Dollhouse
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Changing The Game
this is bullshit, show. I usually just grade on the holistic feel of an episode, but that's an automatic ding there. Cindy strides forward purposefully into the last commercial break.

When we return, it seems the disruptor has knocked out not only Echo's consciousness but her GPS as well, which Topher never ever would have designed it to do, so once again: Bullshit, show. Boyd calls in and reports that Echo is gone, so Adelle tells him to check in with Ballard and see what his status is re: Madeline...

...but Ballard, still rooted to the same spot in which we left him like a well-muscled tree, ignores the call. Can't really say I blame him, given that the alternative is to, like, explain what happened.

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.

Later, Bennett's seated when a swollen-faced Cindy turns up for a consult on what covering memories to give Perrin. Cindy: "How about, he beats his wife?" Heh. Bennett, however, is not enamored of that suggestion, but they drop the subject when Cindy hands over the disruptor to Bennett, who breathes that it's got to be Topher's handiwork. She starts to examine it, heeding Cindy's warning not to turn it on, but stopping when Cindy reminds her that the hearing is in ten hours, and if Perrin isn't there for it, the two of them are dead. This gets Bennett up off her duff, and the two of them head into the lab, which now contains Perrin. Cindy tells Bennett about Perrin's call-and-response going on the fritz, so Bennett says she's got some rebuilding work to do. She revives Perrin, who freaks out upon seeing Cindy before begging Bennett not to erase his mind. She blithely denies him, though, prompting him to ask who she is in desperation. Cindy sneers, "She's a god, honey. And you've heartily offended her." Calling her a god isn't going to make her any less crazy, not that that's a complaint. Speaking of which, Bennett crazily "suggests" Cindy go check to make sure their escape from L.A. was clean. When she's gone, Bennett assures Perrin that they'll get to work in just a minute...

...but first, she goes into another part of the lab, in which Echo is strapped to one of the imprint chairs. She groggily asks where she is, but instead of answering, Bennett brightly greets her as "Caroline. You always promised you'd come back to me." Uh oh. Her face falls, and as she steps over to the controls, Echo senses what's about to happen and panics. To no avail, of course, and Bennett turns up the power to like, eleven and a half, causing Echo to writhe in agony. We switch focus to the monitor, and after a moment, Bennett steps straight toward the camera...and turns it off. Creepy! See you...as soon as I can deal with another recap. Sigh.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. You can reach him at couchbaron@gmail.com.

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