Recap / Orphan Black S 01 E 04 Effectsof External Conditions

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Sarah realizes that the clones’ survival is going to take more than police work. But tracking the killer threatens Sarah’s long awaited reunion with her daughter, Kira. As Sarah gets closer to the killer, the killer gets closer to the truth – the ensuing showdown threatens to expose her ruse as a cop.

  • Abusive Parents: Angie, while the police are profiling the killer, suggests that Helena had them.
  • Adult Fear: The mother of the little boy finds her son covered in blood (not his blood, Helena's) and learns that a serial killer was in her home while she slept.
  • Arc Symbol: The winged fish on Helena's knife.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Sarah to Helena.
    What happened to you?
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Helena's impersonation of Beth is outright terrible.
  • Breaking Them By Talking: Sarah verbally destroys Helena by telling her that the people who tell her to kill their fellow clones hate her as much as they hate them [the clones].
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: Helena for Sarah, and by extension the rest of Clone Club. When a witness, a little boy, is asked to describe "The Angry Angel", he points to Sarah.
    Sarah: It's okay darling. I'm not her.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Helena gets her turn to pose as Beth.
  • Dramatic Irony
    • Raj asks Helena-as-Sarah-as-Beth if she had a rough night. She certainly did, but for different reasons.
    • Art tells Angie that he thinks "Beth" is a completely different person lately.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Felix points out that most of the clones have emotional/psychological problems.
  • Emergency Impersonation: Sarah has Alison dress up as her to meet Kira and Mrs. S. while she hunts for the killer as Beth. Kira catches on quickly.
  • Fan Disservice: Helena has lengthy Lingerie Scenes, but both times her badly treated wound is visible.
  • Foreshadowing: Helena's insistence that she and Sarah are connected.
  • Ham and Cheese: invoked Felix constantly tells Alison that she overacts in her performances.
  • Irony: Two Twin Switches are made in the episode for vastly different purposes. However, both of them involves a skull cap and a black jacket/blazer.
  • Lingerie Scene: Helena, twice. First during her Meatgrinder Surgery in the opening scene, second is during her climatic confrontation with Sarah.
  • Madness Mantra: Helena
    Not Beth. Not Beth.
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: The opening scene, where Helena tends to her wounds, is rather disturbing. Especially since a child was present.
  • Mission from God: Helena's motivation.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Felix evaluates the clones to Cosima except for Sarah.
    Felix: Out of nine so far, one's a psycho who who killed four others, one committed suicide, one's a bloddy soccer mom, and then there's you [Cosima].
  • Naked Apron: Felix debuts his habit of painting in the nude.
  • The Reveal:
    • Maggie Chen created the clones, but we still don't know how or why.
    • The Killer's name is Helena.
  • Shout-Out: Felix and Alison mention several works, namely Steel Magnolias, My Fair Lady, and Pygmalion, during their discussion about the importance of Alison impersonating Sarah.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Sarah quits Beth's job because it's getting harder and harder to fool Beth's coworkers.
  • Wham Line: Alison as Sarah seems to be cozy with Kira until...
    Kira: You're not my mom.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Alison initially refuses to help Sarah by going to see Kira in her place, citing her belief that Sarah is an unfit mother, Felix furiously calls her out on it.
    Felix: Excuse me? Sarah is out there risking her life, playing cat-and-mouse with Killer Clone, so your kids don't end up orphans and you think that she should lose her child for that?
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