Who needs a shower?
Saturday’s Orphan Black delivered a rather provocative sex scene when Rachel bossed around her new monitor Paul into a very close encounter.
The proclone ordered him to get two glasses of wine — which she didn’t let him enjoy! — grab a chair and strip. But that wasn’t even the kinkiest part because she then reached into his mouth!
Below, actor Dylan Bruce talks about the unusual moment — it wasn’t scripted — and what’s ahead for Paul’s relationships with Sarah and… Mrs. S?
TVLINE | Let’s talk about that sex scene. Rachel reaches into your mouth, and I was like, “What is she doing?!” Was that part of the script?
It was an add. I think it was an add that Tatiana [Maslany] and the director, upon discussing the scene, came up with the idea that Rachel is so in charge and that she’s such a boss lady that it was almost like I was a derby horse that she’s inspecting to buy before the Kentucky Derby. She’s looking at my mouth, at my teeth, like you would do with a prize horse that you would buy and looking at my nether regions to see if it’s adequate. [Laughs] You buy a horse that has no imperfections, right? So she’s judging me and seeing if I’m worthy of a sexual encounter with her. [Laughs] … She’s very powerful, but at the same time, she probably has all this suppressed emotion. That’s how she lets it out by being very odd sexually. Yeah, it was really weird. [Laughs] But I think that’s one of the most interesting parts of the scene and the coolest part.
TVLINE | I thought for a second she was going to pull something out!
[Laughs] Like I had a poison pill in my mouth? No, she was inspecting me to make sure that I was worthy of a sexual encounter with her, for sure. Isn’t that crazy? Never seen anything like that on television. It was very cool to be a part of it.
TVLINE | This episode was definitely not shy about its sex scenes.
No, I know. Not at all. That’s a big part of Orphan Black. It’s very dark and gritty. There’s a lot of comedy, but at the same time, there’s a lot of sexuality in the show. That’s the beauty of it, that we can get on all those different cylinders.
TVLINE | Obviously, Paul is not Sarah’s favorite person right now because of what he did to Felix. How will the Paul/Sarah relationship be affected by that?
It might be past the point of return, right? The way I look at it is it’s a small compromise for Paul to make for the greater good. And it’s not like Fee hasn’t spent a few nights in a cell. [Laughs] He can deal with it. He’s not happy that he had to do this, at all. I think deep down, he kind of likes Felix. He appreciates the bravado and Felix as a person. It is her brother. And Felix is probably No. 2 in Sarah’s life behind Kira. I’m sure there’ll be some repercussions to that. Maybe he’ll get pistol-whipped in the face again.
TVLINE | The end of the episode suggests that Paul is going to be more in Sarah’s orbit. Will we see more interaction between them now?
I don’t know if it’s more of a face-to-face meeting. It’s more of a stalking relationship. [Laughs] That definitely happens.
TVLINE | Is Paul glad that he gets a little time away from Rachel?
I think so. Maybe. I think that encounter with Rachel might have turned him off a little bit. [Laughs] At the same time, why is Paul following Sarah? Is he really following Sarah for the Dyad? Or is he following her to protect her?
TVLINE | What can you tease about the Paul and Mrs. S confrontation glimpsed in the promo?
I can say that Paul knows who Mrs. S really is. Mrs. S has been a mysterious figure for a long time, and Paul’s known about this mysterious figure for a long time. Paul is now aware of who Mrs. S is. It’s definitely an enlightening moment for Paul in that brief interaction they have in his car. It’s cool. You almost see another allegiance form. Paul and Mrs. S start working in cahoots as well, which is a lot of fun because Maria Doyle Kennedy is fantastic. And I know the writers and producers really like the two of us in scenes together, which is great for me, too, ’cause I love being in scenes with her, as well.
Orphan Black fans, what did you think of Paul and Rachel’s steamy chair encounter? And feel free to sound off on the episode’s other big moments like Sarah’s heartfelt plea to sis Helena, the revelation that “Swan Man” Ethan Duncan is alive and the creepy, creepy Proletheans (OMG, they sewed up Gracie’s mouth!).Follow @VladaGelman