Now that the DVDs are finally here, I resume commentaries for
season one of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. In the sixth episode "Man On
The Street", Paul Ballard comes face to face with Caroline for the
first time, sort of. During this particular engagement, she takes
on the personality of Rebecca Mynor, wife to wealthy internet
mogul, Joel Mynor (played with heartbreaking sincerity by comedian,
Patton Oswalt). As soon as Boyd takes Echo away, Paul and Joel have
a meeting of the minds about the need to pursue a fantasy and the
justification for that need.
Back at the Dollhouse, someone is abusing Sierra, sexually. An
investigation leads first to Victor, but then down a more
disturbing path. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard retreats back home to
lick his wounds, after having come so close to rescuing Caroline,
but failing to keep her within his grasp. Luckily, his friendly
neighbor, Mellie (the delightful Miracle Laurie) is there as a
willing consolation prize. If you can't be with the one you love,
then love the one you're with.
Please join me for this jam-packed, game-changing episode written
by Joss Whedon. I discuss obsession versus nobility, the importance
of geography and physical space within a fight scene and Patton
Oswalt's truthful, satisfying brand of stand-up humor. All this and
more as I try to fight off drowsiness from painkillers, while
recovering from Kidney Stones.
From this point on concerning Dollhouse, please listen for my
preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.