Joss Whedon on the Dollhouse episode that never was
Q. What did they [Fox] not want?
A. Sex. They want things to be sexy, but for God’s sake, they don’t want them to be sexual. And one of the things that Eliza [Dushku] and I first talked about was sex. This was going to be about human need and when I talk about perversion, perversion for me is something to be celebrated. As long as nobody’s getting hurt. Because obsession is the thing in us that makes us not everybody else.
Q. Was there a particularly deviant episode they didn’t like?
A. Absolutely. It would have been deviant-tastic. The episode worked on two tracks: one with this nice old man, and something has gone horribly wrong. And then the denouement was that the old man wanted to hear his daughter say that she didn’t kill herself because he molested her. He wanted to be forgiven for something that he shouldn’t be forgiven for. And the other was this creepy reclusive billionaire with real dolls, who’s completely incapable of human relationships but was trying to take a tiny step toward them by getting rid of these dolls. Even though he was very twisted, what he was trying to do was beautiful. That episode would never be made. They were like, “No sex, just shoot at people.”
I’m sad they pulled the plug before the sixth season; because we really had it all tapped out and thought we were firing on all cylinders.
It was a stupid business move on their part and the network died soon after.
Had I not been so exhausted by the year of Firefly and Angel that had come before, maybe I could’ve fought – though fighting with the head of a network is much like not fighting, cause they just do what they do.
Buffy would go easy at first, but as soon as Natasha popped her with a Widow Sting, she’d start bringing some slayer brawn to the fray. Natasha’s fast, but a couple of good connects and she’s wobbling, possibly something broken — she whips out her glock and now Buffy’s dodging — right where Natasha wants her. Natasha shoots the cable holding the steel barrels and they tumble onto Buffy, nearly burying her — Buffy just arcs out of the way, grabbing the splintered cable and swinging directly onto Natasha, a bullet grazing her cheek as her feet land hard on the Russian’s shoulders, sending her back flat — crack! — on the floor, Buffy wrenching the gun away and tossing it, fist ready for the final strike. Natasha, struggling to stay conscious, says the fight’s over. Buffy agrees, but Natasha explains: She poisoned Buffy hours ago. That waitress that brought her salad …? Natasha smiles. The poison is dormant — ‘til it’s activated by adrenaline. Buffy’s eyes narrow. “Too bad I didn’t use any.” Wham! Natasha’s out for the count, and Buffy’s heading — slowly — to Willow for a mystical cleanse.