Hi guys! Christina is off on vacation (lucky wench!) so y’all are stuck with me this week and next. I’m not quite as “Woo!” for Wu as she is, but I’ll try and do her justice. Just don’t depend on me to throw around any nifty and helpful German translations for you. My knowledge of German starts with “Gesundheit” and ends with “Oh Tanenbaum.” That’s pretty much all I got.
So, remember how last week, Nick was all, “Will you marry me?” and Juliette was all, “Nah.” Well, they’re still together, though things are understandably a bit awkward. Nick is spending time going through Aunt Marie’s trailer, looking for things that might be unlocked by the key she gave him, but has to curtail his search to go meet Juliette, Hank, and Hank’s date for dinner reservations.
Speaking of Nick’s Grimm key… well, actually, that’s what Renard is doing, having been taken at gunpoint by a Thomas Woolsey for an on-demand meeting with Him (capital H implied). ”Him” is in fact a Cousin Anton, in town to hassle Renard about getting the damn key, already. The family wants to see some action! Renard obliges, going all BAMF on Woolsey, taking his gun, shooting Anton in the forehead, and then killing Woolsey. Wow, I bet the next family reunion is gonna be aaaaawkward.
And while we’re on the topic of awkward family relations: Renard goes to visit a witchy-woman, who makes it clear to Renard that if Addy “does this,” the “debt” is paid. Also, it is clear that Renard and this woman used to be friends-with-benefits. Since we already know that Renard and Addy have/had a thing, and she’s still hung up on him, the later reveal that this woman is indeed her mother is extra squicky.
Nick is unimpressed to see that Hank’s date is Adalind, and he makes with the threatening her if she does anything to Hank. Nick’s threats, and their dinner, are cut short by the two dead bodies left by Renard.
Wu fills Nick in on the DBs’ particulars while Hank checks the scene and finds a cell phone under one of the vehicles. Nick is understandably concerned when he sees Wu chowing down on a chapstick, plastic and all, but interestingly, Wu seems to be completely unaware that he’s doing it. Later, at the station, we see Wu eat his change from the soda machine just before admitting to Nick that he’s been having some stomach problems and passing out.
Post datus interruptus, Addy gets a visit from Mom, who instructs her to hurry up with the key-getting already. Hank calls Addy — from outside her apartment, gazing up at her window like a creeper — while Mom is there, and Addy takes the opportunity to invite him to her place the following evening for “dinner.” If you know what I mean, and I think you do.
After accompanying Wu to the hospital and ensuring that he will be okay, but needs help for his disorder, Nick visits Monroe and wonders whether this could all be a side effect of when Wu took some potion meant for someone else that one time. Monroe thinks Rosalee would know, so they call and drag her out of bed. They piece together that Wu likely ingested something meant for Hank, and that that particular something is what’s causing Hank to obsess over Adalind.
While Nick works the case — the cell phone is a dead end because the SIM card has been replaced by a brandy new one, courtesy of Renard — and keeps an eye on Hank, Rosalee figures out which potion (except she used some fancy German word that I’m not even going to try and type) Addy used on Hank, so now they can mix an antidote.
Nick meets Rosalee and Monroe at Wu’s apartment, where Wu is munching some carpet (not a euphemism). They give him the antidote, which involves sticking these big, metal, prong-like thingies into his nostrils to dose him, wigging yours truly right the fuck out.
Seeing as the antidote worked on Wu, Nick calls Hank, who is arriving at Addy’s house. Hank tells Nick they can talk tomorrow and hangs up on him. Nick, Monroe and Rosalee rush over to Addy’s apartment, but she has already left after skipping dinner in favor of dessert. If you know what I mean yada yada yada.
Hank is passed out in Addy’s bed, not in a blissful, post-coital way so much as in a my-irises-have-turned-red-and-I’m-totally-bewitched sort of way. Rosalee freaks out that the antidote won’t work now because they’ve had sex and apparently it’s only a preventative, not a Morning After kind of antidote. She says that the only thing that will help Hank now is if Addy used her own blood in the spell. If that’s the case, then killing her will free Hank, if killing her also involves Grimm blood. Yeah, I don’t know either.
Addy helpfully calls in the middle of this and blackmails Nick — the key in return for fixing Hank. Nick agrees to meet her in the park, where he utters the title line and they proceed to beat on each other for a bit. Nick gets the upper hand and plants a kiss on Addy, who bites Nick and exposes herself to his blood.
What happens next is, I think, unintentionally hilarious as the hexenbiest portion of Adalind pops out of her body, screeches and wails a bit, and then peaces out. Addy wakes back up and tells Nick he’s killed her. Nick quite logically notes that she looks decidedly not dead, but what she means is that she is now powerless and ordinary, just like everybody else.
Hank wakes up, which lets Rosalee and Monroe know that Nick was successful. Hank is understandably perplexed as to why Rosalee and Monroe are there in Addy’s bedroom. I can’t wait to see how that gets explained away.
Addy goes running home to Mommy Dearest, who smacks her. Renard is there as well, saying that they’ve underestimated Nick, and that Addy is now useless to them, just another pretty face. Harsh, dude. Harsh.
The episode ends up where it started, with Nick in Aunt Marie’s trailer, fiddling with the key. He makes ink impressions of both sides of the key, which seems to form some sort of scene or symbol or something. The plot: thickens.
So, what did you guys think? It occurred to me, watching Renard operate, that if he wants to cut Nick off at the knees at this point, the obvious person to go after would be Monroe, because he’s still Nick’s main source of useful information. I do not in any way condone this course of action, because Eddie!!! But really, that would make the most sense.
I think the show has done a terrific job of building the mystery around Renard and keeping the question mark surrounding the character. This far into the first season, he is still a total wild card, and I LOVE that. This show just keeps getting better and better, the world-building feels organic, the characters are fleshed out… it was actually really hard for me to recap this show because I love it Just. That. MUCH.
How about y’all? Show me some comment love. I’m needy!