In the car, it's Perrin's turn to get acid flashbacks, after which he makes Echo stop the car. He gets out, continuing to freak and see things, and Echo urgently tells him he must be a Doll as well, but he's not trying to hear that, at first denying it totally, but then begging her, "Please tell me I know who I am!"
After a response to that call that I will not be recapping, Topher informs Adelle that Perrin is a special case -- he is in fact named Daniel Perrin and is part of the family they thought, but he was a total "party-boy screw-up" even into his mid-thirties, so it stands to reason that the qualities that have made him a Senator were artificially granted. Too bad he doesn't seem to remember that past, because if he did, he wouldn't have been quite so fazed by waking up in a groggy stupor with an unfamiliar hooker and a video camera.
With Tahmoh Penikett's usual hilarious delivery, Ballard asks the goon if he'd be open to a bribe, but he's turned down, which turns out to be a mistake when Ballard ends up resorting to what he knows best, which is to kick the guy's ass. After the guy's partner enters and is just as easily dispensed with, Ballard, hands still cuffed, grabs the guy's ticket from out of his pocket to see where to go, and then leers to his unconscious form, "You're gonna miss your flight!" Ballard would make a great Rainier Wolfcastle, I tell you what.
Boyd tells Adelle that Echo and Perrin have stopped moving, but the retrieval team he sent after them seems mysteriously to have been neutralized. Which: Huh? Echo then calls in, figuring the number she knows as her escort agency is actually that of the Dollhouse, and when she tells Adelle that Perrin is with her, Boyd wastes no time in getting on the move. Echo accuses Adelle of making Perrin a Doll, but while she denies that, she offers that she can help him. Echo's open to the idea, but Perrin grabs the phone from her and spits that he knows all about them, and he's not a Doll. Adelle informs him that while that's true, strictly speaking, his mind has been altered, and she can find out who's controlling him and why. She starts to tell him about Cindy, but just then, the "wife" in question drives up, and she's alone because she presumably hopes to continue the charade. Echo, however, has other ideas, saying Cindy isn't right, but Perrin isn't ready to believe her just yet. However, when Cindy tries the stupid exchange yet again, Perrin gets a flash to being in a chair just like Topher's, and we see that the white knight/beautiful damsel stuff is their countersign -- their version of "Everything's going to be all right/Now that you're here." Maybe she had to use it so often because it's a long-term engagement, but they still could have picked something less Smurfy. Once it's clear that Perrin's clued in, Cindy gives up the ghost and draws her gun. Perrin points out that she can't afford to shoot him, but while she agrees, she has no problem training the gun on Echo. Echo's like, "If your arguments work out this well on the Senate floor, this country is in big trouble."