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[[http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/about-the-show/ Orphan Black]] is a science fiction show which features [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1137209/?ref_=sr_1 Tatiana Maslany]] as Sarah, an outsider, orphan and street-wise young woman. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who happens to look just like her, Sarah assumes her identity. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust into a mystery as she discovers the truth -- she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers there are more people like her out there -- genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.

Recap episodes [[Recap/{{OrphanBlack}} here]]. (The Recap page needs some love.)


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!!''Orphan Black'' provides examples of:

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* AccidentalMurder: Beth [[spoiler:was suspended from active duty because of a line of duty shooting of a civilian]].
** [[spoiler: Turns out it wasn't accidental. Or a civilian]].
* ActionMom: Alison can hold her own against any potential attackers. Mrs S. also keeps a shotgun.
* ActingForTwo: Or, at current count, [[spoiler: ''seven''.]]
* AdultFear:
** The climax of episode 8. [[spoiler: Kira gets hit by a car but makes a [[HealingFactor miraculous recovery]].]]
** For the season 1 cliffhanger, [[spoiler:Sarah returns to Mrs. S.'s house to discover that she and Kira have apparently been taken]].
* AllThatGlitters: Sarah quickly discovers this about Beth's life.
* ArcSymbol: A winged fish. [[spoiler: Appears carved on the handle of Helena's knife, engraved on Thomas's ring, and branded onto the back of Maggie Chen's neck]].
* AssholeVictim: Vic.
* BiTheWay: Cosima and [[spoiler:Delphine]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Sarah and Felix are morally dubious characters at best and the clones are willing to get their hands dirty to survive. On the other hand, they're up against one conspiracy that performed illegal human cloning experiments and another of religious zealots who want to kill them.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Sarah [[spoiler: when Katja is shot]]. While she's not entirely innocent, the effect is still the same. A straighter example would be the little boy from episode 4 whom [[spoiler: Helena covers in her blood]].
** [[spoiler: Kira covered in her own blood after getting hit by a car]].
* CampGay: Felix is so fabulous it's almost painful.
* CanadaEh: The show is set in Toronto.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The security footage of Beth's suicide. Fired in 1x09, when Art uses it to figure out that Sarah took over Beth's identity]].
* CloningBlues: Alison seems to be particularly afflicted by this and it is implied to be what pushed Beth over the edge into suicide. Subverted by the series itself, however, because the clones are entirely individual persons who are the product of a realistic cloning process.
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:There are two: one that made the clones and one that's opposed to their existence]].
** [[spoiler: A group called the Neolutionists created the clones, monitor them and run tests on them. Known members are Olivier, Astrid, Dr. Leekie, Delphine, and Paul (though he doesn't know what's going on at first)]].
** [[spoiler: A group of religious fanatics called Prolethians are hunting and killing the clones. This group includes Maggie Chen and Thomas and they used Helena as their assassin]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In the season 1 finale, [[spoiler:Ainsley]] dies in a manner worthy of ''Film/FinalDestination''.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Katja contacts Sarah/Beth in this way. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well -- for Katja]].
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Sarah impersonates Beth after finding out about her sizable savings account but she also gets more than she bargained for.
* DeathFakedForYou: Sarah uses Beth's suicide to fake her own death to start a new life for herself.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Sarah commits [[BedTrick rape by fraud]] on Paul, since he thinks she's Beth. While not portrayed as a good thing, it's not played as particularly heinous, either. Alison and Cosima both seem pretty shocked (and Alison somewhat horrified) when they find out about it, probably because Sarah did it primarily to keep Paul from finding out, not out of genuine sexual desire.
** The shaky morality of Sarah sleeping with Paul becomes moot when it's revealed that Paul was basically pulling the same trick on what he thought was Beth.
* DrFeelgood: Beth's appointed therapist.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sarah's street smarts and levelheadedness are clear in how she decides to assume Beth's identity just seconds after the latter's suicide. Her love for her daughter is also made evident when she freaks out over Mrs. S and Kira attending her fake funeral.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Well, everyone but religious nut Helena and Alison before her marriage falls apart.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Delphine. In Cosima's first real interaction with her, Delphine says goodbye in French and Cosima repeats the phrase with a lovestruck smile.
* EvilInc: The Dyad Institute [[spoiler: The corporation that created the clones and apparently the backers of the Neolution movement]].
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Dr. Leekie. His Neolution movement is all about "self-directed evolution" and he sees no problem in [[spoiler:creating human clones or experimenting on them]] to advance this goal.
* FireForgedFriends: The clones.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Vic, when he is unable to produce the cocaine for his mob bosses]].
* FosterKid: Sarah and Felix were both fostered by Mrs. S.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: The show spends a ''lot'' of time establishing the inner lives of its characters, enough so that the plot itself is advancing somewhat slowly. You have Sarah's life, Sarah-as-Beth's life, Alison's life, Cosima's life, Helena's life, around the fringes the lives of the supporting characters and the actual events of the plot itself. The show is quickly approaching LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* FreudianTrio: Sarah is Id, Cosima is Ego, Alison is Superego.
* [[spoiler: TheFinalTemptation]]: [[spoiler: Each of the main three clones is offered a choice: Sarah and Alison will get a safe, "normal" life with their kids, while Cosima gets a job at the Dyad Institute and a chance to study the clones -- as long as they agree to submit to routine, bi-annual testing. It seems like a good enough deal, however, and Alison nabs it. Sarah nearly does as well... until Cosima reveals that, to the Neolutionists, the clones are nothing but property, and their offer of "freedom" is a lie]].
* GenreBlind: An interesting example in the Toronto Police Department characters, who are managing to make substantial progress in uncovering Clone Club despite being completely confused about the various iterations of Beth Childs who keep showing up. PlayedForLaughs in the case of Alison's neighbors and husband.
* HollywoodGenetics: In the third episode, [[spoiler: Cosima tells Sarah that clones' fingerprints may be close enough to all match when in reality not even identical twins have the same fingerprints.]] However this may be a case of ArtisticLicense since it's still early in the series.
** Even accepting this premise leaves a PlotHole, unfortunately. [[spoiler:Beth's finger prints would have been put into the system when she became a police officer. If Sarah's arrest happened first, Beth would have had quite some difficulty getting into the police at all. If it happened second, the whole mess should have exploded then. Since only Sarah's fingerprints came up when Katja's were run, it must be that Beth's aren't in the system -- presumably the showmakers don't know that police employees' fingerprints go into the system]].
** I'm no biologist, but actually I believe [[spoiler: identical twins have similar, if not identical, fingerprints, so that would probably be the case with clones. In fact, Cosima says only that the fingerprints would be "similar enough" to flag a match, not identical at all.]]
* HollywoodLaw: The idea that a genomic patent gives ownership over [[spoiler:the person(s) who develop from it -- and even ''their children.'' How in the world is a message ''encoded in DNA'' legally binding!?]] Then again, it's probably what necessitated the contracts.
* IdenticalStranger: This is what Sarah originally believes to be the case after stealing Beth's belongings and impersonating her.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming[=/=]LiteraryAllusionTitle: All the episode names are taken from Darwin's ''Origin of Species''.
* InLoveWithTheMark[=/=]BecomingTheMask: Delphine and Paul both fell for the people they were monitoring.
* InsistentTerminology: Alison doesn't like the "C-word" (not [[CountryMatters that one]]) so they're "genetic identicals."
* JumpedAtTheCall: Sarah seesaws between this and RefusalOfTheCall in early episodes.
* {{Kiss of Distraction}}: Sarah pulls this on Paul in the first episode.
* MamaBear: Both Sarah and Alison show this towards their own kids, and all the clones ([[spoiler:even Helena]]) are very protective of Kira -- as is Mrs. S.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[spoiler:Helena makes contact with Sarah, the Neolution movement is revealed as the clone-makers, Paul is given the opportunity to sell out Sarah and chooses to remain loyal to her, Sarah leads Helena to Olivier, the cops restart their investigation from scratch and link Katja to Sarah and learn they resemble Beth]].
* MoralityPet: Kira serves as this for Helena -- and, it's implied, for Sarah as well.
* MissingMom: Sarah before the events of the show started. She disappeared for a whole year and left Kira with Mrs. S.
** [[spoiler: Sarah and Helena's surrogate mom, until the penultimate episode of season 1]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: In-universe. When the clones try to impersonate each other they don't always get it right. In particular, Alison's impersonation of Sarah in the fourth episode. Actually pretty good acting on Tatiana Maslany's part.
** For characters that are supposed to be English, Sarah and Felix's accents are all over the place. Possibly justified by having lived away from their home country for so long.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:When Delphine tells Leekie about the other clones Cosima is/was in touch with she doesn't tell him about Kira, even when he asks for more details about Sarah]].
** [[spoiler:Helena lures Kira away from Siobhan's house but lets her go. Unfortunately, her act of compassion does not end well]].
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted, despite Art and Angie being GenreBlind. The fact that the cops are actually good at their jobs makes the whole conspiracy that much more complicated. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, they begin to figure things out. The Dyad Institute pulls Sarah out of police custody before she can tell Art everything]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: Sarah has a great one in the season finale with [[spoiler:Helena]].
--> '''Sarah''': I've already got a family.
* RealityEnsues: Sarah initially manages to fake her way through her impersonation of Beth pretty well, largely due to the fact that everyone believes Beth was traumatized by a recent civilian shooting and Paul knowing Beth has emotional problems. The deeper she gets the more the facade starts to crack, to the point where she has to have "Beth" quit her job. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, the cops finally catch on and arrest Sarah and Felix]].
** Kira isn't fooled by Alison's impersonation of Sarah for even a moment. Alison has to tell her the truth.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:Helena has one]].
* SanitySlippage: Due to the nature of the situation each of the clones (and Felix too) show some signs of fraying around the edges to one degree or another.
* ShoutOut: The town Alison lives in is [[Film/GingerSnaps Bailey Downs]]. Given that the show is directed by John Fawcett and stars Tatiana Maslany, this might not be a coincidence.
* StartsWithASuicide: Beth jumps in front of a subway car in the early moments of the pilot.
* SterilityPlague: Alison asks early on if Kira is Sarah's biological daughter (Alison's children are adopted) and we later learn that Beth was infertile. [[spoiler: It seems like sterility among the clones might turn out to be a plot point, and possibly reveal who is the original]].
** Again referenced when [[spoiler: Helena]] asks Kira how she could possibly be Sarah's daughter. [[spoiler: Helena]] is visibly distraught by this.
** Thomas immediately declares that Kira shouldn't exist upon learning of her existence, and decides to hunt her down. Delphine deliberately hides her existence from Dr. Leekie.
** Possibly averted in that [[spoiler: the encoded patent in the clones' DNA covers "this organism and derivative genetic material", implying that their creators may have accounted for the possibility of children... or further cloning]].
* ThreePlusTwo: Clone Club. [[TheLeader Sarah]], [[TheLancer Alison]] and [[TheSmartGuy Cosima]] make the PowerTrio while the late [[TheBigGuy Beth]] and [[TheChick Katja]] round out the FiveManBand. Felix counts as a SixthRanger.
* TitleDrop: Sarah asks her foster mother Mrs. S. where she came from. Turns out she was an orphan brought in from the underground... or, as Mrs. S. describes it, "from the black."
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The ad campaign spoiled ''the main plot'', in addition to Beth and [[spoiler: Katja]]'s deaths.
** And now that the show's initial run has ended, Space's ads for the show include the final episode's WhamLine. Hope you don't get into this show during its rerun season!
* UndyingLoyalty: Sarah and Felix are very loyal to one another, mostly to Felix's detriment.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Katja and Beth]] don't survive the scenes that introduce them -- though this is subverted, since Sarah goes on to impersonate both of them.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Sarah, I'm your birth mother." and "I had twins"]].
** "We're clones... and they're killing us off." Averted out-of-universe by the fact that the ad campaign spoiled this like crazy.
** Episode 10 gives two in a row, when Sarah meets with Amelia, her birth mother. First, [[spoiler: Amelia tells Sarah that Mrs. S is not who she says she is]]. This is immediately followed by Sarah [[spoiler: asking Amelia "How did scientists put baby inside you?" ''in Helena's accent'']].
** Also from Episode 10: [[spoiler:We're property! The longer version also counts: "This organism and derivative genetic material are restricted intellectual property."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of 1x09, [[spoiler: Thomas is locked in the cage he imprisoned Helena in previously. As Sarah leaves with Helena, Dr. Leekie and Paul arrive, and it appears that they might encounter Thomas, but they never do]].
* WigDressAccent: Basically how Sarah impersonates Beth [[spoiler:and Katja]]. With Alison it's basically hairband, blouse and accent. Though given that they look exactly the same, that's pretty much all she needs.
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[[http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/about-the-show/ Orphan Black]] is a science fiction show which features [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1137209/?ref_=sr_1 Tatiana Maslany]] as Sarah, an outsider, orphan and street-wise young woman. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who happens to look just like her, Sarah assumes her identity. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust into a mystery as she discovers the truth -- she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers there are more people like her out there -- genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.

Recap episodes [[Recap/{{OrphanBlack}} here]]. (The Recap page needs some love.)


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!!''Orphan Black'' provides examples of:

[[index]]
* AccidentalMurder: Beth [[spoiler:was suspended from active duty because of a line of duty shooting of a civilian]].
** [[spoiler: Turns out it wasn't accidental. Or a civilian]].
* ActionMom: Alison can hold her own against any potential attackers. Mrs S. also keeps a shotgun.
* ActingForTwo: Or, at current count, [[spoiler: ''seven''.]]
* AdultFear:
** The climax of episode 8. [[spoiler: Kira gets hit by a car but makes a [[HealingFactor miraculous recovery]].]]
** For the season 1 cliffhanger, [[spoiler:Sarah returns to Mrs. S.'s house to discover that she and Kira have apparently been taken]].
* AllThatGlitters: Sarah quickly discovers this about Beth's life.
* ArcSymbol: A winged fish. [[spoiler: Appears carved on the handle of Helena's knife, engraved on Thomas's ring, and branded onto the back of Maggie Chen's neck]].
* AssholeVictim: Vic.
* BiTheWay: Cosima and [[spoiler:Delphine]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Sarah and Felix are morally dubious characters at best and the clones are willing to get their hands dirty to survive. On the other hand, they're up against one conspiracy that performed illegal human cloning experiments and another of religious zealots who want to kill them.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Sarah [[spoiler: when Katja is shot]]. While she's not entirely innocent, the effect is still the same. A straighter example would be the little boy from episode 4 whom [[spoiler: Helena covers in her blood]].
** [[spoiler: Kira covered in her own blood after getting hit by a car]].
* CampGay: Felix is so fabulous it's almost painful.
* CanadaEh: The show is set in Toronto.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The security footage of Beth's suicide. Fired in 1x09, when Art uses it to figure out that Sarah took over Beth's identity]].
* CloningBlues: Alison seems to be particularly afflicted by this and it is implied to be what pushed Beth over the edge into suicide. Subverted by the series itself, however, because the clones are entirely individual persons who are the product of a realistic cloning process.
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:There are two: one that made the clones and one that's opposed to their existence]].
** [[spoiler: A group called the Neolutionists created the clones, monitor them and run tests on them. Known members are Olivier, Astrid, Dr. Leekie, Delphine, and Paul (though he doesn't know what's going on at first)]].
** [[spoiler: A group of religious fanatics called Prolethians are hunting and killing the clones. This group includes Maggie Chen and Thomas and they used Helena as their assassin]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In the season 1 finale, [[spoiler:Ainsley]] dies in a manner worthy of ''Film/FinalDestination''.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Katja contacts Sarah/Beth in this way. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well -- for Katja]].
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Sarah impersonates Beth after finding out about her sizable savings account but she also gets more than she bargained for.
* DeathFakedForYou: Sarah uses Beth's suicide to fake her own death to start a new life for herself.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Sarah commits [[BedTrick rape by fraud]] on Paul, since he thinks she's Beth. While not portrayed as a good thing, it's not played as particularly heinous, either. Alison and Cosima both seem pretty shocked (and Alison somewhat horrified) when they find out about it, probably because Sarah did it primarily to keep Paul from finding out, not out of genuine sexual desire.
** The shaky morality of Sarah sleeping with Paul becomes moot when it's revealed that Paul was basically pulling the same trick on what he thought was Beth.
* DrFeelgood: Beth's appointed therapist.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sarah's street smarts and levelheadedness are clear in how she decides to assume Beth's identity just seconds after the latter's suicide. Her love for her daughter is also made evident when she freaks out over Mrs. S and Kira attending her fake funeral.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Well, everyone but religious nut Helena and Alison before her marriage falls apart.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Delphine. In Cosima's first real interaction with her, Delphine says goodbye in French and Cosima repeats the phrase with a lovestruck smile.
* EvilInc: The Dyad Institute [[spoiler: The corporation that created the clones and apparently the backers of the Neolution movement]].
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Dr. Leekie. His Neolution movement is all about "self-directed evolution" and he sees no problem in [[spoiler:creating human clones or experimenting on them]] to advance this goal.
* FireForgedFriends: The clones.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Vic, when he is unable to produce the cocaine for his mob bosses]].
* FosterKid: Sarah and Felix were both fostered by Mrs. S.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: The show spends a ''lot'' of time establishing the inner lives of its characters, enough so that the plot itself is advancing somewhat slowly. You have Sarah's life, Sarah-as-Beth's life, Alison's life, Cosima's life, Helena's life, around the fringes the lives of the supporting characters and the actual events of the plot itself. The show is quickly approaching LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* FreudianTrio: Sarah is Id, Cosima is Ego, Alison is Superego.
* [[spoiler: TheFinalTemptation]]: [[spoiler: Each of the main three clones is offered a choice: Sarah and Alison will get a safe, "normal" life with their kids, while Cosima gets a job at the Dyad Institute and a chance to study the clones -- as long as they agree to submit to routine, bi-annual testing. It seems like a good enough deal, however, and Alison nabs it. Sarah nearly does as well... until Cosima reveals that, to the Neolutionists, the clones are nothing but property, and their offer of "freedom" is a lie]].
* GenreBlind: An interesting example in the Toronto Police Department characters, who are managing to make substantial progress in uncovering Clone Club despite being completely confused about the various iterations of Beth Childs who keep showing up. PlayedForLaughs in the case of Alison's neighbors and husband.
* HollywoodGenetics: In the third episode, [[spoiler: Cosima tells Sarah that clones' fingerprints may be close enough to all match when in reality not even identical twins have the same fingerprints.]] However this may be a case of ArtisticLicense since it's still early in the series.
** Even accepting this premise leaves a PlotHole, unfortunately. [[spoiler:Beth's finger prints would have been put into the system when she became a police officer. If Sarah's arrest happened first, Beth would have had quite some difficulty getting into the police at all. If it happened second, the whole mess should have exploded then. Since only Sarah's fingerprints came up when Katja's were run, it must be that Beth's aren't in the system -- presumably the showmakers don't know that police employees' fingerprints go into the system]].
** I'm no biologist, but actually I believe [[spoiler: identical twins have similar, if not identical, fingerprints, so that would probably be the case with clones. In fact, Cosima says only that the fingerprints would be "similar enough" to flag a match, not identical at all.]]
* HollywoodLaw: The idea that a genomic patent gives ownership over [[spoiler:the person(s) who develop from it -- and even ''their children.'' How in the world is a message ''encoded in DNA'' legally binding!?]] Then again, it's probably what necessitated the contracts.
* IdenticalStranger: This is what Sarah originally believes to be the case after stealing Beth's belongings and impersonating her.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming[=/=]LiteraryAllusionTitle: All the episode names are taken from Darwin's ''Origin of Species''.
* InLoveWithTheMark[=/=]BecomingTheMask: Delphine and Paul both fell for the people they were monitoring.
* InsistentTerminology: Alison doesn't like the "C-word" (not [[CountryMatters that one]]) so they're "genetic identicals."
* JumpedAtTheCall: Sarah seesaws between this and RefusalOfTheCall in early episodes.
* {{Kiss of Distraction}}: Sarah pulls this on Paul in the first episode.
* MamaBear: Both Sarah and Alison show this towards their own kids, and all the clones ([[spoiler:even Helena]]) are very protective of Kira -- as is Mrs. S.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[spoiler:Helena makes contact with Sarah, the Neolution movement is revealed as the clone-makers, Paul is given the opportunity to sell out Sarah and chooses to remain loyal to her, Sarah leads Helena to Olivier, the cops restart their investigation from scratch and link Katja to Sarah and learn they resemble Beth]].
* MoralityPet: Kira serves as this for Helena -- and, it's implied, for Sarah as well.
* MissingMom: Sarah before the events of the show started. She disappeared for a whole year and left Kira with Mrs. S.
** [[spoiler: Sarah and Helena's surrogate mom, until the penultimate episode of season 1]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: In-universe. When the clones try to impersonate each other they don't always get it right. In particular, Alison's impersonation of Sarah in the fourth episode. Actually pretty good acting on Tatiana Maslany's part.
** For characters that are supposed to be English, Sarah and Felix's accents are all over the place. Possibly justified by having lived away from their home country for so long.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:When Delphine tells Leekie about the other clones Cosima is/was in touch with she doesn't tell him about Kira, even when he asks for more details about Sarah]].
** [[spoiler:Helena lures Kira away from Siobhan's house but lets her go. Unfortunately, her act of compassion does not end well]].
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted, despite Art and Angie being GenreBlind. The fact that the cops are actually good at their jobs makes the whole conspiracy that much more complicated. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, they begin to figure things out. The Dyad Institute pulls Sarah out of police custody before she can tell Art everything]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: Sarah has a great one in the season finale with [[spoiler:Helena]].
--> '''Sarah''': I've already got a family.
* RealityEnsues: Sarah initially manages to fake her way through her impersonation of Beth pretty well, largely due to the fact that everyone believes Beth was traumatized by a recent civilian shooting and Paul knowing Beth has emotional problems. The deeper she gets the more the facade starts to crack, to the point where she has to have "Beth" quit her job. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, the cops finally catch on and arrest Sarah and Felix]].
** Kira isn't fooled by Alison's impersonation of Sarah for even a moment. Alison has to tell her the truth.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:Helena has one]].
* SanitySlippage: Due to the nature of the situation each of the clones (and Felix too) show some signs of fraying around the edges to one degree or another.
* ShoutOut: The town Alison lives in is [[Film/GingerSnaps Bailey Downs]]. Given that the show is directed by John Fawcett and stars Tatiana Maslany, this might not be a coincidence.
* StartsWithASuicide: Beth jumps in front of a subway car in the early moments of the pilot.
* SterilityPlague: Alison asks early on if Kira is Sarah's biological daughter (Alison's children are adopted) and we later learn that Beth was infertile. [[spoiler: It seems like sterility among the clones might turn out to be a plot point, and possibly reveal who is the original]].
** Again referenced when [[spoiler: Helena]] asks Kira how she could possibly be Sarah's daughter. [[spoiler: Helena]] is visibly distraught by this.
** Thomas immediately declares that Kira shouldn't exist upon learning of her existence, and decides to hunt her down. Delphine deliberately hides her existence from Dr. Leekie.
** Possibly averted in that [[spoiler: the encoded patent in the clones' DNA covers "this organism and derivative genetic material", implying that their creators may have accounted for the possibility of children... or further cloning]].
* ThreePlusTwo: Clone Club. [[TheLeader Sarah]], [[TheLancer Alison]] and [[TheSmartGuy Cosima]] make the PowerTrio while the late [[TheBigGuy Beth]] and [[TheChick Katja]] round out the FiveManBand. Felix counts as a SixthRanger.
* TitleDrop: Sarah asks her foster mother Mrs. S. where she came from. Turns out she was an orphan brought in from the underground... or, as Mrs. S. describes it, "from the black."
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The ad campaign spoiled ''the main plot'', in addition to Beth and [[spoiler: Katja]]'s deaths.
** And now that the show's initial run has ended, Space's ads for the show include the final episode's WhamLine. Hope you don't get into this show during its rerun season!
* UndyingLoyalty: Sarah and Felix are very loyal to one another, mostly to Felix's detriment.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Katja and Beth]] don't survive the scenes that introduce them -- though this is subverted, since Sarah goes on to impersonate both of them.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Sarah, I'm your birth mother." and "I had twins"]].
** "We're clones... and they're killing us off." Averted out-of-universe by the fact that the ad campaign spoiled this like crazy.
** Episode 10 gives two in a row, when Sarah meets with Amelia, her birth mother. First, [[spoiler: Amelia tells Sarah that Mrs. S is not who she says she is]]. This is immediately followed by Sarah [[spoiler: asking Amelia "How did scientists put baby inside you?" ''in Helena's accent'']].
** Also from Episode 10: [[spoiler:We're property! The longer version also counts: "This organism and derivative genetic material are restricted intellectual property."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of 1x09, [[spoiler: Thomas is locked in the cage he imprisoned Helena in previously. As Sarah leaves with Helena, Dr. Leekie and Paul arrive, and it appears that they might encounter Thomas, but they never do]].
* WigDressAccent: Basically how Sarah impersonates Beth [[spoiler:and Katja]]. With Alison it's basically hairband, blouse and accent. Though given that they look exactly the same, that's pretty much all she needs.
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* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Sarah [[spoiler: when Katja is shot]]. While she's not entirely innocent, the effect is still the same. A straighter example would be the little boy from episode 4 whom [[spoiler: Helena covers in her blood.]]

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* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Sarah [[spoiler: when Katja is shot]]. While she's not entirely innocent, the effect is still the same. A straighter example would be the little boy from episode 4 whom [[spoiler: Helena covers in her blood.]]blood]].



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sarah's street smarts and levelheadedness are clear in how she decides to assume Beth's identity just seconds after the latter's suicide. Her love for her daughter is also made evident when she freaks out over Mrs. S and Kira attending her fake funeral.



* HollywoodLaw: The idea that a genomic patent gives ownership over [[spoiler:the person(s) who develop from it -- and even ''their children.'' How in the world is a message ''encoded in DNA'' legally binding!?]]

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* HollywoodLaw: The idea that a genomic patent gives ownership over [[spoiler:the person(s) who develop from it -- and even ''their children.'' How in the world is a message ''encoded in DNA'' legally binding!?]]binding!?]] Then again, it's probably what necessitated the contracts.



** Possibly averted in that [[spoiler: the encoded patent in the clones' DNA covers "this organism and derivative genetic material", implying that their creators may have accounted for the possibility of children]].

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** Possibly averted in that [[spoiler: the encoded patent in the clones' DNA covers "this organism and derivative genetic material", implying that their creators may have accounted for the possibility of children]].children... or further cloning]].



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of 1x09, [[spoiler: Thomas is locked in the cage he imprisoned Helena in previously. As Sarah and Helena leave, Dr. Leekie and Paul arrive, and it appears that they might encounter Thomas, but they never do]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of 1x09, [[spoiler: Thomas is locked in the cage he imprisoned Helena in previously. As Sarah and Helena leave, leaves with Helena, Dr. Leekie and Paul arrive, and it appears that they might encounter Thomas, but they never do]].
27th Jul '13 1:23:40 PM urielzet
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[[http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/about-the-show/ Orphan Black]] is a science fiction show which features [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1137209/?ref_=sr_1 Tatiana Maslany]] as Sarah, an outsider, orphan and street-wise young woman. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who happens to look just like her, Sarah assumes her identity. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust into a mystery as she discovers the truth - she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers there are more people like her out there - genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.

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[[http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/about-the-show/ Orphan Black]] is a science fiction show which features [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1137209/?ref_=sr_1 Tatiana Maslany]] as Sarah, an outsider, orphan and street-wise young woman. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who happens to look just like her, Sarah assumes her identity. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust into a mystery as she discovers the truth - -- she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers there are more people like her out there - -- genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.



** [[spoiler: Turns out it wasn't accidental. Or a civilian.]]

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** [[spoiler: Turns out it wasn't accidental. Or a civilian.]]civilian]].



** For the season 1 cliffhanger, [[spoiler:Sarah returns to Mrs. S.'s house to discover that she and Kira have apparently been taken.]]

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** For the season 1 cliffhanger, [[spoiler:Sarah returns to Mrs. S.'s house to discover that she and Kira have apparently been taken.]]taken]].



* ArcSymbol: A winged fish. [[spoiler: Appears carved on the handle of Helena's knife, engraved on Thomas's ring, and branded onto the back of Maggie Chen's neck.]]

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* ArcSymbol: A winged fish. [[spoiler: Appears carved on the handle of Helena's knife, engraved on Thomas's ring, and branded onto the back of Maggie Chen's neck.]]neck]].
* AssholeVictim: Vic.



* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Sarah [[spoiler: when Katja is shot.]] While she's not entirely innocent, the effect is still the same. A straighter example would be the little boy from episode 4 whom [[spoiler: Helena covers in her blood.]]
** [[spoiler: Kira covered in her own blood after getting hit by a car.]]

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* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Sarah [[spoiler: when Katja is shot.]] shot]]. While she's not entirely innocent, the effect is still the same. A straighter example would be the little boy from episode 4 whom [[spoiler: Helena covers in her blood.]]
** [[spoiler: Kira covered in her own blood after getting hit by a car.]]car]].



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The security footage of Beth's suicide. Fired in 1x09, when Art uses it to figure out that Sarah took over Beth's identity.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The security footage of Beth's suicide. Fired in 1x09, when Art uses it to figure out that Sarah took over Beth's identity.]]identity]].



* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:There are two: one that made the clones and one that's opposed to their existence.]]
** [[spoiler: A group called the Neolutionists created the clones, monitor them and run tests on them. Known members are Olivier, Astrid, Dr. Leekie, Delphine, and Paul (though he doesn't know what's going on at first).]]
** [[spoiler: A group of religious fanatics called Prolethians are hunting and killing the clones. This group includes Maggie Chen and Thomas and they used Helena as their assassin.]]
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Katja contacts Sarah/Beth in this way. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]

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* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:There are two: one that made the clones and one that's opposed to their existence.]]
existence]].
** [[spoiler: A group called the Neolutionists created the clones, monitor them and run tests on them. Known members are Olivier, Astrid, Dr. Leekie, Delphine, and Paul (though he doesn't know what's going on at first).]]
first)]].
** [[spoiler: A group of religious fanatics called Prolethians are hunting and killing the clones. This group includes Maggie Chen and Thomas and they used Helena as their assassin.]]
assassin]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In the season 1 finale, [[spoiler:Ainsley]] dies in a manner worthy of ''Film/FinalDestination''.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Katja contacts Sarah/Beth in this way. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]well -- for Katja]].



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Sarah commits [[BedTrick rape by fraud]] on Paul, since he thinks she's Beth. While not portrayed as a good thing, it's not played as particularly heinous, either.
** Alison and Cosima both seem pretty shocked (and Alison somewhat horrified) when they find out about it.
** It might be because Sarah did it primarily to keep Paul from finding out, not out of genuine sexual desire.
*** The shaky morality of Sarah sleeping with Paul becomes moot when it's revealed that Paul was basically pulling the same trick on what he thought was Beth.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Sarah commits [[BedTrick rape by fraud]] on Paul, since he thinks she's Beth. While not portrayed as a good thing, it's not played as particularly heinous, either.
**
either. Alison and Cosima both seem pretty shocked (and Alison somewhat horrified) when they find out about it.
** It might be
it, probably because Sarah did it primarily to keep Paul from finding out, not out of genuine sexual desire.
*** ** The shaky morality of Sarah sleeping with Paul becomes moot when it's revealed that Paul was basically pulling the same trick on what he thought was Beth.



* EvilInc: The Dyad Institute [[spoiler: The corporation that created the clones and apparently the backers of the Neolution movement.]]

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* EvilInc: The Dyad Institute [[spoiler: The corporation that created the clones and apparently the backers of the Neolution movement.]]movement]].



* FireForgedFriends: The clones
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Vic, when he is unable to produce the cocaine for his mob bosses.]]

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* FireForgedFriends: The clones
clones.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Vic, when he is unable to produce the cocaine for his mob bosses.]]bosses]].



* [[spoiler: TheFinalTemptation]]: [[spoiler: Each of the main three clones is offered a choice: Sarah and Alison will get a safe, "normal" life with their kids, while Cosima gets a job at the Dyad Institute and a chance to study the clones -- as long as they agree to submit to routine, bi-annual testing. It seems like a good enough deal, however, and Alison nabs it. Sarah nearly does as well ... until Cosima reveals that, to the Neolutionists, the clones are nothing but property, and their offer of "freedom" is a lie.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheFinalTemptation]]: [[spoiler: Each of the main three clones is offered a choice: Sarah and Alison will get a safe, "normal" life with their kids, while Cosima gets a job at the Dyad Institute and a chance to study the clones -- as long as they agree to submit to routine, bi-annual testing. It seems like a good enough deal, however, and Alison nabs it. Sarah nearly does as well ... well... until Cosima reveals that, to the Neolutionists, the clones are nothing but property, and their offer of "freedom" is a lie.]]lie]].



** Even accepting this premise leaves a PlotHole, unfortunately. [[spoiler:Beth's finger prints would have been put into the system when she became a police officer. If Sarah's arrest happened first, Beth would have had quite some difficulty getting into the police at all. If it happened second, the whole mess should have exploded then. Since only Sarah's fingerprints came up when Katja's were run, it must be that Beth's aren't in the system - presumably the showmakers don't know that police employees' fingerprints go into the system]].
** I'm no biologist, but actually I believe [[spoiler: identical twins have similar, if not identical, fingerprints, so that would probably be the case with clones. In fact, Cosima says only that the fingerprints would be "similar enough" to flag a match, not identical at all.]]
* HollywoodLaw: The idea that a genomic patent gives ownership over [[spoiler:the person(s) who develop from it -- and even ''their children.'']]

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** Even accepting this premise leaves a PlotHole, unfortunately. [[spoiler:Beth's finger prints would have been put into the system when she became a police officer. If Sarah's arrest happened first, Beth would have had quite some difficulty getting into the police at all. If it happened second, the whole mess should have exploded then. Since only Sarah's fingerprints came up when Katja's were run, it must be that Beth's aren't in the system - -- presumably the showmakers don't know that police employees' fingerprints go into the system]].
** I'm no biologist, but actually I believe [[spoiler: identical twins have similar, if not identical, fingerprints, so that would probably be the case with clones. In fact, Cosima says only that the fingerprints would be "similar enough" to flag a match, not identical at all.]]
]]
* HollywoodLaw: The idea that a genomic patent gives ownership over [[spoiler:the person(s) who develop from it -- and even ''their children.'']]'' How in the world is a message ''encoded in DNA'' legally binding!?]]



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming / LiteraryAllusionTitle: All the episode names are taken from Darwin's ''Origin of Species''.
* InLoveWithTheMark / BecomingTheMask: Delphine and Paul both fell for the people they were monitoring.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming / LiteraryAllusionTitle: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming[=/=]LiteraryAllusionTitle: All the episode names are taken from Darwin's ''Origin of Species''.
* InLoveWithTheMark / BecomingTheMask: InLoveWithTheMark[=/=]BecomingTheMask: Delphine and Paul both fell for the people they were monitoring.



* MamaBear: Both Sarah and Alison show this towards their own kids, and all the clones ([[spoiler:even Helena]]) are very protective of Kira - as is Mrs. S.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[spoiler:Helena makes contact with Sarah, the Neolution movement is revealed as the clone-makers, Paul is given the opportunity to sell out Sarah and chooses to remain loyal to her, Sarah leads Helena to Olivier, the cops restart their investigation from scratch and link Katja to Sarah and learn they resemble Beth.]]
* MoralityPet: Kira serves as this for Helena - and, it's implied, for Sarah as well.

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* MamaBear: Both Sarah and Alison show this towards their own kids, and all the clones ([[spoiler:even Helena]]) are very protective of Kira - -- as is Mrs. S.
S.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[spoiler:Helena makes contact with Sarah, the Neolution movement is revealed as the clone-makers, Paul is given the opportunity to sell out Sarah and chooses to remain loyal to her, Sarah leads Helena to Olivier, the cops restart their investigation from scratch and link Katja to Sarah and learn they resemble Beth.]]
Beth]].
* MoralityPet: Kira serves as this for Helena - -- and, it's implied, for Sarah as well.



** [[spoiler: Sarah and Helena's surrogate mom, until the penultimate episode of season 1.]]

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** [[spoiler: Sarah and Helena's surrogate mom, until the penultimate episode of season 1.]]1]].



** For characters that are supposed to be English, Sarah and Felix accents are all over the place. Possibly justified by having lived away from their home country for so long.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:When Delphine tells Leekie about the other clones Cosima is/was in touch with she doesn't tell him about Kira, even when he asks for more details about Sarah.]]
** [[spoiler:Helena lures Kira away from Siobhan's house but lets her go. Unfortunately, her act of compassion does not end well.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted, despite Art and Angie being GenreBlind. The fact that the cops are actually good at their jobs makes the whole conspiracy that much more complicated. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, they begin to figure things out. The Dyad Institute pulls Sarah out of police custody before she can tell Art everything.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: Sarah has a great one in the season finale with [[spoiler:Helena.]]

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** For characters that are supposed to be English, Sarah and Felix Felix's accents are all over the place. Possibly justified by having lived away from their home country for so long.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:When Delphine tells Leekie about the other clones Cosima is/was in touch with she doesn't tell him about Kira, even when he asks for more details about Sarah.]]
Sarah]].
** [[spoiler:Helena lures Kira away from Siobhan's house but lets her go. Unfortunately, her act of compassion does not end well.]]
well]].
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted, despite Art and Angie being GenreBlind. The fact that the cops are actually good at their jobs makes the whole conspiracy that much more complicated. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, they begin to figure things out. The Dyad Institute pulls Sarah out of police custody before she can tell Art everything.]]
everything]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: Sarah has a great one in the season finale with [[spoiler:Helena.]][[spoiler:Helena]].



* RealityEnsues: Sarah initially manages to fake her way through her impersonation of Beth pretty well, largely due to the fact that everyone believes Beth was traumatized by a recent civilian shooting and Paul knowing Beth has emotional problems. The deeper she gets the more the facade starts to crack, to the point where she has to have 'Beth' quit her job. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, the cops finally catch on and arrest Sarah and Felix.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Sarah initially manages to fake her way through her impersonation of Beth pretty well, largely due to the fact that everyone believes Beth was traumatized by a recent civilian shooting and Paul knowing Beth has emotional problems. The deeper she gets the more the facade starts to crack, to the point where she has to have 'Beth' "Beth" quit her job. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 1, the cops finally catch on and arrest Sarah and Felix.]]Felix]].



* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:Helena has one.]]

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* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:Helena has one.]]one]].



* SterilityPlague: Alison asks early on if Kira is Sarah's biological daughter (Alison's children are adopted) and we later learn that Beth was infertile. [[spoiler: It seems like sterility among the clones might turn out to be a plot point, and possibly reveal who is the original.]]

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* SterilityPlague: Alison asks early on if Kira is Sarah's biological daughter (Alison's children are adopted) and we later learn that Beth was infertile. [[spoiler: It seems like sterility among the clones might turn out to be a plot point, and possibly reveal who is the original.]]original]].



** Possibly averted in that [[spoiler: the encoded patent in the clones' DNA covers "this organism and derivative genetic material", implying that their creators may have accounted for the possibility of children]].



* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Katja and Beth]] don't survive the scenes that introduce them - though this is subverted, since Sarah goes on to impersonate both of them.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Sarah, I'm your birth mother." and "I had twins".]]

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* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Katja and Beth]] don't survive the scenes that introduce them - -- though this is subverted, since Sarah goes on to impersonate both of them.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Sarah, I'm your birth mother." and "I had twins".]] twins"]].



** Episode 10 gives two in a row, when Sarah meets with Amelia, her birth mother. First, [[spoiler: Amelia tells Sarah that Mrs. S is not who she says she is]]. This is immediately followed by Sarah [[spoiler: asking Amelia "How did scientists put baby inside you?" ''in Helena's accent'',]]
** Also from Episode 10: [[spoiler:We're property!]]

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** Episode 10 gives two in a row, when Sarah meets with Amelia, her birth mother. First, [[spoiler: Amelia tells Sarah that Mrs. S is not who she says she is]]. This is immediately followed by Sarah [[spoiler: asking Amelia "How did scientists put baby inside you?" ''in Helena's accent'',]]
accent'']].
** Also from Episode 10: [[spoiler:We're property!]]property! The longer version also counts: "This organism and derivative genetic material are restricted intellectual property."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of 1x09, [[spoiler: Thomas is locked in the cage he imprisoned Helena in previously. As Sarah and Helena leave, Dr. Leekie and Paul arrive, and it appears that they might encounter Thomas, but they never do]].
18th Jul '13 7:21:51 PM thelaststark
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** I'm no biologist, but actually I believe [[spoiler: identical twins have similar, if not identical, fingerprints, so that would probably be the case with clones. In fact, Cosima says only that the fingerprints would be "similar enough" to flag a match, not identical at all.]]
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* InLoveWithTheMark: Delphine and Paul both fell for their subjects.

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* InLoveWithTheMark: InLoveWithTheMark / BecomingTheMask: Delphine and Paul both fell for their subjects.the people they were monitoring.
15th Jul '13 6:16:57 AM stardust_rain
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* ActionMom: Alison can hold her own against any potential attackers. Mrs S. also keeps a shotgun.


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* InLoveWithTheMark: Delphine and Paul both fell for their subjects.
8th Jul '13 4:51:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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* SeventhEpisodeTwist: [[spoiler:Helena makes contact with Sarah, the Neolution movement is revealed as the clone-makers, Paul is given the opportunity to sell out Sarah and chooses to remain loyal to her, Sarah leads Helena to Olivier, the cops restart their investigation from scratch and link Katja to Sarah and learn they resemble Beth.]]


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* MidSeasonTwist: [[spoiler:Helena makes contact with Sarah, the Neolution movement is revealed as the clone-makers, Paul is given the opportunity to sell out Sarah and chooses to remain loyal to her, Sarah leads Helena to Olivier, the cops restart their investigation from scratch and link Katja to Sarah and learn they resemble Beth.]]
3rd Jul '13 9:15:53 AM ARaihan
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** It's worse than that: [[spoiler:Mrs. S was a mole the whole time and took Kira herself.]]
** Considering [[spoiler: the mess the house is in when Sarah arrives, which suggests a struggle, it's more likely they were taken.]]
22nd Jun '13 9:19:26 PM Dordoff
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**Considering [[spoiler: the mess the house is in when Sarah arrives, which suggests a struggle, it's more likely they were taken.]]
18th Jun '13 8:25:05 PM SuperKing93
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** Episode 12: [[spoiler:We're property!]]

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** Also from Episode 12: 10: [[spoiler:We're property!]]
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