Recap: Orphan Black S 01 E 05 Conditionsof Existence

When terrifying evidence suggests the Orphans are part of a sinister ongoing experiment, Sarahís suspicions turn to Paul, Bethís boyfriend. But her probing inadvertently triggers Paulís own investigation, bringing him dangerously close to the truth. Meanwhile, paranoid Alison piles on a whole new level of complication.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Sarah reads some of Beth's letters to Paul and concludes that while she was in love with him, he wasn't in love with her. She wonders why he stayed.
    • Vic might genuinely be in love with Sarah, but she clearly wants nothing to do with him.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Paul works for whoever created the clones.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Donnie burns the papers in his box before Alison can find them.
    • We learn in the next episode that Donnie had an affair and the box held the letters from his lover.
  • Fingore: Vic's boss cuts off his finger for not returning his money.
  • Impostor Exposing Test: Paul, already suspicious of Sarah, gets confirmation that she's a fake when she can't tell him about the last marathon Beth competed in.
  • Internal Reveal: Vic learns that Sarah faked her death and is still alive.
  • Meet Cute: Cosima, meet Delphine. Delphine, Cosima.
  • Mistaken Identity: Vic mistakes Alison for Sarah.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Paul
  • Oh, Crap: When Sarah finds a strange piece of metal in her mouth and realizes that Paul was Beth's monitor.
    • A minor one from Alison and Cosima when they found out that Sarah slept with Paul. However, they brush it off quickly.
  • Porn Stash: Alison finds Donnie's collection of adult films. While she believes that Donnie simply moved the files elsewhere, Season 2 reveals that Donnie was not part of any conspiracy and that the stash may be real.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sarah tells Paul that he caused Beth's suicide because she found out he was monitoring her and demands to know why he did it.