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 →
Ryn tells Cami that her mother is dead, but does not tell her how Donna died.
Ryn‘s niece (Donna’s daughter) is attacked by a wolf. Ryn chases the wolf away, but Cami (Millan Tesfazgi) is in a weakened state from being on land for so long, and needs to go back in the water to heal. We find out that oil companies will be mapping the sea floor for another eight months, and that areas farther out to sea, and farther down the coast are occupied by other mermaid tribes.
Cami’s wounds need to heal, and all the refugees must re-enter the water periodically because their bipedal form is not yet stable. Ben chooses a shallow inlet for them, where the sound pollution will be minimized. They go there late at night, but a celebration of sorts is going on in town, and they are interrupted by a bunch of humans who also want to go in the water. One of the humans is bitten. Ben tells everyone that a sea lion is probably responsible.
Marissa Staub wearing the Sheriff’s badge. She is still listed in the credits as a deputy.
Xander (Ian Verdun) is one of those at the beach and he is not buying the sea lion story. Ben has to tell him that Levi (Sedale Threatt Jr.), the guy who killed his father, is in town. Ben tries to explain the situation, but Xander is pissed off and it seems likely he will tell his new girlfriend Nicole (Natalee Linez), and she will, in turn, tell the Navy. Somebody needs to get Xander on board with this. Maybe a mermaid needs to stop by and sing him a song.
On the way back from their evening swim, while Ryn and Maddie are distracted, the gang clumsily explores a gas station convenience store. Ben pays for the damage, but the clerk (Stew McLean) calls the cops anyway. The clerk tells Sheriff (?) Staub (Tammy Gillis) that the group drove away in a Pownall Seafood van. This gives Staub an idea where the culprits might be. 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 →