“Soon he was so in love with the witch’s daughter that he could think of nothing else. He lived by the light of her eyes and gladly did whatever she asked.”
Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta have Grimm back on my TV! Two weeks is two weeks too long, amiright? And the best part? They’re back with a pretty significant bang. When this show started, it took several episodes before they really gave us anything by way of Renard and the Hexenbiest to really hang on to, but when they gave us a nibble, it was enough to keep us going. We were satiated. Now, with Friday’s episode, well shit; they’re just poking the jägerbar of my curiosity. They give us just enough and then… “NEXT WEEK ON GRIMM.” GAAAHHH!
Let me explain. That is the great thing about this show and its writers that I’ve noticed over the past 15 episodes: this show and its mythology, the way it’s developed… it’s a slowwwww buuurrrnnnn. And totally in a good way. We got a glimpse into the kind of person Renard is and could be a couple of episodes ago with the whole crazy Nazi dictator thing, but Friday was the first glimpse into the Hexenbiest angle in a while. And yep, Renard still has her going after Hank. (Recapper’s note: I almost wrote “Renard still has her riding Hank,” but that is both 1) very dirty, and 2) not totally true. YET.)
Yeah, forgot that Renard had her trying to hit on Hank in a bar? So did I at first. It happened in this ep. And now she’s back on the mission… with some Crazy Bitch™ brand homemade cookies. Which Renard told her to make, basically, “Because the way to a man’s soul [Nick] is through his friends [Hank]. Now go fall in love.” Creeper. So she makes him blood cookies. Yeah, dude. She puts Hank’s blood (procured from a physical he recently had done) and her blood into cookie dough she’s making, presumably along with something else she got from the Fuchsbau who owns the herb and spice shop (hey, remember him?!). Apparently SOMEBODY didn’t heed Nick’s warning to not sell exotic substances anymore. Anyway, the point of this all is that I will never again eat homemade cookies.
Actually, the point is that it’s sort of a love potion. Or, rather, an obsession potion that she’s going to feed to Hank so that she can control him and get to Nick. She delivers them, he eats one, has a weird sexy shower dream about her, and then is really awkwardly and creepily possessive of his remaining cookie when Wu asks if he can have it. They’re such little kids. This shouldn’t cause any problems, right? We’ll come back to this later.
While Adalind the Hexenbaker is making her cookies, Juliette and Nick are at home. She tells him that she wants to learn how to shoot so she can defend herself, but Nick thinks she’s going to break up with him or something. Poor guy. He’s so jumpy. I’m glad that they seem to be dealing with their problems by seemingly not talking about them… Anyway, while they’re chatting, there’s a knock at the door and it’s the refrigerator repair man slash beaver dude! He’s brought Nick and his Not Wife a present. It’s a quilt, and my brain immediately thinks, “I wonder if it’s a fertility quilt.” It’s all fancy and nice. Nick sort of tweaks the truth and says that they were watching him because they thought he was someone else, and when he confronted them, they were very apologetic. Judging by the quilt and the fact that the refrigerator repairman offers to fix their broken door, Juliette surmises that they must feel very bad indeed. HA! (Oh, and when Nick does take Juliette to the shooting range, she’s actually a really great shot. And Nick looks scared/surprised. Please tell me there is a backstory here, writers. We need Juliette backstory!)
Anyway, onto the main event. We’re introduced to this weeks baddies while they’re in their apartment. Getting high. Like ya do. Only these losers are smoking the steam off some boiling pot with hoses and funnels. It’s like a mechanic’s bong. That’s the only way I can think to describe them. They’re all twitching and it’s actually kind of funny. One guy finally says that he’s “feeling good. Real good,” and announces, “Let’s do this!” which made me laugh unnecessarily hard. As they leave, there’s a Medusa-like drawing on the wall. If that’s any indication of what they are…
So they’re going to rob the Fuchsbau in his apothecary shop. They want “Jay” – the pharmaceutical grade stuff, not the crap he keeps on the shelf. Oh, shit. They go raid his supply downstairs. By the time they finally find it, Freddy the Fuchsbau has finally tripped the alarm. As the baddies are getting out of there, Freddy decides to take a chunk outta the one guy’s leg, and they both Wesen-out. The dude shoots Freddy. :(
When Nank and Wu get on the scene, the find the chunk of the dude’s leg in Freddy’s mouth. Nick tells them that he’s been here before, and instructs them to have everything tested. Then he gets in contact with Freddy’s sister Rosalie who comes to close up the shop. She’s not much help by way of naming possible suspects, and wasn’t aware of any illegal activity going on at her brother’s shop (which I still think should be spelled “shoppe.” It just feels fancier). She asks to go over there so Nick escorts her. And it’s there that he sees her Fuchsbau out, and she realizes what he is, but he plays the reassuring game. He asks her about the Gallenblase Freddy had been selling in the Hansel & Gretel episode, but she has no idea about that. She’s cautious, but willing to accept his help as a Grimm, and that’s a good step forward, I think.
Back at the drug house, the guy is sewing up his leg. He gets all Jack Shephard because they left so much Jay at the shop.
Since the cops are likely done with their investigation, they figure the coast is clear.
Meanwhile, over at Eddie’s Haus (Eddie, how I have missed thee!), Nick is having him go over the reports to see if he knows about any of the stuff they found in the shop. They decide to go to the shop for a follow up, and Eddie explains that J is made from a mold Jacine, which, though lethal in humans, can be a painkiller for Wesen. Of course as with most painkillers, when used the wrong way, it’s an opiate, which Eddie explains is “like meth, rat poison and helium” all mixed in one. It’s highly addictive, and people get stupid over it, basically. Rosalie confesses that she knows all about it – she used to be addicted to it, but now she is off of it and trying to stay clean. That is why she is selling magazine subscriptions. She tells them that unfortunately, it’s not illegal.
After they get the info, Rosalie, still wary of Nick, wants to know how Eddie and his friendship works. Eddie says it’s complicated. But when they share Wesen faces, you know there’s a connection of trust there. It’s all very heartwarming. They leave, and Rosalie is still in the basement when the Wesen druggies get back. She hides from them, but her phone rings and gives her away. She does manage to escape though and calls Nick to tell him. He says he’ll have cops take her back to her brother’s apartment and stand guard outside, but she says she’d rather have Eddie because she’d rather have someone she has something in common with. I get that, but it still felt kind of odd to me. So because Eddie is a nice guy (and I’m guessing because he lurves Nick) he agrees to help. But what he wasn’t ready for was Rosalie running back to the shop.
Let’s take this opportunity to talk about the cookies again. So, like, I told you how Wu wants one of Hank’s cookies, but Hank is all, “stay away from my cookie, bitch!” Wu is all upset about having to go cookieless. Aww, Wu. I’ll make you cookies. And I won’t even put my blood in ‘em. So when Hank and Nick head on over to where they think the druggies are (by the way, Rosalie told Eddie that they are Skalengecks – literally “scale dudes”), Wu steals the cookie and eats it. This can only lead to bad things.
Over at the drug den, Nank head in. We can see German written on the wall, which to the best of my guessing and translating ability says something like, “Not long before (or after? This word was hidden) the cat (also not sure?) was seized again. GELUS” I have no idea what GELUS means, but pretty good eh? *pats self on back* (Recapper’s note: if this is wrong please feel free to correct me in the comments.) They get upstairs and suddenly the drugheads are shooting at them from across the way. They’re about to give chase, but Hank gets distracted by something and wanders down some stairs. Because Nick never leaves a man behind, he follows him and they end up losing the Skalengecks.
It’s at this time that Wu shows up to the shop all sweaty and out of it while Eddie and Rosalie are chatting. He assures them he’s fine just before he passes out and develops all these nasty boils all over his face. Aww, Wu! So Eddie calls Nick who rushes over and gets there as Rosalie is finishing up her “not standard medical practice” treatment. Wu starts hallucinating the FUCK OUT that their faces are melting off, which is both disgusting and awesome. Rosalie gives him the cocktail and he passes out. They bring him to his apartment to sleep it off. Rosalie explains to them it was because of the Obsession Potion (now available by Calvin Klein), which we know was in the cookies. While this is all going down, we see Hank calling Adalind like a lovesick puppy, and she shoots him down. Mind games. Over them.
Back at the shop, Rosalie also tells them about how she used to be an addict, and that if the Skalengecks are looking for another score, they’re likely to look for it in an Island of Dreams. Eddie is all “A Trauminsel?? Here?!” I fucking love that Eddie ALWAYS knows what’s going on. He’s such a great and valuable asset to this show. In so, so many ways. It brings me much joy. They clarify that a Trauminsel is basically a crackhouse, so LOL there. They find one and Nick and Eddie go in. I’d say it’s more of an opium den. Not… not that I’ve ever been to one… Anyway, they split up to investigate. Nick finds the tent with the Skalengecks and like, fucking goes in for the attack immediately. Yeah, Nick! He and one of the guys wrestle and the gun goes off. Nick basically beats his ass, which is a-fucking-mazing. Eddie finds the other guy and chases him outside. But he’s got a gun too, and just before he does anything bad to Eddie… Rosalie shows up and clocks him but good in the head with a brick! And, you guys… the look on Eddie’s face… It’s like he’s amused! And… turned on. It’s so cute. Man. Eddie really likes women who know what to do with bricks, apparently.
Back at Wu’s apartment, Nick is trying to see if he remembers anything, which he doesn’t really. Though he had some weird-ass dreams while he was out. And he’s def going to need a facial. But besides being hungry, Wu is fine. Nick tells him that call him if he needs anything. He leaves, Wu starts snacking on the couch cushion and OMG IT’S SUDDENLY TURNED INTO AN EPISODE OF MY STRANGE ADDICTION. Hilarious. Only, you know… not because that shit’s serious. Also, WUUUUUU! But still, y’all. LOLS.
Over at the shop, Eddie’s brought Rosalie flowers for saving his life. He’s all, “I’m glad you know how to clock a dude with a brick.” TOLD YOU! She was going to close up the place and leave, but she’s decided to stick around for a while. Eddie offers to help her. AWWWWWWWWWWWW YOU GUYS! If they keep making Eddie adorable, I’m going to break my “aww” button.
In the ep’s last bit of business, we see Hank sleeping again… and dreaming. Suddenly a hand – Adalind’s hand, I assume – reaches out and caresses his face. And then it disappears. Y’all. Hank is gonna be in baaaaaad shape in eps to come. Mark my words.
- Those are BIG ASS COOKIES.
- Nick was really enjoying the pie the refrigerator repairman brought over. I love that Nick is enjoying the spoils of being The Big Bad Grimm.
- Hank also was enjoying his dessert. The morning after the first dream, he really digs into that second cookie. Best. Job. Ever.
- When Nick and Eddie are getting ready to go into the Trauminsel, Eddie says they’re just a couple of Blutbaden out on the town. I totally LOL’d. I love these two so much. When all this shit is over, can they please open up a B&B or something?
So, shit, y’all. That was a really good episode. I really like the way the writers are working this show. They propel us forward one episode, and then another, just let us marinate with the characters. We see Nick and Juliette have to deal with the adverse affects of (unknowingly) dating a Grimm. We get to see more bromance bonding moments. And then they come back and punch us in the throat with another episode that makes us lurch forward with more mythology, jarring us from the safe, comfortable monster-of-the-week and shoving all this in our faces. I mean, they ended the damn episode with a cliffhanger in every story line: 1) Where the fuck did Juliette learn to shoot? 2) Are Eddie and Rosalie gonna be an item?! (Please say yes. Eddie needs some good lovin’!) 3) Wu’s involved now. Is he going to remember? Who the fuck would have guessed he’d maybe find out before Juliette OR Hank??? (Actually, I feel like one of the commenters said this a few weeks ago. Who was it?) 4) Hank… is in for SOME. SHIT. I love that it ended like this. Friday cannot come fast enough!
So let me know what you all thought in the comments. Let me know what you liked, or didn’t like. What are your theories on any or ALL of these open-ended storylines? What do you think’s going to happen to Hank? Wu? Is Juliette an even bigger badass than Nick? Is someone finally going to jump Eddie like we’ve all been dying to?! Comments below! Bis später, alligators!