Linda (Joelene Crnogorac) is shocked to find Andrew (Eamonn Kelly) is now in a wheelchair but then finally understands what has been happening when Andrew leaps into the water to save his father (Peter Bensley) – he has transformed into a merman. Andrew leaves to join his mermaid mother (Cheryle Street) and the mer-people.
Summary by Annemaree O'Brien
Sad, romantic and haunting stories of mermaids and mer-people are found around the world in many cultures. In this story, small hints about Andrew’s mysterious mother are there with the photograph of her, but Andrew’s destiny is kept hidden from the audience and from Linda until it is dramatically revealed in this final scene. The angelic choir and the music add to the poignancy of the scene.
Linda (Joelene Crnogorac) is attracted to Andrew (Eamonn Kelly), a mysterious new boy at school who never removes his gloves. Andrew lives on an island with his grumpy father Mr Shelford (Peter Bensley). Linda discovers Andrew’s hands are covered with fingernails and more are growing each day – just one symptom of a mysterious ailment that culminates in Andrew no longer being able to walk. When Andrew leaps from the wheelchair into the sea to save his father, Linda discovers the truth – he has turned into a merman. It’s time for him to join his mermaid mother (Cheryle Street). Andrew and Linda say a sad goodbye.
This episode is quite different from many others in the Round the Twist series. While it still has lots of humour, it is more serious and is a romantic and rather sad story.
Round the Twist Series Two first went to air on the ABC on 20 March 1993.