Divergent plot threads begin to come together this week, making for an action-packed episode. It’s the sort of episode you typically get at the end of a season, not in the middle. This show just has too much awesome in it to save it all for the season finale.
Oh, Alison. The crazier you are, the more I love you. A passing thought of ‘maybe Donnie is my monitor’ turns into a full blown breakdown, complete with Alison attempting to saw her way through a lockbox. Thankfully for Donnie’s privacy, he manages to get in there and burn whatever he was hiding, replacing it with his already discovered porn collection. So is Donnie Alison’s monitor? There isn’t much evidence either way, but Alison isn’t one to let things go.
I love watching Alison attempt to balance her clone troubles with her real life. She lets her kids buy themselves candy while shopping for surveillance equipment at a strip mall, where, surprise, surprise, she runs into Vic. Vic (already defingered) is maced and tazed by our self-protection guru. He’s just lucky she didn’t have her gun with her.
Yes, Vic is back in our lives, and aren’t we the better for it? He’s not a great guy, but he is hilarious. If only they’d shown less of the finger chopping scene. Vic is now hip to the fact that Sarah lives on and $20,000 richer. Sarah seems genuinely sorry for Vic’s “pain and suffering” as she terms it, giving him more money than he owes (and deserves). Her vain hope is that the cash will keep him away from her increasingly complicated life. I sure hope not.
Alison’s freak out over Donnie nicely balances out the drama developing in the Sarah/“Beth”/Paul/actual, dead Beth relationship. Sarah finally ‘comes out’ as herself to Paul and insists that Beth is dead because of his actions. I don’t know if I believe this or if Sarah even believes this. She certainly hasn’t had a huge problem with Paul in the past (that shower sex scene? hot). It has to be down to the love letters to have convinced Sarah that Paul’s indifference is what drove Beth to the brink. And even if that’s in the letters, how much can you really tell from letters? They would just be from Beth’s perspective and she was on all those meds. I’m inclined to believe Sarah’s just attempting to distract Paul from the knowledge that he’s been sleeping with a stranger for weeks now.
Paul reports to a guy named Olivier (now there’s a sinister sounding name if I ever heard one). Olivier seems to know everything that’s been going on with Beth, except for the fact that she’s actually Sarah. Paul lied to Olivier when he asked if anything was unusual. Why? Who does Olivier report to?
More unanswered questions: if Beth knew Paul was her monitor and that he was performing medical tests on her in her sleep, why not tell her fellow clones? Why didn’t she tell them about Maggie Chen? What else was Beth hiding and why?
Bits and Pieces:
When Sarah is upset or surprised, the British accent is more likely to bleed her Beth accent.
Beth had a scar on her neck. Wasn’t Art wounded in the neck by Helena? Coincidence? (probably...)
I love seeing Sarah smile. It doesn’t happen a lot on the show.
Beth couldn’t have children.
Cosima doesn’t have too much to do this week, besides worry about overly friendly French girl. Thus far, she’s mostly been exposition girl. Don’t worry; this will be changing very soon.
Paul: “I hate my job.”
Cosima: “Dude, that’s complex.”
Sarah: “I’m going to shoot Paul’s balls off.”
Cosima: “Wait. Just squeeze them, okay?”
Felix: “What? I don’t leave prints when I burgle.”
Guy: “What’s in it for me?”
Cosima: “Um how about you get to have sex...with yourself.”
Felix: “Sarah, he’s falling for you.”
Vic: “Stay in school. I mean it, buddy.”
Vic is mostly a villain, but at least he’s hilarious.
Alison: “He was...urban.”
Sarah: “What the hell does that mean?”
Alison: “Not white, okay?”
Felix: “Colin is the first nice boy I’ve met in ages.”
Sarah: “What, like six weeks?”
Felix: “No. At least eight.”
Felix: “Is every man in your life a complete wanker, except me?”
three and a half out of four electrodes
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany