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Don't look at me like that, Sonny Jim. I ran guns to the Cubans during the damn Spanish-American War.
— Dottie to Tiago[src]


Dottie Minter is a recurring character on Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. She is portrayed by Lin Shaye.[1]

Dottie is a friend and ally of Detective Lewis Michener. Cunning, wry and clever, Dottie is an invaluable operative in the battle against Third Reich espionage in Los Angeles.[1]

HistoryEdit

Dottie grew up in Los Angeles. During her youth, she enjoyed the Yiddish theater. Her family had a troupe that performed in a an east tavern. They had dozens of their own plays in Yiddish. However, the Germans conspired to destroy their theater. So, one night, they broke in while Dottie’s father was there. They beat him so bad that he lost an eye. They also burned down the theater with all their plays inside.

Throughout the SeriesEdit

Season 1Edit

Dead People Lie DownEdit

Dottie, Lewis, Anton, and Sam stake out a diner. As they wait, Dottie asks for a six-letter word meaning "given to fright." Richard Goss exits the diner with his bodyguard, Kurt, and an unidentified young man. Lewis takes his picture. The four of them came together in hopes of stopping the Third Reich from invading America. Sam suggests calling the FBI or Army, but Lewis doesn’t believe anyone would care. Lewis instructs Sam and Anton to follow Goss while he and Dottie follow the kid. Lewis and Dottie track the kid who met up with Goss to Caltech. Dottie remains in the car while Lewis follows him around back.

Josefina and the Holy SpiritEdit

Dottie and Lewis meet at a cafe, where they discuss Anton and Sam’s death, and their next course of action. Lewis plans to seek help from a known Jewish gangster, Benny Berman. Lewis explains that this is bigger than their lost friends. What the Germans have planned is terrible. Dottie advises Lewis to proceed with caution. Later, they lay Sam and Anton to rest. While attending the funeral, Lewis is approached by Benny Berman.

Children of the Royal SunEdit

Dottie approaches Brian at a diner and tells him that Lewis sent her. Brian tells Dottie that he does theory, not practical application, but the Nazis do. She’s come to remind him that Lewis will do everything he can to protect Brian, but he has to stay away from the Germans. Dottie then asks about his rocket, explaining she learned how to wire explosives with the anarchists back in the Haymarket days. Unbeknownst to the two of them, Kurt watches from across the diner.

Maria and the BeastEdit

Brian continues his work on the rocket engine from a local diner. Dottie joins him and asks about Goss. Brian claims that he hasn’t heard anything from the Germans, however, Lewis joins them and confronts Brian with a photo of his meeting with Goss. He demands to know why Brian is lying to him. Brian explains that the Germans aren’t as evil as the media portrays them to be. And unlike Lewis, they actually appreciate his work. When Dottie was younger, she didn't have comic books, she had the Yiddish theater. Her family had a troupe that performed in a tavern back East. They had King Lear, Faust, and dozens of their own plays in Yiddish. However, not everyone loved their Jewish theater. So, one night, they broke in while Dottie’s father was there. They beat him so bad that he lost an eye. They then proceeded to burn down the theater with all their plays inside. Some men create, while others destroy. Dottie asks which man Brian wants to be. Brian thunks it over and asks Lewis and Dottie to protect him. Lewis tells Brian that he can stay with Dottie, where he can be safe.

Dottie arrives at Lewis' place, where she meets Tiago, the third operative of their investigation. She tells Tiago how she’s ran guns to the Cubans during the Spanish-American war. Lewis puts Dottie on surveillance while he and Tiago collect on some debts. Later that evening, Dottie follows Goss and Kurt to a restaurant, where they meet with Councilman Townsend, Alex, and Miss Adelaide Finnister.

Sing, Sing, SingEdit

Dottie and Brian play Mahjong. She asks about his equations. He reveals that he’s figured out the rocket already. He’s working on something much bigger now. Unbeknownst to them, Kurt watches from outside the window. With his weapon drawn, he approaches the door but flees at the sight of an approaching car. Dottie tells Brian that it’s time to leave. Benny arrives at the door, and Dottie and Brian leave with him. Kurt watches from the shadows as this unfolds.

Day of the DeadEdit

Dottie, Benny, and Brian have relocated to the Vegas home in Belvedere Heights. Benny will take Brian to his airfield and fly him out to New York. Dottie gives Brian some Yoo-Hoo for the trip. He hugs Dottie goodbye and leaves with Tiago, Lewis, and Benny. Maria and Dottie watch as they drive away.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Dottie is an old Jewish woman with grey hair and brown eyes. She is confident and skilled.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Dottie is skilled in explosives. She learned how to wire explosives with the anarchists back in the Haymarket days.

AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Memorable QuotesEdit

"When I was your age, I didn't have comic books. What I had was the Yiddish theater. My family had a troupe that performed in a tavern back east. No spaceships. But we had King Lear, Faust, and dozens of our own plays, all in Yiddish. Well, guess what. Not everyone loved our little Jewish theater so much. So one night, they broke in. My father was there. They kicked him and beat him so much he lost an eye. But for him, that wasn't the worst part. Because they burned down the theater with all our plays inside. Some men create. Some destroy. What kind of man do you want to be, Brian?"
—Dottie to Brian[src]

"Don't look at me like that, Sonny Jim. I ran guns to the Cubans during the damn Spanish-American War."
—Dottie to Tiago[src]


GalleryEdit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 ‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’: Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner & Lin Shaye To Recur In Showtime Sequel Series - Deadline
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