The End Begins: “Fugitive” Recap

It’s been far too long, Grimmsters, but Grimm (and this blog) are back for the final 13 episodes–and it looks like we’re in for a whopper of a season.

Last May’s finale left us off with some interesting developments: Renard was named mayor, Nick came back form the dead (thanks, magic stick!), Black Claw leader Bonaparte was killed by Renard (who was being controlled by Diana), and Eve was saved with the magic stick (and she may be Juliette again).

So let’s hop right into “Fugitive,” shall we?

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

As is customary in the world of Grimm, we picked up right where we left off–Nick is miraculously alive, thanks to the magic stick in his pocket, and Renard, under his daughter’s spell, kills Bonaparte.  Nick and Renard, now enemies, stare at each other for a moment, Renard wondering how Nick is alive and Nick wondering why Renard killed Bonaparte. Instead of a standoff between the two men, Renard leaves in a daze.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Scooby gang, unaware that Nick is alive, looks for a way out of the tunnels.  Monroe finds out, but Nick quickly joins them, but not before Trubel almost beheads him accidentally.

There’s an extremely tense scene between Adalind and Renard.  Renard returns home, still dazed by the night’s events, but with a keen awareness of what happened to him.  He suspects Diana’s involvement almost immediately…but how can you discipline a child who has complete control over you?

So, when Renard leaves, what does he do?  Immediately frame Nick for Bonaparte’s death, of course, and for the deaths in the precinct (which were actually Wu’s doing).  He orders the Portland PD to search for Nick.

We fell in love with Renard for his complexity to blur the distinctions between good and evil. He has always acted in his own best interests, but now he is pure evil, driven almost blindly by the will of Black Claw.  Until he perceives blood on his hands–a straightforward motif that may suggest a bit of morality exists within him.  But whose blood, even though it is not actual blood, is on his hands? Is it that of Nick’s or Bonaparte’s?  Does he regret his attempts to frame Nick for Bonaparte’s death or does he regret putting a damper in Black Claw’s plans in Portland?

Unbeknownst to Renard, his decision to scope out Nick’s whereabouts is met with some resistance by his department.  Officer Franco, who’s been in many episodes over the years, has always played a small role.  But he warns Hank and Wu about Renard’s plans, and encourages them to keep Nick safe.  “I don’t want to have anything to do with taking out one of our own,” he says, suggesting his support for Nick.

So where does this leave Nick?  After a call from a stressed Adalind calls him and says she needs him, he runs to her–literally, stopping by the house she and Renard share.  There is a genuine, tender Nadalind moment as they practically leap into each other’s arms and kiss.  Adalind is truly frightened and wants to keep her family safe and together.  Nick holds baby Kelly, if only for a moment.

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Nadalind shippers everywhere are rejoicing.

Adalind mentions the cursed ring and how its magic can survive even though Bonaparte is dead–and I sat on the couch wondering why, of all the things happening in Portland right now, she’s concerned about that ring.  We’ll figure it out later, Adalind–I know it’s a symbol of an “engagement” you don’t want, but it’s not like Nick is particularly upset about it.

After learning about Renard’s plans, Nick, not officially on the run, goes to one location he believes he’s sure to stay safe–Wurstner’s Refrigerator Repair.  I personally enjoy any excuse to see Bud in an episode, even though I know, given his nervous nature, he isn’t the best person to hide a fugitive.  And, eventually, the Portland PD learns that Nick is [likely] hiding out at Bud’s shop.

Nick is also rather lucky that Hank and Wu are working in the precinct, because they can tell him when things go awry.  Renard attempts to threaten Hank and Wu, but Hank is ready for it.

The Scooby gang meets to plan some sort of diversion.  Their plan?  Have Bud transport a refrigerator that is large enough to fit a man in it and make it seem like Nick is inside it.  But when you’ve got cops chasing cops, you can’t really get much of a head start against your opponent.  Renard and other officers surround Bud’s shop.

“Take them down,” Renard says, and the screen fades to black.

Other notes:

I don’t know if we’ll fully understand the powers of the magic stick (though I think we’d all like to).  We definitely did get some hints about the extent of its power, though.

As we know, it saved both Nick and Eve.  But it seems to have some lingering effects on Eve.  For one, she seems to be getting some of her emotion back, but this is probably part of a larger issue.  Back at the spice shop, she touches a dead Black Claw member–and the dead man grips her arm.  In a very odd scene, the man has her in a literal “death grip” in a dark, smoky area, and it’s not until Rosalee cuts off the dead man’s arm that Eve is freed from this.  It turns out that the “death grip,” as it is officially called, sent her “pure soul” to the Underworld.

It may be worth your while to watch the scene for yourself.

It’s worthy to note that the dead Black Claw member had patterns on his face.  It becomes a plot point when Trubel shows the mysterious cloth to Eve, who, somehow, is able to decipher the faded patterns, as seen on the Black Claw member, on the cloth itself.  So it seems that trip to the Underworld was rather helpful…

Rachel Wood was found dead in her apartment.  And guess what…Renard’s fingerprints are all over it.  While we know Renard didn’t kill her (it was Diana), Renard may need to find a way to cover himself.  Or maybe he deserves to be falsely accused of her murder, just as he falsely accused Nick.  It would make for some interesting karma.

Next week, Nick becomes Renard!  Yeah, because we haven’t seen any weird side effects from that spell before.  (Also, #ShirtlessRage.)

 

 

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#GrimmFinale Part 1 Recap

How do you sum up two hours of intense Grimm action?  Death, destruction, a couple of arrests, and some plot twists.  Technically, we saw two different episodes, so I’ll break both of them down individually.

Part I: “Set Up”

“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”

We pick back up at Hadrian’s Wall headquarters with a furious Nick who wants nothing more than to ruin Renard. The HW crew explains that controlling Portland is just the beginning for Black Claw–their plan is to move up in all forms of government.  The team adds Conrad Bonaparte to the top of their Black Claw hierarchy, as he’s the one controlling the Portland movement.

The conversation is stopped, though, when Hank gets a call about two dead bodies in his own home.

The show cuts to Monroe and Rosalee, who are cooped up at home because two Black Claw members are staked outside of their home.  What’s most important from this scene is Monroe’s impulsive instincts to take out the Black Claw members himself and Rosalee’s sudden ill health.

Meanwhile, behind closed doors, Renard and Adalind don’t hide their dislike for each other so that even Diana picks up on it.  Adalind rejects all of Renard’s advances–she has truly made a great transformation this season.

Throughout most of the finale, Diana is a creepy child.  She has two Tim Burton-esque dolls that she uses as a sort of voodoo power to control her parents’ actions.  She forces them to kiss, but Adalind realizes that Diana is controlling her and Renard (who is more willing to accept this than Adalind).

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Later on, Adalind tells Diana that she cannot force two people together, especially not mommy and daddy.  Diana also voices her dislike of Rachel (who she ends up killing later.  Someone please tell this child that murder is not ok).

The first set up of the finale involves Hank.  The dead men in his house are the two Black Claw members that Nick killed.  Two detectives from the Portland North precinct claim that they had a witness to the crime, so they arrest Hank to take him in for questioning.

Nick and Wu know that something is wrong here, though, so they start and investigation and learn that Hank’s neighbor was forced by Black Claw to be a witness to Hank’s crime.  But Hank isn’t listed in the North Precinct’s records.  The detectives who took Hank are actually members of Black Claw (no surprises there), so they kidnap him and take him to a house and not the precinct.

#SaveHank

Bonaparte and Adalind have a great scene together, mainly because Adalind throws a couple of zingers at him.  Despite leaving Nick and taking Kelly with her, she has been amazing this season.  Bonaparte threatens Adalind by woging into a full Zauerbiest, which is equally as creepy as a Hexenbiest.

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He turns her into stone to show her the kind of power he possesses.  He places a ring on her finger–an engagement ring intended to be from Renard–that he warns she can never take off if she wants to keep her children safe.

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Back at Portland PD, Nick and Wu make a plan to try to get information out of Tony Talomoti, since he was involved in framing Hank.  They know that they’ll never get information out of him by speaking to him alone, so they bring in Monroe and Rosalee to talk to him. Nick and Wu break all ethical codes by allowing Monroe to “speak” to Tony himself.  Monroe beats the address where hank is being kept out of Tony (521 Skyline Drive–and it’s episode 5×21).

Nick and Renard share a tender moment in the precinct.  Portland PD officers congratulate Renard on his election victory.  Renard catches Nick’s glance, and the two stare longingly into each other’s eyes.  You can see just how proud Nick is that his police captain will become the mayor of Portland.

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The episode cuts back to 521 Skyline Drive, where Hank is being snarky with the detectives who kidnapped him.  Oh, Hank, you are so underappreciated.

Our heroes and HW head out to rescue Hank, which they successfully do.  But they soon learn that Black Claw traced Zuri’s whereabouts to HW headquarters, so Hank’s set up was just a diversion for another set up to infiltrate HW.

Black Claw storms in on HW, destroying every thing and every person in sight.  Even our poor dear Meisner, who has worked tirelessly to learn about Black Claw, study their members, and keep Portland safe with an underground militia, falls victim to Conrad Bonaparte.  Renard watches his former friend suffer and fires the shot that kills him.

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Was it out of spite or mercy?   We may never know.  But Renard is starting to learn at this point that he is no more than a pawn in Bonaparte’s game of power.

Our heroes return to HW headquarters to find everything trashed and Meisner dead.  It’s unfortunate that our heroes didn’t have the magical healing stick.  If anything, though, Meisner’s death has given everyone a reason to fight.

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At the end of the episode, an even more furious Nick acts impulsively in the middle of the day at the precinct.  He storms into Renard’s office, tells him about Meisner’s death, and assaults him.  Renard woges and an all-out brawl ensues, which ends with Renard shoving Nick through a window.

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The episode ends with Nick being arrested.  Wow, Nick, good one, there.

Stay tuned for another blog post about part II of the season finale.  Double the episodes means double the writing!

 

Episode title speaks for itself: “Bad Night” Recap

“We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.”

Vengeance and betrayal were the key themes of “Bad Night,” the penultimate episode of season 5.  It’s hard to believe that Friday May 20 is the season finale.

Here are the key events of “Bad Night”:

  • “I can’t stand by and do nothing. He’s my son.”

The episode begins with a furious Nick, who attempts to call Hank about Adalind leaving with Kelly.  But when hank doesn’t pick up the phone, Nick acts on his impulses by going after Renard.  He breaks into Renard’s old home in an attempt to confront him, but little does he know that Renard is in an extravagant home provided to him by Black Claw.

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Throughout the episode he blames Renard for taking his family away from him, not Adalind.  he doesn’t believe that Adalind was given much of a choice in joining Renard.  But his ultimate goal is to protect his son.

  • “Like it or not, we’re a family.”

Adalind arrives at Renard’s new home–and technically her home, too.  All she wants to do is see Diana, but Black Claw keeps her daughter from her until she agrees to stay with Renard.  He attempts to make advances on her, but Adalind makes it clear to him that this is not what she wants.

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I must say, I am proud of Adalind.  Her character transformation remains intact–she feels trapped by Renard and Black Claw.  She doesn’t want to align herself with them, but she feels as if it’s the only way she can reunite with Diana.  Her priority is her family, and she does want to protect her children and Nick.

  • “Don’t underestimate little girls.”

Diana is a creepy child.  She meets Kelly and “plays” with him, but her idea of playing with her brother is making him levitate in the air and almost give her poor mother a heart attack.

She also wants her parents together.  Apparently Diana is conscientious of her parents’ relative dislike of each other, so she uses her powers to force them to hold hands.  And based upon next week’s promo, it looks like Renard and Adalind ma be forced to do even more…

So what is the extent of Diana’s powers? And how is she able to control an adult half-Zauerbiest and adult Hexenbiest?

  • “Revolutions are forged in blood.”

Nick and Renard have a late-night meeting in Renard’s office that, surprisingly, does not lead to a fight.  We learn that Renard has fully engrossed himself in the beliefs of Black Claw–he truly believes that Wesen should have power in Portland and not have to hide themselves any more.  He has proven that he is no different from the power-hungry Royals before him.  Any question of Renard’s loyalty has now been answered: he is Nick’s enemy.

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Despite this, Renard tries to recruit Nick into joining Black Claw.  Yeah, like that would ever happen.  We’d need a complete subversion of Hadrian’s Wall’s goals in order to even toy with that idea.

Renard does make an important observation for Nick, though.  Nick addresses his anger for having his son taken away from him.  Renard draws a parallel for Nick, reminding him that he agreed to have Kelly Burkhardt raise Diana for the greater good.  Renard believes that sacrifices must be made in his game of power.  But Nick doesn’t see it that way.

  • “It’s not Pandora’s box…”

Nick gets deeper and deeper into working with Hadrian’s Wall.  They show him a hierarchy chart for Black Claw to give him an idea of the power structure of the organization.  They took his son, and now they’re going down.

Because Nick knows that he may be sacrificing his own life to remove Black Claw from Portland, he takes Trubel into the tunnel in his home and shows her the magical healing stick that he and Monroe found in Germany.  His logic for showing her: she’s a Grimm, and if anything were to happen to him, she would have this available to her, if needed.  Trubel observes that it looks like “it broke off of something.”  Foreshadowing?

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  • Hanks learns the truth about Zuri.

Hank spends a night with Zuri, who gets help from Tony (the man Rosalee knew) to steal Hank’s phone, download all of his data, and then return it as if he never had it.  But Hank is skeptical–how could Zuri think that she could outsmart a detective anyway?  Zuri claims that Black Claw threatened her, but she is actually allied with them.  She is taken into HW headquarters for “questioning” by Eve and Trubel.

  • Wu learns self-control.

Once again, we visit Wu’s apartment.  This time, we basically resolve his lycanthrope subplot.  He forces himself to become angry (like he’s the Hulk or something) and morph into his wolf form, and then he exercises incredible control of himself by returning to his human state.  It’s almost as if his lycanthropia is a woge, even though we’ve learned that it is a virus.

  • “You’re dead.”

The new mayor of Portland is…Sean Renard, of course.  After all, we do need to advance the plot.  And Black Claw can’t lose the election!  The polls before the election made it seem as if it was a close race, but exit polls predicted a landslide.

When Renard heads to thee stage to thank the voters and speak about his victory, he calls upon Adalind and his children to come to the stage.  His children!  This bastard is calling Kelly his own child!  Adalind does not want to join him on stage at all, but she puts a fake smile on her face.

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Such a happy family.

 

And, watching from a TV, a furious Nick forewarns Renard: “You’re dead.”

Prepare yourselves for an epic two-hour finale, Grimmsters.  This is gonna get ugly.

Plot threads in action: “Taming of the Wu” Recap

Throughout the second half of season 5, our heroes have spent most of their time on our usual cases of the week, leaving the Black Claw plotline on the sidelines.  But now, with the season ending in just a few short weeks, plot threads are finally starting to come together.

Let’s break down the major events of the “Taming of the Wu”:

Wu finally learns what is happening to him.

The episode opens in the hospital with Wu, who seems to be recovering well from last week’s near-death experience with a Barbatus Ossifrage.  Nick and Hank visit him to see how he’s doing.

Once Nick and Hank leave the hospital, an unknown man stops outside of Wu’s room and calls someone on the phone, telling them that Wu is in the hospital.  Now, why is someone stalking Wu?

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Not creepy at all.

 

Later that night, while a nurse is checking up on Wu, he morphs (I am not referring to it as a woge since he is technically not Wesen) in front of her, and, like most people, she freaks out and runs out of the room to tell the doctors what she has seen.  By the time the nurse returns to Wu’s room with doctors, though, he is back to normal (and doesn’t have any recollection of what happened).

The next day, Wu is discharged from the hospital, and Nick and Hank take him back to his apartment.  He tells Nick and Hank that he has been having strange dreams and dreaming of red meat, and Nick tells him to visit Rosalee if he feels as if he needs anything.

Don’t you hate when you’re trying to make a sandwich and watch your boss’ political ad and you wolf out?

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When did Renard have the time to film this? Also, where was Rachel in this episode?

 

Well, this happens to Wu as he’s trying to open a jar of mustard.  He breaks the jar, cuts his hand, and goes to the sink to wash the cut, but his arm wolfs out.  Once his arm returns to normal, though, his cut has started to heal.  And, to make matters worse, he notices that an old pickup truck has been sitting outside his apartment building all day long.

Wu calls Rosalee and tells her that he’s going to come to the spice shop.  Before he does that, though, he coyly investigates who’s inside the pickup truck.  The man following him is Theo Delano, who has been arrested Wu three times.

Theo follows Wu to an alley, where Wu confronts him.  Theo woges into a Skalengeck, and then the two fight.  But since we are following Wu’s perspective, we don’t see the fight.

After Nick and Hank are called in to see Theo’s dead body, they visit Wu, who is unconscious–and covered in blood–on his bed.  Though he does not remember what happened, he realizes that he killed Theo.

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Trubel find Theo in the Black Claw database, so none of our heroes are too concerned that Wu killed a member of Black Claw.

Worried for Wu, Nick and Hank take him to the spice shop.  Rosalee gives revocare tenebris to Wu, which is a potion that forces Wu into a deep sleep and forces him to remember the deepest, darkest memories in his mind.  And, because it’s convenient for the plot, revocare tenebris induces sleep-talking.  Wu recalls the fight with Theo and confirms that he killed him.  He also morphs in his sleep, which is recorded by Monroe.

Our heroes confirm what we all know-that Wu is a lycanthrope, contracting the virus from the scratch he’s had for several episodes now.  Rosalee says that Wu’s morph is an emotional response that forces him into a survival mode.  While they have no cure for it, he must find a way to stay calm and avoid stress.

Wu is okay with this, just as long as he isn’t crazy.

Diana has powers beyond what anyone can fully comprehend.

Early in the episode, Meisner returns.  He trespasses into a home, searching in the dark.  He finds two dead bodies and walks through a child’s room.

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Subtle.

 

While in the child’s room, he discovers the Black Claw symbol marked on a wall.

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He starts to fight a Hundjager that is ultimately killed by Trubel (welcome back, Trubel!)  This home was the safe house where Diana was kept.

When Diana sees her mother, she does not want her to leave.  But Renard is giving Adalind the choice on whether to stay with them (and effectively join Black Claw).  Diana begs her mother to stay with them, but Adalind can’t give an answer to Diana immediately.  In the only way a young witch can throw a temper tantrum, she expresses her power to her parents.  And the only way Adalind can get her to calm down is to tell her that she needs more time to make a decision.

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Why do her eyes change color?  Is this because she can’t woge yet?

 

Diana, however, has powers that can’t be matched.  Several times throughout the episode, she reaches out to Adalind telepathically, asking her where she is.  And with each connection, Adalind feels worse and worse about being away from her daughter.

Diana can even mimic voices.  She calls her mother in the voice of Renard, urging Adalind to make a decision.

At one point, Eve even hears Diana reaching out to Adalind.  She thinks this is because Adalind turned into Juliette, who also turned into Adalind.  Because of this, the two women are connected.  And it certainly helps with HW’s investigation of Black Claw and Diana.

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Badasses.

 

Eve warns Nick not to trust Adalind.  Both Nick and Eve are determined to keep Kelly safe.

New character alert: meet Conrad Bonaparte.

Conrad Bonaparte is most likely a leader of Black Claw.  We see him in three key scenes during the episode.

We first meet him when he meets Renard.  Bonaparte claims that Adalind should join Black Claw, and Nick should, too, because they think they are the ones doing good for Portland.

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We see Bonaparte again when he meets Adalind at her office and tells her that she has to make a decision on whether to join Black Claw by the end of the day.  So much pressure is placed on Adalind throughout the episode.

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Bonaparte shows up on screen a third time with Zuri.  Remember Zuri, Hank’s Wesen physical therapist?  Remember how we speculated whether she was with Black Claw?  Well, it seems like she is conspiring against Hank for whatever reason.  Come on, Zuri.  Hank is a great guy–he doesn’t deserve this.

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Adalind makes hard choices.

This entire season has offered a chance for redemption for Adalind Schade.  And, mostly, she has done an excellent job of redeeming herself…except for the poor communication that she has had with Nick.

She finally reveals to him that she has her powers back, though she doesn’t tell him–she summons her phone to her.  Nick, unsurprised, tells her that he will not hurt her.  His reasoning is mostly for his son: he lost his mother twice, and he never wants Kelly to face that.

She does not tell him, however, about meeting Renard and Diana.  If she confided in Nick about this, though, I’m sure he would find a way to help her make a choice about what to do.

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Inside Adalind’s mini-crisis.

 

Instead, though, Adalind wrestles with the dilemma on her own.  She does not want Kelly to be separated from Nick, but she also wants Diana back.  So she takes Kelly with her, leaving Nick on his own.

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This is so sad.

 

She leaves this note behind:

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How sorry is she, though?  If she really loved Nick, would she have told him about meeting up with Renard and Diana?  Or is the situation

With the power of magic, most of the words disappear from the letter, leaving this behind:

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Is Adalind doing the right thing?  I don’t know myself.  What’s your take on it, Grimmsters?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regurgitating bones: “Good to the Bone” Recap

“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.

Ugh.

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.

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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.

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This is going to end well.

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.

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And somehow, Diana recognizes her parents.

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?

 

Ghost Dog: “Inugami” Recap

There was A LOT going on in “Inugami,”so let’s break down all of the important events.

“Revenge us an act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.”

Another week, another Wesen tradition.  This time, it’s the Inugami, a Japanese spirit dog that protects and seeks vengeance for a family it serves.

The case of the week starts with two teenagers.  One named Roger is trying to call his friend Brian, who refuses to talk to him and locks himself in a basement, playing video games for hours on end.  Brian’s parents, who are going out for the night, try to tell Brian that he should speak to Roger.

Once his parents leave, Brian is kidnapped, taken to a river, and buried up to his neck next to the river.  He is then decapitated with a katana, and his head is placed under a bridge.

After our heroes begin their investigation and ID Brian’s body, they question his parents.  And then the case starts to get a bit more interesting.

According to Brian’s parents, Brian and Roger were found guilty of criminally negligent homicide three weeks prior to Brian’s death.  Last year, they said, Brian, Roger, and their other friend Kuma were drinking and found a loaded gun.  Then the gun accidentally went off and Kuma was shot and killed.  Ever since that day, Brian had fallen into a deep depression, isolating himself from his family and friends.

Brian’s father claimed that Jin Akagi, Kuma’s father, said that Brian and Roger deserved to die for what they did to Kuma.  So Brian’s father believed that Jin killed Brian.

Nick and Hank visit the Akagi home, but they are unwilling to speak with detectives without their lawyer.  The Akagis are not responsible for Brian’s murder because they were at a fundraiser for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (which is the hospital that is helped and supported by the Grimmster Endowment).

Roger’s account later in the story gave even more information.  Kuma had showed them one of his family’s swords, and Roger said he had an even better weapon to show them.  He found an old gun in his home, and Brian picked up the gun.  it accidentally went off, which scared Kuma, who woged in front of his friends.  Brian then dropped the gun, which went off again.  Then Kuma was shot and killed.

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This is a gorgeous Wesen.

 

At this point, Nick and Hank know that Wesen are involved.  They visit the Akagis again, who tell Nick and Hank about the legend of the Inugami, which acts as a guardian for a family. Their lawyer, Takeshi, is the Inugami who protects the Akagi family and is seeking vengeance for Kuma’s death.

Our heroes find and catch Takeshi as he is about to kill Roger.  And thus closes another case of the week.

Here are the other big moments from “Inugami”:

Adalind has a job interview at her old law firm.

Wesen law firm, I should say.  She brings Kelly along with her, and her old boss, who woges into a Lausenschlange, is glad that Adalind wants to return to work.  She woges, too, but baby Kelly doesn’t seem to mind.  In fact, he smiles when he sees his mama woge.  It’s actually very cute, because he sees his mom, not a monster.

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*attempts to contain uncontrollable laughter that comes as a result of seeing an adorable baby smile*

 

Were-Wu.

If we see Wu in his apartment, then something bad is probably going to happen.  Either Wu is having some weird dreams or we saw his first outing as a lycanthrope.  There were no dead bodies aside from Brian’s that would have suggested that Wu hurt anyone, but he did leave behind some leaf clutter in his apartment.

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This is not good.

 

“If you hurt Nick, I will come for you.”

As part of her brainwashing by HW, no doubt, Eve was rather protective over Nick in this episode, particularly when it came to Adalind.  In the beginning of the episode, Eve met Nick in his car and warned him about Renard’s collaboration with Black Claw.

But she also reminded him that the suppressant Adalind took would not last much longer.  And once Adalind became a full Hexenbiest again, she would not be the same.  Nick, slightly wary, reminds Eve that he’s been there, done that with a Hexenbiest transformation before.

Later, Rosalee tells Nick and Monroe about the incident with Tony and Adalind in the spice shop while they were in Germany.  Once Nick realizes that Adalind has been keeping her slow transformation back into a Hexenbiest a secret from him for some time, he becomes wary–almost distrusting.

Rosalee, ever the voice of reason, tells Nick that Adalind is scared.  But Nick, who’s been heartbroken once by a very similar situation, is understandably uneasy.  I can understand why both Adalind and Nick are keeping secrets, but it would be better for both of them–but great for their son–if they communicated with each other.  Then again, this is a television drama we’re watching.

Later, while Nick is out working the case of the week, Eve visits Adalind at the fome, armed with two warnings.  One: Black Claw will try to approach Adalind and draw her in (which Adalind has some idea of, considering her conversation with Renard about Diana a few episodes ago).  Two: If Adalind hurts Nick, Eve will come for her.

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I guess Eve is trying to make up for all of the deplorable things she did to Nick while she was still Juliette.

I’m not spending the night down here.  And I have to pee.”

Nick desperately wants to know what exactly the tunnels at the fome lead to.  While he’s busy with the case and Adalind is at a job interview at her old law firm, he enlists the help of Monroe and Rosalee to investigate the tunnels themselves.  He wanted them to look at the tunnels while Adalind was not home, because he can’t even trust the mother of his son.

I’m not quite sure how long they were down in the tunnels, but they did manage to find a new friend.

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Should we give him/her a name?

 

And they also managed to get stuck in the tunnels after they heard Adalind come back home from her job interview.  Fun times.

“Diana?”

Ah, yes, you read that correctly.  Rachel Wood has done her job well, hasn’t she?  At the end of the episode, Renard comes home, but Rachel is already waiting for him at the top of the stairs.  And, somehow, she has Diana with her.

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Someone please explain her rapid aging to me.

 

The last time we saw Diana, she was a toddler in a helicopter being taken by Meisner to who-knows-where.  And now both Meisner and Diana are in Portland and we don’t really know how either of them got there.  unless that helicopter never did get very far.

Renard seems genuinely surprised and happy to see his daughter, though whether it’s because he really wanted to see her or it’s for his power grab is yet to be determined.  And, despite being separated from him for her entire life, Diana runs into her father’s arms (ok, but it’s kinda cute).

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Because I’m skeptical of Renard’s motivations, I can’t tell if this is a truly tender moment. 

 

Well, Renard has the daughter, but now he needs the wife to complete that happy family.  And I think we know just the person to fill that role.

 

Another gross Wesen: “Skin Deep” Recap

Sometimes on Grimm, we see Wesen that look awesome (like the Mauvais Dentes or Balam).  Other times, they’re pretty, like the Fuschbau.

And then sometimes there are abominations, like the Lebensauger and Hassenfussige Schnecke.

The Musasat Alsh-Shabab was one of those abominations.

The episode starts with a young woman named Summer Blake (who looks a lot like Zoey Deschanel).  She meets a charming Australian photographer med Malcolm Caulfield, who tells her that she has the perfect look for modeling.  She goes to his studio, has a lovely photo shoot, and for a minute I forget that I’m watching Grimm.

All goes well until she takes a break from the flashing lights and Malcolm offers her some water.  Since this is Grimm we’re watching, he drugs her and waits until she is unconscious to woge into a disgusting beetle-like Wesen, mandibles and all, and sucks out her youth.  He even has face sacks that enlarge as he sucks out the youth of his victims.

His young victims become old and withered.  It’s hyper-aging that ends up killing them.

Back at Nick and Adalind’s home, Nick has an adorable moment with this son.  It speaks for itself.

Nick and Kelly

I wonder how much David was really acting here.

Of course, this great moment that I could have watched for an entire episode was interrupted by a call from Eve.

Nick is at HW headquarters for a very short scene.  Eve tells Nick about everything that she has learned with the Renard subplot.  Now Nick is suspicious of Renard’s motives.

Once Nick gets to the Portland PD precinct to work on this week’s case, he tells Hank about his conversation with Eve.  So now neither of our detectives are sure what to think about Renard.

Ironically, though, Renard arrives to the precinct and wants to talk to Nick and Hank.  He asks them what they think about the idea of him running for mayor.  He acts like his mayoral race isn’t for his own personal gain, but we all know better.  Nick and Hank tell Renard that they will support him.

Let’s see how long it takes before they’re adversaries.

Later, at HW headquarters, Eve is laying in bed, contemplating life.  Instead of being told that she has all of Juliette’s memories, she has a flashback of when Juliette used that potion with that witch’s hat to turn into Adalind to help Nick get his Grimm back.

It turns out that Eve still has this hat, and it’s stored in her closet.  Hmmm…wonder if that will become important.

All right, now back to our beetle photographer friend.  Malcolm’s got a job on the side selling the youth he sucks out of young people to a doctor named Eugene Forbes, who markets it into a cream he calls the Foy Cream (FOY stands for “fountain of youth.”)  Malcolm tells Eugene Forbes that he should never use that cream, ever, but Forbes doesn’t listen, of course!  If Malcom really had a problem with it, he wouldn’t sell it, right?

Forbes’ Foy Cream becomes a great sensation among superficial women–and it works!  Forbes ends up using all of the supply he has, and he even uses some (ok, more like a lot) on himself.  He demands more from Malcolm, who tries to tell him that the youth serum is not too easy to get.

But Malcolm manages to use that Australian charm again on another unsuspecting young person.  And we get see him woge again (yayyyy).

But Forbes gets more of the youth serum for his Foy Cream, so it’s a win for him, right?  And he becomes so obsessed with it that he covers his face with it, which is great for him right?

Nick and Hank do meet Malcolm and ask him questions about his photoshoots with the victims, but he denies any involvement in their murders.  But we know better.

When our detectives visit Monroe and Rosalee to learn about the Musasat Alsh-Shabab, they decide to have Rosalee go undercover and visit Forbes’ office.  Of course, Rosalee doesn’t need the cream. but she’s doing important work for us here!

When she meets Forbes, he looks like this:

Eugene Forbes

Malcolm warned you.

Crazed by his obsession with looking young, Forbes tries to get Rosalee to use some of the Foy Cream, but she really just wants this visit to be a consultation.  When he tries to force her to use some of the cream, Monroe, Nick and Hank step in.  Oh, and Malcolm shows up, too, because we have a show to end here.

Like every week, the case is solved, the Musasat Alsh-Shabab is found, and our heroes can sleep a little better at night knowing that they have removed yet another Wesen from Portland.

But the most important scene of the night happens with Eve.  She makes that human transformation potion and takes it, then morphs into…….

Renard!

Eve, despite knowing that she has taken this potion before and had unforeseen consequences, does it again.

The question is, how long will this last?  Does she have to repeatedly take the potion to maintain her form?

Here’s a promo for next week’s show:

 

 

 

 

Balam facemask: “Silence of the Slams” Recap

This week’s Grimm brought us back into our normal procedural format–a huge departure from all of the plot threads that we have started within the past few episodes.

The very beginning of the episode takes us back to the magical healing stick wand thing.  The Scooby gang, much like the Grimm crusaders of the past, agree that they cannot tell anyone about what they have found.  They do not fully understand the magnitude of its power.  I would have liked to have seen them delve into deciphering what was written on the cloth.  For another episode, I suppose.

In “Silence of the Slams,” our usual heroes take on supporting roles.  The case-of-the-week format does not follow the “short conflict leads to murder, which our heroes investigate and solve,” structure.  Instead, we follow a different formula.

We meet a young man named Goyo, who is an aspiring professional wrestler.  He is the protagonist of this episode.  He has the drive and determination to become a great name in wrestling, but there is one particular obstacle blocking him from his goal: He gets paid to lose matches to make his opponent look good.

Goyo is fed up with losing, and he is willing to do anything to make himself better (including signing a contract in blood.  You could argue that he’s just really dedicated to his job.).  He enlists the help of a man named Benito, who can create a mask for him that will make Goyo feel powerful.

Of course, this involves Benito forcing a stranger to woge, paralyzing him, then flaying his Balam face off (cue the “Silence of the Lambs” reference).

Benito is a Vibora Dorada, a new Aztec snake-like Wesen that paralyzes its victims with a neurotoxin.

This may be grim to say, but a Balam does make a nice face mask.  It’s one of my favorite Wesen, along with the Mauvais Dentes.

Nick and Hank start their normal investigation of the week when they find the former Balam man dead in an alley.  But the focus of the episode doesn’t stay with them.

Benito tells Goyo that he should not wear the mask outside of the ring.  And Goyo, the young man that he is, has a deficiency in his frontal lob development.

Goyo uses the Balam mask against his rival El Mayordomo and emerges victorious, now that he has the power of a Balam.

And this is where our Goyo begins to take a dark turn.  He feels immense power with this new mask (and tells Benito, too.)

Benito tells Goyo that he should not wear the mask outside of the ring.

Goyo’s rival is not happy that Goyo went against his planned loss, even though the audience didn’t seem to care.  They loved Goyo.

Of course, the only way to solve the problem between these two men is to fight.  Goyo puts on the mask outside of the ring, and, overcome with the power of the mask, kills the great El Mayordomo.

If he had not worn that mask, perhaps this would not have happened.  Remember what Benito said, Goyo?

Meanwhile,  our Scooby gang learns about the Aztec face mask ritual, thanks to the guidance of Monroe and Rosalee.

Later, at home, Goyo puts on the mask outside of the ring again, but this time, it becomes embedded on his face.

Benito did tell him not to wear the mask outside of the ring.

Things get worse for Goyo–he ends up killing Benito.  But lucky for him, our Scooby gang has figured out how to help him.  Rosalee makes a potion that helps unseal the mask from Goyo’s face, and along with a Spanish chant, saves him from his pseudo-Balam self.

Other notes from Silence of the Slams:

  • Nick and Adalind evade important conversations. 

Nick dodges answering Adalind about what happened in Germany (then again, the Scoobies did agree to not tell anyone about what they found).  Adalind does not tell Nick that her Hexenbiest self is beginning to resurface.  Instead, she asks what would happen if her powers came back.  Nick says that they would deal with it once that time came, but he recognized that Adalind had changed.

  • Renard’s personal brand of morality is an enigma.

Sean Renard’s questionable morality is what makes him such a compelling character.  He is neither good nor evil and has no binding allegiance to any cause.  And he still has not lost any sense of that.  He meets with Rachel Wood about a possible mayoral run.  She says that he needs to have a family, and, somehow, she knows about Diana.  She also has a plan Renard to get his daughter back.

It’s nice to actually hear Diana mentioned, because I’ve sometimes wondered if everyone forgot she existed.

Toward the end of the episode, Renard calls Adalind and tells him that he may have a way to get Diana back.  Knowing that Renard has manipulated her in the past, will Adalind join forces with him willingly?

Next week: Werewolves.

 

 

Turning point: #Grimm100 Recap

Once upon a time, Nicholas Burkhardt, a detective for the Portland police department, led a pretty simple life.  While out with Hank, his partner, on one seemingly normal day, telling Hank that he was planning to propose to his longtime girlfriend, he watched a woman transform into a monster.

And then, later that evening, his aunt Marie came to visit him.  His aunt told him of his ancestry, revealing that he was a Grimm who could see the monsters–Wesen–hidden within some people.  She her entire trailer of Grimm books and weapons to him to get him started on his journey of self-discovery.

And for almost five years since that night, Nicholas Burkhardt’s life has never been the same.  We have watched him befriend a Wesen who became his best friend, struggle to find normalcy in his new life, and learn about and solve cases involving all different types of Wesen.  We have watched people in Nick’s life adapt to this new (Grimm) reality.  We have watched Nick suffer through loss and heartbreak, but we have also seen him grow into his identity as a Grimm.

But the most important artifact that aunt Marie gave to Nick was a single key that contained a piece of a map on it.  Over the past five years of Grimm, the keys have not always played a central role to the show–at times, it felt as if the show forgot they existed.

But this was not the case in Grimm‘s spectacular 100th episode.  It is a true turning point, for we finally know what the seven keys (or, in our case, five) led to.

So let’s talk “Into the Schwarzwald,” shall we?

“What’s past is prologue.”

Here are the episode’s highlights:

  1. Our favorite Grimm and Blutbad dream team find the treasure hidden by the seven ancient Grimms.

Last week, Nick and Monroe fell into a pit that led them into the catacombs of an old church.  This week, they investigated the space, which was filled with skulls and bones.  They attempt to search for the treasure like pirates by searching for an “X,” but soon realize that this is of no use.

Nick, equipped with an understanding of old superstitions about how uncomfortable people 800 years ago would have felt without light in the catacombs, suggests that he and Monroe turn off their lanterns.  Monroe agrees that no one would have dared travel through the catacombs without a torch, so they turn off their lanterns.

When they do this, not an “X,” but a “G” marks the spot of the treasure.

G

Lights out.

Seven points for seven Grimms for seven keys.

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Lights on.

When they boys turn their lanterns back on, they see that the seven skulls on this lovely and not at all creepy display are facing the other way.  Oh, those ancient Grimms were so clever.  But what is it that they are facing?  Nick and Monroe start taking out the skulls to find out.

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The differences in their reactions say it all.

The skulls hid a shield, which guarded this treasure chest.  Unfortunately, the boys can’t open it immediately after they find it, because Monroe didn’t bring his lock picks to Germany!

Nevertheless, Monroe’s reactions to witnessing this great history are hilarious and fantastic.

2. We get a glimpse into Rosalee’s past and Adalind’s future.

Rosalee and Adalind are together at the spice shop, both anxiously awaiting a phone call from Nick and Monroe.  Suddenly, while they’re working, Tony, the man from Rosalee’s past who sent her letters, stops by the spice shop looking for $5000 from Rosalee.  He claims that she owes him the money because he went to jail for her.

But Rosalee wants Tony to leave.  Angered by her refusal, Tony attacks Rosalee, then goes after Adalind.

Bad move, Tony.  Adalind doesn’t full-on woge, but her Hexenbiest powers give Tony a little preview of what she can do to him.

Adalind and Tony

Meanwhile, Adalind is horrified that the suppressant is wearing off.

Tony runs out of the spice shop, and we’re left to wonder if he’ll try to show up again.

After the altercation, Adalind is scared.  She admits to Rosalee that being a Hexenbiest completely alters her mind.  She is also afraid that Nick will kick her and Kelly out of their home if her powers return.

Adalind should know by now that Nick is a good man, but her Wesen instinct tells her that as a Grimm, he will hate her.

Rosalee tries to find a way to strengthen the suppressant, but comes up short on a remedy.

3.  Will Renard become a politician?

This week, we learn that it was part Rachel Wood’s plan to kill Andrew Dixon.  Remind me to never hire her as a campaign manager.

All along, I thought that Andrew Dixon was a part of Black Claw. But no. Black Claw was after Andrew Dixon.  And why?  To bring Renard to power.

Even after learning that Rachel was part of the scheme to kill Dixon, Renard invites her into his very nice home.  She and Lucien, the man who worked with the assassin Marwan Hanano to kill Dixon, show Renard their plan for him: to make Renard the mayor or Portland.

Renard

Modeled after Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign posters.

The question for Renard is: What will he do?  There still seems to be a royal part of him that wants power and prestige.

4. The Scooby gang opens the treasure chest.

Nick and Monroe make it back to Portland safely, for the most part.  Monroe was bitten by a Wesen in the Black Forest, but he tried to avoid thinking about the gaping wound on his arm.

Monroe picks the two locks that don’t have their respective keys.  Nick, Monroe, Hank, Rosalee, and Wu all gather around the chest, like so:

Chest

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate this shot.  So good.

They each turn their keys at the same time, but the chest doesn’t open.  It is protected by a sealant that can only be removed by the blood of a Grimm.  Man, these ancient Grimms really didn’t want anyone getting in this chest.  So Nick takes a knife to his finger and runs it around the sealed edges of the chest.

And viola, it opens!  There’s a cloth inside that covers the treasure, which is…….(drumroll, please)……

A stick.

No, I’m not making this up.

Really, see it for yourself.

“Maybe it’s a stick-mata?” Wu says with his usual [hilarious] snark. “Sorry, that was a stretch.”

Yes, for a moment it seems like a short, unassuming stick.

But then Monroe begins to go into shock because he has blood poisoning from the bite.

Everyone rallies around Monroe to help him.  Nick, who is holding the stick, holds Monroe by his arm.

And then, magically, Monroe’s bite begins to heal.  So now the short, unassuming stick is a Magical Healing Stick of Destiny.  This is what the ancient Grimms have had hidden for over 800 years,

And now our very own Grimm possesses control over it.

I’m interested to see if we can learn about the history of this treasure itself and what its original intent was.  And perhaps it contains more powers that we have not yet unveiled?

 

 

 

European field trip: “Key Move” Recap

We’ve finally made it to Germany, Grimmsters!  There were several important plot developments in “Key Move,” so let’s break them all down.

  1. We now understand how to read the map of the seven knights (even without all seven keys).
Man, it really is a good thing that three of the Scooby gang members are trained detectives, because how else would they have cracked the code on the map?  The first few minutes of the episode are focused entirely on figuring out where the elusive “X marks the spot” is on the map.  Based upon Monroe and Rosalee’s knowledge of all things Grimm and Wesen-related, we have a pretty good idea that the map leads to a treasure related to Constantinople.
Map

Those ancient Grimms were clever.

The Scoobies trace the “X” to a church on the map.  They mistake the “X” for a steeple, meaning that the clue to the treasure is hidden in plain sight.
No one knows exactly what the map leads to, though, which leads to an interesting moment between Nick and Adalind…
2. Adalind tells Nick that she loves him.  Oh, and then they sleep together.
Based upon what I see on Twitter, some Grimmsters are hardcore Nadalind/Nickalind shippers.  Then there are those who are opposed to it.
I’d just rather see Grimm focus on the keys.  Or, better yet, why not have more Monrosalee moments?  I love Monrosalee.
As far as Nick/Adalind goes, I’ve always wanted them to be co-parents.  I don’t think they need to be in a romantic relationship.
For what it’s worth for Nadalind dissenters, while lying in bed with Adalind, Nick has a flashback from season one in which he and Adalind settled their differences…violently (and Adalind subsequently lost her powers).  So, yes, this flashback shows us that Nick is confused.  And maybe he even regrets sleeping with Adalind (and knowing that it’s actually her).
3. Nick and Monroe go on a field trip to Germany.
But not without saying goodbye to the rest of the Scooby gang.  both Adalind and Rosalee seem nervous about letting their beloveds leave.  Who really knows what will happen to them out there?
So, with an unfinished map, Nick and Monroe set off on their crusade (as Monroe calls it).  They travel to what they think is the right church, according to their [unfinished] map and meet a man who turns out to be a Mousehertz and a priest.  According to the priest, the church only dates back to the 1500s, but Nick and Monroe are looking for one that dates back to the Crusades.
The priest, though, seems very shady. And when Nick and Monroe leave, the priest woges.  He’s a Blutbad, and he decides to go in pursuit of Nick and Monroe.
Now, we know how Portland Wesen react when they see a Grimm, but I wonder if it’s any different in Germany.  After all, this is where our knowledge of the great Grimm and Wesen feud begins.
Nick and Monroe decide to search in the forest for where an old church may have been located.  After all, it’s possible that the church they’re looking for doesn’t still exist.  And, what better time to go on a crusade in a foreign land than at night?  That won’t end badly for our heroes at all.
4. Grimm proves once again that it’s all about the last five minutes.
In the forest, Nick and Monroe come across a formation of small rocks that is not normal (or, as Monroe says, is more like Stonehenge).  It’s similar to a foundation of an old building.
Meanwhile, the priest and a small gang of Wesen are in hot pursuit of our heroes.
But something else is weird for Nick and Monroe.  The ground beneath them seems unstable…
And then they’re sucked into the ground, as if a sinkhole opened beneath their feet.
5. A new Wesen sniper comes to Portland.
Hadrian’s Wall is on the hunt for this sniper who targets politicians.  This Wesen directly impacted Renard and the Andrew Dixon plotline.  Throughout the episode, it seemed as if the sniper was targeting Renard.
But, in a shocking twist, the Uhranuti shoots Andrew Dixon at his own campaign rally!
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Looks like there may be an open slot in the mayoral race.

Next week is the 100th episode!

This is gonna be good.