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"Gray Hour" is the 4th episode of Dollhouse. It was written by show-runners Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, and directed by Rod Hardy. It aired on March 6th, 2009.


Echo’s stint as a midwife doesn’t prove as laborious as when she becomes a master thief, Taffy. During the engagement - a heist targeting a piece of the Parthenon - Echo gets wiped remotely and locked into the vault she and her group were stealing from. Adelle DeWitt tries to help her, by imprinting Sierra with the same Taffy imprint, but Echo has to escape on her own. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard gives Lubov an ultimatum, and DeWitt ups Topher's security clearance, since he guessed (probably correctly) that Alpha - presumed dead by the Dollhouse staff - was behind the remote wipe in the vault.


EchoUnknownUnknownMidwifeBaby Delivery
EchoAtalo DiakosTaffySafecracker, Master ThiefSteal Priceless Art from Secure Vault
SierraIn HouseTaffySafecracker, Master Thief [Same Imprint]Help Echo escape
VictorIn HouseAnton LubovRussian Mafia InformantMislead a federal agent (Paul Ballard) in order to prevent the discovery of the Dollhouse.


Main castEdit

Recurring rolesEdit

Guest starringEdit

Background InformationEdit


"Gray Hour" was the third episode produced, with production going from August 18th 2008 to September 4th. After "Gray Hour" production went into a hiatus to focus on future scripts.


First reviews of the episode said it "worked very well as a stand-alone and you could clearly see how the ongoing storyline was going to play second fiddle to the Personality Of the Week strands" and that "there is a lot of stuff going on and while the balance amongst elements is good, the sheer volume of information is staggering".[2]

Cast & CrewEdit

Mark Ivanir, a guest star playing Cyril on this episode, said that "the premise of the episode is exciting, I think it was very well written."[3]


"It was a decent if not great episode that furthered the mystery behind the nature of the Dollhouse and Alpha."
-TV Squad Recap
"I’d place “Gray Hour” alongside “The Target” as an example of how the show’s twisty plotting and nutty backstory helps overcome some unstable foundations. If nothing else, “Gray Hour” was packed with enough mysteries and surprises to keep viewers on their toes"
-A.V. Club Recap
"I doubt "The Gray Hour" will be considered the best episode of the show's run once we have 100 other Dollhouse episodes to compare it to. But it's good fun, and well worth checking out"
-io9 Recap
"Dollhouse still has no moral centre. It’s too grey for any humour or drama to get viewers involved. But it remains full of intriguing possibilities and they are carrying the show right now."
-The TV Critic Review


"Gray Hour" reached 3.572 million viewers, a 2.2/4 Rating/Share, a 1.51/5 Rating/Share in the 18-49 demographic and a 1.7/5 Rating/Share in the 25-54 demographic. 68.18% of the audience was in the 18-49 demographic. The episode was watched by 3.017 million viewers Live, 3.582 million viewers Live+SD and 4.625 million viewers Live+7. Including 7 days of DVR viewing showed an increase from 1.51 to 2.11 in the demo (a jump by 39.7%). Overall "Gray Hour" had 1.608 million DVR viewers. 34.8% of all viewings of "Gray Hour" happened via DVR, that's the third greatest percentage of DVR viewing for broadcast TV shows of that week.

The quarter-hour breakdown:

Time Period Rating/Share Rating/Share (18-49)
9:01 PM-9:15 PM 2.2/4 1.5/5
9:15 PM-9:30 PM 2.2/4 1.5/5
9:30 PM-9:45 PM 2.2/4 1.5/5
9:45 PM-10:00 PM 2.2/4 1.5/5


  • Topher refers to Stephen King's 'Carrie' with the line "That could lead to a coma state, or it could turn her into Carrie at the prom."
  • Lubov's full name is revealed in this episode, with prior and future references simply being "Lubov"


  • 'Treat Em Well' by The Sylvias' plays while Echo is a midwife.
  • 'All Over Me' by Lara D. plays while Echo is playing escort.
  • The episode closes on Sia's cover of The Pretenders' "I Go to Sleep" as Echo swims and showers.

Promotional PhotosEdit

Notes & referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Seidman, Robert (March 7, 2009). Updated Friday Ratings: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles crashes down. TV by the Numbers.
  2. Huntley (2008-10-17). Dollhouse: The Sound Of A Million Squees. Retrieved on 2008-10-17.
  3. Blessing, Ian (2008-10-15). Meet Dollhouse's Cyril, Mark Ivanir. Retrieved on 2008-10-16.

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