Orphan Black (2013– )
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While Sarah tries to track down her mysterious blonde clone, Alison fills in for Sarah on a visit to see her daughter.



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Jane Spence ...
Trevor's Mom
Jamillah Ross ...
NO Officer


Sarah returns the money to Alison who seems upset when Sarah mentions she has a biological daughter while her own are adopted. Still posing as Beth, Sarah and Beth's police partner Art Bell begin to track down the woman who attacked her. They find the house where she obviously did some self-surgery. She also left a message for Beth. She contacts Beth to arrange a meeting and identifies herself as Helena. Sarah finds a connection with Aggie Chen, the woman Beth shot. When she can't make a rendezvous to see her daughter Kira, Sarah has an easy solution. Written by garykmcd

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20 April 2013 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Helena: [Helena does some self surgery on herself while in a family's bathroom, mumbling to herself the last words Sarah told her] 'I'm not Beth.' 'I'm not Beth.' 'I'm not Beth.'
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References Steel Magnolias (1989) See more »


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The series starts to explore its ability to be creepy.
18 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Up until now, the show has been intriguing and occasionally witty, but in this episode things start to get creepy and crazy. It opens with a very gross self-surgery on the part of last week's blonde clone. I found the hotel room confrontation at the end a little bit anti-climactic, but the rest of the episode made up for it in ambiance. The blonde clone's motivation was revealed this episode, and I thought it was very interesting and realistic. One big theme of this episode was clones pretending to be each other. Sarah has to pretend to be Beth so that she can investigate blonde clone, but she also has to go see Kira or Mrs. S will block her out forever, so she enlists the help of Alison, who pretends to be her. While this is happening, blonde clone takes the opportunity to pretend to be Beth and infiltrate the office. This led to several spine-chilling moments, the highlight being when Sarah saw what blond clone did to the evidence on the board. Overall, very well executed episode, if a bit anti-climactic.

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