This recap of Netflix’s The Sandman Season 1, Episode 7, “The Dollhouse,” contains spoilers.
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The sand man summary of season 1, episode 7
In the last episode we were introduced to the blonde with the devilish smile, and we learn that it is Dream’s sister, Desire.
This episode begins with a family that is separated from each other, with a brother called Rose separated from his little brother Jed.
A quick cut of Desire talking to her sister, Queen of Despair, plotting against Dream as they are annoyed that he is acting like his kingdom is more powerful and important than theirs. They talk about a dream vortex, which is female, and the girl has no idea who she is, though she does what vortexes do – bringing people to her, including Morpheus. This girl’s name – Rose Walker.
Then we cut to a 21-year-old Rose who is trying to find her little brother, but she’s unemployed and has no money. We learn that Rose’s mother has just died of a long illness, and a foundation in England wants to meet Rose and is interested in her mother.
Returning to The Dreaming, after taking a census, we discover that three of the Major Arcana have disappeared. The first is Gault, a shapeshifter, The Corinthian, whom we met, still feeding on the dreamers he was meant to serve, and the last is Fiddler’s Green. There’s the myth of the Vortex, and how Morpheus must hunt her and find her, to control her before her powers grow too great and the Vortex weakens the walls between real life and dream. However, the Endless are not allowed to act against a mortal unless it is a threat, which is why Morpheus refuses to do anything, yet. Matthew offers to watch her for Morpheus in the waking world.
Rose has traveled to Sussex with her friend Ltya, and they arrive at a very posh old people’s residence, where they meet a lady called Unity, who was a girl in episode one who suffered while falling asleep at 12 years old and haven’t woken up until now. Unity dreamed that she had a family, and when she woke up, the little girl she had was real. As if her dream came true, Unity turns out to be Rose’s great-grandmother.
We cut to three people discussing The Corinthian and the quality and elegance of its work. They’re arranging for over a hundred serial killers to come to an event and they want it to be one of the main attractions and guest speakers. They want to send him a message by copying him and his murders.
Meanwhile, Corinthian searches for Rose Walker and finds her roommate, whom he sleeps with but does not kill. We cut to Rose in England who the three sisters speak to, who warn her to beware of dreams and houses, Rose’s powers grow stronger. The next day, Rose reconnects and gets to know her great-grandmother and they discuss Jed’s search, which takes Rose on a new adventure in Florida, funded by Unity.
During a party with her new roommates, Rose is attacked in an alley by three men and an old man comes to her aid. Everyone worries that Rose’s dreams are powerful and harm the dream world. They discover that Jed is not only absent from the waking world, he is absent from the dream world.
In the final ten minutes of the episode, Corinthian catches up with his copycat killers and their flattery makes him realize he can use this murderous convention to his advantage. We then cut Morpheus trying to find Jed, and he fails. The last nightmare Jed Walker had before signing off was with Gault, the shift changer. Rose enters the dream realm where she confronts Morpheus. He is shocked at how she managed to enter his kingdom.
The episode ends with Jed trying to escape with his foster family, but is stopped and the uncle gets him into the trunk, pulling out his shotgun to make room.
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