Orphan Black (2013–2017)
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By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried 

After the successful abduction of Kira, Sarah prepares to surrender to Rachel and the Dyad Group; but the Clone Club has other ideas as they band together to pull off the ultimate rescue.


John Fawcett


Graeme Manson (created by), John Fawcett (created by) | 13 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tatiana Maslany ... Sarah Manning / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus / Rachel Duncan / Helena
Dylan Bruce ... Paul Dierden
Jordan Gavaris ... Felix Dawkins
Kevin Hanchard ... Detective Art Bell
Evelyne Brochu ... Delphine Cormier
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Siobhan Sadler
Michiel Huisman ... Cal Morrison
Michelle Forbes ... Dr. Marian Bowles
Tom McCamus ... Dr. Nealon
Skyler Wexler ... Kira Manning
Kristian Bruun ... Donnie Hendrix
Josh Vokey ... Scott
Ari Millen ... Mark Rollins / Rudy / Miller
Zoé De Grand Maison ... Gracie Johanssen (as Zoé de Grand'Maison)
Andrew Gillies ... Ethan Duncan


Now that she has Kira and her harvested bone marrow, Rachel is holding all the cards. She replaces Delphine with a Dr. Nealon as the facility and thus Cosima's chief physician, not even letting Delphine say goodbye before she is escorted out of the facility. As such, Rachel can use Cosima and Kira as a bargaining chip, which works as Sarah feels she has no other option but to surrender herself to Dyad, although Sarah still stays as defiant as ever under the circumstances. However, some will do anything, even risk their own life, to stop whatever Rachel's grand plan. And on the outside, Mrs. S and Felix, with a little help, believe they may have an inside track on what's happening within the Dyad facility. Sarah ultimately has to decide whether to trust that insider and the promise made. And after the fire at the Johanssen farm, those involved are able to escape they hope to a better life. Helena hopes to reunite with Sarah and Kira, but what happens may be beyond her comprehension. ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


Kristian Bruun, Millie Davis, and Drew Davis appear in the ending credits even though they were not featured in the episode. This is because a four-minute scene between the Hendrix family had been filmed, but it had to be cut due to time constraints. This scene, however, appears in the special features on the Orphan Black (2013) season two DVD set. See more »


As Helena has bad motor abilities and isn't used to dance, she does awkward moves and misses the beat when the clone sisters and Felix dance at his loft. In contrast, Helena dances amazingly well at the underground club owned by Olivier in Orphan Black: Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner, with Olivier's tail in her hand, which she cut off earlier. See more »


Helena: I fell in love with a boy called Jesse. But, after bar fighting, he had to go to war and become a tow-truck driver.
Detective Art Bell: O-kay. Okay, look, there was a fire at the Johanssen Ranch last night. Do you know anything about that?
Helena: No.
Felix Dawkins: Helena.
Helena: [Makes a noise] Pbbbbt.
Felix Dawkins: Did you burn down the fish people's ranch?
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Main Title Theme
Written by Two Fingers
Performed by Two Fingers
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Moves at a cracking pace but are there gaps in the narrative?
23 December 2018 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

Without a shadow of a doubt, "By Means Which..." is a strong episode. However, it moves at such a cracking pace, there are jumps in the narrative that the viewer has to fill themselves.

This season finale leaves the viewer dangling. With new questions raised and at least one of the main characters facing an unknown fate, I look forward to devouring the third season.

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