Dollhouse: A Spy in the House of Love   Rewatch 
October 23, 2020 11:28 AM - Season 1, Episode 9 - Subscribe

DeWitt leaves Dominic in charge of the Dollhouse when she has to leave for a short period. Topher finds a chip in the imprint chair which has been used by other agencies to alter the programming on the actives. As the Dollhouse looks for the spy within, Ballard learns more about the Dollhouse.

More general background paranoia and things not seeming right. Echo continues her self-actualization. Ballard goes all red-string crazy before November reveals her hand to him. Spy hijinks with Sierra! (Spyjinks?) We discover that Adelle has been sampling the wares with Victor. Topher makes Echo into a spy hunter to figure out who's been spying on the Dollhouse, discovering that Dominic is working for the NSA to try and control the Dollhouse.

AV Club: A
posted by Kyol (3 comments total)
Reed Diamond is really good in this role. For a show that's overall so uneven, so much of the ensemble is fantastic.
posted by restless_nomad at 6:59 AM on October 24, 2020 [1 favorite]

I have a feeling that Topher doesn't know Echo/ Caroline's true background.

The logical connect to program a doll to be an internal counterintelligence is... a very short line.

Now, when a doll gets a treatment to return them to baseline, I wonder if anything that they learned while dolled-up is read/ retained in Topher's files (for future remix/ reuse)?

Continuity error - Sierra scanned the lady's right eye, then scans her left eye at the station.

Bombshell revelation about Adelle. Had forgotten about that.

re: the Attic; 'Altered Carbon' was first published in 2002, the Attic feels strongly influenced, especially later when they get explicit about bodies.

Fatal mistake by Adelle, enthusiastically allowing Echo to regain autonomy, given that she knows Caroline's background, right?
posted by porpoise at 1:09 PM on October 24, 2020

Thinking more about it, Adelle sampling her own goods is an interesting bit of writing.

One the one hand its a massive shortcut to show that Adelle is intensely lonely but requires someone as accomplished as she is. On the other, knowing exactly what she's doing and still doing it emphasizes the attraction of using a doll, while on the gripping hand how degrading it can be to admit to having been lying to oneself.

I think maybe the aftermath of that is (subconsciously?) considering Echo to be as accomplished as herself and is worthy to be a "real" companion, and promoting her growth. Despite all the dangers, so maybe just swapping out one delusion for another.
posted by porpoise at 4:54 PM on October 24, 2020

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