Episode 1: In our first episode of Talking Orphan Black we talk about the first 2 episodes of the series “Natural Selection” & “Instinct”. April 4, 2015
“Natural Selection” & “Instinct”
Hosts: Tara Lynn, Yardley Hickey & Kinte
“Natural Selection” Original air date March 30, 2013
British punk con artist Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) sees an identical woman, Beth Childs, commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. Sarah retrieves Beth’s bag, and finding that she is rich, decides to take her place, and clean out her bank account so she can collect her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) from her foster mother, Siobhan Sadler, whom Sarah calls Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Sarah asks her foster brother Felix Dawkins (Jordan Gavaris) to identify Beth’s body as Sarah’s to buy time for her scheme, and throw her drug-dealer boyfriend Victor Schmidt (Michael Mando) off her trail. Sarah withdraws $75,000 from Beth’s account, but discovers to her dismay that Beth is a police detective suspended for shooting Maggie Chen. Beth’s partner Arthur Bell (Kevin Hanchard) follows ‘Beth,’ and breaks into her car. Sarah is approached by Katja Obinger, another lookalike from Germany. Katja is killed by a sniper, but Sarah manages to escape.
“Instinct” Original air date April 6, 2013
Sarah is contacted by a woman who instructs her to dispose of Katja’s body, and retrieve her briefcase. Art tells Sarah that he has the $75,000, and won’t return it until she testifies at the inquest into Maggie Chen’s shooting, and clears her name. It seems that Art placed a cellphone in the hand of the dead Maggie Chen to make it look like Beth had shot Maggie in self-defence, and he doesn’t want this to get out. Sarah poses as Katja to get her briefcase from the hotel. Inside the briefcase, she finds evidence of more lookalikes, one of whom is Alison Hendrix, a soccer mom. Sarah gets Alison to set up a meeting where she meets yet another lookalike, evolutionary developmental biology student Cosima Niehaus, the woman she spoke with on the phone.