Harrow–Season 1, Episode 4 (Finis Vitae Sed Non Amoris)

This episode interestingly focused more on the case of the week than Fern and the River bones.

The case of the week revolved around bones found in a backyard, where it is revealed that they belong to a young homeless woman, Sally (Zindzi Okenyo). While the most obvious suspect was quickly eliminated, what was interesting about this case was that the reveal of her murderer was delayed by the writers’ choice to explore the nature of homelessness through the documentary that Sally appeared in, the current life of Sally’s former partner, Phil (Damion Hunter), and Lindsay (Richard Green), a homeless man Harrow knows, asks for help and offers accommodation to.

Another interesting choice of the writers was the “is he or isn’t” aspect of whether Noah was really Sally’s son. With the DNA test revealing that Noah wasn’t Sally’s son, she comes across as a crazy woman through her actions. However when it is revealed at the end of the episode that she was a chimera and had two sets of DNA, and that Noah was her son, her actions and ultimately her death at the hands of her own son, due to the consequences of her seemingly irrational actions, are incredibly sad.

As I stated earlier, there was a less of a focus on Fern and the River bones. With Fern, the focus was on her and Callan getting caught by a security guard sleeping in another unknown building, however what was interesting about their squatting shenanigans this week is the fact that Fern is clearly beginning to tire of their lifestyle and she now has a job. She is clearly starting to see the light, or rather reality, however the origins of her feelings aren’t revealed. That being said she hasn’t completely grown up yet as she goes to Callan’s bully, Billie, to get pills to sell to re-pay him for money that was “stolen” by Callan, and she is happy to sleep in her mother’s shed but not happy enough to come home. The consequences of the pill selling will obviously be explored in later episodes.

While I did enjoy getting the back story of Stephanie and Harrow’s relationship, I found the “love square” of Stephanie, Saroya, Harrow and Jesse to be cheesy and cliche.

In regards to the River bones, the focus was on finding the surgeon who inserted the radius plate into the body. While the race between Saroya and Harrow to find the surgeon did provide a little bit of humour, I didn’t feel it really added any stakes until the end of the episode, when Harrow beat her to it just in time, with the reveal that the bones were that of a cop. This reveal gives the viewers some cookie crumbs to watch the next episode.

Overall a solid, but slightly slow paced episode. The writers should put the case of the week front and centre, rather than the focusing on the Fern drama more often.


Stray Observations:

-Fairley practices karate.

-Either Fern or Harrow kept money hidden in a photo frame, which is one of the most genius hiding places for money I’ve ever seen.

-Callan buys Fern a copy of the book she was seen reading in the photo of her and Harrow when she was a child.

-Nichols and Maxine are dating and both Harrow and Simon are repulsed by the idea.

-Stephanie is paying someone’s debt, most likely Fern’s.

Best one liners:

  • “You and David really have to stop reading 50 Shades of Innuendo” (Harrow to Simon)
  • “Morenumbingthanvalium.com” (Harrow to Fairley)
  • “Shabby man from the morgue” (Saroya to Harrow on Meredith’s description of him)

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