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Orphan Black recap: The Antisocialism of Sex

Felix to the rescue

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Ken Woroner/BBC America

Orphan Black

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

TGFF. Thank God for Felix.

Brother Sestra really came through tonight, saving not just one but two clones from making disastrous (and potentially deadly) decisions.

Those two, of course, were Cosima and Sarah, both wracked with guilt by the fallout from their decision to team with Susan Duncan, which led to them getting double crossed by Neolution baddie Evie Cho and Kendall Malone being murdered.

Suffice to say, no one had a good week this week — we couldn’t even get through a child’s slumber party without arrests and police threats. (Happy birthday, Gemma!)

So, without further ado, it’s time to put the clones through the Orphan Black Clone Status Hyper-Sequence Generator Calcutron and rank the best of the worst.


Sarah Manning takes the cake this week for saddest and most self-destructive clone. She and Mrs. S are still reeling from Kendall’s death, and S doesn’t mince words when it comes to Sarah’s role in what happened: She put Kendall in the line of fire. Sarah takes off, leaving Kira behind with S, and becomes the Sarah we remember from Orphan Black’s early days — drinking, drinking, drugs, more drinking, sex (a threesome with strangers she meets in a bar), and so on. Through it all, she keeps seeing visions of Beth.

Felix puts the differences he’s had with Sarah all season aside and goes out to look for her — and points out to S that no matter how she feels about Sarah right now, she’s the glue that holds this whole thing together. I don’t know if I ever thought of it like that, but I think he’s right.

Sarah goes home with Dizzy, whom she ran into at the bar, and is looking to keep numbing her pain by sleeping with him too, but he’d rather talk bots. Turns out Ed Capra, the body Beth caught off M.K.’s tip in the premiere, was a friend of his. He also noticed her implant was gone and wants to know how she managed that. Sarah is having none of it, though, and yells at him and walks out.

Her next stop? The train station, where she looks over a ledge at tracks below while talking with Ghost Beth, who is a lot meaner than Real Beth. “You gonna follow me the rest of my life?” Sarah asks. “Tonight’s our last night, I hope,” Beth replies, not at all ominously.

What saves her from herself is a call from S to Felix, warning him about something Kira said — that her mother wouldn’t be back this time and was “following Beth.” At the same time, he gets a call about Cosima (more on that below), but thankfully still manages to get to the train station in time. GB (Ghost Beth) is telling Sarah to go over the edge, but Felix urges her to be stronger than Beth was. It works, and she hugs him instead of following Beth into the dark. Back at home, S makes her breakfast and they hold hands at the table. If all’s not forgiven, it’s a start.


The other clone reeling from her part in Kendall’s death, along with what Evie told her about Delphine being shot and killed. She can’t even be cheered by what Scott says is her favorite thing – bad coffee and a good croissant. (I love little details like this. I also love good croissants.) The malware on the Evie Cho-provided Brightborn hard drive from last week wiped all their data, meaning they’re back to square one and she’s feeling hopeless. Except…that she stole Sarah’s bot off Evie’s desk and has it in her possession.

Cosima wonders if the bot, which was trying to find the right genes to make Sarah sick, could perhaps do the opposite for her and make her better. Scott points out there’s a whole host of other, very bad things it could do, and while she acknowledges it’s risky she also locks him out of the safe house so she can DIY a Neolution implant.

Cue a frantic phone call from Scott to Felix. He tells Fe that Cosima blames herself for Kendall and is distraught over Delphine, which makes Felix remember something. He calls Cosima next, as she’s trying to place the bot in her cheek, and at Scott’s urging she finally picks up. Felix tells her Krystal — in the midst of her half-brained, totally bonkers but somewhat helpful investigations — saw Delphine get shot but also saw she was still alive when someone picked her up and took her away. It’s not a great sign, per se, but it’s enough to give Cosima hope again. She puts the bot down, crying hysterical tears, and gives Felix a thank you. He promises they’ll figure it all out together.

NEXT: Alison, Rachel, and another clone cameo