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Orphan Black Season Finale Recap: Ep. 310, “History Yet to Be Written”

Is it just me or did this Orphan Black season finale sneak up on us? Nine episodes already?! Ah, well. We’ve gotten SO MUCH information about the Leda and Castor clones this season that I’m not even mad. Let’s see what the finale has for us!

Rachel dreams about her father as she recovers from surgery and wakes in an empty but meticulously decorated room. After Dr. Nealon doesn’t respond to her, she climbs into her wheelchair and grabs a note on the table. It must have said, “You’ve got a new eye,” because she then grabs a hand mirror and removes the bandage over her left eye to reveal…an enhanced eye that is not an exact copy of Rachel’s eye after all.

Sarah, Felix, and Art join Scott at a warehouse of sorts that Art says is so tied up in police bureaucracy that they’ll be safe hiding out there. Scott is building what looks like a quarantine room and Siobhan escorts Kendall inside, threatening to incinerate her if it looks like Castor is about to get their hands on her. Sarah intervenes but she, Felix, and Scott walk away still worried about impending attacks from Castor and Topside.

Rudy struggles to keep a hold on himself as he waits for Coady and Mr. Benchman (yeah, that’s the actual name we’re rolling with). When they arrive, Benchman confirms his lack of faith that Rudy will live much longer with a placating “We appreciate your service” and Coady tells Rudy that she has another assignment for him. She tells Rudy that Sarah found and apprehended the Castor original, but since neither she nor her buddies can be located, he’ll have to strike at the only one who hasn’t gone underground: Alison.

Alison holds a small rally and giveaway near a school bus to continue to solidify support for her campaign and Marci Coates comes by to try to shit stir, as usual. Alison doesn’t let Marci bother her or her megaphone and continues to campaign.

And at the Hendrix home, Donnie has a surprise for Helena. She wonders if he’d planned for them to ride Alison’s election school bus, but he has something much better for her: Helena’s bar boyfriend, Jesse (remember him?).

Shay hears a small knock at the door and it’s Cosima (sans Delphine) come to apologize for accusing her of being a spy. Leaving the door open for Cosima, Shay tells her that Delphine is nuts and threatened to bleed her out in her bathtub which shocks Cosima. Cosima is still confused as to why Shay would lie about herself and Shay’s like, “Says you! I don’t even really know who you are at all, do I?” Shay tries to get Cosima to tell her the truth, but when Cosima says she can’t, Shay gives her the boot.

Delphine slips a small gun in her jacket pocket as Ferdinand arrives at Dyad. After a bit of banter, Ferdinand demands that Delphine turn over the original so he can return her to Topside and be Delphine’s boss. Delphine says that’s not how it’s going to work and Sarah walks out, telling Ferdinand that she’s going to offer him a deal.

After realizing that Sarah wasn’t held in the basement when he last visited but pretending to be Rachel, Sarah bargains some of Kendall’s DNA to Ferdinand in exchange for his killing off Castor, calling him the lesser of two evils. Delphine tells Ferdinand about Coady weaponizing the Castors and Sarah offers to give Ferdinand Coady as well, making sure to threaten to incinerate Kendall if he tries any funny business (everyone wants to incinerate Kendall!). He thinks she’s bluffing but Sarah’s all, “I’m immune, so…”

Back at the safe house, Cosima arrives to take blood and tissue from Kendall, but Kendall doesn’t like the look of her at all. Brushing that aside, Cosima is friendly and gentle with Kendall and encourages her to remove the ridiculous white suit she’s wearing. When Cosima tries to make conversation by telling Kendall that the clones call each other sister, Kendall flies off the handle, saying she doesn’t give a flip what those copies of her have to say and threatens to gut Cosima if she touches her. Cosima tells Kendall that she has her to thank for her life and that she’s her last chance at a cure, so Kendall finally relents and allows Cosima to take her blood.

Sarah and Felix arrive at room 207 in a sketchy building (thanks to Art) and he kicks the door in quite impressively to reveal Mark and Gracie inside. Sarah confronts Gracie about giving the Castor affiliates the book and chides the couple about being blind to Coady’s motives. Mark says he and Gracie just want to enjoy the little time he has left together before the gene takes him out, too. Seeing an opportunity, Sarah tells him that she wants to take Coady out of the game, leaving Mark free to be with Gracie, but he needs to tell her what Coady’s next move is going to be first.

Siobhan has little love for Kendall left and laughs at Kendall when she decries her poor treatment. By way of a bath, Siobhan tells Kendall that she’s preparing a sulfuric acid bath for her which puts Kendall on edge. Siobhan is finally ready to get revenge for Kendall killing John (even though Kendall maintains she didn’t start the fight that ended in his death, only finished it) and assures Kendall that if it seems like Castor is about to get their hands on Kendall, she will put Kendall in the bath.

Delphine tells Dr. Nealon that Ferdinand thinks Rachel is dead and has been nosing around, so he offers to move Krystal-as-Rachel to a private facility right away. As Delphine looks “Rachel” over, she notices that she’s wearing acrylic nails, causing Krystal’s hand to fly up and backhand Delphine so hard she hit the floor. Krystal sits up in a panic, freaking out at 1) recognizing Delphine from the salon and 2) being in a recovery room with bandages over her eye. Delphine shoos a nurse away and calms Krystal down and peels the bandage off Krystal’s eye to confirm that she’s isn’t Rachel. Krystal continues to freak out while Delphine sighs in exasperation.

Meanwhile, Rachel tries out her new eye and realizes she can see incredible depth and detail. She notices finches in the room and shouts for someone to tell her what exactly is going on.

Helena and Jesse sit in his tow truck while she catches him up on the highlights of her life since they last saw each other: break self and sestra out of prison, get new mom (Mrs. S), move in with other sestra and make soap, teach children karate. He loves her adventures and is so happy to see her again that they make out and get grabby as she straddles him in the driver’s seat. Helena tells Jesse that even though she has “science baby” inside her, he will be her first – when she gets a call on her clone phone. They put their romance on hold for a little longer as Helena goes off to help her family.

And the votes are coming in as Alison and Donnie stand near the polls excited to see democracy in action. Rudy lurks nearby and spies on Alison and Donnie but isn’t seen as they head to the campaign bus.

Sarah and Felix return to the safe house with Mark just as she’s finished preparing the bath. Siobhan is surprised to see Mark but Sarah asks her to trust her.

Rudy slips into the crowd boarding Alison’s campaign bus and follows after her in a van.

In real time, Sarah reports to the gang that Rudy is, in fact, tailing Alison like Mark said (Siobhan still doesn’t trust him). And since part of Sarah’s plan includes a beat up Mark, she punches him a couple of times in the face.

Alison drives her campaign bus back to her own neighborhood, gets out behind her house and walks into the backyard as the bus drives away. Rudy suffers a short glitch but recovers and follows Alison into the backyard. He’s about to make a move to enter the house when he hears a noise in the garage. There, we see Alison duct taping screws to her hands like weapons and when Rudy goes inside he finds that it’s actually Helena. She tells him they’ll fight by prison rules and offers him duct tape for his knife. He declines and she’s like, “You’ll be sorry when I slice your bicep,” and they get to it.

Coady gets a video call from bloody-faced Rudy who says he came across Helena. He shows Kendall to Coady, claiming that Helena lead him to her, and we realize it’s Mark-as-Rudy. Looks like the Leda clones aren’t the only actors! He sends Coady their location and the trap is laid.

Helena continues to fight and taunt Rudy as he continues to glitch. She encourages him to hang in there because it’s almost over.

Coady, tailed by a few vehicles, arrives at “Rudy’s” location.

Helena takes advantage of Rudy’s glitching and drives one of her screwdrivers through his right bicep, just like she promised she would.

Outside the safe house, Coady waves a handful of armed soldiers on as they cut open the gate and move forward.

Rudy drops his knife as Helena removes her screwdriver from his arm and he falls to the ground.

And a man puts a bullet in Coady’s driver’s head. Then Ferdinand joins her in the back seat, telling her that she won’t find what she’s looking for there.

Still alive, the most feral clones have a heart to heart. Helena lies down on the floor next to him as Rudy tells her that when he was young he and his brothers would sleep together in a corner like puppies. She says she was made to be a killer when she was nine. He tells her the Castors had a purpose just like the Ledas, so she’s like, “No, because you’re a rapist,” as he bleeds out on the floor.

As Sarah has confirmed that the Castors (minus Mark) are down for the count and Ferdinand has apprehended Dr. Coady, Siobhan decides to have a little chat with Kendall about Kira. Siobhan uses the fact that Kira is technically Kendall’s niece to convince her to start spilling vital clone information and Kendall says it all goes back to Professor Duncan. Kendall says that five years after he harvested her, Duncan visited her again to tell her what he’d done and explain that he now feared for his life because of Neolution. Duncan told Kendall that he hid her identity from everyone because his science had been corrupted, so Kendall went to Siobhan to help hide Duncan and so Duncan could steer the one child who managed to escape monitoring, Sarah, to Siobhan’s care. Kendall and Siobhan share a tender moment at this when Sarah gets a text message that “they’re here.”

Delphine questions Dr. Nealon about where Rachel really is and who he’s working for. He tells her to turn on the monitor in the room and we see footage of Rachel in her tidy room yelling for someone to tell her anything. Then Nealon spills that he has always worked for Neolution, steering operations from the inside of Topside and the Castor organization.

Felix arrives at the safe house with Ferdinand and his body man.

Delphine says Neolution was nothing but pop science but Nealon says Neolution has infiltrated and run all aspects of Leda and Castor since the very beginning, calling them Neolution’s Adam and Eve.

Ferdinand greets everyone very cordially and instructs his man to get to the business of drawing Kendall’s blood.

Nealon brags that Topside will soon deliver the original’s genome to Neolution whether they realize it or not, but Delphine still isn’t clear on the “why” of it all. He chuckles at how misguided she is and presents her with a one-time offer to join Neolution. She declines, saying he’s “finished,” and calls the guards, but none come. Nealon’s mouth begins to bleed and he leaps out of his seat at Delphine. As he strangles her on a tabletop, a wriggling something begins to emerge from his mouth and he tries to drop it in her mouth, but Delphine shoots him in the chest just in time. Rattled, Delphine watches as the little wriggler creeps back into Nealon’s body and he tells her that she won’t live till morning before dying.

Ferdinand’s man finishes taking samples of Kendall’s blood and Sarah gets a phone call.

It’s Delphine, who is extracting the little wriggler from Nealon’s bloody mouth. She tells Sarah she can’t give the genetic material to Ferdinand because both Leda and Castor are run by Neolution. She says they’re all pawns and Sarah should tell Ferdinand that Rachel is alive and being held by Neolution. Sarah tells Siobhan and Ferdinand what Delphine has just said which perks up the ears of Ferdinand’s man. Ferdinand grabs Siobhan’s bat and, screaming that he hates Neolutionists with a fiery passion, beats his man to death. Ferdinand prepares to destroy his man and tells the rest that they’re now on the same side. He encourages them to leave and enact their plan to hide Kendall once more, saying they needn’t tell him where she’ll be but he’ll be in touch.

The whole of clone club meets at Bubbles and Alison serves them dinner when she gets the call about the election: she beat Marci Coates by 56 votes!

Delphine shows up at Shay’s place to apologize for terrorizing her. She hands Shay a Dyad business card to give to Cosima and says to tell Cosima that she can tell Shay everything if she wants and she won’t stand in their way then leaves. Shay looks at the Dyad card and the number 324B21 is written on the back.

At the dinner, Helena wonders if mother-sestra will be joining them (no), Cosima and Scott discuss the intricacies of a chimera DNA source, and Felix needs someone to say something understandable (Donnie thinks the beef is the bomb). Everyone toasts to Beth and then to Kira, and Donnie encourages Alison to make a toast. She’s proud of everyone working together to build a family together (and helping her win the election) and thanks Donnie especially for being a great husband (even if he was monitoring her). Cosima gets a call and steps outside.

Delphine needed to meet with Cosima but says she can’t stay, she only wants to make sure that they keep Kendall Malone hidden deep underground. Cosima’s like, “Mrs. S has that kind of thing on lock,” and Delphine is slightly relieved. Cosima tells Delphine that she knows why Delphine did all the sketchy things she did and she’s sorry for blaming her for having to do them and they kiss. Delphine tells Cosima to give her sisters all her love then drives away.

As Delphine pulls into a parking garage and exits the car once more, we see someone approaching her from nearby and she realizes she’s being followed. She stops and puts her bag on the ground, turns around to ask, “What will happen to her?” and is shot from a distance with a silenced bullet. The shooter approaches but we never see who it is before Delphine drops to the ground.

Rachel gets a visitor: Charlotte, the youngest clone. She’s wearing a leg brace on her right leg and tells Rachel that “she” said Rachel was to be her new mom. Who is she? Professor Duncan, Rachel’s mother. Duncan enters the room and welcomes Rachel home, to Rachel’s surprise.

Out in the snow, Kira see two snowmobiles riding toward her and runs to them, reuniting with Sarah. Siobhan and Kendall jump off the other one and Sarah relishes seeing her daughter again.

And that’s all folks!

All images courtesy of BBC America.

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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 309, “Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow”

All of the action is coming together in the penultimate episode of this season of Orphan Black! Sarah, Siobhan, and Felix have landed in England to search for the Castor original. First stop, Siobhan’s old neighborhood in London. They stop in a pub to meet Terry who has helped Siobhan procure a gun and who gets them some welcome pints. Sarah’s like, “What, no foreplay?” and Siobhan’s like, “Um, no. This Castor original needs to go, and I’m going to take him out.”

Dr. Coady performs her weird logic test on Rudy who is having some difficulty with it now. He is frustrated and wants to know how long he has before he goes the way of his brothers. Coady assures him that someone will crack Duncan’s code any day now and they’ll save him.

As Gemma practices her karate moves, Helena looks on and gives her some encouragement. She tells Gemma that being small can be a good thing and walks her through a quick and violent takedown perfect for smaller folks. Gemma’s clearly uncomfortable and Gracie walks in and thankfully puts a stop to the demonstration. Remembering that she’s to be a mother, Helena agrees that she’s walking a different path now.

Terry and Siobhan recount to Sarah and Felix the story of how Terry helped steal Sarah from the orphanage all those years ago. It becomes apparent that they had several safe houses back then, but Siobhan wants to get back to business. She shows Terry the decoded note that Rachel wrote and it doesn’t make much sense to him, except the number at the end. He says the original is or was likely a guest of Her Majesty (I enjoy that analogy) and is older guy from the number sequence. Terry tells Siobhan that he’ll speak to a friend and it shouldn’t take long to put a name to the number.

In a sort of daze, Gracie finds Alison in the garage and Alison immediately begins ticking off orders to her. When Gracie tells Alison she has a doctor’s appointment, Alison graciously gives her the day off – but only then does she wonder where her husband is.

Donnie wakes up on the floor of the stock room of Bubbles and surveys himself in a bedazzled mirror: his left eye is swollen shut and he’s got blood dripping from his nose. As he tries to patch himself up, he gets a call from Alison. He spins some lies about his whereabouts since last night and Alison asks him to mind the store today while she campaigns, and he agrees.

Cosima drinks some tea while Shay showers and then she decides to read the file that Delphine gave her. Initially it’s relatively innocuous: ID, form, creepy surveillance photos of the two of them. Then Cosima reaches the part of the file about Shay’s military affiliation – and Shay finishes her shower and enters the room. Cosima stuffs the file back into her bag and makes and excuse about having to do paperwork at the lab before leaving. Shay looks a little taken aback.

At Bubbles, Donnie hears a knock on the door as he cleans up the stock room from his fight with Jason. It’s Jason’s Do Dirt Dude, Lionel, and he wrecks all of Donnie’s progress. Lionel’s searching for the pills because Pouchy wants them back as Jason no longer vouches for Donnie and Alison. While he messes up the stock, he finds Helena’s stashed babies and, deciding that it looks important, decides to keep it until Donnie squares up with Pouchy.

Cosima goes to visit Scott and they look through the file together. He’s unconvinced that Shay is a spy but Cosima thinks the fact that Shay noticed Dr. Moreau when Cosima brought her to visit the lab – right before Rudy showed up – is a dead giveaway. Not to mention, Shay brought up Sarah alleging that Cosima sleep talks; Cosima is adamant that she doesn’t do that creepy shit. Scott wonders if Shay knew that Cosima had been sick again, as Rudy did, and Cosima confirms this. She feels terrible for being so blinded and for putting the others at risk.

Felix doesn’t love English food so much and they reminisce about Siobhan’s youth. Just then, three more of her cronies happen by: Christy, Kieran, and …. . Apparently, the four were in a band who played at the pub every Friday night. Thinking about the good old days, everyone agrees they should put on another show.

Terry lets himself into a creepily still and dusty building as he calls Siobhan. He leaves a message that he’s got something for her and leaves word how she can find him and then is startled by a truly creepy guy sitting on a dilapidated couch in the next room. Not to be out-creeped, Ferdinand emerges from the shadows behind Terry and it quickly becomes apparent that Terry has made some sort of deal with Topside. Terry tells Ferdinand that Siobhand and her two kids just arrived and when he alleges he doesn’t know why they’re in England, the creepy couch man wraps an electrical cord around Terry’s throat, strangling him.

As Siobhan and the band begin their set, Terry continues to be choked but puts up a fight – even after being shoved through a window. Terry puts up an admirable fight at Ferdinand watches idly by, but the creepy guy gets the upper hand and has Terry crawling and spitting out teeth soon enough. Ferdinand says, “You will tell me what I need to know,” and the creepy guy approaches them, swinging the electrical cord around his head like a lasso.

Sarah congratulates Siobhan on a great performance, then wonders aloud if they really have to kill the Castor original. Siobhan is like, “Girl, do you remember how they’re out there sterilizing women? YES, he has to die.” Then she notices her missed call from Terry. As she calls him back, Ferdinand and the creepy guy interrogate Terry as the guy beats him across the face with the electrical cord. Getting no answer, Siobhan tells Sarah to grab Felix so they can head over to see him.

Helena is having a good old time mixing soaps and and singing into a wooden spoon. Gracie arrives to tell Helena that she’s off to her doctor’s appointment, but the goodbye she gave her looked more like she’s running away. Through the windows of the garage, Helena notices Donnie sneaking back into the house and sneaks up on him as he raids the cabinets. She wonders why he’s so beat up and he lies poorly about what happened to him. She tells him to sit and promises to fix him and make the pain go away – maybe in exchange for some truth – and Donnie is putty in her hands.

Cosima arrives back at Dyad to speak to Delphine, who musters all of her smugness to tell Cosima, “I told you so.” Delphine asks why she’s back at Dyad since she quit, and Cosima reminds her that she said she couldn’t quit Dyad. Cosima owns up to her mistakes and apologizes for not trusting Delphine, and Delphine asks what Cosima’s not telling her now. So Cosima tells her that Sarah’s in London on a mission to kill the Castor original as they speak and needs to know who gave them the book. Delphine’s like, “I’m on it.”

Helena has mixed up a concoction to make Donnie’s bruises better, just like they used when the nuns used to beat the demons from them in the orphanage! She tells him that he must have much more interesting stories, though, like ones that star drug dealers and large sums of money…and a fight, perhaps? Donnie regrets getting involved with Jason and as he explains what he must do to make things right again, he casually mentions that they took Helena’s tank from under the counter. Immediately, she tries to control her temper but asks where they are, promising to take care of things. Donnie reminds her that she walks a new path now and she doesn’t think Alison will like how things have turned out. He says that it’s up to him to take care of his family, which includes Helena now, so he’ll fix it.

Sarah, Siobhan, and Felix arrive at Terry’s to find him badly beaten and still tied to the chair. He swears he told them nothing of use and Siobhan tasks Sarah and Felix with finding something to stop all the bleeding. Terry says again that he told them nothing, but says there’s something she should know and whispers to her. As Sarah and Felix come back, Terry dies and Siobhan tells them that they’re done and are going home. She hands over her gun and tells them to go back to the pub and wait for her. On the way out, Sarah spots and swipes a phone lying on the floor.

Outside, Sarah tells Felix that they aren’t going to the pub and whips out the phone. She thinks that calling Terry’s people might jangle loose the bit of information he discovered before he was killed and calls back a number that appeared twice in the recent call log. The man answers gruffly and, pretending to be Siobhan, Sarah sets up a meet in the square in an hour. Felix isn’t thrilled with the plan but knows he needs to go with her, and across the way, Ferdinand and his creepy couch guy keep tabs on them.

Felix again expresses his wariness and Sarah’s plan gets even shakier: if the guy they’re meeting gets spooked by Sarah not being Siobhan, she’ll use the nice new gun to intimidate him. Then, a taxi arrives for “Siobhan” and Sarah and Felix climb in back.

Donnie takes Helena with him over to Pouchy’s to return the pills. Leaving her in the car, he and his beat up face walk inside and he tries to make nice in this really aggressive environment. As he is getting no reaction from anyone (apart from fish-eyed stares), he puts the merchandise down and only asks to have Helena’s tank back. Luisa wonders why he wants it back if he “doesn’t know what’s inside,” so Donnie spills that it’s embryos – but he lies and says they’re for him and his wife. He tells Pouchy that if he gets the tank back (along with a reimbursement for the pills) they’ll be square. This is hilarious to the gang, who all laugh in Donnie’s face. Just then, Helena shows up at the door disguised (slightly) as Alison. She does a bad job disguising her accent but Luisa hands the tank over anyway. But instead of giving Donnie the money back, Pouchy and Luisa inform Donnie that he and Alison will now be laundering his money through Bubbles (like they had planned to do), so Donnie and Helena-as-Alison high tail it out of there – until Luisa threatens Oscar and Gemma. Helena pushes Donnie outside and locks him out and turns on the group, saying they “should not threaten babies.” Oh damn.

Smug Delphine pays Shay a visit – along with two guards. She bullies Shay into taking a seat and it looks just like the beginning of an interrogation.

The taxi driver pulls into an empty alley and forces Felix and Sarah out of the car before roughing Felix up. After clearing up their actual identities and connections to the real Siobhan, the taxi driver realizes he was also one of the guys who tracked and hid Sarah all those years ago. Sarah remembers he’s Kassov and asks him what he told Terry. Kassov hands over a print out on a prisoner named Kendall Malone, imprisoned for aggravated homicide in 1978. Felix notices a current address on the paper and they ask to be taken there.

Donnie tries to smooth the situation over with Alison over the phone, telling her everything is fine – until Helena walks out of Pouchy’s warehouse absolutely covered in blood and holding the shear from the paper cutter and a black bag. Donnie asks her what she’s done and she’s like, “I just got a refund, that’s all,” and they leave in a big hurry.

Now barefoot, Shay tells Delphine again that she’s not a corporate spy. Delphine remarks that Shay sure has a lot of nice stuff and when Shay says it’s none of her business how she earns money, Delphine retorts that it is her business if she’s bankrolled by Castor. This confuses Shay but one thing becomes clear: this must be why Cosima was acting weird. She tells Delphine she’s acting like a Single White Female and Delphine runs a bath and pulls a razor blade out of her boot ominously.

Elsewhere, Helena runs water, too – to clean off all the blood on her hands. Donnie hides the money in their deep freeze and tells Helena she should shower before Alison comes home. Helena thanks Donnie for saving her babies and leaves the garage, just in time for Alison to arrive home. Seeing his face, she asks what happened and he’s like, “Well, for starters, we’re rich now…”

Delphine shuts off the bath and begins to tell Shay about a girl she knew who tried to kill herself by cutting her wrists in the bathtub. Helpful as always, Delphine says the girl did it wrong: she should have cut the metatarsal arteries on her feet, too. Suddenly it’s clear why Shay’s barefoot. Gulp.

Runaway Gracie calls Cosima to thank her for helping her and gives her a message for everyone: “I’m sorry.” Turns out, Gracie was the mole for Castor. They told her she could help save Mark if she handed over Dr. Moreau and she did it so she could be with the man she loves. She hangs up when Mark and the man on the bench pull up to retrieve her, leaving Cosima reeling over her mistake at suspecting Shay.

Speaking of Shay, she maintains her innocence as Delphine continues to threaten her. Just then, Delphine gets a call from Cosima clearing up the confusion and she looks right pissed she’s not going to get to kill Shay.

As they arrive at the address on the print out, Kassov says he thinks he shook a tail they had a ways back. He points Sarah and Felix in the right direction and drives away, leaving the two there. Sarah thinks finding Kendall asleep makes for ideal assassination conditions and assigns Felix lookout duty while she does the dirty work.

A couple of blocks away, Kassov pulls his taxi over and gets an unexpected fare: Ferdinand.

Back at Dyad, Delphine takes a call from Ferdinand who clues her in to his current doings and whereabouts. He accuses Delphine of keeping secrets from Topside since Sarah’s supposed to be in Dyad’s custody. Delphine encourages him to come visit her so they can straighten things out and as he exits the taxi, we see Kassov in the front seat with his throat cut ear to ear.

Sarah creeps inside Kendall Malone’s address and finds a stack of mail confirming it is his residence. She pulls her gun out as she nervously makes her way down the hallway and Felix waits impatiently outside. When Sarah reaches the bedroom she finds it empty – bed still made and all – and we see a car pulling up near Felix outside. With her back turned, Sarah is startled by an older woman wielding a knife. The woman backs Sarah into the kitchen as Sarah tries in vain to convince the woman she’s not there to hurt her. She pulls her gun out (torpedoing that argument) and they notice a shadow approaching the door as the woman asserts that she is Kendall Malone. Then Siobhan walks in and tells Sarah to lower her gun, greeting the older woman as “mother.”

In a tense standoff in the kitchen, we learn that dear old mum killed Siobhan’s first love, John, which is why she went to prison, but what neither Siobhan nor Sarah understand is why Professor Duncan would direct them to her in a search for the Castor original. Kendall drops the knife and says she knew this would crop up eventually, but she hoped she’d be dead already.

Outside, Felix is freezing his bollocks off when he notices a car approach. As the car shuts its headlights off, Felix hides in a shadow.

Kendall says Duncan came to Newton testing inmates for “cancer research,” but she never believed the lie. She knew Duncan was looking for a male donor and he found one – her. Apparently, Kendall had absorbed her male twin in utero, giving her two sets of DNA.

Felix hurriedly texts Sarah that someone might be there and Siobhan turns on the stove preparing to blow the whole place to bits – then turns the gun on Kendall. They have to destroy every scrap of DNA, after all, including the living original. Sarah is horrified that Siobhan is willing to kill her mother and reminds her that if Kendall is the Castor original and has two cell lines, that means she’s the Leda original, too, but Siobhan doesn’t lower her gun an inch.

The Questions: Will Gracie be safe with Mark and the man on the bench? How will Delphine lie her way out of this one when Ferdinand arrives? What will Alison do when she finds out exactly what Helena did? And is Siobhan really going to kill her own mother? (Slash, Siobhan essentially raised one of her many aunts! How crazy is that?!)

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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 308, “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method”

Delphine has gone for a manicure and her aesthetician is…a Leda clone. The clone describes an experience where she was seduced by a guy and then brought to a hotel room where another identical guy waited (sound familiar?). She’s sure she, like, almost ended up in the back of a van, but tells Delphine that you can’t crush the human spirit.

At Helena and Sarah’s favorite cantina, a very banged up Dr. Coady questions the proprietor about the twins. She denies having seen them and walks away, leaving Coady to have drinks with…the man from the bench. Coady laments the loss of the Castor DNA and the man tells her that he has a source “inside Leda.” Coady deduces that Castor and Leda are connected.

Admiring her fresh manicure, Delphine remarks to Dr. Nealon that Krystal Goderitch, the Leda manicurist, remains blissfully ignorant about her origins and Castor. Nealon tells Delphine that three candidates are currently vying to be Krystal’s next monitor (unbeknownst to her), but Delphine wants to talk about their problem at home: Rachel. She thinks Rachel’s a liability and wants to find a long-term solution for her.

Cosima shares her tub bleeding episode with Sarah via Skype but is more concerned about Sarah after her ordeal at the Castor base. Sarah suggests that her functional immunity to the Castor defect might help Cosima but Cosima tells her that she shouldn’t worry about the setback because Delphine’s scientists are on the case. Then Sarah changes the subject to Cosima’s love life, who is reluctant to discuss it but says her current situation is what she needs right now. Sarah says she needs a way forward, a leg up, and tells Cosima that she’s been thinking about finishing what Beth started. She worries about losing another sister, so as Shay arrives home, Cosima tells Sarah to call Scott to get the deets on “something big” they’ve been holding back before hanging up.

Felix is over for a visit with Alison and Donnie and Donnie is not into the idea of taking in Helena along with hiring Gracie. He tries to convince Donnie that Helena, who’s good with kids, could be just fine with a couple of lessons on social skills. Upstairs, Helena tries on socks and gets to know Gemma. Gemma asks about Helena’s canister and Helena says it’s where she keeps her babies. Very much the child, Gemma says she’s silly and throws some undies in Helena’s face and they have a clothes fight. Donnie continues to resist but Alison says the plan is to have Helena assist them in making soaps. He still doesn’t know why Helena can’t just stay with one o her other sisters and Felix is all, “It’s your turn so you’ll do it or I’ll put all your dirty laundry in the streets!”

Shay tries to help Cosima through relaxation and breathing techniques and Cosima asks if Shay knows anything about near-death experiences. Shay says she thinks before we die we see a bit of what we left (aka, “life flashing before your eyes”) and that if we’re lucky, we can find our way back. Then she realizes that Cosima needs to get to work and they tease each other about the experiments and tests being conducted at Dyad.

In another video call, Scott shows Sarah Dr. Moreau and tells her the Duncan wanted them to have it. He also fills her in on how Rachel can decipher it and will only do so if she can speak with Sarah. Sarah agrees that not telling Delphine about this was a good move and decides to go ahead and talk to Rachel.

Delphine surveys Rachel and Scott’s game of Agricola and calls Rachel’s progress “disappointing.” Rachel tells Scott Delphine sees her as a threat and Delphine’s like, “Yeah, and how did you deal with threats when you were in my position?” When Delphine leaves, Scott and Rachel Skype with Sarah and Siobhan. Sarah gets straight to business but Rachel won’t give up info so easily. Scott says Rachel thinks Delphine is going to try to eliminate her, so Rachel wants to parlay her ability to decipher the book in exchange for Sarah and Siobhan getting her out of Dyad. Reading from a paper, Scott says, “She wants a quiet life…in Taiwan,” and Rachel even has an idea on how to do it: Sarah can steal Krystal Goderitch’s identity and help Rachel escape Dyad. Sarah wants some assurances, and Scott reveals that Rachel deciphered one of the pages in the book already. The passage says, “In London town we all fell down, and Castor woke from slumber.”

This was enough for Sarah who, with Felix on the phone in the background and Siobhan looming, decides the only way forward is to help Rachel. Gracie arrives at Siobhan’s and Siobhan tells her to pack her things to leave for Alison’s, but she hovers on the stairs eavesdropping. Sarah is convinced that there’s something pertinent to Ledas in that book and Felix says Scott and Cosima have a way to get Rachel out of Dyad using Scott’s gaming group. Siobhan thinks springing Rachel will destroy their alliance with Delphine, but Sarah knows that if the information in the book is valuable Delphine will be forced to bargain with them, anyway.

Cosima shows Shay around the lab and embarrasses Scott with awkward jokes about lesbians. He and Cosima whisper about their new covert mission being a go while Shay admires his tabletop gaming collection (woop woop!). Scott invites Shay to join his gaming group just as she comes across the encoded Dr. Moreau. Cosima quickly recovers it and smoothly hands it off to Scott to hide in his backpack – but not before Delphine can show up and make things even more weird. She needs to talk to Cosima and Scott offers to show Shay out. Delphine essentially asks if she and Cosima can put aside their beef to work out a problem, because she’s got some bad news.

In the back room of Bubbles, Donnie teaches Helena how to make soap but Helena is more interested in him. She says Alison has good taste in men, having chosen one as strong as a baby ox. He cracks a joke in her accent and she finds it so hilarious that it makes him a little uncomfortable. Letting Helena take over stirring, he leaves the room to re-confront Alison about Jason Kellerman kissing Cosima-as-her. He thinks she might have kissed Jason back if it hadn’t been Cosima and she denies it badly, saying that she’ll clear things up with him. Just then Gracie arrives for her first day on the job at Bubbles.

Helena stashes her babies on a shelf in the office and Gracie greets her. They’re both very stilted and weird with each other as Gracie apologizes for losing the baby (what?). Helena tells Gracie not to worry and assures her that she can be an aunt to Helena’s babies, and then she embraces her.

Sarah and Felix stake out Krystal and discuss the game plan for stealing her identity. Felix tries out the bluetooth as Sarah makes sure he knows to steal Krystal’s wallet and knows how to unearth her passwords. He’s a little miffed at her lack of confidence (he’s a hustler, too, Sarah) then heads into the nail salon where Kyrstal works. With an American accent and distinctly masculine affectations, he approaches Krystal for a mani-pedi and she’s pleased to help him.

Scott arrives home to find Rudy in his apartment holding his cat, Denise. Uh oh. As he passive-aggressively threatens Denise, Rudy asks Scott if he’s got any good books to lend him. Like, a copy of The Island of Dr. Moreau, perhaps?

Krystal tells Felix her crazy Castor story with all the same inflections and intonations from when she told Delphine, and Felix continues to flirt with her. With a round of “What’s Your Porn Name?” Felix discovers that her first pet’s name is Muffin and her mother’s maiden name is Slowikowski. Sarah prods him to find out a school name, but Felix notices Krystal withdraw a little. She tells him that she’s weirded out by the fact that her boyfriends always tend to leave her after two years and how hotel security guards were wielding submachine guns and she feels lost, like she’s missing something. Felix wants to tell her everything but Sarah tells him not to, so he goes to the restroom to save face. Sneaking around the staff room, Felix finds the wallet in Krystal’s purse, but also a cute pink book filled with investigation notes; looks like Krystal’s been looking into the Castors already. Back out front, Felix tells Krystal that he’s got to run and before she can go into an emotional tailspin, he reminds her – in his British accent (aka, his “truth voice”) – that she’s a survivor and she’s one of a kind. Back in the car, Felix feels like crap for stealing from Krystal and Sarah empathizes. With a fresh swipe of lip gloss, Felix and Sarah hightail it out of there.

Delphine shows Cosima evidence of a dead Polish Leda clone and tells her that she’s going to need another stem cell infusion from Kira in a month. Cosima refuses to keep harvesting Kira so they put their heads together to figure out how to identify the rest of the synthetic sequences when Scott calls Delphine, apparently in a panic.

Jason shows up at Bubbles and Alison tries (badly) to discuss the kiss from the campaign mixer. Neither can say much, so Jason steals another kiss. She tells him that his behavior is inappropriate considering 1) she’s married, and 2) they’re in business together. He offers to be discrete and she tells him that he needs to go.

At Scott’s place, Delphine chides him and Cosima for not telling her about the book. She’s highly upset that they didn’t trust what she’d do with it, because now the only copy is in the hands of the Castors. Delphine wants to know how Rudy knew exactly what to look for, and Scott reveals that Rachel can read it. Delphine is flabbergasted that they’d have taken this information to Rachel but didn’t tell her.

Donnie sits in the basement counting pills when Alison comes back home. She says that she and Jason discussed their kiss, which was a mistake, and they’ve moved on. Gracie comes downstairs for linens and Alison quickly takes her back upstairs to find them, lest she discover the secret drug business the Hendrixes are running. When she’s gone, Donnie finds Alison’s phone in her jacket and goes through it.

As she closes up the salon for the evening, Krystal is surprised by Dr. Nealon, who says, yes, she can help him.

Sarah, Siobhan, and Felix are up to speed on the currently developing news about the Castor’s acquisition of Dr. Moreau and there’s a knock on the door. It’s one of Scott’s board game buddies dropping off a package: it’s a copy of the book! With her on the phone, Sarah asks if Cosima is sure she wants to go through with her plan behind Delphine’s back, but Operation Get Rachel Out of Dyad is still on.

Delphine confronts Rachel (and Scott) about the leak to Castor, but Scott’s like, “How? She doesn’t even have the Internet.” Angry, Delphine says she should have let Rachel die before she gets a phone call and leaves. Rachel asks Scott to “play Agricola,” so Rachel gives them an hour before he’s due back in the lab.

Cosima grabs a print out before leaving and the guard outside Rachel’s room’s enthusiasm over Scott’s involvement in this prison break plan borders on reverence. He tells Rachel and Scott that he downed four cameras on the security route and swipes them to a a gassed up handi-van on the 6th level. Scott texts Cosima an update, just as she hands the print out to Delphine in her office: it’s her resignation letter, effective immediately.

Jason breaks into Bubbles looking for Alison but finds Donnie, who texted him to meet. Donnie is gobsmacked that Jason would think Alison would skip out to meet up in the stock room. Jason tells Donnie that it doesn’t matter that he’s married to Alison; if he wants Donnie’s wife he’ll take her because Donnie works for him. (WHAT.) This elicits a genuine gob smack from Donnie and Jason takes the bait and punches Donnie, finally leaving with Donnie laid out on the stock room floor.

Delphine tries in vain to get Cosima to reconsider quitting by playing on her paranoia: how will Cosima ever know if someone – like Shay, perhaps – is spying on her on behalf of Dyad unless she maintains contact with Delphine? Cosima sees right through this manipulation and implores Delphine to let her go if she won’t be with her and switch her allegiance.

Scott brings Rachel safely to Siobhan’s house and Sarah lays out Rachel’s new identity on the kitchen table. Then Sarah gives Rachel their photocopied Moreau and says if she doesn’t decipher it cover to cover, she’ll send Rachel back to Delphine. So Rachel gets to work.

Cosima tells Delphine about how she almost died the day Delphine left to Frankfurt but never told her because Delphine doesn’t believe in those things. This leads to a tender but ill-advised kiss, and Delphine apologizes, reiterating that Cosima should have trusted her with the book. Uh oh.

Felix and Scott read along as Rachel decodes the book and here’s what we’ve got so far: “In London town we all fell down, and Castor woke from slumber. Find the first, the beast, the cursed. The original has a number.” Then Rachel writes the number H46239 and Dr. Nealon bursts in with a couple of armed guards. He takes the book from Rachel but she’s like, “It’s my book!” before collapsing in a seizure. Back at Dyad, Delphine is concerned as Nealon assured her Rachel would be safe if Scott and the rest moved her.  He says he thought she could and gives Delphine the book, then rushes into the elevator to get Rachel to surgery, and he and Rachel share a sneaky side eye.

In Delphine’s office, Cosima and Scott wait anxiously for news about Rachel and show us once again how hindsight is 20/20 as they regret not making two extra copies of the book since Delphine was on to them the whole time. Delphine and Dr. Nealon approach and Nealon says that Rachel suffered an intracranial bleed that caused him to induce a coma, but Rachel may never recover. Cosima tries to explain again why they didn’t include her, but Delphine reminds her that because they didn’t, the Castors now have the book and they might have cost both camps the one person who could actually read it. She essentially fires both of them and tosses Cosima a file on Shay for “while she’s on the outside.”

While reciting the rhyme from the book, Siobhan suggests that maybe their next move should be to visit London. It’s the only solid(ish) lead they have, and Felix is wide-eyed at the prospect of going home.

In Rachel’s recovery room, Dr. Nealon speaks to her over the phone and we discover that the Rachel inside Dyad isn’t Rachel at all – it’s Krystal! He’s pleased that neither Sarah nor Delphine are aware of Rachel’s escape and Rachel prepares for surgery to get a new prosthetic eye. As Rachel is being put under, a British doctor picks up the phone to thank Nealon, and he tells her that Rachel is in her hands now.

The Questions: Who exactly is the man on the bench’s mole inside Leda? Has Alison and Donnie’s connect gone bust now that Jason and Donnie have duked it out? What will Sarah, Siobhan, and Felix discover in London? And who is the new doctor on the block?


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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 307, “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate”

So the Castor base was in Mexico! Helena hustles up some money so she and Sarah can eat, drink, and be merry at a cantina, but Sarah worries where their ticket back home is. Indiana Siobhan shows up instead of her proxy and Helena wants to rip her limb from limb but Sarah intervenes. Helena promises Siobhan that she’ll kill her at the first opportune moment, and the cantina’s proprietor invites Sarah to go have a shower in her room to let Helena and Siobhan talk things out.

Alison goes over her election talking points as Donnie assists her in “self-monitoring” to keep Dyad at bay. She talks through the next steps in the Hendrix town domination plot: turn in signatures, candidates mixer, get mom to turn over ownership of Bubbles, and Donnie meets Jason with $30,000 to bring to Mr. Pouzihno for their new cache of pills. On the way over, Alison frets over her mother, who seems to be one of many people who gets under Alison’s skin. Inside Bubbles, Connie criticizes both Alison and Donnie immediately so Alison steers the conversation back to business and gives Connie the ownership contract to sign. Connie says she must read it over because lawyers make so many mistakes (and she’s qualified to notice them in such a contract), so Alison turns to leave and is slapped in the face by a Marci Coates endorsement poster on the wall. Instead of confronting her mother, though, Alison leaves for the candidates mixer.

Cosima and Shay canoodle at Shay’s apartment when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Delphine looking for Cosima. I don’t think anyone taught her about boundaries. Delphine pushes her way into the apartment and Shay leaves her and Cosima alone to talk. While Cosima rips into Delphine for stalking her, Shay turns on the shower in the bathroom and eavesdrops as Cosima and Delphine get to the reason Delphine’s there in the first place. Delphine says Cosima’s levels of the misfolded protein are worrying and leaves a specimen cup for a urine sample. With Delphine gone, Cosima calls Scott. She asks him to cover for her at work, and even though she’s agreed to submit a urine sample, Scott wants to talk about the “Rachel might know the code” thing. Cosima tells him to just cover for her, and she’ll deal with that later.

Alison unpacks election materials with Donnie at the high school as Jason shows up for their meet. He’s concerned that they haven’t acquired Bubbles yet, but Alison promises it’ll be theirs by tonight. Stopping short of peeing on Alison’s leg to mark his territory, Donnie kisses her before climbing into Jason’s truck.

Inside the high school, Alison hobnobs as she guides her materials to her booth and Felix is her event planner and campaign manager, natch. Alison gets a text from Cosima asking for her pee which she is willing to provide so long as Cosima doesn’t think she’s a urine courier. Marci strolls over to spit some venom toward Alison and Felix and Felix vows to dismantle her. Then Alison gets a call from Connie, who alarms Felix by saying she’s having a heart attack. Alison doesn’t take this too seriously and tells Felix that her mother does this all the time and she’s going to go check on her. She tasks Felix with turning in her signatures to Sarah Stubbs and Felix reminds her to return within the hour.

Jason tells Donnie that Mr. Pouzihno, aka Pouchy, will be the only supplier he’ll ever need and admonishes him not to use dorky words like “copacetic” during the meet. As Jason’s thinking he should have brought Alison, Donnie tells him that they won’t have a problem as long as Jason isn’t thinking of moving in on his family. They bury the little hatchet and go inside Ming Auto. Donnie impresses Pouchy’s niece, Louisa, with his Portuguese and just as they make the hand off, Louisa finds Alison’s election signatures in the envelope instead of money. Donnie stutters through an apology and offers to go retrieve the correct envelope, but Pouchy sends Jason to get it while Donnie waits with him.

Back in the cantina, Siobhan tries in vain to apologize to Helena, who only wants to fight. Siobhan asks how Helena plans to care for her child, and Helena is all, “I have a boyfriend named Jesse and we’re going to raise them. Now let’s take this outside.” Siobhan refuses so Helena begins to hit her until Siobhan hits back. She immediately regrets it and embraces Helena, telling her that she’s family now.

Alison arrives at Bubbles and Connie is feeling much better. But then she tells Alison that she can’t sell her the store. At the high school, Felix panics as they call for the candidates to pose for photos and texts Alison. Connie doesn’t want to turn her store over to “Mr. Chubbs” (Donnie’s actual given surname) and her underachieving daughter and this lights a fire under Alison. She vows to win the election and rushes back to the high school. Cosima arrives at the high school for Alison’s pee and is grabbed up for Alison’s photo op. Felix intercepts her and does one of his famous makeovers so Cosima can try on her Alison shoes. Sarah isn’t the only clone with acting chops!

Scott sends Cosima a “Where are you?” text and Delphine arrives at the lab with Rachel for her protein testing. Rachel notices one of her paintings and Scott shows her the copy of Dr. Moreau, so she asks if Scott can teach her a board game he had been playing so they can have time together without Delphine.

Like a true campaign manager, Felix guides Cosima as Alison (who can’t see anything without her glasses) to the photo area – just as the real Alison shows back up at the high school. Then Jason arrives to fill Alison in on the accidental signatures/money switcheroo and they scope out the right envelope sitting on the table in front of Sarah Stubbs. Alison tells Jason to wait outside while she switches the envelopes and sends Felix a 911 text – and then Connie shows up! This is getting complicated.

Connie says she has something very important to tell Alison, so they go to an empty classroom to talk. Connie tells Alison that she didn’t think Alison’s father was good enough and reveals that she had their in vitro clinic switch his DNA for someone else’s who was “better stock.” Stunned, Alison tells Connie to stay put and runs into Jason in the hallway. She engages him to stall her mom, and upstairs, the photo op is over and Cosima wants her Alison pee so Felix arranges for them to meet later in the bathroom.

Scott begins to outline the rules to Agricola but she’s like, “I die. I don’t seriously want to play this game.” But Scott is like, “How do you expect to maintain our cover if we don’t actually play?”

Felix catches up with Alison and she lets slip about the $30,000 she’s trying to get back. She hesitates to tell Felix what’s going on, who threatens to quit, so she tells him everything: she and Donnie are drug dealers now and unless she can get Pouchy the money in that envelope, Donnie’s in trouble. Felix recognizes the name as the same guy who had Vic’s finger cut off and Alison is a little more worried.

At Pouchy’s, Donnie tries to smooth things over but nobody likes his chatter. Under the threat of the same paper cutter that took Vic’s finger, Donnie swears that they’ll get the money. Louisa leaves to get the money herself, adding that if she doesn’t have it in half an hour Donnie loses his nose.

Felix distracts Sarah Stubbs as Alison tries to avoid Marci and stealthily switch her envelope. Marci sidles up behind her, asking if she’s committing voter fraud and generally trying to rattle Alison before being called away for sound check.

Jason walks the halls with Connie and they discuss Bubbles and Donnie. He charms Connie by telling her that Alison is a lot like her and does a good job convincing Connie that Alison will “wear the pants” in the business so Connie will have nothing to worry about.

Alison gets a call from a distressed and sweating Donnie who says Pouchy now wants her to meet his niece in the parking lot now. She tries to hand the cash over to Louisa, but Louisa’s adamant that Alison join her in the car.

Meanwhile, Marci Coates is trashing Alison in her speech, so Felix rushes to Cosima for another acting job. He gives Cosima Alison’s talking points and tells her to memorize them, but of course she can’t see clearly without her glasses so he tells her to improvise.

Louisa counts the money as Alison waits impatiently. Alison says she doesn’t have time to for her to count it all, so spitefully, Louisa starts over. Sarah Stubbs calls Alison for her speech and Cosima as Alison heads to the stage, just as Pouchy’s goon scoots their paper cutter closer to Donnie’s nose. In the nick of time, Pouchy gets a call from Louisa and they release Donnie.

Cosima as Alison wings it and causes lots of concerned whispering in the audience among her increasing coughs. Luckily, the real Alison and Felix are standing just off stage, so Cosima heads back to the restroom and Alison resumes the speech. Jason catches up to Cosima as Alison and tells her that her talked Connie into the deal, then acts very much the creep and steals a kiss that he says he’s “owed.” Henotices something off, though, as Cosima as Alison says she has to pee and scurries to the restroom. Alison stumbles through her speech and eventually lands on “family” as her campaign’s agenda.

Sarah emerges freshly washed and finds a beat up Siobhan. She tells Sarah that Helena is outside walking off her anger and that they’re going to be a family. Simultaneously, Alison goes on to liken her whole community to family, making Marci seem like a heartless wretch who wants to kick their family out of the district. Sarah tells Siobhan about Paul’s death and her dream about Beth, and Siobhan tells Sarah about how she’s looking after Gracie now. Alison begins to appeal to the audience with her platform of creative solutions over exclusion, and promises to be the mother hen who keeps the chicks together, earning a big round of applause (and a little scowl from Marci).

In the bathroom, Cosima is Cosima again and tells Alison that Jason kissed her. She’s waiting for Alison to pee but, hearing Cosima’s continued cough, Alison refuses and asks what’s really going on. Cosima deflects but Alison insists that they need Dyad when it comes to their health and Cosima agrees to let Delphine test her urine. Connie marches into the bathroom and tells Alison how proud she is of her speech and gives Alison the signed ownership contract for Bubbles. Connie adds that she’s not concerned about Alison because she’s confident that she’ll cut Donnie loose like a sack of rotten potatoes when the time is right just like she did, adding that Jason might still be waiting for her, and Alison is about to have a moment. She beckons Cosima and reveals to Connie that they’re clones. Cosima makes a hasty exit and Connie rationalizes that Alison and Cosima must be half sisters and that she was duped by the in vitro clinic. Alison lets her have that lie.

At Shay’s, Cosima has a bath as Shay pours her some wine. Shay thinks Cosima has something to tell her. At the same time, Rachel wants to discuss the code back at Dyad. She says the book contains her and her father’s secret language, but Scott’s like, “He didn’t leave it for you, though, did he?” Cosima confesses to Shay that she has a serious health issue as Scott shows Rachel pages from the book and gives her a pencil to get decodin’. And Cosima lies about the specifics of her disease, just as Shay notices that Cosima is bleeding from her vagina and comforts her. Rachel begins to connect the dots of the code, but she tells Scott that she’ll only talk about it with – you guessed it – Sarah.

The Questions: Can the Leda/Castor disease be transmitted via non-heterosexual sex? Should Shay be worried? Will Gracie be happy to see her former roomie Helena again? How will Marci Coates try to undercut Alison next time? And – this is the big one – what will the Dr. Moreau code reveal?

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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. 305, Scarred by Many Past Frustrations”

Helena is now being treated to full-on barbaric imprisonment: bloodied, she awakes to find she’s been chained to the floor. Pupok, our favorite talking scorpion, reminds Helena that her good deed is causing her to suffer just as she finds a nail on the ground. Pupok leaves disapprovingly as Helena begins to cut and mutilate her back and goes into another cell to find…Sarah.

Dr. Coady and Rudy discuss the dead baby Castor clone and why he didn’t survive and Dr. Silva points out that the little guy can still be valuable to them: they can use his DNA to pinpoint the defect in the living Castors and develop a gene therapy cure for them. Rudy is eager to meet the soon-to-arrive general, but Coady doesn’t want him stirring the pot and sends him away for two days of free time. No good can come of this.

Sarah wakes up in her cell immediately tries to discover where she is. That’s when Helena speaks to her through a shared vent in their cells. Helena confronts Sarah about Siobahn’s deal and Sarah tries to connect with Helena to no avail.

Art is leaving Sarah a voicemail when Gracie shows up at his apartment. She tells him that Sarah told her to come see him if she was ever in any trouble, so he invites her inside.

Felix and Siobhan discuss their mutual worry for Sarah as he gets a call from Cosima; she’s got another online date and he gives her pointers even though she’s not really into it. At the bar, Cosima chats with the bartender about how to not look/act/smell/be unappealing as Cosima’s date, Shay, arrives.

Gracie tells Art about what happened to her after she and Mark – who she does not want to talk about – went their separate ways. Art tries to convince her that a pregnant teen (how old is Gracie?) should be with family, but she tells him the awful truth about why she’s now homeless. He says he knows someone who can help.

Cosima and Shay make conversation and flirt, and as they get to know each other more, begin to hit it off.

Sarah tries again to speak to Helena, but Helena’s more interested in using the nail she found to pick the lock on her cuffs. Sarah reiterates that the deal Siobhan made had nothing to do with her as Pupok tells Helena that Sarah is a liar. Helena proves unshakable unless distracted by Pupok and Sarah says she should have just left her there instead of coming to rescue her (terrible rescue mission) and Helena’s like, “I can do bad all by myself.” Helena knows the schedule of the prison like clockwork and counts down to lunch, but Sarah gets handcuffs instead. The soldiers shunt Sarah away but not before she tells Helena that the Castors are their brothers. At this she approaches her cell door and notices that she is able to unscrew one of the bars and also finds that she can remove a stone from her cell wall.

Sarah is brought to Dr. Coady and uncuffed only to be held immobile while Dr. Silva takes her blood to filter for stem cells. Coady says her DNA is unique and tells Sarah that fighting her is useless.

Art brings Gracie to Siobhan’s house and Felix thinks harboring a former cult member might be slightly hazardous to them. Siobhan reminds him that he was well on his way to Crafty Criminal when she took him in and tells him to go help Gracie settle in. Siobhan brings up her worries over Sarah and Art promises to look into why she isn’t calling back.

Sarah is thrown back into her cell and Helena tells her Dr. Coady’s plan a little too late. After confirming with her that “the Mark-faced boys” are really their brothers, Helena tells Sarah that, contrary to being institutionalized, she may have just found a way out.

Cosima and Shay have moved onto the “unnecessary but welcomed physical touching” phase of first date flirting and Shay tells Cosima that she’s a holistic healer who focuses on spiritual work and helping people find balance. As she says this, someone takes surveillance photos of the two, and back in the bar Shay says an added bonus to her spirituality is seeing into people’s souls. Not creepy at all. Totes normal. Cosima loves that line, however, and asks Shay if she wants to “go somewhere.”

Dr. Coady questions Mark about why his tattoo is gone – and his wedding ring. She confirms that he consummated his marriage to Gracie but tells him it wasn’t real because she wasn’t one of them. Then she hands him a book in which he’s supposed to record all sexual contacts. (WTF?!)

Gracie looks around in wonder as Felix settles her in Sarah’s old room. He throws the thickest shade and she’s like, “You don’t have to be catty. I know you don’t want me here.” Felix basically tells her that he’s skeptical that she’s not still a judgy Prolethean, but she says she just wants to be a regular teenager.

Sarah, knowing that Helena will have counted, asks how many soldiers are on the base, and Helena answers as Helena often does, which is to say she doesn’t. She begins to count down again and this time, it’s Paul who arrives. Seeing Sarah here for the first time, he wishes she’d have just stayed away. He approaches her as a friend but she feels he’s insincere, and Sarah tells Helena that Paul’s the one who sold her out. They volley about the people they each try so hard to protect until finally he says the military is his family and they screwed up by crossing them. Helena threatens Paul and Sarah joins in, because why not?

Gracie flips through Sarah’s photos and Siobhan comes to check on her. She’s struggling to reconcile an actual, well-rounded person with the abominations she was always taught to believe the clones were, and Siobhan’s like, “Bless your little empty head, they’re just as regular as your are or I am. Even Mark.” Siobhan broaches the subject of Gracie’s lost baby and Gracie deads that conversation quickly, saying essentially that her psycho parents abused her by impregnating her. Siobhan relates, saying she eloped young and, as Felix listens in the hallway, her husband, John, was killed. She had no place to turn when that happened and was helped by her Aunt Joan to get on her feet. Gracie (correctly) reads between the lines that Siobahn is helping her as penance, but Siobhan insists Gracie is just her guest.

Paul is pissed with Coady for holding Sarah because it nullifies original deal he made. Coady says having Helena and Sarah means that much more valuable research can be conducted but Paul is sickened by this.

At Felix’s flat, Shay gives Cosima a sexy massage as they drink wine and listen to seductive music by candlelight. Then Shay strains the mood by asking about Cosima’s ex. Recovering, Shay asks if Cosima wants her to stay and she’s like, “I don’t know,” so Shay decides she’ll go. But before she can so much as put her shoes back on, Cosima begins a stream of word vomit about Delphine. She tells Shay she was way more than she expected and they make out.

Sarah checks out the surroundings again and tries to get Helena to fill her in on her escape plan. Helena deflects, amused that Sarah wants to be her “sandwich,” which – if they were in Siberian prison – would make her the weaker person Helena can eat as she escapes. So then Sarah tells Helena about how she left Kira with Siobhan until eventually Siobhan wouldn’t let her see Kira. Helena continues to pick at her shackles as Sarah expresses regret about missing out on time with Kira until she agrees to help Sarah – as long as Sarah helps her, too.

Felix confronts Siobhan about never disclosing her husband’s death. She tells him that during a particularly brutal drunken brawl, John ended up with garden shears stuck through his throat (like Hot Fuzz!). She said she never told them because she was in a rush to let go, not relive her pain. And Gracie comes downstairs in tiny shorts and fishnets and announces that she’s going out to a club to get herself a mai tai (she’s so young). Just in time, Felix changes her plan and he, Siobhan, and Gracie agree to have drinks at home.

Sarah and Helena plot and they begin to count down again – to the food tray pick-up this time. Sarah taunts Miller and his army brother until they enter her cell where she predictably begins to attack them. During the fight she takes the soldier’s keys, only for Miller to recover them and earning her a right cross as Helena looks on.

Dr. Silva recommends that Sarah begin showing the Castors respect and cooperating as he patches her up, then releases her back to her cell.

Felix brings Gracie her first gin and juice ever and Siobhan turns on some music and gives her a dancing lesson. Before he can come in and school them on how to wiggle their hips, Felix downs his drink and then shows off his moves.

Back at her cell, Sarah removes two metal pieces she was hiding in her mouth and she and Helena enact their plan of escape. Sarah ties the metal piece to a piece of cloth and swings it out her cell door so that Helena can try to catch it, but they are forced to pause their plan as the surveillance camera pans back their way. Once it returns, Sarah resumes and Helena catches the metal and cloth and begins to pick her shackles in earnest.

And at Siobhan’s Gracie is loving alcohol and dancing, like, SO MUCH. She dances until she falls down, but not because of exhaustion. Gracie’s having abdominal pain so Felix calls 911.

Helena finally frees herself and removes the stone from the wall, revealing a cache of butter packets. She opens them and rubs the butter all over her body. Then, with her shackles between the loosened bar of her cell door, Helena kicks the crap out of the shackle until the bar comes loose and she squeezes her greased up body through the tiny opening in the door. She gets stuck for a second but makes it out and cuts the camera, causing the soldier on surveillance duty to pay them a visit. Sarah distracts him long enough for Helena to force his head onto a spike, which kind of sickens her. Then instead of getting his keys and freeing Sarah, Helena’s like, “Nyah nyah, payback’s a bitch,” and leaves a panicking Sarah in her cell.

Paul pays a visit to medical to get a look at Parsons’ body. (???)

After her last escape, Helena is much more familiar with the layout of her prison and steals around corners and in shadows as soldiers mill about.

Paul fiddles with the screws on the apparatus Parsons wore on his head. (????)

EMTs arrive at Siobhan’s for Gracie as Siobhan and Felix fill the professionals in on what little they know of Gracie’s medical history.

Helena continues to sneak outside, stealing a canteen from a Jeep on the way.

Paul takes a medal (that presumably belonged to Parsons) and begins flipping through his super creepy black book. It’s got names and data – and a lock of hair – from every woman Parsons had slept with and Paul looks rightfully skeeved out by it.

Art meets again with a very reticent Patty, the woman who reported Rudy and Seth to the police.

Helena climbs a Jeep up onto a wall, narrowly missing a soldier on patrol, then elbow crawls her way to the wall topped with barbed wire where she climbs to the top.

Paul continues flipping through Parsons’ black book and finds something interesting.

Art wonders why Patty is wearing sunglasses and she says she thinks Rudy and Seth gave her something. As she removes the sunglasses, we see her the whites of her eyes have become mottled with red.

And at Siobhan’s, an EMT is encouraging Gracie to open her eyes – and her eyes look the same as Patty’s.

Helena reconsiders leaving Sarah behind and Pupok’s all, “Pssh, get going, dummy!” Just then Miller raises the alarm that she’s escaped forcing Paul to put down his captivating new book. Helena slips back into the facility, disappointing Pupok, as Sarah listens to the din, frightened.

The Questions: Has Helena just made things worse for her and Sarah? Will anyone help them escape (or release them)? What name did Paul find in Parsons’ book? And what’s the mysterious red-eye disease?

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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 304, “Newer Elements of Our Defense”

Bonnie emerges from the cornfield and sets off toward the barn and Sarah’s shaken to the core. Bonnie raises a door, nearly finding Sarah, and searches inside while Sarah sneaks out. Sarah finds a gun in the grass and runs into the cornfield to find a barely alive Mark. Though initially resistant to her assistance, he asks her to tie his wound off (but not without wondering why she’s helping him). Bonnie’s cronies show up and she points them to the field and Sarah and Mark limp through it in the other direction.

As they drive back to the new Prolethean compound, Gracie pockets her wedding ring. Inside the home, the fanatics sing and are eager to introduce Gracie to Jonah Appleyard, who both assisted with Gracie’s birth and housed Bonnie and the rest after Helena wrecked their previous center for brainwashing home. He knows about Gracie’s “blessed” pregnancy and they all praise the baby.

At the army base, they’re feeding Helena! As she demolishes a pork chop, she notices something about the bone, then, after tying her right arm, she begins trashing her cell and banging her head on the bars in a clear cry for attention. She immediately receives said attention from Miller, who allows two soldiers to enter and restrain Helena so that Dr. Coady can administer a sedative.

Alison and Cosima express their concerns about Sarah going after Helena and Cosima slips in that Kira’s stem cells are working as a treatment for her. (YAY!) Cosima asks Alison about her election just as Alison, who had been reviewing what I assume are the proceeds from her new business venture, is interrupted by Donnie. Alison hangs up with Cosima and Donnie tells her that he was being followed. He thinks it might be police so they decide to put their paraphernalia in storage just in case (like on Breaking Bad).

Sarah and Mark make it to an overpass and he refuses to be brought to a hospital. They find an abandoned house and he tells her that he needs to get inside so that he can dig out the bullet still lodged in his leg. She tells him that he can’t do that alone and offers to help him in exchange for information.

Miller gets a call from medical that they’ve finished treating Helena, and when the doctor leaves Pupok shows up helping Helena formulate a plan of escape. She sets off to case the joint and, after spying Dr. Coady brainwashing a Castor, passes out. Pupok wakes her up and lights her fire to get back to the medical bay, so when Miller finally makes it to her cot, he finds her passed out on the floor.

Mark begins digging into his leg and asks Sarah to pull the bullet out, but she refuses unless he tells her where Helena is being held. He evades at first, saying he’s been on mission for a year and doesn’t know much, but then admits that since his folks’ headquarters is mobile, Helena really could be anywhere. Holding up her end of the bargain, Sarah douses her hands in alcohol and feels around in Mark’s leg for the bullet and when she finds it he asks her to reach back in with pliers to pull it out. Before doing that, though, Sarah tells Mark that Rudy came to see her and threatened Kira, and that the Leda clones get sick, too. Mark tells her that his intel said Henrik stole samples before the projects were killed but he never found them. She uses the pliers to nip out the bullet and they bandage his leg together.

Alison and Donnie take their Rubbermaid containers full of soap and drugs to the car and are met by a man having lunch in their yard. It’s the man who was following Donnie and he says they have something that belongs to his boss. He tells them that Ramon was never allowed to pass off his stash and, since he’s in the wind now, Alison and Donnie will have to meet with his boss tonight. He makes a veiled threat against their children, confiscates their pills, and leaves Alison and Donnie dumbfounded.

Cosima talks on the phone with Scott about Duncan’s jumbled writings in her copy of The Island of Dr. Moreau. They hope to uncover a Vigenere cypher and a key to use it and try to puzzle out the meaning of the book, but are clueless for now. Felix arrives home so Cosima hangs up, just in time for Felix to insult her (awful) sweater. She claims she had a chill but he figures her out quickly: she wearing it to pine over Delphine. His solution: invite her to Bobby’s for drinks.

In a rare moment alone, Gracie prepares to get dressed when she has a stomach pain and begins bleeding. Bonnie comes to bring Gracie to meet more people, and when she doesn’t open the door for her, Bonnie uses her key to barge into the room. Though she lies about her hesitance, Gracie has another pain and Bonnie shouts for Alexis.

Sarah stitches Mark’s leg with thread and he tells her a little about his life as a clone: he grew up without parents or monitors with the military, being inundated – along with his brothers – to be killers from a young age. He says that he knew his brothers would track him and Gracie now that he’s formed an “outside attachment” and so wanted to find the samples to trade for his freedom. He passes out after mentioning the “junk” he got from the departed Mr. Finch, which piques Sarah’s interest. She rummages through his jacket and finds a key labeled “LIDO” and calls an ambulance before leaving.

Rudy is in the field and has been tasked to find Mark and Gracie at their motel.

Helena gnaws on her pork chop bone, creating a sort of serrated edge.

And Sarah uses the LIDO key to go back to Mark’s motel room. She searches for, and finds, the case Mark got from Finch.

Donnie shows Alison the gun he brought to their meeting and, though she tells him to stow it, he puts it in his waistband. The sandwich eating man from earlier gets out of a car and pats Alison down then tells Donnie that his boss only wants to talk to Alison. She climbs into the backseat and it’s Jason Kellerman, an old flame of Alison’s from high school who is stoked to see her.

Cosima can’t stop talking about Delphine, so Felix busts out the Sapphire dating app. He tells her she doesn’t exactly need to find love right now, so much as a scratching post, and it’ll help her move on to put herself out there.

Alison and Jason flirt and he wonders why she’s selling drugs now. She tells him they should keep it strictly business and offers to double Ramon’s weight if he gives her the pills back, so, admiring her soap business cover, Jason agrees.

Sarah opens the case and flips through the journals within. She finds a document that proves Henrik was a lab assistant during Leda and calls Cosima immediately. She catches Cosima up on Mark’s involvement with the military and the Proletheans as well as this most recent discovery. Sarah takes some photos of a couple of journal pages and Cosima notes a successful SCNT (somatic cell nuclear transfer), which is how you makes clones. They determine that, since Henrik had the Castor DNA, he likely used Bonnie to fertilize it and carry the baby.

Bonnie looks on as Appleyard leads a prayer circle around Gracie. He declares the child lost and Bonnie tells the rest to get out. She says Gracie betrayed her family so this was God punishing her. Gracie apologizes but Bonnie says the only reason she was ever allowed to stay was because of the baby, so now Gracie has to get the eff out, never to be welcome again.

Sarah closes up the case and goes to wash her hands, just as someone comes into the room. She hears creaking and pulls her gun, and it’s Mark. He’s pissed that she called the police, saying he knew he couldn’t trust her, but she distracts him by telling him that she discovered that Henrik had a son with the original Castor sample. He remembers Henrik mentioning a son, so they visit the house Henrik and Bonnie lived in – where their dead son is buried in the ground. Mark says they should be able to get some viable DNA and tells Sarah to get to digging.

Helena feigns sleeping as another guard passes, then, under the watchful eye of surveillance, uses her bone key to try to open her cell door. It doesn’t work at first, but with a little more gnawing, she gives it another go. As Sarah digs, Mark tells her he finds it interesting that she’s doing all that she is for Helena after trying to kill her way back when. Helena’s key works as Sarah says she wants to save her because it’s not her fault she was trained to be a killer (which hits home for Mark).

Helena slips out to the area where a Castor was being brainwashed and sees the name “Parsons” on a medical chart. She goes in to the see clone who is in distress. She peels back his medical cap and discover that the top of his skull has been sawed off to reveal his brain, which has wires and nodes stuck into it. He begs Helena to kill him, but Pupok says she should leave him or waste her chance of escape. She has empathy for his loneliness and, grabbing a scalpel, stabs him in the brain until he flat lines. Dr. Coady arrives to find Helena standing over Parsons’ body and Helena calls Coady a shit mother before being overwhelmed by guards.

As she continues to dig, Sarah tells Mark to stay awake, saying she doesn’t need her brother dying on her. He still thinks they’re not really related and passes out anyway. She hits the baby’s casket and pulls it out, just as someone creeps up on the scene, checks Mark’s pulse, then takes his (her) gun. It’s Rudy and he’s got Sarah dead to rights. She tries to leverage the casket for Helena, and when she tells Rudy it’s Castor DNA he tells her to open it. While he’s distracted, she hits him with her shovel and runs off to hide in – you guessed it – a barn. Rudy, along with the shovel and the casket, follows her, finding her behind some bales of hay. Mark comes in and order Rudy to stand down, but Rudy scoffs at that, calling Mark a traitor. After more goading, Rudy slams Sarah against a post and the brothers face off. Rudy stands down and, after exchanging some meaningful glances with Sarah, Mark tells Rudy to grab the casket so they can return home. But not before tying up a loose end called Sarah Manning.

The Questions: Will the Castor baby be enough to help find a cure for the Castor clones? Will Alison and Donnie survive business with Jason? Will Felix have a storyline this season? And how the hell is Sarah going to get out of this one?


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Orphan Black Recap: Ep. 303, “Formalized, Complex, and Costly”

Sarah and Felix have a “dead man in the bathtub” situation. Felix suggests they contact Siobhan for body disposal assistance, just as Art arrives to speak with Sarah. They hide the blood on the floor and let him in, but, keen detective as he is, he finds the body straight away and Sarah’s quick to note that she and Felix didn’t do it. Art isn’t easily swayed when they try to convince him to simply look the other way so Sarah thinks it’s a good time to introduce him to Cosima (via Skype) and induct him into Clone Club, officially. Sarah shows Cosima (and Scott) dead Seth in the bathtub and they think Seth’s “glitching” is a neurological design flaw among the Castor clones which is why they need the original sample to find a cure. Unless they can examine his brain, of course. Art has had enough and wants to scram, but then he tells Sarah why he came over in the first place: he has a lead on Castor clone Mark.

Speaking of Mark, he wakes (with a gun in his hand) and finds Gracie missing. He’s just about to run out and search for her when she returns with breakfast. They have a strange marriage so far riddled with secrets and constant vigilance lest Gracie’s family catch up to them. But finally, they decide to get it on (hehe).

Alison and Donnie have hit the streets to drum up votes and spot fellow parent Vera during her run. Vera tries to brush them off, saying she doesn’t want someone with Alison’s issues to handle her children. So Alison tells her they took over Ramon’s business and charges her $60 for handmade soap and a baggie of pills, and all of a sudden Vera’s all ears!

Back in their hotel post-nooky, Mark confesses the truth about himself to Gracie. He says he’s still in the military, not AWOL like he told the Proletheans, and was assigned to infiltrate to find the missing original Castor sample that Gracie’s father stole. He thinks Henrik gave the sample to Mr. Finch and wants to get it from him, and Gracie is upset at this, feeling as though Mark has lied to her about everything.

Sarah and Art chat in his squad car. He wonders if Sarah plans to trade Helena for the samples if she should find them first, and just then they spot Alexis, the Prolethean midwife who was looking after Helena. She says she’s been disconnected from everyone since Helena burned their farm down and tells Sarah that Henrik impregnated both Helena and his daughter, Gracie (yes, that Gracie) with his and Helena’s babies. Art calls in detail about the vehicle Mark and Gracie were using and gets a tip that it was impounded.

As she brushes her hair, Gracie is disturbed by her pregnancy (or I am, at least). She and Mark talk about how they need to remain a team to get her through it and they devise a plan to avoid turning Mark’s mission into a bloody, violent mess. And a grizzled Mr. Finch gets a visit on a farm from Gracie.

He escorts her inside and makes idle chit chat. Finch is ever so slightly sleazy but buys Gracie’s story that she’s there to pick up the thing he’s held in trust for her father. He tells her that it’ll cost her $1000 if she wants it, so she issues a not-so-veiled threat that Proletheans can make fast friends or fierce enemies. Instead of making a big deal of it, he hands the case over to Gracie and she leaves.

And Art and Sarah are on their way to check out the car and they try to puzzle out why Mark and Gracie are on the run together. She asks him why he’s helping her and tries to convince him that this isn’t his fight, and he reveals that Beth tried to tell him about being a clone the night she killed herself. He feels guilty that he didn’t listen to her when she needed him but returns focus to the case, asking Sarah to look up a known associate of Henrik in a file so they can get Helena back.

Helena sings to herself as she lies in a cell and spies Paul and Rudy returning to the army base. Dr. Coady – who Rudy refers to as “mother” – is pissed and slaps Rudy across the face, but he explains that Seth was losing it in the field and he did what needed to be done. As they share a cigarette, Coady and Paul discuss the Castor defect and note that the Leda clones don’t possess it. Paul offers to go out in the field to recover Mark instead of Rudy, but Coady tells him that Arlington has called him for another assignment and want to shut down their program. He feels responsible for the Castors, having served with them, and Coady says she can cure them if Paul can buy them more time with the director.

At Felix’s, Cosima saws into Seth’s brain and Scott does his best not to upchuck all over the place. She passes the top of his skull off to Felix and discovers no lesions or sign of an aneurism at all. After a struggle involving Felix’s (soon to be destroyed) tongs, Cosima finally pries Seth’s brain loose and hands it over to Scott for storage.

At Dyad, Dr. Nealon guides Rachel through memory exercises and while her cognizance seems fairly intact, her communication is a little sluggish. She struggles with simple words but wonders what’s going on outside her recovery room. Nealon tells her that Delphine staged her death and as far as Topside knows, Rachel Duncan is finished. He encourages her not to worry about that now, saying she’s more valuable than she knows, just as she identifies (without delay) “horses” just like the Castor tattoos.

In Coady’s office, Rudy watches video of Helena choking and struggling to breathe when Coady enters to speak with him privately. She says she’s mad at him and asks for his and Seth’s journal logs. She notices the hair he stole from Patty and tells him that Mark’s gone dark. Rudy thinks Mark is weak but shows his own weakness in the very next second: he’s worried about the defect and how it might affect him, and when Coady embraces him, he sucks his thumb.

Two more parents approach Alison for “soap” and she makes the sale and gets the vote while her rival Marci Coates looks on. In their garage, Alison and Donnie make soap and discuss their business – just as Marci invites herself over. She proposes to get Alison a good deal on a great house, but it’s in another school district. Marci tries to convince Alison that she can’t win and the barbs they shoot are so vicious Alison needs to cut something after. (Thank goodness she’s surrounded by soap!)

Art and Sarah turn up at Mr. Finch’s farm asking about Mark. He tries to stonewall them but they threaten to turn the cops loose on him for illegal weapons possession. Finch then comes clean that he doesn’t know Mark but he does know Henrik’s daughter, Gracie. He tells them that she visited to inform him of the “tragedy” at the Prolethean barn and Art and Sarah leave.

Alexis turns up at a house and is told by Gracie’s mother, Bonnie, that she’s banished and can kick rocks. But when she says she might know where Mark and Gracie are, she seems to have some leverage because Bonnie doesn’t slam the door in her face.

Back in their hotel, Mark and Gracie open the case Finch gave her and find notebooks, scraps of paper, and other unhelpful items but no test tubes or biological samples. He gets ready to go back to Finch’s farm and Gracie makes him promise to come back.

Sarah and Art have taken a stop at a diner to get some fuel and do some research. Sarah’s found six hotels nearby to check for Mark. Art is struggling to balance life in Clone Club with his job so Sarah offers to finish canvassing hotels while he goes back to his regular job. She brings up Seth in the bathtub which he didn’t see thankyouverymuch, and she wonders if he’s not risking his job doing this. Sarah notes that Beth called him the night she killed herself, not any of her sisters and Art finally admits that he was in love with Beth but could never say it or act on it before. He says Sarah’s just like her in a lot of ways and she insists that Beth wouldn’t want him getting fired over all this. Sarah says Clone Club needs him as a cop and he finally relents and goes back to work.

Rudy visits Helena and she tells him he’s the ugliest Mark yet (HAH!). He starts trying to prod at her by bringing up Siobhan’s betrayal, but Paul interrupts. Helena tries to entice Dirty Paul but when he doesn’t bite, she says she and her sestras will kill them all. (God, I love her.)

Sarah gets ready to leave the diner, but spots Gracie praying for Mark to return to her safely and stops for a chat. Gracie guesses Sarah’s identity from Helena’s descriptions and Sarah says that Mark and his brothers know where Helena is right now. Gracie doesn’t believe that Mark has brothers and Sarah tells her that Kira and Gracie’s kids will be cousins. Gracie says that her carrying Helena’s Henrik-fertilized fetus doesn’t make them family but when Sarah challenges her she admits she doesn’t know what to believe anymore. Then Sarah shows her photos of Rudy and Seth which causes her to freak a little, so Sarah presses that she needs to know where Helena is.

Mark has cuffed Finch to a chair in preparation for torture. He asks him where the rest of Henrik’s belongings are, and when Finch denies knowing anything, Mark smashes one of Finch’s fingers with a hammer.

Gracie flees back to her hotel to hastily pack her things after finding out her husband is a clone and looks for a place to hide the case that Henrik gave her. Just then Bonnie appears in the doorway, speaking like a brainwashed robot. Disillusioned as she is, Gracie is gobbling up Bonnie’s spiel about how she strayed and was tricked by a wolf because of her stupidity (what kind of nonsense?!). Gracie says she had doubts and Bonnie admits that she struggled when Henrik said he had chosen Gracie to carry his and Helena’s baby. Gracie says Bonnie didn’t stop him and Bonnie says it’s because they have a purpose. (O-kay.)

At the lab, Scott discovers that Seth’s brain shows similarities to those affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and wouldn’t have lasted another week. Cosima gives a cough and as she cross references their new samples with Leda DNA, there are a growing number of similarities.

Sarah arrives at Finch’s barn and gets a call from Cosima. Cosima tells Sarah that Seth’s DNA and their own share so many markers in common that the Castors are their brothers. (DUN DUN DUN!) Sarah hears a noise and, hanging up with Cosima, discovers a dead Finch. Mark creeps out of a corner saying Finch had a heart attack and didn’t stand up to torture. She tells him that Gracie told him where to find him and Sarah tells him that Gracie knows he’s a clone now. Then she tells him that they’re siblings. He thinks she’s lying and pulls a gun on her. He denies they’re family and runs away – and is shot by a long distance bullet. Sarah watches in horror as Bonnie approaches a wounded Mark with a rifle in her hands. He tries to creep away into the cornfield but, citing his betrayal, Bonnie shoots him anyway.

The Questions: Will Alison’s plan to lead a drug empire succeed in getting her elected? Will Rachel try to get revenge against Delphine? And who were the siblings who were the original Leda and Castor?

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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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