Orphan Black

Season 1 Episode 5

Conditions of Existence

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2013 on BBC America
8.9
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Sarah turns her suspicions toward Paul when evidence suggests the Orphans are part of an ongoing experiment. But Paul is doing some investigation of his own. Allison's paranoia becomes a source of impediment.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Every Man in the Clones' Life is a Complete Wanker Except Felix

    7.5
    Paul is a liar and a stalker, Vic wants more than money he wants to know everything, Donny is snooping around and keeping secrets. This episode focuses on the clones learning more and with this bit of extra knowledge they are becoming paranoid and deadly. Also forging a stronger link between the clones answers only create even more questions. Clone club is getting edgy, protective and ready to defend themselves and their children at all costs. It is getting hot in the clone club kitchen and its not too hot for these survivors. Episode runs a bit slow but has all the style of the well developed characters and is excellently acted and written.moreless
  • Fishy, Fishy Paul!

    7.5
    Paul!

    How could you do something like this could have happened?

    Dangit, so the men in their lives are 'pretty' important! They're not dumb!



    I like that. I really much like that. I'm still scared for their well-being, and I can't believe some things, but wow.

    Paul did NOT said 'no' to the fact that she was being

    Why does Paul keep talking about 'tests'?
  • Monitors

    7.5
    The focus has shifted from the clones to the monitors. Not quite as compelling as previous episodes have been, but that's likely because questions are starting to overcome answers, a balance that has previously been... well, balanced. Sarah quitting Beth's job also upset the Art-Beth dynamic that was fairly interesting as well. I'd like to see him come back, but unless the citizen shooting comes back into the spotlight, that's unlikely to happen. The story in this episode was splintered; they're trying to do just a little too much this time.moreless
Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

Sarah Manning/Beth Childs/Alison Hendrix/Cosima Niehaus/Helena

Dylan Bruce

Dylan Bruce

Paul Dierden

Jordan Gavaris

Jordan Gavaris

Felix Dawkins

Kevin Hanchard

Kevin Hanchard

Detective Art Bell

Michael Mando

Michael Mando

Vic

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Mrs. S

Raymond Ablack

Raymond Ablack

Raj

Guest Star

David Richmond-Peck

David Richmond-Peck

Olivier Duval

Guest Star

Miriam McDonald

Miriam McDonald

Madison

Guest Star

Skyler Wexler

Skyler Wexler

Kira

Recurring Role

Kristian Bruun

Kristian Bruun

Donnie Hendrix

Recurring Role

Millie Davis

Millie Davis

Gemma Hendrix

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sarah: I'm gonna shoot Paul's balls off.
      Cosima: Oh, wait. Just, um, just squeeze them, okay? He's our way into this whole thing. But if my blind subject were to suddenly become...self-aware, it'd either be a eureka moment or...
      Sarah: Yeah?
      Cosima: I would terminate. So be careful, okay?

    • Alison: I was just assaulted by a disgusting thug who thought I was you.
      Sarah: Who? What'd he look like?
      Alison: I don't know. He was...urban.
      Sarah: What the hell does that mean?
      Alison: Not white, okay?
      Sarah: Oh, shit. Vic. What, what happened?
      Alison: I assaulted him back is what happened. Please tell me that's not Kira's father.
      Sarah: No, no. Absolutely not.

    • Felix: If, uh, fake Paul is observing Beth, what makes you so certain no one's observing Sarah Manning?
      Sarah: Who? Mrs. S hates me, I haven't seen her in a year. And I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.
      Felix: A ringing vote of confidence.

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