“Orphan Black”, Season 5, Episode 9, “One Fettered Slave”


I’ve put this off all week and I can no longer put it off. The penultimate episode of Orphan Black is here and I know once I write this I write one more recap tomorrow and I am finished. But I’m not ready for this trip to end…


All Leda clones played by Tatiana Maslany.


Let me keep this a brief as possible because I’m likely going to start crying at certain points.


The Killing Clone:
The one thing we get at this point is a look at Helena’s early life back in convent in the Ukraine. She’s a normal girl—sort of—with a love for chocolate. Which she is stealing from a nun. Who happens to return to her private quarters to masturbate, which Helena sees. She’s caught and punished by being soaked in fucking bleach, which explains the scaring around her eyes and her blond hair, though I’m sure the blond would have grown out? Who knows with clones. (There’s something unusual with her as a child as well—more later.)

Tomas (Daniel Kash) finds her and starts her down the road to becoming a killer. Of course we—as does Helena—discover that she’s a clone killer and the first time she kills one she freaks out. Tomas settles her down and manages to brainwash her a little more so she becomes used to this role—

Which doesn’t mean shit at the moment, because she’s been kidnapped by Dyad and is on her way to somewhere so the Neolutionists can fuck with her.


Sestra Search:
After Sarah, Felix (Jordan Gavaris), and Kira (Skyler Wexler) attend Mrs. S’ burial they’re back to the house for the wake when the sister from the convent shows up with Helena’s journal. This is not good news and it quickly turns to worse when they discover Helena was taken four days earlier. They contact Rachel to see if she knows where Helena may have been taken, but all she can confirm is that they wouldn’t have taken her to the island as it’s likely compromised.

In the meantime Art (Kevin Hanchard) discovers he may be under investigate due to all the Dyad people offing themselves. Or are they? Apparently a few were murdered because someone at the top of the Neolution ladder is cleaning house. This leads Art and Felix to show up at the nearly deserted boardroom in time to find Mr. Frontenac (Andrew Moodie) about to put a bullet in the Neolution money man. Good thing Art has stopped giving fucks and puts down Frontenac before that happens.

But the money man can’t help much so Sarah comes up with an equally cunning plan: she’s gonna hand Rachel over to them. And she’ll be found in a car with a tracker. Which is driven by Detective Engers (Elyse Levesque) straight to the old Dyad hospital building which is supposed to be abandoned.


We’re All a Little Mad Here:
Speaking of giving no fucks, P.T. Westmoreland (Stephen McHattie) is completely out of them and time. He needs treatment derived by from the stem cells found in the umbilical cords of Helena’s babies and he needs them NOW. Dr. Coady (Kyra Harper) says it won’t be long before labor begins, but ol’ P.T. wants those goddamn kids out because, yo, he’s ripped off his wig and is showing his bald head, which is a sure sign he’s totally evil. Oh, and before he storms off, he tells Coady to eliminate Mark (Ari Millen) because they have the weaponed cells from the Castor line ready to go and they don’t need him. So before Coady attends to Helena, she gives Mark the “cure” and puts him down for good.

Helena is not being a good patient and Coady eventually gags her, though that has to be removed because Helena needs to stay hydrated while labor is induced. Of course induction isn’t good enough for P.T. and he orders a Cesarean. Helena begs Coady not to do this to her babies and Coady tells her what difference would it make, Helena’s a psycho bitch assassin who would end up becoming the shittiest mother in creation. Coady does this because she’s a wretched cunt, but Helena takes the words to heart and, in one of the most heartbreaking scenes Orphan Black as ever filmed, manages to cut open her wrist so she can bleed to death.

Rachel is brought by Engers to the main Dyad office where P.T. is holding court. They exchange a few pleasantries before he catches wind of what’s going on: it’s not Rachel before him but Sarah—maybe the leather jacket gave her away? (Seriously, Rachel would have to be drugged out of her mind to wear Sarah’s jacket.) P.T.’s about to put a round in her head when Coady shows up in a panic. Helena needs blood and it’s a good thing Sarah is here because they have the same blood time. Time to get tranfusing!


Rescuers Assemble!
Scott (Josh Vokey) and Hell Wizard (Calwyn Shurgold) pretend to be delivering an organ to the office so they can get into the build and hack into security. Once that happens Hell Wizard can open the doors to the sealed up hospital building and Scott can get in there as he knows his way around. It takes a bit of work but the door is finally opened and Scoot takes off.
But he isn’t there to do all the rescuing: he opens a door to the outside and lets in Art—and then Scott’s shown the same door as Art knows shit is gonna get quite real. He slips on a vest and busts out a baton: you know he wants to find Engers and put an end to her shit.

Coady comes down to check on Sarah and Helena and makes of the mistake of thinking Helena is too out of it to be able to use the arm she cut over and is now free from its restraints. Big Fucking Mistake! Helena grabs the good doctor and bashes her head several times against a hard surface, remaking “You are shit mother” before she and Sarah began making their escape—

Which is interrupted by the sound of water splattering on the floor.

As Helena says, “Babies are coming…”


Personal Note: Of all the strange things the show could off, they leave one of the strangest for the end. Young Helena was played by Habree Larratt, who looks a lot like you’d expect a young Helena to look, but who looks nothing like Cynthia Galant, who we’ve seen is what Rachel and M.K. and, we’ve been told, all the other clones looked like when they were children.

So the question here is: was this done deliberately?

Back in Gag or Throttle Kira comments to Charlotte that she understands this new girl is what her mom looked like when she was young. Does that mean Kira has never seen a picture of her mother as a young girl? And since we know Sarah and Helena are not only clones but twins, we now know what Sarah really looked like as a kid.

I figure the show is going to spring one more surprise on us tonight, so could it be that Sarah and Helena were the original clones and the others were derived from them? Or was this just a casting choice because we needed a young girl who looked more like Helena than the other clones?

Either way, I’m not ready for the last episode



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Sarah, Allison, Helena, Cosima, Rachel — Tatiana Maslany
Felix “Fee” Dawkins — Jordan Gavaris
Kira Manning — Skyler Wexler
Arthur “Art” Bell — Kevin Hanchard

P.T. Westmoreland — Stephen McHattie
Dr. Virginia Coady — Kyra Harper
Mark — Ari Millen
Scott — Josh Vokey
Hell Wizard — Calwyn Shurgold
Simon Frontenac — Andrew Moodie
Detective Engers — Elyse Levesque
Tomas — Daniel Kash

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