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Clone Club Catch-Up: Meet Tony

“Variable and Full of Perturbation” introduces a new clone, and for once, a possible new friend as opposed to foe.  Or I guess, an old friend?  I’m talking about Paul here.  Let’s jump into the recap, clone by clone.

Fe looked so great in this episode.

Fe looked so great in this episode.

Tony:

In a confusing, flashy opening a dying man reveals himself to be the monitor to Tony, a new clone. He gives Tony a message to take back to Beth Childs. Since Beth is dead, Tony ends up giving said message to Art, Felix, and Sarah whose presence breaks the news about the clones. Tony is very secure in his own identity, saying, “There’s only one Tony” and leaves for now, message delivered. The message is that Paul, like Tony’s dead monitor, is “a ghost” and one of the good guys. Paul is mysteriously absent for this episode, and Rachel has no luck tracking him down.

While I was willing to suspend my disbelief enough to accept Tatiana Maslany’s trans-man costume and make-up, I can’t help but be disappointed here. I feel like we could’ve done better. Then again, we don’t know much about Tony. Maybe he means to look slightly feminine? We really don’t know much about him.

 

Sarah:

There’s a little reunion of sorts between Sarah, Felix, Mrs. S, and Kira. Ethan Duncan is there too. He is particularly interested in Kira, who is about the age Rachel was when she was taken away from him. He reads to Kira from Doctor Moreau, and then gives her the book.

 

Alison:

Donnie is a wreck after killing Leekie. Alison finds him in bed drinking the day she’s returned from rehab having neglected t take the kids to school. He’s ready to run away, but instead the couple talks. Alison confesses her part in Aynsley’s death. Donnie, relieved, confesses that he “wacked” Leekie. He pops the car truck and reveals his body, which Alison comments is poorly wrapped.

 

Rachel:

Ethan arrives at the Dyad to help Cosima’s research. First, he meets with Rachel. She apologizes for being emotional upon their last meeting and is cool as a cucumber this time around… at first. She asks Ethan why Sarah, of all of the clones, is the one who could have a child. Ethan responds, “Rachel, she’s a failure, not a success. You are all barren by design.”

We flash to seeing Rachel, tears streaming down her face, tearing apart her office enraged.

 

Cosima:

Treatment continues with Kira’s baby tooth.  Scott is surprised that the donor is a kid, and comments that bone marrow would be more effective.  Cosima is mad at Delphine, but her anger fades after a weird, helium trip where they get high and confess their love to each other. She reveals to Scott that she is the clone subject of their science. He is honored to be working with her. She is honored to have Ethan Duncan in her lab to help. Upon his arrival, Cosima has a severely scary seizure. Panic colors Delphine’s voice as Cosima convulses on the floor.

 

Kira:

Not a clone, but close!  Kira climbs out of bed with her mom, and retrieves the copy of Doctor Moreau from her bedside table. Opening the book reveals notes, drawings, and what I’m assuming to be the very genetic secrets that Ethan Duncan is keeping.

 

Helena:

We haven’t seen her for two weeks now!  It looks like next week we’ll jump back over to the Prolethean homestead and catch up with our favorite serial killer.

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It’s clear that Kira’s bone marrow is going to be essential to Cosima’s health.  I don’t want Cosima to die!

What did you guys all think of Tony?

Clone Club Catch-Up: Finks and rats and snitches and fuzz

“Knowledge of Causes and the Secret Motion of Things” opens with Alison and Vic working on the name cards for family day.  Vic is a wonderful actor, being supportive as he asks Alison to unburden herself about what happened with Aynsley.  “I slept with her husband,” she admits and we breathe a sigh of relief, but it’s fleeting as she follows with, “and then I killed her.”  No, Alison!  Vic’s reaction is hilarious, his face completely falls in shock.  Thankfully, Alison discovers that Vic is in cahoots with Angela after overhearing a phone call, and she calls Felix for back-up.

Cal is still babysitting Kira, but realizes someone is watching him through his webcam.  He calls Sarah to tell her that someone is on to them.  He shows her Kira’s illustration of her “aunties” and Sarah claims she has an over-active imagination.

Duncan is acting all crazy, having had Sarah and Siobhan search the house of a red box of mementos.  Though Sarah doesn’t trust her still, this is the first time they seem to be on the same side.  Siobhan is charged with Duncan while Sarah goes to meet up with Cal. “We really must go,” S urges Duncan who forgets the all so important box of mementos.  When S reminds him of the box which he dumps out to uncover something hidden.  “What have you got there?” S asks.  “Everything, Mrs. Sadler,” he replies,  “Absolutely everything.”

Delphine and Cosima are trying to make science sexy, but Cosima overhears an argument between Scott and Delphine.  It is revealed that Kira’s stem cells from the lost tooth are the treatment Cosima is receiving.  Cosima is furious and kicks Delphine out.

Dr. Leekie calls on someone called Marian after receiving reports from Paul.  He tells her Duncan is alive and that he fears Rachel’s reactions to the news.  I don’t know who Marian is, but she’s absolutely gorgeous.  And probably terrible.

Alison and Felix call Sarah from rehab and ask her to come help with the Vic situation.  “What’s Alison done now?” Sarah asks, and huffy Alison says it’s Sarah’s “finks and rats and snitches and fuzz” that cause her problems, and Sarah needs to come clean up the mess.  So Sarah comes for family day.  Felix brings her to Vic who atones, but is expecting atonement from Sarah as well.  An argument ensues; he wants her back.  Felix drugged his tea, and Vic faceplants into the table, glitter splattering everywhere.

Siobhan goes to speak with Leekie.  Siobhan offers Duncan in exchange for the Dyad giving up on Kira.  She calls Sarah after her fact-checking mission, with the knowledge that Rachel does not know the Dyad is responsible for the explosions.

Meanwhile, Sarah is mistaken for Alison at rehab.  She ends up giving some awkward opening remarks while Alison and Felix hide Vic from Angie and the visiting families.  Sarah gets stuck in the role-play demonstration with Donnie.  It takes Sarah a moment to catch on.  “Oh he’s being Alison?  And I’m being Alison being Donnie?”  It gets a bit messy, ending with Donnie asking “Now who are you being?” and Sarah making an excuse to leave the stage.  Sarah hides out in Alison’s room and Alison and glitter-covered Felix return.  Donnie barges in to see two Alisons, the real one telling him to relax, it’s just Sarah Manning the runaway clone.  Donnie is shocked to learn of the clones.  He thought he was doing a long term study and he and Alison have an emotional exchange.

A sight for Donnie to see.  And Fe covered in glitter.

A sight for Donnie to see. And Fe covered in glitter.

Paul and Rachel go to see Siobhan and Duncan.  Duncan reveals the truth to his daughter in a quiet, tearful conversation.  Rachel cooly confronts Leekie.  For the first time, we see a softer Rachel.  She dials Marian on speaker and let’s her know it’s in motion.  Leekie is as good as gone, but Rachel warns, “Don’t get in your car, don’t go home.  You might survive.”

Devastated Cosima calls Sarah to reveal the stem cell news.  Cal and Sarah argue outside the RV about Kira’s tooth– “is this for the aunts you won’t tell me about?”  Kira inside ties a string to the door and pulls out a loose tooth.  “Will this help?” she asks her mother.  Sarah and Kira leave Cal to help Cosima.

Leekie, wandering the streets for a cab, is confronted by Donnie who needs a word, and pulls a gun so Leekie will get in the car.  Emotionally charged, Donnie yells that Leekie ruined his marriage.  “I quit!” he yells slamming he gun on the steering wheel.  The gun goes off on impact, and the bullet ricochets, killing Leekie.

I think I say wow after every single episode but goodness this show is so good!  Final thoughts:

  • I believe that S is on the right side, and I think this episode is further evidence of that.
  • I think Ethan Duncan is going to be useful and not too crazy from here on out.  He’s also brought out some humanity in Rachel, but we’re not going to see her join the Clone Club anytime soon with Marian pulling her strings.
  • While I feel bad for Donnie, it’s mostly because I like Alison.  He is stupid, and I’m not sure if the marriage would be worth saving after all that’s happened.
  • Helena is back to being the wildcard.  We didn’t see her at all in this episode, nor the Prolethean homestead.  Who knows what creepiness is going on there.

Thoughts?  Feelings?  Predictions?

Clone Club Catch-Up: Who’s Your Daddy?

The latest episode of Orphan Black, “Mingling Its Own Nature With It,” gives us two important answers– (1) we get to find out what the hell Alison’s musical is all about, and (2) we learn who Kira’s father is!!  We also (kind of) meet another clone.  Here’s what happened, clone by clone:

 

Sarah:

Sarah and Fe are on the road and pull a con job with Kira so she can have something to eat.  Sarah knows she needs a proper bed and knows of a place they can stay.  They break into a house, kind of cabin-like and off the beaten path, to stay for the night.  As Sarah and Kira sleep, Fe hears the someone coming home.  In walks Cal, who we learn is Sarah’s old boyfriend slash mark from a con job.  Perceptive as ever, Kira comes out and asks Cal if he’s her father.

We find out that cute, bearded, and flannel-clad Cal is indeed Kira’s father.  Fe gets upset, knowing Sarah came here purposely so Kira could get to know her father.  He feels that there’s no place for him there, and leaves to support Alison’s opening night.  Sarah and Cal rekindle some romance at a completely inopportune time, and the little family seems to be getting comfortable with each other.  When Kira goes out to feed the chickens, Daniel, who has been snooping around, comes and grabs her.  She yells for her mother, and Sarah trades herself for her daughter.  Daniel forces her to drive.  He’s pleased having Sarah in captivity, but needs Kira too.

Alison:

Alison's antagonistic vacuuming might be the highlight of this episode.

Alison’s antagonistic vacuuming might be the highlight of this episode.

Angie is on Alison’s case, but thankfully Alison is suspicious.  She thinks she’s a second monitor now that she’s figured out Donnie.  Even when Angie comes out as a cop, Alison is evasive.  Good girl, Alison.

Opening night of “Blood Ties,” an apparent murder musical, is upon us.  You’d think Alison would be able to really connect with this character, but of course, she is drinking heavily.  She stumbles through her lines, and stumbles right off stage, collapsed onto the floor.

Cosima:

Cosima and Delphine are at work at the Dyad Institute.  We learn, as does Cosima, of Jennifer, another clone who had been living in the US.  She was the first to show symptoms of respiratory troubles, even before Katja.  She died three days prior, but left behind hours of video footage from her time undergoing treatment at the Dyad Institute.  Cosima and Delphine autopsy her body to investigate the sickness.

Helena:

The Proletheans are intent on making Helena part of the family.  There’s some sort of handfasting ceremony, and the creepy indication that they want to see if Helena can get pregnant.  Well, this is certainly a different situation for Helena.  She’s not a threat anymore, for now anyway.

 

I find myself continuously forgetting that the talented Tatiana Maslany is playing all of these characters!  If next week’s episode is true to the preview, it’s sure to be an amazing one!  And guys, are you following Orphan Black on Twitter?  Whoever runs that account does an amazing job!

What did you think of “Mingling Its Own Nature With It?”  Any theories?  Let me know!