These a reason Dr Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd) gets under everyone’s skin as easily as he does. Maxine Pavich (Robyn Malcolm) might not like Harrow’s methods but she certainly likes his results. Even though Dr Lyle Fairly (Darren Gilshenan) would not like to admit it, Harrow is the top pathologist in the city. Harrow is methodical to a fault. The right solution, in his experience, is not always the most obvious one. Just because death might look like it is the result of a shark attack, does not mean that is the cause of death.
The pathologist delves deeply into every case he is assigned with the vigour of a well-bred blood hood. Harrow never stops until he is completely satisfied with his findings. By eliminating all impossibilities, regardless of how improbable the remaining cause is, Harrow is always left the most probable solution.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the latest episode of Harrow, do not read beyond this point. There are spoilers throughout this article.
Somewhere in North Queensland
A runner finds an armless legless body on the beach. Cause of death, at first glance, is obviously due to a shark attack. If this were not an episode of Harrow, the likelihood of a shark attack being the accepted cause of death would be significant.
Harrow’s car is a burned-out-wreck. That car meant a lot to Harrow him because it was his father’s car. Not that Harrow could not afford to take it to a mechanic occasionally, he could, but his preference was to maintain it himself. The pathologist was as methodical with his car as he was with the cases Pavich assigns him.
While Harrow tries to figure out how his car died, Simon Van Reyk (Remy Hii) digs into Dr Laurie Badcoe’s (Geoff Morrell) autopsy of Francis Chester (Grant Bowler). If Harrow did not want Simon being curious, he should not have influenced his assistant to follow his hunches.
I’m Sending You Away … to Port Astor
Harrow does not like going to North Queensland. It’s a nice place with nice people but there is always a chance he might run into Sergeant Gabriel Capello (Richard Brancatisano). The pathologist finds the police officer annoyingly irritating. This is pretty much how most people, especially Fairly, regard Harrow.
Pavich sends Harrow and Dr Grace Molyneux (Jolene Anderson) to Port Astor to investigate a possible shark attack. The likelihood of Harrow not running into either Capello and Badcoe, while in North Queensland, is zero.
The body found on the beach, or at least what remained of the body, is formally identified as one Ben Raza (Joshua Nicholson). When Capello hands Molyneux the photos, it is clear Harrow was expecting her to pass them directly to him. She doesn’t. Molyneux is Harrow’s trainee. It’s minor but noticeable.
Meanwhile, in Brisbane…
Regardless of what Harrow has said, Simon chooses to investigate the possibility Chester is still alive. Police believe it was the now late Brendan Skene (Erroll Shand) was responsible for shooting Harrow but the condition of Skene’s eyes would have made focusing a rifle exceedingly difficult.
When conducting Chester’s autopsy, it looks like Badcoe was not as methodical as Harrow would have been if the Brisbane pathologist had been responsible for it. If Chester had perished in a prison fire, not that someone did not fall victim to the flames, it was not the man Badcoe believed he was working on because that individual is living as a chef in Brisbane.
Callan Prowd (Hunter Page-Lochard), Fern Harrow’s (Ella Newton) boyfriend, works for Chester at his Brisbane restaurant. The chef is Chester, there are absolutely no doubts. It does not matter what the pathologist’s report shows. This is Chester. Chester is responsible for not only shooting Harrow in the closing moments of the first season finale, but he ‘s also responsible for the legal predicament Fern currently finds herself embroiled.
Poor Mr Raza…
During the autopsy, Harrow and Molyneux find significant scarring caused by jellyfish stingers. One of the things Harrow fans like about the series, something which it has in common with other medical dramas, is the title character’s exposition. Harrow’s exposition, sometimes needlessly detailed, is always educationally accurate.
The presence of jellyfish in Raza’s stomach gives Harrow pause for concern. While the convenient cause of death may be shark attack, it is becoming increasingly clear that is not the direction Harrow and Molyneux are taking their investigation.
Raza worked for Parks and Conservation. Parks and Conservation come under the jurisdiction of Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science. Robert Chaudhari (Sachin Joab), the director of the Port Astor Aquarium, seems more interested in the pending gala event the aquarium is hosting than he is with resolving Raza’s death. With investors flying into Port Astor from around the world, it’s a huge event for Chaudhari. But still, this is a man’s life we’re talking about.
When Harrow mentions jellyfish, Chaudhari points out they are extremely busy. Dr Vicki Malisano (Ellen Bailey), despite the urgency of their work, is fine with assisting the visiting pathologists. Malisano quickly identifies the species of jellyfish as being Irukandji. Unlike other jellyfish, Irukandji apparently actively hunt their prey, tiny fish not humans.
At Harrow’s Boat…
When Callan arrives back at Harrow’s boat after his shift at the restaurant, Stephanie Tolson (Anna Lise Phillips) is there waiting for him. Stephanie, Fern’s mother, does not believe the drugs her daughter was found with did not belong to Callan. She evidently believes in the saying about leopards and spots. Callan has a history of drug use. Consequently, the drugs must have been his. Callan is not a leopard and he doesn’t have any discernible spots. He’s Aboriginal Australian. Stephanie is just trying to do what’s best for her daughter.
Of Past Further Present…
While Molyneux converses with Capello about her entanglements with Harrow, her supervisor is on Badcoe’s boat talking about past autopsies. With Badcoe having conducted Chester’s autopsy, it would have been impossible for Harrow to not mention it. Badcoe said of Chester, “that particular dangerous creature died in captivity.” Harrow immediately grasps at the word ‘captivity.’ Because of the case, the word resonates with the pathologist because there is something niggling but important at the back of his mind.
Returning to Raza
It was not so much the jellyfish that kept Harrow awake as much as the word ‘captivity.’ Harrow calls Simon to get the toxicology results for Raza but gets Fairly instead. Fairly is surprised there were trace amounts of Methylthioninium Chloride in Raza’s system. Another name for Methylthioninium Chloride is Methylene Blue. Even though Molyneux correctly observes Methylene Blue is used to treat Methemoglobinemia, Harrow points out it is also used as an antifungal agent by people that keep tropical fish.
Malisano has not used Methylene Blue to clean her tanks for more than a year but she knows someone that still uses it to clean his tanks. Malisano points Harrow and Molyneux in Chaudhari’s direction. Is Chaudhari more interested in saving face with his investors or is he trying to hide something? Chaudhari is within his rights to not cooperate with Harrow. But by the time Capello gets a warrant, it might be too late.
At the Gala…
Harrow and Molyneux impersonate restaurateurs to gain access to the aquarium.
Even though it will be totally inadmissible, all Harrow needs is a tiny water sample to prove his conclusions. If Chaudhari finds Harrow and Molyneux at the gala, there will be significant issues raised. It was a close call. Considering the dress Molyneux is wearing, it would be almost impossible to not notice her. Chaudhari walks by them. He was too preoccupied with his cell phone call to notice either Harrow or Molyneux.
Raza was murdered because he discovered Janelle Freeman (Rachel Hunt) was poaching. Freeman (Rachel Hunt), Raza’s colleague at Parks and Conservation, was allowing Chaudhari to overfish the region’s protected species. Freeman was selling the surplus fish to Chaudhari’s investors. If it were not for Harrow and Molyneux, Freeman would have gotten away with murder.
In the closing moments of the episode, Simon can be seen on a water taxi. He is trying to call Harrow to let him know that he’s discovered something interesting pertaining to Chester. Chester is on the boat with Simon. Could this be the end for Simon?
And Finally, …
Aegri Somnia, directed by Peter Andrikidis, was televised in Australia on Sunday, 3 June 2019. This second season episode, with a teleplay written by series co-creator Stephen M. Irwin, is the fourth episode in the series’ second season. The title of this episode is a Latin phrase. The English translation of the phrase Aegri Somnia is ‘the patient’s dreams.’