SEED – Season 1 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
“Don’t punch girls, or people with weird boy/girl names, or gay people, or…you know maybe it’s better if you just don’t punch anyone. Instead spread rumours. That’s effective.”
—- Harry’s advice to Billy (at episode’s end)
Harry Dacosta (Adam Korson), dips the point of his toast into an egg yolk, and tells Linda (Allison Dawn Doiron): “Come play with me. It’s fun. If you have sex with a prossie before stealing a car you get extra points.” (Harry is making a thinly veiled reference to the game Grand Theft Auto, not specific enough to be considered product placement, but close.) Linda, it turns out, is leaving him, having become fed up with his general lack of maturity. As she heads for the door, 9 year old Billie Jones-Krasnoff (William Ainscough) knocks on it and explains that Harry is his dad (via sperm bank donation). Linda still leaves.
Harry, a bartender, takes the kid to work with him and finds out that Billy’s friend had his brother hack the sperm bank’s computers and locate Harry’s true identity from his donor name, (XC3000). This sounds (as Harry points out) like a “sperm robot sent from the future”. Irene (Vanessa Matsui) is Harry’s boss, and she has prepared the way for his spermbot line with this exchange:
IRENE: “If you’re late one more time, I’ll terminate you.”
HARRY: “You’re not actually going to fire me.”
IRENE “Of course not, that was a death threat.”
Harry could consider suing the fertility clinic for not protecting his anonymity. He could at least warn them that they’d been hacked, and that other folks’ information might be similarly vulnerable. Harry does neither of these things because he likes the idea of an instant family, his own being less than ideal. Irene tells him: “Your dad got your mom pregnant the old fashioned way. Drunk while yelling at the hockey game.” At the age of 9, we learn, Harry told his father he hated him.
Since Billy won’t tell Harry his home address, they take a bus to the fertility clinic to look for it. (It takes Harry a while to figure out that the kid’s address is written on his backpack.) On the bus he meets Rose Maybely (Carrie Lynn Neales) who, one suspects, will become Harry’s main love interest on the show. Rose is trying to get pregnant, and is also heading to the clinic, where she will discover that the number XC3000 is irresistibly attractive, spend the $3500 (That is apparently the cost of the service. There is an easy payment plan.), and recognize too late that she has chosen Harry as the father. (The scene at the end with Rose lying on a table in the clinic waiting to be inseminated and carefully reading the profile of her selected donor is the best part of the episode.)
Billy’s parents are Michelle Krasnoff (Amanda Brugel) and Zoey Jones (Stephanie Mills). They are introduced in a bare-bones sort of way here. It is mentioned that Zoey made some of what she calls “poor choices” in her past. (Michelle calls them mistakes.) They seem a much saner couple than the parents of Harry’s daughter, Anastasia.
Anastasia (Abby Ross), you see, also went online to find out who XC3000 was. When the 15 year old wanders into the bar and tells Harry she’s his daughter, Irene is much amused, and Harry attempts a spit take with little success. Later, when Harry gets a call from Anastasia we learn what a “lipstick party” is, although what Harry looks up on his iPad seems to be a similar but different thing called a “rainbow party”. Harry attempts to rescue Anastasia but finds she needs advice more than rescue.
The Anastasia imagery is too complicated to go into here. It needs a separate post to do it justice.
The first two women to appear on SEED (Allison Dawn Doiron and Vanessa Matsui) have each appeared in two episodes of LOST GIRL.
Abby Ross (Anastasia) was the Young Emma in episode #65 of ONCE UPON A TIME. William Ainscough (Billy) was John Darling in episode #43 of OUAT.
Matt Baram (Jonathan Colborne) is Brian in the film TWO 4 ONE, a romantic comedy about Miriam and Adam (played by Naomi Sniekus and Gavin Crawford), who, after a one-night-stand, both wind up pregnant. Director (and University of Victoria Writing Professor) Maureen Bradly said this about the inspiration for the film: “The idea…came from a book about home insemination. My partner was trying to get pregnant five or six years ago, and we were reading this book about home insemination, written by a midwife. She just, in passing, mentioned this anecdote: ‘If you’re doing this at home, be careful, don’t share your toys’. She had a client that did that, a transgender man who helped out his partner a bit too much and got pregnant, and I read that and basically dropped the book and said, ‘Oh my god that’s a movie’.”
Amanda Brugel (Michelle Krasnoff) will be Officer Vongarner in the murder mystery THE CALLING, due to be released in the UK on 10 October. Susan Sarandon stars in the film as a small town Canadian
detective whose investigation of the murder of an elderly woman puts her on the trail of a serial killer. No
word yet on a North American release.