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.
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.
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.)