In the penultimate episode of the season, Orphan Black decides to slow things down and take a breather. Just kidding.
Cosima’s illness has been such a big part of the season; it’s amazing how little Cosima actually has to do in any given episode. This week it was just some brave little toastering. And what a brave little toaster she is, cracking wise with sexy breathing tubes in. Delphine is more desperate than ever to save her dreadlocked puppy and to prove her loyalty to the sisterhood. Which, unfortunately, Rachel was counting on. Cue manipulation scheme. I believed the “Benjamin is evil” plant at first just like Delphine. The Birdwatchers betrayed Mrs. S and, after all, Benjamin is Death on Supernatural. He literally plays Death. That is not a man to be trusted.
The Sarah was really Rachel bit really shocked me the first time through. On rewatch, it is obvious that Sarah is in fact Rachel. Her accent is off and her makeup is far too perfect. Rachel tends to wear a lot more foundation than her sisters, giving her skin a creepy, wax-figuresque glow. Speaking of creepy, how about Rachel watching old home videos of herself in a super shiny room while drinking a martini, laughing, talking to herself, and hitting herself in the face? What was all that about besides trying to give me nightmares?
So Kira, being absurdly mature, decides to donate her bone marrow to help her Aunt Cosima (who she still hasn’t met, by the way) and is rewarded for her trouble with a nice kidnapping. This show has gone to some unsettling places, but seeing Kira wake up in a room at Dyad all decorated and ready for her might honestly be the most unsettling thing yet. Rachel obviously has plans for Kira and if that doesn’t make you shudder, you’re a stronger person than me.
Alison spent the episode bonding with her husband over body disposal. Did it disturb anyone else how good Alison was at the whole thing? Has she done this before? How many people are buried under that garage? All Donnie and Alison’s scenes together were really...cute, which seems wrong to say. From Alison wrapping Leekie up in pink duct tape to her sniping at Donnie for not keeping his dirt pile on the thoughtfully laid out plastic, it was all gold. Donnie and Alison seem to be making a late play for cutest clone couple. Turns out burying a body in your garage can be a real turn on. Who knew?
Now onto the main event: Helena. Helena realizes what the Proleatheans are about and wastes no time escaping...again. But not before murdering Henrik rather graphically. I’m not going to say it wasn’t poetic justice, but, wow was that gross. Helena also helps Mark and Gracie, officially refugee from a Law and Order: SVU episode, escape too. Gracie has been impregnated with more of the Helena/Henrik embryos. Which is disgusting. Henrik is her father. This gets me wondering if all the kids at the farm were Henrik’s. Which...just...ew. Also how old is Gracie? This is really bugging me. Mark is apparently 19, despite looking about 30. Is Gracie really 40? Or is she 12? 22? 17?
Neolutionist Bits and Proleathean Pieces
Alexis the abusive midwife was played by Kathryn Alexandre, Tatiana Maslany’s acting double. Glad to see her get some screentime for all the work she puts in on the show.
Mark, like Paul and Sammy, has a military background. Coincidence?
Why do Marian and Rachel dress all sexy corporate for work at Dyad and Delphine always dresses like she’s going on a romantic picnic in the woods?
What was going on with Mrs. S’s braids?
Presumably Helena did not burn down the building that houses the children at the farm.
Cosima: “How ‘bout these nose tubes? Sexy, right?”
Sarah: “My sister’s dying, Fee.”
Cosima: “He’s a virgin, in case you couldn’t tell.”
Scott: “Aw, shoot darn.”
Could Scott be Alison’s secret sole mate?
Sarah: “What kind of mother am I?”
Delphine: “The best and the bravest. And a very, very good sister.”
Vic: “She thinks there’s five of you.”
Donnie: “There’s eleven!”
It’s actually twelve now. Alison and Donnie still don’t know about Tony.
Gracie: “Haven’t you been listening to anything my father says?”
Helena: “Not really.”
Helena: “You love her like puppy but you let them make her brood mare.”
Rachel: “Dear child, I know how frightening this must be for you, but you’ll get used to it.You may even grow to like it here, just as I did.”
four out of four WAIT WAIT WAIT THAT’S NOT SARAH moments
sunbunny, who is probably not played by Tatiana Maslany