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 →
Ryn returns to Bristol Cove just in time to interrupt Maddie and Ben’s efforts to have sex. Her return is prompted by a catastrophic decrease in available food. Her sister, Donna (Sibongile Mlambo), follows her onto land in an effort to convince her to return to the water. It’s a good thing that people in that town often leave clothes lying about. Donna and Ryn find a football jersey and what looks like part of a cheerleader’s uniform hanging on a fence near the school. Deputy Clarence (Graeme Duffy) later gets a call about someone “porky piggin it” in the area.
Ryn tries to convince her sister to trust Ben and Maddie, but they end up fighting and Ryn chases Donna away. Donna will not go back to the sea without Ryn, but she needs to eat, so she breaks into the Pownall’s storage facility, begins to eat a large fish, and gets into a fight with one of the employees, who later provides a sketch of her to the authorities, which will eventually bring Aldon Decker to Bristol Cove in pursuit. Continue reading →
Chris Mueller (Chad Rook) manages to send a text to his buddies from Nurse Stevenson’s phone. Xander (Ian Verdun) and Calvin (Curtis Lum) find Stevenson’s address and follow her to the naval facility where Chris is being held. The nurse seems to drive around pointlessly for a bit, possibly in an attempt to shake her pursuers. (According to Google Maps, it should be only a 12 minute drive from her home address to the naval base.) Xander and Decker try to approach the entrance, but are chased away by guards (who probably get the license number of their vehicle). Stevenson (Veronika Hadrava) has Xander’s phone number because of Mueller’s text. Meanwhile, the navy has identified Ben Pownall as the guy who took their mermaid lure.
Jennifer Koenig as Vicki, who caught Ryn stealing clothes from her line in the Episode Two. She was also the Queen of Hearts in Episode 1.17 of ONCE UPON A TIME
Injections of DNA from Ryn’s sister cure paralysis in mice. The researchers must have had some reason to expect that mermaid DNA might repair the nervous system of rodents (and possibly humans). Could there have been earlier experiments that led them to that conclusion? Have there been other captured mermaids? Will the navy offer Ben a cure for his mother’s paralysis in exchange for the return of the lure?
Why exactly is the navy keeping Chris prisoner? They must know that doing that will attract unwanted attention. Had they sent Chris to another hospital, one not at all connected with the captured mermaid, and notified his family, no one would be trying to track him down, and Ben would not have found the lure. Even if Chris had seen what attacked him, why would anyone believe him? Is it possible that the bite of a mermaid causes changes in human physiology? Continue reading →