It’s almost like Tatiana Maslany is trying to out-act herself with every “Orphan Black” episode as she continues to deliver award-winning performances each week as each and every clone, and that just continued in Saturday, May 25’s episode 9, “Unconscious Selection.”
Kira’s fate This “Orphan Black” picked up pretty much where the last one left off: Kira was hit by the car, and Sarah, Mrs. S, and Felix could only wait helplessly as the doctors worked on her (and found something surprising during an ultrasound). But somehow, despite getting hit by a car, Kira was going to be just fine, no internal bleeding, no head injury, just plenty of rest. Sarah couldn’t help but wonder if that was because she had passed something down to her, and Cosima suggested stem cells and offered to pass along samples of her and Kira’s DNA to the guy testing the German’s and her own. Sarah refused, still not trusting her because of Delphine. Could you really blame her?
Dealing with the devil After what happened to Kira, Sarah had reached a decision: “Helena’s got to go.” But there were a couple of obstacles in her way. Tomas had locked Helena in a cage after she refused to tell Sarah to come to them, and Dr. Leekie knew about Sarah—and wanted to meet and make a deal. So Sarah left Kira in the capable hands (and shotgun) of Mrs. S and called Cosima about Dr. Leekie knowing her on the way to the meet. It turned out that they were not genetically identical; the science geek clone there was a synthetic sequence that seemed to serve as a barcode to differentiate them.
So Sarah had Paul bring Dr. Leekie (blindfolded) to a meet point, and she found out that he, like Olivier and Paul, had a role to play: overseeing data collection and quantifying their well-being, basically looking after the clones. He proposed that she bring in Helena so they could “get her help” and in exchange, Sarah and the others could live as they chose, without monitors. Sarah had a lot to think about as she struggled with the decision. She admitted to Mrs. S that she saw herself when she looked at Helena, and Kira told her that she had gone to play with her and Helena wanted their help. So when Sarah went to Helena and found her locked up, she held the gun to her head but ended up letting her out—only to find herself in yet another bad position when Tomas joined the clones and tried to lure Helena back to the dark religious Prolethean side by using Kira. Instead, Sarah won Helena over by bringing up their “connection,” and she had to knock her out to get her off Tomas when she attacked the one person who deserved to feel her wrath after everything he had done to her. Sarah ended up locking Tomas in the cage and Helena in her car trunk.
More than just a clone connection Mrs. S called Sarah home—and told her to bring Helena. Sarah left her in the trunk when she went inside and met Amelia—her birth mother. Amelia explained a wealthy couple had paid her to be their in vitro surrogate, but she knew something was wrong because of all the tests they ran, the mention of Neolution, and the realization that they were in fact scientists. She ran and hid until she gave birth to twins. One child went to the state, and the other went to the church. Yes, it turned out Helena wasn’t just being crazy Helena when she was spouting off all that “connection” talk to Sarah. They were twins!
Another mystery With the revelation that Dr. Leekie had his own role to play, we learned that he was just another link on the chain. Plus, we got a tease of someone else in that chain—or maybe at the top—when he called someone to let her know Sarah hadn’t shown for the meet with Helena. “Blood is thicker than you think,” Mystery Woman told him.
Suburban intervention Meanwhile, this episode just confirmed how much we love scenes featuring Alison and Felix. After the suburban minivan-sex followed by street catfight nightmare that was her life last week, Alison decided she’d make the loft her new base while she apartment-hunted, and that meant giving the place a much-needed cleaning from top to bottom. But when she had to go home to get some things, she turned to Felix to be her wingman. He reluctantly agreed in a way only Fee could: “I need to change. Fetch me something gay.” However, the house wasn’t as empty as she had thought, as her living room was filled with Donnie, Aynsley, a reverend (“He’s kind of sexy, man of the cloth and all that,” Fee commented later to Alison), and neighbors for Alison’s intervention. “Gay friend,” Felix introduced himself. “Acting coach,” Alison added. “Oh, that’s perfectly fine here,” the reverend said, to which Fee asked, “Which one?”
After Donnie spoke about her pills and drinking, the criticism and abuse, and their children, and Aynsley brought up Chad, Alison ran upstairs, only letting Felix in to the bathroom with her. “Hey! Sharesies?” He asked when she opened a bottle of pills, clearly not one to serve as a sponsor of any kind but the exact person she needed to calm her down, help her put her face on, and get her back downstairs to face the others (and probably the exact opposite of what she had expected when she first met him and aimed her gun at him). Then Alison let her probable monitor have it, bringing up Chad’s previous affair, Aynsley’s own cheating, and the fact that she scrutinized every detail of her life. After Donnie kicked everyone out, Aynsley warned Alison, “This was your olive branch, and you torched it. Huge mistake.” Sorry, Aynsley, but you don’t mess with the soccer mom. You just don’t.
Love hurts As for Cosima, once she found out Delphine had told Dr. Leekie about the others, that was pretty much it. Everything came out—Delphine already had her doctorate in immunology, had told her a different last name, and had pretended she didn’t know Dr. Leekie—and it didn’t matter that she hadn’t given up Kira. It didn’t matter that Delphine argued that their feelings were real. Nothing Delphine had to say changed anything as Cosima packed, even as she reminded her she had never been with a woman before. “Yeah, it showed,” Cosima snapped back, only breaking down once her monitor had left. Poor Cosima! But that was never going to have a happy ending, not with how close Delphine was to Dr. Leekie. After all, not every clone can have the chance at a happy ending with her monitor.
One step closer Deangelis was ready to bring “Beth” in for more questions, suggesting she was protecting the killer, and it wasn’t hard to guess what Jane Doe looked like (though the idea of clones was apparently so far-fetched in that police station that no one even suggested it as a joke even though doppelgangers made that cut). However, Art tried to give “Beth” one more chance, but Sarah was too busy to deal with him and instead just took enough time to remind him of his role in the cover-up of Maggie Chen’s murder. Maybe she should have taken more time because he headed to the train station and watched video of Beth’s suicide and Sarah taking her bag. That meant when he found Deangelis talking to Lieutenant Hardcastle, he informed them of his former partner’s death—and that they needed a warrant for Sarah Manning.
- Seriously, can we please just get outright confirmation (or denial) that Aynsley is Alison’s monitor?
- Will Art ever come over to the clone side of things? (We hope so; we liked his and Sarah’s dynamic in the beginning of the season.)
- What will happen when they do get the warrant for Sarah? How much is she going to tell the police?
- Is that the end for Cosima and Delphine?
- Is Dr. Leekie going to find out about Kira?
- Who is that Mystery Woman?
- Will Sarah and Paul get a happy ending?
- Who’s going to find Tomas in that cage?
- Why is Sarah the only one to have kids? And what does Kira’s miraculous recovery mean for both of them?
- Can we continue to get mo
“Orphan Black” season 1 airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America. What did you think of “Unconscious Selection”?
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