Maura has pointed fairy ears which she covers with a hat when she is out in human public. The bad guy recognizes her as one of the Fae folk. He’s seen her kind before. Could this be a real lead to Ardith?
He comments on her ears and she tries to deflect it by saying — industrial accident when she was a child.
This scene and comment are a nod to an episode of the original Star Trek. In an episode where Kirk and Spock time traveled back to old earth. The City On the Edge of Forever 1967 The conversation as recorded on the link was
[Having arrived in Earth’s distant past, Captain Kirk steals clothing so he and Spock can blend in but is halted by the sudden appearance of a policeman]
Policeman: [seeing Kirk with an armload of clothing] Well?
Capt. Kirk: You’re a police officer. I recognize the traditional accoutrements.
Spock: [in regards to his own appearance] You were saying you’ll have no trouble explaining it.
Capt. Kirk: [on the spot to explain Spock’s alien features] My friend… is obviously Chinese. I see you’ve noticed the ears. They’re… actually easy to explain…
Spock: Perhaps the unfortunate accident I had as a child…
Capt. Kirk: …the unfortunate accident he had as a child. He caught his head in a mechanical… rice picker… but, fortunately, there was an American missionary living close by who was actually a, uh, skilled, uh, plastic surgeon in civilian life…
Policeman: All right, all right. Drop those bundles and put your hands on that wall there. Come on!
It was incredibly funny. I wanted to give a nod to that scene and other trek fans. LOL