Recap: Orphan Black S 01 E 06 Variations Under Domestication

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Alison's paranoia has boiled over, putting all the Orphans at risk. But when Sarah, Alison and Beth's world dangerously collide, Sarah must decide who to trust with her secret.

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Paul had Vic on the floor in 30 seconds flat.
  • Easily Forgiven: Donnie forgives Alison for torturing him strangely quickly. You might think that it was because he was her monitor, but by the end of the second season, we know that he didn't even know that, not really, and forgave Allison because... he really loves her that much? Or, you know, abuse does that to people.
  • High School Sweethearts: Alison and Donnie have known each other since high school.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Alison spends most of the potluck drinking and passes out toward the end of it.
    • Also Paul towards the end, putting back the poisoned whiskey and taking a big gulp from a clean bottle.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Alison tried this on Donnie. It doesn't work.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Inverted. Alison thinks Donnie is her monitor, but he instead confesses to cheating on her. By the end of the second season, we know that although Donnie was her monitor, he was in the dark as much as she was, so the story may be true.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Double subverted with Alison and Donnie.
    • Subverted with Sarah, Cosima, and Delphine. Sarah warns Cosima not to trust Delphine because she might be her monitor, which she is, but Delphine later becomes an ally.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Sarah and Felix at the potluck.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Where Alison and Donnie live. Lampshaded when Sarah and Felix dress up to look the part and start laughing at their appearance.
  • Tap on the Head: Alison knocks Donnie unconscious with a blow from a golf club.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In-universe. Donnie lost contact with a lover who was diagnosed with lupus. He keeps letters that she sent because he's been worried about her ever since.
  • Your Cheating Heart: A lot. Donnie cheated on Alison with an old college friend except maybe not. Alison's friend confides in Sarah (dressed as Alison) that she suspects her husband is cheating on her. Sarah pretends she's Alison cheating on Donnie with Paul so her cover won't be blown.