The Hive Recap: To Hound Nature In Her Wanderings

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Seeestra road trip!

The Hive Writers’ Notes – Chris Roberts

Dear #CloneClub,

Episode 206 was always going to be the “road trip” episode. We wanted to put Sarah and Helena together as sisters, a relationship we’d touched on but not really explored. Of course, getting Tat on-screen with herself is always a challenge, and let’s just say that the initial draft of the script was… ambitious. This was also going to be my first produced episode of television, so I was learning the ropes as I went.

Luckily, I had a room full of experienced, genius writers to help me out, and Brett, my director, generously helped me learn the art of being a writer on set. I was amazed watching Tat build a relationship between these sisters (with the brilliant Kathryn Alexandre as her double, of course). I also got to work with Patrick J. Adams (Jessie), who’s an awesome dude on and offscreen. That slow dance with Helena still makes me misty.

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Helena finds love (Patrick J. Adams) on the road.

I’m very excited about the introduction of Professor Duncan, as well. Andrew was a great fit, and I think Duncan really clicked as a character once he came on board. I remember our early, first-season planning sessions, and it was great to be able to answer some of the “Big Questions.” It’s always a challenge deciding how many clues to the larger mystery we should give Sarah, and how much we should hold back, but I think after everything she’s been through, Sarah deserves some real answers. The question is, what’s she going to do with them?

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Actor Andrew Gilles makes his debut as Professor Ethan Duncan.

This episode will always be very special to me, not only because it was my first TV episode, but because I became a dad during production. My wife was a week overdue, and I was so nervous at the end that I was running out of my own read-throughs to answer the phone, in case it was The Call. Finally, on the third day of production, while Helena belted out “Sugar, Sugar,” I indeed got The Call. Production rushed me to the hospital, where my wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I’m sure he’ll be a fan.

Thanks for watching!

Chris Roberts

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