain. I have a cooler office.

(regarding Bennett)
Topher: I will never trust another woman as long as I live. She totally went all Cylon on me and sent a sleeperized assassin after Echo right behind my back. Disarmed me with her arm and glasses... and face. Mostly. But underneath it, all she is ice-cold. Truly wicked. With a... shriveled-up raisin of a heart.... (wistfully)I wonder what she's doing right now.
Ivy: So, what happened?
Topher: Well, I punched her in the kisser--not what I was planning to do there, by the way--and knocked her out cold, which she might have been impressed by if she hadn't been out cold.
Ivy: I mean to Echo, Topher. What happened to Echo?
Topher: Ohhh. (long pause) We don't know.

Store Manager: You know you have to pay for that!
Echo: Yes. With money.
Store Manager: That's right.
Echo: Where do I get it?
Store Manager: Well, I hear it grows on trees. Why don't you move along, girl. I don't want any trouble.
Echo: Where is this tree?
Store Manager: Right through that door, right there.

Mr. Caviezel: I marvel at the way they slip into a role -- into a life -- unaware, unfeigned. And I'm grateful that I can afford it. That I possess the "means to satisfy my vagaries", to quote the Marquis de Sade.

Echo: Mr. Kleinhan in 23 is asking for a sheet change, Mrs. Willis in 31 needs something to help her sleep, and Mrs. Finney in 32 wants us to put Mrs. Willis to sleep because she keeps singing show tunes.

Boyd: Another engagement from upstairs?
Adelle: This client seems to quite enjoy pain--or should I say--derives pleasure from inflicting it.
Boyd: You don't approve.
Adelle: I don't have to. It's already in the pipeline. (looking out at the main room) Feels like ages ago that we actually weighed a request against an Active's chance of survival, let alone well-being.
Boyd: We've always put them at risk. We just don't lie to ourselves about it now.
Adelle: You sound like Harding.
Boyd: I can never tell if you're bent out of shape because you're no longer in control of the welfare of our Actives, or because you're no longer in control.

Ivy: You're looming. You don't see me looming in your office. Stop looming.
Topher: You said "looming" so many times now that it sounds like like a nonsense word.

Sierra: That's a radical theory.
Topher: Well, what's my name? Doctor...
Sierra: Brink.
Topher: Radical. Dr. Radical.

(Echo just tumbled Paul over her back in a judo-style move, after he snuck up on her from behind)
Echo: You okay?
Paul: Fine. Only, next time don't wait for the attack. Take the offensive like we've been practicing.
Echo: Sometimes a girl likes to be chased. Hungry?

Paul: Mac 'N' Cheese, huh?
Echo: You're not sick of it, right?
Paul: Thirty-six personalities, not one of them can cook?
Echo: (smiling) Look who's talkin'.
Paul: Honestly, I'm surprised. If I was paying for a romantic engagement, there would definitely be food involved.
Echo: More terrifying insights into the mind of Paul Ballard.
Paul: No, that's primal. Sex and food are sisters in human desire.
Echo: Well, I never did a sister act.... with food... with cooking food...

Echo: When I took out that deputy, it wasn't like a glitch. The skills, it was like... a wave, just... everything rushing over me. And then the wave.... pulls back. And you see what it washed up. Picking up the shells and smooth stones from the shore. Collecting myself.
Paul: Why then? Why not right after Alpha dumped all the engagement personas into you?
Echo: I think it was because of Bennett.
Paul: The DC programmer.
Echo: She showed me something Alpha didn't. Caroline.
Paul: You said Bennett gave you her own memory.
Echo: ...Of Caroline. And it wasn't... I didn't like it.
Paul: Well, that's Bennett's perception. And she doesn't sound remarkably stable.
Echo: But the idea that Caroline might not be... I've been saving this body for her. But I'm not her.
Paul: You don't know that. You've resisted the wipes from the start.

Paul: You tracked down my cell and you couldn't remember my name. You knew I would help you. Keep you from DeWitt. DeWitt was Caroline's enemy, not Echo's. Maybe it was Caroline picking up those shells.
Echo: I'm not her. My name is Echo.
Paul: I didn't mean to upset you.
Echo: No. You do help me. (reaches out to hold his hand) You're my best friend. (her hand moves in more familiarly)
Paul: (restraining her hand) Let's keep it that way.

Echo: You think I'm a freak. Or a child.
Paul: I think I don't have the right.
Echo: It's not my other... personas... that make me feel what I feel.
Paul: The Dollhouse made you fall in love, over and over. You told me that.
Echo: They also made me aggressively sexual. And phenomenally creative in bed.
Paul: (sighs) Now that's just cruel.
Echo: (smirks) Also sociopathic.... and experienced... blind... And at least seven times -- gay. There's a lot of noise from the chorus girls, but they're not me. There is a me.

Topher: Do you like the new profile input interface?
Adelle: I do, actually
Topher: Just one of the many new improvements around here.
Adelle: What else does Harding have you 'improving'?
Topher: That's, ahhh, on a need-to-know basis.
Adelle: I need to know.
Harding: (walking in, clearly having overheard) And why is that? You think we're keeping secrets from you, Adelle? Haven't we eliminated those from this House?
Adelle: Of course. I was just curious. I had quite a scientific mind before I was transferred here, if you remember, Matthew.
Harding: I do.
Adelle: Curiosity is what brought this House into being.
Harding: True. And Topher here will bring it into the future. I have to say, one of your finest moments, DeWitt, finding him.

Boyd: You need to take this House back.
Adelle: And how am I supposed to do that?
Boyd: The Adelle I knew would never ask me that question.

(noting Victor and Sierra's Doll-state social behavior)
Harding: Are they grouping?
Topher: What? Oh... They, ahhhh, technically.
Harding: They're grouping, aren't they?
Topher: AyyyyI'm sorry to say, yeah.
Harding: Oh, it's okay. It happens all the time.
Topher: It does?
Harding: Yes. It's very common. And easily dealt with.
Topher: It is? Of course it is.
Harding: Split them up, place them in separate Houses. They'll be fine. The girl would be perfect for Dubai.

Galena: You're not a nurse, are you?
Echo: Right now, no.

(as they hop onto a motorcycle)
Galena: You know how?
Echo: I do now.

(after playing an exceedingly incriminating tape)
Paul: You go after either of those women, this tape lands on the desk of every prison official in the state.
Sheriff Rand: Why are you wasting your time on some border-hopping nobody?
Paul: I'm not. I'm wasting my time on you. Don't make me waste any more.

Adelle: I've been hearing about your new device all day. I don't need to see it. I'm sure it's very impressive. But with the resources at your disposal now, I'm surprised it took you this long.
Topher: It didn't. I finished it two months ago. I spent the rest of the time trying to come up with another way to do it. A-a stupider way, a parlor trick... that wouldn't lead to anything else, anything bad.
Adelle: What else, Topher? What 'bad'?
Topher: Harding's got me working on a portable remote wipe, right? I saw Bennett working on a somatosensory system override. There are, what, twenty-two Houses, right?
Adelle: Twenty-three, now.
Topher: Each working on their own small specific relatively harmless technology. So, I got to thinking...
Adelle: It's a component. It's a piece of a larger whole.
Topher: The next question is...
Adelle: Whole what...?
Topher: I think they're trying to build a portable device that will imprint anyone without any Active architecture implants... any innocent on the street with a new personality.
Adelle: That's unnerving.
Topher: No. What's unnerving... is... I figured out how to do it. (shows Adelle the plans for his device)
Adelle: This is something that Harding must never know.

Galena/Lisa: You are... the strangest woman I have ever met. Thank you.

Echo: Just once. Just here while it's still just the two of us.
Paul: Is there? Really? Just the two of us?
Echo: I guess not.

(Adelle has just given Harding the plans to Topher's device)
Harding: This is everything.
Adelle: A good deal more than you asked for, as I understand.
Harding: Yes. I have to say, I'm surprised. Topher Brink is a genius, but I didn't realize he was actually smart. This.... This has the potential to change everything.
Adelle: I suspected as much.
Harding: You did the right thing, Adelle. I imagine you only did it in the hopes that I would give you your House back, but I don't much mind.
Adelle: I did it because I understand how it works, now. How much Rossum has at stake.
Harding: And you're on board?
Adelle: I accept the situation. I did believe that the power we have could be used to help people, but...
Harding: It can. And it is, Adelle.
Adelle: But in the end, power is always used to get more power. And if Rossum has this much, I have little interest in being on the other team.
Harding: I have to ask. Did you ever consider just imprinting a Doll to kill me?
Adelle: I'd like to think I'd have had the courage to do it myself.
Harding: Ever the idealist. Well, this is a great occasion. Shall we celebrate? (opens cigar box, offering one to Adelle)
Adelle: There's no smoking in my office.

Topher: Are you out of your British mind?
Adelle: I acted in the best interest of the House.
Topher: You gave Rossum the deadliest tech I've ever heard of.
Adelle: Which you designed.
Topher: I was trying to figure out what they were up to!
Adelle: You were fascinated. You were playing.
Topher: No, don't put this on me. I trusted you!
Adelle: Well, who thought that was a clever scheme?
Topher: You are the coldest bitch on this planet.
Adelle: (slaps him hard across the face) That is the last time you will ever speak to me like that. Or at all, unless you're spoken to. You are off R&D and back on programming. You will imprint these Dolls with dedication and precision. And you will follow every single one of my commands as if they were your heart's most deep desire.
Topher: And what happens if I don't?
Adelle: I would hope, as someone who does care for you, that you will never find that out. I rule the House. I won't let anyone challenge that. Not ever again.

Episode Goofs
It seems markedly questionable that a county sheriff would be quite so blatantly hands-on in a local jail or prison. This smacks of a money-saving effort by combining what ought to be two separate roles -- a jail supervisor, along with the sheriff's, the latter being substantially insignificant.

Cultural References
Title: Meet Jane Doe

The term Jane Doe is used in legal proceedings, as well as popular culture, to describe an unknown or unidentified woman or girl. It also has come to mean an average or typical woman.

Topher: She totally went all Cylon on me, and sent a sleeperized assassin after Echo right behind my back.

The Cylons are the chief robot nemeses in the SF/SciFi series Battlestar Galactica. In the more recent 2004 version of the series, there are humaniform assassins among the fleeing refugees, some of whom don't even realize that they are Cylons.

Mr. Caviezel: That I possess "the means to satisfy my vagaries", to quote the Marquis de Sade.

The Marquis de Sade was an 18th century French aristocrat, who spent much of his life in prisons and insane asylums for his licentious-anarchist tendencies and lack of sexual mores. His writings have made his name synonymous with reveling in the pain and discomfort of others, and produced the term sadism to describe such impulses. While such impulses have long existed, his exploration of them, and subsequent writings on the topic (often while in prison), were among the first public analyses of the concepts.

Echo: That imprint was borderline Rain Man.

Rain Man is a reference to the Oscar winning 1988 movie of the same name, starring Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbit, an austistic savant, who has a photographic memory and can make lightning-fast calculations, but doesn't understand context and has very limited social skills. Being autistic, he also has a tendency to throw fits when his routines are interrupted. The term "Rain Man" is revealed as a 3yo child's corruption of his name by the other main character in the movie, his now adult brother Charles, who had utterly forgotten Raymond's existence as anything but a childhood fantasy playmate.

Topher: I will never trust another woman as long as I live.

And then he goes and trusts Adelle with his invention... Of course, he probably doesn't class Adelle as a "woman" in his gestalt. She's clearly "female" but not a "woman". The delineation is subtle and relevant to Topher's underlying thought processes, but likely.

As noted above, the term Jane Doe has come to mean an average or typical woman. This is an interesting juxtaposition of contrasting idea, as Echo is anything but typical, yet she is, indeed, an "average" woman, since she possess an "average" of skills, rather than the limitations typically imposed by a single lifetime's experiences. Her lack of (and thus search for) an independent identity (i.e., more than just that of her instilled personalities) also fits with the Jane Doe idea.

As noted in the Analysis section of the premiere episode of Dollhouse, the storage capacity requirements of Doll technology is anything but trivial. This holds far, far more relevance once you consider the bandwidth requirements for transmitting an implant. The underlying technology for transmitting an implant would tax the most powerful short-distance direct-connect technologies currently available in The Real World. The requirements for Topher's device -- a presumably wireless transfer of the same phenomenally vast amounts of information needed to define an implant, is literally many orders of magnitude greater than anything which can be transmitted wirelessly at this point. Similarly to Star Trek's transporter technology, the Dollhouse "wireless implant" technology is, if not impossible, so far beyond even today's most far-reaching technological ideas, that it is defacto impossible. It's not just "we don't know how to do it" -- it's "we can't even guess how we might go about doing it"

This has no relevance to the show directly -- the concept is still an interesting one and has, at its heart, a lot of important philosophical questions worth asking in an entertaining manner. But it's safe to say that the problems it represents aren't likely to be an issue in the next couple of decades.

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
EditorPeter Basinski
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Michael Nicolo  |  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 OperatorRon Baldwin (2)  |  Jay Hunter
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerChris Campbell (2)
Transportation CoordinatorLeroy Reed
Property MasterEric Bates
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 MixerKen Teaney  |  Todd Orr
Director of PhotographyLisa Wiegand
Story EditorMaurissa Tancharoen  |  Jed Whedon  |  Andrew Chambliss  |  Tracy A. Bellomo
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 ProducerNatalie Farrell  |  Chandra Farley Smith  |  John J. Gray  |  Celez Suratos
Special Effects CoordinatorChris Nelson (3)
Writing AssistantJenny DeArmitt
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