Clone Club Minutes: Orphan Black’s Big Reveal

Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) brought a gun to a knife fight on Orphan Black.
Orphan Black (Photo: Steve Wilkie / BBC America)

This week on Orphan Black, the Castor original is calling everyone home.

This week on Orphan Black, the Castor original is calling everyone home. Mrs. S brings her ‘children,’ Felix and Sarah back to her old stomping ground and where their little family was formed. You’ll remember last time, Rachel was able to translate part of the all-important book and give everyone the first clue, that it all started in Londontown.

Now, in London, Mrs. S’s old co-conspirator of sorts has provided another clue to the Castor original that includes a prison ID number. Meanwhile, Virginia Coady is indeed still alive and still trying to perfect her own Castor clone while trying to find the original too. At the same time, Delphine may have kicked Cosima out of her lab coat for good, but not before giving her a file on her new flame, complete with photos in a military uniform. Over in suburbia, Allison’s keeping a full house with Gracie, Helena, her husband still in deep with the drug lords and her continued campaign for head of her children’s school committee.

Later, we find that Mrs. S, errr Shavonne, used to sing in the backroom of a bar. She gets the band back together for one more song while her local lover is beaten to a pulp by a creepy man in a black suit and his even creepier henchman, for lying about her presence back across the pond. Then Mrs. S, Felix and Sarah find Terry’s beaten and tied body just before he dies. S wants to go home, but Sarah’s more interested in what Terry may have found and how they can get closer to killing the Castor original. Unfortunately, she finds Terry’s cell phone and makes a call, not knowing she’s being followed. It’s crazy how the decidedly most well-adjusted clone makes some of the most foolish mistakes. Ok, at least she does find out another clue in the name, Kendall Malone, that belongs to the Castor prison ID, and a current address, but otherwise foolish.

Wait, did I fail to previously pay proper attention to Delphine’s new, more subtle, French accent in earlier episodes? It’s working for her, the straight hair and black suits don’t hurt either when she and her own henchmen pay a visit to Cosima’s current/former lover and find out what she’s really after.

Uh oh, Gracie’s gone rogue and in a foolish attempt to save Marc, she’s the one who gave away the book, not Cosima’s new gf. Good thing Delphine hadn’t gone too far, yet. Unfortunately Delphine does get a call from the same man who murdered Mrs. S’s confidant.

And then, as if everything wasn’t interconnected enough. Kendall Malone, the former prisoner and potential key to the Castors is none other than the original Mrs. S, that’s right, Shavonne’s mom.  Apparently, the elder Malone absorbed a male twin when she was in the womb, so when Professor Duncan went to the prison in the 1980’s in search of a viable male donor, he somehow discovered her genetic history.  How do you get rid of the Castor original when it’s your mom, Mrs. S is content to burn down any trace of her.  But what to do when she’s both Castor and Leda? Way to keep it all in the family, Clone Club.

Clone of the Week: Helena, clad in an apron, mixing desserts in Allison’s shop while singing a 60’s pop song into a big wooden spoon. As an aside, don’t threaten her babies, or embryos, she’ll go after the most lethal drug dealers over something like that. The woman is all about family.

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