Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Daniel Harrow in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Daniel Harrow in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”



The second season of the Australian medical drama Harrow began last week with the season premiere Abo Imo Pectore. Dr Daniel Harrow’s (Ioan Gruffudd) facial expression when Dr Lyle Fairley (Darren Gilshenan) kissed Dr Grace Molyneux (Jolene Anderson). While Harrow immediately jumped to the conclusion Grace was Lyle’s girlfriend, the truth turned out to be far worse than anyone could have imagined. Grace is Lyle’s niece.

Screen Capture: A scene from the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: A scene from the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

In the opening sequence to Audere Est Facere, it seems like just another ordinary day in Adelaide. Apart from a few bird droppings on a rather nice car, it’s a perfect day. What could possibly go wrong? From out of the blue, a body lands on the car. Within a few minutes, a second body lands on the ground near to where the first one landed. For this series, this is just another ordinary day. Cue opening titles…

“Harrow” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

Outside Brisbane City Courts…

Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd and Ella Newton as Dr Daniel Harrow and Fern Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd and Ella Newton as Dr Daniel Harrow and Fern Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

Fern Harrow (Ella Newton) was found with more than $20,000 worth of pharmaceuticals in her flat. These drugs did not belong to Harrow’s daughter. Stephanie Tolson (Anna Lise Phillips), Fern’s mother, believes she knows how the drugs got into her daughter’s flat. Contrary to what Fern’s mother thinks, the drugs did not belong to Callan Prowd (Hunter Page-Lochard) either. The only reason Fern was able to get bail is that she is to live with one of her parents.

Detective Jill McCloud (Tasneem Roc) is not able to see past the obvious facts. Two many dots line up perfectly for it to have been Fern that stole the fentanyl. Trying to talk to McCloud about the issue is impossible. The detective has her mindset. Even though Fern has ‘form,’ Harrow’s daughter has never done anything involving drugs before.

Brendan Skene was a Patsy…

“Every parent wants to believe their child is innocent,” Detective Bryan Nichols (Damien Garvey) tells the pathologist. Of course, Bryan is right. No parent likes to think their child could be guilty of the kind of crime Fern has been charged with.

The forensic pathologist is not convinced the drug case is as straightforward as Jill believes. The previous night, Harrow received a call on his cell phone from an individual claiming to be the one that shot him. He told the forensic pathologist he was glad that he did not die because he can now take away from the doctor everything that he holds dear.

Screen Capture: Damien Garvey and Ioan Gruffudd as Det. Bryan Nichols and Dr Daniel Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Damien Garvey and Ioan Gruffudd as Det. Bryan Nichols and Dr Daniel Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

While Bryan seems to have been leaning towards the call had been a prank, Harrow assures the detective it was nothing of the kind. “This guy knew things,” Harrow said. “He wants to make me suffer.”

Bodies on the ground…

“Who goes base jumping and not pull their parachute?” Harrow asks. It is clear the forensic pathologist is seeing something the rest of us don’t, but it is not yet clear what that something is. “What are the odds two parachutes fail in the same jump?” Harrow asks Simon Van Reyk (Remy Hii).

At Stephanie’s House…

Fern does not trust her mother when she says she believes she is not responsible for the drugs being in her flat. The only reason Stephanie believes the drugs belong to Callan is that he has ‘form’ for drug possession.

Grace settles into her New Office…

Since puzzles are Harrow’s thing, it is not surprising he would be interested in why Grace left neural surgery in favour of pathology. All Grace will say is that it “was time for a career change.”

When Harrow asks Grace about her not attending the accident scene that morning, she tells him that she has everything she needs in the accident report. Harrow correctly points out there is sometimes more to learn than what is in the report.

Live Life Now…

Harrow and Grace spend some time reviewing video footage uploaded to the website Live Life Now. Live life Now is the website belonging to the base jumpers that died earlier that day. If the pathologist were paying attention to the video footage rather than focusing on Grace, he would have noticed the owner of the car one of the base jumpers landed on is in one of the videos. Ray Gupta (Naveen Varghese) is clearly seen standing next to Anna Michaud (Emily Gruhl).

Screen Capture: A scene from the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: A scene from the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

Base jumpers, as Harrow correctly informs Grace, do not use standard parachutes. They use pilot parachutes. This type of chute employs a mini parachute to pull the main chute rather than a ripcord. It makes no sense for a base jumper to not have deployed the pilot parachute. Immediately after jumping, the pilot parachute is always deployed. That is not what occurred in this case. Harrow wants to know why that happened. Luca Faniano’s (Jaime Ureta) pilot chute was still in his pack. What is it that made the jumper not deploy the pilot chute? After the Spanish Embassy gave the go-ahead for the autopsies, Harrow and Grace set to work.

The Autopsies…

Simon notices the closeness Harrow and Grace have with each other but cannot quite pinpoint the feeling. Could there be an attraction between the two forensic pathologists? Later in the episode, Simon asks Harrow when he slept with Grace. It was the night before she started working at QIFM (Queensland Institute of Forensic Medicine). Simon finds it hilarious that Harrow and Grace are determined to keep their relationship strictly professional.

Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd, Jolene Anderson and Darren Gilshenan as Dr Daniel Harrow, Dr Grace Molyneux and Dr Lyle Fairley, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd, Jolene Anderson and Darren Gilshenan as Dr Daniel Harrow, Dr Grace Molyneux and Dr Lyle Fairley, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

Dr Lyle Fairley (Darren Gilshenan) believes the cause of death is readily apparent. The two men jumped from a high-rise in the middle of downtown Adelaide. Their parachutes did not open. What else could possibly be the cause of death? Drowning?

There are multiple fractures to their bodies. While Harrow and Grace work on the Luca’s body, Lyle and Simon work on Tomas Fuentes (David Barranquero). While conducting the autopsy, Harrow finds a cyst. This is no ordinary cyst. It is the larval cyst of a tapeworm It could very well be larval cysts of the tapeworm Taenia solium, but that is just a guess.

“If the cyst was pressing on Luca’s spinal cord,” Harrow suggests, “it could have affected his motor functions.”

Screen Capture: Jolene Anderson and Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Grace Molyneux and Dr Daniel Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Jolene Anderson and Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Grace Molyneux and Dr Daniel Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

Is the cyst enough to prevent someone from pulling their chute? Because parasitic infections are known to cause nervous system disorders like seizures, blindness and weakness in legs and hands, that’s the million-dollar question.

When the “worm results” come in, confirming Harrow’s suspicions, the larval cyst was the tapeworm of the Taenia solium. There are only three species of tapeworm that can infect humans and Taenia solium can only be found in Latin America.

Lyle has His Needs…

Lyle does not like to take a lady back to his apartment because the walls are paper thin. Considering the walls Lyle is talking about are shoji screens, the walls are absolutely paper thin. They would not be anything else. Shoji is part of traditional Japanese architecture dating back thousands of years. With Lyle’s interest in Eastern culture, it should not surprise anyone he would have such room dividers in his residence.

Brendan Skene’s Eyes…

Brendan Skene (Erroll Shand) took responsibility for shooting Harrow. In the closing scene of the first season finale episode, Mens Rea, the title character is shot. The pathologist was standing on the deck of his boat enjoying a glass of red wine. When the wine glass shattered, having the suddenly felt a twinge of pain, Harrow realised he had been shot.

Screen Capture: A scene from the Catherine Millar directed “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: A scene from the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

Considering the condition of Brendan’s eyes, there is no possible way he could have aimed a rifle at Harrow from any great distance, let alone shoot him. This is something the forensic pathologist realises when he examines Brendan’s eyes.

Stephanie is Concerned about her Daughter…

Stephanie firmly believes Callan is responsible for the drugs found in her daughter’s flat. Because Fern has not been home, and she has cleared out her room at her mother’s place, Stephanie calls Harrow to see if he has seen his daughter. He has not seen Fern since court that morning. Harrow immediately calls Fern.

Questions Answered…

If Luca was having trouble with his right hand, he would have not packed his pilot chute on the right of the pack. “Why would he have packed the pilot chute on the right?” Harrow asks.

Harrow tells Bryan about the tapeworm. The conversation puts the detective off his food. Considering Bryan was eating Chinese noodles; it really isn’t all that surprising.

When Harrow and Bryan reviewed the footage of the base jumpers in their last video, they noticed something seriously wrong. Tomas must have been aware of Luca’s condition. When Tomas saw Luca’s pilot chute was packed on the wrong side, he said tried to warn his fellow jumper to wait. It was too late. If Tomas knew about Luca’s condition, there is a good chance Anna also knew about it.

Callan meets Harrow at the Boat…

Even though Stephanie believes the drugs belonged to Callan, the same cannot be said for Harrow. Harrow is beginning to suspect the person that was responsible for shooting him was also the one that planted the drugs in his daughter’s flat. Callan is surprised to learn Harrow believes him.

Screen Capture: Hunter Page-Lochard and Ioan Gruffudd as Callan Prowd and Dr Daniel Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Hunter Page-Lochard and Ioan Gruffudd as Callan Prowd and Dr Daniel Harrow, respectively, in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

Because Callan does not have anywhere to live, Harrow allows him to stay on the boat. This is only a temporary measure until Callan finds something a little more permanent. What will Stephanie say about Callan being on her ex-husband’s boat?

Callan wants to impress Harrow. Consequently, it looks like Callan stayed awake much of the night reviewing video footage posted to the Live Life Now website. Callen found the video Harrow was looking for before he decided to call it a night.

At QIFM…

When Grace walks int work, she discovers Harrow working on Luca again. Grace is surprised because she thought the case closed. The video Callan found was posted to the website one month before the team went to Argentina. Consequently, there must have been something wrong before Luca’s tapeworm infection. The damage to his spine was not a result of the tapeworm.

Luca had motor neurone disease (MND). MND, in addition to being known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is frequently referenced as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Grace and Harrow tell Anna about the disease. MND is the reason Luca was having issues with his right hand.

Screen Capture: Naveen Varghese as Ray Gupta in the Catherine Millar directed “Audere Est Facere” Emily Gruhl is in the background as Anna Michaud.
Screen Capture: Naveen Varghese as Ray Gupta in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere” Emily Gruhl is in the background as Anna Michaud.

Harrow recognises Ray from the Instagram pictures taken with the base jumpers. Ray is the owner of the car Luca landed on earlier in the episode. Consequently, Ray confronts Ray about his association with the base jumpers. When Harrow looks at the video footage from Ray’s camera, he sees Anna repacking Luca’s pilot chute to the right side.

Confronting Anna…

Harrow tells Grace to call Bryan because he has not been able to contact him. Anna is responsible for her husband’s death. Grace feels her colleague should leave it for the police to handle but Harrow’s mind is set. He plans to confront Anna at the top of the next building she plans to jump from.

Anna knew Luca has MND. Harrow was right. Because she knew what was coming, she caused her husband’s death. This is not what she wanted for her husband Selfishly, she did not want it for herself either. She did not want to end up looking after a man trapped in his own body when she could be travelling the world doing seriously dangerous things.

Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Daniel Harrow in the Catherine Millar directed “Audere Est Facere”
Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Daniel Harrow in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Audere Est Facere”

When Harrow tries to prevent Anna from jumping, he himself goes over the edge of the building. While at first, it seems the forensic pathologist as plunged to his death, Harrow is clinging to the side of the building. Anna tries to kill Harrow but is prevented from doing so by Grace’s timely arrival.