The Public Eye is the fifth episode of the second season of Dollhouse and the 18th episode overall. It was written by Andrew Chambliss and directed by David Solomon. It aired on December 4, 2009.


Echo is sent to stop Senator Daniel Perrin before he can expose the Dollhouse’s secrets. After being jumbled by Topher's doll-bomb we find out that Perrin is a doll and he and Echo make a break for it. Over the course of the drive Perrin has some doll-flashes that lead him to believing that he is, in fact, a doll. Echo and Perrin are kidnapped and taken to the Washington, DC, Dollhouse where they meet its genius programmer, Bennett Halverson (Summer Glau), a woman with a mysterious past connection to Echo.

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Background InformationEdit


  • This episode marks the first time that another Dollhouse facility is seen onscreen, expanding upon earlier references that there are at least twenty similar facilities worldwide.
  • Keith Carradine is billed as a Special Guest Star.
  • Summer Glau played "River" in Joss Whedon's "FireFly."
  • When a screener copy of "Belonging" and "The Public Eye" was sent out to TV critics in October 2009, the following letter from Joss Whedon was attached to it:
We're back! With two brand new, never-before-sent-to-reviewers episodes of DOLLHOUSE, the show that's sweeping an unbelievably tiny portion of the nation. This is the year we all just get to have fun: twist the premise, go farther, darker, sillier ... make the whole world our Dollhouse. It's a party, and you're the first to arrive, which means the food's not ready and we're not dressed and who shows up to a party on time anyway? Losers. I mean, best friends ever. ... We really hope you enjoy these. ... Thanks and see you on TiVo! --joss
Reproduced by Sci Fi Wire


""The Public Eye" was a very solid episode, hampered just a little by having to do a lot of table-setting for more thrilling episodes to come. Moving the show outside the L.A. Dollhouse and into the wider conspiracy means establishing new conflicts and new characters, all of whom are several times nastier than the somewhat ambiguous figures we’ve come to know in the regular cast."
Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
"A good start to the story arc which will take us through the rest of the season. The episode structure needed some tweaking though."
The TV Critic review

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