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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. By the end of the second season, we've learned Donnie was Allison's monitor, but even he didn't really know that. He really was her husband, and those probably were letters and evidence of an affair, but he was also on the phone with Leeky. Wheels within wheels.
  • Fingore: Vic's boss cuts off his finger for not returning his money.
  • 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 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 suicide because she found out he was monitoring her and demands to know why he did it.
Orphan Black S 01 E 04 Effects Of External ConditionsRecap/Orphan BlackOrphan Black S 01 E 06 Variations Under Domestication

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