Grimm "Kiss of the Muse" Review: The Power of Love

Grimm  S02E20: "Kiss of the Muse"

So it happened: Nick and Juliette have seemingly overcome Juliette's memory loss with the added bonus of breaking an unbreakable Musai's spell (okay, poisoning, technically) because their love is just so epic and strong and all that. "Kiss of the Muse" even carried the added bonus of Juliette flashing back to the original "I see animal people" speech, handily eliminating the need to rehash that part of Nick's life again. Hopefully. Melodramatic reveals are just so... melodramatic... and the memory loss thing robbed us of a proper presentation of the repercussions of Juliette knowing the particulars of Nick's night job. I'm ready to go there. I hope it means less delicate-flower/damsel-in-distress action. 

Nick, Hank, and Wu landed one of Grimm's freakier cases—a passionate jealousy-driven murder starring not one, but two Wesen. The discovery (Rediscovery?) of the sparkly blue Elvish-looking Musai couldn't have come at a worse time for Nick. On the verge of remembering everything, Juliette had invited him over for an apology and a getting-to-know-you-again dinner, which is pretty much all Nick has wanted all season long. The reunion almost fell apart when Chloe, the Musai who inspired ex-boyfriend Anton to waste new-boyfriend Whatsisface, set her sights on Nick—and his usually handy Grimm semi-immunity was of no use against her psychotropic lips. With one kiss from Chloe, Juliette was reduced to this annoying presence buzzing around Nick's peripherals. So basically he now knows how we all feel all the time when she's talking!

After Nick snapped at Monroe and punched a dudebro in the face at the bar for drunkenly leering at his sketch of Chloe, Nick's friends and coworkers figured something was wrong. Monroe and Rosalee determined the culprit, Hank recruited Renard for some in-the-know backup, and Juliette showed up just in time to save Nick from smiting Anton for Chloe's hand. Huzzah. Everyone lived happily ever after. Except Chloe. Though if you think about it,  exile aside, she did get to live, which is kind of rare for the naughty Wesen on this show. 

"Kiss of the Muse" was the rare Grimm episode where the case of the week actually intertwined with a major aspect of the overall seasonal story, or even intertwined with the story at all. The result was a pleasantly cohesive story that never felt like it was trying to fill time with a random Wesen encounter that might never matter again in the long run.

Nick's encounter with Chloe became the catalyst that finally brought him and Juliette back together, but tucked within the good stuff that ultimately came of the case, there's also the potential for bad stuff. Since Nick and Juliette were forced to quickly resolve their differences under pressure to dispel the Musai's influence, there's always the risk that they moved too quickly, and that there are still aspects of their relationship that need to be properly discussed before they're able to completely move forward. Plus there was the rather odd decision for Renard to let Chloe go. Sure, he was menacing and he pulled out his scary Zauberbeist face and threatened to dish out some hurt if she ever returned to Portland, but that doesn't mean that she won't. And finally, we have Juliette reintroduced to the Wesen world, for better or for worse. Ideally, her knowledge should offer her some level of protection, simply because she knows there's a lot of weird out there, but then again, this is Juliette, and Aunt Marie warned Nick that Juliette would always be in danger as long as he kept her around. 

Next week is our penultimate Season 2 episode and we haven't seen or heard from Adalind and the royals in a while—nor do we have any indication that they'll be back next week or the week after, though I'm sure we'll get at least something. I hope their return is worth the wait!


What did you think of "Kiss of the Muse"?


NOTES

– Now that Juliette's story realigns with Nick's—mostly—what do you think her future as a character holds?

– Vincent Van Gogh shout-out! He's the go-to for historical crazypants painters these days. 

– So I guess everyone just comes and goes from the magical Grimm trailer whenever they want to these days. I loved how Rosalee was so pumped to be in the super secret club house until she remembered what, historically, it was for. Awkward. 

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BTW ... did Wu get cured from Adiline's cursed cookies? or is he still eating random objects?
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Best lines were

Hank/Nick ... "So, what did I miss?" "The usual, a devil, a couple of space aliens..."
Renard ... "Really?" as he put his foot down on the dropped gun
Wu ... "Impressionistic to WTF" in reference to Anton's paintings

And Rosalee is always awesome ... especially with Monroe
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"So basically he now knows how we all feel all the time when she's talking!" HAHAHAHAHA yes so true Maryann.

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Grimm is a great show! :-)
Like if you agree
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Nora Zehetner is so breathtakingly beautiful... Psychotropic lips or not, Nick at least got obsessed with one gorgeous woman! Yowza.

Loved the episode. I was a little "blah" at the boring ending to it. I mean, there wasn't even a kiss. She just kinda touched his face, and he was like, GASP. I'M CURED. I thought it'd take more than her just saying his name a few times. Eh, oh well. It was nice. And Nora was gorgeous as the Musai. I hope she returns. She can come back and kiss Nick in his sleep, and we can get Round 2! Ha. Sorry. That brief makeout session was hot.

As for Juliette's fate? I have no idea. I mean, I keep thinking she's going to die. But this show hasn't exactly become the "characters die when you least expect it" type of show, so I also don't think she will. But then again, I've had the craziest feeling that we're leading up to Nick's death... Not permanent, of course, but I feel like his temporary death is just around the corner, which will then move Grimm into the "deaths aren't permanent" type of show that it feels more like.

Eh. We'll see. Maybe he'll wake up from his death and then have no idea who Juliette is! Ha. Oh, the irony.
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First, I sometimes like Juliette. I felt she and Renard were very sexy together. She was boring with Nick.
Second, I am also glad Hank is back. He is important to the show and Russel Hornsby is great in this role.
Last, Nick needs to move his trailer into a 24 hour storage garage and change the locks.
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Agree on all points. There have been 3 times where Juliette had potential that went nowhere or ended up completely dissatisfying.

1 - When she found that stuff on the fence and was doing DNA analysis of it. Briefly, she actually seemed like she had a personality and was a capable person. Instead of putting things together, her curiosity just fizzled out. And any useful purpose she could serve as vet/wesen doctor was filled by Rosalee.
(Side note: If Rosalee dies in order to fit Juliette into that role, I probably would not continue to watch this show.)
2 - The obsession with Renard. There were moments that were kinda hot. There was more chemistry there than she's ever had with Nick. But her default reaction to anything became "run away and hide". She never addressed a single thing head-on, and the arc didn't have much payoff for Juliette's character. (Though the fight between Renard and Nick was pretty cool. And so is their cooperation that resulted.)
3 - When the floor of the house was gone and the voice kept talking to her, I hoped that was something much bigger and less repetitive than just a means of getting her memories back. I had really wanted it to be a wesen-based outside influence that would lead to an interesting arc for Juliette. Instead we got repeats of scenes we'd already seen and Nick asking where he left stuff.

After 3 disappointments, I've give up. That doesn't even count the disappointment from "wait til you see what surprises we have about Juliette" hype between season 1 and 2. That didn't pan out at all. I'd rather just get a new character than have to continue to try to like this one.
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I always wonder why her character he always reacts like a scared mouse. Poor Bitsie. I'm sure she's frustrated with her character too. Hopefully she can remain calm and quietly get a more fulfilling role somewhere else so she can keep an income.
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Everyone might as well move into that trailer..thought it was supposed be super secret
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AFAIK, the *only* thing interesting about Juliette is with the older Hispanic lady, yet they rarely go there.

I want more Hispanic Lady!
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So I'm in the lucky minority who doesn't hate Juliette. I actually like her story as it is now. But other than that wow I loved the episode. Can't wait to see what will happen next.
Best line of the episode goes to Captain Renard and his "Really".
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what really annoys me is the fact that everyone still pronounce the German word "Wesen" (=creature) like the interogative pronoun "wessen" (=whose).
But the invented German names of those Wesen are always a good laugh!
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So I guess everyone just comes and goes from the magical Grimm trailer whenever they want to these days.

Nick's mother is gonna have a stroke if she finds out.... :D
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Solid episode to me. Juliette was pretty straightforward and not boring to me this episode. Now I don't blame her for her behavior due to the amnesia like everyone else, but it is relieving to see her get a lot more of her memory back.

Definitely loving Monroe and Rosalee big time!!! Also loved when Anton tried to reach for that gun LOL!! Renard was like "Really?!" LOL!!!!
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First time I thought Nick was hotter than Renard. The way he was totally into Chloe and passionate about her, wanting her and eventually kissing her like that, WOW, go nick!
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Yep. I've thought for awhile that they're not doing their ratings any favors by keeping Juliette around. David Giuntoli is an attractive guy, but because they stuck him in a pairing with an actress/character he has no chemistry with, he just doesn't come off as hot. He's just a guy with super-human abilities who'd be boring in a relationship. He's a "friend-zone" guy.

Renard and Monroe on the other hand are pretty sexy. Hank is also hotter than Nick.

I think there could be better stories if they ditched the Juliette arcs and better ratings if they dropped Nick's boring boyfriend traits.

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Agree! being the goody-two-shoes doesn't suit him. He's better off being a badass Grimm, something like an anti-hero, with a suitable gf. which is NOT juliette. I understand she's kinda the princess in the fairytales but that's just boringgg. Doesn't work out for Once upon a time, doesn't work out here.
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I surprised myself that I had not noticed it before now: Renard is not quite a Wessen, which by extention means that probably the Royals aren't either. He does not transform into any animal, even monstrous image of an animal, which seems to characterize Wessen.I think we need a clearer typography of the hierarchy among Wessen if we are to follow the series better.
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Renard is not a full royal either.
He is part royal and par Hexen Beast ( which he showed sometimes)
He is by the way if i understood more like a bastard son. When he speaks about brother it is more like half brother
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I know all that, of course.The point is we still need a clear typography of what is what.For instance, next week I understand that we'll have A Baron Samedi kind of Hexen (sorry about that mistake, btw). There has to be a clear definition to what consitutes a Hexen and what separates Royal to nobles to the general population of this species. My critique is that they are including a little of everything in terms of fabulous creatures and calling it Hexen. A case in point is this weeks' Muse. Then again, this is ust me; if you or others don't care and just want to take it as it comes, that's of course fine.I just think it diminishes the series.
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I've been under the impression that royals are regular humans. I could be wrong, but I don't believe we've ever seen Eric transform into anything. And Cpt. Renard looks half human/half Hexen when he transforms rather than half Hexen/half something else.
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I really but really hope they aren´t human.. that would be incredible lame and make them look like.. I don´t know.. not very interesting and powerful.
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I agree with the commis a clear lack of chemistery between her and the rest of the castents below. Juliette's story is boring and i ll add the actress too. There is a clear lack of chemistery between her and the rest of the cast or at leasr how it feels from a viewer's point
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I felt the whole thing with Juliette and Nick getting back together felt forced. It was not long ago she wanted nothing to do with Nick. I didnt feel that it was believable. I also don't have it in me to deal with any more of their relationship problems for a while, a long while. This whole Juliette story has been handled poorly from begining to end. Its been a year and we are basically where we were at this time last year and not much else has happened.
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I agree, also: Juliette didn't believe Nick at first but now she instantly believed it? What changed? that was waaay too forced.
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What do I think Juliette's future holds? I don't care if doesn't concern her imminent death; the woman annoys the hell out of me. Why can't she be more like Rosalee, who I love? Instead she is *just* like the above mentioned bee buzzing - but without the usefulness of pollenating our world and making scrummy honey.
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i miss episodes that are connected to the fairy tales i grew up with.
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I love the show but this episode was to predictable.
I am the only guy that thinks the Nick is to lazy and doesn't help with anything at his house or in this case at Monroe's?
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- Yes, Renard's "Really?" was the best line of the episode, save for maybe Nick's "The usual...".

- Could we see Hank's ex-wife soon?

- Will we ever learn Wu's full name? Or Monroe's, for that matter?

- FYI: Anton the Otter Wesen was a Luisant-Pêcheur (probably-terribly-bastardized French for "slick fisherman"). Which leads to my next bullet point...

- Can we please get another good episode that doesn't introduce new Wesen two at a time?
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"Can we please get another good episode that doesn't introduce new Wesen two at a time?"

I KNOW RIGHT?
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I'm a bit surprised that Monroe and Rosalee didn't reveal themselves as Wesen to Juliette; I guess at that point she was already rolling with it so there was no need. At least this time they have Rosalee--Fuchsbau will probably be a lot less terrifying for the uninitiated than Bludbod. And yeah, Renard gets the match ball for "Really?"
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In the preview for next week they both revel themselves to Juliet
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along with the mole-rat repairman guy (I guess they want to start with the "cute" animals first)
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This was the first time in a long time that Juliette didn't completely annoy me. She didn't mope and whine (much)!
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I'm sorry, but not even a kiss? All Juliette had to do is hold Nick's face? And from /that/, we're supposed to assume the "epicness" of their undying love? Personally, this just averted me /more/ from Juliette. I don't, of course, blame the actress--she is just playing what is written for her, but the character? It's dumb, annoying and mostly useless. And have I mentioned annoying? Because it's extremely so.

Otherwise, the episode was solid. Not spectacular, but good enough.
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It was a good episode overall. With a couple of glaring points for me that seemed odd and kind of disappointed me. The first would be there was way too much Juliette, not only that, but she cured Nick, which means that she is his true love and she is unfortunately sticking around. I am really surprised she didn't burn down the trailer, because her character seems like the type that if she didn't understand something she would just burn it down because it was bad.

The Wesen of the week, was kind of cool. The case in general was interesting in that it wasn't really resolved. Anton is still hopped up on Muse juice and that isn't going to go away any time soon. And eventually he is going to get out of jail. Provided that his cellmate doesn't shank him for drawing pictures of his obsession all over the walls.

Nick was interesting, though I was kind of surprised he didn't go full Grimm on them. I guess they are going to save that for a later date when he is bewitched or another Wesen has him in a spell.

The thing that really disappointed me was Renard. There you have it, sitting in your interview room. A very simple way to defeat your brother and you tell her to get out. Come on Renard, I know you are "on" the good side now. But that was a move I was sure you were going to make. Maybe it was too easy. But damn I thought he was going to keep her on the bench to be placed in the game later.
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Juliette seems to many as a superfluous character and I silently agreed for the most part.Yet, TPTB decided to emphasize her role by giving her huge chunks of the plot in Season 2, and especially that her love shared with Nick is essential. We all guessed a strong connotation with Prince and Sleeping Beauty with Renard and their experience of it as a major mistake "that cannot be". With another emphasis that the Royals do still live in castles, I am starting to have an itch that Juliette is something else which we will discover in some major reveal. I mean the fact that she was a vet before Nick discovered his Grimmness does have to account for something more than a coincidence. So what I am saying is that we maybe not dismiss her just yet; she can turn out to be someone very interesting indeed.
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Really liked this episode. Can't wait for Wu to get clued in, it will be hilarious. I like Grimm more since everyone is looped in and helps out. Wanna see more eps where they all work together
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What I dont understand is.. the cure of the fake love whatever is a real love's kiss... but Nick and Julliette didnt even kiss.. she just came closer and held his face!! lol
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The cure was *love*, not a kiss.
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so what the love existed in the air?! They should've made it my idea and it should've been a kiss at least its more believable! hehe
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The NBC press releases have said that Adalind will be in the remaining two episodes, and Eric Renard in the finale.
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yaaaaay I miss Adaline!!!
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SWEET.
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Oh what an awful cliche - you can only break Muse's "fake love" with the real thing... This disappointed me even more than constant having a magic potion cure for anything in the spice shop.
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The worst part was that Rosalee just guessed it, and was still sure that she was right.
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That's cause Rosalee is awesome!
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Because she's Rosalee, and she is awesome.
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"So, what did I miss?" "The usual, a devil, a couple of space aliens.." :)
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"Juliette was reduced to this annoying presence buzzing around Nick's peripherals. So basically he now knows how we all feel all the time when she's talking!" <<<< THIS. LOL!

Okay, Captain Renard's "Really?" was funny BUT, Sgt. Wu's "Interestingly his style seems to range from 'impressionistic' to 'WTF'." was HILARIOUS LMAO! <3 him. I can't wait for him to be in on the big secret.

Hank's back *woot*.

Rosalee is just adorable. She and Monroe <3.
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Couldn't agree more about Juliette character. I didn't mind her so much in the beginning but once they started the whole amnesia story, I started liking her character less and less. Now she seems unnecessary to the show and annoying. When she threatened to leave, I was screaming "How soon can you go?!". I hope they can redeem her character and make her useful. I think that is what the writers were trying to do in making that she was the ONLY one who break Nick's spell. But even her breaking the spell fell flat to me. She just grasped his face and asked him to stop. It would have been more epic if she jumped in front of the guy and took a bullet. Then she could say she was willing to die just to save Nick. That would have been redeeming. A face hug, nah.
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Yeah the 'face hug' (lol) was silly to me too. She's just so meh. Alas, seems we're stuck with her *shrugs*.
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<3 Wu too! Rosalee and Monroe make up for the UGH that is Nick and Juliette. <3 them too. :D
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Funniest moment of the episodes, Anton reaches for Nick's gun:
Captain Renard: Really?!
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Best line of the night - "Really?", by Captain Renard as the jailed wesen reaches for Nick's gun.
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It was a bit of a shocker, the best lines always seem to go to Wu.
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"So I guess everyone just comes and goes from the magical Grimm trailer whenever they want to these days. <<
At least we know where Hank has been. The actor has been recovering from a real life injury. That's why Hank was 'wheeled' out of the office to go on his 'vacation' a couple of episodes ago. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

I enjoyed this episode. It was well written, even though I'm not a Juliette fan. However, without her whining, she is much more tolerable. Having Nick finally succumb to a wesen's 'charms' made this episode quite interesting. I love how the whole group/confederation of humans and wesens came together to help Nick. Them as a team will make future cases that much better.

Note: Anybody else waiting anxiously for the day that they have to read in Officer Wu on wesens and Grimms? :)
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I think we all can't wait for it to have happened already, like, ten episodes ago.
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After watching Hank learn about wesen and Juliette's slow drawn-out plod to discover them, I'm not at all interested in seeing another character go through that arc. For now, I'm happy with Wu being in the dark.
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I'm looking forward to the day Wu is brought into the fold SO MUCH. It's going to be amazing. <3 him.
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Great episode IMO, even Juliette wasn't so boring.
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I liked this episode and I liked how intertwined it was with both the case of the week and the mythology. I had a random thought that the writers perhaps noticed that while the obsession storylines of Hank/Adalind and Juliette/Renard were interesting for their purposes, no one felt bad for anyone really. Hank's was too early in the series and we are still trying to figure out Renard's game and, well, the Juliette issue. Making Nick the victim suddenly made the whole thing more sympathetic, made the team work together without him (I liked the phone tree), and confirmed some mythology we have been wondering (you know because Nick is only semi immune, it actually seems to make him be a more powerful Grimm than the standard Grimm, or maybe Chloe hadn't met one before)

That was cute with Rosalee, I think it is funny she of both she and Monroe is apparently the one who has let her guard down because of Nick.

I even liked how Nick's irritation level sort of increased with each interaction (so, he can really play a teenager really well) but they kept it kind of consistent and he just was bugged by Juliette.

I am really hoping that with her calm understanding of what Nick said to her last year, that the Juliette who was bound and determined to figure out what was going on with that animal attack last year starts to reemerge. That particular Juliette could probably figure out a lot of the stuff Nick and gang are wondering about in terms of the Royals and the keys and the treasure.
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