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Getting Closer

Episode Number: 11


Original Air Date: 8th january 2010

: Tim Minear

Joss Whedon (creator)
Tim Minear (written by)
Special Guest(s):



Episode Synopsis

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The episode starts three years ago. Caroline has gained access to DeWitt's office by seducing one of the security personnel. There she finds files on both herself and Bennett Halverson. She also stumbles upon the security cameras of the LA Dollhouse, show "experiments" on people. Back in DeWitt's office, DeWitt, Echo, Priya, Anthony, Topher, Ivy, Ballard and Boyd all discuss the implications of imprinting Caroline into Echo. Topher is concerned Caroline will fight back when she finds Echo and her other personas inhabiting her body, but Echo believes she would win the fight. DeWitt orders Echo into the chair for Caroline to be imprinted. However Caroline's original wedge is missing. Another flashback shows

Bennett is in college and meets Caroline for the first time and shortly become friends. Back in the Dollhouse, Echo views video of Caroline that Alpha had previously sent to Ballard. DeWitt is there, telling Echo that Caroline was worse than evil, that she was an idealist. Echo tells DeWitt she was glad when she heard the wedge was missing but that she didn't take it. DeWitt responds by saying she only considered it briefly.

In Topher's lab, Ivy believes Echo did take the wedge. Topher is quick to rebuff saying Echo endured the Attic for the information and it wouldn't make sense. Topher and Ivy work together to hack into the D.C. Dollhouse. They are able to upload their own imprint to an active in the D.C. Dollhouse, which then enable Ballard and Anthony to get inside. There they kidnap Bennett, but Ballard notices November and takes her with them.

At the LA Dollhouse, Bennett is asked to assist Topher. Bennett initially refuses but DeWitt tells her she can be treated as a guest or a prisoner, and Bennett complies. DeWitt orders a full lockdown of the Dollhouse as Echo tries to comfort Ballard about November. But Ballard isn't so sure, given he himself is now an imprint.

Topher brings Caroline's backup which, which Alpha damaged in Omega, and believes Bennett can put it back together given she has done something similar before. Topher and Bennett begin to flirt, but Bennett asks who the person they are trying to save is. Topher tries to deflect, but Bennett spots Echo and understands what is going on. Boyd goes to a hotel room to bring Dr. Saunders back to the Dollhouse.

It is clear they are in a relationship. Back in the Dollhouse, Topher is rummaging through medical supplies, after he was punched by Bennett. Echo is there and asks what he did to Ballard.

Topher attempts to deflect, but is pushed to reveal that he took away the connection between him and Echo, unintentionally. Dr. Saunders returns and treats Topher. Echo is happy to see Dr. Saunders is back. In a flashback, Dominic informs DeWitt that 3 months ago security footage was deleted from the main building, but not the Dollhouse.

He also informs DeWitt that it was Caroline that broke in her office and stole two files, her own and Bennett Halverson (start of the episode). In the college dorm, Bennett enquires to why Caroline has a file on her. Caroline tells Bennett she stole it from an office in LA, and that Bennett was seemingly important to Rossum therefore important to her. Bennett notes Caroline used her, but Caroline tells Bennett that Rossum is experimenting on people and need to be stopped.

Bennett agrees to help and together they decide to blow up a Rossum building. Back inside the Dollhouse, Echo watches over Bennett through a two-way mirror. Boyd comes in and Echo opens up telling him she is not so sure if she is real. Boyd tells Echo she is stronger than Caroline and that once Caroline gets inside she would be proud to know Echo. Boyd leaves to place the Dollhouse into lockdown, but Echo asks him to delay it for a few minutes. Echo gets Priya and Anthony to come with her and tells them to leave and be together. They do and as Echo is about to return to the Dollhouse, Dominic appears and tells Echo that Clyde is dead and Rossum is onto them. DeWitt assumes the information is true and orders a full evacuation, where all actives have their original personalities restored. They will be leaving for Tucson shortly. In a flashback, Bennett and Echo arrive to blow up several of Rossum's labs. Bennett hides in an office guiding Caroline around as she places charges. Caroline passes a lab that isn't on the schematics and Caroline goes in to check out the lab.

She notices people kept in tubes and wants to abort. Unfortunately, the charges are on a timer, so she tells Bennett to run. The charges go off before either can escape. Back inside the Dollhouse, Dr. Saunders informs DeWitt that Dominic is going into shock and needs to go to a hospital. DeWitt has no personnel to do so, but Ballard asks for Dominic to be evacuated as well. DeWitt orders Dominic to go back to the Attic. Dominic says he would rather die, but DeWitt does not care. Ballard protests, but Echo states that Dominic's best chance is in the Attic and having someone in the mainframe is not a bad idea. Mellie's personality has been restored and will be among the ones to be evacuated. Boyd informs DeWitt of Mr. Ambrose's arrival. Mr. Ambrose informs DeWitt that he is taking over the Dollhouse. Boyd takes out the guards and Mr. Ambrose but is wounded in the process. In another flashback, just after the explosion, Bennett's arm is trapped under rubble. Caroline is unable to free Bennett.

Caroline tells Bennett that she will turn herself in and that Bennett will be able to save herself by telling Rossum she was working late. Echo enters the interrogation room and makes Bennett a deal. If Bennett brings Caroline back, Echo will hold Caroline down and let Bennett have at it. In DeWitt's office, DeWitt believes Mr. Ambrose is in more than one body. She plans to let the others know that Boyd killed one of them, and Boyd will need to run to draw their fire. Topher finishes up restoring all the actives original selves. Topher and Bennett begin to work on Caroline's wedge again. In a scene previously shown as a flashback in "Epitaph One", Boyd packs to leave and promises to return for Dr. Saunders. Bennett and Topher flirt once again leading to them kissing.

Topher leaves the room to get some tools as Dr. Saunders walks in and believes Bennett is remarkable for being able to have Topher show the emotions of love. Topher walks back into the room and Dr. Saunders kills Bennett with a shot to the head.

In a flashback Caroline surrenders to Dominic. DeWitt plans to bring her back to the LA Dollhouse, but instead is ordered to send her up to see the head of Rossum. Back in the Dollhouse, DeWitt tries to bring Topher out of his trance. Echo and Ballard believe Dr. Saunders was a sleeper. Echo goes to try and track down Dr. Saunders, but the Dollhouse is being breached by Rossum agents. Topher is able to refocus as Ivy has been working on the wedge, but Topher tells Ivy to leave and make her own way. Topher does not wish for Ivy to become him. Ivy leaves and Ballard follows suit to get some weapons. Topher finishes the wedge and begins the imprinting of Echo. Adelle is told to leave by Topher,and she takes Mellie with her. An agent comes into the imprinting room and Topher stalls by threatening he has "imprinted himself with many useful skills", but is quickly knocked out. Echo is still being imprinted and thus vulnerable but Boyd arrives and is able to take out the agent. He tells Echo to "hang in there". Echo begins to live out Caroline's memories, one of which was when she met the head of Rossum. Clyde 2.0 introduces himself as Clyde Randolf the Second or the Fifth and that he uses a lot of bodies. Boyd then reveals himself as Clyde's partner. They say Caroline is going to help them and she is far too valuable to be harmed. The episode ends with Caroline asking "And I'm just going to trust you?" to which Boyd responds "With your life".

Best Moments

Best Quotes

Topher Brink: Then maybe we could work on the one memory I'd like to erase. Bennett... I'm so sorry I hit you. I didn't want to. God, how I didn't want to.
Bennett Halverson: Well, I was trying to kill your Active at the time.
Topher Brink: Eh. You had your reasons. Still... that face. Slugging it. Not my first instinct.
Bennett Halverson: Oh, I didn't think it was.
Topher Brink: Some form of contact, but not...
Bennett Halverson: [They go in closer to almost kiss but then] Who's on that wedge?
Topher Brink: Huh?
Bennett Halverson: Who are you trying to resurrect?
Topher Brink: Uh... This person.
Topher Brink: It's stupid. Does it... Does it matter?
Bennett Halverson: It might.
Topher Brink: It's not like it's Stalin or somebody.
Bennett Halverson: I didn't suppose that it would be a historical figure. Who is it?
[Bennett looks down to see Echo]


Episode Trivia

  • -- When Echo discovers a file on Bennett Halverson, she comments that Bennett is "off-the-charts smart," adding, "I bet you could kill me with your brain." Bennett is played by Summer Glau, who previously played River Tam in Joss Whedon's previous series, "Firefly" (2002) River was a psychic super-genius who once advised another character, "I can kill you with my brain."
  • --Rhashan Stone, the actor who plays "Test Subject 1" is married to Olivia Williams in real-life.