“Orphan Black”, Season 5, Episode 4, “Let the Children and Childbearers Toil”

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Just short of the halfway point now and Orphan Black decides to take us on a road trip. But you know, things are never what they seem—



All Leda clones played by Tatiana Maslany.



This episode deals primarily with events surrounding Sarah and Cosima. So let’s see if I can put this together in a way that makes sense.


Here, Piggy Piggy:

Charlotte (Cynthia Galant) and Aisha (Sirena Gulamgaus) head off to feed the pigs. But one of the pigs is missing, so what do the girls do, why, they had off into the woods to look for it. And they find it, but this little piggy has seen better days. While it still on its feet it looks as if something’s been chewing on it—

That’s when Mud (Jenessa Grant) shows up and tells the girls to get back to the camp. Which is a good thing because at that moment they hear growling off in the distance. That just makes her feet moved that much faster.

Cosima gets involved and braces Mud about the mysterious creature that lives in the woods. Given, as she says, their living on the “Island of Doctor Moreau”, there’s gotta be something out there besides the bullshit story she’s giving about a bear. Mud sticks to her story and tells Cosima to leave her alone.


Wakey Wakey:

Susan Duncan (Rosemary Dunsmore) finally wakes up and finds good old P.T. Westemoreland (Stephen McHattie) hovering over her. She’s healed up nicely with one of his new treatments though she still week. She discovers she’s been brought to her old house on the island, with a decrepit greenhouse just beyond the bedroom. It’s obvious from their banter that these two go back a ways, something that Ira (Ari Millen) picks up on rather quickly.


Mom Harder:

Sarah is still trying to make a connection with Kira (Skyler Wexler), who is still rather close mouth about what happened when she went to Dyad. She finally admits that Rachel clipped her fingernails and took some samples of her blood, and that was it. However, Sarah finds a huge bandage covering a large cut on Kira’s left arm and Sarah hauls her downstairs for everyone to see. Sarah’s demanding answers about what Rachel did and that’s when Kira drops the bombshell: she cut herself because she wanted to see how quickly she’d heal.

Sarah’s losing her shit quickly and Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) steps in. She tells Felix (Jordan Gavaris) to take Kira for the day and let her stay at his place overnight. Reason for this? There’s work to do.

They make a quick side trip to The Rabbit Hole Comics to speak with Scott (Josh Vokey) and Hell Wizard (Calwyn Shurgold). They’ve been digging up information on P.T. Westemoreland and, it appears, another person whose information is in a folder given to Mrs. S. And with that in hand, she tells Sarah it’s time for a road trip.


First, We Need ID

Mrs. S takes Sarah to a really nice hotel where they stopped into “have a drink”. However, the real reason they’re there is to sorta see a Dr. Elizabeth Perkins (Sarah Orenstein). According to some information Mrs. S has, Dr. Perkins is supposed to meet up with the patient at a nearby “facility” tomorrow morning. However, at this same facility there’s another patient being held in the restricted area–and Mrs. S wants to talk to this person because they have information on what’s going on within the Neolution camp. And what they intend on getting while they’re here is the good doctor’s ID. Or, we should say, Sarah’s going to get the good doctor’s ID.

Sarah fakes a fight with Mrs. S and throws a drink in her face. Since Dr. Perkins is having issues with her daughter, this is just the sort of icebreaker the two women need to get together, but not before Sarah makes off with Dr. Perkins wallet. While Mrs. S and Dr. Perkins bond over their shitty daughters, Sarah gets the ID, manages to get the wallet back to the table, and Mrs. S follows her out a couple of minutes later.


Second, We Need to Make a Stop

Sarah is a bit pissed that Mrs. S isn’t cutting loose with where she’s getting her information from, but we all know how S works by this time: she keeps everything close to the vest. Sarah wants to make a stop, and that stopped just happens to be at a convent where she was told Helena is staying. So no: Helena did not take off for the Ukraine. She’s somewhere in the wilds of Canada.

Helena is glad to see Sarah, but can see that she’s troubled. The emotional baggage of the last few days is weighing hard on Sarah, and she tells her twin sister that she’s sorry how she treated her like shit when they first met, that she didn’t feel the bond between them and there are times when she still doesn’t feel a bond. Helen is the most comforting she’s been seen throughout the entire series, telling Sarah that she didn’t feel this bond, either, not until she found peace by being back with all her sestras. There’s a bit of crying and a lot of emotion, with the scene ending as Sarah touches Helena’s pregnant belly.

When she’s finished visiting with her sister Sarah heads downstairs and finds Mrs. S disguised as Dr. Perkins. It’s time to get back on the road—


Third, We Get to the Facility—

Sarah and Mrs. S show up at the facility and bullshit their way in as they convince the intern on duty that Sarah—playing the part of the fake doctor’s assistant—fucked up the appointment time. Once again access to the facility they had straight for the restricted area and Mrs. S uses the stolen ID to gain access.

It doesn’t take them long to hunt down the patient they’re there to see—but before they speak to this person, this is S tell Sarah to dig deep down inside and repress whatever feelings are going to come bubbling up in the next few moments. And there’s good reason for this, because the patient is Dr. Virginia Cody (Kyra Harper), the former head of Project Castor. Sarah’s first inclination is to strangle the shit out of the woman, but that’s not why they’re there. Mrs. S wants information and Cody is willing to give it–if they can get her out. She hands that Susan and she worked with Westemoreland going all the way back to the 1970s, when they were dealing in some rather crude genetic experimentation. Cody says the biggest difference between Susan and her is that Cody wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty–and by that she hands that they created some sort of genetic abomination in the process of trying to clone a human.

One of the staff doctors shows up and wants to know what’s going on. While Mrs. S turns on the charm and begins bullshiting him, Cody starts a bit of a brawl with Sarah and manages the steel her visitor’s badge, which he is already indicated could help her get out of the restricted area of the facility.


Family Affair:

the next day, while Kira sleeps in Felix’s loft, there’s a banging on the door. And who could it be? Why, it’s Felix’s sister Adele (Lauren Hammersley). What’s new? Well, seems Adele’s been disbarred. Why was she disbarred? Seems she was embezzling. She tells Felix that she did a stint as a corporate lawyer and while she was very good at following money trails, she was very bad at hiding the money she was stealing. The biggest news is, it appears she’s been summoned by Mrs. S to come and help out with something. Now, why would she do that?


Bumping In the Night:

Cosima finally follows Mud out into the woods at night–actually, strike that. She follows Mud into a tunnel which comes out near Susan’s old house, nice and hidden. She manages to get inside and sees Mud hooking up Westemoreland to what looks like a dialysis machine, so apparently he hasn’t figured out all the secrets to living an extremely long life.

But Cosima find something else. A cell in the basement surrounded by all kinds of old medical equipment. Remember that abomination Cody talked about? Yep, Cosima has discovered where it was spawned. Mud finds her and tells her to get the hell out of the house, which Cosima does in short order.

But she doesn’t go far and follows Mud further into the woods where she sees her giving blankets to the abomination, which is still alive.


Bringing Together Lose Ends:

Now back at home, Mrs. S explains why Adele is there. She’s going to Switzerland to track down various lines of money and credit that seem to be tied to Neolution—and Felix is going with her. He isn’t exactly digging this assignment, but as Mrs. S points out, he has street smarts and he’s a survivor, and Adele is likely going to need someone to cover her back.

Back on the island Westemoreland and Susan are having a discussion. While they are both content to let Susan run things, they both know she’ll need monitoring. And Westemoreland would like Susan to come back into the fold and once again become part of his vision. Though it seems she has her reservations she agrees, and while Ira looks on Westemoreland and she clink their glasses together and agree to their new partnership.



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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

Mud — Jenessa Grant
P.T. Westmoreland — Stephen McHattie
Ira — Ari Millen
Charlotte — Cynthia Galant
Aisha Yasin — Sirena Gulamgaus
Scott — Josh Vokey
Hell Wizard — Calwyn Shurgold

Dr. Elizabeth Perkins — Sarah Orenstein
Dr. Virginia Coady — Kyra Harper
Adele — Lauren Hammersley
Susan Duncan — Rosemary Dunsmore


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