Harrow–Season 1, Episode 7 (Pia Mater)
So this episode starts the shift from Fern drama to Stephanie drama.
The case of the week revolves around a mother and son double fatality. At the start of the episode we see a woman (Audrey) in her car on the side of the road, watching a ute speed past her and hitting a tree off-screen, with the mystery woman driving off. This raises the questions of who is she and why she drove off without helping or calling for help.
The case of the mother-son double fatality had a few interesting twists and turns from the homeless man who was a former police officer who was a suspect-turned-witness, to the reveal that Glenn (the son) was shot but survived with brain damage with the bullet both changing his personality from a psycho to an angel and back again. While I did suspect that there may have been an incestuous relationship between Glenn and his mother, Kerry, I felt that Kerry making the decision to commit a murder-suicide after the bullet travelling in his brain changed him back to a psychopath, was a logical outcome for this case. In fact it was the most intelligent outcome of a crime in a crime drama I’ve come across in a long time. Overall the case was a logical and strong one, especially with the progression of Glenn’s crimes from mutilating animals to killing Audrey’s best friend, to trying to kill Audrey, which led to Kerry making the murder-suicide decision.
The Robert Quinn subplot I felt was a little clunky due to the small and inconsistent amount of focus on it in the episode. First his car is found, Harrow is supposed to be kept in the dark but is informed by Fern and once it’s clear that he knows, everyone is quick to move on. Then Quinn’s phone is found, however anything useful isn’t found on it until the end of the episode. We are given more and slightly bigger cookie crumbs in this episode as Fern and Harrow clearly know what happened to him and the viewer has generally been left to assume that Stephanie was not involved and was completely ignorant to Quinn’s fate. However this theory is thrown on its head but not completely out with the reveal in the final moments of the episode that Stephanie left a threatening voicemail on Quinn’s phone, Harrow removed Quinn’s wedding ring, which was partially seen in the pilot, and that Stephanie has possession of the ring. Now the question remains as to how involved Stephanie was involved in Quinn’s death, especially as it’s starting to look like either her or Fern killed Quinn and not Harrow. Overall this was the best cookie crumb left for the viewers so far.
On smaller notes, I did enjoy seeing Harrow and Fairley having to work together, however their juvenile banter got old fast. Also, there was little to no Fern drama this week, the only real focus on her was the demise of her relationship with Callan. I don’t blame Callan for his decision and it will be interesting to see where the writers will take her now that she is no longer drug dealing and with Callan, and that the police are getting closer to figuring out who Quinn’s murderer is.
Overall this was a solid episode with a well-written case of the week and reduced Fern drama.
-Harrow still pays child support even though Fern is 18 and no longer legally required to.
-Saroya had a son who sadly passed away due to an aneurysm. This was a nice piece of character development, however it didn’t really add anything to the episode.
Best one liners:
- “Are you stealing both our identities?” (Harrow to Fairley on the fact that Fairley is sitting in his office with Maxine’s mail in his hand).
- “I don’t want to think about your pigeon hole” (Harrow to Fairley)