When we continue, it's apparent that Bennett is in fact torturing Echo, not imprinting her, but it's not without reason, as Echo apparently severed the nerves in her arm. She transfers the memory into Echo, and we see a flash of Bennett lying in the lab with a support beam or something on her arm, begging Echo not to leave her, before Echo's arm goes dead as well. In a different room, Nasty Cindy tells Perrin what a screw-up he was before they imprinted him, and how awesome it's going to be when he exonerates Rossum. Not that she'll be able to give an opinion when that actually happens.
Adelle and Topher make it to D.C. in an effort to find Perrin before it's too late. They go to see another awesome cast member -- RAY WISE, who's another Rossum guy. And he's brilliant, even though all he has to do is be unimpressed with the visit and have Adelle threaten to castrate him. Also, he allows Topher to examine Echo to make sure she's okay. And who's back in L.A. covering for Topher? Victor, who's been imprinted with Topher's personality, and as such, gets to do his best Topher impression, which is even better and more hilarious than his Kiki impression. Bennett is endearingly thrilled to meet Topher in the flesh, and the feeling is mutual, but when Bennett leaves him alone, he calls his Victor Ego to set up a link from which he can capture the Senator's brain map. Elsewhere, Bennett allows Perrin and Echo to escape, and then busts her head into some glass and blames Echo for it, adding that she abducted Perrin. Out in the street, Echo and Perrin realize they need to get the GPS tags out of their necks, which they do -- sexily.
Topher and Bennett geekily inform their superiors that they might be able to rejigger the disruptor to target Echo and Perrin. Topher only wants to get Perrin's brain map, as we knew, but Bennet pulls the real double-cross -- by sending a signal to Perrin to attack Echo. With her dead arm, she's not fairly matched against his sleeper skills, but she holds her own enough to survive. When Cindy shows up, she tries to convince Perrin she loves him, but he chokes her, and although Topher and Victor/Topher manage to reverse the sleeper programming, they're too late to save Cindy Which: Boo hoo. Perrin gets to the Senate hearing in time for Perrin to testify -- and he tells them a total lie about how there is no Dollhouse, only an evil consortium of companies looking to use him to take Rossum down. This of course totally sells Madeline out, but that's not the worst of it for her, as she falls into Bennett's crazy hands. In the end, Echo wanders the streets of D.C., alone. But not for long, as next week… there's more casting awesomeness.
We start the episode with Bennett watching Echo continuing to writhe in agony. After what seems like an eternity, Bennett finally kills the power and, ignoring Echo's gasping question of why she's doing this, conversationally notes that Echo doesn't call out to God even when she's in great pain. "It isn't a question of faith, it's just the vernacular." I guess one of the good things about nobody watching the show is that they're less likely to get angry correspondence about taking the Lord's name in vain. She adds that Echo really is a shell, and smiles creepily as she informs us that there's no protection from the blinding, searing pain -- Echo can't even pass out, an assertion she demonstrates by spiking the place's electrical bill again. When she sees fit to give Echo another break, she creepily says that while it's not time for why yet, and strokes Echo's face as she adds that when it is, "that's when it gets really bad." Glad I have time during the opening credits to express this sophisticated sentiment: Yeesh.
We return to an establishing shot of the Capitol Building, which seems unnecessary given that it was clearly established that we're in D.C., unless they're trying to tell us that this Dollhouse is actually in the Capitol Building, which would certainly explain a lot of the legislation passed this decade. What follows is an unnecessary scene in which Perrin continues to refuse to get it, so it's hard to blame Cindy for relishing telling him that they took a "spoiled, pampered, selfish child" and turned him into a man the people could trust. Once she's said her piece, he asks why she's telling him this now, and she's like, um, because it's hilarious? Cindy's written kind of amusingly but the actress really isn't selling her, and it's painful to watch her overact as she goes on that she can't stand him, and having to be his wife makes her sick. Although I have a feeling she'll fit right in with a lot of politicians' wives. In response to this little tirade, instead of pointing out that his current personality isn't exactly his fault, Perrin takes a couple of grunting, spazzy breaths like someone just gave him a hot shot. What is with the acting around here all of a sudden?
Speaking of spazziness, Topher's like a dog let off the leash as, in the back of a town car, he gushes to Adelle about, like, being in the back of a town car. She icily informs him that his sole purpose here is to hack in the D.C. mainframe to acquire Perrin's imprint, but all he hears is "Blah blah TOPHER blah blah blah TOPHER." He does, however, get the message when she says that he "absolutely" may "not" help himself to a drink from the car's bar, and I guess if she's not having one either the situation must be pretty serious. Topher finally settles down and admits that he doesn't like going outside his comfort zone, which is not exactly news given that his best friends are stuffed animals and pinball machines, but Adelle says their one and only chance to discover Rossum's plan is to pull it from Perrin's brain scans. "So I would suggest you expand your comfort zone immediately." I'd suggest you rethink giving him that drink, then.