Orphan Black Episode 201 Recap: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed

Hey Clones!

Welcome to your Orphan Black recaps! Have you been watching since the beginning? Did you mainline season one all over again? Or did you, like Forever Intern Grace, just dive the fuck into season two? Were you confused? She sure was.

To quickly recap the series for all you noobs, Orphan Black is about grifter and single mother Sarah Manning whose life gets fucked sideways when she sees her doppelganger commit suicide. When Sarah takes over her life/work/boytoy, she discovers that she is one of many human clones in existence, and she joins forces with her clone bros to find out what the fuck happened to them.

Why are we recapping this show? Well, aside from being excellent, one of the clones, Cosima (aka dreadlocks adorkable clone) is gayer than a handbag full of rainbows. And she has a hot French girlfriend and it’s COMPLICATED, like most hot French girls are. And all the clones are played masterfully by Tatiana Maslany, who is perfection/your new girl crush.

Are you ready? I’m ready!

We open with Sarah running through the rainy streets of Toronto, looking for her daughter Kira and Mrs. S, her foster mother. Also, she just shot her insane Ukranian serial killer twin sister Helena, who murdered their birth mother. So you know, she’s had better days.

Cause you had a bad day, you're taking one down...

Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down…

You sing a sad song just to turn it around...

You sing a sad song just to turn it around…

Sarah has recently learned that all the clones are patented, which means they are owned by the ominous Dyad Institute.

What do you mean A-Camp 2014 is sold out?! That's bollocks!

What do you mean A-Camp 2014 is sold out?! That’s bollocks!

She tries calling the other clones, but their numbers are disconnected. Sarah calls Paul, but her call is answered by Proclone Rachel (aka severe bob clone). Rachel tells Sarah that her family is being held at the Dyad Institute, and Sarah needs to turn herself in if she ever wants to see them again.

Fucking Boost Mobile!

Fucking Boost Mobile!

While Sarah seeks refuge in a creepy old diner, two goons walk in and start harassing her. They try to take her, but the kindly old diner guy pulls his shotgun on them and tells them to GTFO.

Hey, do you have a businesswomen's special? You know, like a special for business women?

Hey, do you have a businesswomen’s special? You know, like a special for business women?

If one more hipster walks in ordering quinoa I swear to God...

If one more hipster walks in ordering quinoa I swear to God…

Goon #1 shoots Diner Guy in the head, and Diner Guy blasts him with his shotgun. Sarah breaks free and makes a run for it. She gets trapped in a bathroom (we’ve all been there, girl) and uses a fire extinguisher to break a hole in the wall and scamper out.

Toilets: you're using them wrong

Toilets: you’re using them wrong

We then roll the opening credits, which is a series of blooming glistening orchids. In fact, I think I know who designed it:


Sarah goes to a gay club and finds her foster brother Felix in a sweaty man pile. Felix is tripping balls and rocking some assless chaps, so he’s basically me on a Tuesday (JK I would never wear chaps).

Is that a riding crop in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Is that a riding crop in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Sarah tries to get him to snap out of it, but Felix is rolling deep. She also calls him a silly tit, which might be my new favorite jab. Paul calls her and tells her she has to come in, but Sarah refuses.

Put your balls away, it's time to get to work!

Put your balls away, it’s time to get to work!

We jet on over to Cosima and Delphine, who are partially clothed and enjoying an intimate moment of blood testing. Cosima is sick with the mystery clone illness aka coughing up blood.

Felix is gonna be so pissed when he finds out we lit all his candles

Felix is gonna be so pissed when he finds out we lit all his candles

Delphine wants Cosima to come with her to the big fancy Dyad party, and tells her she wants to protect her. Cosima refuses; she wants to test the samples herself. She says “my biology, my decision”, which is probably the most grad student-y statement of all time.

You've tested positive for Satine from Moulin Rouge disease

You’ve tested positive for Satine from Moulin Rouge disease

Does this mean we can finally have some Baz Luhrmann role play?

Does this mean we can finally have some Baz Luhrmann role play?

Fine, but I get to be Leonardo DiCaprio this time

Fine, but I get to be Leonardo DiCaprio this time

Meanwhile, Felix shows up at Allison’s house looking for a gun. Allison (aka soccer mom crazy pants clone) needs her high as a kite gay BFF to get out before he wakes her schlubby husband Donny.

Of course it's faux leather, I'm not an animal!

Of course it’s faux leather, I’m not an animal!

Allison is trying to keep her shit together: she’s quit drinking/torturing men with hot glue guns/murdering the neighbors.

This is really important: do you have any Capri Sun?

This is really important: do you have any Capri Sun?

I drank it all

I drank it all

Allison assures Felix that she can get a gun from her hook-up, Ramone. Also, she’s doing a musical and doesn’t have time for these crazy clone shenanigans.

Felix, like all of us, is imagining the glory of an Allison/Helena "Defying Gravity" performance

Felix, like all of us, is imagining the glory of an Allison/Helena “Defying Gravity” performance

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Chelsea Steiner was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, where she works as a screenwriter/blogger/sex educator. She's the writer/director of Thank You Come Again, a queer sex positive web series based on her experiences working the Pleasure Chest, which you can follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She’s obsessed with dachshunds, Buffy, 90's dance parties, and roller derby. She loves the word "Jewess" and wishes more people used it to describe her. Follow her ramblings on Twitter and her cute puppy pics on Instagram.

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  1. OH MY GOD THANK YOU FOR STARTING TO RECAP THIS SHOW. i love it. im sure this will be far less painful to recap than glee.

  2. What I didn’t like was the bi-erasure, the show is so good, so I hope they steer clear from messing anything up. You have Felix calling Cosima and Delphine lesbians, when Delphine has made it clear that she is attracted to men as well, and Tatiana already said that she could already feel Cosima’s bisexuality during interviews. It just makes Dr. Leekie telling Delphine to be careful playing for the other team sounds controlling and not a joke. Crossing my fingers they don’t do that again.

  3. Yes Orphan Black recaps! Yes Chelsea! Yes Autostraddle!

    (Ok, I’ll calm down and actually read it now.)

  4. Yeah!! Autostraddle and Orphan Black!!!!! – most of my favorite things in one article.
    *sigh* Cosima *swoons dramatically* be still my beating heart….

  5. Also I feel like Ramone also flirted with Allison, so can we not ignore the fact that there is probably a bisexual side character this season pleasee

  6. Does anyone else think that the song riff they play every time Helena’s character is onscreen sounds just like the opening of Toxic by Britney? I get that dang song stuck in my head every time Helena is creeping around.

    • YES. Also the people Pop Culture Happy Hour just did an Orphan Black episode and echoed that experience! as well as also noting that Dollhouse would have been so much better with Tatiana Maslany in the lead role and that Paul is a total Riley Finn, which are gripes my girlfriend has been hearing repeatedly for the last year.

  7. Thank you thank you thank you Chelsea. This recap’s existence improved a stupidly shitty day I’ve been having. I don’t have time to fully read this yet but you can expect me to leave at a minimum 27 comments on each recap.

    small correction though: they are Korean businessman, not Japanese

  8. 1) orphan black recaps on autostraddle? yes please
    2) orphan black recaps written be none other than my favourite high femme chelsea?! fuck yes please.

    3) “if these two kiss i’m gonna throw up in my mouth”

  9. According to the word of god Cosima (aka dreadlocks adorkable clone) is not gayer than a handbag full of rainbows, she’s bisexualer:

    “John and Graeme had mentioned to me early on that Cosima was bisexual, and I could feel it in the writing even when it wasn’t explicit. I feel like she identifies as bisexual, and very much understands her sexuality as a spectrum from a scientific viewpoint. I think Cosima just loves people. I think she feels love for a lot of different kinds of people.” – Tatiana Maslany

    Source: http://www.afterellen.com/tatiana-maslany-gives-us-the-scoop-on-the-orphan-black-clones-and-cosimas-bisexuality/05/2013/

  10. I was hoping Autostraddle would start recapping Orphan Black! Thank you to whoever had this brilliant idea!!

  11. *So happy to have OB recaps on here at AS! Wootwoot!

    *The captions are funny! ^_^

    *I also thought Leekie and Proclone Rachel will really kiss and I was scared and grossed out BUT if Ramon[e] and Felix hook up, then that’ll be nice for Fee, hehe :D

    *The dialogue between Leekie and Delphine:

    Leekie: “Where is Cosima?”

    Delphine: “Where you want her to be” *IN MY BED*


    *Tatiana Maslany speaking German, and then plays all the clones with their own personalities and accents, AND THEN SHE SINGS? Like, WOW, biological goldmine!

    *I LOLed at Baby Helena’s line while she was bleeding out and can barely walk “Excuse me? My Seestra shot me” and then passes out

    *Long live the #cloneclub !!!

  12. I haven’t even read this recap yet but i just had to scroll down and comment straight away that i am SO excited and happy that you will be recapping Orphan Black! Cosima love.

  13. Great recap. So excited you’re recapping Orphan Black.

    I’ve watched the episode three times and I’m not tired of it yet.

    I love how well they mix intense drama with dark comedy, especially with Allison. I was crying from laughter at the musical (“Wipe, wipe, wipe away the plasmaaaaaaaaaaaa!), and then I pretty much hyperventilated when Rachel’s people tried to take her while she blew on her BEDAZZLED whistle and tried to blind them with what I’m only assuming was aerosol deodorant or air freshener.

    That scene wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) have been hilarious on any other show, but that’s Orphan Black for you.

  14. Oh man, this recap is fab. “Felix is tripping balls and rocking some assless chaps, so he’s basically me on a Tuesday” nearly had me do a spit-take when I read it.

    (If I could be a tad pedantic though, from what I’ve seen Alison’s name is actually only spelt with one L)

    • As a former musical theatre major, I just about DIED when Alison started performing with that mop or whatever. Can’t believe this musical is actually real.. Ha.

  15. Autostraddle recaps of Orphan Black Yes! I’m so glad this show is getting recapped now I have something else to look forward after each new episode.

    Also “If these two kiss I’m gonna throw up in my mouth” exactly how i felt watching that scene.

  16. This. Made. My. Life.

    I’m in the middle of techs for a show that makes me want to repeatedly bang my head against a wall, so this WAY improved my week. So much fun.

  17. I was a little worried there was going to be a bit of a let down when the show came back because it’s been dissected so thoroughly on like tumblr, but that tiny bit of worry was immediately doused with the diner scene.

    Sarah as Cosima was brilliant, and Delphine caught on to Sarah as Cosima a hell of a lot quicker than Paul did when Sarah imitated Beth.

    • Delphine does has the advantage of knowing that Cosima has “genetic identicals”

  18. Allison’s house is actually my cousin’s house in real life (except the basement and craft room)! Apparently they only did one day of filming for season 2 there.

    What I like about this show is that they can have more than 1 queer character being shown at a time (unlike some other shows we all know).

  19. Yes! Autostraddle + Orphan Black! So good!

    Dying at the idea of Alison and Helena singing Defying Gravity (or anything, really) together.

    Also “my seestra shot me” was the best!

  20. This is literally everything I have ever wanted in my life wrapped up in one neat post. SO glad you’re recapping Orphan Black!

  21. Super excited about Orphan Black recaps on Autostraddle! Now I can process all my clone-related feelings here in addition to trying to get other people hooked on the show…

  22. I marathoned this show a while back and became completely addicted. The only thing better than the second season starting is having Autostraddle recaps.

  23. Yay I’m so glad you’re recapping this Chelsea! Love this show!
    It was such a great season opener. Really good choice to have it pick up exactly where Ssn 1 left off and keep going non-stop. One of my favorite things about the show is that it’s so unpredictable. I really have no idea what will happen next and you can’t say that with many shows.

  24. AS recapping OB? HELL YES.

    May I humbly ask that Chelsea go back and recap season 1?

    Perhaps when season 2 ends and we have an excruciating wait for season 3?

  25. The fiancee and I are OBSESSED with this show, started watching last week, are already on S2E4. This recap was perfect, the picture captions made me snort while I read this at my desk at work. I also humbly request S1 recaps.

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