Mako Mermaids (2013–2016): Season 1, Episode 14 - Battlelines - full transcript

Lyla is upset that they've lost Zac's trust. Rita confronts Zac on his dropping grades. Rita convinces the girls to restart their training since they never finished mermaid school. Zac and Evie work on reconciling their relationship. Zac and Cam are suspicious that Rita is a mermaid so Zac tests their theory when he and his parents have a meeting with her. Zac threatens to expose Rita because he feels the girls betrayed him. The girls decide that if Rita can't live a normal life, neither can he.

♪ In this world ♪

♪ We're all alone ♪

♪ You know I love ♪

♪ My island home ♪

♪ We'll make this right ♪

♪ Find our way

Through this mystery ♪

♪ I just wanna be

Swimming in the sea ♪

♪ Now it's just you and me

Forever, ever, ever ♪

♪ I just wanna be

With you feeling free ♪

♪ It's my destiny

Forever, ever, ever ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ Together lying in the sun ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ And ever ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Just be you and me ♪

♪ I just wanna be... ♪



Can't you guys

just make up?


I'm fine.


No problem here.

What's done is done.

Can't we just

forget about it?

I've already

forgotten about it.


Me too.

Just because Zac trusted us

to get him through the full

moon, and you betrayed him.

It was for the good

of the pod,

to stop him

getting the trident.

Great, now he'll never

trust us again.

I didn't know that's how

it was gonna turn out.

Fine, you two stay here

blaming each other.

I've got better things to do.

Like getting Aquata

and the pod back.

I'm going to try and find

a way to deal with Zac.



Zac, a minute, please?

Is there a problem,

Principal Santos?

You tell me. I'm preparing

end of semester reports,

and I'm struggling

to explain

how much your grades

have suffered.

When something

like this happens

to a student as good as you,

questions get asked.

I've just had stuff

to deal with. Private stuff.

Even if

it's not appropriate

for the school

to know the details,

I'm sure your parents will

insist on a basic explanation.

You need to find a way

to improve your grades

and manage whatever it is that's

going on in your personal life.

Or these questions

will keep getting asked.

Do you see what I'm saying?

Uh, yeah. Yeah, I do.



We should use our powers

to deal with Zac.

How far along are you

in your training?


We haven't done any since

we got kicked out of the pod.


Mm-hm. Which is

the one and only perk

of being stuck on land:

no lessons.


Not a great idea

to rely on your powers

when you're out of practice

and your schooling

is incomplete.

It would be if you taught us.

I suppose there's

nothing you can do

about the trident

until the next full moon.

Maybe you should use the time

wisely, master some new powers.

Mermaid school? Mm-mm.

Over my dead, scaly body.

I'm up for it.

Of course you are, because when

I say dolphin, you say shark.

It's got nothing to do with you,

don't flatter yourself.

I want to be ready for my moon

ring when I return to the pod.

Sorry, Nixie.

Looks like you're outvoted.

Okay, well, give me three good

reasons why I should agree.

Your pod.




That was four.


So I was thinking we could

catch up tomorrow afternoon.

Watch a movie at my place?

I don't know, Zac.

You can pick the movie.

Whatever you want.

Even if it's a chick flick,

I won't complain.


Yeah. Really.

I mean, I know you wouldn't

do that to me, so...

you'll pick something with

fast cars and big explosions.

Uh, fat chance.


So you'll come?



I've got to go to work.

Isn't this nice?

Ha, ha.

The two of you, back together,

just like the good old days.

Not a mermaid in sight

to screw it up.

Yep. All good.

Apart from

my lousy grades.

Is that what Santos

wanted with you today?

You must've

copped an earful.

That's the weird thing.

I didn't.

I couldn't quite understand

what she was on about,

but it was like she was warning

me I was getting a bad report

and I'd better have

a good reason.

You don't think

it's because the mermaids

have told her about you?

Why would they?

I don't know.

But there's no way

that she's their auntie.

Maybe they lied

to her too.

Maybe they didn't have to.

Maybe she's one too.

Maybe she's one too.


For centuries,

mermaids have been able

to escape detection

by sailors.

You can make yourselves


but that's only temporary.

So, what's another way

to stop them seeing you?

Uh, we drown them?

Controlling the weather

is a vital survival tool

for mermaids.

If you can create a storm,

you can get yourselves out

of all sorts of trouble.


Picture it in your mind,

starting with the clouds.

Then will it to happen.



From there, you build it.






That's awesome!


A cloud in a bottle.

How will that be

of any help to us?

You'd be surprised.

You all have plenty

of power and potential,

that's plain to see.

You just need to learn

how to focus it.

Let me try.

Hold your hand,

you're gonna warp the power.


Rita, I thought we could do some

more training before you left.

Sorry, I've got a meeting

with Zac and his parents

before school starts.

Anything we should know about?

Just that his grades

are slipping.

I don't think picking on him

is a good idea right now.

It is my job

to do something about it.

I did warn him

to think of an explanation

for his parents, so...

We'll do some training

later, okay?



Thank you so much for coming in

today, Dr. and Mrs. Blakely.

You too, Zac.

To be honest, we're surprised

we're having this conversation.

Zac has always had

excellent grades.

That's right, but when

academic performance

falls below expectations,

I'm obliged to intercede.

We understand that.

But it's just not like him

to not do well.

It makes no sense.

Well, hopefully we can

clear all that up this morning.

Would you like some tea?

Yes. Black with one

for both of us, thanks.

Thanks, Anna.


I'm sure Zac has a simple

explanation, and, um...


...that there's really

nothing to worry about.


Uh, I'm fine.

Just leave it. Thank you.

If you were Zac,

and you found out

that your principal's

nieces were mermaids,

wouldn't you wonder

about the principal?

Don't you think Zac's found out

that Rita's a mermaid?

I can't concentrate

if you're going to prattle on.

And what do we do about it

if he has?


Rita's kept her secret

for years.

She can handle Zac.

You're right.

Of course she can.

So it can happen that

good students' grades fall.

We just need to get him

back on track.

Zac. I'm sure you've been

wondering why all this happened,

and no doubt, by now, you've got

a helpful explanation for us.

I asked what the problem was.

He said there wasn't one.

I see.

Well, distractions

can happen.

There's relationships,

um, sport, friends.


Ms. Santos?



Can I say something?

Uh, yes, go ahead.

Sometimes misunderstandings

happen, right?

I mean, it's possible

that your interpretation

of my results is wrong.

Uh, I don't think so.

You're either getting

the results or you're not, Zac.

I don't know. There are a lot

of students at this school.

Maybe my results got confused

with somebody else's.

That can happen,

can't it, Ms. Santos?


Maybe there was

a computer glitch?


It's possible.


Then you can

look into that?

You can find out

where the mistakes

might have been made?

And see that my marks

haven't dropped at all.

Yes, I guess it could have been

an administrative error.

Thank you.

Then I guess we're done here.

That's really all it was?

A mistake?

Ms. Santos said so,

didn't she?

I better get back

to class.

Our principal is

a mermaid? For real?

For real.

Zac, don't you mess with me.

You absolutely sure

about this?

I don't know why

I didn't pick it before.

Why else would the mermaids

stay with her?

She's been covering for them

all this time,

and that's why.

Because she's one too.

This is brilliant.

She's totally

under our thumb.

I know.

Goodbye, homework.

Goodbye, assignments.

Goodbye ever worrying

about school again, ever.


Unh. Why does it

always do that?

Heh. Excuse me. Ahem.




You're doing it!

You're actually doing it.

This is so cool.

Rita? Aren't you

supposed to be at school?

He knows. Zac knows.

What? No!


He figured it out, I don't know.

Of course he did.

I said he would, didn't I?

I was just doing my job.

I'm the principal,

and now I won't ever...

I have to leave.

I don't have a choice.

My cover's blown.

I shouldn't even be here,

it's not safe.

Rita, you can't leave,

we need you.

He'll expose me.

I have to pack up,

leave this house

and get away from the coast.

There must be

something we can do.

It's too late!

I'm sorry, I just--

There's a lot to get done.

There's nothing we can do.

We just have to accept

what's happened and move on.


This is all our fault.

We have to do something.

You heard what she said.

It's too late.

That's it? We don't even try?

I was trying to tell you--

How can you just give up?

Stop it! Both of you!

We can't let Rita

run away like this.

She took us in and helped us.

So now we have to help her.

So let's go and find Zac

and sort this out.



I've got nothing to say

to any of you.

If you expose Rita, it could

just as easily come back on you.

Is that a risk

you're prepared to take?

Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

Why are you doing this?

Is this

your idea of revenge?

Look, I know you think

we betrayed you,

but you're wrong.

The evidence says otherwise.

Firstly, you hid the fact

that you're mermaids from me.

That counts as betrayal

in my book.

And secondly, you tried

to take the trident.

Zac, I know this is hard

for you to understand,

but the trident

is dangerous.

It could've killed you.

Then why did you try

to take it for yourselves?

We were trying

to protect you.


Sorry, Lyla,

I don't believe you.


I wouldn't lie.

Again, the evidence

says otherwise.

You know what, Lyla?

I think we're wasting our time.

He'll hold this over Rita

and make her life miserable.

It's not fair. She's done

everything to help us.

You know what?

If she can't live a normal life,

maybe he shouldn't either.


Yeah! Bring it on.

How are you going?

I've got heaps

of homework,

but don't worry,

I'll get it done.

I know. Obviously Ms. Santos

made a mistake this morning.

It's just not like you

not to do your best.

Kettle's just boiled,

like a cuppa to go with this?

Thanks, Mum.



Here you go, Zac.


Zac! What are you doing?

Um, there was a wasp on it.

A wasp?


Yeah, there must be

a nest nearby.


I don't want you

getting stung. Get inside.

I can do it. Um, I don't want

you getting stung either.


Whatever you think you're doing,

it's not going to work.

Get the message?


Oh. Evie.

I thought you were Mum.


Are we still on for a movie?

Yeah, of course we are.

Let's go. Come in.




What are you doing?

Ahem. We're watching a movie,

I'm making it dark.


What's up?

Wind! It's wind.

But it's not windy.

Must've suddenly come up.

Do you think Sirena's

doing okay in there?

She can't be doing

any worse than we did.

What's going on?


It must have overbalanced,

don't worry about it.




What is with you today?


I'll just put this outside.

Are you nuts?

You could have exposed me!

That can't have

felt good.

You nearly exposed Rita.

Yeah, you're okay with that.

Just cut it out, now!

He is so panicking.

It's working.

It's because of Evie.

It's not about making

trouble for him, it's...

It's about being

exposed to her.

Well, I don't think

we can do that.

I know.

But he needs to think we will.

Can we start the movie now?

Sure, sure.

Okay. Okay.

Zac, what are you doing?


the light right.

Here, sit.



Something weird

is going on.


Probably the wiring.

Let's just get out of here

and go to your place.

Okay. Good idea.



Quick! Come on,

come on, come on.

Okay, Nixie, time

to ramp this up even more.

You're on.

You sure?

Yeah. You're the only one

that can do this.

All right.


Stop it, Zac.

What's the hurry?

ZAC: It's, um...


It's going to rain.

You go home, I'll catch up.




You ready to talk?

Got the message?

You leave Rita alone

and we'll leave you alone.




Oh, great.

Pleasure doing business

with you.


Oh, sorry,

didn't see your tail there.



So I just wanted to say

I'm sorry and you're right.

My grades have slipped,

and it's my own fault.

And I can fix it.

I'm very pleased

to hear that, Zac.

It was all a misunderstanding

on my part.

A very big


Well, that happens.

I'm sure you won't have

any problems

picking your grades back up.

You're very clever.

Maybe a little

too clever at times.

Yes, Ms. Santos.

So we're good?

Yeah. We're good.

Anyone for tea?


You have juicy info

on our principal

which meant a perfect

homework-free world,

and you threw that all away.

Sorry, Cam.

Things have changed.

We're back to working

for our grades.

Yeah, you can,

but I know her secret too.

I'm not throwing away this

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Think of the bigger picture.

Let the mermaids have

their little victory.

I just need to bide my time

till the next full moon,

then I'm going back to Mako and

I'm going to get the trident.

That's all that matters.


But I'm copying

your maths answers.



It's a not-going away present.

Now your secret's safe

and you can stay.

You've gone to

so much trouble.

Well, you're worth it.

We noticed land people like

to show off their relatives,

so this is so everybody else

thinks we are your nieces.

Well, we are, sort of.

Thank you.

But you've already

given me something.

We did? What?

The chance to still be

a teacher.

I don't know what

I would've done if I'd left.

It's all I know.

I can't think of anything

more satisfying or rewarding.

So first thing

tomorrow morning,

mermaid school.

I expect you all to be there.

Especially you, Nixie,

my top student.

I heard you created

a perfect storm.

That earns you

a high distinction.

Well, I guess I can come

to one more class.

Come on, we've got

all your favorites.


Thank you.


SIRENA: Do you like it?

RITA: Oh, I adore it.


♪ In this world ♪

♪ We're all alone ♪

♪ You know I love

My island home ♪

♪ We'll make this right ♪

♪ Find our way

Through this mystery ♪

♪ I just wanna be ♪

♪ Swimming in the sea ♪

♪ Now it's just you and me ♪

♪ Forever, ever, ever ♪

♪ I just wanna be ♪

♪ With you feeling free ♪

♪ It's my destiny ♪

♪ Forever, ever, ever ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh

Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Just be you and me ♪

♪ I just wanna be ♪

♪ Swimming in the sea ♪

♪ Now it's just you and me ♪

♪ Forever, ever, ever ♪

♪ I just wanna be ♪

♪ With you feeling free ♪

♪ It's my destiny ♪

♪ Forever, ever, ever ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ Together lying in the sun ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ And ever ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Just be you and me ♪

♪ I just wanna be... ♪