As “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” begins, we weave in and out of two hostile scenes. The first, a verbal argument between S, Fe, and Sarah. S yells: “I thought it was you! She looked like you–” Sarah interrupts wrapped S up into a hug. “I don’t know who’s side you’re on,” Sarah says, “but you always put Kira first.” With that, it’s clear that Sarah trusts S. The second: “My name is Sarah Manning, and this is my unconditional surrender.”
Dr. Nealon introduces himself to Sarah from across the table.
A nurse tries to swab Kira, who finally acquiesces. She then steals the nurse’s phone when she’s not looking. A male voice answers on the other end.
Cosima finds out Dr. Nealon is her new physician. Rachel tells Delphine that she is no longer working with the clones, effective immediately. In retaliation, Delphine sends Cosima Rachel’s agenda, revealing that Sarah is to have a procedure with Dr. Nealon.
Dr. Nealon explains to Sarah that they would like to harvest her eggs when she ovulates. She signs his consent form in exchange for seeing Kira. This, unfortunately, is done through an observation room.
Fe overhears S’s phone call, which involves a car bomb. A knock at the door reveals Cal, who Kira had called. Seems Cal has figured out that Sarah has genetic identicals and that he’s done a lot of digging into Dyad to helo. Fe then gets a call from Art, who has a guest currently eating in his kitchen. “Hello sistra-brother, I want to see Sarah,” says Helena. S advises Fe to go over there and watch her. When he arrives, she explains where’s she’s been these past few weeks. “Helena, did you burn down the fish people’s ranch?” Fe asks. “No!” she says with a wry smile.
Prisoners Sarah and Duncan intercept each other. “Don’t despair, my dear, don’t despair.”
In Cal’s research, it seems he’s discovered an insider who knows Sarah & Kira and both at the Dyad. S tells him to ask if this contact can help and to tell this person he’s with Siobhan Sadler. The answer: Ask her about Castor. This triggers S to meet up some military-looking men, including Paul. The two have a plan to get Sarah out of the Dyad. I’m still confused, but so amazed by everything coming together!
Rachel meets Duncan watching home movies of her as a child. She’s brought tea. “Just hot water for me, he requests, I’ve brought my own tea bag.” The two argue about the key to his genetic cypher. She wants to know where it is, but he counters: “My dear, I didn’t write it down,” citing that he can recite pi to 6 thousand places. “Do you recall Rachel, not the memory, but the feeling of how much we loved you?” he asks. She responds, “The reason I watch these tapes so often is because I don’t remember that.” She turns as he drops his tea cup, having poisoned himself. “You can’t leave me again!” she cries. He struggles to let out: “I’m afraid you don’t deserve me anymore.”
Cal in a black car pulls up meeting S and military Paul, who laughs when he learns Cal is Kira’s father. “Just look at the two of you,” comments S, “I don’t know how she does it.” Paul gets into the black car Cal just got out of to meet the mysterious Marian.
Cosima visits with Kira. She teaches her a little science lesson about force and they do an experiment to get a pencil through a piece of paper. They then draw a picture to show her mom the results of their experiment. This scene is juxtaposed with Cosima and Scott doing a little experiment of their own.
Sarah is taken, strapped down on a gurney, to Dr. Nealon. Scott is present. Nealon explains that they are to remove one of her ovaries. Rachel, also present, asks for a second to speak to her sister. With her hissy fit she throws stamping over the bone marrow collected from Kira for Cosima, she also brings Sarah the picture that Kira drew. The picture, shows a fire extinguisher along with some of the clones. Sarah notices a fire extinguisher nearby, a skull and cross bones drawn upon its tag with the word Squeeze. Sarah does indeed squeeze, which forces a pencil out of the fire extinguisher right into Rachel’s eye. Scott helps her up and out. Sarah arrives at Kira’s room to see Marion getting her ready to leave. She says they are free to go, but this does not end with Rachel.
Cosima, Alison, and Sarah are reunited at Fe’s. Cal meets the group, who upon his departure, demonstrate their approval for him. Fe via Art brings in a new edition to the Clone Club, Helena, who really wants to meet her sisters. They receive her warmly, although warm is different for Cosima and Alison. The warmest reception comes from little Kira, who runs into her arms. The new Clone Club takes a couple moments to decompress, and goodness is it glorious.
Helena’s dance moves, though.
Ah but Helena, she still makes me nervous. In the quiet moments of sleep, she pulls out a jumbo container of nitrogen. Then she sneaks from Fe’s, clutching Jesse’s hat, only to be kidnapped. We see Helena held captive by the military. Paul and S are present. “Sarah will never forgive me,” says S.
Sarah takes that same black car to the enormous residence of Marion. Here she finds little Charlotte, an 8-year-old with a limp, and another clone. Marion reveals there were 400 attempts to make more clones and Charlotte is the only survivor. She’s her mother and like S, she says, she’s invested. She explains that LEDA was never shut down: Dyad carried female clones but the military carried the males. This, she says, is Project Castor. The male clone looks just like Mark, the Prolethean runaway, who right before the Castor reveal is shown marrying Gracie.
Kira comes to Cosima to reach her a story. After one about a puppy, she asks for another and hands over The Island of Doctor Moreau, revealing Duncan’s writings to the one person we trust to understand them.
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HOLY CANOLI GUYS. Well, I personally love the direction they took with Cal, bringing him back into the mix. I loved the picture of the new Clone Club, and the new layer of Charlotte. I loved the moment of Kira handing over what I’m expecting to be the key to curing Cosima. Gosh, I was so scared she was dying there! As for Project Castor, I’m not really sure how I feel. That male clone they showed looked SCARY but definitely military in nature. Mark’s pretty scary, or at least he was in the beginning. I’m nervous for Helena. Are she and Gracie really going to give birth to more clones? Can the Prolethean agenda succeed like that? (What actually was the Prolethean agenda?) And Marion, I was not expecting! I definitely thought she was not on our side. I’m still convinced S is, even though, like I said before, I’m nervous for Helena. I’m sure we’ll see Delphine again, but I’m nervous for her too. I mourn for Duncan, but that was a mad who deceivingly had his wits about him! I’m expecting Rachel to come back with an eyepatch next season, and I fully support that decision. I can’t think of a character more befitting on an eyepatch.
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