Soon after, Adelle and Ballard are pedeconferencing, and Ballard asks exactly how much trouble Madeline's in, which gets this response: "A former Active once made a passing reference to us in his blog. That was his last entry." It's a little drastic, but if the end result is to reduce the number of blogs out there I can't say I entirely disapprove. Anyway, Adelle points out that Madeline was quite happy when she left, so her recent actions make no sense unless she's being used as a pawn against her. Ballard asks what, then, her next move is, and gets this answer: "To discover what game is being played." It's a long shot, but if it's Uno, I want in.
However, the game is considerably less fun, as it involves the major Dollhouse players watching tapes of Perrin as Boyd intones that he represents the third consecutive generation from his family to be a U.S. Senator. As they listen to Perrin preach about health care, Topher pronounces him a demagogue, while Ballard wonders why Rossum doesn't seem particularly worried about the threat he represents. Echo then makes an appearance to note that November is sad, and with all the people that know about her recent awakening I'm surprised she wasn't invited to the meeting from the beginning. Ballard agrees with Echo's assessment, prompting Echo to suggest they help her. Ballard starts to lead her back out, but she turns to the TV and offers, "She's not right." Topher's like yeah, got that, but Ballard realizes she doesn't mean Madeline, but Cindy. Of course, since Cindy turns out not to be a Doll, it seems like the show is taking liberties here to further the plot, except that Echo could merely be expressing an opinion related to the fact that Cindy is in desperate need of getting her roots bleached. And if so: Seconded. Still, the dramatic music and reaction shots of everyone in the room as Perrin tells an interviewer, in regard to his wife, "It's like they made her just for me" suggest that Echo is telling us that Cindy is a Doll, so let's cluck our tongues disapprovingly into the opening credits.