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Orphan Black: Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

Heather Barefoot | 21 May 2014 19:00
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Sarah has brought Helena to clone headquarters, a.k.a. Felix's apartment, and convinces him to take the Ukranian clone to Art for safe keeping until Sarah can figure out what her next move is. Art takes the opportunity to question Helena about Maggie Chen and what the Proletheans may have done to her on Henrick's farm. Initially Helena is quiet, but food is a pretty good motivator for her and she begins to fill Art in on some of the gaps in her childhood, Maggie Chen's mystery locker, and someone she calls Swan Man who "is playing God."

Meanwhile, we get a small dose of a happy Felix (which isn't seen enough considering he's a glorified go-fer for Sarah) when Paul shows up to ruin the day. He forces Felix's prints on Daniel's old gun, thus using Felix as leverage to demand Sarah, Helena, and Kira give in to the Dyad's contract.

Back on the Proletheans' ranch, we see that not all of the barbaric "old ways" have been annihilated from this modern group. Henrick's wife Bonnie believes their daughter Gracie is clinging to these old ways in her hatred for Helena and they have dolled out a punishment befitting the crime by locking up their daughter in a cell and sewing her lips together until she's ready to come clean. When she does, her father informs her that all will be forgiven if she helps retrieve Helena and her mother tacks on the oh-so-ominous ending, "or you'll carry the child."

Sarah heads back to Art's to find that Helena detained the detective and escaped his supervision. She left a clue for the duo and they follow it to another creepy old storage unit/warehouse space, which ends up being Maggie Chen's locker. There they find information on the ominous Swan Man (Leda and the Swan, anyone?) Helena previously mentioned. Piecing together the clues, Art and Sarah determine that there's a strong possibility that Rachel's adoptive father didn't die in that lab fire after all, but has been calling the shots unseen for about thirty years. Also in the locker they find an empty sniper rifle case and motorcycle peel-out marks on the ground, which pretty much assures that Helena is up to her old headshot ways.

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Following Helena's clues, Sarah and Art find the clone set up in an abandoned room with her sniper aimed at Rachel in the head clone's apartment. Ever the actress, Sarah appeals to Helena's deep-seeded need for family and convinces Helena to not shoot Rachel on sight as it wouldn't help their "brother seestra", Felix, who is now in jail thanks to Rachel.

Afterward, Sarah meets with Leekie and tries to Prof. Ethan Duncan as leverage to free Felix. Leekie promises that he can "pull the levers to counterman Rachel" and continue with Cosima's treatment. Whether that means purely just promising her Cosima's safety, or actually being able to promise both Cosima's treatment and a safe Felix I'm not sure, but I want to believe in Leekie as the good Neolutionist.

Back in the car with Sarah, Helena informs them that their next stop on the Swan Man Discovery Tour is "Cold River: The Place of Screams." Sounds like a perfect vacation spot to me.

As the episode comes to a close, the villain count is standing pretty solid: Rachel 1, Proletheans 1.

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