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Season 2, Episode 11:

Getting Closer

Topher races to reconstruct Echo's original personality and memories when it's revealed they are the key to averting a devastating future.


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Almost Kiss: Topher and Bennett. Interrupted when she asks who Topher is trying to resurrect. Averted later in the episode.
  • Big Bad Friend: Boyd.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Topher when Claire kills Bennett.
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  • Boom, Headshot!: Bennett is on the receiving end of this, courtesy of Dr. Saunders.
  • Clue, Evidence, and a Smoking Gun
    Caroline: Let me guess... neuroscience?
    Bennett: How'd you know?
    Caroline: Fish. Brain food. Also brain books. [indicates Bennett's neuroscience textbooks]
  • Delayed Reaction: Adelle sees Dr. Saunders, walks off... and comes back a few seconds later to stare at her.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Topher and Bennett are clearly attracted to each other's technical abilities.
  • Kill the Cutie: Poor Bennett...
  • Once More, with Clarity!: We see more of the context around Bennett's memory of losing her arm, as well as one of the flashbacks (now present events) from Epitaph One.
  • Shout-Out: Caroline, upon seeing a picture of Bennett (played by Summer Glau): "Bet you could kill me with your brain."
    • Clyde 5.0 reveals that the name "Rossum" is a reference to a play: R.U.R. by Karel Capek (Rossum's Universal Robots), in which a race of artificial biological automatons exterminate their human creators.
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  • Skewed Priorities: In an otherwise tense scene:
    Adelle: You have much to answer for, young woman.
    Caroline: I do?
    Adelle: Yes. You forced me to come to Arizona. I loathe Arizona.
  • That Came Out Wrong
    Topher: Lab's in here! You showed me yours, let me... show you mine. [winces]
    [Bennett looks disgusted]
  • The Bus Came Back: Dr. Saunders. She is revealed to have been having a relationship with Boyd since she left the Dollhouse.
  • The Reveal: Boyd is the head of Rossum, and Clyde's hidden partner.
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