“Little pig, little pig, let me come in,” said the wolf to the pig. “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin,” said the pig to the wolf.”
So begins the second episode of Grimm this week! Just so you guys know, I can’t say or read that quote without seeing Jack Nicholson a la The Shining making that face when he says “chinny chin chin.” Creepy. #wendygivemethebat
I’m honestly a little iffy on this episode, but I know exactly why: that bitch Angelina. In its six episodes, Grimm has seen a lot of supporting characters, but I don’t think I have HATED one more than I hated Angelina. Not even the Jägerbars. Not even the Mellifers. The rest of the episode was great. Once again, they stayed away from the police procedural and let us get to know the characters (Bless Eddie and his clock-loving-heart, you guys. Seriously), and I thoroughly loved that. We even got more of a glimpse of Juliette and Nick (and I’ll address this later). But that fucking bitch Angelina. I can’t even. Every single time she was on screen, I wanted to throw something at my TV. I really want to leave her out of the recap entirely, but she’s one of the main villains, and it’d be pretty hard to recap without mentioning her. My only regret is that we didn’t get confirmation that she died at the end. Even if it would have upset Eddie, it would have been okay. I would have comforted him. There, there, Eddie. I’ll make it ALL better. But no.
We open on that dude who was in October Road drinking peppermint schnapps and using a goddam SHAKE WEIGHT. LOLS FOREVER. It flies out the window, and when he goes to retrieve it, his house explodes. We find out his name is Hap Lasser aaaaaaand he’s a Blutbad. And it’s the strangest thing: turns out this exact same thing happened to this dude’s brother the month before. Also, I really like his 70s-esque striped tank top.
Nank bring him to the station so they can question him, and y’all, I think Nick is wearing that awesome red shirt I was praising a few eps ago. Hap gives them a history of all the people whom he owes money, but there’s no connection between any of these people and his brother Rolf. And it’s about this time that Eddie shows up! YOU GUYS, apparently Hap and Eddie know each other because he’s there to take Hap back to his place! I’m so glad he’s more involved in this ep!
Hap lets it be known that he and Eddie went through a treatment program many years ago (heh, like AA). Nick asks Eddie to keep an eye on Hap, so Eddie takes Hap back to his house, and walks him through, giving him all the rules (“Don’t touch my clocks!”). Hap just wants to drink peppermint schnapps and order some pork, and Eddie seems so disappointed. I really like seeing Eddie in this capacity, not just the magical know-it-all Eddie. Eddie has second thoughts about letting Hap stay, but Hap kind of guilts Eddie into it. Eddie relents, “but no hugs.” HA! Eddie insists he’s done with wild times. I really want to know what these wild times were, but I don’t have to wait that long to find out.
While Nank were talking to Hap in the station, a shady woman goes to Hap’s blown up house and takes a family photo from the scene. Then she shows up outside Eddie’s house. It’s all very suspicious. Then, to top everything off, when Nick pulls up outside Eddie’s house to go talk to them, she breaks his car window and pulls him out of the car. Who is she? Why, it’s that fucking bitch Angelina, Hap’s sister! UGH. Inside, she’s all up in arms about how Nick’s kind has killed so many of their ancestors, and it’s odd, but Hap doesn’t seem to be aware that Nick is a Grimm while pretty much all of the other creatures have known right away. It’s gotta be the schnapps. We also find out that Angelina used to date Eddie, and that just breaks my heart.
Nick says he’s there to find out who the beneficiary of Rolf’s insurance was because according to the arson investigator Nank spoke to, there didn’t seem to be any foul play in the brothers’ house explosions, but they could be looking at insurance fraud. It turns out Rolf’s was Hap, and Hap’s was Angelina. But she has an alibi, so Nick leaves to go read more of AM’s creature books, but not before having Wu run Angelina’s bike plates.
Back inside Eddie’s house, he and Angelina are reminiscing about the wild times and blah blah blah she asks him if he’s up for nostalgia, and then they’re kssing. And I’m not gonna lie… Eddie and his flannel… I wouldn’t kick him out of bed. Suddenly his eyes turn red and he follows her outside. She tells him she’s going for a run in the woods, and he follows. NO EDDIE! What follows this is a very odd running montage which culminates in her licking his face, and some really kind of awkward from-behind kissing. From behind. Yeah, think about it. When they wake the next morning, there’s dead animal blood everywhere. Oh THOSE wild times.
Back at Eddie’s house, Hap is woken up by a knock on the door. For some reason he thinks it’s ribs, but that is REALLY early for someone to be delivering pork (TWSS). But it’s not delivery! It’s DiGiorno a PIG MAN! He shoots and kills Hap right there. I think I would be more upset if the whole “pig seeking revenge thing” wasn’t so funny. Eddie and Angelina come back and while she’s no-no-noing over his body, Hank notices blood on her shirt, and they take her in for questioning. FINALLY. Hank tries to trap her about the blood, but she admits it’s blood and even strips off her shirt and throws it at him, telling him to test it. She’s such a giant C U Next Tuesday. I can’t take it anymore.
Out by his desk, Nick is talking to Eddie, and we get the whole “I never should have left him alone” spiel. Wu lets Nick know that the blood was from a rabbit, and Nick tells Eddie that he went to Angelina’s house, found the family portrait, but that someone else was there. So when they leave, Eddie tries to convince her not to go home, but she’s such a giant cuntweasel, she doesn’t listen. She sniffs around and determines it was a pig. Like the animal. Not Nick, the cop.
While this is happening, Hank finds out her prints match partials in a double-homicide of brothers George and Stanley Orson (and the crime scene photos are HELLA gruesome). They have the same name as the arson investigator! Nank bring it up to Renard and he tells them to be 100% sure it was Lt. Orson, and he’ll back them. You know, they didn’t deal with the Hexenbiest/Renard story line this episode, but I can’t not think of it whenever they show Renard, so I NEVER trust him. I kind of wish they would resolve that already. That’s my one complaint about this show – I have no clue where this storyline is going, and except for the little moments like his peering into the restaurant last week, I’d think they’d forgotten all about his collusion in the Hexenbiest situation from the pilot.
Back with Eddie and his magical exposition, we find out that the cop is a Bauerschwein (which means “pig farmer”). He and Angelina get into an argument, and she tries to guilt him into having a pig hunt, but he resists, and instead calls Nick and tells him all about the Bauerschwein. Nick then confronts the arson investigator (whose face morphs and it’s HIGHLY comical).
Now comes the big back and forth: Orson goes to Eddie’s house to tell him to lay off, and Angie goes looking for him at the police station. Nick heads to Orson’s house, where he finds him submerged in a tub filled with mud, and I can’t stop laughing, especially when Orson comes out and his pig snout is wiggling. He says that the Bauerschwein and Grimms are basically on the same side of good, and then Angelina comes in all snarly and bitey, and there’s a LOT of squealing. She’s about to eat Orson right in front of Nick, when he remembers the bundle of nerves he read about in AM’s Blutbaden book, and he pistol whips her right in the tramp stamp canvas. And THEN he shoots her, PRAISE JEBUS! There’s a blood trail, but he doesn’t follow it because Eddie asked him earlier to just forget about her and let her fade away (I really like this detail here because we see Nick actually listening to Eddie. Awww, he does care!).
Back at home, Eddie is being sad and nostalgic by looking at some pictures when he hears a noise outside. He goes sniffing but only finds the Lasser family photo we keep seeing. Then there’s some super dramatic howling off in the distance, and that’s upsetting. Not because she’s injured and possibly dying, but because we don’t get confirmation that she’s dead. I hope she never comes back. It wasn’t just that she was a static character; those have their places in television. She was truly despicable, ragey and irrational. Good riddance.
- Quote: “If my brother knew about this, he would crap a car!” That made me LOL.
- You know what I just noticed? I feel like I’m the only one who actually calls Eddie by his first name. Even IMDB just lists him as “Monroe.” Eddie and I just have a special bond, I guess.
- At one point, Nick comes home and Juliette says the cut on his head looks better. He says he’s lucky to have a doctor in the house. She’s all “aww, that’s sweet. Just wait til you get my bill.” Ha! They’re so cute. Also, I image the bill looks like this:
Amount Due: Your fine ass.
- Orson. I feel like there’s probably some George Orwell connection between the brother’s names or something, but I never actually read that book, and Google seems to be filled with people who confuse George Orwell and Orson Welles (or maybe there’s some Welles/pig connection I’m missing?). The closest connection I can make is that the main character on U.S. Acres (you know, the farm animal cartoon that used to come on as part of Garfield and Friends?) was a pig named Orson. So let’s go with that.
- Loved Eddie’s line about how Nick should get his own key to Eddie’s house. Oh, Eddie. I love you.
So, what did y’all think of the episode? I was a little underwhelmed. I blame it entirely on Angelina. I swear. I have never had a character ruin an entire episode of something for me before. Look, I love horrible characters (seriously, Tate is the ONLY reason I stick around for American Horror Story), but she was just The Worst™. Maybe it was just the actress I had a problem with. What do you think? Any ideas on the meanings/significance of George and Stanley Orson? Leave me a comment and we’ll share virtual pork and peppermint schnapps. Oh! And next week on Grimm – Rapunzel! (Note: This is the ep that David Giuntoli said was his fav on that press conference I was a part of a few weeks ago!)