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Alan Tudyk on Dollhouse

The most recent episode of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse had a special treat for Firefly fans, a special guest appearance by Alan Tudyk (forever Wash to Firefly fans), in what will apparently be a recurring role (well, at least for another episode). Tudyk plays Stephen Kepler, one of the designers of the Dollhouse, tracked down by FBI agent Ballard, who hopes that Kepler will know a way to break into the Dollhouse. I won’t say much more than that Kepler is more than he seems, but Tudyk’s turn as Kepler, a pot-growing paranoid stay-at-home environmental systems specialist, is delightful, very funny, and I’ve seen few bits of physical comedy funnier than Tudyk’s high stepping walk down a flight of stairs (lest someone reach a hand through the open spaces behind the steps and grab his ankle).

This episode also includes a moment when agent Ballard tasers scientific genius and annoying goof Topher, and, I can only say that I’ve been waiting a long time to see Topher get tasered, and it was absolutely worth the wait.

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