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(Transcript) Dollhouse 1.06 - Echo & Paul confrontation scene

27th March 2009 (23:16)

I've just been re-watching last week's episode, and because the scene between Paul and Echo in the alley seems so important to the ongoing season plot arc, I thought it would be useful to transcribe it. Makes it easier to quote and refer to.

Also, was I the only one who wanted to give this particular anonymous imprint of Echo the name "Faith"? :-)

 


ECHO: The Dollhouse is real. They know you're after them. They're going to have you taken off the case, that's why they sent me.

PAUL: Why are you telling me this?

ECHO: We have a person inside. This person corrupted the imprint while the programmer wasn't looking. Added this parameter.

PAUL: Is this the person that sent me the tapes and the picture?

ECHO: No. This is their first communication. Security inside is very tight.

PAUL: Where is it?

ECHO: You can't know that. You're going about this the wrong way.

PAUL: I have to take down the Dollhouse.

ECHO: There are over twenty Dollhouses, in cities around the world. They have ties to every major political power on the planet. You cannot possibly stop them alone.

PAUL: You're gonna help me?

ECHO: The person that sent this message is.

PAUL: Why?

ECHO: The Dollhouse deals in fantasy. That is their business. But that is not their purpose.

PAUL: What is?

ECHO: We need you to find out. We'll contact you again; if possible with this same body. But you have to let the Dollhouse win. Make them back off. You have to trust me.

Echo hands over the gun... then twists Paul's arm around as a policeman draws closer.

ECHO: He's got a gun!

*Bang*

ECHO: You have to go now. He'll live. You'll be blamed. The engagement is over, they'll never know I spoke to you.

PAUL: No!

ECHO: You have to go! They don't want to kill you but they will protect the information.

PAUL: Call the ambulance! Officer down! You can't just--

ECHO: They will protect the information. They don't want you dead but anyone else...

PAUL: Mellie...!

 

Comments

Posted by: Jonathan Korman (jonathankorman)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 01:10 (UTC)

That is their business. But that is not their purpose.

That bit sure hit me like a ton of bricks. It's difficult to imagine opening up more plot profundity in just ten words: you could easily milk that for three seasons' worth of mystery without having it pad it out. You could spend the a whole season just getting to an answer about whether Ms DeWitt told Topher to program Echo to say that ...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 02:02 (UTC)

I know. The moment I heard that I thought "We've just been told the overarcing plot of the rest of the series!"

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 09:24 (UTC)

Yes, the episode opens up the concept and creates a universe. So many setups for the next season. Joel Myner rocks. I hope that Joss is zeroing in on making him a regular or a recurring in the second season. Mr. Bouncy-the-Rat can work as a truth-teller, on the character development front. He can be great help to Paul, with his wealth, computer skills etc. Besides, he's so royally screwed-up. :)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 06:48 (UTC)
faith S4 puppy

No. You weren't the only one :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 12:04 (UTC)

Typecasting is bad. :-)

(I had the same problem watching her in fight scenes in 'Tru Calling')

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 09:15 (UTC)

Also, was I the only one who wanted to give this particular anonymous imprint of Echo the name "Faith"? :-)

My biggest hope is for DVD bonuses with goofs and outtakes. I can imagine Joss saying "Less Rebecca Myner, more Faith, Eliza!"

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th March 2009 12:02 (UTC)

Have you seen Eliza's personal website? It's not particularly great - I get the impression she started it then abandoned it, because several things don't work and it's not been updated recently. But in her personal bio she does say "I never was as tough as Faith. But neither was she!"

http://s223519731.onlinehome.us/BDL/about/

(Warning; my virus checker alerted me when I went to that link just now about a "low risk threat". Maybe the site's been hacked?)

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