Mar. 30, 2013
60 min.
BBC America TV Network

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Orphan Black

Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger’s identity, who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings,Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth: she and the dead woman are clones.

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Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany (born September 22, 1985) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated and Canadian Screen ...

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Clone ~ Sarah Manning ~ Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Date of Birth:
March 15, 1984
Status: Alive

Sarah Manning ~ "The whole sad point is nobody would notice if I died".

Sarah Manning is a natural chameleon, a born outsider living on the fringes and surviving by her wits. She began life in an English orphanage and was bounced between foster homes until she landed on the doorstep of Mrs. S, who finally adopted her and her foster brother Felix. When Sarah was 14, Mrs. S uprooted them under suspicious circumstances and moved them to North America.

Sarah steadfastly remained the English punk, a street-smart stray with a reckless streak and a loyal heart. She’s made bad choices in life, but she’s always done right by her daughter Kira, even if that meant the pain of separation. Now, all Sarah wants is to reunite with Kira and turn over a new leaf… but her encounter with Beth changes everything.

By the end of the first season, 10 clones have been revealed. They are of various nationalities and stations in life. In promotion for the release of the second season, a new clone, Jennifer, was introduced through a series of video diaries bringing the current number of revealed clones to being 11.

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Arriving home at the Huxley Station in hopes of reconciling with her daughter, Sarah encounters Beth Childs, a woman who eerily looks just like her that jumps in front of a train to her death. Visibly distraught at first sight, Sarah slowly sees a golden opportunity. She takes Beth's purse and meets up with her foster brother, Felix, and informs him of her plan to leave the town with him and Kira.

Realizing that Beth has money she can use, and thinking that Beth is her twin sister, Sarah decides to take on her identity. She changes her hair, learns Beth's accent, movements and signature, among others, through all the resources she could gather from her apartment.

Vic, still after the cocaine that Sarah stole from him, comes to town in search of her. With Felix's assistance, Sarah manages to elude Vic and in the process, convince everyone she knows to believe that it was her who had committed suicide at the train station—allowing her to continue on with her facade as Beth Childs. Vic unexpectedly grieves for her, heartbroken and in denial. In desperation, Felix and Sarah try to go Mrs. S to tell her that Sarah is alive, not wanting Kira to think that her mother is dead. However, Mrs. S is still wary of Sarah and refuses to let her get custody of Kira.

After several awkward, and sexual, encounters with Beth's boyfriend, Paul Dierden, Sarah finally manages to get a hold of Beth's money, but also finds out that things are more complicated than they seem as Beth Childs is a cop, currently suspended and under investigation for a civilian shooting. Sarah realizes this too late, and Felix has already done his part of the plan when Sarah decided that she wanted to abort their plans. Beth's partner, Art, who had grown suspicious of her, then takes Beth's money to hold against her until she is reinstated.

Planning to hang around only until she gets Beth's money back, Sarah, after several mysterious calls and messages, encounters her second clone: Katja Obinger, a sick German woman who looks exactly like her, only with short, red hair. Katja eventually realizes that she was not Beth, and is shot in the head a matter of seconds after asking Sarah what seemed like a riddle exchanged between the clones. Frantic, Sarah finally takes the call from Beth's phone. The person on the other line advises Sarah to get rid of the body and take her briefcase for the samples they need that the German had promised them. Sarah then dumps her body one night, not realizing that her dumpsite was in fact an active quarry.

Sarah finally learns of the other clones and meets Alison Hendrix and Cosima, her soccer mom and biology geek look-alikes in the process. They also meet Helena, a killer clone who believes that she is the original and claims that she and Sarah have a connection.

The cops then continue investigating the body they found at the quarry, Katja, and the clue-leaving suspect, Helena. Cosima asks Sarah to continue playing Beth for a while, so Sarah goes lengths to cover up the clones' identities, particularly since the prints that the cops retrieved from Katja's body would match Sarah's, who has a local record for assault and petty theft.

After being reinstated when cleared of the civilian shooting, Art finally returns the money to "Beth". Sarah then finds out that the money was actually Alison's contribution to the team dynamic she had with Cosima and Beth. Initially intending on running off with Kira and Felix with the money, Sarah realizes that Kira deserves a peaceful life and chooses to return the money to Alison.

Aside from her "clone club" problems, Sarah is also having problems at home. Not only is she pressured by Mrs. S into getting her life straight in exchange for a few visits with Kira, but Helena's dangerous interest and obsession with her becomes more evident as she continues to bother Sarah. And while Sarah forms an unlikely partnership with the paranoid Alison and the rumbling Cosima, the distrust between her and Beth's partner, Art, grows.

When Sarah was not able to make it to one of the visits Siobhan had set up for her and Kira, Alison stepped in to pretend to be her. Days later, Alison called in the favor and had Sarah play her during one of her suburban parties while they interrogated Alison's husband, Donnie, who she suspects is her monitor. Sarah and Alison dismiss this theory by the end of the day, believing her neighbor Aynsley to be the real monitor.

Sarah also gets in trouble with ex-boyfriend Vic who, after seeing Alison and mistaking her for Sarah, has come after her for the finger he lost because of the cocaine she stole from him. Even after paying him, Vic stalks him but is finally turned away after a violent confrontation with Paul, who has fallen in love with Sarah.

Sarah also finds herself strangely attracted to Beth's boyfriend, Paul, and is even tempted to keep him around even after discovering that he may be connected to those behind their cloning. When both become suspicious of each other, they both try to come clean, with a few secrets up their sleeves. Eventually, however, Sarah finds herself telling Paul everything when she realizes that Paul can truly be trusted, and both soon enough give into their feelings.

Hearing from Cosima that she is becoming interested in the mysterious Delphine and the dangerously fascinating Dr. Aldous Leekie, Sarah tries to convince her to stay away from them, fearing for their safety. Cosima, at first ignores her and even engages in a relationship with Delphine, but later heeds her advice and finally investigates and discovers that Delphine and Leekie are conspirators with their creators.

In Nature Under Constraint and Vexed, it was later revealed that Kira was kidnapped by an unknown organization.

In Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion, It turns out Mrs. S took Kira and made it look like Rachel Duncan's People took her. In the end Sarah gets a phone call from Kira, Sarah & Art work out that the call came from a motel. They go but the room in empty just one of Kira's drawings are on the bed as Art & Sarah see one of Rachel's people. Art goes to deal with him as he is away doing this Sarah sees a part of Kira's clothing and begins to follow the bits of clothing which leads her to a door. As she opens it she sees a car parked inside with its trunk lid up, as she approaches the trunk of the car a hand is put over her mouth and she is put inside the trunk.

Next Sarah is in a car boot and the man that assisted Mrs. S take Kira is assisting Sarah out the boot and taking the cuffs off. Then we see Mrs. S letting Sarah know her daughter is safe and takes her to see her when they get to a house that Sarah remembers from her childhood. It was the first place they lived and she sees some old faces. Sarah sees her daughter for the first time since her fake kidnapping as Sarah and Mrs. S talk she tells her that she is taking Kira to the UK.

Kira and Sarah didn't like that she shows Mrs. S the photo that her surrogate mother Amelia gave and told her that Mrs. S is "not who she says she is". She hands her the photograph involving Project LEDA from 1977 of a young woman and man, wearing lab coats, with their names, save for their title "Profs.", blacked out in the caption.

Before Amelia could elaborate, she passes away from Helena stabbing her. Later at night as everyone is eat there is a phone call to one of the people assisting Mrs. S to get to the UK takes the call outside, Sarah finds it fishy and asks the say its so not everyone knows we're there going, but Sarah doesn't like it. Sarah takes Kira up to bed but really goes up to pack their stuff to take Kira with her when no one is looking. She takes her daughter and gets into a truck as she's doing this Mrs. S is picking up that something is not right with her old friends. They hear the truck trying to start then the guy that was assisting Mrs. S runs out to try to stop Sarah with a gun and smashes the truck window in. Meanwhile, inside the house Mrs. S stabs the woman in each hand to the table after she does this she goes out and shoots the guy as the truck goes by. Mrs.S lets the truck go by and then goes back in to find out why? She told the bad guys about her plan and the woman said she found God and God talks money. Mrs. S shot her.

Sarah goes to and meets her brother Felix they drive off in the truck.

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Season 5, Episode 07
02x07 - Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things
Season 2, Episode 07
05x08 - Guillotines Decide
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