"I study host-parasite relationships."
par·a·sit·ism: noun \ˈper-ə-sə-ˌti-zəm’ /
a non-mutual symbiotic relationship between species, where one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host.
Delphine’s original intentions are clear from the very beginning of her exchanges with Cosima, through that solitary line, though in the context of the conversation, it is far from attention-grabbing, to say the least. She claims to be studying host-parasite relationships, which is, as we learn, the entire basis of her relationship with Cosima.
In a host-parasite relationship, one (the parasite) benefits, while the other (the host) is harmed. While Cosima is not physically harmed, and the emotional detriment falls on both of them, Delphine puts her anonymity and relationships with the other clones in danger, thus portraying her as the parasite within the confines of their relationship. Her relationship with Cosima is, originally, for the benefit of her career, though it soon shifts.
Delphine and Cosima’s relationship has weathered several storms, more than most relationships on Orphan Black through the past two seasons. Moving through the parasitic dynamic, they move into a commensalism relationship, where one species benefits and the other is unharmed, this time being when Delphine purposefully keeps information for Cosima in regards to her treatment. In the scenes of 1x10, where they crack the genetic patenting code, you see moments of mutualism, where both benefit; Delphine is regaining Cosima’s trust (for the first, and certainly not the last time), and Cosima is gaining valuable knowledge and insight she can use to help her sisters.
However, it seems that no matter what other dynamics they may slip into, ultimately, the host-parasite relationship has been the underlying theme in their relationship, with Delphine playing the parasite’s role. Though her intentions may be pure in her mind, her minimizing or holding back truths have always and will always come back to hurt Cosima, once she is made aware.
Without Cosima, she, like a typical parasite, will be (as far as we know), deemed useless, though her dispensability at the Canadian DYAD Institute has already been made evident when she was sent to Frankfurt. She may well be the parasite, but unlike in many cases, any harm she is doing for her own benefit have now come in direct conflict with the primary connection in the relationship. She inadvertently does harm in order to keep Cosima alive.
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"If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived."
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