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Trivia: Dollhouse

  • Actor Allusion:
    • A Stealth Pun from Bennett to Echo in "The Left Hand" (2x06): "It's not a question of faith."
    • An earlier example is found in "Stage Fright" (1x03) when Echo assumes the persona of Jordan, perhaps the most Faith-like of her Dollhouse characters (right down to a common South Boston upbringing). After the pop star Rayna Russell fires Jordan from her squad of backup singers, her retort is remarkably similar to a line by Faith as she argues with Buffy in "Faith, Hope, and Trick":
      Echo/Jordan: "You can fire me, but bitch, don't think you can take me!"
      Faith (threateningly to Buffy): "Wow. Think you can take me?"
    • Bennett also says she'd like to get a look at Caroline's amygdala, to which Caroline replies, "You'll have to buy me dinner first."
    • In "Getting Closer" (2x11), Caroline notes in a flashback that Bennett (played by Summer "River Tam" Glau), is "Smarts off the chart. Bet she could kill you with her brain."
    • In (1x05), Patton Oswalt plays an internet billionaire who made it big with "Bouncy the Rat"
    • This isn't the first time Tahmoh Penniket has fallen in love with a sleeper agent. In fact, his work as Helo is what made Joss Whedon cast him here.
  • Actor-Shared Background: On occasion, Echo's imprints reference Eliza Dushku's real life.
    • Jordan the backup singer/bodyguard is from Boston.
    • The outdoorsy persona from "The Target" had three brothers, and learns to bow hunt.
  • Contractual Purity: It's mentioned that Rayna was singing for "The Mouse". Her stage outfit however suggests she's broken free of this "curse", and into another.
  • Descended Creator: Tancharoen, who played the Doll "Kilo", is one of the show's screenwriters.
  • Fake American: Australian Actress Dichen Lachman uses a fluent American accent for Sierra and her imprinted personalities, and her natural accent for Sierra's original personality Priya.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: At least Fox had the sense of cutting the commercial breaks in half, letting Whedon have six more minutes per episode. For season 1, anyway. Season 2 seems to have normal-length commercials. To be fair, the network probably had to just to justify not canceling the show. The "remoteless TV" thing was always an experiment. It didn't work, making them less money since very few advertisers were willing to pay the premium price. Note that the other show debuting this approach, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, got axed. Fringe also had a "remoteless" debut season, and has done okay, although it's had a struggle in the ultra-competitive Thursday night slot.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!/Hey, It's That Voice!
    • If you've seen Joss Whedon's previous work (or even non-Whedon genre TV), there's a lot of familiar faces on display.
    • The leader of the cult in "True Believer" (1x05) played the Terminator "Carter" in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the actor who plays Zone in "Epitaph One" (1x13) gets a cameo in the same series as a human resistance fighter, and the pedophile kidnapper in "Echoes" (1x01) played the Terminator "Vick". And then Cameron showed up in "The Public Eye" (2x05) and "The Left Hand" (2x06). The actor who plays Clyde in "The Attic" also played the doctor who helped Cromartie regrow his skin in the first season of SCC, too. Adding the surreality of that, Bennett's assistant is the same actress who played the guidance counselor who interviewed Cameron at the halfway house in SCC's "Allison From Palmdale."
    • Say, isn't that The Middle Man Hunting Echo in "The Target" (1x02)?
    • Victor's Handler in "A Spy In The House Of Love" (1x09) is the same actress who played Murphy in The Dresden Files TV series.
    • And then the Devil himself showed up as the chief of the D.C. Dollhouse, or was it Leland Palmer?
    • And the warden at the prison in "Meet Jane Doe" (2x07) is Aaron Pierce.
    • Patton Oswalt played an Internet tycoon named Joel Mynor in "Man on the Street" and "A Love Supreme." You may recognize him as the voice of Remy from Ratatouille, which is given a Shout-Out in that Mynor's most famous creation is named Bouncy the Rat.
    • Harry Lennix played Commander Jason Locke in The Matrix trilogy.
    • DeWitt is Bruce Willis's wife from The Sixth Sense
    • Ballard is Helo, Karens (from 'Belle Chose') is Saul Tigh, Martin Klar (from 'Vows') is Apollo from Battlestar Galactica
    • Tanaka is Romo Lampkin (from Battlestar Galactica) and/or Badger (from Firefly). Actually all of them are just Crowley.
    • Ballard's friend in the records department of the FBI is Miss Jeanette without the voodoo bus.
    • Matthew Harding, a Rossum exec, is Special Agent Frank Lundy.
    • Mr.Dominic was once a Baltimore homicide detective in Homicide Life On The Street.
    • Dichen Lachman (Sierra) is better known as Katya from Neighbours.
    • Dr. Nolan Kinnard is The Invisible Man and Fun Bobby.
    • Echo is Catwoman, Whiskey is Huntress, Alpha is Green Arrow, Daniel Perrin is Mirror Master, and Bennett Halverson is Supergirl.
    • And in a rare case of Hey, It's That Horse!, the horse in "Haunted" (1x10) is Bad Horse
  • Jossed: Ten thousand theories about who the real villain in the series is. Not one of them included Boyd.
  • Missing Episode: The DVD-only "Epitaph One" (1x13). A few scenes from this episode form the Previously On introduction to the series finale, which is nice for those of us who didn't get the DVDs. Thankfully not the case for UK viewers — the Sci-Fi Channel aired Epitaph One at the end of the first season.
  • Real-Life Relative: Eliza Dushku's boyfriend Rick Fox makes a rather disjointed appearance as an Active in "Getting Closer", the last of the Los Angeles dolls to be freed. Her older brother Nate Dushku is the Big Bad in "Epitaph Two: Return" - as the latest body housing Clive Ambrose.
  • Viral Marketing: The Alternate Reality Game Dollplay.