Orphan Black – Season 4, Episode 4: “From Instinct to Rational Control”

Orphan Black – Season 4, Episode 4: “From Instinct to Rational Control”
Grade: A-

The fourth episode of season four, “From Instinct to Rational Control,” had some intense moments and even hilarious moments, blending perfectly to make another classic episode of Orphan Black.

While Sarah decides to ally with Ferdinand and trust her new friend Dizzy to help her out with some Clone Club stuff (like finding MK), Alison has Felix and Donnie pose as a couple at a fertility clinic that Beth had been investigating—and learn that there’s a mainstream fertility reproductive company called Brightborn, headed by Evie Cho, a colleague of Dr. Leekie who we saw in episode one with Beth. Helena, after Donnie tells her that it may be hard for Alison to see her pregnant when she couldn’t ever be, ditches the Hendrix’s and her eggs buried in the yard. Cosima and Scott get the disgusting head of Leekie to study the worm-bot in his cheek and learn what it’s for—which, we learn, is to somehow change the person’s DNA. MK takes her revenge for Helsinki on Ferdinand, but he’s spared by Sarah and Mrs S. while MK gets him to give her a large sum of money—for what, we don’t know. Meanwhile, Rachel is forced to make a decision about the young Leda clone, Charlotte, and her illness.

Overall, a fantastic, intense, hilarious episode that had me laughing at Alison and Donnie’s phone sex scene and then crying at MK’s heartbreaking story of what happened to her and her best friend Nikki, another Leda clone. “From Instinct to Rational Control” is an instant classic Orphan Black episode.


Phone sex, Hendrix style,
was probably one of the funniest scenes Orphan Black has done in a while. The entire storyline of Alison having Felix and Donnie pose as a gay couple wanting to have a baby was just as great. The entire episode was made better by this subplot that just worked to both be hilarious and furthering the main story along brilliantly.

MK’s revenge
on Ferdinand near the end of the episode for killing the clones in Helsinki (MK’s best friend included) was intense to a point where I wasn’t sure what was really going to happen, if he’d survive or not, if MK would be as ruthless as she was acting. The entire scene unfolded into one of the most memorable Orphan Black moments.


Rachel’s scenes
are getting a little tiresome. I’m not sure what they have planned for her and Susan Duncan and Ira and Charlotte, but it’s going a little slowly. I think including them so much in the last few episodes is a little unnecessary. Their scenes could’ve been condensed to be included into one episode, to be honest.

(NOTE: I’ve been behind on the last several episodes of Orphan Black after a busy month—I’m just starting to catch up!)


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