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Orphan Black recap: Transgressive Border Crossing

Sarah wants answers from M.K. and uncovers a new Neolution threat

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BBC America

Orphan Black

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

After focusing almost exclusively on Beth last week, our second entry into season 4 caught us up with the rest of the key clones — and yet another nefarious threat against them.

“Transgressive Border Crossing” shed more light into Beth’s final days, and also added “maggot-bots” into the show’s lexicon and my future nightmares (did anyone else have to cover their eyes?). Suffice to say, this gives “bugged” a whole new meaning.

Last week we didn’t rank the clones because it was essentially a Beth Childs bottle episode, but now that more of our beloved sestras are in the mix, I will place them all through the Orphan Black Clone Status Hyper-Sequence Generator Calcutron to determine how much we learned from (or about) each of them this week.


This episode picks up immediately after M.K.’s call, which was spot on but didn’t give them much lead time — just as Sarah, Mrs. S, and Kendall Malone (Mrs. S’ mother and the original for the Leda and Castor clones) are arguing about whether to wait or go, Kira sees headlights in the distance and they bolt, but not before Mrs. S sets the house on fire to prevent the Neos from getting any useful trace of genetic material. That sight of poor Kira’s toy monkey in flames seems rather ominous, no? 

They smuggle themselves out of Iceland and back to Canada, where a safe house has been set up by Scott beneath the very appropriately named Rabbit Hole comic books shop. Sarah wants to track down M.K. to get some answers, so she starts with Art, who tells her about the Capra case and how Beth received an anonymous tip that led to the body (which we know came from M.K.). He holds up a key to Beth’s apartment and suggests they go take a look. Once there, Art notices the camera in the painting and concludes Paul was spying on Beth — but Sarah points out it was actually the opposite (more on what they see in my Beth breakdown on the next page).

What they see sends Sarah to Club Neolution, with a reluctant Felix in tow since she can’t exactly walk in the front door there, to try and track down the pregnant Neo from last week who was seen in Beth’s house on the surveillance tape. At the bar, a man recognizes her, and thinking she’s M.K., he pulls her aside to show her something — a video taken in Bogota of a man with something in his cheek, like we saw in Capra and the other guy from last week. But this time, someone cuts this man’s cheek open and ohmygod things start SHOOTING OUT OF THERE, and the man screams, and then the video cuts away. It’s a built-in defense mechanism, the guy says, that kills the host. Sarah asks what it means and inadvertently outs herself as Not M.K. since she’s the one that put him onto this. Busted. She gets away but grabs his phone and uses it to find where he was planning to meet her.

That meeting point, a laundromat, is where Sarah has a scary run-in of her own. The EMTs from last week — that black woman and white man — corner her in there and pin her to the floor. She’s not the clone they were looking for, but the man puts a gloved hand inside her mouth, feels for something, pulls it out, and somehow knows she’s Sarah Manning.

Somehow allowed to leave the laundromat of horrors after this scene, Sarah bursts back into the safe house — she thinks there’s something in her jaw and realizes in horror that Dyad had Kyra at one point, too. We don’t know about Kyra yet, but Sarah was right about herself: When Mrs. S gets a flashlight and they look inside her cheek, the light shows them something is there and moving

NEXT: More insight into Beth’s final days