Dollhouse Recap: "Instinct"

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Tonight's episode of Dollhouse redeemed itself after the snoozefes that was the season two premiere. The story arc builds, as we see Echo becoming increasingly self-aware...

During the hour, Echo is imprinted as a new mother, but her reactions are far more intense than anyone predicted. Also, Senator Perrin steps up his investigation, while Adelle pays November a visit. Read on for our complete recap!


As usual, we've collected a few of the best Dollhouse quotes from the hour. They are:

Topher: The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates. | permalink
Echo: All of these things that happen to me, I feel them.
Ballard: I know, Echo. I know you remember everything.
Echo: Not remember - feel. I was married. I felt love, and pain, fear. It's not pretend for me. They made me love my little boy and then they took him away. They make it so real. Every time, they make it so real. Why do they do that? | permalink
Ballard: If you want, I'll tell Topher what's going on with you and he can fix it. He'll come up with a way to wipe you and you won't remember a thing. You won't have to feel sad anymore.
Echo: Feeling nothing would be worse. It would be like before - asleep. I'm awake now. I don't want to go back to sleep. | permalink
Topher: The maternal instinct is the purest - it's too strong for a normal wipe. I outplayed myself. It's like online chess! | permalink
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Dollhouse Quotes

If you have everything, you want something else. Something more extreme. Something more specific. Something perfect.

Paul Ballard

You ever try to clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.