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.”
Krystal & Big Cosmetics
- How does Krystal do it? She is such a terrible sleuth and con artist, but she gets the job done somehow.
- “You and that Australian girl are going to mess everything up.”
- Kay-Bee Natural Beauty
- Kris enjoys the Krystal/Art dynamic.
- “I'm peeing and then I'm gonna kick him in the balls.”
- Krystal questioning Len is AMAZING.
- Dyad bought a cosmetics company for a dermal delivery system. But why? Hair loss surely isn't the endgame.
Kira & Mrs. S
- Kira takes one for the team! Induced vomiting can’t be fun.
- Neolution Island = Wonderland
- Kira offers to con Rachel if necessary, and it now looks like it will be necessary.
- Stop leaving the Kira storyline so unresolved! It's anxiety-making! (Which is probably the point.)
- Mrs. S tells Sarah that Delphine was the source of information about Kira, but she still hasn't told Sarah what they talked about at their first secret meeting.
- Mrs. S tells Rachel that she “will need them someday.”
P.T., Susan & Virginia
- We get confirmation that P.T. is a con! Named John! (Kris will try not to gloat too much.)
- So much exposition! P.T. was an unbrilliant scientist but rich and compelling. He bought Virginia Coady and Susan Duncan's participation in his Neolution scheme. Was longevity the plan from the beginning?
- Virginia is back, and she looks amazing! The contrast between Susan and Virginia is fantastic, not only in ideals but also in persona.
- P.T. says of bringing Susan and Virginia back together, “Progress requires equilibrium. Balance of opposing forces. No friction, no fire.”
- P.T./John has turned to parabiosis (blood transfusions from children)
- Susan becomes disillusioned with P.T. She seemed to already be on shaky ground with her involvement with him.
- Susan says she is “everything but [a murderer]. And that may have to change.”
- Susan says, “I sacrificed everything for Neolution. People I loved. Even my own soul. But now, Ira, it is time to bring it all down.”
- P.T. and Susan quote Wordsworth's “Lines Written in Early Spring” but they seem to be out of order.
- Susan tries to kill P.T. to “save us all,” but Virginia and P.T. presumably kill Susan instead.
- His conversation with Virginia felt so fraught. Like Cosima, Ira felt drawn to meet his creator.
- She says that Ira was four when Susan separated him.
- Virginia tries to exploit that fascination and to turn Ira against Susan.
- That conversation goes unfinished. Did she reveal or does she even know how many Castors might be left? Perhaps that question is a door to bring Mark back into the mix.
- Ira really is different than his brothers -giving Cosima the proof about Westmoreland because he knows he might not make it. (This is the first time we’ve seen a Castor do something genuinely selfless, right? Though it’s arguably done for Susan.)
- Poor, glitching Ira!
- Cosima tries to use the idea of family to appeal to Mud for help. Hearing one of the clones refer to all the clones as family, hearing Cosima call Kira her niece… That always gets to me.
- “Mud, are you here by choice? Because I’m not here by choice.”
- Virginia tells Cosima not to worry because she's “not deadstock yet” because she could use her help. And Cosima tells her that, “Frankly, you're all too insane.”
- Cosima foments the unease that has been growing in the village, sparked by Salvador's death and escalated by Aisha's. (Poor Aisha! And Ana says that “another child, Aisha” has died. Who was the other child?)
- Kris is a little surprised that the people in Revival were so quick to believe Cosima when she told them that Westmoreland is a fraud.
- Stephanie felt so frustrated with that Revival resident who confronted Cosima. If she hadn't gotten her treatment back…
- While Stephanie would have felt more comfortable with an ending shot of Cosima at sea, far-ish away from the island, she feels fairly confident that Cosima and Charlotte managed to escape. Fingers crossed that they make it and some of P.T.'s goons (though does he have goons anymore?) don't stop them.
- Mud reveals her background about formerly abusing drugs. She overdosed, and she wound up in a coma. When she woke up, she was at Revival.
- She says she stole from her parents, and she just wants to tell them she is sorry.
- She decides to punish herself for helping Yanis (and getting him killed) by wearing a cowbell. She does call herself Mud, after all.
- Though she initially helps Susan try to kill P.T., she backs out when he offers her forgiveness for freeing Yanis. P.T. likely preyed on a lot of the people at Revival in a similar manner. How many did he bring to the island like Mud?
- Mud seems to regret her unbetraying P.T./betraying Susan when she finds the photo of him and Susan.
- Do yourself a favor and don’t Google “parabiosis”
- Many of P.T.'s followers seem to be wearing round necklace pendants these days.
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