Ryn and Ben discuss the sometimes deleterious effects of siren song
Helen (Rena Owen) is the last surviving descendant of Charles Pownall and his significant mermaid. Helen explains this shortly before Donna is laid to rest in a well-hidden graveyard, alongside the rest of the aquatic side of the Pownall family. Helen says that she is one-eighth mermaid, and that would make her Charles’ great-granddaughter, so Pownall’s daughter and at least one of his grandchildren must be buried in that cemetery with Donna. There are four tombstones visible when we first see the place, so either there were siblings who did not reproduce, or some humans (possibly husbands or wives) are buried in that place as well. Continue reading →
Ben (Alex Roe) watches intently as Ryn eats a peach. When Ryn first arrived in Bristol Cove, she sniffed at and rejected fruit that was sitting in a bowl at Helen’s apartment, and the food Helen bought for Ryn consisted of fish and shellfish exclusively. Seagrass is the only ocean plant that bears fruit, so Ryn should find the taste of a peach quite unusual. (The seeds contained in seagrass fruit taste like water chestnuts.) If she finds peaches digestible and palatable, it likely means that Ryn’s diet normally includes both plants and animals. Continue reading →
Deputy Staub (Tammy Gillis) looking self-satisfied after bringing in Ryn
Deputy Staub (Tammy Gillis) brings Ryn into the sheriff’s office in cuffs with the help of two burly state troopers. The sheriff is initially confused by what Ryn tells him, but Maddie, with the help of her dad’s conveniently placed saltwater fish tank, clears things up for him. (She pours salt water from the tank on Ryn’s hand and it transforms into a claw.) This means that a partially submerged mermaid transforms only partially. If the navy finds out about this, they will have a whole new way to torture merfolk.
Sheriff Bishop feeds his fish.
Meanwhile, Ben joins Xander (Ian Verdun) on his boat ostensibly to aid in his quest for Donna, but really in an effort to prevent the merfolk from coming to harm. He need not have worried. Xander and his crew locate the navy trawler, but they find no one on board. (There is plenty of blood on the boat, suggesting that the crew may have been killed.) A spear-throwing merman boards Xander’s boat. Another puts a hole in the hull below the waterline. The navy trawler was not sunk by the mermen, so their spears (which probably are tooth-sharpened and made from whalebone) must not have been able to penetrate the hull of that vessel. Continue reading →