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'Orphan Black' Recap: Variable and Full of Perturbation

By Samone Isom,
There's a man in the house

This episode opens with a truly WTF moment, as we meet another clone—with a goatee! Reeling us in more, this clone, named Tony, is trying to patch up a bleeding partner in crime who mentions Beth Childs.


Things are complex at Dyad, as the Sarah team, which currently encompasses Siobhan and Ethan Duncan (described as a pawn) must hesitantly cooperate with Rachel, the established nemesis, to try to find a cure for Cosima.

Cosima has revoked Delphine’s pass card privileges into the lab. “I just really don’t want you here,” she says, which is painful to watch. Delphine moves straight from her girlfriend’s rejection to meet Leekie in his office, only to find Rachel in his chair.

Delphine finds out Leekie died of a “heart attack.” Poor French scientist is having a bad day.

Delphine goes to the Sarah fortress and proposes a different solution to all their problems—on Rachel’s behest. Apparently, Ethan Duncan’s original research has the cure for Cosima’s sickness, which would allow Kira to remain unmolested in the search to save Cosima.

Ethan Duncan seems to be fond of Kira, and reads her a book that he used to read a young Rachel. “Don’t worry, I’m nobody's pawn,” says Duncan to Kira. Should we be worried he plans to not help Cosima?

Cosima enters on a much-needed comic relief scene of Scott playing a table-top game with other nerds in her lab. Unfortunately, the whimsical mood takes a turn for the somber as her laughter turns to a bloody cough.

Delphine enters and shares the new, dire news of Leekie’s death with Cosima. “I’m trying to help. Tell me what you want,” she says, signaling a change in her attitude about love and respect. Last episode she was of the opinion that saving her lover’s life against her will was the best thing to do.

“I’m going to keep the promise I made when we first met,” Cosima replied. “That I’d get you completely baked.”

Next we see Cosima and Delphine get high, complete with Reggae music and science jokes. Then, Delphine confesses her love. To which Cosima replies, “I can destroy your career. And I love you too.” It is a bizarre statement of love.

Shifting out of the Dyad webs that currently ensnare Cosima, Delphine, Ethan Duncan, Sarah and, yes, Rachel, the narration shows us more Tony. He seeks out Beth Childs to give her a message from his now-dead partner. Of course Beth is dead, so Tony’s queries lead him to Art, who takes Tony to Felix’s, where they keep him overnight, trying to get the message out of him. It’s established that Tony was born a female, but voluntarily became transgender. He’s not shy about giving himself a shot of testosterone in front of Felix.

Tony turns out to be a lot like Sarah: saucy, grungy, irreverent and confident in their own sex appeal. Tony constantly jabs at our gay Felix’s masculinity. The irony is palpable. Tony kisses Felix, but Felix stops any further ones with an apparent internal struggle.

After a night of rock and roll, Felix and Art still don’t have the message, and Tony is about to leave when Sarah comes, and Tony is introduced to the Clone Club. His lack of identity crisis is a little puzzling to the foster siblings, but he is comfortable enough to give them the message that was meant for Beth Childs. It is about Paul, of all people. Sarah ponders on it for a brief moment before leaving, and then there is a goodbye scene between Felix and Tony. Tony steals a kiss that Felix is not displeased about, and then swaggers away.

We don’t see very much of the Hendrixes this episode, but the glimpses we are favored with are rewarding and funny. They interact as a squabbling couple at first, then as heartbroken lovers when Alison catches Donnie trying to leave in the night.

“I’ve already hurt you too much,” he says. “Did you ever even love me?” She sniffles.

They have a heart-to-heart in the dawn light, and confess their respective roles as murderers. Alison and Donnie are as entertaining together as they were despicable apart. When Donnie shows her Leekie’s body in the trunk, she is completely collected (I’m starting to think she has a touch of psychosis) and berates him for not protecting the lining from bloodstains, like a suburban housewife.

Back to the confluence at Dyad. Duncan is traded to Rachel by Siobhan and Sarah to secure Kira’s safety. They meet, and act like strangers, though they are father and daughter. “Our relationship must remain professional,” says Rachel.

Her dedication to that professional relationship is tested not a moment later, when she asks Duncan why Sarah’s fertility was possible. It is clear she thinks she and the other sterile clones are failures. Duncan reveals that the clones were barren by design, so Sarah is the failure, not a success.

Rachel’s calm exterior is juxtaposed with mental images of her destroying the office in rage, as she explains (to herself) aloud Duncan’s necessary reasons of responsibility in creating sterile clone prototypes.

In the last scene, Cosima tells Scott that she is the clone he’s been working on, and he responds beautifully. Then Duncan enters the lab, and almost immediately, Cosima spits up blood and starts seizing as Delphine runs to her.

Image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

 
 

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