With Echo back in the Dollhouse's grasp - straight jacketed no less trouble was afoot outside their walls in this episode, as Alpha returned. I'll always welcome Alan Tudyk and he was clearly having a lot of fun here, as Alpha suddenly turned into a 1960s Batman-style villain, complete with a fancy (or "dandy" if you're DeWitt) suit and using an anagram clue at one point -- E. Hap Lasher -- that rearranged to say "I am Lord Voldemort" - I mean, "Alpha's here."
I've questioned before why the Dollhouse would continue to use Echo when she seriously glitches or goes haywire so often. Here, after keeping her locked up for awhile, DeWitt decided to send her back out on engagements - even though everyone now knew she was retaining all of her previous imprints. I gotta ask - how is this a good idea? Here, it wasn't important to the engagement (which got called off on account of the dead client left by Alpha), but it sure does seem to be asking for trouble down the line And only Topher seems to be objecting!
That dead client was one in a series Alpha was killing, as he specifically targeted any dollhouse clients who had hired Echo and seemed to truly love her. It was a nice, twisted scenario for our villain, which enabled the return of Patton Oswalt, as the client we met last season. This rather sappy role is not really Oswalt's forte, but he did have one great line, as they brought him into the dollhouse and he said, "I'll be fine. This spa looks super fortified."
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