Dollhouse: Needs   Rewatch 
October 20, 2020 11:41 AM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

The Dollhouse's worst fears are realized as several actives awaken and remember some of their past lives and try to escape from the Dollhouse.

We get more hints at a bad guy named Alpha in the background in another episode that mostly takes place in the Dollhouse, allowing time for the show to expand on what’s going on. Ballard discovers he’s been bugged. We see the beginning of Echo’s quest to free the actives. We learn about Mellie and Priya’s pre-Dollhouse lives, and why someone might subject themselves to it. Caroline gets a message out to Ballard.

“If your child starts talking for the first time, you feel proud. If your dog does, you freak the hell out.”

AV Club: A
posted by Kyol (3 comments total)
Ballard: "I'm not a client, I don't need that."
Echo: "You know you do. Save me, Paul."
Ballard: "Caroline?"
Echo: "Save me, Paul."

lol ("I have a thing she needs!")

Ok, so why the dolls sleep in recessed coffins - pods - gets explained (mind altering drugs [they don't work that way!]/ neuro-programming). But the frequency of necessity aren't dictated.

Everyone has been exposed to the "crazy virus" in one way or another, symptomatic or not. Echo got something in a spiked drink on top of that.

Was there additional intervention other than just interrupting the sleep program? Shouldn't all the other Houses (which at this point, we don't know exist) be experiencing something similar sooner or later?

Nitpicking aside, I thought that this was a decent take on the "wake up not remembering who you are" scenario. The cheat is "residual memories" for their teamwork/ competency.

"I'm not your friend in here, Echo. I'm sorry I can't help you." Whiskey seems to have her own game going.

Not sure it's inadvertently cruel for November to keep giving Ballard hope - and sets up the his meeting a certain cultivator of medicinal cannabis.

Some snappy lines;

"Sex with Aliens?!?"
"He's very tired."
posted by porpoise at 6:43 PM on October 21, 2020

This episode has one of the best shots in the entire series.
posted by bixfrankonis at 10:44 PM on October 21, 2020

Yeah, the leading everyone out shot. Iconic.

Ended ironic.

Is a poignant touchstone for later. Adelle being the pivot.
posted by porpoise at 11:42 PM on October 21, 2020

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