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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 306, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield”

In her military prison cell, Sarah sleeps peacefully until her cell door creaks open, waking her. She walks outside and finds Kira playing and beckoning Sarah to follow her. Sarah runs after Kira and it’s suddenly dark as they crawl into a fort of sheets. Sarah loses sight of Kira but runs into Rudy, sharing blood and being all kinds of creepy with…herself (severely dehydrated, from the looks of it). At this, Sarah wakes because that weirdness just had to be a dream, and the icky cherry at the end of it makes her puke up her last bit of nutrients. She lies back down in a cold sweat and finds a bandage on her neck in the same blood-sharing spot from her dream, proving that it wasn’t all a dream OHMYGOD.

Paul meets with a man and delivers Parsons’ black book. The man tries to explain it away, but Paul calls it what it is: unsupervised and unsanctioned research on civilians. The man tells Paul to get some evidence of Dr. Coady’s nefarious activities or they can’t move on the book at all.

Felix and Siobhan Skype with Kira, who seems really happy in Iceland with Cal. She wonders if Sarah’s mad at her, but Felix and Siobhan tell the sort of lie people tell children when they don’t want to be the bearer of bad news or hard truths. They say goodbye and Siobhan tries to reassure Felix about her people locating Sarah, but he isn’t impressed. She tells him that her people think they’ve gotten a lead that the Castor camp might be in Mexico, and Gracie serves them tea because she’s got nothing else to do, really. (Read a book, Gracie.) This turns Felix’s attention to her, who they know is now suffering from a mysterious ailment, and Siobhan is like, “Oh, Cosima’s got that.” She’s trying to show Felix how to survive worry by continuing to live.

Cosima wakes up to a buzzing phone and an almost nude Shay in the kitchen. She finds several missed calls from Scott as Shay offers her a fresh juice and asks who Sarah is. Cosima immediately goes on the defensive, asking what Shay knows about Sarah and how she heard that name. Shay says Cosima was saying it in her sleep and Cosima relaxes, saying Sarah is “like” her sister, but a wilder version.

Alison and Donnie have stripped to their skivvies to make it rain in their bedroom. Their daughter Gemma walks in and is totally confused by the scene (because why wouldn’t she be?!) and they shoo her away to talk business. Alison is meeting with Jason Kellerman again and Donnie, flirting, says he wants to be there because he’s craaazy jealous. Also, if they’re going to expand, he wants to be on equal footing as partners with Alison. She loves this assertive Donnie and leaves with a grope and a smooch.

Cosima arrives at Dyad and Scott immediately jumps down her throat about being late. When she swipes into her lab, she finds Delphine waiting, who says she came back as soon as she heard Sarah was missing. Now she has a ton of questions for Cosima. How did they get their hands on a Castor brain? Why are they studying Gracie? And did they notice the same misfolded protein in both of them?

Paul pays Sarah a visit in her military cell but finds her missing. He heads to medical and sends Miller away, asking a feverish Sarah what’s wrong. She says they did something to her last night, that she doesn’t feel right, and begs Paul to give her a gun and a car to try to escape. He says he can’t and she’s like, “Pick a side, already! #yousuck.” Dr. Coady shows up, saying she gave Sarah an anti-inflammatory which she’s having a reaction to, but Sarah calls her out, tossing out that Rudy was there when Coady did whatever she did last night. Before Paul and Coady leave, Sarah asks is Helena got away and Coady’s all, “Yeah, but she won’t last. Either the desert will get her or Rudy will.”

And out in the vast desert, Helena runs with Rudy on her tail. She falls down and Pupok shows up, telling her to get up and keep moving. Helena says she has no energy, but Pupok thinks she just feels guilty for leaving Sarah behind. Helena denies this, and to prove her point, she says she’s just hungry and eats Pupok. (But Pupok’s imaginary, so what the hell did she eat?!)

Paul asks Dr. Silva what was done to Sarah but he says he wasn’t in the loop on this one and Coady only includes him when she sees fit. Paul is like, “This is BS. Since when don’t you have any medical authority around here?” So Silva explains that when Paul was away, Rudy came back with a sick girl with bloodshot eyes and after that all medical testing got really secretive. Then Coady mandated that the Castors all document sexual partners – including locks of hair – to look for genetic precursors. He thinks Coady is getting baseline numbers as “before pictures.” He doesn’t know what she’s planning, but he leads Paul to her quarters to find the materials to prove it.

As they wait for the elevator, Delphine tries to casually mention Cosima’s recent absences and tardiness, asking if Cosima needed to tell her anything and Cosima has a big “Nunya” for her. The elevator doors open and Felix has brought a frightened-looking Gracie for more proper testing at Dyad. Cosima and Delphine lead Gracie into the lab as Felix pulls Scott aside for a request on the low: he wants Scott to take him to see Rachel. Felix thinks he can pump her for information about Castor.

Paul visits Mark and asks him why he brought Sarah in. Mark says that since he was with Rudy, he needed to make the call to either terminate her or capture her, so he did. Paul asks if marrying Gracie was “a call,” too, and Mark says he simply fell in love. Then Paul asks for an unofficial favor.

Alison brings Jason a card and a gift bag full of the money he’s owed and tells him that she and Donnie want to take their business to the next level. Then a car pulls up, revs its engine, and speeds toward them before we realize it’s Donnie. He’s bought a new car with $10,000 cash and Jason knows this kind of nouveau riche behavior means they aren’t ready for the big time yet. Donnie disputes that, but Jason insists they need a better way to launder money than handmade soaps if they don’t want to attract the attention of the authorities when they want to buy a car. Alison says she’s got a business plan and Jason and Donnie are all ears.

Mark gives Paul the keys to Dr. Coady’s office, saying he has five minutes to search inside. Simultaneously, Cosima explains to Gracie about the protein she shares with Mark and his brothers. As Cosima tells Gracie she thinks Mark transmitted the protein to her, Paul finds files in Coady’s office. The files contain medical information on several women who suffered such varied medical issues as abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and atrophied ovaries after being with a Castor, and Mark enters the office. Gracie doesn’t believe Mark made her sick, as he begins to look through the files Paul found. He’s panicking at the implication of their contents, and when he finds one on Gracie, Paul says his defect is sexually transmitted and loads a gun.

Sarah is still suffering through fever as Coady, Miller, and other soldiers look on and monitor her vitals. Paul comes in and places Dr. Coady under arrest for sterilizing women, saying she’s unfit to lead and disarms Miller because he was getting a little froggy. He has Miller put in a cell and Coady admits that she infected Sarah with the disease. As Dr. Silva tries to save Sarah, she hallucinates the presence of the youngest Leda clone we saw at the end of last season, Charlotte. Charlotte beckons Sarah as Paul cuffs Coady and arms Silva, telling him to protect the room. Sarah follows hallucination Charlotte to a path leading to a bright light and that can’t be good.

Hallucination Charlotte walks with Sarah to the end of the path and, alone now, Sarah arrives to find Beth at Siobhan’s house, making tea. She tells Sarah of the day Paul moved in with her. Beth says Paul only had two suitcases to his name, which really should have been a red flag, then guilts Sarah about taking her life. Beth pops some pills and lashes out and Sarah tells her that she’s trying to finish what Beth started and protect her sisters, but she’s still failing. Sarah feels as though she’s let them down, and Beth asks why Sarah took her life, anyway. Sarah says she did it for Kira and Beth says that, since people often do terrible things for the ones they love, Sarah should stop asking “why” these things are happening to her sisters and focus on the “who” of it all. With a final reminder of Beth’s suicide, Sarah wakes from her fever dream and immediately asks for Paul.

Paul is on the phone with the man from the bench reporting all that concrete evidence he was supposed to find. The man tells Paul that the next thing he needs a formal removal of command order and an extraction team and says he can have a team on site in six hours. Paul tells him that Rudy and his partner are still out on patrol and the man tells him to leave him out there and focus his attentions on not letting the situation explode before six hours have elapsed.

Felix comes to visit Rachel and she recognizes him – but her speech functions are still impaired. He reminds her that he doesn’t need to be particularly nice to her given the past torture and swears that he’ll harass her every day if she tells anyone he’s been to see her. Then he asks about Castor and she says she thinks they’re rumors. He humiliates her by painting an eye on her bandages and taking control of her wheelchair, but she only asks for him to get her out of Dyad. Scott intervenes and Felix leaves, and on his way out, Scott notices odd symbols on one of Rachel’s paintings.

Alison reveals to Donnie that she plans to buy her mother’s business, Bubbles, to use as a front for their drug business and she, Donnie, and Jason go inside to check it out. She and Donnie explain all the ways that using Bubbles is a good idea and he agrees, so they’re selling soap on a large scale!

Gracie mourns her new inability to have children, but tells Cosima that part of her feels relieved. Cosima assures her that this doesn’t make her a monster and Felix escorts Gracie out. When they’re alone, Delphine tells Cosima that she misses her (UNFAIR!) and a teary-eyed Cosima walks out without a word.

In the desert, Rudy gets a call about the “situation” at the base and tells his partner they’re needed there.

Delphine is getting deep into some booze and her feelings as she looks at surveillance photos of Cosima and Shay. She even has some video on her computer and watches it like a French clone of Rachel.

Cosima goes to Shay’s place and tells her she was going to say they should slow things down but now that she’s there really just wants to kiss her face a lot. (What kind of hot and cold, “I like you but not too much” crap is that Cosima?) They make out and Cosima gets a call from Scott who’s connected the symbols in Rachel’s painting to Duncan’s copy of Dr. Moreau. He thinks Rachel knows the code.

Freed, Sarah processes Paul’s news about Coady’s human sterilization trials. Then she asks if he loved Beth, and he said he’ll live with her death and only approached Dyad because they thought they had answers. Now she wants to speak with Coady. Coady reveals that she knew Sarah would be okay because Castor and Leda have the same disorder. She says Sarah’s fertility indicated she’d beat it and says she only conducted her trials to understand the defect. Paul realizes Coady wanted to field test the defect as a weapon and she confirms she’d like to end wars before they start, sure. Then Sarah asks the “who,” and Coady doesn’t answer.

Rudy’s partner drives the Jeep back into base and is patted down and held. Rudy slips from underneath the vehicle into a hall, then cuts a guard’s throat. He meets up with Miller and they arm themselves, Rudy adding that Paul and Sarah is still out there.

Paul and Sarah exit Coady’s office and Mark tells Paul that Rudy’s patrol came back without him. He says he checked the satellite phone and thinks they got a call from “the home team.” Putting it together, Paul calls the man on the bench, who is weaving through traffic. He lies to him that Rudy’s patrol is still out and the man rolls with the lie, proving he set Paul up. Paul orders Mark back to his quarters and not to tell anyone they spoke, then he and Sarah make their way out as Mark tells Paul to make things right. As they creep around a corner Paul sports Miller. Miller backs into Paul’s attack the retaliates by stabbing Paul several times in the abdomen. Paul snaps Miller’s neck and Sarah rushes over as he bleeds out.

Paul rallies his strength and leads Sarah out, locking a little vent behind him. He leaves Sarah to go without him and says it was never Beth he loved (but her).

Rudy has taken out everyone on Paul’s side and he and Coady enter the lab and find Paul with the baby Castor material. Coady lets Paul know his devotion to the Castors was pure and he urges her to cure them and knock out all the life ruining she’s been doing.

Sarah leaves and goes down the tunnel. Coady says she can’t turn her back on all her research and shoots Paul several times – and he reveals he’ was holding a grenade. It explodes and rocks the whole location, including the tunnel Sarah is using to escape and knocks her into a wall. Helena reappears in the tunnel and helps Sarah escape.

Rachel looks at a photo her her and her father as she continues to paint his symbols between wracking sobs.

The Questions: Did Rudy and Coady survive the explosion? Does anyone willing to do something about it know about Coady’s trials? Is it weird to you, too, that Delphine eases into casual villainry to effortlessly? Will Rachel really be able to help Cosima and Scott crack the code? And will that be enough for Cosima to find a cure for the protein defect?

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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 302, “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis”

An older gent walks downstairs to find large amounts of blood all over the walls and doors. He makes a phone call, telling whomever is on the other end of the line that there’s an issue.

And with his newfound freedom, Castor clone Rudy brings a young lady back to his hotel room. She seems a little tipsy and wonders why he’s not in a better room if he’s Special Forces. He blames cutbacks and gets her another drink, then takes her coat. The girl turns away from him and Rudy briefly seems to be Seth, but when she turns back he’s Rudy again. They begin to make out and get busy and Seth creeps out of the shadows. He joins them uninvited, which freaks the girl out. She says this isn’t what she signed up for, but Rudy insists that he and his brother share.

Sarah, Cal, and Kira walk together and discuss current events: Delphine is in Europe dealing with Rachel’s business. Sarah says she needs to call Cosima, but Cal leads them to a nice flat that is his new apartment. Both ladies like the place and Cal is happy.

Rudy wakes Seth (by spitting water in his face) just in time to stand at attention when Paul stops by his hotel room. Seth dresses quickly as Rudy antagonizes Paul by describing his recent run in with Sarah. Rudy doesn’t like the idea of Sarah working with Dyad but Paul ignores this, saying Rudy will be “first.” Then we see that Paul affixes a camera to his head an inch from his eye and asks him logic puzzles. He answers with ease and little stress. Seth, on the other hand, is slightly more frazzled and unsure of his answers, eyes darting side to side as he tries to think of the correct answer. Looks like Paul’s in charge of the mental conditioning of the Castors. Rudy saves Seth from a question he couldn’t think of the answer for and Paul gives them their extraction papers. Rudy doesn’t like the idea of dropping their mission, but Paul insists they go back to base immediately.

Scott visits Felix’s loft to give Cosima another check up. He’s astonished at how great her current health stats are and Cosima says that maybe her improving health is a sign that she needs to get back to a lab. Scott doesn’t trust Dr. Nealon, the man currently running Dyad’s lab, but he thinks much more highly of him than he did of Dr. Leaky. Also, Dr. Nealon wants to meet this afternoon. Felix brusquely tells them to shoo, but not before giving Cosima a new clone phone.

At a soccer game, Alison and Donnie discuss her potential run for School Trustee, shooting daggers at Marci as she gives an interview to what looks like local media. Donnie is worried about how they’ll pay their mortgage, much less for a campaign, and Alison reminds him they can’t sell the house because of the guy they buried in the garage. Donnie walks away to tend to their daughter and Alison is approached by Ramon. He tells Alison that most of his clients are soccer moms and she’s shocked that he’s selling pills at a kid’s soccer game. She tells him she’s clean and he says he’s about to hit the straight and narrow, too, and is going to college. As Ramon walks away, Donnie returns, curious about who he was and Alison replies that he’s an opportunity. Hmmm…

Sarah, Cal, and Kira play hockey in his apartment and have a ball swinging sticks around indoors. Sarah gets a phone call from Art – excuse me, I mean, Detective Bell. He’s just picked up a case from the woman Rudy picked up and after seeing how much the suspects (Rudy and Seth) look like “that Prolethean freak Mark” he thought he should call Sarah. Immediately she asks if one of them has a scar and other other a sketchy little mustache, which Art confirms, and she asks if the woman was hurt at all. Art says she just seems freaked out so far and Sarah wants to know everything Art knows, but he has to go back inside, promising to resume their conversation later. When she hangs up, Sarah fills Cal in on her call. He asks her to stay, knowing it’s futile, and she says she has to go find Helena. She’s pleased that he’s gone to such lengths to make a home for her and Kira and they kiss.

The Army Castor brings Helena in a room full of soldiers and they lay her on a platform and waterboard her. As she tries to recover they take an oral swab and inject her with something. Just before she can be waterboarded again, the smoking woman intervenes, telling everyone that Helena is pregnant. She introduces herself as Dr. Virginia Coady and tells Helena that it might not seem like it, but she’s happy to meet her. O-kay.

Over at Siobhan’s, Felix makes tea for the still recovering Mrs. S. He tries to cheer her up, saying Sarah will come around, but Siobhan isn’t so sure. She thinks she’s lost them and Felix tells her she should do something about it. He gives Siobhan a clone phone and says she doesn’t get to sit this one out so she’d better get to work calling up her dodgy friends who might be able to help.

Cosima and Scott banter but are interrupted by Dr. Nealon’s arrival. Nealon compliments Cosima’s good health and she starts off strong with a solid, “Yeah, I’m as important to you as Sarah’s ovary, huh?” He says hard science requires hard decisions, telling Cosima that even she has had to make some of her own, but she redirects the conversation to Rudy’s escape. Scott asks Nealon about the original genomes for Project Leda, but he says that it’s lost to them thanks to the Duncans. He explains that Leda began as a military experiment under their guidance, but when the military shut them down they were recruited by Dyad and brought their genome with them. He says the Duncans also secretly sourced donors for two lines of clones, a male and female, which surprises Scott and Cosima. Cosima wants to know who these donors are but Nealon says the Duncans falsified records and hid identities to ensure that information was never discovered, meaning both Leda and Castor original genomes are lost.

Art walks with the woman from the hotel and she’s not comfortable just going home knowing Rudy and Seth are still out there. Sarah approaches them and Art tries to get her to go away, but she’s got some questions for the woman. Enter Detective Beth Childs. “Beth” approaches the woman and asks her to outline, again, what exactly happened in the hotel room. According to her, after we saw her withdraw upon seeing Seth join them, Rudy got mad that she wanted to leave as though he was rejecting Seth. She saw them rummage through her wallet and wrote down all of her personal information, and then ripped out a piece of her hair and put it into a bag. Art is none too pleased at Sarah’s latest acting gig, but she says she’s just trying to figure out what the Castors are after because they have Helena. So Art spills a little helpful information: the brothers both have a two-headed horse tattooed on their left forearms.

Alison and Donnie plan a clandestine little meeting with Ramon at the soccer field. When Ramon arrives, we finally understand the opportunity: Alison wants to buy Ramon’s business from him, hookups and clients and all. Ramon is a little skeptical that nice Mrs. Hendrix can handle the drug game, but she says it’ll be a breeze since most of his clients are in her circle, anyway.

Seth paces and agonizes over the logic puzzle that got him stuck earlier. He lashes out and punches a car window (but doesn’t break it), damaging his hand. Just then Rudy calls, saying he’s not going back to base as ordered. Instead, he’s paying a visit to Felix’s loft. Rudy tells Seth that he knows he’s glitching, and Seth confesses that it’s been happening for a week or so. Rudy breaks into Felix’s loft as Seth tells him he doesn’t know what to do about his condition, and Rudy tells him they’re going to “finish the job.”

At Dyad, Cosima speaks to Sarah over the phone about the Castors. She tells Sarah that, according to myth, Castor was a warrior horseman which connects to the brothers’ tattoos (which is a black ops insignia). They’re trained, perfect ghost soldiers, but Sarah wonders why they took the woman’s hair. Cosima says that if they got a follicle they could be interested in some kind of medical testing. Sarah isn’t happy that this information gets her zero steps closer to finding Helena, so Cosima steers her toward another alternative that Sarah doesn’t want to pursue: see Siobhan in order to get to Paul.

Helena has been hooked up to the same eye camera headset we saw Rudy and Seth in earlier and is being subjected to the same kinds of logic questions by one of the army men (and closely watched by Army Castor). Pupok the scorpion distracts her, though, so her first answer is, “Where are these mangoes? I would like to see these mangoes.” The men become impatient as Helena deliberately insults Army Castor (“I saw your brother. He was ugly”), so Dr. Coady intervenes. She takes Helena outside and they’re in an army holding facility of some sort. The dry, arid atmosphere indicates desert, and Dr. Coady says it’s nice at night because she can smoke since the air is clear. She and Helena walk together and we find out that Coady has been a guardian of sorts to the Castors since they were young, even though she never wanted children. Someone brings some food which Coady gives to Helena and Helena scarfs it down. Coady tells Helena that her family sold her out to bring her there, that it was Sarah who gave her up because she’s expendable. Helena doesn’t believe it but Coady presses on, saying she’s not expendable to her – or her boys.

Rudy searches Felix’s apartment and almost finds Professor Duncan’s copy of Dr. Moreau that Cosima is hiding. Then he spots Felix’s art corner – which includes a painting of Sarah.

Speaking of Sarah, she stops by Siobhan’s and is greeted by Felix. He says Siobhan has three broken ribs and, judging by her total honesty, a possible concussion and warns Sarah to take it easy on her. Sarah gets straight to it and says she needs to get in touch with Paul and Siobhan says he’s gone dark as he’s gotten what he wanted. Sarah prepares to leave but Siobhan stops her, saying Cal is doing her no favors pretending that he, Sarah, and Kira can be a family and live safely there. She urges Sarah to take Kira and go someplace safe but Sarah, as usual, doesn’t want to listen to her saying that she won’t take advice from someone who sold her sister. Siobhan says that she regrets that but knows that they are all in the dark about what Castor is all about which makes for terrible fighting conditions. She recalls picking up with the kids and leaving when Sarah was young, because that was the right thing to do to protect the children. Sarah seems to be considering it now.

Out at Ramon’s car, Alison and Donnie peek into their new lives: $80,000 worth of narcotics, from pills to purple drank. Ramon says he’ll hand it over for $25K, because he’s built up a brand, and Alison says they’ll take that as well as his client list for $32K. He tries to get her up to $35K but she insists she’s firm on $32K and will pay cash, causing Donnie to panic. They step aside to talk and he’s worried about where they’ll get that money from. Alison says they’ll borrow from their retirement fund because this is much-needed income. And besides, her new, very loyal customer base will double as her voter base, making her election bid practically a shoo-in.

While unpacking, Cal hears a door open and a dog barking outside. He steps out to investigate and, finding nothing, goes back inside – but Paul is waiting for him, gun drawn. Paul tells Cal to turn around and put his hands on his head so that he can pat him down. He asks Cal why Sarah went to see Delphine at Marion Bowles’ and he’s like, “Why don’t you just ask her? She does want to talk to you.” Returning his gun to its holster, Paul warns Cal that none of them know what they’re getting into. Cal rubs it in that Paul’s infiltration of Dyad was a failure, so Paul reminds Cal that he used to be a weapons designer and war profiteer. Cal asks where Helena is, but Paul changes the focus back to Sarah. He says Sarah needs to take the deal that gives her time and space and give it up, because if she keeps coming it’s going to end badly for everyone.

Sarah and Kira turn up at Felix’s and they discuss possibly moving in with Cal. Sarah runs a bath for Kira as Kira brings her favorite toys into their fort. Sarah misses a call from Cal with her phone in the other room, and as Kira climbs to another segment of the fort she is startled by Rudy, sitting quietly with red Xs drawn over his eyes. Sarah calls for Kira as the bath is ready and comes out of the bathroom to find Rudy sitting with a gun held to Kira. He wants to know if Sarah has the tissue samples of the Castor original but she maintains she doesn’t know anything about that. He threatens Kira some more as Cal arrives downstairs. Seth stops him asking for some change allowing Cal to notice Seth’s horse tattoo and remember Sarah’s phone call earlier. He cold cocks him but doesn’t know Rudy down, and Rudy pulls a knife, saying his brother won’t be disturbed.

As he paints little red lines on Kira’s face, Rudy tells Sarah he can’t leave without answers, causing her to bring up Seth. Downstairs, Seth’s having an episode and Rudy wants to know how Sarah even knows about him. As Seth’s distracted by the voices in his head, Cal reaches for a blunt instrument, but Seth falls to the ground himself. His cries reach the second floor and Rudy panics, nearly shooting Sarah and Kira. He leaves and Sarah “locks” the door, and Rudy finds Cal standing over Seth. As Seth groans in agony, Rudy holds Cal at gunpoint as Cal tries to calm Rudy down. Then Rudy shoots Seth twice in the chest and the brothers share an oddly touching moment as Seth dies there on the floor. Cal is shocked by all of this but Rudy just takes the notebook in Seth’s hoodie pocket and runs away.

Back at Siobhan’s, Sarah talks Kira through a new life on the run as they pack to leave town. Felix tells Sarah she’s a good mother for doing what she’s doing, and Siobhan, Kira, Cal, Felix, and Sarah all make their respective goodbyes. Siobhan says her people will get them out of the country and warns him not to contact hers until they’re out. It becomes clear that Cal is taking Kira away to Iceland and Sarah promises Kira that she’s going to fix things and they’ll be together again. Now, Sarah says, they have to get Helena and the only way to do that is to go to the one they know, Mark.

In a hotel room, Gracie wakes and hears Mark in the bathroom. She calls for him but he tells her to go back to sleep. In the bathroom, Mark uses a blowtorch to burn off the horse tattoo on his left forearm, biting on a towel to muffle his screams.

The Questions: What is Sarah’s next step to get to Helena? Will Helena be susceptible to Dr. Coady’s half-truths? Who’s going to find Seth’s dead body in Felix’s lobby? Are Sarah and Siobhan friends again? And are the original Leda and Castor samples really gone forever?

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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 301, “The Weight of This Combination”

The wait is finally over and we’ve got new episodes of Orphan Black!!! If you’re anything like me, the wait was only made bearable by obsessing over other media, but now our beloved clones have returned to our smalls screens. On to the first episode!

Helena is having the most blissful dream. She’s pregnant and having a party with her beloved sestras, Sarah, Alison, and Cosima, along with Felix and Sarah’s daughter, Kira. All of her favorite foods are served and Cosima’s even dressed in a Ukranian folk costume. It’s a party in honor of Helena, and she opens a present containing a bunch of knit baby items. Cosima brings her a platter full of her favorite things and…it’s all a little too good to be true, isn’t it? Helena wakes to find a scorpion crawling out of her swollen pregnant belly, and, startled, wakes again, but for real this time. She’s imprisoned inside a crate-like box (with breathing holes lovingly carved in the sides). As Helena tries to see all she can of her surroundings, she sees a scorpion on the floor of the box crawling toward her. Oh, and it talks. Apparently, Helena and this scorpion have met before (she refers to it as Pupok) so the scorpion jumps right into the crazy talk. Pupok jumps right into the crazy talk, telling Helena that she’s being tested again, only this time she’s pregnant. Helena has observed that it’s kinda hot where she is and there’s sand, too, and she tells Pupok that she was taken from her sestras. Pupok tells her that she’s mistaken if she thought things would be easy.

At the Dyad Institute, surgeons are working on Rachel after having her eye impaled by Sarah. And on the spot of her faux memorial (lovingly referred to by Felix as “Shite Beach”), Sarah sits by a fire with Felix and Kira. Felix tries to convince Sarah that the problem with the male clones Sarah met last season is still a thing. Sarah tells Felix that Marion is handling things, but Felix doesn’t trust Marion or her benevolence. Then Delphine drives up looking fabulous.

She brings Sarah to a facility where one of the male clones is being held and tells her that knowledge of Project Castor has sent out dangerous shock waves which will inevitably affect the powerful people Rachel’s involved with. As they watch him on a surveillance feed, Delphine fills Sarah in on Male Clone #1. They found him meeting a woman named Krystal Goderitch, and she’s a clone, too! MC #1 and Krystal make out in a hotel elevator and head to a room as one of his mustachioed brothers creeps up behind them and slips into the room as well. Delphine says the brothers were caught trying to force Krystal into a vehicle, and during capture, MC #1 killed two guards and MC #2 got away entirely. MC #1 won’t tell Delphine or her people anything, not even his name, and will only talk to Sarah.

Sarah goes into MC #1’s cell to try to get him to talk. Instead of telling her anything important about himself, MC #1 fawns over Sarah’s celebrity while informing her of his knowledge of all the things important to Sarah (like her sisters, and her daughter). As she typically does when people threaten her daughter, Sarah flies off the handle, telling MC #1 that she’ll kill him if he comes near her child and is pulled from the cell. Before she leaves, MC #1 tells Sarah to “count her sisters” causing her to call Alison and Felix in a hurry. Alison is at a children’s soccer game and Cosima is getting over her illness, but Sarah finds out that Helena is missing and plans to meet Felix at Siobhan’s later. Sarah informs Delphine that Helena is missing, who tells her that she can’t leave yet. Delphine says that Topside is sending an cleaner to assess the threat Sarah and her sisters pose to Dyad, and this cleaner will clean them if they find out Sarah stabbed Rachel in the eye with a pencil. So what does this have to do with Sarah? She’s got to flex her acting chops and pretend to be Rachel, of course!

Back at the soccer game, Alison is preparing to drive the Soccer Stars bus when she is approached by Marci Coates. She’s that passive-aggressive kind of bulldozer who not only is a real estate agent but is also campaigning to be School Trustee again. She wants Alison’s vote (and is willing to bring up Alison’s “addiction” and floundering monthly potluck to get it), but Alison isn’t here for that. She tells Marci that she heard she wants to do some gerrymandering in their school district which would cause Alison’s kids to have to switch schools, so Alison’s considering running against Marci, rather than vote for her. Right after Alison drops her mic, her husband, Donnie approaches carrying a cube full of office supplies which can only mean one thing: he’s been fired. He says he told his boss off but it cost them the Taurus, so he boards the bus with the children.

Siobhan arrives back home and has that lovely supernatural sense that allows one to detect unannounced presences in one’s home. She grabs a knife and prepares to search the house, but is attacked by a masked assailant in the kitchen. They scuffle and she stabs him in the leg with a pen but the attacker knocks her down quickly. As he stands over her, he removes the mask and it’s mustachioed MC #2. He’s got a few questions for Siobhan and ties her to a chair. He asks Siobhan if she knows him, and she deduces that he’s a Castor. He wants to know where Professor Duncan is, but we know he’s too late and has already turned himself in to Dyad (and killed himself). This news causes a bright flash and head pain for MC #2, so he asks Siobhan for Duncan’s research instead. Siobhan says she assumes it’s all at Dyad and insults him, earning her a boot to the chest.

At Dyad post-surgery, Rachel is still alive. Dr. Nealan tells Delphine that Rachel’s left eye was not salvageable and she has suffered some frontal lobe damage, but it’s too soon to know how bad the damage is. Delphine tells him that the Topside cleaner will be arriving shortly, prompting him to recall Topside’s previous attempt to eradicate Project Leda, Project Helsinki back in 2006. Dr. Nealan says that the Leda clones cannot find out about Helsinki, and that both he and Delphine must put the whole of Dyad ahead of the needs of one (or more) clones.

Felix and Sarah arrive at Siobhan’s an scrape her off the floor. Siobhan confesses that she traded Helena to Paul in exchange for the protection of Sarah and Kira. Predictably, Sarah is pissed and feels betrayed, telling Siobhan that it wasn’t her decision to sell her sister like that and that Siobhan isn’t “her people.” Siobhan implores Felix to prevent Sarah from making things worse, but everyone knows she will anyway. Felix calls Benjamin to help Siobhan with her injuries.

Back at Felix’s flat Cosima and Kira play as Cosima tries to explain what it feels like to almost die. She tells Kira that she dreamed that she was floating way above herself but came back when Kira called for her. Kira’s like, “Duh, girl. You had to come back so Delphine can make you better with my stem cells.” And speaking of Delphine, she stops by looking for Sarah. Cosima is put off that Delphine is avoiding talking to her as a girlfriend, prompting Delphine to admit that she’s the new Rachel at Dyad. Delphine says that she’s charged by Marion to protect Cosima and all her sisters, meaning that she cannot favor one over the other. It’s a heartbreaking breakup, and before they both burst into tears, Delphine tells Cosima that Scott will be by to do a checkup on her. Inside, Cosima hides her tears while Kira grabs the container with her stem cells inside.

Alison and Donnie are crunching the numbers to see how dire their financial situation is now that Donnie is no longer employed. She deduces that they have one mortgage payment left and Donnie thinks Alison should go work with her mother again at Bubbles. Alison balks at this idea, telling Donnie that she actually wants to run for School Trustee. He has the same concerns as she about the redistricting that Marci plans to enact so he’s on board with this idea. Then she gets a call from Delphine asking for help with a Sarah situation.

Back on Shite Beach, Sarah and Felix have some beers and discuss Siobhan’s betrayal. Sarah wants to give Helena the kind of familial support she’s never had, but Felix says he would have done the same as Siobhan in order to save Sarah and Kira. Sarah gets a call from Delphine, which is strange to Felix. Sarah decides that helping Delphine protect Leda and Dyad from Topside might be worth something to Delphine and decides to help under the condition that she gets help locating and saving Helena.

At Rachel’s house, Sarah and Felix take care of Sarah’s styling to turn her into a believable version of Rachel and Delphine says that she won’t have to pretend for long as it will be her meeting with Ferdinand. Delphine agrees to help Sarah with Helena, but tells her that she cannot falter or Ferdinand will know about their ruse.

And at the flat, Scott completes his checkup on Cosima and tells her that he doesn’t want to participate in this super secret clone stuff anymore. So she’s like, “That’s cool. But look at this book first.” She shows him Duncan’s copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau that contains all of his research, which impresses and intrigues him. Cosima says that she hasn’t told Delphine or her sisters about the book – and she won’t until she and Scott can decipher it.

Felix is a master stylist and gives Sarah her Rachel makeover. Can I just say how amazing Tatiana Maslany is? She is somehow able to not only portray all these different characters but also convincingly portray these characters pretending to be each other. Someone get this woman all of the awards! Anyway, Sarah-as-Rachel and Delphine meet with Ferdinand who insists that “Rachel” stay in the meeting, throwing the most predictable wrench in their ploy and causing Sarah to have to pretend a while longer. He says he’s there to conduct a security review of Dyad and begins to ask about the Castor subject that is being held. Delphine says the only people who know about him are herself, Rachel, and Dr. Nealan, prompting Ferdinand to mention Paul Dierdan. He challenges Sarah-as-Rachel about her relationship with him as he turned out to be a Castor mole, but she reminds him that she didn’t exactly hand pick this guy to be her monitor in the first place. Then she tells Ferdinand that the Castors have kidnapped Helena, causing Ferdinand to want to question Sarah, since she’s “still being held at Dyad” post-oopherectomy.

Down in her holding cell, Alison-as-Sarah waits in a bad wig for the group to approach. (I mean, Maslany is masterful!) Ferdinand refers to “Sarah” as the wild one and wonders if she knows anything about Castor seeing as they were hot on her heels when Dyad got her. He asks if she’s ever met a male clone and Alison convincingly feigns ignorance. Ferdinand puts his hand up “Sarah’s” shirt as he questions her, causing the very natural reaction of a verbal lashing. This results in “Rachel” slapping “Sarah” for her disrespect and Ferdinand wondering why “Sarah” isn’t actually recovering from surgery. Out in the hall, Delphine says that they’ve postponed “Sarah’s” oopherectomy because she’s ovulating, but she’s contained and the procedure will be done when she’s ready. Ferdinand pulls “Rachel” aside to  ask about why “Sarah” is still intact and discuss Helsinki, but she wants to discuss how to recover Helena. So Ferdinand plans to visit “Rachel” later to go over the finer details.

We’re treated to a bit of naked MC #1 in his cell as his guards remark on his nudity and meditation. Sarah, Alison, and Cosima have another conference call and everyone wants Sarah to be safe. They also plan to recover Helena, which Donnie objects to, and all hang up as Ferdinand arrives.

Delphine wakes Rachel with a light in her eye and begins to question her. Rachel’s speech is slightly impaired as she struggles to answer what day it is, and fails remember the word for “eye.” Delphine pushes her thumb into Rachel’s damaged eye, forcing her to say her name (which Rachel does). Delphine tells her that she’s the new Rachel at Dyad and will erase Rachel if she doesn’t spill the beans about Helsinki. She’s not supposed to know that, so Delphine, wanting to know what else Rachel knows, pushes her thumb in Rachel’s eye again and all of a sudden she’s cool with torture. What would Cosima think?

Meanwhile, “Rachel” makes drinks for her and Ferdinand and they discuss Paul. She tries to steer the conversation toward Helena, but Ferdinand wants to know if she slept with him, and she’s like, “Um, of course. He was my monitor and he’s hot. What do you think?” He says he thinks Paul was her little bitch, cluing us in on the kind of sexual power games Ferdinand likes to play. “Rachel” teases him but brings the conversation back to a prisoner swap with Castor. Ferdinand reveals that it was Rachel’s plan all along to enact Helsinki and details the plan to take the Leda clones out: kill Sarah after her oopherectomy, “induce” Cosima tomorrow, and chloroform Alison and her family then burn their house down. Sarah-as-Rachel is freaking out inside and excuses herself to the bathroom to try to warn Alison. Alison doesn’t answer and Ferdinand intrudes on “Rachel” in the bathroom, wondering what game she’s playing (as she secretly grips a metal nail file behind her back).

Ferdinand is determined to find out what “Rachel” is hiding and reveals another of Rachel’s secrets: that she’s in this plan for Kira. He really wants to play power games so “Rachel” removes his belt and whips him to the bedroom. This scene is cut with Alison as she hears a noise outside during her workout. On the bed, “Rachel” wraps the belt around Ferdinand’s neck, choking him, as Alison creeps outside to investigate the noise she heard. Just before Sarah kills him, Delphine enters the bedroom and tells her to release Ferdinand. She’s disappointed that he would conspire with one clone to kill the others and says she’ll tell Marion – which would mean his death – if he doesn’t call off Helsinki right away. Alison goes into her garage to look for the source of the noise, and the man who had been sent to kill her hides, having gotten a text from Ferdinand to abort the mission.

Delphine tells Ferdinand that he will report to Topside that Dyad is secure or else, then he leaves for Zurich. Sarah is angry with Delphine that she didn’t tell her Rachel was planning to have the Leda clones killed. Delphine says she counted on Sarah helping and is trying to help her with Helena, but that Sarah needs to stand down in the mean time.

Helena’s talking to Pupok again. “Picture a box inside a box inside a box,” Pupok says. In an observation room, a man informs a smoking woman that Helena has been in the box for almost 48 hours so the woman allows him to release Helena. Pupok says, “Congratulations, you escaped the first box,” as the lid opens to reveal yet another Castor clone.

And back at Dyad, MC #1 is biding his time. Just then someone comes downstairs and puts a bullet in the back of his guard’s head and surprise, it’s mustachioed MC #2! They greet each other and embrace, each with super creepy smiles on their faces.

The Question: What is Kira going to do with those stem cells? What’ll happen when the sisters learn that Cosima is hiding important info from them? Exactly how many more Leda clones are out there? And what the hell are the Castor clones up to?

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