The authors of The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion, Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth, answer questions about their book. Topics discussed include the Castor Project, Rachel’s brain injury, and the clone ID sequences. Casey and Nina also share how Clone Club brought them together and which clones they both love to think about and love to love.
With Helena in labor as they try to escape the clutches of Neolution, Art helps Helena take down Coady while Sarah faces off against John, making a last stand to free the clones once and for all. Kris and Stephanie discuss the series finale of Orphan Black, “To Right the Wrongs of Many.”
Dr. Coady and a deteriorating Westmoreland hold Helena captive, and they have induced her labor to exploit Helena’s twins for cord blood. When the others learn that Helena has been taken, Art leads the efforts to find out where she is, as Sarah comforts Kira in the wake of Mrs. S’s death. Kris and Stephanie discuss episode 5×09 of Orphan Black, “One Fettered Slave.”
Felix, Adele, and Delphine return from Switzerland just before Felix’s art opening, where he is debuting his portraits of the women in his life. Mrs. S encourages Sarah and everyone else to focus on having fun at the party, hoping it will distract them while she and Delphine put together the final pieces of their plan with the help of a treacherous ally.
Cosima tells Sarah that Neolution plans to harvest Kira’s eggs for cloning, which puts the pressure on them to retrieve Kira from Dyad. They try to discover Westmoreland’s true identity to sway Rachel’s allegiance away from him, but they do not realize that her loyalties have already been shaken by her own discoveries. Meanwhile, Alison returns from her trip to find herself with a new hairdo and a new outlook on life. In this episode, Kris and Stephanie discuss episode 5×07 of Orphan Black “Gag or Throttle.”
Krystal enters the picture again when she reveals a connection to a cosmetics company recently acquired by Dyad. Against Art and Sarah’s wishes, Krystal takes point on an operation to get information from Krystal’s contact at the cosmetics company. Meanwhile, Virginia Coady arrives at Revival, causing Susan to take drastic action. Cosima tries to persuade Mud to help her escape from P.T.’s house. In this episode, Kris and Stephanie discuss Orphan Black 5×06 “Manacled Slim Wrists.”
Cosima digs into the origin of the “creature” in the woods, and she discovers something unique about his DNA. Delphine returns from her travels, and she and Cosima must confront how quickly they’ve fallen back into their old relationship patterns. Meanwhile, Sarah follows Helena’s advice and starts being more forthcoming with Kira, who in turn will explain the connection she feels with the clones.
Mrs. S coordinates efforts to untangle the mystery of Neolution, including pulling off a con with Sarah in order to question an inside source. Meanwhile on Neolution Island, Susan Duncan is alive, healing, and conspiring with Westmoreland, and Cosima investigates the mysterious man/creature in the woods outside Revival. Stephanie and Kris discuss the fourth episode of season five of Orphan Black, “Let the Children & the Childbearers Toil.”
Feeling useless as a part of Clone Club, Alison tries to regain a sense of normalcy at a community event. Pushed out of her usual role of coordinator at the fair, she runs into Aynsley’s husband Chad. Confronted again with her grief and guilt about Aynsley death, Alison falls back on old habits. Meanwhile, Rachel tries to pressure Donnie into revealing Helena’s location by sending the police to search the Hendrixes’ house in connection with Pouchy’s death. Kris and Stephanie discuss episode 3 of season 5 of Orphan Black, “Beneath Her Heart.”
Sarah reaches out to MK to create a plan to escape from Neolution’s clutches and keep Kira away from Rachel. However, Kira isn’t so sure that she wants to run. Meanwhile, Helena learns that her unborn children seem to have similar healing abilities as Kira, and Cosima gets to meet P.T. Westmoreland. Kris and Stephanie discuss episode 5×02 of Orphan Black, “Clutch of Greed.”