20090322

Dollhouse Episode 6: More Like This One, plz K , thx.

Alright, right off the bat, this episode is head and shoulders above the past five in terms of establishing milieu with a framing device of documentary news footage investigating the “urban legend” of the Dollhouse.

Okay, this should have been the pilot.

We find the Dollhouse is rumor, conjecture, accepted urban myth of Los Angeles since the 1980s in this world. Excellent! See, now I understand why they’re able to get away with their glob trotting shenanigans! They’re like the Illuminati or something. It’s too stupid to be real!

“Oh it’s happening, there’s one thing people will always need is slaves.” Says one woman.

Another speculates about not having to remember and says if she didn’t have to remember, she’s sign on the dotted line in a heartbeat.

Helo, meanwhile, has recovered a video tape of Dushku, last episode in fact, but I was too bored to mention it. He then has a confrontation with Romo Lamkin from BSG, who is playing an FBI agent who is lazily solving crime.

Back at the Dollhouse Puzzle Palace, Sierra sits by herself, while Dushku and Troika wonder why she’s sitting alone.

Troika walks over to her and puts his hand on her shoulder and she screams and throws herself out of her chair. It’s a really wrenching scene evoking a confrontation with abuse.

Later on, Dr. Sexy Scars says Sierra has had sex (called it). And creepily, she also says that Troika “Likes to play,” and Sierra’s handler is livid about it. Which makes him a suspect.

Back to Helo. Helo is finally doing what I’ve been saying he should do for five episodes: follow the money.

Hell yeah! All of the sudden this show doesn’t suck! Sweet! Even the way this episode is shot is an improvement. The angles are tighter, the lighting is much more dynamic, and the editing makes a ton more sense.

Also, Helo has a date! With the super cute girl next door! Woooo! The exchange really great dialogue about dating and people and it’s so smooth!

Helo has a plan. Apparently it involves catching Patton Oswald having sex with Eliza Dushku. Helo, being a bad-ass with cherry on top, gets the drop of Oswald’s body guards as Dushku pulls up in a nice car with her happy homemaker/working girl program in full swing. Helo makes his way inside a very nice house and catches up with Oswald in the kitchen, and then he sees Dushku!

And then the super depressing opening credits.

Then we have a more documentary footage. Somebody’s grand father says “If they’d have had it in my day, I would have had Betty Grable every night!” HA!

Another woman says if she should have a doll and there was no consequences, then she would. . . .totally not tell you! HA!

Back to Helo! Great pacing so far, this really should have been the pilot.

He’s confronting Oswald on the whole “You have a Dushku in your kitchen,” thing, and Dushku is freaking out, because she instantly jumped to the conclusion that the reason this FBI agent in their kitchen is because her husband has done porn.

Then one of Oswald’s body guard’s runs in a tasers the crap out of Helo, and Dushku asks “Is this a porn man!?” and Oswald says “There is no porn!”

This is the kind of exchange and context the show was lacking before, and Dushku plays flustered really well.

Then Helo, despite being recently tased, elbows the Porn Man body guard in the face, and kicks Oswald in the solar plexus. Then he drops another body guard with ease; it was like Bruce Lee vs. the captain of the High School swim team. The third guard actually took a year or so of martial arts, and takes more than three seconds to take down. Listen here, folks, this is Helo! He is a man given super-strength, speed, and agility not by science, but by faith in the rightness of his mission.

Harry J. Lennix shows up and yanks Dushku out of there before things get really nuts.

Patton Oswald, does a fine job of being nerdy but sinister here.

Helo asks about the Dollhouse.

“It’s pink, and it opens up and there’s teeny furniture and you put the boy doll on top of the girl doll and we learn about urges.” Says Oswald. Helo throws the table between and does the classic tough-guys sit on chairs backwards thing.

“What’s her name?” Helo asks.

“Rebecca. She told you.” Says Oswald.

“Really, how do you know Rebecca?”

“We’ve been married for seven years.”

“That’s your fantasy?” Helo asks. They have a great conversation about fantasy, and Oswald is a godsend in this episode as a not-quite-villain with a degree of depth and understanding and an intensity about him that lends a lot weight to what he’s saying.

“There’s no room for a real girl when you can feel Caroline (Dushku) beckoning, is there?”

And back at the Puzzle Palace, Lennix is talking with Troika’s handler about all kinds of things, and it seeps into the realm of victim blaming and situation blaming, and it’s another improvement to anything Lennix has said to Topher.

Meanwhile, Topher the Tech and Dr. Sexy Scars are trying to figure out if Troika actually had sex with Sierra, or what she actually meant by “He likes to pretend we’re married.” Which sounds really creepy.

A brief aside here: this entire subplot is welcomed creepiness. It gives me all the things I’d been hoping for; addressing the weirdness and unpleasantness of the memory erasure while at the same time acknowledging the basic humanity of the characters and in addition, addressing issues of violence against, well, children. As we know, the Dolls are like children when they are tabula rasa. Creepy!

Back to Patton Oswald, who is describing why he hires a doll, to pretend that she is his wife. His wife died trying to make it to the house he had just bought. She was killed in a car accident on the way there. It’s very affecting, and establishes further that moral gray area we needed for this show’s characters.

The police sirens are in the distance and Oswald let’s Helo know that he’s got nothing. The doll is gone, Oswald owns the house, and Helo is trespassing, after he committed assault on several employees from Rent-A-Goon.com.

“First hurdle in my business is the people who will not accept the change when it’s already happened.” And “Go ahead, go and live in your real world! If you ever did!” Oswald spouts.

Then, quietly, bitterly, Oswald says “Happy anniversary.” and sips his champagne.

More man on the street! What a great device this is! It certainly makes the show seem far less braindead.

One young lady suggests that it could be a potentially beautiful thing to be with a doll and another woman with a baby carriage says it’s human trafficking, plane and simple. This really could have been the pilot with a little tinkering.

Then Lennix is looking around the puzzle palace for . . . something. I guarantee he’s going to find evidence that Sierra’s handler is a rapist or something. He calls his bosses, and says to take Victor off the floor and his handler.

Security comes and gets Victor and his handler. There is something sinister about the whole thing.

Really, this is misdirection. The person who engages in victim blaming, Victor’s handler, doesn’t want to accept the fact that abuses can happen, but that doesn’t make them an abuser per se. Just an enabler.

Helo has a date, and he tries to be nice even though he’s just beat the hell out of half a platoon of body guards and such. His sweet girl-next-door neighbor is trying to be comforting, but it mostly just turns awkward.

Then back to the Puzzle Palace. Spoiler: Sierra’s handler clearing intends to bone her, (called that!) because of course, he’s a bad bad man. And then Lennix knocks his ass through a window! Things that will never get old for $200: If Dollhouse does more of this it may last it’s entire run before cancellation. What is watching rapists get punched in the face so hard they fly through plate glass?

Lennix set up Troika’s handler to take the fall so Sierra’s handler would feel like he was safe, because as you know, Lennix’s character used to be cop, and knows how to get scumbags to act like scumbags.

In Olivia Williams office a little later (What’s up girl?! Where you been at?) Lennix is reprimanded for taking action on his own, and then given a bonus.

LENNIX: I don’t need a bonus

WILLIAMS: Well I need to give it to you. That’s all.

LENNIX: Ms. Dewitt.

Once again, this episode actually gives the characters reactions and skills that make sense within their background, when they’re background isn’t changing ever episode. Then again, if the dolls were written as well as the regular non-erasable characters this show would be great. I blame Topher, as I do for everything.

Olivia Williams talks with the head of security about this that and other thing, including the fact that they have a camera in Helo’s apartment. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to feel like they’re evil; but instead I tsk Helo for not sweeping his place for bugs on a regular basis.

The head of security asks Williams is she has an exit strategy and points out that a) a handler was abusing one of the actives (but I don’t know, I think that if the consequence of that is going to be a old fashioned Chicago beat-down by H.J. Lennix, the other handlers will think twice) and b) Helo is actually not a retarded federal money waster and will get to the bottom of this thing unless stopped.

Williams higher-ups are again mentioned. Williams wants Sierra’s handler brought to her; which sounds really sinister. And then she icily mentions a second date between Dushku and Helo.

We have another documentary interview in which a guy, with his girlfriend standing right there, goes on about how some guys might like to check it out and by it, of course I mean a one night stand with another dude. But he specifies “nothing queeny.” Which is hysterical.

Then it’s to Topher the Tech, who appears to actually be doing some work for once, rather than shamming like the King Bullshitter he is, and he’s trying to engineer a “gorgeous but deadly” sort of personality type. Control freaks apparently don’t make great fighters. Lennix pops in to say hi and Topher whines that he’s in his “process,” boo-hoo, douche bag. You talk to Harry J. Lennix.

Dushku’s going on a date, and Lennix is on lock down for 48 hours (“min”), and the have a nice little chat about Lennix’s skills at police work, and Lennix rolls out to chill.

Topher implants Dushku with the lovely/lethal thing he was cooking up (almost literally, as he uses a ton of cooking metaphors). Then we cut to Williams’ dealing with Sierra’s handler.

It’s a fairly well acted and executed scene, and Sierra’s handler uses just about every classic evil man line in the book from vague homophobic invective to “she was asking for it” clothing criticism.

“You put her under some fat old Emir, (and just a dash of Xenophobia!) it makes it better because she thinks she’s in love for all of a day? We’re in the business of using people!”

Williams says, “What’s the best use for someone like you?” And then she tasks him with killing Helo’s neighbor (You guys called that).

Then we cut to Helo’s neighbor in the throws of coitus, and then there’s yet another well done conversation about not being clingy in which Helo adorably faux-sulks about not being a piece of meat.

“Is this the part when you dress me up and use me as bait, because those movies never end well. . .” she asks. Oh god! No! Don’t kill the adorable Neighbor Chef!

Helo goes down to the local Chinese food shop, and thinks he sees Dushku in kitchen. He wanders in there and since she’s been been programmed with Topher’s La Femme Nikita Neopolitan, she completely owns a guy who can lay the smack down on nearly everyone else he crosses.

Then another man on the street tells us we’re being brainwashed. Wait for them to tell you what to buy.

And then a fight scene! Woo! Helo realizes he can’t really hold back against a female who had been created by Joss Whedon, other wise he’d be killed. So this set piece is a brawl and a half with frying pans and cooking pots and suplexes onto automobiles.

After that Dushku let’s Helo know 1. There over 20 Dollhouses in cities around the world 2. Someone, a “man on the inside” haX0red Duskhu’s personality to let Helo know the entire score, which means Topher is either an idiot or actually as good he wants to people to think he is 3. He will be contacted again.

Then she gets Helo to shoot a cop who responding to a noise disturbance. Dude, like damn! “Noise disturbance” this officer thinks. Turns the corner and gets a bullet in the shoulder. That’s gotta be a WTF moment.

And now we have a classical music-over violence scene in which The Cute Neighbor Chef girl gets thrown around like a rag doll as Helo runs slower than we know he is capable of for dramatic purposes.

The Chef is prone and Sierra’s handler is on top her. Then Williams calls and over the answering machine says “There are three flowers in the vase, the third flower is green.” And the chef lays a smackdown on Sierra’s handler that would make Lennix proud. Williams then says “There are three flowers in the vase, the third flower is yellow.” And the chef turns into a normal girl who is terrified of scary men dressed all in black. I had been hoping that The Chef wasn’t a doll, but the reveal was good enough to make me happy. Helo gives her just killed-a-man with her bare hands snuggles and the audience gets kind bummed that all of her adorableness and cooking skills are part of a program. Very sad.

Then we have a college professor type who says if this technology exists, it’s world wide and as a species humanity no longer matters.

Then Helo turns in his gun and badge after being suspended. Very sad.

Williams and the Head of Security discuss their seemingly air-tight plan. Sierra’s handler turned up as a floater carved up by the Russian mob, Helo no longer has government backing. Well done.

The head of security says it was a well played hand. Williams, who I’m positive can make anything sound sexy at this point says “I played a very bad hand very well, there’s a distinction.”

Sierra’s had the abuse wiped from her memory, which is probably for the best.

Williams talks to Dushku about a drawing she’s making. Dushku says it isn’t finished. Williams is visibly taken aback, and sends Dushku back to Oswald to complete the house fantasy.

Summary:

1.Someone’s either been reading my blog, or I’m just awesome because is what I’ve been saying this show should have been all along.

2.So I guess I will watch it regularly, now that BSG is over.

3.I’m going to take this as the Empire Strikes back after the crappy New Hope fluff that was the previous five episodes. We’ve established all the characters at this point, so I guess it’s really time to rock and roll. I feel sort of bad that the show was really just atrocious for five episodes, and that may be it’s downfall, but we’ve gone from The Six Million Dollar Man to Blade Runner meets the X-Files.

4.Joss Whedon his own self wrote this episode. It either speaks to his talent or every one else’s hackery. Next weeks episode is written by Elizabeth Craft, who apparently wrote for The Shield and Angel however her other episode of this show, Grey Hour (Episode 4) was painfully dull. I mean, when a show has multiple writers, generally, someone needs to smooth out the scripts and quality control them so the mesh better. Right now the show has been wildly un-even in terms of quality. IE this episode was great, while the rest were terrible, and actually look worse by comparison to this one.

5.Seriously, whoa. Everything about this episode was head and shoulders above anything we’ve seen so far. Tighter editing, crisper characterization, and grand-scheme overarching plot moves forward at a break neck pace.

6.“F Bitch I” is a great put down.

7.“The judge will throw the Kindle at you.” We’re living in modern times baby!

20090321

DollHouse Episode 5: Not even worth writing a full post

-We get to meet the senator that keeps Dollhouse under the radar. He’s gotta be a smooth dude considering all the logistics that he’s managed to conceal from whatever senate sub committee he answers to.

-Funny exchange:

FBI LADY: Then you know that I have plenty of faces to scan for people much more impressive than you.

HELO: But not as charming.

FBI LADY: Was that supposed to be flirting?

HELO: I think so, it’s been awhile. Did I mention I was shot?

-So they blind Echo temporarily; and implant a camera in head or something. Wow that’s stupid. Seriously. Topher says something douchy, like he does. Next they send her to join this cult that senator asked them to infiltrate. Blind jokes and biblical references ensue. At least I like biblical references because I get most of them.

-Harry J. Lennix is a private contractor; who sells being a bad-ass.

-12 minutes before the opening credits. Could we get rid of those please? Really depressing.

-So the FBI face finder says she’s got no hits.

-Apparently Victor (Troika Gangster) gets an erection, and Topher acts like he’s in middle school, and apparently in the doll state they have no hormones. Which makes no sense. Dr. Sexy Scars says they have to watch all the security tapes to check for more erections. Ha-Ha Topher. Later on Olivia Williams orders him scrubbed and closely monitored. This is a HUGE mistake. Any organization that devotes any time to preventing consensual sex is wasting time and money, but whatever.

-Helo sees Dushku on T.V. So close! Heads down to Arizona, where the ATF agent in charge makes following the rules look like an evil thing to do.

-“God has message for you and it’s MOVE YOUR ASS!!”

-Then one of the cultists spits in Dushku’s face for ruining his faith. So she clocks him hard. Someone else rescues him, but I think she was just gonna leave him for being a punk. She also gets smacked around a lot.

-Icy British ladies are the hotness.

20090309

DollHouse Episode 4: Why On Earth Am I Watching This?

Ladies and Gentleman! Before your very eyes may be the last Dollhouse post I make! Will I quit in disgust? Will just stop overanalyzing a show that doesn’t give me any credit to begin with? Will Joss Whedon finally give the internship I clearly deserve?

So we are at a snow capped mountain Chalet, and we hear a woman moaning and panting and oh-godding . . . and she’s delivering a baby.

Apparently Dushku has been programmed as a mid-wife. Professional mid-wives are quite expensive by my understanding of the qualifications and these people got a mid-wife from Dollhouse, which had to be a hojillion, which judging from their house they could just throw away on the most evil organization this side of S.C.U.M. from James Bond, Jr.

I have absolutely no idea why this was the intro, except perhaps to tell the audience that rich people have babies and aren’t all bad or that Dushku’s character can be implanted with skills other than kicking ass and porn-star stamina, but I don’t think anyone cares either way.

Back to the Dollshouse, Echo gets erased and goes to the DH chow hall for some food, and sits down with The Human Gazelle and Troika and they have a conversation that isn’t as bland as people with no memory should have.

Topher the Tech freaks out because they’re sitting together for the third time, calling it “grouping” and instinctual survival patterns. Harry J. Lennix, who probably figured out Topher was a douche factory sometime ago, doesn’t see it as an issue. If it’s instinct, why is he so concerned? Topher the Tech is not only a douche, I get the feeling he doesn’t actually know what he’s doing or talking about most of the time.

Olivia Williams has a new client, and he has a three dollar Russian accent, despite his name being Diakos, he is looking for someone for a job.

She gets a call and we see Troika’s file on the desk, and she’s really nervous because apparently there’s always someone higher on the food chain. She says he, and I assume she means Helo, needs closure.

Dushku is wearing the almost an entire calf worth of leather. And she’s a hooker, apparently. She flirting with some guy while his two friends look on and look nervous, they’re told by Security to take up to the room.

Then she’s running down the hall “OMG! MEN ARE EVIL!!!” pounding on doors and what not. She makes it to the Security Guard, who is cartoonishly large to start with, and Dushku makes it look like Andre the Giant trying to teach the 3rd grade.

He brings her downstairs and offers her a bribe of ten grand. She knocks it off the table, disgusted because they didn’t imprint her about the current economy. The security guy leans down to get the money and puts a knee square in his forehead, knocking him out.

What I said last week about it never getting old? Yeah, it’s kind of getting old. Guess it’s all about timing.

So then she calls her people and says she’s in. Ha! Joke is on you Security Guy! You fell for it because Dushku is a tiny girl! You fool!

Then we have the ever depressing opening credits. After a full ten minutes of show.

On with the show!

Those three guys who hurt Dushku in the beginning? Turns out they were in on this clever little ruse as well and they are totally going to rob this place. It’s a little clever. Until they start trying to converse, they have conversation about how this is a “No Kill” job or something. I know it’s supposed to sound bad-ass, but it sounds stupid.

Dushku’s imprint’s name is Taffy, and she’s a firecracker apparently. They blow the vault and go inside, where rare and valuable works of art and pieces of antiquity (their distinction, not mine) are secretly stored.

I’m trying really hard to watch this episode without stopping to read something interesting, but it’s very difficult. Note to people who make TV, if you’re show makes reading seem exciting, I believe you have failed.

So they’re going to steal the Parthenon, or some part of it.

And Helo! Our favorite agent is in that post healing depression, when you’re released from the hospital but still aren’t a 100%, and everything in your normal life is hindered by your injury. He opens his latest prescription and. . . notices there’s someone in the room with him! He wheels around and aims his weapon into the shadows, mostly because that’s his best bet. It’s Troika, who is in bad shape.

Apparently Troika is on a hit list or something, and tells Helo that he just got anonymous call from someone who sound like they were from Georgia. “Russia Georgia, not Sweet Home Georgia,” because apparently Troika is on of the few people in Russia who didn’t hear the Leningrad Cowboys rendition of Sweet Home Alabama over and over and over in the late 90’s.

“Alabama,” said Helo. Troika claims America is confusing and blah blah, I’m just a silly dumb immigrant. You know every time a character is irritating or unbelievable? I’m going to blame Topher the Tech for not doing his home work.

Back at the vault the bald nerdy guy is having a field day with all the stuff, and once he finds the chunk of the Parthenon, he bolts, but not before stabbing Duskhu’s computer tech with vaguely sword like piece of iron.

He slams the door behind him and pretty much screws Dushku and her unwitting subcontractors to the wall.

Dushku calls Harry J. Lennix (Where the hell have you been dude?) and tells him baldy made off with their objet d’art and without it, she doesn’t have a happy client. There was also some conversation about how the client is Greece or something, but once again it was dull and stupid and I had to pick up a book and read for a few minutes to keep from falling asleep.

Then, a weird noise comes up over the phone and Taffy Dushku becomes Dollhouse Dushku, the tabula rasa, as Olivia Williams calls it in every “previously on Dollhouse” intro.

And cut to Topher the Tech, who is being a dick to one of his interns, insisting she go secure pizza rolls and ice cream or something. As he is explaining to his intern, who is Asian and that’s probably why he hired her, about all the stuff he would surely teach her if she were more patient (which is horseshit, Topher barely knows his job and uses big words and misdirection to obscure that fact.)

As he’s explaining that he “breaks” his intern down “and then build ya back” a monitor in the background starts bleeping with “clearly not good stuff” Alpha patterns and what not are clearly in a state of flux. Or something. Topher the Tech prevents himself from saying “I have no idea what that means,” which I’m sure was his first instinct, and instead says “Uh-oh.”

Cut back to Dushku who is in a fetal position on the floor. The show’s at 22 minutes in, and I am so god damned bored. I started trying to write this thing at 0900, it is now 1105.

Oh wait, Harry J. Lennix has just caught up with the bald double crosser. This is going to be good.

“You drop it I shoot you, then you don’t paid or breath.” Nice.

The guy tries to drop the bag hard enough to put Lennix off balance, and in addition to being an excellent shot, Lennix can apparently bench a ton as well. He shoots the dude, barely.

Back to Topher the Tech, who insists he’s not an idiot while the Head of Dollhouse Security is, probably rightly so, sure that Topher fucked up somewhere. The listen to the call, and oh noes! It was a remote wipe! Topher the Tech says “I could not have seen this coming, this is not my fault!”

I really hate Topher the Tech.

He compares getting wiped to being born in terms of trauma, and while the Dollhouse minimizes this with “throw pillows and perfectly crunchy lettuce; there’s no conflict, but out there it’s all fluorescent lights and forceps.” (What a nasty image that is!)

Cut back to the vault, one of the robbers is trying to force Dushku back into Taffy mode, which isn’t working.

Meanwhile, back at the Dollhouse, they imprint the Human Gazelle with Taffy’s personality (Fans of Richard K. Morgan know this as “double sleaving”)

Back to the vault, where some boring stuff is taking place. I know it’s supposed to fascinating to watch the wiped Dushku discuss the meaning of art with a man who is bleeding to death. Is there nothing on this Earth more boring than listening to people discussing art? It’s also a little pointless. . . like this show.

Back to Dollhouse, where Taffy the Human Gazelle is none too pleased that Parthenon job apparently went to . . . someone else. My sincerest praise for the actress who plays the Gazzelle, as she carries herself with as much panache as Dushku did when she was Taffy. I really do get the impression that it’s the same person, and that’s really to her credit.

Then Olivia Williams convinces her by being border line flirtatious in a very British-sexy sort of way.

Then back to Topher the Tech, who is losing his mind and is certain that it’s a conspiracy that hacked his system and stole the wipe signal or something. He’s sure it’s multi-pronged conspiracy, after he babbles some neurological words like they make sense in computer terms.

Naturally if it would have taken that many people to make this happen, we know it was in fact, Alpha, Dollhouse’s “most mysterious hooker.”

Topher calls Lennix and tells him what’s going on. Lennix calls Williams and asked “WTF?!” Williams tells him things might not go so well, and warns him to mentally prepare for the worst.

Lennix says fuck all that, and has his bald prisoner draw him a map. Meanwhile Taffy Gazzelle says she needs to use the phone. And inside the vault, they’re sure to come up with an escape plan soon. I sure hope it’s interesting.

Back to Topher the Tech, who blames Umio Takahashi, a hacker in Tokyo, and says that if his plan had worked Topher would no longer be “Number 1 Son,” and I suspect I can add vague cutesy racism to the list of reasons I don’t like Topher.

Back the Vault, Gazelle Taffy is talking Wiped Dushku through getting out of the vault. It fails and the alarm is triggered and security shows up. Meanwhile Lennix is on the case, and rescues Dushku and her perforated computer tech. Yay!

Back at Helo’s apartment, Troika has been waiting for hours. Helo returns and tells him, ha-ha, I’m not giving you a new identity, I just put you on every BOLO from here to New York. Ha!

Troika is scared and tells Helo as much. Helo then delivers one of the finest lines of his character in particular and the show in general. “I don’t want you die, but if you do: a lot to learn from a dead body. I know how the Russians kill. I know they’re favorite weapons, I know where to look for bruises. I know which body parts they like to chop off and what message they want a body to send . . . if your body shows up and tells a different story, well, that’ll give me information too.”

Troika is scared.

“I’m a screw up, remember? My CI shows up dead nobody’s going to blink.”

Damn that’s ruthless! I love a good guy who’s ruthless! It’s also some damned fine work on Helo’s part, except that they’ll just retire Troika’s Russian gangster personality, which I suppose could be taken as a commentary on how it’s nearly impossible for law enforcement to do their job when it comes to powerful corporations, but I’m quite tired of giving this show that much credit.

Williams stares at the chunk of the Parthenon, and says they can have the antiquities dealer as well when they deliver the piece to the people. Then Topher the Tech shows up to ask if he’s fired, (which I goddamned well would have done a while ago), and it turns out his security clearance is being upped. Apparently you can fail up in private illegal enterprise. She’s going to tell him about Alpha the Mystery Hooker and he’s going to find a way to bring him down. Good luck with that.

Dushku draws the painting she saw in the vault in the steam on the mirror. The end!


Summary:

1. Every time I’ve mentioned this show in the past few days, people have always thought I was talking about the play by Henrick Ibsen. That’s probably for the best.

2. There are, or have been, at least 22 dolls by my count.

3. As I said, The Dollhouse is more or less a reprehensible enterprise, and I’m rooting for Alpha, even as he appears to enjoy sitting naked on his coffee table while planning the destruction of Olivia Williams and her business.

4. In the first season of the new Battlestar Galactica, I realized the show could be a master thesis on warfare and it’s effects on nearly every aspect of a society. Up until the middle of the fourth season, that was mostly true. I have no idea what this shows "master thesis" could possibly be, it's so all over the place.

5. The heist stuff in this show was stupid. I would imagine it was because it was very “girl” centric as most of the show is. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a woman professional thief, professional assassins and the like aren’t actually that different from the men in their field. There might be mild variations in style and quality, but it’s comparing Delicious Red Apples to Washington Apples. End of the day they get the apple job done.

6. I’m going to start watching this show called “In Plain Sight” as it’s about an adult woman who very good at her job, which apparently involves less cute and more ass kicking.

7. I'm not entirely sure I should keep doing this, as it wasn't any fun this time around, but this episode was terrible.