Grimm "Quill" Review: A MonRomance Blooms

By Josie Campbell

Sep 04, 2012

Grimm S02E04: “Quill”

If Monday’s Grimm were an episode of Friends it would have been titled, “The One Where Multiple Plots Thicken.” We had a MonRosalee kiss, Juliette stumbling onto the Grimms, Renard investigating Mama Nick, Renard spying on the Royal Families, Hank forcibly joining the team, and—as if all of that wasn't enough—there was also an ew-inducing Dark Ages plague, for good procedural measure.

“Quill” began as the aforementioned Wesen-infecting virus hit Portland. It caused the carriers to break out in horrifically gross boils and yellow pustules and basically made them act like 28 Days Later rage zombies. Now, last week everyone was mad at me for not recognizing Mark Pellegrino, so get ready for me to call out the name of the guest actor who played the porcupine Wesen every two seconds: Kevin Shinick, from Robot Chicken, Ugly Americans, MAD, and Where In Time Is Carmen San Diego?!

Anyhow, Shinick's Porcupine Man fended off a pustule-zombie-Wesen but got infected with the disease through his quills. Nick and a newly Grimm-appraised Hank investigated, and the show answered last week’s big question by confirming that Hank still cannot see the Wesen despite knowing about them.

Jumping into plot two: Renard seemed to be suspicious of Mama Nick’s “death” and was possibly putting together the news of a double Grimm sighting as the recent reunion of the Burkhardt clan. He also got a call from his mole in the Seven Families, who warned him that the Families sent a Nuckelavee (horse-man) to Portland, which hinted at a grander scheme Renard is part of, outside the Families’ knowledge.

Plot three saw Juliette trying to remember Nick. We learned she could remember some things about Nick when she flashed back to the fearful Eisbiber plumber from Season 1. She invited him over and, not knowing the score, he told her Nick was a Grimm. He then fumbled a cover story and took off for the hills as Juliette put on the bug-eyed “I’m pondering” face she’s worn for the past two episodes.

Plot four had Monroe finally, finally, finally ask out Rosalee! Rosalee answered positively but I could barely hear it as the legions of cheering MonRosalee fans around the world drowned her out. Because this is Grimm their super-sweet picnic in the picturesque Portland woods was interrupted by Kevin, foaming at the mouth due to the virus, which brings us back to plot one. Full circle!

Hank and Nick made it to Rosalee’s apothecary just as she began showing symptoms and Hank got a rushed introduction to Team Grimm as Monroe mixed medicine to counteract the plague. The episode then ended with Rosalee and Kevin healed and MonRosalee shyly taking their first steps toward a real relationship... while the Nuckelavee hit man watched from above.

Thematically Grimm continues to upend the pieces on the board. Just like Hank and Juliette, we’re all frantically evaluating and re-evaluating with every new piece of information we have. Does Renard spying on the Royal Families make him good? Is it bad that non-Wesen and Grimms are learning about the secret world lying side-by-side with ours? We also have to ask ourselves what good and bad means to the various agendas and plots flying around. In Season 1 it would have been a good thing for Juliette to find out about Nick being a Grimm. Now that she has no memory of him, this feels like it’ll lead to disaster.

Similarly, Renard is wrapped up in so many secrets and alliances it’s impossible to tell whether we should root for him or not. He’s a cop and invested in stopping criminals, so that’s good; but he’s a Prince of the Royal Families, so that’s bad. He wants to keep the Royals out of Portland, so that’s good; but he sent Adalind to kill Aunt Marie and threaten Hank, so that’s bad. Renard is transforming into one of the show’s most interesting and ambiguous characters, once again reflecting what I think of as Season 2’s overarching theme: Nothing is what it seems.

However, the less analytical part of me simply wants to “awwww” over Rosalee and Monroe for forever.


Bree Turner acted the Hell out of infected Rosalee, making me laugh as she insisted she was infected “With love!” one moment and jump as she barked out commands in the next. She and Silas Weir Mitchell have real chemistry and I could watch a show of just them gazing lovingly at each other for hours. Forget “Pond Life”—I demand a web series devoted to Monroe and Rosalee’s relationship, stat!

... Now that the term “Grimm” has been said in her hearing, will Juliette flashback to the memory of Nick taking her to Monroe’s for him to Blutbad out?

... Also, is it weird Juliette seems fine with living in the same house as a (from her perspective) complete stranger?

... Is Adalind’s cat dead? Can one simply run over Magique, the murder cat?

... What is the big plan Renard and his mole are afraid of jeopardizing? Is he part of the Resistance?

... What horror will interrupt Monroe and Rosalee’s second date? Ten bucks says it’s the Nuckelavee hit man.

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  • Atlantida Sep 08, 2012

    Grimm seems a pretty solid show to me right now, except: Juliette. I can't but hate her with all my heart. I don't know the reason. Maybe her character is superboring and mega-annoying, maybe the actress just can't play AT ALL, but I CAN'T see her on my screen. Please, writers, PLEASE, kill her anyway you want, don't spoil the good show with this MEGABORING character! Ok, thanks.

  • TrueTvWatcher Sep 06, 2012

    This was a pretty great episode! I think Juliette will finally learn the truth and it will be nice so the series can move on to better things than that. It would be strange to live with someone you don't know or remember even if there was proof you did.

    The cat could return, you never know...

    I look forward to finding out more about Renard, his agenda and his allies....

    Monroe and Rosalee will most likely be interrupted a lot on this show and it will be a common theme to laugh at, and I like that, reminds me of the characters of Buffy or Angel.......

  • kanniballl Sep 06, 2012

    Actually, the "reveal" that Hank doesn't see them normally wasn't exactly shocking. As based on talks with his Grandma and Mom it's more of an inherited thing than a "you saw one, you can now always see them"

    The reveal I DID like, was that Nick shrugged his shoulders when Hank asked "well, how does a Grimm realize you've recognized them" Or didn't like. I don't know, I'm just glad they acknowledged that it wasn't made clear yet.

  • KateSullivan Sep 05, 2012

    I don't think Juliette will start flashing back, but much like when she found that hair last season, she will start researching on her own, I wonder if that will lead her to the Royals and even Renard and she will somewhat become our source of learning about that side of things.

    It does seem weird...but perhaps she is justifying it with this evidence that he was around and that he is a cop. I will write it off as she is a little traumatized right now (I am surprised that Nick didn't volunteer to go someplace else).

    I think it is likely that the cat is dead, it seems to me that this episode was just trying to pick up and tie off loose strings from last season as a way to get everyone back involved (it had seemed like there were storylines all over the place in the first two episodes). They need Adalind to help, not the cat...

    I suspect that Renard is part of this Resistance that was referenced in the season premiere when Renard's brother was torturing that guy and that Rosalee had some role in at least contact with (when she was hiding that reporter). doesn't really answer if he is a good guy or not but I suspect the Resistance as ideals we and Nick would agree with so I put that marker on the side of good. I think that Renard has this idea that Nick would be his Grimm in whatever government the Resistance wants to establish in the Wessen world and he is nervous about other Grimms because they might have ties to the Royal Families that can't be cut.

    I keep flashing to Lost Girl (honestly, Lost Girl has actually answers questions of supernatural creatures on other shows...I am looking at you True Blood and your whole Ifrit storyline) and that wolves mate for life..I don't look forward to what Monroe does if anyone threatens Rosalee (though I suspect she is more dangerous, fox and all). Other than a Neuckelavee kind of being a cool looking creature, I am a little confused. A horse? The previous hit man had like saber teeth and looking like a tiger, panther mix. I get that animal would be dangerous and I understand that wild horses can be dangerous...but as a rule?

  • tv_gonzo Sep 05, 2012

    I don't care if Rannard is good or bad, he is awesome. As is Monroesalie. How cute are they. Not only is season two really strong so far. This was one of the better episodes of the series in my opinion.

    Great review. It's nice to read review from someone who obviously care for the series.

  • JensPeterTop Sep 05, 2012

    They mentioned a ratlike Wesens name was Reinecke.Big mistake there. Reinecke is another german word for a fox! And i don't want to know how they came up with the word Nuckelavee, because Nuckel means a babies pacifier in german. :D Guys, please hire me!!! ;o)

  • shocker713 Sep 06, 2012

    You're about a year too late to complain about the etymology of "reinigen." And, as the coyotl (Aztec) and murcielago (Spanish) demonstrate, not all Wesen names are German. Nuckelavee was derived from Norse mythology.

  • stanking Sep 06, 2012

    This is a point I've been hoping others would notice. It appears "Wesen" have appeared all over the earth and have been named by whichever culture they found themselves in, so while the royal family might be German, the wesen themselves are not, and the Grimms probably used whichever name they heard first when encountering a new species.

  • shocker713 Sep 07, 2012

    Ooh, almost forgot Mauvais Dentes, which is bad French as opposed to bad German.

    Also, certain languages seem to refer to Wesen by different names, hence why Monroe referred to the Murcielago as "Geolterblitz." Plus, the French "Mauvais Dentes" may or may not be the same as the German "Rissfleich"

    But we can all agree that no matter what laguage the Wesen's name is, the grammar will almost always be poor.

  • JensPeterTop Sep 06, 2012

    Thanks guys. I didn't know that.

  • Shreela Sep 05, 2012

    I wonder if they're going to have Juliette and Renard get together in some way, especially after it was him that kissed her awake (well, as awake as a Stepford wife can be).

  • shocker713 Sep 05, 2012

    Juliette's had that's "I'm Pondering" face for like the past 26 episodes.

  • Liria Sep 05, 2012

    1. I thought they were going to make Juliette afraid of Nick with having her remember how the wesen was afraid of him. I don't think remembering the entire story would help, though she seems much friendlier with Monroe now than she did before...

    2. About her seeming fine to live in the same house as Nick? Does she have an option? Bc rationally, I don't see anything wrong with that. If you bumped your head and forgot your life, and had someone tell you 'this is home and you live here with your family' would you just move into a hotel indefinitely bc you can't remember them?

    3. Adalind's cat dead? Nah, the noise we heard was Magique wrecking the car!!

    4. Renard 's plan? I think maybe he wants to control the Grimm. I don't think he's a good guy, exactly.

    5. I don't want anything to break up their 2nd date... I just wanna watch them be cute together. lol

  • kanniballl Sep 05, 2012

    Yeh, when she flashed back to the guy being afraid of "him" I thought it supported my theory that: she thought she was blocking him out because he was an abusive boyfriend and/or a dirty cop.

    But then she met the guy who was all warmed up about Nick and he dropped the "G" bomb on her. And now, I'm sure her Google-Fu skills will find out what that means. After all, it took her all of 5 minutes to learn something about Nick's parents that Nick himSELF didn't already know.

  • mad-pac Sep 05, 2012

    "...and basically made them act like 28 Days Later rage zombies." Zombie wesens! Ha, ha, I loved that!

    You don't recognize Mark Pellegrino, but you recognize Kevin Shinick? What universe do you live in?

    "Juliette put on the bug-eyed "I'm pondering" face she's worn for the past two episodes." - Good observation. She does that face a lot, and I don't know what to think of it. Sometimes I think she's a robot and the face means "doesn't compute."

    Now I really want to have a picnic in the woods of Portland.

    "Renard is ... one of the show's most interesting and ambiguous characters... Nothing is what it seems." - Another great point. You're really getting Grimm.


    ... There's a slim possibility Juliette will remember Monroe's "Blutbadding." Not only she still has many memory gaps, but also she fainted the moment Monroe "metamorphosized."

    ... Yeah, I think it's quite weird for Juliette to agree to live with a complete stranger, but then she's a big girl, and this just shows how confident a woman she is.

    ... Yeah, what's the deal with that cat. Why that whole scene? It seemed so superfluous. I demand better scenes with Magique because he has incredible screen presence! Hey, what if he comes back as a living-dead-Hexenbiest-infected-zombie cat from Hell?

    .. Renard's big plan? Now you're asking too much. I haven't been able to think that much ahead. That man is inscrutable!

    ... Two monsters threaten the MonRosalee romance: the Nuckelavee, and, the bigger one, Monroe's fear of intimacy.

  • kanniballl Sep 05, 2012

    He probably just used IMDB to lookup the guest star to save face after last week's miss. We don't need every guest-star mentioned and detailed, but some of the BIGGER ones should get a nod. People that either used to star on another show/series, or are just professional guest-stars because of their gravitas (like Mark Sheppard)

  • mad-pac Sep 06, 2012

    She, not he, but yeah, she definitely used IMDB. The trick is to know when to make a big deal out of a guest-star, and when to ignore them. Looks like she needs to fine-tune those skills.

  • klotensen Sep 05, 2012

    "He"? Ain't Josie a girl?

  • stanking Sep 05, 2012

    Any time I see the word "gravitas", I know someone's full of crap.

  • mad-pac Sep 06, 2012

    So, basically whenever you see the word "gravitas" you just conclude it's bullshit without even caring to pay attention to the content of the message? Not very smart. The word might sound pedantic to some, but I think he's got a point.

  • stanking Sep 06, 2012

    Your words have completely changed my mind. You've definitely got gravitas, my friend.

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