“Sister of Night”
If you have not seen this week’s episode of Orphan Black, stop reading! Duh!
Just when I thought last week’s episode was most depressing to date, Orphan Black made me cry this week with “Governed As It Were By Chance.” They keep hitting us hard with big revelations, but they all come with a price for our beloved clones, even Helena.
Well, at least there was no Delphine this episode.
Sarah, Waiting For The Miracle:
Turns out that big truck that crashed against Sarah and Daniel was Cal’s. He’s all “Sorry, I almost killed you,” but she thinks David might be dead so NBD. They hide the wrecked car under some leaves (sure, that’ll work) and go to where Cal has stashed Kira and, surprise! He has this totally cool camper that’s not registered in his name and they can escape together! How convenient! Sarah took David’s phone and keeps texting with “Rachel” as “David,” saying that Sarah has been captured and they are on their way.
Cal makes a pit stop so Sarah can steal some Wi-Fi and webchat with Cosima, who isn’t looking well. While Sarah fills her in on everything, Cal is listening to the cops on an old scanner radio and teaching Kira to make a butterfly with paper, but it looks more like an angel.
Back inside the Camper, Cosima explains to Sarah that Project Leda may have been created by the military. Cosima decides to look into Project Leda, and Sarah decides she needs to come back tonight and find Siobhan and gets some answers. She tells Carl that she needs him to drive her back.
She says goodnight to Kira, who she’s leaving in the camper with Cal (You barely know him! Am I overreacting because I am a mother?) so she can take the bus back home. Kira gives her the angel she made. She and Cal say goodbye outside and he promises he’ll keep Kira safe. He asks who she’s running from and she tells him.
There’s this lingering shot of his face as she’s leaving that I don’t like– I’m really starting not to trust him. What is it he did before? Pollinating bees? People Pollination? Cloning? Is this making sense? You tell me!
Sarah breaks into Siobhan’s house and Fe’s already there, still kind of pissed at her. He tells her what’s going on with the other clones and they both get to digging. They find a picture of Carlton Redding (“Well, hello, Stallion!” –Fe), who was the guy who smuggled Sarah to S. and told her to “keep her in the black.” They also find a clipping of a news story “6 Scientists Incinerated in Lab Explosion While Working on a Medical Research Project Spearheaded by Profs. Susan and Ethan Duncan.” They make the connection to Rachel immediately because of the last name; they think they’re Rachel’s parents, and Siobhan has known all this time (they are pissed!)
Sarah receives another text from Rachel for “Daniel” to meet her in her apartment and asks Fe what’s the first rule of war (“Don’t mix your camouflage?” he’s got a point!) but she says, “Know your enemy.” She sends Fe to Cosima’s so she can dig up more info into the Duncan’s, and heads off alone into what is probably a trap because, seriously, this is Sarah. When they leave, we see someone come out of Mrs. S’s basement door, with no clue who it might be. That shit was scary!
Once inside Rachel’s apartment, Fe and Cosima call and tell her a bit about the Duncans, who were geneticists. They were pretty well known before going underground —probably working on Project Leda— until the explosion. Turns out, they were supposed to be Sarah’s adoptive parents, but since Amelia ran, they ended up with Rachel.
Cosima warns that if Rachel was raised self-aware, she’d be completely narcissistic and unable to form bonds, and just think of herself as Elite Clone. Sarah’s been snooping, and deduced she has a boyfriend because of the male clothing in the closet and the discovery of a home movie marked “Cambridge 1991,” which paints a different picture of Rachel. We see a young, happy Rachel playing with her parents and saying she loves them.
In the camper, Cal is playing the guitar and Kira is worried her mom won’t be back tonight. Cal tells her it’s ok if she’s sad. Kira’s not sad, though. Her mom has a guardian angel. I won’t lie, when it dawned on me during the second viewing what this meant, I started tearing up.
Clone Club phone chat is cut short by a surprise (not really): Daniel arrives home, not dead and on the phone with Leekie, telling him that Sarah got away and Rachel gets back tomorrow night (who has Sarah been texting? Daniel?) And promises Leekie he’ll get everything under control — Yes, gently (they don’t do enough background checks on the staff at DYAD). He finds Sarah and she reminds him he can’t shoot her, so he clocks her with the gun unconscious instead.
When she comes to, her hands are tied over her head and he’s all prepped for Torture Time. He wants to know about the photo, and she’s not telling him. She does tell him she knows he’s Rachel’s monitor as he starts sharpening a straight razor. Then she pleads, saying he can’t do it because she looks too much like Rachel, but he doesn’t care.
He starts to get all Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs –putting a straight razor behind her ear– and Sarah’s screams are bloodcurdling. Suddenly there’s music coming from the living room and Daniel goes to investigate. We don’t see much but we hear a scuffle. Then we see him fall down, choking on his own blood.
And there she is, the unlikeliest of guardian angels, Helena.
Sarah screams –she thought she was dead.
Helena’s voice is soft as she pleads: “Please, sestra, don’t send me back. I was married. I think … He took something from inside of me … ” She rubs her stomach before getting closer to her sister; contouring her body against Sarah’s. A hug, maybe. Like they embraced each other inside the womb. And here come my tears. One of the first things Helena and Sarah may have ever known is the beat of each other’s heart.
Alison, Split Myself In Two:
Alison wakes up with a wicked hangover and a broken arm in an unfamiliar room, and goes straight to the golden throne to empty her stomach, probably not for the first time that morning. A woman comes in and Alison goes on Indignant Mode, demanding to speak to Dr. Leekie at once (“Who is that, your dealer?”) and that’s how Alison finds out she’s in rehab. She talks to Fe who convinces her it might not be so bad and, hey –no Donnie!
But then Donnie visits her. She is livid and accuses him of spying and leaching. Donnie threatens not to allow her around their children if she doesn’t finish treatment. That’s just what his lawyer said. That dick. Rehab is starting to probably look more appealing than going home to that asshole. Poor Alison.
Siobhan: Blasphemous Rumours
Siobhan is not part of the Clone Club, but Cosima had the week off and the mysterious Mrs. S was definitely on this week; it just has to be included. First, she finds out her old friend Carlton Redding is in town and goes out and finds him.
Siobhan is looking mighty sexy with her skirt and boots, in a dive bar, and finds the very Stallion-like Carlton Redding in the hall. They have some banter that verges on dangerous before finally tearing each other’s clothes off and getting the deed done right there. Well, then, Mrs. S!
Later, at the bar, they discuss business. Brenda has been “compromised.” Amelia has returned. He says, “Kasov was the Ferryman,” and that’s all he has. Mr. S explains that when she met Sarah and Carlton said “put her deep in the black,” she never asked any questions. But now she knows exactly what Sarah is. That’s more than Carlton knows, and he wants to keep it that way. But he’ll take her to the ferryman, to at least get ready for what’s coming.
Helena, Little Black Angel:
Helena wakes up with a nasty headache, and her new Sister Wife is all “Oh, that’s just the sedation.” Helena remembers the bunch of people at her wedding. Henrik tells her that was just everyone saying hi. He pets her face and she recoils in fear, and I want to throw up.
Gracie returns later with some pillows and we know what’s coming –she tries to smother her, and it only takes Helena 10 seconds before she plays possum. Gracie, not very bright, thinks the deed is done and turns her back, so Helena rushes her and puts her in a chokehold.
On her way out of the NWPC (from hell) she stumbles into the room where I previously thought Henrik was just going to have sex with her. No. It’s an insemination room. Helena starts getting flashbacks. There was definitely more than one man there, and some long probe-like thing that should NEVER go ANYWHERE NEAR A VAGINA.
Art is still taking pictures outside, and Helena almost runs right over him as she’s getting out of that place, fast. He’s able to hold off the men with the guns; only Mark and some others follow with a dog.
Later that night, Mark returns all mopey and says they couldn’t find her.
Henrik smiles as he’s looking through his microscope. “Well, just when the light is darkest, He shines a light. And a new life begins.”
Really, bro? On Mother’s Day Weekend?
- Paul will be Rachel’s new full-time security.
- I told you Cal was sketchy!
- Until Sarah comes to DYAD, Cosima will suffer.
Thank you to http://thecloneclub.tumblr.com/ for the awesome gifs.