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Beneath Her Heart 

As Clone Club reels from the loss of one of their own, Sarah gnaws at the shackles Rachel has firmly placed around her family. Alison struggles to find her place in the sisterhood.

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Detective Art Bell
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Ira Blair (credit only)
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Scott (credit only)
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Siobhan Sadler
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Kira Manning
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Nona Walker
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Simon Frontenac
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Aynsley Norris
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Reverend Mike
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Sarah is trying to adjust to Kira willingly cooperating with Rachel, the adjustment made even more difficult as Kira seems to be shutting her out, not telling her or Mrs. S. what she and Rachel do together. Meanwhile, Alison and Donnie are being pressured to give up Helena's hiding place, it unsure if Donnie has told Alison Helena's whereabouts, leaving Donnie the weaker link. With Enger determined to use whatever mechanisms are at her disposal to make Donnie break, Donnie hopes that Art can steer her away from the bodies that are buried underneath the garage floor. Within this situation, Alison is facing a crisis of purpose. Neolutionists widely regard her as the unnecessary one among the surviving sisters - Cosima's scientific knowledge and Sarah and Helena's fertility being beneficial to the project - she is feeling shunned by her neighbors in Bailey Downs, they who were once her entire life, and she is feeling guilt in her role in Aynsley's death, Aynsley who was once her best ... Written by Huggo

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Ain't No Mountain High Enough
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Written by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Performed by Kristian Bruun & Tatiana Maslany
[Donnie and Alison sing the song leading into and during the end credits]
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A nice Alison-centric episode that manages to take time for some levity without slowing the plot too much.
24 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I knew within the first minute that this episode was going to focus primarily on Alison, and that made me a little bit nervous. I've always enjoyed her and Donnie's silly suburban drug-dealing adventures, but I also felt that putting an episode focused on it at this time, right when the final season is starting to pick up some steam, would have been a mistake. Luckily, this episode managed to balance the levity and character development with some good plot movement and one strong scene of tension near the end. It wasn't a nail-biting thrill ride like last episode, but it had me on the edge of my seat a few times.

And far from being just another episode of Alison and Donnie's wacky mishaps, it feels like the conclusion to that saga. It brings back almost all of the elements that have been in play in that story-line, and leaves them all in a place that feels complete. In fact, I feel like we may not see Alison at all until the last couple episodes. This episode really closed the book on her story, and developed her in some interesting ways. I'll miss her, but I also think that it's good to cut her out so early in order to maintain the momentum necessary to make this a complete and satisfying final season.

After the somewhat disappointing fourth season, I was hoping that the fifth would benefit from the knowledge that it is the last and be able to pull together a more cohesive, streamlined narrative. So far, this season has more or less lived up to that expectation. I look forward to the next instalment.


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