Grimm "To Protect and Serve Man" Review: With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

By Josie Campbell

Nov 10, 2012

Grimm S02E11: "To Protect and Serve Man"

“To Protect and Serve Man,” the last episode of Grimm before the show's fall finale, continued to lean on the series' cop drama side rather than mythology to deliver a solidly entertaining story about saving an innocent man’s life, and a solidly obsession-based story of Renard/Juliette smoochies.

A guy Hank put away for murdering one of two brothers seven years ago was on death row, and Hank had come to believe that the man's initial claim—that monsters were trying to eat him—was true, and that he was acting in self-defense against two murderous Wesen brothers. If you recognized the episode’s joke title at this point you just sat back and waited for cannibal shenanigans to occur. However, Nick and Hank did not have that meta-advantage, so they had to do some good ‘ol-fashioned investigating! Was the man right about monsters?

Yep! After they determined the inmate was attacked by sibling Wendigos, they tried to dig up the dead Wendigo brother’s yard in order to prove he was a bone-stashing, cannibalistic Wesen. Unfortunately, the house had been converted into a grocery store and the DA wanted the investigation suppressed because she'd just begun her bid for mayor. Renard, luckily, didn't care, and shrugged as he told them, “Do whatever you want, I’m busy thinking about your girlfriend.”

Well, he didn’t say that last part, but we all knew he was.

Team Cop looked into the surviving Wendigo brother and discovered he was eating human flesh again, and hiding the bones under his new house. With the creative (and borderline illegal?) application of an old jury-duty warrant, Hank and Nick found the rotting corpses of the brother’s last meal just in time to stop the execution of the man on death row. Hank decided to get all macho at the last minute, and he chased the Wendigo through a field instead of calling the DA to stop the execution, which nearly got Nick killed. But Hank gleefully showed up at the last second to shoot the Wendigo and save his partner and all was well again in Portland, land of a million murders!

In the Adalind-spell B-plot, being obsessed with Juliette apparently made Renard very bad at his job, and he slept in and began making personal calls (I guess more personal calls is more accurate) at work. Our Captain finally broke down and, with a cunning ploy of talking to her for half a minute—convinced Juliette to go to the spice shop with him to get the curse reversed. (You won’t listen to a creepily knowledgeable witch-lady but you’re convinced something’s wrong with you after a thirty-second phone call? ARGH, JULIETTE!). However Monroe immediately recognized her, and the episode ended on our favorite Blutbad’s shocked expression.

Well it’s about time someone remembered he's a cop (even if when he did it was to protect a human and not to right a wrong against a Wesen)! Hank’s conscience kicked into overdrive this episode, which played out like an enjoyable cop procedural, though it certainly had its monstrous fantasy moments. However, Hank may be going bonkers as a result of his still-new knowledge of “monsters,” as he was a little too happy to shoot the Wendigo and relished killing him just a tad more then he should have(i.e.: not at all). Hank may be able to sleep at night with a clear conscience, but I'd suggest that Nick spend a couple of sleepless nights worrying that his friend might want to take a leaf out of the killer Grimms’ book.

Because no Grimm review is complete until I spend one paragraph yelling at Juliette, let’s hit that quota now: Juliette, just break up with Nick already! Isn’t the house under your name anyhow? If you don’t like Nick, why are you resistant to moving on with a man you do like? Whatever, at the very least, I’m relieved that Renard and Juliette have finally taken steps to rectify Adalind’s curse and that Monroe knows the score (or at least the kissy part of the score). Now who wants to bet the cold open for next week’s episode will include Juliette running away?

With the fall finale next week, this episode was the last break in the overarching plot’s action before Season 2 comes to a central clashing point. Next week we’ll hopefully see a resolution to the Renard and Juliette story, as well as more mythology and Royal hijinks with Adalind back in town.

QUESTIONS:

– If Nick and Hank can solve a seven-year-old crime in a day, why couldn’t the Portland PD arrest the right person before?

– I guess all crimes are committed by Wesen, judging by how many are in lockup. Does anyone else hope that we'll eventually get an episode where a human is persecuting a Wesen rather than vice versa?

– Why was Hank so suddenly gung-ho about catching the wendigo?

– We know Adalind is returning next week; what’s her plan?

– What will Monroe do now that he’s seen Juliette with Renard? What will Juliette do?

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  • ionee24 Nov 14, 2012

    We don't know what kind of man Renard actually is: the only window to the real him has been Juliette and she hasn't have enough screentime to reveal the man behind the hexebiest.



    For all we know, the half royal may be the leader of the resistance the wesen have been protecting all this time.

  • KateSullivan Nov 13, 2012

    1. Um...seriously, do you have no sense of police work at all (people make mistakes and they certainly told us all the political pressure to get an easy conviction), or hell, even TV history..there was a whole series called Cold Case..



    2. Well, it was about fifty/fifty...and as Wesen's are generally monsters from fairy tales, it seems reasonably they would be criminals in our world (usually the non violent wesen are not in jail or are the victims).



    3. Because he is ultimately a good guy and is the human conscience who will keep Nick grounded.



    4. Well, apparently it is to bring a whole group of Reapers to get Nick or at least distract him enough for Renard to get the key and for her to proof herself to Eric.



    5. I think Monroe and Juliette will play it awkwardly cool until Monroe gives Renard his part of the potion and they have a minute alone and then Monroe will have a bit of an issue because he doesn't know if Juliette remembers anything.



    Anyone else kind of worried about Hank? I was concerned with the sit down at the end when we really still don't know a lot about Ferren (like, did the Wendigo turn just to scare him, and if not, is he a Grimm or other Wesen) and did anyone else have that feeling Hank was about to go all confessional on him and that would creep up to haunt Nick later on?

  • WillReed Nov 12, 2012

    test

  • protonefrid Nov 12, 2012

    lol...after reading the comments below i have just 1 question...

    Am I the only one that still wants to see Juliette back with Nick?

  • ionee24 Nov 12, 2012

    From a structural point of view, Nick is never going to see Juliette as he sees Hank or Monroe. The only way for her character to evolve is to become the eyes of the human behind the royal plot, the new Monroe for Renard's Prince or the Beauty for the hexenbiest if you will.

    It would seem like a waste of time to go through all of this only so that Juliette and Nick would go back to status quo.

  • protonefrid Nov 13, 2012

    i'm only afraid that this relationship between Renard and Juliette is possible only until they break the curse (so she will be alone after that if she doesn't reconcile with Nick, or leave all together)... the real Renard is not a nice man and once he gets his mind back he might not want to keep Juliette close. Thinking back at how he played and used Adalind and how easily he discarded her when she was no longer useful, I'm a little concerned for Juliette (or do they want to keep the curse active to drive them both crazy?...)

  • protonefrid Nov 12, 2012

    1. because it's all about perception...the killer had some sort of PTSD and a drinking problem and he wasn't making sense to the normal people while the cannibals were nice folks who never bothered anyone and were viewed as innocent victims. I bet none of the police officers in charge stopped to consider even for half a second that those two might be human flesh eating ugly monsters (nor would I, in real life). Hank thought he might be innocent because his perception of the world he was living in changed. But and Nick are about the only ones around who would believe a guy like our victim. And it helps greatly in an investigation to have a book about wendigos and their feeding habits (without that they wouldn't have been able to save him).

    2. the wessen in prison seemed to be less than half of the population so there is still plenty of evil humans in the grimm world too...but i still want a human killer from time to time

    3. Guilt?

    4. I guess she made a new deal with Eric for the key... but she probably also wants to hurt Nick and Renard some more. Can't really blame Nick but Renard was a jerk with her and he kind of deserves it...

    5. I'm afraid Juliette might freak out and run away (maybe Renard can stop her but he might freak out too when he'll realize the spice shop guy knows Nick) fortunately Monroe knows where Juliette lives and he might do a better job at explaining to her about the wessens and the cat scratch than Nick might have done...damn, i feel like kicking Nick on the head again for being a complete idiot in the last episode while talking with Juliette. He needs to come up with a good speech, invite Hank and Monroe over for support and tell her what's going on.

    Also, no matter what anyone says, I like Juliette and I don't want her to leave the show. I feel she got so easily convinced by Renard because they both have the same problem (and the same understanding of the dept of this problem) and by now her obsession reached a level that she, herself realized its unnatural, not to mention that she might have agreed to all this just to meet him one more time (just like Renard who stalked her, invited her for coffee and went to her house the previous episodes without being able to control himself)

  • Mrs_Murphy Nov 12, 2012

    1. Mmm, because it is a TV show and it does not have to make sense (apparently).

    2. Could make for some interesting TV, but somehow I do not believe the writers will go there. We might start to grow a brain,after all.

    3. I think Hank acted the way he did out of guilt for locking the guy up in the first place and I get the impression that he did not mind killing a Wesen because they're 'not real people.

    4. To destroy Nick and Renard. Simple.

    5. I'm afraid Juliette is not going anywhere (one can wish though). May be she comes clean with Nick, but I doubt it. She'll probably draw closer to Renard. Monroe won't say anything to Nick. At first anyway but will try to talk to Juliette about it. However, I am hoping that Nick finds out and breaks up with Juliette. I am getting tired of myself for yelling at her. Can't she just go, already?



    Good review by the way. I enjoyed it very much.

  • googlehoop Nov 12, 2012

    Loved this episode...but I still miss Monroe. I don't understand why the writers have relegated him to B plots. The ending was the best when Monroe finally saw Juliette and Renard kissing. The shock on her and Monroe's faces was epic. Can't wait til next week...although having Adalind back in town is scary!

  • adelinhabraga Nov 12, 2012

    Portland PD did arrest the right person. The guy was, in fact, guilty of killing the wendigos. But it was in self defense, so it was sending him to the death row that was a huge mistake. The police didn't even have a reson to investigate the victims' house because, apparently, shouting 'they are monsters' is not enough to get the cops to want to look any further into the case. Go figure! haha

  • ionee24 Nov 12, 2012

    The only problem I had with Juliette was that she was involved with Nick, or rather the way she was involved with him (as submissive girlfriend).

    IMO The show killed two birds with one stone this season because, for one, she no longer is involved with Nick and then, the way she's involved with Renard is completely different since she's an active part in his own exposure as a Prince.

  • protonefrid Nov 12, 2012

    Never thought of her as submissive but now that you mention it, it might be something there... I've always thought that, this being the case of a couple that had been living together for more than 3 years, they knew just how much space they needed to give each-other... i always assumed that not pressuring Nick in telling her something he didn't want to tell her yet, was just the method she had used before and worked the best for them (he would have told her anyway when he felt ready)... i mean, to me, theirs seemed the sort of relationship where they told each-other everything (if this situation hadn't been so complex he would have explained her everything from the second or third episode)

  • ionee24 Nov 12, 2012

    To me, Nick and Juliette acted like two siblings trying to have sex: it didn't work and it never will, no matter how good looking they are.

  • DavidJackson8 Nov 12, 2012

    I've complained about Juliette plenty of times before but part of me is starting to believe I dislike her mostly because of Bitsie Tulloch and not so much the writing of the character. That look she gave at the end of the episode when she saw Munroe was the worst dialogue-free acting I've seen in a long time. She seems to have the same facial expression for everything.

    The prison wasn't too packed with Wesen... it seemed like out of almost 15 or so, Nick saw 5? That's not too unreasonable a ratio. I agree, though, that having an episode every now and then with the Wesen as a victim and a human being as the killer or whatever would be a pretty fresh approach for an episode... maybe an episode where Nick has to apprehend a fellow Grimm that goes around killing Wesen. This was almost the case with that intern, but unfortunately, he ended up being a self-hating Wesen too.

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