On the eve of Family Day at rehab, Alison realizes that Vic is not the confidante that she thought he was, and he threatens to expose the truth about Aynsley. Sarah and Felix come to Alison’s aid to handle the situation with Vic, while Mrs. S schemes with both Sarah and Paul to cause conflict within Dyad using Ethan Duncan. Meanwhile, Cosima discovers a secret that Delphine has been hiding from her.
We discuss our initial reactions to the seventh episode of Season 2 of Orphan Black, “Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things.”
Alison & Felix
- Confesses to Vic about Aynsley & overhears Vic contacting Angie
- Bargaining with Vic, calling Sarah
- The screwball comedy that is Alison & Felix ensues trying to move Vic
- Shuns Donnie in the nametag making department
- Confronts Donnie with clone experiment knowledge & he was just a poor dupe
- NO, DONNIE. NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OUT OF THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE.
- For the first time, Kris was really worried about what Donnie was going to do — either he was going to hurt somebody or get himself hurt.
- Poor Donnie. But he and Alison have more in common now?
- Working with Mrs. S but doesn’t really trust her
- Reunion with Cal & Kira — ADORABLE. But we’re still worried about Cal. The camera lingering!
- Vic needs to make amends & wants her back
- Pretending to be Alison (pretending to be Donnie) and it’s a glorious disaster.
- Leaves with Kira. Is she just going to take her to Dyad? What’s happening?
Cosima & Delphine
- Again with the really intimate shots of Cosima & Delphine during medical procedures. Plus, smoochies!
- But then fighting. We don’t like it when they’re fighting. Yes, it’s totally Cosima’s choice and it wasn’t cool what Delphine did, BUT SHE JUST WANTS YOU TO BE ALIVE, COSIMA. Why, hello, conflict of Season 1!
- Note to Delphine: do not have fights about secret things in hallways.
- Cosima apparently comes around to using Kira’s stem cells for her treatment though.
Mrs. S & Paul
- WHAT IS SHE UP TO???
- We want to trust you Mrs. S, but what’s going on?
- Playing Rachel and Leekie off each other with Paul’s help
Rachel & Leekie
- Leekie calls in Marian Bowles, Rachel’s boss, about Ethan Duncan and she’s mildly terrifying
- Sees her father and gets all emotional and maybe we feel a little bit sorry for her.
- Fires Leekie — does she really show some compassion or is it a cat-and-mouse game to her?
- What will be the other consequences to Rachel discovering what Leekie did to her mother/tried to do to her father?
- This episode’s title comes from Francis Bacon’s The New Atlantis (which is actually a novel!).
- No Helena and the Proletheans this week
- Leekie working on an artificial womb is a nod to Brave New World
- Will we see Cal again? I hope so.
- The AMAZING that was the scene with Sarah & Alison and the mirror behind them
- The Inside Orphan Black segments are available for free on Amazon Instant Video, and they are longer versions than the ones BBC America is airing during the commercial breaks. Thanks for the tip, Janice!
- Lots of thoughts about those baby teeth! Thanks to Christine and Linda for their emails.
- We had asked about whether rehab was covered by insurance in Canada, and James emailed and confirmed that Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan does cover inpatient rehabilitation.
- From Brooke:
1) I just want to say that this little in-show pilot for Mrs S: International Bad Ass was pretty sweet. I’m really digging her scheming with Sarah. They really are quite a pair.
2) I adore the sexy science/medical scenes between Cosima and Delphine. Anytime science is depicted as sexy is fine by me. I love that their relationship, as rocky as it has been, has something that holds them together. Once Cos is cured (I’m swimming in the Grand Canyon of ball pits here) I’m not sure that they’ll hold together very well though. I feel that a lot of their relationship is now tied to their hunt for a cure. I hope that their shared experience and Delphine’s obvious care can change that.
- From Bob:
Overall I thought this was a very strong episode. I have been loving Alison in rehab, I will be sad to see it end….I am starting to actually get worried about Cosima, they haven’t killed off anyone of real consequence yet.
Mrs. S. is looking more and more like someone who would never have had to hide from anyone for any reason.
- From Avery:
HOWEVER, I am willing to overlook the lazy-ish writing and some questionable directing (too many obstructions!) for the director getting some really exceptional performances from our girls. Tat (in all 4 roles this week) and EBro gave us some truly stellar acting. I would venture to say this was EB’s strongest performance so far. Her love for Cosima, fear, and eventual anguish were visceral. EB’s delivery of the line “Only after I realized that it was working!” gave me goosebumps. So moving.
- From Greg:
I was slightly disappointed with this last episode. It was good, but considering the events of the last two episodes, I did not expect a comedy show. Did love seeing Ensign Ro/Admiral Cain back on TV though and looking forward to seeing this character more. I’d probably give it a B-, but it was still decent.
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