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 →
Rick (Brendan Fletcher) looking less than pleased to meet so many new relatives.
Bryan (Daniel Cudmore) and Beth (Caroline Cave) are, it turns out, part of a rather large extended family of merfolk/human hybrids living in the Bristol Cove area. They avoid interaction with human society, and suffer genetic disorders resulting from continuous inbreeding. Helen (Rena Owen) and Rick (Brendan Fletcher), who are just now learning of the group’s existence, get invited to a gathering. They meet an old guy named John Rooney (John Tierney) who tells Helen he knew her mother (whose name was Daphne), and that what happened to Helen’s folks “wasn’t right”. John is in assisted living, and Beth says that he gets things confused sometimes, but Helen isn’t buying that. What could Daphne have done to get her expelled from the community?