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 →
Xander (Ian Verdun) has decided to fish no more, and takes a job bartending at The Anchor. (Nicole quit via text, leaving the bar shorthanded.) Xander doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but he’s pretty sure fishing isn’t it. He likes to watch cooking shows, so food preparation could be where his true interests lie. (To start any other sort of new career would probably require him to leave Bristol Cove.) He wants nothing further to do with Nicole (understandably), but she keeps insisting that she cares about him. She will need to do something to demonstrate that.
Ryn uses her hands to somehow focus (?) her song on Ben’s mother to relieve her pain.
In “Being Human“, Ryn (Eline Powell) described merfolk burial customs. “When my people die,” she said, “family take body and swim. For a long time we hold on. We take body and bring to deep so no other animal can find it. We leave it in special place.” In this episode, we get to see the funeral rites for Sarge (Hugo Ateo), who died heroically saving the lives of several mermaids. His body is placed on a low platform (somehow constructed from the sea floor ooze) in a place illuminated by what looks like a combination of thermal vents and phosphorescent organisms. After the necklace Helen gave him is removed, the body is decorated with shells, and finally given enough of a push to make both the body and the platform sink into the sediment. Continue reading →