Saturday, 5 August 2017

Orphan Black Recap: Wake Up, Meathead

If Orphan Black were a lesser show, all we'd ever care about is what Tatiana Maslany was going to do next. Her ability to embody every clone in totality, from her accent and posture all the way down to how she impersonates her sisters (the technical term is "Inception acting"), is breathtaking, and one of the most compelling reasons to watch the show in the first place. But Orphan Black hasn't gotten this far on clones alone. Granted, its cast of supporting characters has grown to delirious, overwhelming proportions. (From which circle of hell, par exemple, did Frontenac slither up?) Yet we're reminded, in this penultimate installment of the most painstaking show on television, that the Ledas would be long extinct if not for their devoted, super-competent family of protectors. From Arthur Bell's heartbreaking loyalty to Adele's mildly criminal investigative savvy to Hell Wizard's inexplicable rise as the Q to Leda's 007, nearly every character is nuanced, earnest, and has contributed selflessly to the Clone War. And it's all about to end. Go ahead, rub it in!

Presumably as a mercy, we do get the significant consolation prize of a full episode's worth of Helena backstory. Flashbacks reveal how poor Meathead got her blonde locks: courtesy of a hypocritical Miss Minchinesque nun whom Baby Helena — after sneaking into her office to gobble chocolates — accidentally witnesses, um … well, masturbating. The furious crone shoves her head into a bucket of bleach to make her look like the spawn of Satan she is (??), then locks her in a cupboard, Chokey-style. Tom├ís first finds Helena here, telling her she's special and vowing to take care of her. I don't quite understand what kind of deal this grody old man had with those nuns to simply walk away with an orphan, no questions asked — not to mention raise her as a pliable, vicious crusader in what amounts to a dungeon with a few mutilated Barbies — but God probably wouldn't appreciate being dragged into it. Said upbringing does, however, teach Helena about authority figures and brutality the hard way, and we see how that trauma has, for better or worse, come to define her, even when messianic flattery ceases to be an effective tactic in winning her loyalty.

A week is nowhere near enough time to fully absorb Siobhan's death, so when Felix and Kira cry at her funeral, I cry, too. At the wake, Art offers Sarah — who hasn't cried yet — a bowl of his homemade chili, and I cry again. (No character death has been this tragic since that Buffy episode "The Body.") She's watching the news, which is overflowing with Neolution scandal, when Sister Irina rolls up to alert her to Helena's kidnapping. Her journal suggests that Gracie sold her out, probably to Coady, probably to the island, so Westmorland can use her babies' stem cells for his fountain-of-youth insanity. The only way to know for sure is, ugh, to ask Rachel again. Luckily Rach is out of fracks to give, so when Felix and Art arrive, she happily tells them Helena is probably not on the island, since the Revivalists have burned it down. She barely even protests when Scott — presumably the only babysitter without plans that evening — shows up to babysit her.

She's right, of course. Coady, Westmorland, and Frontenac have returned to Dyad's allegedly shuttered labs to receive Helena — who regained consciousness for an exciting moment on the way with Coady's hand up her cervix — and immediately induce her labor. Frontenac is on a break from playing Holy Hitman (murdering the surviving board members) to help Westmorland shoot up. Johnny Boy's cancer, turns out, has relieved him of his hair and sent him into full Heisenberg mode. This consists of:

• Feverishly running his hands over his bald head.

• Threatening to cut Helena's twins out of her body if she doesn't hurry up the biology already.

• Convincing Coady to dispose of Mark — who still doesn't know John had Gracie killed, against Coady's wishes, to "force this situation" — and be done with the Castors, now that they've "synthesized the pathogen" (or whatever).

• Screaming "THE FUTURE IS FEMALE" at his employee, a woman, ostensibly about murdering another pregnant woman, and then harvesting her infants for their blood.

This employee nevertheless does what she's told, including shoving a Hannibal Lecter mask on said pregnant woman and pumping hormones into her, then quietly killing her own son under the auspices of giving the poor guy a Castor disease treatment. Returning to the "delivery room," she takes out her grief and self-loathing on Helena by attempting to convince her she'd be a horrible mother, since she's an animal who killed her own sisters. The bitter accusation confirms all of Helena's worst fears — it wasn't until her first kill that she discovered she'd be assassinating her own "copies," and she was horrified by it, both back then and now that she's bonded with her sestras — and though she continues her escape attempts, using surgical scissors when she's left alone to desperately slash at her bonds, eventually it's Coady's voice in her head that finally defeats her and turns those scissors against her wrist instead. Whether she intended to die or mercy-kill her twins via blood loss is unclear — as we know, this show is well-educated on the topic of blood-loss-related death.

By this point, Orphan Black's writers are giving us two deus-ex-machina moments for the price of one. First, Art's captain simply takes his word over Engers', who resurfaced to misdirect the police investigations into two Neo boardmember murders, those of Ian Van Lier and some PR consultant that Rachel says was tasked with "whitewashing the eugenic agenda." Ol' One-Eye also correctly locates Al-Khatib in the Neo boardroom, facing down Frontenac's loaded gun. In alarmingly efficient time, Art moves in — Felix playing the delightful diversion — and wastes Frontenac when he lunges, officially making his first unlawful kill for the team. (It disturbs him deeply, but he's ride-or-die now.) With a little persuasion, Hashem Al-Khatib confesses that the only person Westmorland wants more than him is Rachel … what's that you say? Time for another Clone Swap? I thought you'd never ask!

Al-Khatib offers up "Rachel" (a.k.a. Sarah, in one of her signature garbage-wigs, delivered in the trunk of a car) in exchange for his own freedom. Meanwhile, Scott and Hell Wizard — who knows exactly how to fake an organ transplant emergency — play secret agent, sneaking past guards, hacking the locks on the lab, and letting in Art, who is now wrapped in kevlar and determined to "get the first drop" on Neolution.

For some reason, the team still thinks Sarah has enough finesse to keep Westmorland monologuing at "Rachel" until they can rescue her and Helena. This does not go well. Immediately discovered, she manages to slash P.T.'s throat (sadly not enough to kill him) before Engers tackles her. Enter Deus-Ex-Machina No. 2: Just as the barrel of P.T.'s gun hits Sarah's temple, Coady rushes in screaming. They found Helena half-dead and need a compatible transfusion to save their "subjects." Wouldn't you know it, they've got a genetically identical twin right here!

Sarah is (willingly) hooked up to Helena, and in a few seconds Meathead awakens, freshly infused with her sister's literal lifeblood, and tricks Coady into getting close enough to have her head bashed repeatedly against the metal bedframe until she's unconscious, if not imminently dead. "You are shit mother," Helena matter-of-factly tells the crumpled and bloody body on the floor. The twins cut their bonds and are about to go find Art when it happens: After hours of attempted induction, Helena's water splatters to the floor. With these bebes on their way out, Art on his way in, and Westmorland probably so far gone that he's out of his gourd both emotionally and biologically with rage and desperation, next week's series finale is bound to be a veritable field day for our nerves — not to mention our feelings. :(

*Washington Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 687[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 66 (+10.6%) from the 621 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 184 (-22.9%) from the 805 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] Washington was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 19, 1802, from portions of Evesham Township, Little Egg Harbor Township and Northampton Township (now known as Mount Holly Township, New Jersey). Portions of the township were taken to form Shamong Township (February 19, 1852), Bass River Township (March 30, 1864), Woodland Township (March 7, 1866) and Randolph Township (March 17, 1870, reannexed to Washington Township on March 28, 1893).[19][20] The township was named for George Washington, one of more than ten communities statewide named for the first president.[21][22] It is one of five municipalities in the state of New Jersey with the name "Washington Township".[23] Another municipality, Washington Borough, is completely surrounded by Washington Township, Warren County. Contents 1 Geography 2 Demographics 2.1 Census 2010 2.2 Census 2000 3 Government 3.1 Local government 3.2 Federal, state and county representation 3.3 Politics 4 Education 5 Transportation 6 References 7 External links Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 102.706 square miles (266.006 km2), including 99.522 square miles (257.761 km2) of land and 3.184 square miles (8.245 km2) of water (3.10%).[1][2] The township borders Bass River Township, Shamong Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township in Burlington County; and Egg Harbor City, Hammonton and Port Republic in Atlantic County.[24] Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Batsto, Bear Swamp Hill, Bridgeport, Bulltown, Crowleytown, Friendship Bogs, Green Bank, Hermon, Hog Islands, Jemima Mount, Jenkins, Jenkins Neck, Lower Bank, Mount, Penn Place, Pleasant Mills, Quaker Bridge, Tylertown and Washington.[25] The township is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve.[26] All of the township is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.[27] Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1810 1,273 — 1820 1,225 -3.8% 1830 1,315 7.3% 1840 1,630 24.0% 1850 2,010 23.3% 1860 1,723 * -14.3% 1870 609 * -64.7% 1880 389 * -36.1% 1890 310 -20.3% 1900 617 99.0% 1910 597 -3.2% 1920 500 -16.2% 1930 478 -4.4% 1940 518 8.4% 1950 566 9.3% 1960 541 -4.4% 1970 673 24.4% 1980 808 20.1% 1990 805 -0.4% 2000 621 -22.9% 2010 687 10.6% Est. 2014 673 [11][28] -2.0% Population sources:1810-2000[29] 1810-1920[30] 1840[31] 1850-1870[32] 1850[33] 1870[34] 1880-1890[35] 1890-1910[36] 1910-1930[37] 1930-1990[38] 2000[39][40] 2010[8][9][10] * = Lost territory in previous decade.[19] Census 2010 At the 2010 United States Census, there were 687 people, 256 households, and 177.9 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.9 per square mile (2.7/km2). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 2.9 per square mile (1.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.89% (645) White, 1.89% (13) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.15% (1) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.64% (25) from other races, and 0.44% (3) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 9.02% (62) of the population.[8] There were 256 households, of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.[8] In the township, 18.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 33.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.9 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.[8] The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $96,250 (with a margin of error of +/- $21,869) and the median family income was $108,239 (+/- $9,762). Males had a median income of $19,946 (+/- $15,879) versus $41,250 (+/- $4,961) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,808 (+/- $10,822). About 0.0% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.[41] Census 2000 As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 621 people, 160 households, and 112 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.2 people per square mile (2.4/km²). There were 171 housing units at an average density of 1.7 per square mile (0.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 83.57% White, 2.90% African American, 0.32% Asian, 12.08% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.07% of the population.[39][40] There were 160 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.27.[39][40] In the township the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.[39][40] The median income for a household in the township was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $42,188. Males had a median income of $32,000 versus $31,719 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,977. About 8.0% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.[39][40] Government Local government Washington Township is governed under the Township form of government. The governing body is a three-member Township Committee, whose members are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle.[6][42] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. As of 2015, the members of the Washington Township Council are Mayor Dudley Lewis (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2016; term as mayor ends 2015), Barry F. Cavileer (R, 2015) and Daniel L. James (R, 2017).[3][43][44][45][46] Federal, state and county representation Washington Township is located in the 2nd Congressional District[47] and is part of New Jersey's 9th state legislative district.[9][48][49] New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[50] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021)[51] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).[52][53] For the 2014-15 Session, the 9th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township).[54] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[55] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[56] Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.[57] The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January.[57] As of 2015, Burlington County's Freeholders are Director Mary Ann O'Brien (R, Medford Township, 2017; Director of Administration and Human Services),[58] Deputy Director Bruce Garganio (R, Florence Township, 2017; Director of Public Works and Health),[59] Aimee Belgard (D, Edgewater Park Township, 2015; Director of Hospital, Medical Services and Education)[60] Joseph Donnelly (R, Cinnaminson Township, 2016; Director of Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Education)[61] and Joanne Schwartz (D, Southampton Township, 2015; Director of Health and Corrections).[62][57] Constitutional officers are County Clerk Tim Tyler,[63] Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield[64] and Surrogate George T. Kotch.[65] Politics As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 536 registered voters in Washington Township, of which 85 (15.9% vs. 33.3% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 271 (50.6% vs. 23.9%) were registered as Republicans and 180 (33.6% vs. 42.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[66] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 78.0% (vs. 61.7% in Burlington County) were registered to vote, including 95.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.3% countywide).[66][67] In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 221 votes (59.2% vs. 40.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 142 votes (38.1% vs. 58.1%) and other candidates with 7 votes (1.9% vs. 1.0%), among the 373 ballots cast by the township's 533 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.0% (vs. 74.5% in Burlington County).[68][69] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 250 votes (57.9% vs. 39.9% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 168 votes (38.9% vs. 58.4%) and other candidates with 11 votes (2.5% vs. 1.0%), among the 432 ballots cast by the township's 545 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.3% (vs. 80.0% in Burlington County).[70] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 272 votes (62.1% vs. 46.0% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 160 votes (36.5% vs. 52.9%) and other candidates with 4 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 438 ballots cast by the township's 558 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.5% (vs. 78.8% in the whole county).[71] In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 156 votes (66.4% vs. 61.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 61 votes (26.0% vs. 35.8%) and other candidates with 10 votes (4.3% vs. 1.2%), among the 235 ballots cast by the township's 509 registered voters, yielding a 46.2% turnout (vs. 44.5% in the county).[72][73] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 186 votes (62.4% vs. 47.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 91 votes (30.5% vs. 44.5%), Independent Chris Daggett with 17 votes (5.7% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 2 votes (0.7% vs. 1.2%), among the 298 ballots cast by the township's 552 registered voters, yielding a 54.0% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county).[74] Education The Washington Township School District serves students in public school for pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at Green Bank Elementary School. As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 37 students and 4.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.81:1.[75] The school's $5.4 million building opened in September 2006.[76] Since the 2007-08 school year, as part of an agreement with the Mullica Township Schools, Washington Township receives teaching support from the Mullica district and shares its superintendent, business administrator and other support staff. Washington Township students in grades five through eight attend Mullica Township Middle School as part of a program that has expanded since it was initiated in the 2007-08 school year.[77][78][79][80] Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Cedar Creek High School, which is located in the northern section of Egg Harbor City and opened to students in September 2010.[81] The school is one of three high schools operated as part of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, which also includes the constituent municipalities of Egg Harbor City, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, and Mullica Township, and participates in sending/receiving relationships with Port Republic and Washington Township.[82][83] Cedar Creek High School is zoned to serve students from Egg Harbor City, Mullica Township, Port Republic and Washington Township, while students in portions of Galloway and Hamilton townships have the can attend Cedar Creek as an option or to participate in magnet programs at the school.[84][85] Prior to the opening of Cedar Creek, students from Washington Township had attended Oakcrest High School, together with students from Hamilton Township, Mullica Township and Port Republic.[86] Students from Washington Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.[87] Transportation As of May 2010, the township had a total of 54.31 miles (87.40 km) of roadways, of which 29.32 miles (47.19 km) were maintained by the municipality and 24.99 miles (40.22 km) by Burlington County.[88] The only major roads that pass through are County Road 542 and County Road 563. Limited access roads are accessible in neighboring communities, including the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton and the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township, Port Republic and Bass River Township.
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