“If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life.”
Just going to throw this out there: this whole Grimm airing on Mondays thing is throwing me off. I’ll be so glad once it goes back to Fridays.
Now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to do my recap a little differently because there was just SO MUCH in this episode that I can’t really wrap my head around it chronologically right now. It was kind of a mythology info dump, amiright? Or maybe I just have a really hard time remembering things that they covered last season (probable). Either way, I was a little bit blown away by how just fucking nonchalant the characters are about mentioning things. Let’s take Renard, for instance, and how he’s “barely human.” UM, WHAT?! Like, before this episode, we were reasonably sure that Renard was a member of one of the Royal Families, and he maybe is some sort of Wesen, right? They kind of hinted at it last season, didn’t they? (I don’t recall this – mind like a sieve — but the Grimm Wiki says so, and y’all know everything written on the internet is true.) But then Nan Flanagan Adalind’s mom goes and just… says it. Whoa.
My head can barely even wrap around that fact. It’s just so… fucking cool. This show and its mythology continually slays me. I’ve been entrenched in shows that have deep mythologies before, but this one blows me away. But I’m getting sidetracked.
So, now after this ep, we know that Renard is a Prince – a fucking prince, yo! AND he’s definitely some sort of Wesen (actually, if Nan’s description of him is indeed accurate – “handsome, charming, and a bastard. And I mean that literally” – then he might be a Hundjager, which the NBC Grimm Guide says eats their way out of their mothers’ wombs. Shit. Edit: Thanks to some sleuthy readers (and an EW article), it’s actually been confirmed that Renard is some weird hybrid half-Hexenbiest thing. Huh. Good to know. Also, apparently that’s what the Wiki says now too. Go figs. That’s what I get for doing my research early!). But it still leaves us/me just as confused as ever (in a good way): IS he really there to protect Nick, or is he there to harm him? The Families need the Grimms, but at what cost? Is he trying to get Nick to trust him so he can kidnap him? (Betray him, dismay or) Enslave him?
Oh, and on top of that, what is with this whole Renard having to be the one to wake Juliette thing? So Nan (whose name is Katherine, but whom I am just going to callNan) makes this clumpy milk potion from the ingredients she got from Rosalee’s shoppe (I like to call it “Milk of Crazy Bitch”) for Renard so that it will make him “pure of heart.” If you check the quote from the beginning of the episode, it’s someone who is pure of heart who needs to fall in love with Sleeping Beauty to wake her. So, I have a few questions and subquestions about that.
- Renard kissed her and it woke her. Does this now mean that he loves Juliette, or will fall in love with her?
- Good: she does wake up, and happens just as Nick arrives (he just missed Renard, btw). But bad: she doesn’t remember Nick at all (fucking break my heart, why don’t you, writers?!). So what happens next? Is she going to fall in love with Renard? Are we going to have a really awkward love triangle on our hands?
Ah! I can’t handle it.
Speaking of Juliette not remembering things, does this mean that they waited too long to administer the potion that Rosalee made? Like maybe it lost its potency, or maybe Juliette had been under for too long? Or does the potion that Renard used override anything that they could have used? I am rarely ever right with my TV theories, but I think it’s the latter. Mostly because I don’t want to believe that Rosalee didn’t make the potion correctly. I’m pretty sure she did. But then that makes me really nervous/anxious to see exactly what’s going to happen with Renard after this.
And speaking of Rosalee and her shoppe, when Nan came in looking for her last ingredient and threatened Rosalee with her Hexenbiest face, GOD I love Eddie for coming out there all, “Cheapskate doesn’t know how close she came to getting her throat ripped out.” As he was saying that, I thought “Aww, what a sweet, protective boyfriend.” And then Rosalee had to go and be all, “That’s so sweet. Maybe later.” I love this show so much you guys. Oh, and who else thinks that they are getting closer and closer to boning? I mean, they’ve got to actually be doing it at this point, right? I don’t know how long it’s been in show time since they actually met, but… actually, I take that back. Because you could cut that sexual tension with a goddamn knife. Not to sound like a perv or anything (too late), but I really can’t wait for this to happen.
Okay, so Eddie and Rosalee out of the way, let’s talk about Nick’s mom for a second, shall we? She’s kind of a creeper extraordinaire, right? I suppose that comes with being a really good Grimm, but damn. First she sneaks into the lumber yard, where she was admittedly very helpful in defeating the Mauvais Dentes. But the way she just sort of slinked in through the open window… Also, she says she wants to talk to Nan the Hexenbiest “mother to mother” and then kills her. I know that she was just trying to be intimidating andNan kind of caused that to escalate really quickly. But still. OH! And then she and Nick share a totally heartwarming moment about how she wished that he could have a normal life, and I do want to believe that she loves him. But then when he drives her to the train/bus/whatever station, and then she… breaks into and presumably steals a car instead?! She ain’t leavingPortland, is she? I don’t trust her, y’all. I don’t trust her any further than I can throw her.
One last plot point: Nick and the FBI. OMG. Okay. This is the only part of the episode that kind of annoyed me. I think it was because Nick was acting so decidedly un-Nicklike. He was being standoffish and completely on the defensive, and it was TOTALLY shady. Even Hank saw the shadiness of it (seriously, Nick, you are a damn good cop… and you didn’t wear your gun that day? Likely story). THOUGH, it was pretty smart of him to throw his gun away and then pick up a new one. I wonder where he got it though. I kind of feel like standard issue Portland PD guns aren’t exactly easy to come by. At least I would hope they aren’t. But it was very smart to pick up a new gun so that when the FBI took it ballistics wouldn’t be able to make a match.
Side note: I fucking love you writers so much for not thinking that your audience is stupid. This is actually a bigger problem than most people might realize. So thank you for not spelling that shit out for us. As soon as they found that shell casing, I knew ballistics was going to trace it back to Nick’s gun, and I’m sure anyone who has ever watched a cop drama knew it too. And it was smart, and fairly quick thinking on his part to get a replacement, and act like nothing had happened. Of course if there is a serial number on that gun, it’s probably not going to match up with the records that I’m sure the PPD keeps on who has what gun, but maybe Nick was smart enough to fudge his records too? Either way, I love all you guys. Well done.
I also really enjoyed that the FBI actually seems competent. Scarily competent only because they latch on to Nick’s trail really quickly. And that is good business for drama, y’all. I don’t think they’re going to let him off the hook just yet. The shit has not yet hit the fan, and I am so excited to see where this is all going.
Random Notes/Favorite Quotes
- Loved the interjection of the scenes of Eddie and Rosalee waiting for Nick while he’s off fighting the Mauvais Dentes with Mama. “I’m sure he’s just spending a little quality time with his mother.” Hah!
- Did Mama Burkhardt just take that Mauvais Dentes’ roll of money? Gangsta!
- “We three will all just go on… living.”
- I’d also like to thank the writers for a simple line of dialogue from Eddie explaining why they started driving Mama B home in the daylight but didn’t get to Nick’s house until nighttime. Discrepancies in time in TV shows is The Worst™
- Eddie saying “Boy howdy!” makes me indescribably happy.
- “You know, this relationship – whatever you want to call it – between you and Nick doesn’t make sense to me.” Hehehehe
- Something that struck me as weird: Renard, for as important as Nick is, seems to not pay much attention to him. Like, he doesn’t know what he does from minute-to-minute, which I guess is cool. But he seemed very suspicious of Nick’s insistence that there was no second shooter on the grassy knoll no one other than the Mauvais Dente at the lumber yard. Don’t you think Renard would be curious?
- “Whatever you do, don’t hang me out to dry.” Aww, Hank. Too late. How are those nightmares, buddy?
- So, did y’all catch that
FranklinFrench dude is RENARD’S BROTHER?! According to the Grimm Wiki, his name is Eric. And here I thought he was just calling him brother like fraternity brothers, or like “see you in another life, brotha,” not like actual brother.
- “If the Grimm had died, he’d have proved not worth the effort. But let me remind you that any more interference by you will not be tolerated.” “By what I’ve seen of your Mauvais Dentes, no interference is needed.” THEM’S BE FIGHTING WORDS.
- From my notes: “What a nice fucking castle, dude.”
- “He’s handsome, charming, and a bastard. And I mean that literally.” Love.
- “I met the Hexenbiest. It didn’t go well.” Understatement of the Year.
Okay, so that ended up being WAY longer than I intended so I’ll go now before I start rambling more about how awesome Renard is or how much Nick needs to watch his ass (I volunteer to help) in the coming episodes. So, let me know in the comments – what did you guys think?! What do you think about Renard and Juliette? Is something going to happen? What’s Mama up to? Will Eddie and Rosalee ever make hot, passionate love on the shoppe floor? WTF is up with the FBI? Will we get to see Wu for more than 2 seconds next episode? And if I left out any of your favorite moments or quotes, let me know. I want ALL your feels in the comments below. Or come find me on twitter, and we’ll chat.