“The evil that men do lives after them; it is oft interred with their bones.”
Hasenfussige Schnecke, Musasat Alsh-Shabab, and now the new Wesen, the Barbatus Ossifrage. It seems as if the entire Grimm production crew’s whole goal for season 5 is to gross us out as much as possible.
Note to Grimm execs: It’s working.
The Barbatus Ossifrage, the Wesen of the week, is a vulture-like Wesen that preys on the wounded who are facing inevitable death. This week, a man named Charlie is our vulture, going after the wounded.
But he has to hurt his victims even more before he can consume them. Politely, of course, he tells his victims that he regrets what he must do. And then he runs them over with his car…twice. But this is all part of the process, you see. He has to crush his victim’s bones before he can digest them internally.
So what’s the end goal in all of this? Well, Charlie has some pretty terrible parents. And he has to feed them because they’re always so hungry. And how does he feed them? By regurgitating the bones of the victims he’s consumed, after all.
Thankfully, though, the case of the week portion of the episode doesn’t take itself too seriously (how could you with this subject matter?). When Nick, Hank, and Wu find a victim who’s been de-boned, Nick says, “Well, this guy just got boned.” (Look, Nick, we get that you’re a father now, but you really don’t have to start with the dad jokes.)
The best running joke of the night has to do with Monroe and a “perfume” concocted by Rosalee. The Barbatus Ossifrage, as a vulture, is attracted to the scent of death. In order to get Charlie to our heroes, they decide that someone needs to be offered as fake bait to the Barbatus Ossifrage. They call agree on Monroe, because he’s always the sacrifice. Rosalee makes the death perfume and Monroe wears it (but it doesn’t even end up working anyway because the Barbatus Ossifrage goes after Wu). Needless to say, everyone has a hilarious reaction to the “perfume” and jokes about Monroe’s stench throughout the episode. And at the end, once the case is finished, Nick and Hank joke that Monroe won’t be going home with them because of the scent he’d leave in their cars.
Karma is also a factor in this episode. Charlie is killed by being hit by a car. And, when Nick and Hank take Charlie’s parents to the morgue to see their dead son, they consume his bones because they’re such great parents.
Let’s spend more time talking about what happened outside of the case of the week.
Hank reconnects with Zuri, his former physical therapist.
Oh, look, a nice break from Nadalind! While shopping in the frozen food section of the grocery store, Hank runs into Zuri. They have a dinner date at her house. Zuri likes that Hank isn’t bothered that she is Wesen.
I don’t know what will come out of this. Is she with Black Claw? Will Hank really find love? Only time will tell.
We’ve got ourselves a WuWolf.
We witnessed a full transformation of Wu.
Next week’s episode is, “The Taming of the Wu.” Now, there’s no cure for lycanthropia, as we’ve learned.
So how exactly are we going to tame Wu? Lock him up monthly?
Renard is back to his old self again.
Oh, Renard. You are the least trustworthy character, but you are also the most compelling. Renard calls Adalind and tells her to meet with him, alone, at a designated location. Not sketchy at all.
And despite her reservations about his motivations, Adalind drops off Kelly with aunt Rosalee (I really want a scene of Rosalee babysitting) and goes off to meet Renard in a dark parking garage.
Renard, who knows that Adalind does not trust him, kidnaps her (always the answer!) and takes her to an undisclosed location. Adalind calls him a bastard. I agree with her (and so does he).
Renard brings Diana to Adalind, and, like his reunion with his daughter last week, Diana runs to her mother and gives her a warm embrace. And, just like that, Adalind is probably sucked in to Renard’s scheme.
The big question is, who will be hurt because of this?
Next week *seems* to be all about Diana, which is actually pretty exciting. Maybe we’ll find out where she has been this whole time?