Orphan Black

Season 1 Episode 3

Variation Under Nature

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Apr 13, 2013 on BBC America



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Sarah: Beth's partner found the German. At least part of her.
      Cosima: Part of her?
      Sarah: Yeah. Um, I messed up when I buried her. They have a fingerprint, Cosima.
      Cosima: Oh, wait, are you being Beth right now?
      Sarah: Yes. Yes, I'm at the bloody crime scene pretending to be a bloody cop. So I need to know if the bloody fingerprints will flag a bloody match!
      Cosima: Whoa! Okay, okay. Don't freak out. They need to use Interpol to find the German, which is unlikely. But, um, if one of us had a criminal record here... Do you have a criminal record?
      Sarah: Just...petty fraud, assault, whatever. Wasted youth, all right? If the body matches me, the cops will see a mug shot of somebody who looks like Beth. Only it's yours truly and I'm already supposed to be dead.
      Cosima: Wow, wow. Welcome to the trip, man.

    • (after meeting Alison and Cosima)
      Sarah: They're not me. They're not. They're completely different people.
      Felix: Soccer mum Sarah? Dreadlock science geek Sarah? Arguably more attractive to your evil Sarah.
      Sarah: Yeah, I was there, thank you.
      Felix: How can it be, though?
      Sarah: What difference does it make, Fe?
      Felix: Last time I checked, human cloning was illegal, let alone impossible.
      Sarah: Yeah, leave it out, okay? It doesn't matter.
      Felix: It does matter! Dead Beth, dead German, those two, three other Euros, you, that's eight. And Dreadlocks is going on about a blood sample saying it's life or death. You can't just ignore it.
      Sarah: Yes, I can. I'm just me, okay? The song remains the same. We get the 75 grand back from Beth's partner, we get Kira, and we get as far away from all this as possible.

    • Alison: So my bottom line is my children can't know their mother is a freak. Things have to stay on a need-to-know basis.
      Sarah: Yeah, I'm fine with that.
      Alison: Good. So, we made a decision to trust you.
      Sarah: Really?
      Alison: Sarah, this is my life now, and I'm doing the best I can.

    • Sarah: Just answer me one thing.
      Cosima: Anything, yes.
      Sarah: If we're genetically identical, do you get that little patch of dry skin between your eyebrows?
      Cosima: (chuckles) That's good. Try to keep your sense of humor. Beth couldn't.

  • Notes

    • Featured Music:
      "Earthforms" by Matthew Dear (Sarah and Cosima talk in the bar)
      "It Ain't You" by The Ettes (Sarah getting dressed, Allison trying to find a babysitter)

    • Crew Clarifications and Additions: Two Fingers (Main Title Theme Composed and Performed by), Claire Welland (Produced by), Chris Roberts (Story Coordinator), Spencer Gray (Data Management Tech), Frank Consiglio (Lead Set Dresser), Cosima Herter (Scientific Consultant), Chris MacLean (First Assistant Picture Editor), Jimmy Robb (First Assistant Sound Editor), Jenny Duffy (UK Casting)

    • Special billing was given to Maria Doyle Kennedy (and) for this episode.

    • Although credited, Michael Mando (Vic) does not appear in this episode.

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  • Allusions

    • Title
      The episode title "Variation Under Nature" is from Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Chapter 2: Variation Under Nature, published in 1859.