Things got 1960s sitcom kooky this week.
Alison pretends to be Sarah. Sarah pretends to be Beth. Helena pretends to be Sarah pretending to be Beth. What fun! And yet the episode also featured one of the show’s most frightening sequences. The first time I watched it, I was sure Helena was going to kill that little boy. But, hurray! She didn’t. She probably traumatized him for life, but at least he’s still breathing.
Yes, Helena’s reign of creepiness continues. She impersonates Beth in order to gain access to the police station and get under Sarah’s skin. She believes there’s a connection between the two of them. Does Sarah feel it? She had an opportunity to kill Helena, but she didn’t take it. Was it only because Art was just outside the door or was there another factor?
Tatiana Maslany’s performance as Helena is riveting. Her movements are so very bizarre–almost animalistic. I love the way she interacts with objects (particularly food). Helena’s very tactile; she touches everything and does so as if she’s never seen that particular object before. We still don’t completely know what Helena’s deal is. She’s a religious freak, obviously, and whoever she’s working for or with told her she was the original; that the others were clones of her.
Maggie Chen (the woman Beth shot) turns out to have been an ally of Helena’s. According to Helena, she helped make the clones, but then switched sides and began to work with the fish blade people. Beth shot her on purpose, ostensibly to protect her sisters. This certainly raises some questions. Why didn’t Beth tell Alison or Cosima about Maggie? Was she hiding anything else?
Sarah (aka Beth) and Paul’s relationship continues to develop and strengthen. He rushes down to the station the instant he thinks she needs him. I wonder if that’s in character for him. We don’t know what he was like with actual Beth. Is he more fond of Sarah than he was of her?
Onto my favorite part of the episode (and one of my favorite parts of the first season): Alison’s impersonation of Sarah, or, as Felix calls it, “a full reverse Pygmalion.” I love the developing dynamic between Felix and Alison. One gets the idea Alison doesn’t have many real friends. Felix isn’t afraid of Alison and is completely able to call her on her shit. When she snarkily comments that Kira might be better off with Mrs. S, Felix sets her straight in no uncertain matter.
Alison is so great with Kira. I love how she reacts to being caught. She calmly tells Kira the truth (or a kid-friendly version of the truth) that makes Sarah out to be a hero, instead of a flake. She could’ve said “your mom couldn’t make it” and left it at that, but she goes to the trouble of explaining Sarah’s bravery to her young daughter. I love the pinky swear at the end. I hope Alison picked up Kira’s painting to take back to Sarah. I bet she did.
Bits and Pieces:
Although you might have guessed Alison’s kids were adopted, it’s confirmed here. Alison seemed surprised Sarah has a biological daughter. She’s the only clone known to have biological children so far...
Does Angie (the female detective) seem overeager to anyone else?
I haven’t seen Steel Magnolias, so I can’t attest to whether Alison playing the Daryl Hannah part was good or bad casting.
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is the play My Fair Lady was based on. Alison’s recital of “The Rain in Spain” comes from My Fair Lady, as opposed to Pygmalion.
Alison: “Why would one of us be killing us? What is wrong with her?”
Sarah: “Bad breath. Batshit crazy.”
Felix: “Seriously, what is she on about?”
Sarah: “Quiet. She’s just weird.”
Felix: “Out of nine so far, one’s a psycho who killed four others, one committed suicide, one is a bloody soccer mum, and then there’s you. My crazy sister is sane by comparison.”
Felix: “Is it my imagination, or does Cosima have bigger breasts than you?”
Sarah: “Rock and a hard place here, Fe.”
Felix: “Yeah, you’re permanent address.”
Felix: “Okay, Eliza. Holy shit. We need to pull a full reverse Pygmalion here.”
Sarah: “She thinks we have a connection.”
Cosima: “Do you?”
Sarah: “Yeah, we’re clones.”
Kira: “What do you call me?”
Alison as Sarah: “Monkey.”
Kira: “What else?”
Alison as Sarah: “Monkey...bum...face?”
four out of four bloody fortune tellers
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany