Adelle and Boyd enter the lab, and Topher nervously asks if Echo's anywhere near Ballard, as her neural architecture is showing signs of having been disrupted. Boyd points out that her GPS signal shows she's at the safe house, to which Adelle replies, "Inform her temporary handler he needn't return." I hope he doesn't blog about being unjustly fired. Still, though, it's just a convenient and lazy choice by the writers to allow Echo to run around free because of the incompetence of an unseen handler to whom Adelle never should have entrusted the job. Ugh. Boyd has Topher bring up the security feed, and they see Echo and Perrin outside and quickly realize that Perrin is the Doll, which must mean that Cindy is his handler. Topher understandably wonders why whoever programmed Perrin would possibly have pointed him at the Dollhouse, and Adelle doesn't know, unless his use of Madeline suggests an interest in targeting their particular house specifically. Topher then calls their attention to the fact that Echo has just driven off with Perrin, and Adelle's face is like, "This is threatening to crack even my steely British façade."
Day has turned to night, and Echo, still apparently in her Bree persona, is driving quickly through the streets of downtown L.A., which you'll remember was supposedly TEN MINUTES AWAY from the safe house. She then gets a flash of some of her old personalities, almost crashing the car in the process, and realizes that Perrin was right -- she is in fact a Doll. Given that I've known this for longer than I care to remember, do you mind if I move on?
Madeline's leaving the safe house, and after Cindy gives the goon accompanying her some instructions about getting her to the airport, she enters a room in which Ballard is tied to a chair. Sadly, it's not like the scene in Casino Royale, but when Cindy calls Ballard the "L.A. Dollhouse's latest idiot hire," it's at least difficult to disagree. Anyway, Cindy has little time for Ballard, and after instructing another goon to pack away the disruptor in her luggage so her techs can examine it, she ignores Ballard's questions in favor of telling yet another henchgoon to wait until she leaves, "and then make sure he ends up face down in the L.A. River." After she cautions the guy not to miss the flight and then leaves, though, Ballard gives him a hilarious nod and grin, like, "I may be even dumber than she thinks, but I still know I can beat the crap out of you."