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Recap / Orphan Black S 02 E 01 Nature Under Constraint And Vexed

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In the season premiere, Sarah is out of options, on the run, and pursued by deadly adversaries. Desperate to find her daughter Kira, Sarah suspects ruthless pro-clone Rachel is behind her daughter’s disappearance and sparks an all out war against her. Cosima is faced with a perplexing decision that may have dire consequences.

  • Action Girl: Sarah and Alison both put up quite a fight against the people trying to kidnap them.
  • Arc Symbol: The winged fish appears again on the belt buckle of Mark, a man who finds Helena in the hospital.
  • Badass Bystander: Three of them.
    • First the diner chef, killed by Mark but manages to fire off a shot killing Mark's partner.
    • Then there are the two "couriers" used by Sarah, the first who extorts $20 from Paul for use of a burner phone, and the second who distracts the Neolutionists with Sarah's phone to allow Sarah to slip away unnoticed, even telling off the Neolutionists with "Up Yours".
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  • Bait-and-Switch: We are immediately suspicious of the surprisingly generous diner chef, but no - he really is just being nice to a clearly upset woman, and tries to defend Sarah when the Proletheans show up.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The diner chef which leads to a Dead Man's Trigger Finger.
  • Break the Haughty: Rachel is smugly confident that Sarah, who is holding her at gunpoint, won't pull the trigger - until Sarah shoots the potted plant next to her. For one brief, shining second, Rachel's expression goes from Alpha Bitch to "WTF just happpened I'm gonna die crap crap crap..."
  • The Brute: Daniel for the Neolutionists. Mark and his partner for the Proletheans.
  • Chase Scene: Some men at a diner try to capture Sarah, but she gets away. They are later revealed to be religious terrorists called Proletheans, Helena's people.
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  • Clone Switch: Sarah goes to the Dyad event dressed as Cosima. She also invokes this by promising to meet a representative from the Dyad in Alison's neighborhood, knowing they already have information on Alison so it would make no difference if they mistook her for Sarah.
  • Cowboy Cop: Angela's still investigating the case even though both she and Art were told to drop it. She also arrests Sarah without warrant or cause.
  • Crazy-Prepared/Genre Savvy: Sarah in her dealings with the Neolutionists. She even sends a body double to fool them.
    Body Double: She says "Up yours".
  • Dead Man's Trigger Finger: The Boom, Headshot! inflicted on the diner chef isn't enough to stop him from killing Mark's partner.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Leekie questions Rachel's decision to kidnap Kira. But it turns out she didn't; it was a bluff to get Sarah's cooperation.
  • Fanservice: Felix's chaps bare his rear end. Justified because he was out having some fun at a club.
  • Faux Affably Evil: One of the men at the diner speaks to Sarah very pleasantly while he tries to capture her.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Alison's friend Ramon sells unregistered guns. He also happens to be her drug dealer.
  • Gratuitous German: Rachel speaks German with someone on the phone.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Sarah asks to borrow a teenage boy's phone. He asks to touch her boobs. She smacks him upside the head and takes his phone anyway.
  • I Have Your Daughter and Foster Mother: Rachel holds Kira and Mrs. S. to get Sarah to cooperate. She refuses. It's later revealed that the Dyad don't actually have Kira.
  • Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: Shown above. Subverted. Rachel tries this when Sarah threatens her with a gun. Sarah fires her gun right aiming right next to her, pistol-whips her, and presses the gun into her face. She was going to kill Rachel until Paul intervened.
  • Mama Bear: The episode centers on Sarah unrelenting quest to find Kira.
  • Musical Spoiler: If you recognize Helena's theme, you'll know who's walking into the hospital in the end before her face is shown.
  • Not Quite Dead: Helena survived her gunshot wound and manages to stumble into the ER.
  • Reverse Mole: Subverted with Delphine. She's still loyal to the Dyad.
  • Wham Line: When Sarah begins to explain that the Dyad don't have Kira.
    Art: I know.
  • Wham Shot: We learn that Helena is alive when she stumbles into the emergency room.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: The Neolutionists don't have Kira and Mrs. S.
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