Grimm: Don't Fear the Reapers

Grimm S01E19: “Leave It to Beavers”

Friday’s episode of Grimm was a grab bag of the best and worst the show has to offer as “Leave It to Beavers” combined series mythology with the regular monster-of-the-week plot to create an enjoyable, but unbalanced, episode.

We started with a face-off between two Wesen—an Eisbiber (a.k.a. the rodent guys who left Nick presents) and a mafia bridge troll whose Italian accent (it was Italian, right?) was awful to the point of being offensive. Acting: not always Grimm’s forte, ladies and gents.

Anyhow, Bad Accent killed the Eisbiber when he refused to pay any more protection money and another Eisbiber, Arnold, witnessed the murder. He called 911 but was nearly killed by Bad Accent, so he took off to hide with a friend—one of the Wesen who'd been showering Nick with gifts.

Nick and Monroe took to the woods to do some Grimm training, and Nick not only turned out to be a good shot (duh, cop), but also skilled at smashing a melon with a bat, which somehow impressed Monroe. We’re apparently supposed to spend the rest of the season pretending that Juliette never rejected Nick’s marriage proposal, as the two amicably butted heads over inviting Monroe to dinner, and Nick and Monroe panicked over what to tell Juliette about how they'd first met.

Nick and Hank got pulled into investigating the death of the Eisbiber, which led them to Bad Accent, one Mr. Salvatore (seriously?). The Godfather impressions grew thicker as the troll's henchmen lied for him, and Hank told Nick that they couldn't do anything until the witness surfaced. But Sal of the Atrocious Accent got antsy and hired the Reapers to send a message—by killing Nick.

Then came the very best part of the episode: Monroe and Nick had the cutest dinner ever as they awkwardly stumbled through just about every social interaction and almost let the Grimm cat out of the bag with regard to how they really met. The fun part was that they thought they were killing it, and bumped fists or exchanged grins every time Juliette looked away. Go Team Grimm!

The Eisbiber duo that'd been buttering Nick up wanted to take a stand, and asked Arnold to tell the police what he saw, a bravery that does not come easily to their kind. When they brought Nick to their Eisbiber lodge meeting, we saw the real fears these Wesen had as they elected to let Sal roam free rather than risk receiving a “message” from him. Shamed by the noble actions of his friends, Arnold did the right thing anyway and gave Nick the positive ID on Sal.

Then Reapers, plural, showed up to kill Nick, and beat Sal to...confuse us? Was the beating supposed to clue us in to the fact that they’re loose cannons? Loose cannons with terrible German and—taking a shot in the dark here—French accents? Anyhow, Reapers be crazy, they let Sal get arrested, followed Nick and Arnold back to the lodge, and were disappointingly easy to defeat as Nick decapitated one and shot the other. Monroe encouraged Nick to lop off both heads, and together they sent Reaper HQ a message: "This the best you got?"

Even with its flaws this episode was really entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat during the Eisbiber murder and laughing at the bumbling Monroe and Nick dinner party. Setting the lack of drama between Nick and Juliette aside, the main problem with the episode was that it involved unspeakably horrible bad-guy acting. What could have been a thoroughly solid hour of TV dipped into cringe-worthy unwatchableness whenever Sal or the Reapers appeared on-screen, causing "Leave It to Beavers" to teeter back and forth between fun and awful like a Wesen-loving seesaw. An accent does not a good actor make, and after the wonderful Edgar (Edgar I also still mourn you!) I expected better, Grimm.

But the real talking point here is Nick’s killing of the Reapers. Nick is behaving in ways perfect for a Grimm but incompatible for a cop, and I can’t help but wonder if his embracing the Grimm side is a bad thing. After all, the Wesen were terrified of Sal sending a message—is Nick doing the same, setting him down the road to becoming one of the bad Grimm? Even with the mainly harmless Eisbibers there was a voice advocating for striking back, now that they had their “own” Grimm, and Edgar’s last words are beginning to ring clear: The oppressed definitely have the potential to become the next oppressors.

Questions:

– Can Nick reconcile being a Grimm with being a policeman?

– Will Juliette leave Nick, given that he's obviously still keeping secrets from her?

– Will Nick return to his plan of having Monroe Blutbad out in front of Juliette in an attempt to tell her the truth?

– Will we see Adalind again in these three remaining episodes?

– Can we nominate Nick/Monroe as everyone’s favorite couple after Rosalee/Monroe? Also, can we get more fist bumps? I love their fist bumps.

– Should Nick really be taunting the ancient organization sworn to kill him? Is he getting too cocky?

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Seriously? Has this reviewer never seen David Zayas in anything? Ever? I'll agree that the Reapers' accents were bad, but Zayas was speaking in his natural voice. The fact that this reviewer was harping on it for most of this review, I consider professionally irresponsible, almost to the point of offensive. If you're going to knock an actor for a "bad accent" multiple times, I'd recommend making sure that's what's actually happening. I mean, it's your job.
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the final moment was worthy of all the bad accents -not that I really care about those-:) how sweet are they, sending out practically anything they can thing of, from fruit baskets to flowers to bakery to objects for thanking:) and how sweet was the lodge leader sayin "they are what they are and hoping the Grimm not to cut off their heads for disapproving the vote":) I'm not even mentioning the happiness of the elder beaver being on a "first name basis" with a Grimm:) awww the beavers rule!



other than that, though it really was way too convenient for Nick to take out two reapers at once in like a total of 30 seconds, we also needed to see him more of a Grimm than a cop so I liked the way he was kinda badass.. I liked it that he is sort of "natural" with all the tools.. also Monroe taking sides with him not only a helping way but also sharing his anger way was really bromantic.. I dont think it was cocky for him to send out the heads for two reasons: first, it really worked, and now they know that he is not just a dude and two, he gained a lot of confidence from the first episode so he has the right to show off a little.. and also these things really happen to mean a lot in these kind of organizations is what we learned from years of gansta movies and series:)



was having Monroe Blutbad out in front of Juilette was a plan? when was that? and actually how could that work, arent grimms and the wesen the only ones who can see the wesen inside? juliette will never see that.. and probably yes, juliette gave time to nick to resolve this keeping secrets problem but probably by the season finale sth else will happen that will include her and she will be forced to leave.. until the next season, when she will learn about Nick and reunite or break up for good.. (these things work like this arent they: the girl leaves, the boy does no confide even when she does to 'protect" her and then sth still happens to her and the boy has to save her and this time cannot hide the truth)



I think we will see adalind somewhere again, hoping teamed up with nick and hank.. but she was way too in love with renard for that..
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"Can Nick reconcile being a Grimm with being a policeman?" yes as there are different rules of engagement for both. Nick has killed in "Kill or be killed" entangles. If he says why, he's off to the funny farm and the powers that be will make sure that happens



"Will Juliette leave Nick, given that he's obviously still keeping secrets from her?" this is my biggest complaint about Nick. Nick isn't trying to protect Juliette, he's protecting himself. As her life is already in danger just being with him, the "What she don't know won't hurt her" is BS. He has to either let her into to his life or walk away. Anything else is cowardly and reckless on his part



"Will Nick return to his plan of having Monroe Blutbad out in front of Juliette in an attempt to tell her the truth?" with Rosalee doing her Fuchsbau and Bud and friends doing Eisbiber is the best way to do it



"Will we see Adalind again in these three remaining episodes?" maybe



"Can we nominate Nick/Monroe as everyone's favorite couple after Rosalee/Monroe?" if Juliette leaves Nick before he pulls his head out and makes a decision, she'll most likely leave Nick thinking Nick and Monroe ARE a couple



"Should Nick really be taunting the ancient organization sworn to kill him? Is he getting too cocky?" the organization runs the show based on fear and "custom". As he is shaking them up, that is a good thing
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I loved the episode and didn't find the acting to be that terrible. Always room for improvement, but remember a first season is always finding it's footing. I liked that we got a dose of every thing that makes the show great.

Whats funny about Nick and Monroe is that the secret their hiding from an outside perspective would seem like they were too guys hooking up behind their wives backs kinda thing, with the awkwardness etc.... and I'm starting to feel it's over played unless there is something we don't know....



Nick killing the Reapers was pretty Bad A$$ and I was impressed. I also liked the Eisbiber Lodge and how it operated, it made a lot of sense.



Nick can reconcile both commitments if done properly, though some lines will have to be crossed.



Juliette may leave, but why hasn't she already?

Fist bumps are awesome!

Yes, poke the sleeping Lion so we can see some more action!
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I was surprised you thought David Zayas whose Battista character in Dexter is pretty well known (and often guest stars in series like Person of Interest) was doing an Italian accent... He sounds just the same as usual....
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I am italian and i found him just with a funny accent..by the way the reapers were speaking french I think...
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Are you ever tired of being wrong? David Zayas was not faking any accent, he just used his normal Hispanic one. The fact that you think he was faking an Italian makes me think that, one, you don't who David Zayas is, and two, that you actually didn't watch the entire episode but decided that you could write a review of it anyway.
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Which makes me wonder if the reviewer is used to watching other TV shows with cops. That's the kind of show David Zayas is usually in. He's been in shows such as Dexter, Law and Order, Burn Notice, The Closer, and Without a Trace. Which makes me wonder how comfortable she is reviewing a show like Grimm.
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I didnt like or hate the episode, I mean it was kind of a downer after the last week's ep, it was epic. This one on the other hand, I seriously thought it will be better, but, the fighting scene at the end DUDE, that was awesome, but I hope after such a kickass fight, Nick won't be taken down easily next episode or so by kittie like character, coz that'd be super lame, the guy fought two Reapers and kicked their asses.

Being a cop/Grimm, hard, plus, Hank, can't see that weird things are going on? It won't last long, and the Captain??? He's gonna be silent forever, what's his plan, what is he? AND Juliette MUST KNOW, its about time, she said no to Nick, are we passed that? As far as I know a guy's ego won't let such a thing slip, and Nick is a guy after all, things are so normal that it hurts.. Adelind, maybe she will come back for revenge or something? Work with Nick? Hummm...

As for Nick and Monroe, well it was funny, such bad liars, cute ones too :D Fist bumps, it was cute..

And Nick, Tragic Hero material over there, he just challenged his own luck.. Wishing for a kickass last few episodes. Can't wait already :)
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Nick will most likely tell her the truth in the finale, rather, he'll be forced to tell her the truth when she either sees him kill a wesen, or is kidnapped by one and it tells her about what Nick is.
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I didn't mind the accents. David Zayas always sounds the same, and I don't think he was trying to pull of Italian. The French accents were a bit off, but who cares? It's easy to explain away considering I know people in real life with odd accents; its kind of what happens when, say, a person has more than one culture in their upbringing.



I also don't mind the lack of tension in regards to the rejected marriage proposal. The writers are seemingly just going with the idea that since the rejection was explained by Juliette (with good reason) and Nick knows or agrees with the reason, that they're both just going to go back to the way it previously was except that Nick should try harder in telling her his secret(s).



Anyways, the episode was pretty good. The case-of-the-week was a bit tame, but I guess it was kind of sweet or something. I liked everything about the Grimm v Reaper story except for the fact that the Reapers died fairly stupidly. The fight scene was cool until one of the reapers chopped the other's head off... and uh, just stood there until Nick could shoot him with an arrow?
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Best episode of the season for me. Juliette is getting closer to figuring out Nick and Monroe. The Beavers are freakin' awesome the way they adore Nick and Juliette. I like how they played "we have a Grimm on our side"!! Fun seeing Sgt Batista in this episode - really believable as the scum bag. The whole head(s) in a box was just what Nick needs. It helps ensure the creatures out there to still believe that Grimms are out there and will take you out when you step out of line. I'm enjoying the run to season end so far!!
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Mr. Bad Accent, is a actor that plays Angel on Dexter, so, for me, it wasn't no surprise on his accent, but the acting, if it's good or bad, I can't tell, is also the same!

About the episode, I agree with some writters that the Grimm trainning could be arrived sooner, we fans love this transformations on our heroes.

Please make Juliette go away, and please get someone hot for Nick's love interest, like the Dragon lady from a previoulsy episode, remember??

Well I can't hardly guess who Renard really is, but I think that is human, just don't know why!

I hope that Adalind returns, I liked her!

Yes, as someone asked, how they discover the adress to send the heads?? I'm curious, serioulsy!!!
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Wow, finally Nick's being a Grimm and kicks some butt. But - where does the Kung Fu stuff come from, all of a sudden? Something genetic, triggered by the reapers? Inconsistent, but nice to have. And yes, that note was far too cocky, especially since Nick doesn't really know anything substantial about the opposition yet.



I don't see a problem with Nick being a Slayer (nice one, Cranky!), sorry, Grimm, and a cop. All super heroes lead a double life. But he'll need to let Juliette into the secret, IMO.



Agree with all the language comments. The bad guys meeting in that bar in Mannheim spoke some atrocious French (why?), and the Reaper beating up Salvadore had an atrocious German accent. I didn't detect any Swiss there, though. Oh, and the view of Mannheim, Germany, was anything but Mannheim.



On a fun note: the murdered Eisbiber's name was Grosszahn, which is German for Big Tooth. And beavers do have big front teeth... (Eisbiber translates to Ice Beaver. Is there such an animal?). "Haesslich" (the bridge trolls) just means ugly, which seems fair enough.

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Also, from the "training" scene with Nick and Monroe, "Eine Doppelarmbrust" means "A double crossbow," and, my personal favourite of the evening, Nick mentioned using pepperspray on a Skalengrek which translated out to "scale-dude" (you have to put it into Google Translate as "Skalen grek" to get the response, but there it is :)
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Help me out here: AFAIK, Skalen means scales, as in to weigh with, or as in musical scales, or as in industrial tables. A snake would have Schuppen. Seems to me a case of linguistic "false friends".

Dunno what a grek is - Google wants to correct it to Greek.
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Well, best episode so far (which is not saying much)...it featured Nick training...something he should have been doing MONTHS ago. The fight with the reapers was decently choreographed even if it's silly that the reapers are so bad that one decapitated the other. The special effects were probably about the least offensive of the season (though still the worst on tv)...so perhaps that's trending in the right direction.



So, uh, how did they know where to send the heads?



How did they get the human heads through customs?



Sure you can fanwank those answers, but the show is just trying really hard to make Nick badass (three quarters of a season later than it should have), yet had to do it through head scratchers.
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Good point about the postal address! Unless the dead reapers had a beermat with that bar's name on them...
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Yes. If he lives.

Not based on this ep. She has been re-written as a too stupid for words Stepford Wife who believes anything she is told.

Anything could happen week to week on this show without regard for what has happened in the past, so your guess is as good as mine.

Not even a mention this week, so see the previous answer.

Well Nick/Juliette definitely ISN'T the couple to back.

Way, way, way too cocky. Or does he have super powers now?



Really bad:



Several scenes were so over acted they were truly cringe worthy. Dinner, anyone? Some scenes were just pathetically badly acted - like most of those with the mice-men.



So Nick does a few rounds with melons in the woods and he is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, like overnight?



Juliette turned Nick down for keeping secrets, yet was blissfully unaware of being blatantly lied to while Nick and Munroe stumbled all over their how we met story? Seriously?



Not one, but two reapers on his own when he got his butt handed to him and spent an ep in the hospital while his partner faced a troll alone?



Do these writers even remember what they wrote from week to week?



Did I ask enough questions yet?
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Will we ever find out the correct order in which the episodes were supposed to air? The last ones seemed totally out-of-synch.
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I agree.. this episode totally looks like it was written before the "would you marry me" question.. it even looks pre-Rosalee..
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That would explain why she wasn't Munroe's date. I mean, it would make sense for her to be there and she could have probably pulled off the lying better.
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David Zayas was born in Puerto Rico, raised in NY, and that's his actual speaking voice. Check him out in Dexter, he sounds the same
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I didn't really focus on the bad accents. This was a really good ep. Probably my favorite so the bad accents were the furthest thing from my mind:

1. I think it's possible for Nick to reconcile being a Grimm with being a policeman but I think it's only a matter of time before his partner gets dragged in. What's I've seen from supernatural shows that try to bring in the cops, i.e. Angel and Charmed, that never really seems to work out. I think his partner will not want to have anything to do with it and will gladly evade the weisen world after of course initially thinking Nick's crazy. We'll see how they'll let that one play out.

2. Possibly, since she's not really likeable, they may let her leave so they can write her off and bring in a new romantic interest later.

3. Another possible, she's been in danger 1 too many times so he may want to clue her in on what exactly the danger is and why she'll be a target for bad weisen who know who he is.

4. Nah, not necessary. I'm okay with her just being written off.

5. Yes please! :-)

6. Uh, loved he was a bad azz and all but YES, too cocky dude. That will come back to bit him in the arse.
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For all of you flaming Josie over which language it was (and I realize that not all the comments are flames), I think you just make her point for her. If the actor had actually had an accurate accent, it might have been easier for those not speaking the language to determine which one it was. Don't blame the reviewer; blame the actor and those who cast him.
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Hi Just to confirm that they were speaking french. Take my word for it I Am FRENCH although their accents were terrible. and even to my french ears I did recognize latino accent from the bad guys !! (salvadore has the same in dexter and there he had cuban origins in it)

Good thing that such as Grimm you got room for improvement but I agree with some of the reviews; Give the whole "refused marriage proposal thing" a rest!!

But I did envoy this episode very much and I love the fact that we'll be getting each episode straight until the grand finale.
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I feel so bad for Bitsie Tulloch. She is a great actress but completely underused. (And quite hot by the way. Have you seen her IMDB picture?) She could play so much of a bigger part and be more proactive. I wish there would be a plot line where Juliette suspected Nick of something, followed him and discovered his secret. Now she just hangs around the house. Nick's aunt said that he should break up with Juliette, because all people close to Grimms get hurt. Juliette could be the strong support Nick needs that proves the aunt's view wrong. Oh well, I hope she gets a bigger role during season two.
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I know. When does she work?
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There are people in Germany who speak French. Particularly if they come from a French organization. A better question is, who was the guy (Yannick) who got the heads? He apparently wasn't a Reaper, since the dialogue earlier suggested that the first Reaper was the only one there and then a second one (Junkers) came in. So who was Yannick?
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Maybe Yannick was from a Royal family and a human, and they wanted to deal with a rogue Grimm that was not complying with the established order of things.
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I think everything about this show is basically awful, but in this instance sending back the heads was really the only smart move. Way better to draw out their best now than have inevitable wave after wave of reaper come after him for months or years.
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you've watched 20 episodes of something you think is awful?
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I think the reapers are Swiss but native German speakers (in Switzerland, there's native German, French and Italian populations).



As usual, terribly unconvincing French accents, even if they're native German speakers... and then it gets worse: hints of Canadian accent. It happens ALL THE TIME in Hollywood, still there's no way french speakers can overlook it: that's as annoying as an actress playing Queen Victoria with an Australian accent.
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They were speaking french, not german. His accent was not italian, and i think that's his real accent given that the actor speaks the exact same way when he's on Dexter. But despite the small mistakes, I do agree that the episode was some what of a disappointment. Grimm doesn't have the greatest writing, special effects, or acting, as you said, but it does have a strong concept, and all we can do is hope that they'll use it as their strength.
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A few more things. I agree the whole refused marriage proposal thing is inconsistent, but are you going to remind us of that each episode now? Get past that!



I didn't know you could send heads through international mail without raising red flags. Don't they X-Ray packages or something?



Before, people were complaining Nick showed no special skills to be a Grimm and was his fighting skills were not so great. Now, he beats two Reapers (in what was a very well choreographed fight scene, in my opinion) showing superior fighting skills, and showing why a Grimm should be feared and there's still reason for complaint? I think he defeated the Reapers not because they were incompetent, but because he's improving and becoming more badass, as many people hope he will.



On the other hand, I liked the positive aspects the review pointed out. The dinner with Nick, Juliette and Monroe was imperfectly perfect! Yes, Nick is being attracted to the dark side, but that's necessary because a war is approaching and he has to be able to fight dirty too.



Monroe and Nick are a nice couple. So are Monroe and Rosalee. I think that's mainly due to the fact the actor that plays Monroe is very good, so he could even develop chemistry with lifeless Juliette. (By the way, I think she's a bit autistic and by this time she has already forgotten Nick even proposed to her...)



When Nick sent the heads to the Reaper organization he seemed to be confident what he was doing. Personally, I trust he'll be able to deal with the situation. I think if the ancient organization has sworn to kill then, they'll keep trying whether he's cocky or not. So at least they should fear him and know it won't be easy. That'll make them think twice before sending someone else.



I'm sure we'll see Adalind in the last episode or so. She'll appear when we least expect her and have a decisive role.
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I so agree! I don't care about the refused marriage proposal right now. Again, furthest thing from my mind right now. Nick knows the reason and is not ready to tell the truth but of course won't be breaking up with her either so why not ignore it and try to be happy as is for now. At least until he's ready to tell the truth and she's okay ignoring it now too just waiting until he's ready to tell the truth. That's how I chose to interpret the whole proposal story.



I chuckled when the heads were shipped too but chose to ignore it only because of the sheer bad-assery off it.



Great fight scene, so agree! One of the main reasons this was my favorite ep. I've been waiting for some kickazz Grimm skillz and we finally got it! :-)
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Be a Grimm. Act, fight and be feared like one. Finally!
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Oh, God, and critics complain of the writing in Grimm... With such a careless critique? Let's see why.



- What on Earth gives you any indication the mobster/bridge troll was Italian? Where does it say that in the episode?

- David Zayas's character's name was Salvadore, not Salvatore. So he didn't even have an Italian name. And what if he did? I have an Italian name and I'm not Italian.

- The Reapers spoke French, so I don't understand the German accent reference. Granted, even their French sounded funny.

- The note didn't read, "This the best you got?" It read, "Next time send your best."



Anyway, I still have great hopes for these reviews, as much as I have for the show itself. Until recently TV.com didn't cover Grimm, I'm glad now at least we have this space to discuss this show.
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three things that really didnt like about this episode.



1. the French / German thing, is it that hard for a guy to learn 2 lines in German or find an actor that speaks German especially since they already set up that if you dont know German the royal family will just kill you.



2. Rosalee, Rosalee, Rosalee. why would you automatically bring Rosalee to the dinner. And once at the dinner never bring her up, but the dinner was just for laughs anyway.



3. Sending 2 reapers instead of one as a "surprise." IF you send to one reaper he will definably notice it and be ready by the German french speakers logic. How would sending 2 reapers that are always together work any better. Does he exspect that Nick will see one reaper and just ignore the other one. If you are going to send a 2nd reaper as a surprise you send in one moronic reaper to get killed, then when Nick is feeling great about killing the reaper after him and gets on the phone to call Monroe to pick up the body the 2nd reaper come out and kills him. Never having the 2 reapers together, but that seems to hard for this show to do.



I am about ready to stop watching this show. all the little holes like detectives taking out gloves to pick up a phone that already has the app up for the evidence they need and then touching everything else bare handed. this show just gets more ridiculous every episode and not in a good way
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The point was not just to surprise Nick with Two reapers. It was the fact that Captain Renard could notice that the one was back in town. So if the one Renard recognized from a previous encounter was found out by Renard and detained/killed, then the other could still go after Nick unnoticed. However, the two Reapers decided instead to make sure Sal was not trying to trap them which was why the beat the crap out of him. Then made sure he was arrested, then followed and attacked Nick.

Furthermore, Nick did not chop off either of their heads. Nick ducked and one Reaper chopped off the other one's head. Monroe chopped off the other Reaper's head because he felt that Nick needed to send them a message of "Next time send your best.
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this how somebody that actually watches the show and tries to enjoy it instead of criticize it, writes.. thank you! I really find it annoying that people bash stuff when they did not even understood it..
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Ahmmm They WERE in Germany, but Spoke french. Seriously tv.com where on EARTH are u picking this new writers... They dont even know what show they are talking about...



PS: That's not what the note said. Point taken tho, but please...
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I am not sure Nick can reconcile the duality of his being both a cop and a Grimm. I think that is going to be a source of conflict throughout the series. I think it will become more difficult for him as he realizes his Grimm power? Do Grimm's have power, that was some pretty non cop like fighting after a quick session in the woods with Monroe. If all of these Wessen have some type of "power" typical to their animalistic side then what do the Grimm's have that makes them obviously desirable to Captain Renard, feared from the lower Wessen, hated by the upper Wessen and now the Reapers. Does it have something to do with the key, does it give him some access to some kind of power? But obviously eventually he is going to have to reconcile both sides of his life or it will end up destroying both.



I am not sure with Nick and Juliette, the sheer glossing over of the turning down of his proposal is a big plot hole that the writers have yet to rectify. But she is supposedly is a intelligent women she has to know he is hiding something and that is going to have to be fixed.



I think Rosalee would be better for that. I imagine that would be less than a shock. But I imagine it is going to be more dramatic. Like she sees him fighting a wessen and killing it.



I don't think we are going to see adalind. But I want to know when the Dragon women is going to come back. She is a much more interesting character and Adalind has no more witch powers.



I thought Nick and Monroe's effort at the dinner was hilarious. Fist bumping was fun. However I think it was kind of insulting to Juliette's intelligence as is the lame explanations for all the gift baskets.



And Yes, yes Nick should be taunting an ancient organization sworn to kill him. I don't think he is getting cocky, he is still too ignorant of the world of the Wessen to be arrogant about his prowess in the world. But he knows there are things that he doesn't know and maybe he thinks shaking things up a bit will rattle cages and people will slip. Like Renard slipped with the phone. And something will come out of that. Or it could be more Sun Tzu Art of War, when strong appear weak and when you are weak appear strong. To the Reapers he is an unknown entity, granted that their jobs is to kill Grimms, but his Aunt was a badass and they I think only sent one, they sent two for him and he sent back their heads. And the head guy seemed pretty shocked. So I would say one in the win column for Nick either way.



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I love Grimm and this episode certainly was fun. Glad Grimm got renewed. However the reapers and their boss did not speak german. I think it was french . ? though the city they meet (Mannheim) is in Germany. I just sometimes wished script people would when using foreign languages let a native speaker go through the script. Its OK we have to read subtitles to catch what they are saying. However when the camera shows actual written words e.g. in books the grammar is usually rather creative :-)
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For all you know that's the foreign language's version of Ye Olde English. Besides, they can write shit in clingon and call it German for all I care as long as the writing itself is irrelevant to the plot.
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That was such an dinner conversation was funny!...(personally, so was the last scene - baskets full of goodies/fruits/presents etc from the Eisbibers).



I found those Eisbibers adorable.. Arnold's fear was endearing to a point i wished the reapers to just do in the killer.



For some reasons i was under impression grimm reapers are not wessen,so, seeing a reaper "wessen-out" confused a hell out of me. And now i wonder about Captain Renard again....what the heck is he?
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For the ultimate Grimm killing machines, those reapers were pretty incompetent. You'd think they could at least not chop each other's heads off.



I did think it was a bad message to send. Having nothing come back says he's a badass, having heads come back says he's actively at war with the Reapers, so they should send some more people his way. Also, how did he know where to send the package?
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He could have gotten the address from the mafia guy after he killed the two reapers some time off screen.
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can humans see the 'monster' side of.. whatever we should call them, creatures? who knows? but I thought the whole point was that only a Grimm can see them like that.
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If memory serves me correct, Monroe once said a wessen can let himself be seen by a human..cant remember if there has to be some conditions but a human can see a wessen at the wessen's will. Grimm can see them unless the wessen will him/herself super self-control to block being "seen",
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They can if the creature let it fully out as told in a previous episode by Monroe
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