|"Meet Jane Doe"|
|Season 2, Episode 7|
|Airdate:||December 11, 2009 (US)|
|Written By:||Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Andrew Chambliss|
|Directed By:||Dwight Little|
|Dollhouse Episode Guide|
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"Meet Jane Doe" is the 7th episode of the second season of Dollhouse and the 20th episode overall. It was written by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Andrew Chambliss and directed by Dwight Little. It aired on December 11, 2009.
After her entanglements with Senator Perrin and the Washington, D.C. Dollhouse, Echo finds herself out in the world-at-large as she struggles to control her multiple memory downloads. Topher discovers the dangers of science that will have devastating effects on the future, while Adelle engages in a power struggle with Harding, and Boyd gets a mysterious phone call.
We open with Topher declaring that he won't "trust another woman as long as I live." Apparently, his experience with Bennett in D.C. still haunts him. "She totally went all Cylon on me," he explains. Boyd and Adelle, in the meantime, desperately need to find Echo. "Even if it's in a ditch somewhere," Adelle says. Speak of the Doll, Echo, filthy and hungry, gets caught stealing from a grocery store. To her credit, she was trying to provide food for a Spanish-speaking woman whose food stamps were rudely turned away by the clerk. The cops arrive and end up in a heap after Echo unleashes the high-kicking the fury upon them. She flees, but the illegal immigrant is arrested.
THREE MONTHS LATER. Echo, cleaned up and looking fine, is working as a nurse at a hospital. Her new name is Jane. Echo/Jane goes to visit someone in the area jail as part of her nursing duties. It turns out to be none other than the food-stamp woman, who is handled roughly by the same cop that Echo beat up once upon a time. Luckily, the cop doesn't recognize the newly minted nurse. In Spanish, Echo assures the woman that she will help her. Echo then hands her a vial of pills. "I'll be back," she says.
Later that night, Echo returns to her apartment. Out of the darkness comes Paul. Echo immediately takes him down. He gets up smiling, though. Apparently, it was only a drill. "Next time don't wait for the attack," he says. "Take the offensive like we've been practicing." She smiles back. Turns out the two have been playing house. Echo explains that her 36 personas over the years have come in handy in terms of medical training and linguistics. She also tells Paul that it's their last night together as a couple. "If I can get Galena out, that means I'm ready," she says. "It's time to go back to the Dollhouse." Paul seems disappointed. Over dinner, they discuss her true identity -- whatever it might be. "I'm not her!" Echo says of Caroline. "My name is Echo!" We'll see.
Cut back to the lab, where Topher and Adelle discuss the many new improvements around the office. Adelle wants to know what Harding has put into place. Just then, Harding enters and extols the virtues of Topher's new technologies. He then turns to Adelle. "Don't you have a ghost to chase?" Harding sneers. Ouch. Boyd, meanwhile, gets a call from Paul. "I'm bringing her in soon," Paul says while Echo is showering. "I think her headaches are getting worse -- she's deteriorating." Echo then enters and asks who is on the phone. "Boyd," Paul says. "He's ready when we are."
Cut to the prison, where nurse Jane/Echo examines Galena. The woman is nearly comatose. Echo blames head trauma, but it is clearly the result of the pills she gave Galena the day before. Echo then administers a shot, warning Galena in Spanish that it will severely slow her heart rate. Indeed, Echo is soon able to convince the abusive guards that their punching bag is dead. Just as Echo wheels the woman out of the prison, though, she suddenly sits up and GASPS. The medication has worn off! The guard recoils -- then narrows his eyes at Echo: "What the hell are you up to?"
Cut to the L.A. Dollhouse, where Harding introduces Adelle to the head of the new Dubai operation. Harding explains that the "cream of the crop" Actives will be transferred to Dubai. Later, in the elevator, Boyd urges Adelle to take back the L.A. Dollhouse from Harding. But how? Topher, meanwhile, introduces his remote wipe gun. "You only need to be within 50 yards of the Active," he explains. He demonstrates on a surly young woman who suddenly becomes docile. Harding applauds and then explains that Sierra will be transferred to Dubai. Topher doesn't look so happy anymore.
Echo, in the meantime, is in trouble. She and Galena are being held in a cell. Echo, like a sexy MacGyver, uses the underwire from her bra to pick the lock. Once again, she busts the guards skulls before "remembering" how to disable the electronic lock that leads outside. They hop on a motorcycle and peel out! The lead guard is about to follow when Paul appears, claiming to be an FBI agent investigating prison abuses. That stops the guard cold, allowing our ladies to escape. Back at L.A. Dollhouse, Adelle confronts Topher. The geek explains that he thinks Harding and the other Dollhouses -- specifically D.C. -- are trying to develop a very dangerous toy. "I think they're trying to build a portable device that will be able to imprint anyone -- without any Active architecture in place," he says. In other words, everyday civilians could suddenly have new personalities. Even worse, Topher has the blueprints for such a device. "This is something that Harding must never know," says a seemingly aghast Adelle.
Cut to Echo saying goodbye to Galena, who thanks Echo for all her help before leaving with a new identity. Echo says she's ready and Paul warns her that what they just pulled off was a test run and that it's going to be a lot harder once they get back to the Dollhouse. Echo pulls Paul and kisses him. He's barely responsive and then suddenly it turns passionate. Echo begs him to have sexr just once when it's just the two of them and Paul questions if it really is just the two of them. She stops and sadly agrees that it's not.
Boyd enters and asks Echo if she is ready to come home.
Topher goes to look for his blueprints where he hid them and finds them missing. Adelle has taken them directly to Harding, getting her Dollhouse back in the process. Topher yells at her, saying that he couldn't believe she would hand over those plans and calling her the coldest bitch on the planet. Adelle smacks Topher in response, telling him he is off programming and warning him to follow every single one of her commands as if they were his heart's deepest desire. She tells him that she rules the house and she won't let anyone challenge that ever again.
Just then, Paul and Boyd enter with Echo. Paul says that he'd spent the last week nursing Echo back to health and that she's having headaches. Topher says he'll do what he can about the headaches with her treatment and Adelle stops him. She says that Echo Will have to tolerate the headaches even longer because Echo needs to be in solitary and will get no treatments until she approves them. Adelle then tells Echo menacingly that it's good to have her back.
- Eliza Dushku as Echo
- Harry Lennix as Boyd Langton
- Fran Kranz as Topher Brink
- Tahmoh Penikett as Paul Ballard
- Enver Gjokaj as Victor
- Dichen Lachman as Sierra
- and Olivia Williams as Adelle DeWitt
- Anna Claudia Talacon as Galena
- Jonathan Del Arco as Mr. Caviezel
- Unknown actor as Talib Raj Amin
- Glenn Morshower as Sheriff Rand
- Kevin Linehan as Deputy Merrick
- Maurissa Tancharoen as Kilo
Principal photography commenced on September 29th, 2009.
- Keith Carradine is billed as a Special Guest Star.
- This is the first episode of Season 2 since the premiere in which the entire main cast appear.
- "This is a good episode. It feels like the story which the show needed to tell from the start. The really interesting part is Echo moving away from Caroline and becoming her own person. Finally we have a reason to care about her, to feel sympathy and to see her evolution in terms of standard character development."
- ―The TV Critic review
Notes & References
- Gorman, Bill (December 14, 2009). Friday Broadcast Finals: Ugly Betty, Leno Down: Most Flat. TV by the Numbers.