Orphan Black Season 2 Premiere Recap: Fishy Business -- Plus: Grade the Episode!

Orphan Black Season 2 RecapIf you have yet to watch Saturday’s premiere of Orphan Black, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on…

Orphan Black‘s clone count is not down by one after all.

On Saturday’s Season 2 premiere, Helena — who last we saw had been shot by Sarah — made a last-ditch effort to save herself from death.

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Elsewhere, Sarah faced off with the mysterious Rachel, Alison performed in a musical sure to not win her any Tony Awards and the Prolethean threat stepped up its game. Let’s review the action, clone by clone:

SARAH | Picking up from last year’s cliffhanger, Sarah is on the run and searching for her daughter. She ends up at a diner, where we’re introduced to two Prolethean fanatics on the hunt for her, both of whom speak in heavily-laden science vs. religion dialogue. “Are your eggs the domesticated type?” one asks the diner owner. When he answers that they’re normal eggs, the other man replies, “Your chickens have been interfered with.”

Sarah manages to escape by kicking her way through the bathroom wall(!), but that doesn’t take care of her other problem. She still needs a way to get to Rachel, whom she believes has Kira. There’s a big event at the Dyad Institute, so she attends dressed up as Cosima and gets rid of Rachel’s “bodyguard” Daniel by siccing him on Alison. (The sight of Alison fighting off Daniel’s men with pepper spray and a rape whistle: brilliance.) Unfortunately, the plan was all for nothing as Rachel doesn’t have the little girl. “There are other forces vying for our fate, Sarah. We’ll get Kira back together,” Rachel tells her. Eh, doesn’t stop the grifter from knocking out the proclone. She punches Paul, too — “In the face?” “Sorry.” — but he lets her go and says he’ll make up some story.

With nowhere left to turn, Sarah shows up at Art’s apartment, ready to spill the truth.

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Orphan Black Season 2 Premiere RecapALISON | Where to even begin, aside from the fact that Alison is my favorite nutjob? For starters, she’s trying to turn her life around by leaving behind her vices. “I’m not drinking anymore. No more … little helpers,” she tells Felix. “I’m doing a musical.” His horrified response: “Oh my God, not Cats.” No, Felix, it’s much worse. Alison is performing in some bizarre, on-the-nose local theater musical production about — wait for it — cleaning up a bloody murder. And since Aynsley’s dead, Alison is rewarded with the starring role! When Art stumbles across Alison’s new hobby, he looks just as confused by the production as, well, everyone but those actually participating in it. And that’s saying a lot because the guy is still trying to wrap his head around all these women who look like his former partner Beth. This musical? Way crazier than the existence of clones.

Still, you can count on Alison for the hookup when Sarah needs a gun. She meets up with her contact Ramon in a store parking lot. He pops his trunk, offering her some pills and then — pop goes layer two of Ramon’s trunk — something natural when she says she’s taking a break. She explains that she has a friend who needs a piece and, wouldn’t you know it, Ramon’s trunk has a section for that, too. But since Art interrupts Alison’s attempt to get the gun to Sarah, she has Ramon deliver it in a flower bouquet, with a handmade card, of course.

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COSIMA | Delphine is trying to woo her lover over to the Dyad. “Our relationship can be whatever we want. We have leverage,” she reminds her. But Cosima insists, “I do my own research. This is my biology. It’s my decision.” And her biology is starting to fail her. Now that Cosima is sick, Delphine’s manipulation monitor duties have taken on greater meaning. “Congratulations. I’m invested, which I’m sure is what you wanted,” she tells Dr. Leekie, sadness in her voice.

RACHEL | The newest member of Clone Club has an unusual relationship with Dr. Leekie, who seems to be below her in the Dyad food chain. Almost like a (cold) mother, she assures him that his speech at the event will be great. Then she takes over his office for a meeting with “the Koreans — both of them” and tells him, “The less you know about it, the better.”

Whatever she’s up to with the Koreans, it has something to do with this real-world news. “The recent supreme court decision characterizing the legal status natural versus synthetic DNA was the successful result of our lobbying strategies,” she assures them. “We are proceeding with the next trench of patent claims.”

HELENA | She’s aliiiive! The Ukrainian “monster” somehow survived getting shot — or at least survived enough to get herself to the hospital. Perhaps she has some of Kira’s special healing power? (Come on, there is totally something up with that kid.) Down the hall, one of the religious extremists watches, his belt buckle carrying the same fish symbol as Helena’s knife.

But that’s not the end: The episode closes with an unseen man readying Kira for a photograph.

Orphan Black fans, what did you think of Helena’s “resurrection”? Who has Kira? Do you dislike nosy Angie as much as I do? And did you catch creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett’s cameo? (Dr. Leekie greeted them at the Dyad party.) Hit the comments with your thoughts and grade the season premiere below!

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64 Comments
  1. CourtTV says:

    How is TM able to play Sarah playing Cosima? Crazy. So happy OB is back!

  2. GeoDiva says:

    I am in total shock about Helena! Well played Orphan Black… Well played!

    • abz says:

      Me too! I was expecting her to be gone forever after last season and also because all the promotions for the show mainly focused on the four clones. I’m kinda happy she’s still alive. I know she was batsh** crazy, but part of me felt sorry for her and still wanted to see her journey on the show.

    • Sara says:

      Me too!!! She’s my favourite & I was so happy to see her again

    • Elyse says:

      I loved it!! so awesome!

    • Abbie says:

      Yep, they got me too. A friend of mine just started watching season 1 and is only about halfway through. I showed her the season 2 promo photos to get her excited about the upcoming season so she would hurry up and catch up on all the episodes. She made a comment about no photos of Helena and I was so bummed because I thought I gave away a major plot point. Ha! Joke was on me though.

    • Leigh says:

      I had a sneaking

  3. David4 says:

    Amazing.

    The dinner scene. Great opening.

    Felix’s outfit. Can he wear that without the coat all the time?

    The ending. Ugh

  4. David4 says:

    And the lizard is awesome. The lizards legs or tell grows back quote from season one. Love it.

  5. Sara says:

    So excited that Helena is still around!!! That made me absolutely giddy! It is unreal how amazing Tatiana is at playing these characters. I seriously forget it is all the same actress. So excited that this show is back!

  6. Khaira says:

    This episode was just everything i was hoping for!!
    So glad OB is back. So glad Helena is too!!!
    Sarah being Cosima was simply awesome, that girl can do pretty much everything, kudos to Delphine for noticing the switch lol. The premiere was action packed, sad, funny as hell! Loved it.
    Where is Ms S??
    Can’t wait for the second episode!
    Brilliant just brilliant!

  7. Project Legacy says:

    Even though I knew that Helena was still alive, I was absolutely ecstatic to see Helena at the end. First time I can honestly say I’ve ever been excited or happy to see a character “return”: in any program I’ve ever watched. The episode as a whole was brilliant, Felix in the club, his relationship with Allison. Allison being a thespian and trying to get back to her old routine. Sarah not only and the run, but fitting 3 different parts of her life into the episode. Cosima’s story line this episode was a nice set up for what’s to come this season etc. Just Brilliant overall.

  8. webly3 says:

    That was soooooooooooo amazing. I totally thought Helena was dead but apparently everyone else saw it coming.

    • gdv says:

      I had an inkling Helena would be back. Usually I’m annoyed when characters left for dead are suddenly resurrected in season premieres, but I was actually super excited she wasn’t dead! That hospital scene was awesome! “My sister shot me …”

  9. jenferner8 says:

    Ass-less chaps, Felix!? Brilliant! Only he could pull that off, but (no pun intended) I’m surprised Allison didn’t have more to say about those. However seeing the husband in his briefs is going to take some time to unsee that! Still not liking Cosima’s girlfriend. So glad Helena’s back, didn’t realize how much I missed her. Am I only one who thought it looked like creepy camera guy was going to shoot gross kiddie porn? I love watching one clone pretend to be another, last season Sarah as Allison was brilliant. But in this case it was pretty obivious that Delphine would figure this one out right away.

  10. Babygate says:

    Ok, this premiere totally exceeded my expectations. Love that Helena is alive. Like, I’m giddy with excitement. And how much am I loving Alison? She’s beyond. That scene when she was being abducted had me in stitches. And she sings too! I am so psyched about this season… The only thing that concerns me is: does Tatiana get any sleep when they are shooting? She’s in every scene which is exhausting enough but she’s also playing different people with different personalities, body language and energy. She must be so extremely exhausted at the end of the day. I hope her agent negotiated a really lucrative contract because she has earned it. She honestly was robbed of more awards.

    • abz says:

      I know! Alison is probably my favourite and I’m so glad that Helena is still alive.
      Basically, Tatiana sang, danced, spoke in British, German, and American/Canadian (?) accents, did action scenes, played five characters in one episode (well six, if you count Sarah impersonating Cosima), and was funny as well. Seriously, I’m starting to think there is nothing she can’t do.
      Like you, I have the same thought in my head with each episode I watch. How does she do it? Or when does she sleep or have time for herself? Hopefully she stays healthy because that’s a lot of work for one person. Unlike with most regular show leads, she’s literally in every single scene. She definitely needs to get that Emmy nomination this year.

    • 324B21 says:

      Not only physically but mentally exhausting. Each character doesn’t just look a bit different they all act different, talk different, walk different, have different facial expressions, mannerisms, hand gestures….my goodness she has to be so focused ALL the time. I bet that’s one of the reasons they can only do 10 episodes a year. Any more and she would breakdown.

  11. Mary says:

    It was soooo good! I can’t wait till the next episode. I agree – Art’s “partner” totally sucks. I don’t trust her at all. The casting on this show is so on point! Those prolethean “cowboys” definitely gave me the heebie jeebies! And yay for Helena! I really hope that Helena and Sarah can be on the same side somehow.

  12. Reblogged this on THB Files and commented:
    That episode right there was pretty intense. I loved it. Sarah Manning is a badass.

  13. DarkDefender says:

    We’ll done. Not as immediately sucked in as the pilot, but I’m in it for the long haul. Glad Helena is alive and as others have said.. The highlight was Allison fighting off the Dyad kidnappers.
    ….
    Small correction to the recap: Allison asked Ramon for “a piece…. Maker”

  14. abz says:

    I’ve been thinking based on that picture and what their birth mother tried to tell Sarah at the end of last season: What if Mrs. S was Sarah’s monitor when she was younger? or What if Mrs. S was the egg donor for Sarah/Helena and she was in on all of it, but then had a change of heart and started protecting Sarah and Kira?
    I’m wondering if anyone has similar thoughts. I’m sorry if this has already been brought up and disproved in the past.

    • DarkDefender says:

      I was thinking the female in that lab picture (the says LENA on it) is a younger Mrs. S, who was in on it, but we hopefully we find out that once she knew what they were doing, she took Sarah into hiding. I really hope Mrs. S isn’t working with the creepy camera guy who has Kira.

      • abz says:

        I agree. I really like Mrs. S and I don’t want her to be one of the antagonists. I have a hard time believing that she’d do that to Sarah and Kira.

        • Sheila says:

          Maybe she’s Kira’s monitor!

          • Sil says:

            Just what I was thinking. Everyone has a monitor. I wonder who is Sarah’s? At first, I thought it was Mrs. S, but now, could it be?

          • gdv says:

            Does everyone have a monitor though? I remember Leekie being shocked when Delphine gave him Sarah’s name in S1—as if he didn’t know she existed. I’m betting that Sarah and Helena were hidden away from DYAD when they were little. So they don’t actually have monitors (but might now that Leekie knows they exist).

      • 324B21 says:

        I was thinking the same thing. I think the picture is Mrs. S and she was definitely involved somehow. The only question is who’s side is she on now?

      • Audaub says:

        I also thought we were being led to believe Mrs S was the woman in the picture, or at least involved with the lab from what Amelia said. I’m not sure about Mrs S being a monitor as I think the monitors are employed by DYAD and Dr Leekie didn’t know Sarah existed (if I’m remembering correctly?). He knew about Helena and had lost track of her, but not her twin. I guess Mrs S could have defected and taken Sarah knowing as a twin (unexpected) she wouldn’t be missed?

        • Anne says:

          Yes, neither Sarah nor Helena have monitors since Amelia fled whilst pregnant & gave Dyad the slip. Also I believe nobody had a monitor until they became adults? Beth didn’t know Paul any earlier than that.
          On the general note, when Helena appeared at the end I yelled out in glee, even tho she was such an awful mess. I had just been telling my son how one of my 2 favourite characters had left (I just LOVE her quirks, even the deadly ones). My other fave is Alison, just a joy to watch her ‘cope’ with her double life. Oh & Felix is a very close 3rd – how does he manage to be so camp without looking like a stereotype? He’s amazing.
          As far as Helena coming back from the gunshot wound, think about when she had the metal pipe shoved into her midsection only a short time before. She recovered VERY quickly from that. I see that she heals quickly & she ‘senses’ things – her connection with Sarah for one. And I think there is a connection being developed in the storyline between Helena & Kira.
          Lastly I, too, have wondered at Tatiana’s stamina during the filming of the series. Tho only at the end. While watching I completely forget they are all one actress.

  15. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    If they ever make Orphan Black action figures, I need Alison to come with a rape whistle and mace as accessories. And, maybe a glue gun. ‘Cause, that’s just how she rolls.

  16. TV Gord says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever given a season premiere an A before, but this was as close to perfect as anyone could come.

    Just one example of what makes this show so great: when Alison was “kidnapped”, on any other show, that alone could have dragged on through the episode (if not beyond). Here, there’s one look at her and the bad guy knows it’s not Sarah, and he sends her on her way. Before we could even think, “Oh, no, I hope this doesn’t drag on forever”, it’s over! Brilliant! This just goes to show that sometimes it’s better when a series is restricted to ten episodes per season.

    • Nit Picker Jr says:

      Exactly, absolutely brill. Plus, most other dramas wouldn’t dare make the abduction attempt *that* hilarious. Man, I laughed so hard. Alison is well and truly my faveClone. Her and Helena. And if Tati doesn’t get an Emmy soon…

  17. Ally Oop says:

    Love this show. I was wondering if the writers could pull off a great return and they sure did. Tatiana is brilliantly talented–I’m proud to say she’s a fellow Saskatchewaner–the depth that she brings to each of her characters is immense.

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  19. Helena should have stayed dead. Haven’t had a clone death since the German. Now that the show is uber popular they need to show there are still real risks to main characters, and I think she fulfilled her duties- character came full circle, not really “needed” any more. Other than that, fantastic.

    • David4 says:

      While I agree I think some good will come from it. Like bring up the fact the clones are stronger sometimes.

    • 324B21 says:

      I’m not entirely sure she has “come full circle” yet. I suspect she still has more to do. She seemed to have a special bond with Kira and that may become important at some point.

      • Sil says:

        I don’t want to speculate too much. But, it would be great if Helena and Sarah come together to get Kira back, after all, their sisters, and Helena had a strong connection to Kira.

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  21. Ron says:

    Is anyone else thinking that Mrs. S. may not be an innocent victim when it comes to the kidnapping? I mean, before Helena killed her, Helena and Sarah’s mother did say don’t trust Mrs. S. I’m certainly hoping that’s not the case. I’d like to think maybe she had a vague idea of what was going on, but once she found out the extent of it, she fled the country with Felix and Sarah trying to protect her and is now caught up in a monster from her past.

  22. meah says:

    Love the show!!tatiana once again slayed this episode.sarah at diner was amazing.Allison almost getting kidnapped was my fave part,I laughed so hard.
    And yess my queen Helena is back!love her form of craziness

  23. Sheila says:

    This show deserves an Emmy for special effects or camera work or something. The clones (oops, c-word) interacting and touching each other is seamless!

    • Ari says:

      When any other show ever does the same actor interacting with her/himself it just looks like child’s play compared to Orphan Black. They do such an outstanding job incorporating two clones into the same scene it blows the competition out of the water.

  24. Rick Katze says:

    Unbelievable.

    And it was time that Sarah’s ex-partner cop new what is going on.

    Too bad the Neanderthal’s who vote on the Emmy Awards can’t understand the quality of acting on this show.

  25. Dani says:

    Amazing! This show has come back stronger than ever. Alison’s pepper spray and whistle scene was hilarious!

  26. I hate everything says:

    Gotta love googling “Orphan Black Season 2″ to try and find a means to watch it-and seeing a link for this with the headline “Helena is alive”. Thanks very much tvline, I don’t know what I would’ve done without you ruining that for me

  27. RD says:

    I noticed that the press photographer at the party was one of the writers of the show that appeared on the “Clonversation” pre-show last week, doing a cameo-like small role. I wonder if they’re in other party scenes that I just never noticed?

  28. Ruh says:

    Yeah Helena
    Kira believes in Helena
    Helena will save Kira
    I’m looking foward Sarah and Helena work together save Kira if one clone that’s has to die it’s be Rachel
    She freaky
    The cowboys religious fanatic really gives me creeps

    Top of all I don’t like thrillers movies or tv shows
    This show convice me to watch it
    Well done written awesome creator glad it’s finally to be on tv

  29. 324B21 says:

    Yay Helena! I know she’s suppose to be a bad guy but I love that crazy angel! Also, the Allison abduction scene was the funniest thing I have seen on TV all year. Don’t mess with the soccer mom, right! Lastly, I swear they better find a way to save Cosima or I will lose my s***!

  30. DeeKayTee says:

    Soooooo happy Helena is still hanging on! She is my absolute favorite clone!!

  31. Ashley says:

    Loved it. Sarah,Alison,Cosima,Felix and the loveable monster (OMG) are all back woooo!!!
    I’m loving Art right now too but his annoying btch of a partner has to go.

    Where is Siobhan? Who was brushing Kira’s hair?

  32. Rich Abey says:

    - Helena’s “resurrection” was a hell of a twist along with the fact that it was those religious nut cases who kidnapped Kira.
    – Do you dislike nosy Angie as much as I do? Hell yes. She is snobbish & thinks she owns the fu**ing world! What’s up with her? Something stuck up her You-know-what.
    – Allison is awesome and is now officially my favorite clone (taking over from Sarah), especially after she got Art totally tongue tied with her theater performance in twirling her broom around while singing!

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