When Wendy/Caroline [Ashley Johnson, whom you may remember as Chrissy Seaver from Growing Pains] said it, “I’m a bad ass!” it just confirmed the name change of this Friday night FOX show.
Next week is some “Epilogue” episode, I’m not sure what that means – but in advance, here’s a recap.
Caroline, a young, hot and idealistic college student, one day decided to listen to her professor (not sure who that is – it may have been mentioned “Echos” and I missed it) AND little miss “20-something” decided to FREE THE ANIMALS locked up in the college lab. The problem for Miss Caroline is that her college is pretty much owned by Rossum Corporation and what else does Rossum Corporation own? The Dollhouse. So when everything goes wrong – and her boyfriend is shot and killed – and they need someone to blame… CAROLINE!
She is given a choice. Go to jail forever and ever for being an overly, stereotypical, idealistic college student OR give up 5 years of your life to Rossum Corporation and become a “doll.”
Seeing that Caroline is just too pretty for prison – she realizes she’s pretty enough to become a doll! Upon joining the “dolls” in the L.A. underground location Caroline – now Echo – grabs the interest of the first ever doll – Alpha. Alpha, who was on the verge of becoming a serial killer before having his brain wiped clean, immediately grows attached to young Echo and decides that she should be the “Number One Doll” but the only problem is that Dr. Saunders – well, who WE know as Dr. Saunders – USED to be the Number One Doll. And after Alpha cut her, with bonsai tree sheers, she was of no more use, so they imprinted her with Dr. Saunders’ personality. (Who used to be a man.)
Meanwhile – there is this impetuous FBI agent who is after the Dollhouse. Upon seeing the image of Caroline he, just like the rest of the world, falls in love with her. Because, there is always a girl to save. He nearly loses his career as he scours the city in the attempt to find this elusive company that pimps out helpless men and women – prostituting them to the rich of the rich and the sick of the sick.
Through his journey he is always one step behind the Dollhouse, that is until someone inside the dollhouse puts messages in the imprints of the Dolls to let Paul Ballard know that he is right! The Dollhouse DOES exist!
These dolls include his neighbor Millie (who he was sleeping with in order to push Caroline out of his head) Caroline, who kicks his butt one night and later Victor, a man Agent Ballard thought was just an informant. Boy was HE wrong!
So it is true. All of L.A. are just mindless dolls.
Last night everything came to a head. Alpha, who of course is a genius, tricked Paul Ballard into bringing him INTO the dollhouse. Alpha wants one thing Echo and he wants to fill her head with ALL of her imprints making her BEYOND HUMAN!! Just. Like. Him!
Everything goes wrong when Alpha starts calling Echo Omega and tell Caroline/Echo/Omega to kill herself – so then she can be freeeee! She won’t do it – so Alpha kills Wendy the waitress who is imprinted with Caroline’s personality.
There’s a chase scene – Ballard and Boyd save Caroline. (Not that she needed them too – she is such a bad ass) and then Ballard starts working for the Dollhouse under one condition. Free the girl.
Which turns out to be Millie.
SO! In closing. Alpha is either dead or in the “attic.” Paul Ballard now works for the dollhouse – if you can’t beat ’em! Join ’em! Echo is back in her cage, whispering “Caroline” as the frosted bed cover closes. Millie is free…?
And next Friday is the epilogue for the show.
Maybe they should have just called it the “Eulogy.” If Dollhouse comes back, I’ll be surprised.