This week’s Allison-centered ep shows us past and present in Bailey Downs, as the Hendrixes’ histories catch up with them, and Kira learns more about herself.

Title: “Beneath Her Heart”

Cast and Crew

Director: David Wellington
Writer: Alex Levine

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix / Sarah Manning/ Cosima Niehaus / Helena / Rachel Duncan /Beth Childs
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Kevin Hanchard as Art Bell
Elyse Levesque as Detective Maddie Enger
Jayne Eastwood as Nona Walker
Andrew Moodie as Simon Frontenac
Natalie Lisinska as Aynsley Norris
Eric Johnson as Chad Norris
Ryan Blakely as Reverend Mike
Alex Ozerov as Ramone
Illarion Michaels as Jake
Lily Gail Reid as Esmae
Christina Ferrel as Eileen
Marco Timpano as Forensics #1
Eileen Sword as Sister Irina

Premise

Dyad pressures the Hendrixes to reveal Helena’s whereabouts, while their pasts catch up with them at the Fun Fair. Sarah and Felix try to help, and Rachel solidifies her hold on Kira. A flashback shows us Alison’s past with Aynsley and Chad (who turns out to be a bit of a fun guy), and her first meeting with Cosima.

High Point

Apart from delivering the blend of drama, fun, and craziness that make Orphan Black‘s best episodes, we see Alison rise to the occasion, assisting her sisters in ways the other, seemingly more gifted, clones could not.

Low Points

I didn’t dislike Alison’s onstage rant, but it feels a little pat. Felix saves the day, somewhat.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Story: 6/6

Acting: 6/6 This episode remembers how much the characters drive the show—its complex, tortured mythology notwithstanding.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 6/6 Despite recent developments, we’re once again reminded how grounded Orphan Black’s SF/fantasy/conspiracy thriller elements can be. Dyad may be a powerful corporation that can pull police strings, but its people remain rightly terrified of having their activities exposed.

In total, “Beneath Her Heart” receives 37/42