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"Briar Rose" is the eleventh episode of Dollhouse. It was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Dwight Little. The episode aired on May 1, 2009 on Fox.


Production on "Briar Rose" started on January 12, 2009.


Ballard's investigation leads him to the agoraphobic designer of the Dollhouse (guest star Alan Tudyk), and the story of “Sleeping Beauty” foreshadows Echo’s future, while allowing her to help a young girl deal with her traumatic past.

Adelle looks to the Attic in search of answers, while Alpha reveals himself to set his end game in motion.


Active Client Alias Personality Mission
Alpha Alpha Stephen Kepler Environmental designer Conceal identity and infiltrate the Dollhouse
Echo Topher Brink Susan Counselor Help a young girl through her childhood trauma
Echo Alpha Crystal Lover A familiar identity for Alpha to easily manipulate
November In House Mellie Paul Ballard's neighbor Discover what Paul Ballard knows of the Dollhouse
Sierra In House Gerhardt FBI forensic analyst Investigate a murder victim found in Tuscon, Arizona
Whiskey In House Claire Saunders Scarred Physician loyal to the cause House Physician
Victor In House Laurence Dominic Former Head of Dollhouse Security, NSA Mole Open a locked flash drive presumably sent by the NSA (actually sent by Alpha)



"Built so well, misdirected with skill, setup for next week ideally. This is superb television. More please."
The TV Critic's Review
"“Briar Rose” did everything a penultimate episode should do: Threw a lot of good energy on the main plot, sprung a couple big revelations, and sent us hard-charging into the finale."
A.V. Club Recap
"In short: color me excited for how this is all going to end."
Zap2it Recap
"Smart, packed with witty banter and bursting with tension, "Briar Rose" is another example of what "Dollhouse" can be. Let's just hope Fox give the series another chance."
Airlock Alpha Recap

Briar Rose was ranked #4 on TIME Magazine's Top TV Episodes of 2009.


"Briar Rose" reached 3.062 million viewers, a 1.9/3 Rating/Share, a 1.1/4 Rating/Share in the 18-49 demographic and a 1.4/4 Rating/Share in the 25-54 demographic.

The quarter-hour breakdown:

Time Period Rating/Share Rating/Share (18-49)
9:01 PM–9:15 PM 2.0/4 1.1/4
9:15 PM–9:30 PM 1.8/3 1.1/4
9:30 PM–9:45 PM 1.8/3 1.1/4
9:45 PM–10:00 PM 1.9/3 1.2/4


Main cast[]

Recurring roles[]

Guest starring[]

  • Hannah Leigh Dworkin as Susan
  • Judith Moreland as Renee

Promotional Photos[]

External links[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Seidman, Robert (May 2, 2009). Updated Friday Ratings: Dollhouse sinks again, Ghost Whisperer wins again. TV by the Numbers.