Helen is an antique shop owner and the local folklore expert. Since the resurfacing of mermaids in Bristol Cove, she has formed somewhat of a friendship with Ben Pownall and Maddie Bishop in order to help with Ryn and her sister Donna. She later reveals to Donna that she is one of them.
She is eventually revealed to be the last living descendant of the mermaid/human hybrid daughter of Charles Pownall and his former mermaid lover. Due to the interference a suspicious Elaine, she learns that she is not the last of her lineage after all, that she has a blood relative by the name Rick Marzdan nearby.
Official Description Edit
The town eccentric who seems to know more about the mermaids than she lets on.
Early Life Edit
As a girl, she had felt like a freak at times, not understanding about her "autoimmune condition" as a sign of her mermaid blood.
Physical Appearance Edit
Helen has olive skin, gray wavy hair, and brown eyes. She says that she is unable to shift to full mermaid form because of her limited heritage.
Helen is dry-witted, calm, level-headed and resourceful. Helen resourcefulness comes in handy when she is needed by her friends throughout the series.
Throughout the Series Edit
Helen looks on with disgust at people's festival for honoring the great-great-great-great grandfather of Ted Pownall, the man who had fallen for a mermaid one hundred and fifty years ago. She is selling her antiques and merfolk-related objects to passersby and is approached by Ryn whom she immediately recognizes as a mermaid, which worries her.
She is later visited by Ben who wants to know more about the mermaids, after witnessing Ryn transform into her violent mermaid form and attack him via her fanged teeth. She informs him that the history of his father's family in Bristol Cove is much bloodier than he knows; that his ancestor had lost his mind; being overly obsessed with mermaids and he and his shipmates ruthlessly massacred most of such sea creatures in cold blood. She then urges him to talk to his father.
|“||Maybe they sense my empathy.||”|
|— To Maddie about her unusual knowledge|
A month later, Helen is disturbed and slightly angered to learn that Donna and Ryn returned from the ocean, but is sympathetic when she learns they only came back because there was little to no more fish for them to eat. When Donna rebels against Ryn, Maddie and Ben, Helen offers her a place to stay and even reveals to Donna that she is also a mermaid. Helen continues to develop a newfound friendship with both Ryn and Donna as she assists Ben and Maddie to keep them both safe from enemy forces against them.
After the events of season one, Helen tragically loses Donna to death, which devastated Ryn as well. Both Helen and Ryn trek through the woods of Bristol Cove (with Ben and Maddie) to bury Donna's human body amongst Helen's mermaid-ancestors.
|“||You have no idea what you're dealing with||”|
|— Warning them about what merfolk are capable of.|
|“||He was my friend. Did you kill him?||”|
|— To Donna about the late Sean McClure|
|“||You need to keep an eye on Xander.||”|
|— Warns Ben about Xander's troubled state of mind|
Helen reveals later in the first season that she is an old friend of the McClure’s. Helen attends Sean McClure’s funeral after she learns of his death. Helen is saddened and consoles both Sean’s widowed wife and Xander at Sean’s funeral. When Donna returns with her mermaid colony, she breaks away with them to protect Ryn. When Donna returned with her colony and sought out Helen, Helen angrily asks Donna if she helped kill Sean and stated that Sean was her friend.
|“||Stop by my shop sometime. Helen's Antiques. We can talk about my...our family.||”|
|— Meeting her distant cousin after many years of being unaware of his relation to her.|
She finally learns about him being a long-lost distant relative of mysterious merfolk/human bloodline, due to the interference of a suspicious Elaine Pownall. She tracks him down at the cafe where he works and later introduces herself at his house. She notices the same scaly marks on his right arm, which she herself has on her left leg and right arm.
|“||We had a moment, didn't we?||”|
|— At her house in "Distress Call"|
Helen first encounters the merman in her home, who was startled to see so many merpeople at her home and recognized Katrina as "the other female from before." She was flattered at his courtesy towards her and his welcoming her for their protection, as he was aware of her heritage to his kind. As a sign of her feelings for him, she gives him one of her seashell necklaces to remember her by. Unfortunately, she has yet to be informed of his death.
Season One Edit
- "She do that to you?"
- "In their natural state in the water, they see you as prey. Their instinct is to kill. Humans never understood that. It caused a lot of misery."
- "Your family's history in this town is bloodier than you know. Your ancestor lost his mind, obsessed. He and his ship-mates slaughtered those beautiful creatures in cold blood. Genocide- that's your legacy."
- "You came back."
- "You learn quickly."
- "It's not about trust. No one can know. These creatures were massacred once. It could happen again."
- "You have no idea what you're dealing with .This will end very badly."
- "They call it an autoimmune response. That's the word they use when they don't understand what something is.'
- "You can trust me because...I am one of you."
- "I know a place."
- "They're not human, Ryn."
- "Those creatures were slaughtered out on the water. But others, in human form, died in Bristol Cove. She was the first. She was the daughter of Charles Pownall and his mermaid."
- "Oh no. That may be what your colony believes, but that is not what happened: The baby was born in transition and appeared deformed; a soul caught between two worlds. Charles knew that the doctors of Bristol Cove would see her as an abomination and refuse to treat her. So he took her into the woods..."
- "No. He brought her to those with higher minds than the doctors of Bristol Cove."
- "The Haida helped her complete her transition and she lived for a very long time. I am her last living descendant. One-eighth to be exact."
- "Are we talking about the Siren song?"
- "My ancestors always said it had different meanings. Great love to some but for others it could be dangerous. Mythologists called it an enthusiasm for obsession."
Season Two Edit
- "Tourist trap."
- "Yes. Very sweet."
- "You were raised to live in a pack. You are not solitary creatures."
- "I don't feel anything."
- "Oh, my god."
- "There's four of them, plus the other female from before."
- "I'll stay. They're my people, too."
- "What's going on here?"
- "None of your business."
- "All this time."
- "When I heard you were looking for family, I had to come."
- "Now I just have figure how to tell him."
- "We're different from people, period."
- "Telling you wouldn't have worked. You have to see in order to believe it."
- "Break out, actually."
- "Upstairs. My house guests like to wander."
- "Oh no, not at all. I'm glad you came."
- "They know about a lot of things. Civilized, in their own way."
- "Maybe your sister is struggling on the inside."
- (in wonder) "Oh, my god. You're beautiful."
- "I know you don't understand me. No locks in the ocean."
- "We had a moment, didn't we? Back at the warehouse."
- "Katrina's on the warpath."
- "You didn't lose them. She took them."
- "This is hallowed ground."
- "The tank water is becoming insufficient for these creatures. They need the real ocean."
- "Where am to take the rest of the pack? Somewhere out of town? A boat?"
- "This is for you. So you can remember me."
- "I need your help. Now."
- "A noble cuase for our people."
- "Oh, my god. You did it."
Season One Edit
- Pilot (debut appearance)
- The Lure
- Interview With a Mermaid
- On the Road
- Curse of the Starving Class
- Being Human
- Street Fight
- The Arrival
- The Wolf at the Door
- Natural Order
- Oil and Water
- Primal Instincts
- Distress Call
- She is the only mermaid known able to live on land and elude detection for many years.
- In the Season 1 finale, she is revealed to be one-eighth mermaid through her great-grandmother. However, she lacks the ability to grow a gray fish-tail in the ocean, as is "several generations removed from that".