A Farewell to #Grimm

I discovered Grimm back in November 2011.  I remember it very distinctly.  I had seen the promotions for the show before it aired and thought it looked interesting, but I missed the first two episodes.  One of my friends recommended to me (he called it “awesome”).  So I had a mini-marathon of the first two episodes and was instantly hooked by Grimm‘s premise and large cast of characters (and–not gonna lie–David Giuntoli).

I started watching the show live with “BeeWare” (remember the Mellifers?).

Almost six years later, I’ve now seen every episode, watching most when they’ve premiered.  This niche drama was so much more than people transforming into monsters and terrorizing Portland, Oregon.  Grimm was a staple in my Friday nights during the regular TV season.  I kept [most of] my Fridays free so I could watch Grimm.  Everyone I know understood how important Grimm was to me.

Somehow, this little show–this strange, wholly original show–stuck on a television night notoriously known for low viewership, beat the odds.  We, the Grimmsters, have so much to do with this for remaining loyal to Grimm for so long.  Staying on air for six years in the current television landscape, which is trying to compete with the increasing popularity of streaming services, is something to be proud of.  While we Grimmsters may always crave for more episodes, we got a complete series.  So many shows now aren’t lucky enough to say that.

Grimm, this show I have loved for six years, was by no means perfect–and there should never be an expectation that any thing will be perfect–or can be.  But what a good show should do is spark conversation–and Grimm definitely did plenty of that, especially in the latter half of the show’s tenure as big storylines played out.  Another one of Grimm‘s biggest strengths was its cast, both on- and off-screen: we bonded with each and every one of the so-called Scooby Gang in our own ways; and the cast, too, always grateful to us as fans, have remained connected with us over the past six years.

Thanks to Grimm, I have connected with you, fellow Grimmsters, from all around the world.  We have live-tweeted together and shared in sometimes tumultuous emotional states.  We bonded over Sean Renard’s #ShirtlessRage, laughed at Wu’s constant snark, and debated whether we liked Juliette (even when it seemed no one cared for her, I always liked Juliette).  We celebrated every Monrosalee moment; we struggled to pronounce and spell Wesen names; and we watched as the show revealed not one, not two, but three separate pregnancies.  Oh, and how could I forget that we watched the evolution of Nick’s hairstyles?

Thanks to Grimm, I had the pleasure of meeting David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch almost two-and-a-half years ago (back then, I learned that David had an interest in directing an episode of the show–and it ended up happening!).  Cast and crew alike noticed this little fan-run blog via Twitter.  This little blog project-turned-hobby became bigger than I ever expected.

To the cast and crew, I say: Good luck to you all with your future projects–I’ll be watching out for them.  And to my fellow fans, I say: the past several years watching, live-tweeting and writing about Grimm with and for you all have been a ton of fun. 

But for now, it’s time to say goodbye to Grimm. And perhaps, to borrow from a fairy tale cliché, it is happily ever after.

 

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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.)

 

 

#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.

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:

 

 

 

 

“A Blutbad on Steroids”: “Lycanthropia” Recap

“Lycanthropia” brought us the Grimm version of a werewolf story.

The episode starts with a young man named Doyle Bask, who’s driving alone in the woods in his BMW to his mom’s house.  Doyle, however, drives his car into a tree and, slightly disoriented, tries to run the rest of the way to his mom’s house.

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Grimm or BMW commercial?

But that doesn’t work out too well for Doyle.  He’s attacked and left in the middle of the road.

Our detectives come in and ask him about the attack, but Doyle doesn’t want to give much detail.  He says he was attacked by two people and their dog, but doesn’t say much else.  He visits his mom monthly, and he wants to go see her.

Needless to say, our detectives aren’t convinced that something else is wrong here.  They suspect that a Wesen, not a dog, is responsible for attacking Doyle, so they get Monroe and Rosalee to help them scope out the forest for a Wesen scent. Monroe discovers the scent of a Lycanthrope.

And, while on their lovely hike through the woods, they discover the bodies of two mauled hikers.

A Lycanthrope, according to Grimm mythology, is a genetic mutation found only in Blutbaden.  Every full moon cycle, a Blutbad afflicted by this recessive trat suffers an uncontrollable woge.  Although this “lycanthropia” cannot be cured, a Lycanthrope can be sedated.

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These books are starting to come in handy again.

The Scoobies suspect that Doyle is a lycanthrope, so they bring him into the police station to keep him locked up.  Needless to say, Doyle isn’t happy about this.  He wants to stay with his mother, but won’t explain why he needs to be with her.

Rosalee gets a sedative ready to use on Doyle.  When the Scoobies return with a crossbow, ready to sedate hi, he has been bailed out of the station.  It turns out that Doyle is not a lycanthrope–it’s his mother.

In a Remus Lupin in the Shrieking Shack kind of way, Doyle’s mother keeps herself locked in a padded cell in her house to make sure that she cannot escape and attack anyone while she is a lycanthrope.  Without Doyle there, though, she cannot fully lock the door to the cell.

She escapes just as the Scooby gang returns to her house to sedate her.  They rush out into the woods to find her, but she ends up attacking (and scratching) Wu.  Doyle’s mom is shot and then she dies in his arms.

At the end of the episode, we go to Wu’s apartment, which is never a good sign (remember that one time he ate carpet?).  We see the scratch given to him by Doyle’s mom (ominous foreshadowing).

And to make matters worse, Wu is sweaty and clammy while he’s sleeping.  The camera pans over to his bedroom window, where the moonlight cascades into the room.

Well, it looks like Wu may suffer a bit from Lycanthropia.

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Or it’s just a mild fever and he’ll be better soon.

 

There’s some other plot-related information that happens this week.  And since we’ve got quite a few plot threads to follow, let’s break down the important points this week.

  1. Nick hides the healing stick.

Early in the episode, Nick investigates the tunnel system within the fome (shirtless, of course.  Because what is Grimm without a little fanservice?).  Like his ancestors before him, he hides the chest containing the magical healing stick.

Nick shirtless

No complaints here.

Honestly, this is a little frustrating, because we just discovered the thing, but now we’re shoving it away like it doesn’t even exist.  I want to find out what else it can do, Grimm!

2.  Eve stalks Rachel.

Rachel deserves to be caughtfor Andrew Dixon’s assassination, though.  Eve finds Rachel’s home and breaks in.  She finds Renard’s possible campaign poster, snaps a picture, and leaves.  Eve also determines from the shipping date on the poster’s packaging that it was printed before Dixon’s assassination.  She can confirm that Rachel Wood played a part in Dixon’s assassination, but she can’t tell how much Renard knows.

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Oh, nothing to see here. Just a bit of casual stalking.

3. Adalind and Renard meet up.

When Adalind and Renard meet to discuss Diana, their conversation reminds me of their interactions in season one when they were both working toward the same goal.  But the Adalind in season five has changed in that she thinks with her own mind.  Renard doesn’t have the same influence over her now.

Next week’s Wesen looks just plain gross.

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.

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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.

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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:

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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?

 

 

 

Series-changing, indeed: #Grimm “Wesen Nacht” Recap

“Awake, arise, or be forever fall’n.”

A few hours prior to “Wesen Nacht,” the great fall finale of season 5, the cast and crew promised us that the episode would be series-changing.

And Grimm certainly delivered on that promise, of course–but not until the last few minutes, in true Grimm fashion.

So, be warned: If you have not seen the fall finale yet, there will be  MAJOR spoilers ahead. 

There really wasn’t a case of the week, because everything connected directly to the overarching plot of the season.

But we did start out with a rogue Wesen gang led by a Skalengeck.  As part of the Wesen uprising, they targeted local shops owned by Wesen.  This band of Wesen attacked a flower shop and killed its owner, Ken Honeycut. They also kidnapped a man named Xavier, who turns out to be Monrosalee’s friend (more on that later).

Back at the paint factory household, Trubel explains what she has been up to since she left Portland.

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Trubel still has her appetite, so she seems to be doing well.

 

She was recruited into Hadrian’s Wall, a global government group that is fighting against a worldwide Wesen revolution.  Basically, Trubel has been acting as an undercover agent for HW, kicking Wesen ass.

Naturally, I was interested to see why the group was called “Hadrian’s Wall,” so I googled the name.

It turns out that Hadrian’s Wall was an actual wall built by the Romans.  Feel free to read more here:

So, symbolically, the group Hadrian’s Wall is trying to act as a barrier against the Wesen revolutionaries.

Also, HW has been tracking Nick, of course.  They knw about Adalind and Kelly, but aren’t concerned about them.  HW does want Nick on their side, though.

A while later, Nick has to become involved with the investigation.  Nick, Hank, and Wu start looking into the flower shop murder and shop raids.  When they learn that Xavier, a bakery shop owner, is missing, they check out the bakery.  And what do they find?

Well, that claw mark. What else could it be?

At the paint factory, Trubel and Adalind have a little heart-to-heart.  Trubel doesn’t know that much about Adalind (which is great for Adalind), but asks if she has feelings for Nick.  Adalind stumbles over her words.  Meanwhile, as this is happening, I groan quietly in the background.

In much more exciting news, though, we learn that Trubel was commissioned by HW to kill Juliette.  But she did also save Nick’s life by killing Juliette.  Adalind promises to keep this a secret, but Nick will have to find out eventually.  We need Trubel and Nick to trust each other–if she kept this from him for too long, it could have the potential to harm their friendship.

Back into the investigation, Nick, Hank, and Wu seek out the help of Rosalee and Monroe, who say that they know Xavier well.  They aren’t sure why anyone would want to attack him, but this is the Wesen uprising we’re dealing with, after all.

For all you Renard fans out there, there’s a nice shot of him looking directly into the camera as he films a commercial to endorse Andrew Dixon for mayor.  Since this is a recurring plot point for the Captain, I have to wonder what importance it serves to the show.  is it a way for the Captain to receive a promotion, or is it something more?  What if, for instance, Andrew Dixon was part of the Wesen uprising?

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Looking good, Captain.

 

Grimm then gets even deeper into its mythology (which I live for here as a Grimm blogger).  Most of the major riots in history were caused by Wesen.  I got a flashback of that time Nick found an old tape in the trailer (RIP, trailer) and learned that Hitler was a Blutbad.

For the first time in a while, we get a moment in which Wu is the only character in a scene.  He finds a bloodied Xavier, who ends up telling the Scooby gang what happened with his captors.

Xavier says that he managed to escape from them.  What actually happened was that the Wesen gang threatened him into identifying Monroe in a picture.

When will our dear Monrosalee ever get a break?

Given his nervous demeanor, though, the Scooby gang believes him.  Xavier identifies one of his captors after some persuasion from Monroe and Rosalee.  One of his captors was a woman named Billie Trump, played by Madeline Brewer–she was Tricia Miller on Orange is the New Black. 

Xavier is a disgusting blobfish Wesen called a Hasenfussige Schnecke.  I’m not even going to attempt to pronounce that.

Blobfish Wesen

This thing is uglier than a Lebensauger.

 

After some heavy interrogation from Nick and Hank, Billie gives some information about the gang.  She gives a call to the gang leader with Nick and Hank watching over, pretending that she has been released from prison and is returning to the group.

Nick, Hank, Wu, Renard, and Monroe go to investigate the gang’s secret warehouse.  Rosalee drives Xavier home.

During their drive, Xavier admits to Rosalee that the rest of the Scooby gang is going into a trap.  Bree Turner has a great moment on screen.

Once the boys and Billie have arrived at the warehouse, Rosalee calls Monroe to warn them that they’re in danger.  But it’s already too late.  They’re ambushed by the Wesen gang.

The boys manage to lock themselves in a spare room in the warehouse, trying to think of a plan.  They don’t want to waste bullets, and Monroe says he’ll take on anyone they can’t handle.

They hear a scream outside, and Nick goes to investigate.  He’s attacked again, and just when it seems like Nick is going to lose, his attacker is hurtled into the air and dropped to the ground by some foreign force.

Then we see a hand that’s controlling this force.

And in the last minute of the show, before the ending credits, a woman in a platinum blonde wig steps forward.

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Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

 

It’s Juliette (or, at least, it looks like Juliette).

Nick, with a look on his face that shows both shock and relief, says her name.

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This face says so much.

 

But then she runs off. Meanwhile, while this is happening, I am screaming with excitement in the background.

This confirms that Bitsie Tulloch is back on the show!  Oh, how happy I was to see her again!

This article on TVLine says that Bitsie is not [technically] back as Juliette, but as a character named Eve.

http://tvline.com/2015/12/11/grimm-bitsie-tulloch-juliette-returns-eve/

What I really think happened is that HW brainwashed her, made her believe that she was a good Hexenbiest, and gave her a new name.  After all, she no emotional connections to any of the characters, but she still has Juliette’s memories.  This way, the writers and crew can say that Juliette is [technically] dead.

Grimm returns January 22.  Until then, happy holidays to all of you, my readers!