ORPHAN BLACK Recap: “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method”

     June 6, 2015

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We had our fun with the obligatory Alison madcap mix-up episode last week, but now it’s time to get serious. “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method” puts almost all of the show’s main characters in play and paves the way towards what will likely be a game-changing final two episodes for Orphan Black Season 3.

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The episode opens with Delphine visiting the new clone we met in episode 1, Krystal Goderich. The purpose of the visit is to assess whether or not Krystal is aware that she’s a clone. After she spills her guts and recalls every detail of her encounter with Rudy and his creepy twin, Delphine deems her naive. However, soon thereafter, Felix and Sarah discover that’s not the case. Felix walks into Krystal’s nail salon determined to charm her and steal her identity for Rachel, but in the process, he comes to realize that she’s broken, alone and could really use the warm embrace of Clone Club. But Sarah insists that they carry on with their mission and while secretly rustling through Krystal’s bag, Felix finds a journal packed with Krystal’s suspicions regarding Castor. She definitely doesn’t know what’s going on, but she does know something isn’t right and could be steps away from connecting the dots.


I don’t know if there’s room in Clone Club for another person – especially because I’m hoping that they adopt Mark before the season’s over – but Krystal did manage to grow on me quite a bit in just a single episode. After three seasons, it’s refreshing to get the perspective of someone who’s looking from the outside in, and I hope we get to see a bit more of Krystal trying to piece this whole mystery together. Although, based on where we leave her at the end of this episode, I’m not sure if that will be possible. Perhaps Nealon (Tom McCamus) needed to confirm that Krystal was naive so that he could just dump her back at the nail salon after this whole Rachel swap thing is over. Rachel insisted that he take care of her and the demand did seem earnest, but it still isn’t clear where Nealon’s loyalties lie. For all we know, he could just kill Krystal off and be done with it.

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As for Rachel, clearly she’s still as manipulative as ever. I was really starting to feel for her and embrace the idea that Ethan Duncan left the book for Kira so that they’d all have to work together, but really, Rachel was just using Sarah to plan her escape with Nealon. However, the question still remains, does Rachel truly want to go off the grid or does she have another agenda? As far as Sarah and the rest of Clone Club knows, Rachel is in an induced coma and may never recover. Will they keep Krystal’s body there until Rachel feels like coming back for whatever reason?

Even though Alison’s material is much lighter than the rest of the clones – per usual – things are definitely starting to heat up for her in preparation for the end of the season. Not only is she busy running a drug operation and trying to become the next Glendale School trustee, but now she’s also looking after Gracie and Helena.

It is so nice to hear Helena laugh again. Donnie clearly isn’t thrilled about having her stay with them, but they’re bound to make quite the duo – especially based on what we see in the episode 9 preview. Helena and Gracie’s reunion is especially heartwarming, too. These are two characters who’ve been through one tough situation after the next, so it’s nice to see them find a little solace, especially in each other. And then of course we’ve got the situation between Alison and Jason. Sadly I suspect the episode 9 preview spoiled how that will end, but even if that’s really how things pan out, it’s fine by me. I still don’t like the idea of Alison cheating on Donnie, and Jason has overstayed his welcome.

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Lastly we must address the status of Castor. Mark is nowhere to be found, but Rudy is certainly right in the thick of it, tormenting cat lovers everywhere so that he can take The Island of Dr Moreau from Scott. So now Castor has the book, but what are they going to do with it? They need Rachel to decode it. Perhaps that could come into play later on, but the more pressing reveal right now is the fact that there’s another faction out there. Virginia asks Benchman, “It’s not just two factions, is it,” and he confirms her suspicions. So there’s another “faction,” but is it another group of clones like Castor and Leda? Could this third faction involve Charlotte Bowles? Or maybe it’s an unsuccessful project that never created living, breathing clones. It’s one big guessing game for now, but I suspect that this detail could make for quite the Season 3 cliffhanger, similar to the Season 2 Castor reveal.

Episode Rating: ★★★★ Very Good

Sequencing and Analyzing:


  • “Twins are so creepy.” – Krystal
  • “Keep your boys alive, doctor. We can all get what we want.” – Benchman
  • Finally! The canister is back in play!
  • “Can I sequence your genome?” – Scott
  • “Sestra Alison has good taste … in men. You have meat on your bones. You are strong like baby ox. This I like.” – Helena
  • “I have nobody left to talk to so I just kind of talk to everybody.” – Krystal
  • There’s a Castor logo on the cover of Krystal’s notebook!
  • “The only thing that you need to know is that you are one of a kind. You’re a survivor Krystal and you’re not alone.” – Felix
  • “I may be a bitch, but I’m Alison’s bitch and you’re just a stupid dropout.” – Donnie
  • “In London town we all fell down and Castor woke from slumber. Find the first, the beast, the cursed. The original has a number. H46239.”

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