Grimm "The Show Must Go On" Review: When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Mar 22, 2014

Grimm S03E16: "The Show Must Go On"

Sam Witwer and a Wesen carnival and Monrosalee wedding planning and twisted, cheeky use of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London"—this episode of Grimm made me so happy, you guys. It didn't even really move the plot very far: Adalind is still running around in the woods, the circus storyline (though refreshingly different from the usual gloomy murder investigations) was wrapped up all neat and pretty, and as much as I want to doodle little hearts around Sam Witwer's face every time it appears on el television, I'm concerned about how Max the Blutbad was basically just a hairier version of Being Human's Aidan the Vampire. Self-control problems? Check. Exploited by his superiors? Check. Struggles with his "true nature?" Check. 

But the unpacking of Being Human's baggage belongs in a Being Human review (speaking of which, we recently got back to those in anticipation of the series finale); in the context of Grimm, "The Show Must Go On" was a strong episode.

So apparently if a Wesen forces himself to woge too often,  the "animal" will start to take over and the person will begin to lose control. Seeing as the carnival's entire premise was built on showcasing "monsters" that looked way too real to be made out of makeup and rubber, with Max the Blutbad as the star attraction, his heavy schedule of forced woging turned him into a ticking time bomb. So when bodies started showing up in the towns the carnival visited, the answer seemed obvious. 

...except not so much. It turned out the ringleader had a bit of a killin' problem of his own, which wasn't that surprising once you considered his complete disregard for the health, both mental and physical, of his employees. Isn't there like, a Wesen OSHA somebody could've called? 

Also: Monroe was initially horrified when Rosalee went backstage to replace the show's injured fuchsbau (and snoop around, of course), but then Rosalee stole the costume she was issued and I think he's over it. GET SOME. 

On the wedding front, Monroe and Rosalee struggled with one of the touchier aspects of planning, even for non-Wesen: crafting a ceremony that makes two very different families happy. Good luck with that. Actually, Monrosalee did enjoy a bit o' luck with that: Both fuchsbau and blutbad wedding traditions involve tying the knot out in the middle of nowhere. Monroe and Rosalee are thinking Mt. Hood, so the family drama should be minimal, though I have personally found that in wedding planning, the family drama is never minimal. 

They also asked Juliette and Nick to be their maid of honor and best man, respectively, because of course they did, and that's all well and good except Nick is having nightmares about beheading Monroe's grandma at the reception when everyone realizes he's a grimm and freak out. Suddenly, family bitching about having to ask your cousin not to wear his Duck Dynasty T-shirt seems so minor. 


Adalind and Monster Baby and Tall-and-Dreamy ran around in the woods, stole a car, killed some royals, and ran into Poor Sebastien. Poor Sebastien stayed behind to stall the next batch of royals, going out all heroic despite last week's betrayal. (Whatever, they were waterboarding him!)

Also, because I'm shallow, and because all the episode promos flaunted the fact that someone in the resistance was going to bite it this week, I was relieved that it wasn't Tall-and-Dreamy. RIP Sebastien. 


Grimm is taking a wee hiatus until April 4, which gives us lots of time to contemplate the tangle of loose ends this series has gradually presented us with. In the past, I've been concerned about the number of stories Grimm tends to have going at once, and that's especially been the case in this second half of the season, where there have been long stretches of case-of-the-week episodes that don't really do anything to move the plot forward. However, with Adalind's impending return to the States and all of the delicious drama surrounding Monrosalee's wedding, I think the pace is going to be picking up very soon when Grimm returns. 


– "Why is it always the blutbad?" Aww, Monroe. 

– From the carnival in Carnivale and the Theatre des Vampires in Interview with the Vampire and probably others that I'm not thinking of at the moment, I just love the whole idea of real monsters/magic/miracles hiding in plain sight under the cover of make-believe. 

– Were Nick's zombie superpowers dealt with? I feel like we haven't seen them in forever, but I also can't recall them ever being formally handled. 

What did you think of "The Show Must Go On"?

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  • TQB Mar 27, 2014

    I don't know whether the Wu issue has been wrapped up too neatly, or if the tidiness is intentional and we haven't heard the last of it. Personally, I am not at all satisfied with it.

    Very confused or forgetful about Hexenbeast powers. I figured the baby for the forced suicide, but perhaps I don't remember everything Adalind was capable of before.

  • rumbles Mar 25, 2014

    crap show, crap acting

  • TQB Mar 27, 2014

    and a crap comment! How appropo.

  • TQB Mar 27, 2014

    hey! spell check! apropos!!

  • jenrose72 Mar 28, 2014


  • jenrose72 Mar 26, 2014

    It may not be award-winning material, but it's a better and a heck of a lot more interesting than most of what's out there...and if you think it's so crappy, why are you commenting on a blog for it?

  • MorganKriese Mar 25, 2014

    They tricked us with the previews because it showed Adelind was supposed to be in their house this episode.

  • johnmckenzie338658 Mar 25, 2014

    Being a Wesen must really suck! So in this episode we find out that if they over do the whole Volga thing then they can end up losing their humanity altogether!
    There are sure a lot of drawbacks and side effects to being Wesen, SURELY there must be some positives. So glad Adalind is back in the fold, hope she causes some havoc, the show hasn't been the same without her little schemes.

  • shocker713 Mar 24, 2014

    I spent the better part of the episode trying to figure out what kind of Wesen the ringmaster was, and when we found out he was a Lowen, it made perfect sense. While no one was fighting to the death, he was exploiting other Wesen for fun and profit.

    Note to the Grimm writers: this episode is proof that you don't have to introduce a new Wesen in every episode and it'll still be great.

  • rpennycuff Mar 24, 2014

    I really enjoyed this episode of Grimm. I got a little freaked out by the fact the manager was making wesen voge for entertainment and to turn a profit. I also think the manager got what he deserved. I also hope that nothing bad happens to Adalind or her baby.

  • tryptz Mar 24, 2014

    I was bored by this episode of Grimm.
    The story of the week was tame , the Adalind storyline was the only interesting thing.
    Please kill Juliette, how Nick stands her is beyond me. Talk of a suffocating \ smouldering relationship, you cant breathe! I swear she had a job once a vet, but these days she's always hanging around ugh!
    Wu is boring as hell.

  • current Mar 23, 2014

    The ep kinda zipped by with me din dins but didn't really feel like it ever found its feet. Sam Witwer was truly wasted in this and I'd of thought the producers must of got him in due to his torch role in Being Human suiting this. But no. Adalind's dark side is still there for sure. Just look at the sweet and coy I didn't mean to do it face, after the murder/suicide shooting. Yaha, lady! More like she's testing just what she's got back.
    Oh and the end BBQ scene, what another waste. In fact it was about as prematurely fast as Monroe's pants upon seeing Rosalee at the end - don't they know bestiality's a crime?!
    A Grimm at the wedding? It'll be like the Vincent Price short in which the guests all transform in supernaturals at once. Muwawawawah!

  • jenrose72 Mar 23, 2014

    So motherhood is turning Adalind into a good person? Say it ain't so, Grimm, she's SO GOOD at being bad! I was kind of hoping to see the baby do something really bad ass, like make the goons' heads explode...

    I really enjoyed the premise of this episode, even if the whole carnival thing is a bit overused. I especially loved the end, very nice way to bring out some sweetness and levity.

  • vcivi Mar 23, 2014

    It was weird to see Sam Witwer as a "wolf" this episode. Normally used to see him suck blood in Being was bit weird but still fun to watch.
    Rosalee, she can be so brave sometimes...loved how she got in action to help her fellow Wesens...
    Wu is back...looking like himself again...that is good right..
    I thought Sebastian was very brave, was sad that he died..
    Missing Zombie Nick...still don't know what's that all hope they show it someimes again..

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