Orphan Black S4 E7 The Antisocialism of Sex

Skyler Wexler and Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

Orphan Black, “The Antisocialism of Sex” explores how each individual responds to losing everything. The last episode of Orphan Black left everyone feeling defeated and hopeless. Each person reacts in character. Beware the spoilers.

Sarah

Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, all the people all the time) decides to get smashed out of her mind. Everywhere she looks she sees Beth, like a siren calling her to crash into the rocks. To make herself blotto, she goes to Dizzy’s (Joel Thomas Hynes) favorite hangout and starts throwing back shots.

Peaches is on stage singing a song with strangely appropriate lyrics. Dizzy shows up and wants to talk about maggotbots. Instead Sarah has a threesome with Elle and Tito (Brooke Palsson and James Cade) in a back room.

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll, baby

That wasn’t enough to get her mind off things, so she goes home with Dizzy.

Tatiana Maslany and Joel Thomas Hynes in Orphan Black
Sarah, please, I just want to talk

Sarah tries to have sex with Dizzy, too, but he isn’t interested. He wants to talk about his friends who have maggotbots. I want him to talk about his statement back at the bar that he was one of 22 clones.

Tatiana Maslany as both Sarah and Beth in Orphan Black
You know you want to, Sarah.

Sarah wanders drunkenly to the bridge over the train tracks. She has a long conversation with hallucination Beth, who both encourages her to follow her instinct to jump and later to stay and help the others.

Felix

Felix (Jordan Gavaris) rescues everyone from themselves once again. He comforts Siobhan and Kira. He hunts down Sarah. He meets Dizzy unwittingly while looking for Sarah. Dizzy was unusually interested when Felix mentioned Sarah had a child.

Jordan Gavaris and Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
Felix is a hero

Felix rescues Sarah. He tells her she has to be stronger than Beth. He’s the savior of Orphan Black, the glue that holds them all together. Sarah goes home to Siobhan (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Not killing herself. Nope. She’s ready to be part of the team again.

Felix also gets called in to rescue Cosima. How many emergencies can one hero handle at a time?

Cosima and Scott

Cosima and Scott (Josh Vokey) and the Hell Wizard (Calwyn Shurgold) who runs the comic book store try to restore the computer. They try to think outside the box. They try to be scientific.

Calwyn Shurgold, Josh Vokey and Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
What to do, what to do?

Cosima admits to having the bot that was in Sarah’s cheek. It was supposed to cure the illness in Sarah, but it didn’t do anything because Sarah wasn’t ill. Scott doesn’t want her to use it.

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
It was supposed to cure Sarah, right?

Cosima locks herself in the basement and prepares to install Sarah’s bot in her own cheek. Just in time, our hero Felix calls and tells her that Krystal saw Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) get shot and then she saw her taken away – still alive. Delphine alive! Cosima drops the bot back in a tray.

Alison and Donnie

It’s Gemma’s (Mille Davis) birthday. In the midst of planning a party, Alison is trying to write a sympathy note to Siobhan. She drops to her knees and prays for hope.

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
I know I’ve been a sinner, but . . .

Donnie (Kristian Bruun) wants to postpone the slumber party, but Alison insists on going ahead.

Kristian Bruun in Orphan Black
Cuff him, Duko.

In the middle of Donnie’s ghost story for the assembled girls, the cops rush in, terrify the children, and arrest Donnie for narcotics dealing. Det. Duko (Gord Rand) gives Alison his card and mentions Kendall’s (Alison Steadman) name.

Art

Speaking of Det. Duko, Art (Kevin Hanchard) responds to the murder of Kendall like a cop – with muscle.

Kevin Hanchard in Orphan Black
That’s for Kendall. And that one’s for Beth

Art gets Duko in a room, knocks him down and kicks the hell out of him. Duko responds by telling Art that they are coming for him, too.

Siobhan and Kira

Maria Doyle Kennedy in Orphan Black
Let’s just oil this baby up. In case.

In the safe house, Siobhan mourns stoically for her mother. She stays to take care of Kira (Skyler Wexler) when Sarah leaves. Kira says that her mother is following Beth, which is what alerts Felix to go looking for her.

Siobhan, meanwhile, decides making sure her rifle is in good working condition might be wise.

Skyler Wexler in Orphan Black
You can call me Mika

Kira meets the shadow person she’s been seeing in the game she plays. It’s Mika, and she wants to talk.

Rachel, Susan, Charlotte and Evie

Rosemary Dunsmore and Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
Welcome to the island of Dr. Moreau

Dr. Susan Duncan (Rosemary Dunsmore) doesn’t see the point of keeping Rachel locked in the basement now that all hope is gone. Rachel struggles her way upstairs on crutches to discover she’s on an island. Rachel wants to take her place beside Susan as the head of the project.

Cynthia Galant and Tatiana Maslany
You’re dying. And so am I

With her typical lack of empathy, Rachel tells Charlotte that they are going to die.

Jessalyn Wanlim in Orphan Black
Years of using an immunosuppressants did this to me

Evie Cho (Jessalyn Wanlim) is in a bit of a hurry to get her Brightborn project going. She’s suffering from shingles caused by the drugs she needs to take for her numerous health problems.

Jessalyn Wanlim in Orphan Black
Leda is over.

In a call from Brightborn to Susan and Rachel on the island, Evie explains that the Leda project will be disbanded. All the neolution money is under her control. All the clones are now a threat. The implication is that she intends to destroy them like so many unneeded lab rats.

a swan
Leda the swan

Rachel has the last scene in the episode. She falls trying to go down the stairs. Somehow this activates an image in her biotech eye. She sees a swan. A swan that isn’t there and fritzes out. Just the way the Castor clones glitch out.

Some Thoughts

Delphine might be alive. This is great news for Cosima, who has been depressed and grieving for all of season 4. I’m pretty sure Evelyne Brochu is too busy to come back to Orphan Black, but it’s comforting to know that we might see her again. Speaking of Cosima’s ex-girlfriends, Ksenia Solo was quoted at a con a while back saying it wasn’t over for Shay.

Also speaking of “girlfriends,” Sarah goes straight after a threesome with purpose and intent while drinking about 30 shots of bourbon. (I’m surprised she didn’t get alcohol poisoning.) So, either Sarah was too drunk to care that she was kissing a woman, or Sarah is bi and we are just now learning it. Are you on the drunk team or the bi team?

Funny we haven’t heard a word about Kira’s daddy after the first episode of S4. They were supposed to be shacked up together in Iceland just a few weeks ago. It’s also strange that nobody is talking about Helena. I realize the writers can’t give us long expository paragraphs on every thread from every plot line in every episode, but a person does wonder about these characters.

Dizzy keeps showing up. That alone makes me think he’s more important that he seemed at first. He has friends with implanted bots. He knows Mika. He knows about the clones. He’s curious that Sarah has a child. He even joked that he is a clone. It all adds up to important character developments ahead with Dizzy. Plus, if they ever need another tattooed character on Blindspot, Dizzy has enough for a season of his own.

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