When we return, Ballard informs Adelle that his checking has revealed that a lot of the stuff in Cindy's file has been faked. Adelle swiftly concludes that not only is Cindy a Doll, she's a sleeper, and she'll be activated when Madeline gets too close. You might think that if that were true, Madeline would have been killed already, as she's publicly called out the Dollhouse and now it's too late to get rid of her without it looking horribly suspicious, but whatever, this is just to remind the audience about sleepers so we won't be surprised when Perrin suddenly starts choking the life out of his fake wife with the nasty personality and the bad dye job. SPOILER! Regardless, having jumped as far into a wrong conclusion as her legs are capable of springing her, Adelle tasks Ballard with the job of retrieving Madeline, and scene.
Boyd gives Ballard the location of the safe house (ten minutes from Downtown L.A., for future reference) to which Madeline has apparently been moved, but while Ballard thinks that's all he needs to know, Adelle wants to make sure the audience...I mean, "he" understands the sleeper technology, so she plays him a video of Hearn beating the crap out of Mellie until she called in to tell her there were three flowers in a vase, and the third flower was green. After seeing November quickly dispatch Hearn to Points Downward, Adelle points out that Madeline easily dispensed with a man twice her size, and Cindy will no doubt be at least as capable. Noting Ballard's ten-yard stare, Adelle adds that any sympathy for Hearn is misplaced, as he was a serial rapist. Not to mention the fact that he was, you know, beating the crap out of Mellie. Ballard snaps out of it and says he wasn't thinking about him, and while you might conclude from the ensuing cut that he was thinking about his lost love Madeline, I think it's perfectly plausible to conclude "thinking" was not a recent activity in his pretty little head.