Warning: General spoilers ahead
You know, when P.T. Westmoreland (Stephen McHattie) was introduced in 5.02 “Clutch Of Greed,” the idealistic part of me had high hopes that he would be an honorable man. Someone devoted to science and who had good intentions of advancing the human race. That’s the man that Cosima saw when she met him for the first time in that episode; it’s the man we all saw. However, as we learned last week, what we saw was nothing but a mere facade. It was revealed that the “boogeyman in the woods” was actually one of P.T.’s first test subjects back when Susan Duncan worked for him. In the end, the cruelty that the boy was subjected to became too great, causing Susan to quit, and Virginia Coaty being brought in to take her place. 174 years is a long time to accumulate a closet full of bones, and as it turns out, what we saw last week was only a sneak peek. P.T.’s closet of bones is actually quite deep, and even more horrifying secrets are revealed in this week’s episode.
First, and foremost, we do get the full backstory on the “bear in the woods,” as Mudd likes to call him, even though the rest of the village knows better. As would be expected, it’s a tear-jerker of a story, and I actually cried more than when M.K. was killed. Interestingly enough, the experiments that had been performed on this boy are actually related to the studies Rachel is doing on Kira (Skyler Wexler). Cosima is able to put the pieces together after she does a DNA analysis on the tooth that was found in the woods. What she finds also explains why P.T. is all of a sudden doing all of this work and research now. That’s actually a very interesting question. Why now? Why is there suddenly a spike of work being done on the island and why is there such an urgency? And, why is P.T. authorizing all of this additional research at Dyad and put Rachel in charge of it? All of it is connected and explained, and the end result doesn’t put old P.T. in a very good light at all. In fact, P.T. is the real monster on the island, and not the man who is lurking in the woods.
And, yes, as we can see in the below Promo, Delphine (Evelyn Brochu) is finally back this week. Yay. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a nice, cheery reunion. Delphine is on the island for only a short visit, and Cosima is quite upset in learning her first stop on arriving isn’t to see her, but instead the old creep in the big house. Cosima now knows P.T.’s plans and motivation and doesn’t want her girlfriend to end up on the wrong side of things. There’s a very intimate scene between the show’s favorite couple (which I’m sure the fandom will be talking about for a good long while), and at one point, they even discuss whether to end the relationship. As would be expected, this makes for a very tense visit and also causes Cosima to act quite impulsively, which lands her in some pretty dire straits by the end of the episode.
Episode 5.05 of Orphan Black is titled “Ease For Idle Millionaires” and airs Saturday at 10/9c on BBC America.
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