This episode of Orphan Black not only allows the story to move forward, but it also allowed us a peek into one of the sestra’s past—and brought back friends from Season One.
All Leda clones played by Tatiana Maslany.
First, let us get the early set up out-of-the-way—
Sarah, Kira (Skyler Wexler), Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy), and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) are having an online memorial for M.K. with Allison and Donnie (Kristian Bruun). This mostly involves lighting some candles and laying some flowers around pictures that have been drawn of her. The last act of this memorial has Sarah laying her Dolly mask in the middle of it all. It was short, simple, and sweet: a perfect sendoff that likely brought more than a few tears to fan’s eyes—just like it’s doing to me right now.
The biggest issue happening right now is that Kira doesn’t want to tell Sarah what it is she does when she visits Rachel. This is pissing her off because now she’s starting to think of herself as that bitch mother who is being locked out of her child’s life and its causing her to spiral back into old habits. Felix decides that what Sarah needs is to sit and model for him, and he strips down to all but his painter’s apron to capture her image.
But this story is really about Allison: what she is going through in her life at this moment, and the things that have brought her to this point. And it’s really broken into two different parts—
Bailey Downs, BCC:
The episode starts with Allison and Donnie having a dinner party for a couple of their old friends: Aynsley (Natalie Lisinska) and Chad (Eric Johnson) Norris. At one point during the party Allison gets a call which he goes into the kitchen to take. It’s Beth, who is trying to convince Allison that she’s actually her clone. Allison does want to hear that shit and as she hangs up, Aynsley suspects that she has someone on the side. It’s about this time Chad besides to propose changing up the relationship just a little bit more and brings out a bag of psychedelic mushrooms. Donnie isn’t down with the idea, but Allison grabs that shit and is ready to fly.
And not long after that’s exactly what Allison is doing: flying her fucking ass off. As right about this time that she gets a text message from Beth telling her to go to the front door, that reality is waiting outside. Allison does just that and what’s waiting for her on her front porch? It’s Cosima! Beth has brought her in to prove to Allison that they’re all clones and Allison finally confronts the ugly truth while tripping balls. This is something that Cosima spots after a few moments before uttering the line, “Dude, are you tripping? ‘Cause your eyes are like saucers.”
Allison is about to freak but Aynsley manages to calm her down by taking her outside to lay in the grass and look at the stars. And it’s there that she reminds Allison that perhaps their lives are not meant to be spent in Bailey Downs and they might have to consider leaving…
A Simple Life Here in Bailey Downs:
After being told in so many words by Mr. Fontenac (Andrew Moodie) that of all the clones she’s the most worthless to Dyad, Detective Engers (Elyse Levesque) and Art (Kevin Hanchard) show up with a search warrant relating back to that refund Helena got them a few seasons back. They are doing this as a way to get leverage to find out where Helen is located, but Donnie—the last person to be in contact with her—continues saying he has absolutely no idea where she’s gone.
Allison has had enough of this ship and takes off to her church’s spring fair, which she is organized in the past but has now been given to someone else due to Allison’s “problems”. This is not sitting well with Allison, as the trouble between her sistras and Dyad have left her a stranger within her own community. She pops a few pills to calm down and then dumps a few more pills into some sweet tea with the intention of drugging the current organizer—an idea she sets aside not long after.
But after running into Chad, who is still widowed, she runs into Ramon (Alex Ozerov) her old drug supplier who is now helping to cater the fair. After chatting with him for a few minutes she decides to hit on a joint with him and before long she’s in the bouncy castle giving absolutely zero fucks about life in general.
By this time Donnie shows up in his kilt, prepared to do his Scottish Highland dance, with some bad news: Detective Engers is snooping around in the garage and he feels it’s only a matter of time before she finds the body of Doctor Leekie. He contacts Sarah and Felix and asked for help. He wants Sarah to go to the house and see if there’s anything she can do to prevent the Dyad people from finding Leekie’s body, and he wants Felix to come and help with Allison because he’s discovered she’s back to her old pill popping, booze swilling days. And since Donnie is thirsty after all that talking, he reaches in Allison’s purse and finds a container of sweet tea to drink. The one with all the drugs and it, of course.
The inevitable happens: Engers finds Leekie’s body and Donnie passes out on the stage, exposing the Hendrix’s family jewels the entire audience. Allison uses this moment to lash out at everyone who makes snide comments about Donnie having the same problems as Allison before dragging him off the stage, while Sarah looks on helplessly as Engers realizes they now have the perfect leverage to use to discover Helena’s location.
Donnie reveals that he does know where Helena is at but he promised not to say anything. Deciding she’s finally going to do something to help this situation she and the other clones are in, she visits Rachel, meeting face-to-face for the first time. Allison hasn’t come empty-handed: she drops her purse on Rachel’s desk and shows her clone the head of Doctor Leekie. She explains that Donnie killed him accidentally and they buried him in the garage—minus the head, which was used for “science”. She tells Rachel to go ahead and file murder charges against Donnie and her, but before she does she had better consider how her new boss, Mr. Westemoreland, is going to react when he discovers Rachel has expose the Leda clones to a murder investigation, and the subsequent outside exposure that will bring.
Rachel knows exactly what Mr. Westemoreland would do and she calls Detective Engers, telling her to dispose of the body and leave the Hendrix’s alone. But Rachel is almost beyond furious at this point and she tells Allison in a quivering voice that the only thing she can think of at the moment is wrapping her hands around Allison’s throat and strangling her to death. Allison doesn’t even blink as she tells Rachel that perhaps the two of them are not so much unalike.
With life finally back to something close to normal, Allison and Donnie enjoy a cup of coffee the next morning. Allison tells Donnie that she has to go away for a while, that she has to find herself somewhere away from Bailey Downs. Donnie is sad, but he understands completely. With these things said, Allison brings down Donnie’s mandolin so they can sing the song they have song at the end of every church spring fair: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
And as they close out the episode we do discover where Helena has gone: she’s returned to the Ukraine and the monastery where she grew up. And she’s doing a lot of writing in a journal…
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Sarah, Allison, Helena, Cosima, Rachel — Tatiana Maslany
Felix “Fee” Dawkins — Jordan Gavaris
Donnie Hendrix — Kristian Bruun
Kira Manning — Skyler Wexler
Arthur “Art” Bell — Kevin Hanchard
Siobhan Sadler “Mrs. S” — Maria Doyle Kennedy
Detective Engers — Elyse Levesque
Mr. Fontenac — Andrew Moodie
Aynsley Norris — Natalie Lisinska
Chad Norris — Eric Johnson
Ramone — Alex Ozerov