Greetings, Clone Club! Have you recovered from last night’s Orphan Black yet? Neither have I. I usually need at least a week as a restorative before diving back in to Clone World. We’re only three episodes in, and Season 5 of Orphan Black might be my favorite of them all. While last night’s foray wasn’t particularly plot-heavy, we were given a heaping dose of Alison Hendrix, and that’s really all anyone wants in life, yes?
Now, since I love dangling carrots, I’ve got a juicy little promo for episode 4, “Let the Children and Childbearers Toil.” But first, let’s bring you up to speed with a quick summation of “Beneath Her Heart.”
Alison is struggling with her demons – she’s hallucinating Aynsley, for starters. Still wracked with guilt at her passing (and being involved, of course), Alison succumbs to those demons by resorting to pills again. She also reunites with Ramone, her former drug dealer, at the community’s Fall Fun Fair (love that alliteration). This results in whiskey swigging and toke smoking, bouncy house jumping, and a heated argument with Donnie. After a frank conversation with Aynsley’s widow (and Alison’s one-time lover) Chad, Alison begins to view life through renewed eyes and makes the hefty decision to take some alone time, away from Donnie and her sestras.
Meanwhile, Art and Enger show up on the Hendrixes doorstep. Donnie greets them, clad in a kilt for his Highland dancing act at the Fall Fun Fair. He tells Art to keep Enger out of the garage, as the rotting corpse of a certain former head of Neolution currently resides there. Not to mention the Castor clone Helena killed. Art, caught between a rock and a hard place, can’t do much but allow Enger to do as she pleases. She eventually makes her way to the garage and digs up Leekie’s decaying, headless corpse.
Later, after Donnie overdoses on a pill-infused iced tea concoction Alison meant to give Nona Walker, Alison decides to confront the source herself, Rachel Duncan. We’ve never had an Alison/Rachel scene before, so this was exciting to watch. I’m always in awe when different clones interact with one another, as if they aren’t played by the same person. Tatiana Maslany is an acting goddess.
Anyway, Alison brings Rachel Leekie’s preserved head and confesses that Donnie accidentally shot him, so they buried him in their garage. Rachel gives Alison an ultimatum: Donnie discloses Helena’s whereabouts, because Rachel really wants to study her magical babies. In return, Rachel will call off her hounds and make the whole Leekie mess disappear. Alison puts her foot down, refusing to give over Helena to Rachel. That’s my girl! With some prodding on Alison’s part, Rachel eventually calls Enger and tells her to stand down.
Meanwhile, we see that Helena is in what appears to be a nunnery. She’s feverishly scribbling in a notebook while a nun prays over her. Get thee to a nunnery, indeed.
Now, on to the promo for next week’s Orphan Black! Adele (Lauren Hammersley) makes her triumphant return, and confides in Felix (Jordan Gavaris) that she’s an embezzler. Meanwhile, Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) notices something is off with Kira (Skyler Wexler), and asks her daughter what Rachel did to her. Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) however has a plan in motion to rescue Kira from Dyad. Then, we see Cosima ask Mud (Jenessa Grant) what she’s so afraid of. Is there a mysterious monster haunting the forest outside Revival? Lastly, Susan Duncan’s (Rosemary Dunsmore) voice is heard telling Ira (Ari Millen) “She’s a liability.”
Who do you think Susan was referring to, Cosima or Rachel? What exactly does Mrs. S have in mind to save Kira? Is there more to Revival than meets the eye, and is Cosima getting too close to it? When will Cal make his triumphant return? I just want Sarah to be happy! Guess we’ll find out next week as The Final Trip continues. In the meantime, peruse the promo below to your heart’s content.
Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 10pm on your BBC America affiliate.
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