Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


'Orphan Black' recap: 'Ruthless in Purpose and Insidious in Method'

We officially meet Clone Krystal.

Posted on

Steve Wilkie/BBC America

Orphan Black

TV Show
Action, Drama, Sci-fi
run date:
Taitana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris
BBC America
Current Status:
In Season

Yikes! We are no longer in respite mode. Episode 8 made it very clear that the Ledas are up against some powerful enemies, including the government who has planted a mole inside their tightly knit group. And we are hurtling toward the finale as the episode aptly titled: “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method” from Eisenhower’s farewell address showed us tonight. This high-stakes game has officially launched into overdrive. We finally got to meet Krystal Goderich, the clone from the season premiere who was almost kidnapped by Rudy and Seth. And her position is a precarious one. She’s one more clone deemed expendable in the name of this crazy experiment. What happened to Krystal in this episode is exactly what Sarah has been fighting against this whole season in her never-ending quest to save her sisters.

Everyone is after the clue to original genome that will hopefully save Cosima and provide the answers for how the cloning is possible. Duncan’s crazy sketchings in his Dr. Moreau paperback provides those clues and it’s not only Cosima and Scott that know about it now. Rachel has tipped off Dyad and a mole inside Leda has informed the Castors. It’s Shay right? She told the CIA and they sent Rudy to retrieve it from Scott’s apartment?

But on top of the Castors, Rachel and Dr. Nealon have their own agenda going on, and Delphine only knows part of it. Lots of secrets revealed as a lot more questions are raised. Just who is Rachel’s new blonde caretaker? Someone new? If Mrs. S. gets to the Castor original, she kills him. What does Rachel do? But beyond the questions it was an episode that made us understand the motives of these characters even better, especially Sarah and her aching need to save her family. But she’s not the only one suffering. Cosima is clearly conflicted and Krystal is the saddest victim of all. Let’s put the clones through the Orphan Black Clone Status Hyper-Sequence Generator Calcutron to see just who we grieve with the most this episode.

1. Krystal

The newest clone is no dope. Though we don’t get to meet her for long, just like American-accented Felix, we feel for her right away. She’s obsessed with her near abduction by Rudy and Seth—the one who left her previous boyfriend (i.e. Monitor) Hector dead. And she’s taken to investigating the weird happenings in her life on her own—the security guards with machine guns, the boyfriends who disappear on schedule every two years. Yes, she can’t keep her mouth shut to every client she meets and her taste in clothing is questionable but I was on Felix’s side—I wanted her in Clone Club. I get why Sarah was hoping she could keep her naïve. That ignorance is a source of freedom but perhaps ignorance wouldn’t have landed her in a coma about to lose an eye to Rachel and Dr. Nealon.

2. Rachel

We begin this episode feeling actual empathy for Rachel. She’s been totally neutered at Dyad. Delphine finds her a threat and wants to eliminate her. (I tell you straightening that hair has done things to our favorite French scientist.) And while Rachel’s getting stronger—and incredibly more manipulating—she is still not back to herself. Or is she? Turns out the Clone Club’s need for her translation skills overwhelms any better judgment to not trust this woman. And so Rachel, Sarah, and a dangerous pencil are reunited once again. We learn a snippet of Duncan’s work: “In London town we all fell down and Castor woke from slumber.” And then all hell breaks loose with Delphine and Dr. Nealon breaking up the sister reunification. But Rachel and Dr. Nealon pulled a fast one over on everyone, including Delphine. The kidnapping of Krystal allowed Rachel to get to London to find the original genome, while poor Krystal is in a coma, awaiting a surgery that will leave her cycloptic. Is there any justice?

NEXT: Clones obsessed with love, family, babies, and drugs