“’Wait!’ the troll said, jumping in front of him. ‘This is my toll bridge. You have to pay a penny to go across.’”
And I’m back! A big extra special, super-duper thanks to Dayna for doing such a great job covering Grimm while I was away! Now that I’m back, let the rusty German translations begin continue!
First of all, man. I missed so much while I was away. I mean, we found out (or at least I finally realized) that the secret organization is called the Verrat, which literally means “betrayal” or “treason,” which I find interesting – and NOT Fahrrad, which means “bicycle.” So that’s a relief. Also, GAH, I missed the ep with Neil Hopkins, a.k.a. Claude Crane, a.k.a. LIAM FUCKING PACE! YOU ALL EVERYBODY! But it’s cool. Because Friday’s ep was fraught with BEAVER! I mean beavers. Plural. Ahem. Let’s just get to the recap…
So, we start off with Nick gathering some of the Grimm weapons to take out into the woods with him. As I’m watching him stare at the weapons wide-eyed, I realize that I have a very similar look on my face because did you see that blue sweatshirt? I should probably feel guilty about immediately objectifying Holy Giuntoli in the first three seconds of the episode, but I don’t. I WANT TO BE THAT BLUE SWEATSHIRT.
Anyway, he’s making his way through the woods when suddenly there’s a Blutbad on him! Holy! But, it’s just Eddie. But before he realizes it’s Eddie, Nick tackles him to the ground, and then doesn’t get off of him right away. Dear Internets, gifs of the HoYay variety will be greatly appreciated. They’re both out there so Eddie can help Nick hone his Grimm skills.
Here’s where we get to learn about some of the Grimm weapons. One that does a particularly good job of standing out is die Doppelarmbrust, which literally means “double crossbow.” Nick explains that the first arrow/dart thing would be filled with Hellebore extract to act as a sort of tranquilizer. And if that didn’t work the second arrow would be fired – this one filled with Hemlock. Ya know. In case you’re hunting Socrates. Eddie explains that the weapon was originally designed to hunt Blutbaden, so that’s not awkward at all.
Back in the city, and old man and Angel Batista are having an argument about being stupid and reckless and talking to the D.A. Angel, whose name on this show is actually Sal decides that he’s going to win the argument by drowning the older man in a pool of cement. This would be all fine and dandy, as fine and dandy as murder is, if only a young guy hadn’t spotted him. So Sal gives chase, but the young guy gets away (but not before calling 911!). He ends up at someone’s house all freaked out about what he saw.
It’s a good thing he made the call too because once Nank get on the scene, there’s not much to go by so they need to talk to the witness, whose name is Arnold. They head to his house. He’s not home, but Nank help themselves and go inside. Nick finds a picture of the guy with the Eisbiber! Link!
Back at home, Juliette sees Nick’s written “Eisbiber” on a piece of paper and questions him about it and I have this moment of panic, as I’m sure Nick does. He tells her he’s a possible witness and shrugs it off. Good boy. But then get this! Juliette tells Nick that she wants to invite Eddie over for dinner – seeing as he saved her life and all. Can I just point out that… I CALLED THIS SHIT YO!
God, and it was just as awkward as I hoped it would be. I mean, Nick tried to get Juliette off the idea, saying that Eddie’s not really a dinner person, which Nick, have you MET Eddie? But I know that it was just to get it to NOT happen. She makes him ask anyway, and so he and Eddie devise a plot in which they get their story straight, keep it simple and stick to it. And it works for a while. They’re both so SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC to tell her about how they first met, and the first case they ever worked on together wherein Eddie helped Nick determine that the boot print came from the mailman back in the very first ep, and I can’t stop giggling. But soon Eddie lets slip a detail they hadn’t discussed and they both get all flustered and Eddie hastily, and very awkwardly changes the subject to the recipe for the meal. That he needs. IMMEDIATELY. There was just so much about this scene that I loved.
But back to the matter at hand. So Nank go talk to coworkers of the old man, whose name is Grosszahn (literally “big teeth” which HAHAHA). They find out about Sal Butrell, and go interrogate him, but he’s got a rock solid alibi, thanks to his flunkies. He also realizes Nick is a Grimm and after Nank leave, he and his flunkies decide that it’s high time to call in the Reapers.
Meanwhile, Nick goes to talk to the Eisbiber again. I’m sure he has a name, but I can never catch it. Anyway, the Eisbiber tells Nick all about Sal, who is a troll, or an Hässlich, which literally means “ugly”. Heh. See, Hässlichen have this thing about bridge. They’re always around when one is built because they think they own them, and they demand tolls to be paid. And this entire conversation all I can hear in my head is “you have to pay to troll toll to get into this boy’s hole.” Nick says that he needs Arnold to come forward, and Eisbiber starts going into this long thing about carving numbers into Nick’s front porch and Nick is all, “Or just call me…” Heh. I love that when characters on this show start to get ridiculous to the point where even I’m like “WTF is going on?” one of the other characters calls them out on it. Also? The fact that calling Nick never occurred to the Eisbiber is hilarious.
So the Eisbiber tries to convince Arnold to come forward, but he’s all scared of the Hässlichen, but the Eisbiber comes up with another plan to have Nick come to the Eisbiber meeting lodge and try to convince them that he’s a good guy, he’s their friend, and that Arnold needs to help the cops. But they’re all too scared, and they vote him down. Arnold will remain anonymous. The next day though, a guilty conscience gets Arnold to come into the station.
Meanwhile, in Mannheim, ermany, some dude with the Verrat sends two Reapers to Portland to get Nick even though Renard is on the lookout for Reapers. The dude is all, “Renard may be on the lookout for one reaper… BUT NOT TWO!” and I LOL. In Portland, they first meet up with Sal, and basically bash his face in demanding the Grimm. He calls Nick and allows himself to be arrested so the Reapers can stalker follow Nick. Back at the station, Arnold positively IDs Sal, and Nick offers to take him to the lodge to hide, but the Reapers are ready to follow, and they do.
When they get to the lodge, there’s a standoff, and Nick is really lucky he trained with Eddie earlier in the ep. And also that he brought along the Doppelarmbrust. One of the Reapers comes at him with a scythe, but because Nick is all agile and dodges him, the Reaper ends up cutting the head off the other Reaper. So Nick shoots him RIGHT IN THE NECK with the crossbow. BAD. ASS. He calls Eddie to come help him hide the bodies, and Eddie is tres impressed that Nick managed to kill two Reapers. Since the Reapers are just going to keep coming, Eddie says they need to send the Verrat a message – which is basically shipping both Reapers’ heads back to Mannheim, Germany.
How’s that message, BITCH?! Incidentally, I’m pretty sure it worked.
Also, I love how Eddie was the one who chopped off the second Reaper’s head. Nick and Eddie are the best friends ever.
Random Thoughts/Quotes/Favorite Moments
- While Nick and Eddie were training, all I could think was, “Be vewy vewy quiet. I’m hunting honeydew.”
- God, they’re like two little boys playing with toys. So cute. And deadly. JUST LIKE I LIKE ‘EM. I mean… what?
- “Say you’re sick.” “That works for one night, besides that would be TOTALLY rude of me.”
- “You’re right. All the time we spent together, all the sneaking around. God, it just suddenly seems so wrong.” BUT OH SO RIGHT!
- “You didn’t have to do all this.” “Yes, I did.” Ha! Eddie was so matter-of-fact. LOLS.
- I love that when Eddie arrives at their house, he and Nick shake hands like they HAVEN’T just talked to each other like 2 hours ago.
- “Mark my words I’m not leaving your house without this recipe.” and “Can I have it now, actually, just to be safe?” <3
- Nick to Sal re: the Reapers: “They got angry. Kind of lost their heads.” LOLCOP!
And there you have it. There wasn’t as much mythology as in the last couple of episodes, and Renard wasn’t really in it, but holy shit, guys. This reaper thing is getting RAMPED THE EFF UP. And with the training, and Eddie willingly suggesting a plan for revenge… I’m scared, y’all. And so fucking excited. How many eps are left in this season? NOT ENOUGH.
So tell me what you guys thought of the episode! How long before you think the Reaper shit gets so intense that Renard has to step in — again? Will Juliette find more Grimm clues and finally figure it out? What do you want to see Nick and Eddie do next? I think Nick, Juliette, Eddie and Rosalee should go on a double date soon. Because 1) awkwardness, and 2) adorableness. Make this happen, writers, please!