Adelle's drinking some booze out of one of her fishbowl-sized glasses when Boyd returns and says there's still no word from Ballard. After some chitchat, Boyd wonders why Keith Carradine would set them up like that, as half of Rossum will fall with them if they go down, but Adelle demurs, saying with Perrin under their thumb, Rossum will be exonerated from any connection to the Dollhouse; not only that, Perrin will earn such political capital by saving all the wretched souls under the Dollhouse's control that he'll be able to pass whatever legislation Rossum instructs him to. Boyd notes that Rossum will be unstoppable, and asks what they're going to do. Adelle: "Stop them." Okay, we'll go with that.
After an establishing shot of D.C., we see a woman typing with her right hand on a computer keyboard, her left arm dangling uselessly at her side. As soon as she speaks, I know it's Summer Glau, so the slow pan up is unnecessary, but I do like her librarian glasses and ironic barrette. She chats with her assistant, "Grace," who wonders about the L.A. Active who kidnapped Perrin and why that house would move against them. Summer Glau counsels her to keep her mind on her work: "The moment you start wondering about the people upstairs, they'll start wondering about you. That is nothing you want." Yup, seems fair to say. Summer Glau babbles for a while about how people like them give up everything, and then the phone rings. She answers it as "Bennett," and tells the person on the other end that she'll take care of giving Perrin some false memories before asking for permission to scan the other Active, which is apparently granted. By the way, from the way she keeps throwing them around, I'm inferring that this house uses the names of Greek gods for their Actives rather than the NATO alphabet, which seems like it gives more away about their relative merit. I mean, if you get the Hestia of the group, you're going to suspect it's not top-of-the-line merchandise. The door to one of her lab rooms opens, and she sharply wonders why "Hades" is still on the table, and here's something you should know: Bennett is a few sandwiches short of a picnic, as evidenced by her twitchiness and repetitive conversations with herself. She focuses, however, enough to pull up Perrin's and Echo's images on a monitor, and seems to have a flash of recognition. Thinking fast, she gives the assistant some orders in regard to Perrin and adds that she'll start with Echo before dismissing her, crazily saying she needs to focus. We leave the scene after a close-up of Hades's face, and all I can say about that is that death suddenly does not seem like such a bad prospect.