Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) offers IVF technology to help the merfolk repopulate.
Mermaids literally glow in mating season. Ryn tells Ben (Alex Roe) that no merfolk babies have been born for “many seasons”, and Ben says that all marine mammals have declining birthrates. Ryn, who plans to mate with Levi in the water and have a child, agrees to a physical examination by a Navy doctor to determine if she is fertile. We learn that Ryn has a bicornuate uterus. The doctor draws a parallel with whales and dolphins, but many land species have such a uterus, including horses, pigs, and a small percentage of humans. Ryn also has only one functioning ovary, as do some vivaparous varieties of sharks.
Calvin (Curtis Lum) begins looking for a job so he can pay off his gambling debts. He gets quickly frustrated with the process, and has this exchange with Xander:
CALVIN:“Why is this so hard? I just want minimal hours, maximum capital, and no one to answer to.” XANDER:“You should run for President. I hear there’s gonna be an opening.”Continue reading →
When Ryn sings, her cortisol levels are reduced. She regains control of her aggressive tendencies after singing to Maddie, who then begins having hallucinations, prompting Ben to get Nicole and the Navy to analyze the song (which he has previously recorded) and its effects on humans. Ryn returns to the sea and brings back Eliza (Georgia Waters) to help. Eliza is a healer, but can do nothing for Ben and Maddie because the song is too strong in their heads. She tells them of a secret place in the ocean where “sound is kept” that might cure them. Problem is, the place is too deep for humans to go.
Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) is persuaded to allow the use of a Navy submersible (under Nicole’s command) to investigate the song further. (It seems possible that the Navy might envision weaponizing it.) From within the vessel, Ryn sees her ocean home for the first time as an outsider, which must have been similar to what the Apollo 8 crew experienced looking at the earth from lunar orbit for the first time in 1968. Continue reading →
Helen (Rena Owen) at Klesco Oil’s ill-fated celebration in Bristol Cove
Whatever happened to siren song? It does not figure in this episode and has not been mentioned for a while, but the memory of it drove Decker to suicide, and seems to still be troubling Chris Mueller. Ben has a recording of it that he plays from time to time so that he can keep his head on straight. The only mermaids we have heard sing are Ryn and her late sister Donna. Are mermaids like people in that only some of them can carry a tune? Imagine what might happen if an advertising agency ever got hold of Ben’s recording, and figured out what it could do with addictive sound.
A navy researcher (Edwin Perez) takes Ryn’s temperature (92.2 F). Nicole remarks that Ryn “doesn’t seem cold”, and the research assistant suggests that she “must be well insulated”
On the night before the planned attack on the drilling rig, Ben and Ryn and Maddie finally have sex. One assumes that Ben used a condom and that would make it unlikely that Ryn (or Maddie) will become pregnant as a result. (A pregnant Ryn would be an interesting plot twist, though.) Earlier in the day, Ryn had her first experience with Navy researchers studying her cell-regeneration capabilities. It did not go well. (Ryn had made an agreement with Nicole to participate in the experiments in exchange for having charges dropped against Ben and the gang in the death of Xander’s father.) Nicole (Natalee Linez) comes into conflict with her superior officer (Michael J. Rogers) over how to proceed with the research. Continue reading →