Mako Mermaids (2013–2016): Season 4, Episode 3 - Recipe for Success - full transcript

Mimmi discovers Arctic Sea lavender growing. While Rita, Weilan, and Evie are at school, Mimmi cooks Arctic marshmallow and follows her recipe closely. It turns out wonderfully and Ondina says she could do it too, even though she normally just makes up recipes as she goes. At "land school," Zac is doing poorly in Mrs. Trumble's class and Weilan, who is a straight "A" student, is seated next to him from now on. She agrees to help him study but, even with her help, he just can't seem to remember the information. At Zac's behest, Weilan does a knowledge transference spell on him. The 10th level Eastern mermaid spell doesn't appear to work. The next morning, Zac and Weilan's hair has swapped! They take the test, and Zac gets a 98, which makes their teacher suspicious that he has cheated. She brings him into Rita's office and has called his father, the head of the school board. Meanwhile, Cam and Evie try to help Weilan remember what she did so the spell can be reversed. Unfortunately, she feels like her brain has been drained. Zac's father assures Mrs. Trumble that he is not a cheat. Suddenly Zac's voice begins to sound like Weilan's voice. They all agree that Zac will retake the test. Back at Rita's grotto, Ondina tries to make Arctic marshmallow but it blows up in her face, literally. After Weilan's voice starts sounding like Zac's, the girls brainstorm. Ondina and Mimmi figure out that they should use the Baltic Sea plankton, like in the Arctic marshmallow recipe, to stop the transference. They do the procedure in the Moon Pool and Ondina impatiently throws it in. The next morning, Zac is back to normal just in time to take Mrs. Trumble's retest. He passes with a C+ and Ondina presents the gang with the Arctic marshmallow she made.

♪ 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 ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Just be you and me ♪

♪ I just wanna be... ♪

-Hi, Mimmi.
-You'll never guess what I just found.

Arctic sea lavender
growing right here at Mako.

Why the fuss?
It's just a plant.

A plant usually only found
in the North Atlantic.

It's beautiful.

Even better, you can cook with it.

What could you make from that?

[chuckles] Arctic marshmallow.

-I like the sound of that.
-You'll like the taste even better.

We'll just need some more
Arctic sea lavender,

some old oyster shells--

Sorry, I'll have to leave you to it
or I'll be late for school.

-Save me some?
-Of course.


[both chuckle]

If it's as good as you say...

we could always tell her it didn't work
and eat it all ourselves.



[sniffs] Ugh!
Nothing that smelly could ever taste good.

That's the magic of cooking.

And it'll be a nice change
from eating out at the café.

What do you mean?
I cooked yesterday.

Which is why we ended up at the café.

I was trying something new.

Sea urchin stew with cat fish tails?

It wasn't so bad
once you took the spines out.

[scoffs] Where did you even find
a recipe like that?

What recipe?
I made it up.

That's your problem.
Cooking is like spells.

You can't just invent it.
You have to follow instructions precisely.

You do it your way, I will do it mine.

-[Ondina] What are you doing there?

Trying to sleep.

Why don't you sleep in the water
like every other mermaid?

Probably because
I'm not like every other mermaid.

That is one way of putting it.

See you after school, girls.

Coming, Weilan?

I wasn't planning on it.

You're not here for a holiday.

Mermaids of your age belong in class,

either with the pod or on land.
Your choice.

An F?
I know I did better than that.

Alas, no.

And unless your work improves,

you're going to be seeing
a lot more of them,

starting tomorrow
with a revision test on cells.

[knock on door]

Ms. Trumble, this is Weilan.

She'll be joining your class.
She recently relocated from Shanghai.

We're well into the school year.
It'll be a struggle for her to catch up.

This is her last report.

Straight A's!

Welcome, Weilan.

I look forward to having
someone of your caliber join us.

Why don't you sit next to Zac?

With any luck,
some of your academic prowess...

Get out, Evie!
...might rub off on him.

-Can you add the oysters?
-Ugh. Anything to get rid of them.

What are you doing?

I need to chill the water
to the exact temperature

of the Beaufort Sea in late December.

I'm guessing that's pretty cold.

The Beaufort Sea is right near
the Arctic Circle.

It's ready when the ice starts to form.

-Oh, I can give you a hand there.

Too fast and we'll freeze the lavender
and crack the shells.

It has to be cooled gradually.

-How long's that gonna take?
-Until that runs out.

Any longer and you risk
the polar bears smelling it.

-Polar bears?
-They adore Arctic marshmallow.

You have to make it and get away
before they can smell it.

With a smell like that, I'm surprised
even polar bears are interested.

Ms. Trumble was way harsh.

-[sighs] Yeah, we call her Ms. Trouble.

I had a teacher like her back in Shanghai.

I think there's a factory somewhere
that makes them.


So why are you here anyway?

None of the other mermaids
ever signed up for school.

I don't have a pod.
I've been at land school for years.

Can't you join the Mako pod?

I mean, that's got to be
better than being here.

I don't know a thing about mermaid school.
I'd be getting F's like you.

Thanks for the reminder.

You just need to study more effectively.


Maybe you need a study partner.

Well, I used to study with Evie,
and now she's too busy with mermaid stuff.

I'm not.

Seriously? You'd do that?

Hey, we tails have to stick together.


Can you hurry up?
It is freezing in here.

I told you, it can't be rushed.

The temperature's right.
It's ready.

It doesn't look like marshmallow.

No, it's ready for the special ingredient.

Dried plankton from the Baltic Sea.

What does that do?

When the water's at the right temperature,

the flavors from the lavender
and the shells start to transfer,

but the plankton stops the process
before it goes too far.

Is that possible?

I'd want to get rid
of these flavors altogether.

It's nearly there.


And that's how you make
Arctic marshmallow.

Care to taste?

What happens if you don't throw
that stuff in at the right moment?

The flavors continue to transfer
and you end up with some foul-tasting goo.

It's delicious.

It's tart yet sweet.

It's pretty amazing, huh?

It's not quite sweet enough.
Maybe I should make it next time.

This is a complicated
Northern mermaid recipe.

It looked pretty simple to me.

And if you can do it, so can I.

I'd like to see you try.

You think I can't cook, don't you?

I will make this...
first thing tomorrow.

I can't wait.

[Zac] Lysosomes are a part
of the cell which...

[Weilan] Come on.


Lysosomes are... are a part
of the cell which merges--

No! Lysosomes break down waste material.
We just went over this.

[sighs] That doesn't mean
I'm gonna remember it.

I am so not passing this test tomorrow.

-I wish I had your brain.
-That's a spell I've never tried.

You mean there's a spell
for swapping brains?

Well, it's not exactly a brain swap.

It's more like a...
knowledge transference.

So... so you could make me know
what you know?

Theoretically, if I was, like, a...

tenth-level Eastern mermaid.
Which I'm not.

-Do it.
-Didn't you hear what I just said?

-No way.
-I can't afford to get another F tomorrow.

And I can't do a spell
I've never done before.

And my parents are on my back
about doing well, and...

I don't know what else to do.




But stand very still.


[bones cracking]

Is that it?

I think so.

Let's try another question.

What is the primary function of vacuoles?

They're a part of the cell which...

Wait a second...

I got nothing.

-I warned you.
-[sighs] Thanks for trying.

Uh, you better get going.
I'm in for a long night.

Sorry I couldn't help.


[birds chirping]

So I combine the Arctic sea lavender
and shells,

chill until there's ice,
add the plankton, and hey...

Arctic marshmallow.

It's not as simple as you make it sound.

Really? Did I leave a step out?

Well... no.

Then obviously it's that simple.

[Weilan] Keep it down.

Sorry, sleepy time is over.

[Weilan] What?

Bed hair?


You should look in the mirror.
[exhales deeply]


[school bell rings]


I told you that spell was a bad idea.

No kidding!

-What are you gonna do about it?

I warned you I'd never done the spell.

You should have talked me out of it.

I tried. You wouldn't listen!

-But you should've made me!

What is this, casual hair day?

Zac made me use a transference spell.

For swapping hair?

To share knowledge for the biology test.

-It went wrong.
-You think?

You know, if you went dreadlock,
you could join a reggae band.

Can you fix this?

I don't know.

-We better get to class.
-I can't go in looking like this.

If you don't sit the test, you'll fail.


[Ms. Trumble] Caps off, please.

This is not a sporting event.

[sighs] Sorry, Ms. Trumble. [sniffles]

Ah, I've got a fungal infection...
on my scalp.

It's pretty ugly and probably contagious.

And you have the same condition?


Well, perhaps the caps
are best left where they are.

Moving on, you can turn over your pages.

You have 40 minutes, starting...





All done.

In nine minutes?

98 out of 100.

Congratulations, Zac.

I don't think congratulations
are in order.

Zac got an F on his last test.

An inconsistency which I believe
warrants an investigation.

Zac's last mark obviously
pushed him to study harder.

There is another explanation.

Are you implying Zac cheated?

Well, the extraordinary disparity
in his results would suggest that.

And I've just offered
an alternative explanation,

so I see no reason to take this further.

Oh, one can't help wondering
if there's another reason

why you don't wish to pursue the matter.

And what might that be?

Well, Zac's father
is head of the school board.

I imagine you'd be
reluctant to do anything

that would jeopardize your position here.

I wouldn't hesitate to call Dr. Blakely
if I thought it was necessary.

-[knock on door]

I already called him.

Thank you for coming
so promptly, Dr. Blakely.

What's going on?

-Don't chill the water too fast.
-I know.

Remember to keep an eye on the time.

-I've still got plenty, right?
-Well, you're the one doing the cooking.

[Ondina] Is this cold enough?

If you had been paying attention,
you would know.

You could be a little helpful.
I've never swum in the Beaufort Sea.

-But you said the recipe was simple.
-It is.

Then why do you keep asking me for help?

You have to do something.

-I'm thinking.
-Well, think harder.

I can't remember how I did it.
It's like...

It's like I drained my brain
and gave it all to Zac.

[Cam] I wish you could've done that to me.

I seriously need help with chemistry.

If Zac knows everything you know...

can't we just ask him
how to reverse the spell?

No, because I never knew how
in the first place.

I'd never done the spell.
I told him that.

-So he's just gonna stay like this?

He's not the only one suffering here.
I don't like feeling this dumb!

Hey, that's my boyfriend
you're talking about.

Yeah, well, a part of him is me now.

Well, this just got a whole lot weirder.


I know Zac has struggled lately
with his studies, but I can assure you...

he is not a cheat.

Right, Zac?

I took on board what you and Mum
said about knuckling down...

and I studied hard, and it all clicked.

[scoffs] As easy as that?

[Dr. Blakely] On the contrary,
it wasn't easy at all.

Zac's been studying very hard.
He was up very late last night.

[in Weilan's voice]
I never even went to bed.

[clears throat]

I, uh, I never even...

[in Weilan's voice] took a break.

Are you all right?

I just... I need some water.
I've got a... [clears throat]

[in Weilan's voice]
frog in my throat.

Perhaps the best way to settle this
is for Zac to resit the test?

Seems fair. Zac?

[clears throat] Mmm-hmm.

-[water bubbling]

-What is that supposed to mean?

That noise you just made.

I... I mean...

you can do it that way if you want.

No, I am not doing anything you didn't do!

As you said, I make it my way,
you make it yours.

Exactly, so just let me get on with it.

The temperature is correct.
The time looks good.

Ondina, the sand hasn't run out yet.

I want it sweeter, so I'm stopping
the flavor transference early.

Ondina, no!


Now do you see why it's a good idea
to follow the recipe?

We have to ask Rita.

You want to tell Rita that
you helped Zac cheat on a test?

How about Mimmi? She might...
[in Zac's voice] know how to do it.

Why do you sound like Zac?

What? I don't.

I heard it, too.

Don't be ridiculous.

[in Zac's voice]
I don't sound like-- [gasps]

[in Weilan's voice]
What have you done to me?

[in Zac's voice]
This cannot be happening!

What were you thinking,
trying a spell you'd never done before?

[in Zac's voice]
I warned Zac it was a bad idea.

[in Weilan's voice]
Then why did you do it?

The point is... can you reverse it?

[sighs] We can try.

[in Zac's voice]
Stop! Stop!


[in Zac's voice] My face is really itchy.

I don't want to have to shave.

Ah, don't worry.
You're both gonna be fine.

We didn't reverse it, we accelerated it,
and that means--

Means what?

It means they're gonna keep on
transferring, not just knowledge,

but... [whispers] all of them.

Great. My boyfriend is gonna
become my girlfriend?

It's a pity it's not like making
Arctic marshmallow.

We could use the Baltic Sea plankton
to stop the transference.

-That's not a bad idea.
-I was joking.

I'm not.

We're going to need a bigger bowl.

A much bigger bowl.

[Weilan in Zac's voice]
Can you hurry this up?

[in Weilan's voice] I'm freezing.

Just a bit longer.

[both shivering]

[in Zac's voice]
My tail's turning blue.

Of course it is.
You're cold.

[in Weilan's voice]
Then why is my tail turning orange?

The transformation's almost complete.

-Do something, Mimmi!
-It's nearly there.

[in Weilan's voice] I feel weird.

[in Zac's voice] Me too.

-Do it now, Mimmi!
-We have to wait.

-[in Zac's voice] Everything's going hazy.
-[Zac exhales]

[in Weilan's voice] Help.


Zac! Zac!

[Mimmi] Weilan!


-Are you okay?
-[both sigh]

Whatever you did... it worked.

And you thought I couldn't cook.

[all chuckle]

[alarm beeping]

-[knock on door]


Oh, glad to see you're up.
How are you feeling? That cough gone?

Yeah. I'm absolutely back to normal.

Look, Zac...

I hope we didn't put too much pressure
on you about doing well.

It doesn't matter
what marks you get, darling.

Your father and I just want you
to do your best.

Don't worry, I will.

And it will be my best, not anyone else's.

Mmm, very pleased to hear that.

Now come and have breakfast
or you'll be late.

Late for what?

You may begin...



C-plus. I passed.

And you did it all by yourself.
No magic required.

And I made this all by myself.

-[Evie] Arctic marshmallow?

Mmm. It looks good, Ondina.

I even followed the recipe, more or less.

-[Evie] Mmm.

It can't be that bad.


♪ 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 ♪

♪ 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 ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Just be you and me ♪

♪ I just wanna be... ♪