This was literally the most packed episode to date. Lots of action, lots of character beats, and the most exposition we’ve ever gotten at once from this show.
There was so much exposition given this week and I find myself not wanting to talk about it at all. I will say the scene with Duncan was a relatively weak one for the simple reason that there was so much happening. We established his character as someone with good intentions who loved his little girl. He also clearly has some form of dementia. But then came this flood of information I’m still trying to work out. In any case, Sarah’s scenes were definitely the weak link of the episode.
The Helena/Jesse stuff was very well done. Helena has been abused in every way and a scene where she gets sexual in any capacity might’ve been a disaster in less capable hands. The sequence started with a creepy guy hitting on Helena and her
Helena is the one who initiates the kiss. It’s what she wants. She lacks experience out and about in society, however, and as such, doesn’t have a firm grasp on limits. I mean the pool table scene was intense. For a second, I really thought that was going to evolve into a full blown sex scene. But no. Instead it evolves into a full blown bar brawl that ends with Helena in handcuffs. Whoops. Although, honestly, what did Sarah expect? She left Helena alone for several hours. That could’ve gone much, much worse.
Sarah leaving Helena to the cops is upsetting, if understandable. Sarah’s always been less that pleased to have police around and the fact that she is under suspicion for murder hasn’t gone away yet. Plus the whole “yeah, we’re twins but I’m English and she’s crazy and Ukrainian” thing might have raised a few flags.
Grace used Helena’s desire for children to bait her into coming back to the Proleatheans. The scene with Helena and Grace was interesting. They bonded...sort of...over both having had their mouths sewn shut. I’ve been thinking of Grace and Helena as adversaries, but in truth, they’re extremely similar. It’s almost like Helena is the older version of Grace. Perhaps when Grace tried to kill Helena, she was doing so because Helena was a physical reminder of her eventual fate: driven crazy after years of being raised by abusive religious fundamentalists.
Helena’s desire for children is interesting. In my mind, it comes less from a desire to actually procreate than a desire to be loved. She didn’t agree to leave with Grace until Grace told her Sarah wasn’t coming back. Family is the one thing Helena has always wanted and never had. I mean she doesn’t even have a last name. She is desperate for a family to love her and if she has to physically make that family herself...she’s fine with that.
After a week’s absence, we check in with Alison in rehab just in time to see her make a new friend. Yes, Vic the dick is back and arguably as dickish as ever. It was obvious he had an ulterior motive for being nice to Alison and I was honestly expecting it to be worse. The ‘Vic was Sarah’s monitor’ theory has been bouncing around since season one. Worst case scenario had him in league with the Proleatheans. Being an informant for the cops is definitely the best of several evils. Angie is still on the case and is still focused on Alison (the only living clone she can find). I can’t blame her for her curiosity, but (broken record alert) something about her still doesn’t sit right with me.
Scott the researcher has now joined Team Science Mega Force. Presumably his family managed to survive his career shift. He brings the very important information that the stem cells being used to treat Cosima do not come from a clone but from a blood relative of a clone. Two possibilities here. Either the stem cells come from Kira or the original had a blood relative. If it is Kira, that brings up the troubling question of how they got access to her. I’d much rather have it be a third party. How interesting would it be if the clones had a relative they didn’t know about. How awesome would it be if it was Mrs. S?
Why did Delphine forbid Scott from telling Cosima? Was she worried that Cosima might refuse the treatment if she knew? Does she want to stop Cosima from digging into Dyad more than she already is? Or is she on Dyad’s side? Delphine, chérie, your unclear allegiances keep me up at night.
Also in the whose side are you on category: Mrs. S. She seemed to come clean this week in the show’s biggest exposition dump to date (seriously my head was spinning after all that information). We also got a very deliberate shot of her putting her gun away after Sarah got there, indicating clearly that she did not want to harm her. She threatened Paul against trying to take Sarah, but then she brought up Afghanistan and how in the world could she have known about that? Did Kira obtain the information psychically and tell her foster grandmother? That seems as reasonable a guess as anything else.
Neolutionist Bits and Proleathean Pieces
The Helena and Sarah road trip stuff was painfully cute. I mean that in a good way. Helena trying to sing along to “Sugar Sugar” and forgetting half the words nearly killed me.
Interesting shot of Helena and Sarah sleeping head to toe in the tent, forming a yin yang symbol.
A word about the “you’re the puppy” bit. There’s a running joke on Tumblr about “Actual Puppy Delphine.” Delphine is thought of as a puppy (generally a golden retriever or a cocker spaniel). This is based on her fluffy, impossible hair as well as this screencap (and others like it).
The writers included it as a nod to the fans. That’s the best kind of fan service.
Duncan keeps birds. What is it with this show and birds?
Alison: “Well, I’m not an actual drunk, am I?”
Felix: “I’ve been demoted from babysitter to bargaining chip.”
And my worry that Felix may be Sarah’s monitor grew exponentially.
Scott: “So can I see one?”
Cosima: “You want to see a clone?”
Cosima’s face was priceless.
Alison: “If you show up here without my kids again, I will cut off your dangly balls.”
Helena: “In Ukraine, I was police detective. I shot many criminals...Then I was brilliant scientist, but I quit to be with my family...Divorced after rehab, drinking problems. But now I am with my sestra having adventures.”
It was so cute the way she used her sisters’ lives to make up her background.
Sarah: “I can’t do this without you.”
Cosima: “Obviously. I’m the geek monkey.”
Cosima: “We’re stronger together. Go figure.”
Sarah: “Your daughter is lost. There’s just me. And Alison, a housewife with two adopted kids and Cosima, a brilliant scientist just like you.”
Interesting she left out Kira. Leaving out the insane Ukrainian serial killer made sense, however.
Sarah: “We’re sick. Your little girls are dying.”
three and a half out of four white russians
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany