The Dollhouse deals in fantasy. That is their business, but that is not their purpose.
You ever try to clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.
Echo + Season 1 outfits
Claire: I’m compiling a report.
Topher: I’m making a paperclip Eiffel Tower.
Claire: The report is conclusive. In every case, including Echo’s, we’ve seen improvement in muscular response, cellular cohesion, in stamina. All of the Actives who have been sent on pro bonos, on totally altruistic engagements, are physically improving.
Topher: Wow. Emoticon!
Claire: Have you cross-checked their cognitive response?
Topher: It’s not my job to improve them, Doc. I have to keep them right where they are. You of all people should know what happens when one of them…
Claire: This is different. This is about their experience of the world.
- Dollhouse, unaired pilot ’Echo’
"Priya does not belong in the Dollhouse."
"She does now."
- Dollhouse: 2x2 - Belle Chose
“In their resting state, our actives are as innocent and vulnerable as children. We call it the “Tabula Rasa”. The blank slate. Now imagine the imprint process filling it, creating a new personality. A friend, a lover, a confidant in a sea of enemies. Your heart’s desire made flesh. And when the engagement has been completed, all memory of you and your time together will be wiped clean.”
dollhouse + cyan.
I didn’t want you to get hurt. You’re my friend.
Friends help each other out.