In the highly anticipated first season of DOLLHOUSE, Echo is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. The engagements cater to the wealthy, powerful and connected, and require the Actives to immerse themselves in all manner of scenarios - romantic, criminal, uplifting, dangerous, comical and the occasional "pro bono" good deed. After each scenario, Echo, always under the watchful eye of her handler Boyd, returns to the mysterious Dollhouse where her thoughts, feelings and experiences are erased by Topher, the Dollhouse's genius programmer. Echo enters the next scenario with no memory of before. Or does she?
Agent Ballard's investigation into the Dollhouse gains momentum when he gets a photo of Echo. Meanwhile Echo and some of the other Actives start to show signs of self-awareness, making Adelle and the handlers nervous.
Echo is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don't just perform their hired roles; they wholly become -- with mind, personality and physiology -- whomever the client wants or needs them to be. Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time.
Echo is hired by a businessman to be the ultimate kidnapping negotiator when his young daughter is abducted. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Paul Ballard risks his career in his search for the elusive Dollhouse.
Echo becomes the ultimate outdoorswoman when she is is hired by a handsome young client named Richard, but it may turn out that neither of the pair is what they seem to be. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard receives a clue about Echo's past, and we learn about Dr. Saunders' scars and the rogue active "Alpha".
To protect a volatile pop star from an obsessed fan, Echo goes undercover as her new backup singer. Meanwhile, Agent Ballard is led down a dangerously wrong path in his investigation and Lubov harbors a secret.
Echo's stint as a midwife doesn't prove as laborious as when she becomes an expert safe-cracker in order to perform a dangerous art heist. Yet a more than an invaluable piece of art is stolen from her on the engagement, forcing Sierra to take on a familiar persona.
Agent Ballard gives Lubov an ultimatum, and Adelle confides shocking information to Topher.
Imprinted as a visually impaired woman, Echo must infiltrate a heavily guarded cult in order to rescue a woman held captive.
Echo becomes the perfect wife for a lonely internet mogul. Sierra's attacker is revealed and Mellie's life is in danger.
Agent Paul Ballard's investigation takes a surprising turn when he comes face-to-face with Echo, first during an engagement and again when Adelle sends Echo after him in an effort to get Ballard off the case. After an epic fight, Echo shocks Ballard by telling him the truth about the Dollhouse -- someone secretly imprinted her to pass along the message.
Echo is strangely drawn to a college campus, where a new drug is causing the students to kill themselves. She has flashbacks to her life as Caroline, where her boyfriend Leo was killed at the same college.
Echo, Sierra and Victor awaken in the Dollhouse with most of their original personalities and memories intact. They have been put into an experimental environment in order to resolve repeating behaviors. Echo deviates from her programming and leads the charge to free the Actives from their apparent captivity in order to escape the Dollhouse forever.
Ballard discovers the Dollhouse is closer than he thinks.
A traitor is discovered inside the Dollhouse. Echo and Sierra are programmed to find the spy who has been changing the Doll's imprints. It is Dominick.
Adelle wrestles with her secret love affair with the imprinted Victor. Ballard receives surprising news from Mellie.
When Adelle's wealthy friend is murdered, Adelle imprints Echo with the woman's memories and personality to solve the case.
Ballard looks into Mellie's past, and Topher secretly programs Sierra for an engagement.
Adelle goes to the attic in search of answers. Meanwhile, Ballard's investigation leads him to the agoraphobic designer of the Dollhouse, who helps Ballard break in. However, the architect turns out to be Alpha, who reveals himself and sets his game in motion.
The story of "Sleeping Beauty" foreshadows Echo's future, while allowing her to help a young girl deal with her traumatic past.
Alpha's continued obsession with Echo may cost her everything. Ballard makes a decision that could change the rest of his life. One Doll's story ends as another's is revealed.
The elusive and mysterious unaired thirteenth episode from the first season of Dollhouse, takes place ten years in the future.