Two hybrids unload Bryan’s body. Beth Marzdan (Caroline Cave) is less than pleased that Xander knows about the hybrid community.
Two characters get scolded for their behaviour. Cami (Millan Tesfazgi) gets a talking to from Helen (Rena Owen) for killing Bryan. Cami accepts Helen’s statement that she is not the one to determine who lives and who dies, and that’s the end of that. Xander (Ian Verdun) and his fellow sheriff’s deputy trainees have to rescue Calvin’s tour boat, because Calvin (Curtis Lum) forgot to replace the fuel gauge and the thing ran out of gas. Xander lectures Calvin on responsibility, and Calvin defuses this by buying Xander expensive scotch and asking him to be best man at his wedding. It seems that Merfolk recognize and accept authority much more easily than do humans. It also seems likely that we will get to see Calvin and Janine (Hannah Levien) get married this season. Continue reading →
Meredith (Kiomi Pyke), who is carrying Ryn’s baby and close to giving birth, is lowered by Dr. Leena (Kaaren de Zilva) into a cold water bath to bring her body temperature down. .
Ben (Alex Roe) seems to be afflicted with the same condition that destroyed Decker. (Aldon Decker was the guy who captured Ryn’s sister and experimented on her for the Navy. He became addicted to mermaid song and drowned in Episode 1.10.) With the best of intentions, Ben digs up a dead mermaid (just like Decker’s successor Kyle did), harvests her stem cells and injects himself with them. The idea is to prove to his father that continuing the treatment is safe for his mom (who has somehow developed greatly increased lung capacity, but still cannot walk). Decker and Kyle were both exploiting mermaids in an attempt to cure paralyzed former solders, and it’s a fair bet that Kyle also was exposed to the song. When Ryn finds out what Ben has done, she will not likely be pleased about it. 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 →