Editor's Note: This is a recap of Season 2, Episode 5 of Orphan Black, so there will be spoilers!
With the intense note that last week's Orphan Black ended on, I've been waiting anxiously for Episode 5. Would it pick up right where we left off? Would we see Helena actually use that knife to help Sarah rather than stab her? Would Sarah actually make it back to Kira by morning or would she maintain her pretty solid track record of making promises to her daughter she can't keep?
More importantly, would Helena divulge any more information to Sarah about what the hell happened on that Prolethean farm? Even though I'm sure Helena knows something is very, very wrong, I'm interested to see how much Helena really understands about what happened to her (and possibly learn more about the vague situation through Helena's eyes). I'm curious to see how much Helena understands about what the Proletheans took from "inside of her" and what will happen if their plans come to fruition.
And then there's the whole Project LEDA thing. Thankfully, Cosima continued to be our go-to Wikipedia by explaining to us Greek mythology's tale of Leda and the Swan. It's been hinted at some of the clones may have been genetically manipulated or altered, but in accordance with the Leda and the Swan tale, it's Kira that's really the demigod here. And it makes sense. She's got this ultra-creepy omniscience that gets passed off as a childlike awareness but never really gets explained. She got hit dead-on by a car and the only injuries she sustained were some minor scratches and bruising. Not to mention that there's always this inherent air of "Kira's special" in this show, which should be part of an Orphan Black drinking game as we hear it so often.
I was hoping that Episode Five would shed some light but as usual with this show, as one question is answered about seven more questions appear.
The episode opens on the crime scene that is now Rachel's apartment, full of blood from Daniel's dead body. Interestingly, Helena's stick figures make another appearance, but this time they're of two women and a small child instead of one lonely figure. It's pretty obvious they're meant to depict Sarah, Helena, and Kira, but it's still creepy nonetheless. Dr. Aldous Leekie implores Rachel to use a gentler hand with the clones, but HBIC is having none of it. Rachel tells Paul he'll be moving up in the ranks of the Dyad group as her new Monitor, of which she's known about all along as she's the lucky clone that's been self-aware since childhood. We get a good feeling that Rachel will be vying with The Proletheans for this season's Best Villain Award and in true villain fashion, she orders Dr. Leekie to shut down the new stem cell tests meant for Cosima's treatment until Sarah agrees to her terms.
Naturally, Cosima and Delphine find out that Leekie hasn't, in fact, been sharing all of his scientific clone-work with them and are reasonably pissed, as that's part of Cosima's deal to even be at the Dyad in the first place. They get caught snooping in Leekie's office by the doctor himself and he informs them of something pretty significant: the original genome was lost in a laboratory fire, and it's hinted that this is the same fire that did away with Rachel's parents. Along with that lab fire also went the "roadmap" for the synthetic sequences embedded in the DNA of each clone. So basically the Dyad's been running blind for years. Really reassuring. But in a change of fate, Leekie informs Cosima that he's willing to disregard Rachel's orders and continue with the stem cell treatment in hopes that it might heal her ailment.