Orphan Black: Beneath Her Heart
June 25, 2017 4:35 AM - Season 5, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Stuck on the sidelines with Neolutionists crawling all over her home, Alison seeks to return to her community center, but Bailey Downs has moved on from her. As she flounders to take back some control, the ghost of friendships’ past rears its head.
posted by Pendragon (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This was one of my favorite episodes, but then again, Alison is one of my favorite clones.
posted by Pendragon at 4:53 AM on June 25, 2017

I do hope Art is able extract some level of revenge against his "partner." Her "I've got the world by the balls" attitude is driving me up a wall. She needs a serious comeuppance.

I had forgotten they decapitated Leeky. I'm a bit surprised Alison got up to see Rachael without someone searching that big bag she was carrying.

I have to admit, of all the places I was trying to imagine Helena taking refuge, a Catholic charity home (or, maybe it's an actual convent?) never crossed my mind.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:49 AM on June 25, 2017

Helena grew up in a convent, didn't she ?
posted by Pendragon at 7:13 AM on June 25, 2017 [3 favorites]

You're right. Per Wikipedia:
Helena has no monitor because the Neolutionists lost track of her after her surrogate birth mother hid her in a Ukrainian convent, where she was reared.
I completely forgot about that.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:25 AM on June 25, 2017 [2 favorites]

Those were some pretty mild 'shroom trips.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:55 AM on June 25, 2017

I always get such a kick out of any Donnie and Alison-centric ep, and this one did not disappoint.

Damn you, Allison, your overdose tea robbed us of potentially 5 full minutes of Donnie riverdancing in that amazingly handsome kilt!

You know, it doesn't surprise me at all that she, Sarah and Beth were the clones with the real alcohol/drug problems. But watching their couple friend come over looking like a brochure for Married Realtors Monthly and shrooming with Allison was pretty surreal.

It's nice to see drug use portrayed in entertainment that isn't just comedy relief (this is an entire film genre) or straight cop show/prison torture porn, like The Wire or whatever. Nobody ever accurately portrays hallucinogenics partly because it would be stupidly expensive, and partly because everyone's experience is slightly different.

Holy crap, I also want Art to hurry up and get far away from his Training Day Lite partner. She clearly would kill anyone on command, ruin innocent people's lives... we have more than enough of that in the show already.

I will forgive the show for many sins if she and Ira manage to kill each other in a fantastically unlikely fashion. They're both rubbish characters, IMO.

Finally, it's always nice to see male nudity on my TV. This series has frustrated the hell out of me many times, but this was one really good standalone episode.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 12:14 PM on June 25, 2017

I really got the feeling that this episode was a send-off of Alison and Donnie. The show doesn't have that many episodes left and A&D are extraneous to the main conflict and storyline.

If so, then I think it was very well done but I will miss them.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:28 PM on June 26, 2017 [1 favorite]

Alison and Donnie had three bodies buried in the garage? I only remembered Leekie. (Maybe two of the bodies were metaphorically buried there?)

(The content of the "previously" made my mom leave the room. Alison and Donnie have certainly seen some stuff, huh?)

I wondered if Alison was going to go join up with her sisters, but she's had her showdown with Rachel, so that was probably her last hurrah. I wish she was sticking around, though. Of all the sisters (and as much as I might wish that it was different), she's the one closest to my personality and I will miss her and Donnie a lot.

I am also tired of Art's partner, and was really hoping that he was just going to shoot her no matter what Rachel said on the phone.

I thought briefly during the episode that each clone would get an episode focusing on her, but with only 7 episodes left, that's probably not going to happen. We know where Rachel will be, anyway, and Cosima's going to be holed up on Revival for the duration, I guess. Helena's going to have to get in place to burn everything down. Sarah will probably be the catalyst for whatever happens, since Kira will be involved. Krystal's still ... somewhere? And I had completely forgotten about Tony.
posted by minsies at 7:22 AM on June 27, 2017

Alison and Donnie had three bodies buried in the garage? I only remembered Leekie.

Isn't one of them a Proletian? I'm not sure who the third one might be. A Castor?
posted by Thorzdad at 10:40 AM on June 27, 2017

Yeah, there's a Castor, but I can't remember which one, or even that they met a Castor at any point.

Oh, looks like it was Rudy (the one who killed Seth while they were both at Felix's). Helena killed him with a screwdriver while he was in the Hendrix garage.

There were also the Portuguese drug dealers, but I think Helena killed all of them, not just the main guy. Those bodies stayed where they were killed, though. Maybe there was someone else?
posted by minsies at 11:19 AM on June 27, 2017

Oh, and I forgot Aynsley, but she definitely wasn't in the garage.
posted by minsies at 11:21 AM on June 27, 2017

Didn't they kill the violent rapey Castor?

And poor Aynsley died in her own home and Allison had to leave her there to prove it was an "accident."
posted by TwoStride at 1:03 PM on June 27, 2017

From the conversations in the show it sounds like there was only Leekie and Rudy in the garage. There wasn't anyone else.
posted by numaner at 4:08 PM on June 27, 2017

I think it was that guy Helena killed with an arrow. One of the cheek choppers.
posted by dhruva at 11:38 PM on June 27, 2017

Wow. Allison with her hair down really doesn't look like Allison at all.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:24 PM on July 9, 2017

It did feel like a send off for their characters, that's sad. I hope there's a dance party at the end. Donnie can wear his kilt.
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