“He stripped off his skin and tossed it into the fire and he was in human form again.”
THAT’S WHAT I’M TAKING ABOUT! Friday’s episode was back in form, and I’m so fucking excited. Not that I had any doubt that it would be, but you guys… when an episode – especially an episode of Grimm – is this good… God, it just makes me so happy. These are my favorite episodes: when the story is about Nick, and throw in some Eddie playing detective for good measure, and then some Wesen just happen to get involved. That’s great. Also, having the psychiatrist say that shit about Nick’s inner self coming out whether he wants it to or not? Awesome. I think we’ve been seeing some of this come through, and honestly, Nick being all Grimm-y is a badass. I’m looking forward to seeing it come out even more.
So the episode. This episode was filled with information. But the interesting thing is that it was information that was really only relevant to this episode and the Wildermänner (I’m assuming this is the plural. It’s fun to say, regardless), but in this recapper’s opinion, it was a damn interesting Wesen, so all information was appreciated. Also, the fairytale that this was based on, “Hans My Hedgehog” is one of my favorite Grimm tales. Mostly because it ends with a really hot dude, but also because Hans is scary and does not fuck around. The Wesen in this episode doesn’t really turn out the way of ol’ Hans, but… still. It was pretty awesome.
So basically, the episode starts like the fucking Blair Witch Project. The two guys and a girl are hunting Bigfoot. And they find him. In a big way. Like, he comes at them bro, and throws one of them at a tree. Luckily, the dude’s handheld recorded the whole thing for posterity. Also, the police.
The same night, an old dude in a stable hears a noise from his pasture, and runs out there only to see that one of his horses has been attacked. Seabiscuit isn’t dead, but he did get nommed pretty bad. So the old guy calls… Juliette! Because she’s a vet! She concludes that some animal bit the horse, and when she and old guy investigate the area, they find blood (because he shot at it) and Bigfoot footprints, and they lead them right to a severed foot. Which was disgusting and awesome. And also belongs to one of the Blair Witchers. So… yeah.
Nick’s in AM’s Trailer comparing the stamps from the Super Special Secret Key to actual maps when Juliette calls him down to the scene. When he gets there with Hank and Co., they all basically come to the same conclusion: it was an animal attack. Wu, however, is man enough to say what’s what: “The answer’s obvious. These murders were committed by a barefoot man carrying a wolf.” HAHA! I expected Wu to actually suggest that it was Bigfoot, so I was a little disappointed at the missed opportunity at irony, but that line made me laugh, so all’s forgiven. Wu finds the handheld camera just as the girl runs hysterical out of the woods screaming about Bigfoot. Back at the station, they view the tape and determine that Bigfoot wears clothes – and plaid at that, apparently, though it IS the Pacific Northwest. Y’all know who would have more info about this Wesen?
Eddie! Already in this ep? OH HAPPY DAY! He wakes up in the middle of the night because he hears a noise. When the creature comes in his back door, he attacks, but he knows him! He’s all “Larry?” which makes me laugh for some reason. Eddie helps him to the couch where he sees that he’s been shot in the leg. There’s a bigger problem, though. Eddie realizes he’s not retracting from his Wesen form. He calls Nick over to his Haus and explains the situation to him. The reason this is a problem is that, right now Larry is in a state that everyone can see, which is why he couldn’t “9-1-1 it.” Larry apparently can’t folge, which Eddie explains roughly means the hormonal change that occurs that turns them into beats. So… menopause then? (Oh, snap!) Eddie also tells Nick that Larry was seeing this psychiatrist Konstantin Brinkerhoff. Nick scoffs at the idea of a Wesen therapist, and we both have a laugh.
But then, the police dogs arrive! AND THEY’RE COMING RIGHT FOR ‘EM! Luckily Eddie says that he marks his territory (I’m afraid to ask), and it’s freaking out the dogs; they don’t know where to go. Nick is all, “It’s freaking me out,” and his delivery sounds so much like Paul Rudd’s in Clueless when he’s all, “I’m buggin’ myself,” that I have to LOL. Anyway, Eddie’s plan is to put on Larry’s shirt and throw the dogs off the trail to his house. So he does, and when the dogs corner him out in the woods, he, like, fucking roars and scares the dogs off. Poor Hank, who’s with the dogs too, hears it, and Eddie literally runs into him on his way of the woods. And Hank looks freaked the FUCK out, you guys. Oh, man.
Back at his Haus, Eddie tells Nick what happens, but assures him it’s okay because Hank only saw him for a second, and he was wearing Larry’s shirt anyway. Eddie! Don’t YOU own plaid? Like, of the same color? I’m pretty sure you do. ANYWAY, LARRY’S AWAKE! He starts screaming to them to “get it out!” and pulls something out of the back of his neck. Ugh. For a second there, I thought he was going to tear his skin off like in “Hans My Hedgehog,” who pulled off his hedgehog skin to reveal the beautiful male model underneath. But instead… WTF is that? Then Larry starts going on about how he “didn’t mean to” but he “couldn’t help it.” And then he dies. And YOU GUYS. Eddie looks so beaten up about it! I… I NEED TO CUDDLE HIM.
So as not to tie Eddie to Larry, he and Nick go leave the body out in the woods so the cops could find him. Eddie can’t get over how NOT typical this behavior was for Larry. Before they leave, he eugoogalizes Larry: Eine hat ein Ende. Nur die Wurst hat zwei. Everything has an end. Only the sausage has two. This sounds really kind of ridiculous, but it does make sense, and I fucking love Eddie so much for saying all this. You guys, if you could only have seen my face before he explained why he said it, though. Sausages.
Anyway, Nick wants to talk to the psychiatrist who deals with the Wildermänner, and we find out he’s ALSO a Wildermann. You know who else was? Henry David Fucking Thoreau.
So he goes to talk to the doc, and it’s THAT GUY. He’s giving a speech about confronting your true self, and blah blah blah, it needs to be treated with respect and love. Which is, of course, on the other side of the Life Line from hate. GOD, what a charlatan. Nick starts questioning him about Larry, but Brinkerhoff isn’t really giving much info away. He does say that there’s no “quick cure” to impulse problems, so there’s no medication. But, well… we don’t really believe him, do we?
Anywho, the cops find Larry’s body, and Hank is really, really torn up about it. Not that he’s dead, but that he looks different than when he saw him. They discover that the thing in Larry’s neck is a device that dispenses medication. And Renard has a press conference to announce that they found their man. So of course that night, another Wildermann attacks a couple of hobos. The guy, who Hobo #2 manages to kill, has the same device in his neck.
So, while all this shit is going down, Eddie heads to the Helvetia Tavern where there’s a support group of sorts for Wesen with impulse issues. He goes to talk to the group leader about Larry. The last time he saw him, he was acting weird, and all this stuff we already figured out. The only reason I mention this is because, little fun fact about the Helvetia Tavern: It’s a real place. But that’s not the funny part. And maybe I’m reading too much into this, but this tavern is the place for a support group. Kind of a neutral area, right? Did y’all know another name for Switzerland is Confoederatio Helvetica? Also, according to the Wikipedia, Helvetia is basically the Swiss version of Uncle Sam? So… how’s that for a (probably wrong) realization? #proudofmyself
Okay, so a lot of info and shit happens in a very short amount of time now. They find out the medicine in the pumpers is just a very legal mix of steroids, spices and herbs, and there were four ordered by Brinkerhoff. They know the location of 3 (Larry, Allen – the hobo attacker, and another guy Dan that Eddie establishes is also dead). So the fourth belongs to… BRINKERHOFF! No big surprise there, really. But still. Eddie gets to his office to question him, and GOD I love Eddie when he’s being all tough badass like this. I mean, like, he takes of his jacket and HEL-LO.
The doc starts to explain that the medicine works, but problems start when the dosage gets low. And he’s trying to up his own but he’s shaking too much, and he busts out the window just as Nank get there. He starts attacking people and Nank give chase. You know, this is probably my favorite chase scene of the entire season. Mostly because when Brinkerhoff goes into a theater, people actually start screaming “BIGFOOT!” He drags a woman into the rafters of the theater, and almost gets the jump on Nick, but Hank shoots him and Brinkerhoff falls to his death. And then, you guys… AND THEN the BEST goddamn part of the whole episode happens:
Brinkerhoff is still all Wesen-ed out, and HANK FUCKING SEES HIM FOLGE BACK INTO A HUMAN. GODDDDDDDDDDAMN THIS IS BRILLIANT! He’s freaking the fuck out and NICK IS PRETENDING HE DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING. I can’t even. Let me just show you what I wrote in my notes during this scene:
OMG. OMG Hank is going to have a mental breakdown. Omg omg omg. Oh god, Nick how are you doing this? WOW. FUCKING WOW. Dear Russell Hornsby, HOLY SHITBALLS MAN. THAT WAS AMAZING.
I have so much respect for that man, you guys. SO MUCH LOVE.
After that scene, my excitement was so freaking high… and you know what? It GOT BETTER/WORSE. At home, Nick is watching the news with Juliette and they’re talking the lies about Brinkerhoff wearing a costume mask during his rampage, and I laugh. But then Juliette tells Nick about how she had some hair that she found at the stables tested, and they came back inconclusive because it seems to be from an amalgamation of species, which is beyond weird. Her brain gears started turning and she wonders: ““What if all the stories we’ve heard? What if they’re not stories? What if they’re real?” Again from my notes:
THAT WAS IN THE FIRST EP THEY SAID THAT IN THE FIRST EP
NICK’S FACE YOU GUYS NICKS FAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
- The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” is on Eddie’s chest when he wakes. I’m not sure I want to think about the implications of that.
- I’m glad they finally showed the media hounding an officer. Because with all the weird shit just suddenly going down in this town, I’m glad someone else is noticing too.
- “That’s great. All that’s missing are the townsfolk with pitchforks and torches.”
- “This is how legends end up killing innocent people.”
- I love that Eddie tells Nick that he bumped into Hank before he “logged out.”
- Brinkerhoff suggests Nick come talk to him about his identity issues. HAHAHA! FOR REAL THOUGH.
- “Whats the best way to help a friend quit drinking? Tear his arms off.” I LIKE IT.
- Every site lists the doc’s name as Brinkerhoff. If his name had been “Bringerhoff,” it would literally mean “bringer of hope,” which would be fitting in an ironic sort of way. And that concludes your Daily German With Christina.
So what did you guys think of the ep? Like, I’m seriously dying over here. I NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT. Was it everything you’d hoped it’d be? How fucking excited/sad are you that next week is the finale? It looks like Juliette’s going to find out Nick’s a Grimm. Did you guys expect that? What do you think? AH GOD ALL THE EMOTIONS.