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Dollhouse — Episode 1.9 ‘A Spy in the House of Love’

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Wow.  Talk about playing to strengths.

I always knew there was going to be more to this show then just following Echo around on engagements every week.  It was blatantly obvious that wouldn’t be sustainable or entertaining; we simply needed it for the first few episodes to get us familiar with the world of the show and to set up what’s going on now, which is getting better and better every week (well, except for episode 7).  Just like every good Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse is slowly turning into an ensemble piece, one that, because of the multitude of possibilities inherent in the premise (and who thought we’d actually be saying that?), is alive with the possibility of surprise.  And what’s what this episode delivered a whole big friggin’ truckload of — surprises.

First, a message going out to Paul from ‘the inside man/woman,’ this time through Mellie, but with the incredibly intriguing caveat that he can’t let on that he now knows Mellie’s a Doll or else they’ll just flip her switch and have her kill him.  Awkward!  It’ll be both really fun and very interesting to see how that one plays out.

Second, the revelation that DeWitt is actually Victor’s ‘Miss Lonelyhearts.’  Just hilarious.  And I love Enver Gjokaj’s ‘Roger Moore is Ian Fleming’s James Bond’ impersonation — it’s actually pretty good.

Finally, of course, the big ‘reveal’ — Dominic is a spy.  Though notice I said ‘a’ spy; he’s not actually ‘the’ spy, as in, the ‘inside man/woman,’ at least, that’s how I read it.  He said he’s an NSA agent whose main job is to keep the Dollhouse’s technology from getting out into the public; his job is to see if it could somehow be brought under government control.  He says it was become of him that Ballard was kept at bay . . . so, that seems to go against the messages that Ballard’s been getting.  Unless what was happening was that Dominic did send those messages but they’re all really red herrings, something to give Ballard to go on but nothing that will actually lead him anywhere.  I don’t think that’s what it is, though.  I think there’s another mole, and that’s the person who was sending Ballard the messages.  So it actually could still be Ivy.  But my bet is on Topher.  Maybe I misunderstood it all, though.  What do you all think?

Aside from this stuff, there’s also Echo’s ongoing ‘evolution.’  Personally, I don’t think DeWitt should be taking the ambivilent approach to it that she is; it’s obvious Echo is heading toward some sort of composite event, akin to Alpha’s, and she should be recognizing that and, despite her feelings toward Echo/Caroline, working to put an end to it.  But, she’s letting her emotions control her thinking about Echo and that’s just going to lead to trouble (and probably some sort of cliffhanger in episode 13).  Perhaps this shows the significance of making her Miss Lonelyhearts, showing us she does have these deep-seeded yet hidden attachment issues, these needs for companionship that she just buries really well at the office.

We shall see we shall see we shall see.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:13 am

    I thought this episode was pretty strong as well. Just like numbers 6 and 8, it makes me actually want to watch more episodes, whereas the others (well, okay, I’ll admit that I haven’t actually seen #7 cause none of you thought it was any good, so I didn’t bother – but I had Sarah explain to me what happened) don’t.

    And yeah, the ensemble story-telling, with multiple plots weaving in and out of each other works really well. DeWitt’s character had some nice moments, and Enver Gjokaj’s performance grew on me over the episode. I hope the Echo-focused stories are kept to a minimum.

    So I would agree with you; if the show keeps playing to its strengths, and can continue to make quality episodes such as this one, it may have a future…he said ominously, ignoring the dark clouds on the horizon…

  2. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:51 pm

    Here’s the latest on those ominous clouds:

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