Grimm "Over My Dead Body" Review: When Date Night Turns Deadly

Grimm S2E06: "Over My Dead Body"

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: It’s hard out there for a Grimm! Especially when the Royals start targeting your friends in an effort to undermine you—this is why superheroes have secret identities, Nick. Passions were flying high this week as date night, or in Renard’s case, potentially-lethal-booty-call-night, turned sour in bloody Grimm fashion.

“Over My Dead Body” began with Monroe's best wooing outfit to date. The green bowtie! The giant vest! The baggy button-down shirt underneath the giant vest! I will discuss hand-carved Cuckoo Birds with you any day, Monroe, though Rosalee has me beat when it comes to zither talk. If there has ever been a better pairing on genre TV, I’ll eat my hat (or Monroe’s tweed bowtie collection).

Alas, into this cozy and very geeky date burst Monroe’s insanely hot and insanely insane ex-girlfriend, Angelina. It appeared that Little Miss Murderer wound up tasked with killing Monroe after she dispatched the original hit man and would-be rapist, again bringing up the disturbing, nonchalant way Grimm seems to view sexual assault. She had 24 hours to deliver Monroe’s body or end up dead herself.

Over in the Portland PD side of the world we learned that Renard really has a thing for blondes as he flirted with an old “friend” and Royal lady, Mia. Mia sympathized with how her poor Captain had been treated by his family and we discovered that Renard had a plan to regain his “rightful place.” Renard also found out that Mia had met with the Dragon’s Tongue and he probably shouldn’t trust her as far as he could spit.

Nick did some wooing of his own as he and Juliette tried to re-start their romance and jump-start Juliette’s memory. Here's a tip for you, Nick: When trying to describe your years-long relationship with your ex-fiancé, do better than, “We started talking and sort of never stopped.” Juliette immediately got a taste of pre-amnesia life with Nick, as he avoided talking about his secrets and ran over to Monroe’s. Sexy!

Everything came to a head as Nick discovered Monroe was in danger only because they were friends. Nick, Hank, Monroe, and Miss Murder Rap hatched a plan to put Monroe under a death spell and ambush whover wanted him dead. The plan worked initially, as they saw that Mia was the Royal who paid to dispatch Monroe, but fell apart when Angelina took a bullet for him, and the episode ended with Monroe’s sad Blutbad funeral for his one-time killer squeeze.

“Did you know she killed another guy tonight?” was probably the best Nick line has ever uttered, cementing what I’ve suspected for a long time: Nick’s at his best when he’s a little pissed at the world. I love David Giuntoli, but compared to the rest of Grimm's charismatic cast, he can come off as stiff or bland. He has the unenviable job of playing a straight man and serving as the audience’s eyes and ears, the combination of which can make him seem lacking in the personality department. But Giuntoli shines when he gets to roll his eyes at the Wesen world, and he's genuinely funny when he gets all short-tempered in response to the craziness going on around him. As the Royals start targeting Nick and his “family,” I can only hope we’ll see less of straight-man Nick and more of hilariously irritated Nick.

Hank and Monroe’s bonding time thankfully clarified the mechanics of who can see Wesen once and for all, and we also saw more of the downside of being a Grimm, which seems like a worse and worse job with every episode. Being friends with Nick is risky, and while murdering people seems to no longer phase Nick (is anyone else worried about just how not-bothered Nick and Hank, who are both cops, are with shooting people and covering up murders?), what does shake Nick to his core is the idea that his existence will put others in danger.

While I would prefer the show to have Nick agonize a little over his body-strewn Grimm path (again, he’s supposed to be a cop), putting pressure on all of Team Grimm is an excellent way to further develop Nick’s character. Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of Mia or her cobra-headed hit-men hires.


Questions:

– What was Monroe like before he chilled out and started making clocks?

– Will Mia or the other Royals send someone after Rosalee next?

– Will it bother Hank that he just stone-cold shot people in the woods and then hid the murders? Cops, people, these guys are cops!

– How does the Dragon’s Tongue fit into the European Royals’ schemes?

– What is Renard’s overall plan to get back at the Royal families, and does it involve the Grimm Key?

– Will Nick discover this season that Renard is the Royal?

– Will Juliette fall in love with Renard, and will that make us like her more?

– Finally, will Angelina’s death affect the fledgling MonRosalee MonRomance and MonRelationship? Okay, that last one didn’t work, but you get my drift.

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A great episode with lots of new intrigues! I like how the series is progressing and look forward to finding out more about some of the characters and their plans!
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I l,oved Angelina as the bad girl in this episode...i already loved her when she played in Witches of Eastwick....She has something going on of Piper from Charmed...



Anyway...this episode was pretty cool...especially the scene, when the snake guy was sniffing on Monroe and we could she his fingers starting to cramp and the panicky face of Angelina.....it was pretty sad when you could hear him howl because of her death..!!!



It was nice to see Nick and his Juliette together eating, but i have a feeling that the kiss Renard gave her was not a normal kiss...so i wonder what is going to happen between those two...
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Wait you don't think Angelina is the same actress as Piper from Charmed, do you? Can't tell if that's what you said. Anyways, yeah this episode was sad.
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Nope she is from Witches of Eastwick, which was just for one season...she was the earthy powers ....of the three...NO, for sure not Piper from Charmed...just watched the whole eight seasons again...so i am sure..:):)
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Vcivi, thanks, yeahh the newer one, that's actually the one I was referring to. I must've gotten them mixed up with each other

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Haha oh alright, cool. I cant wait to try that show, its on my To-Watch-List.
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you should watch Witches of East End...that is so much cooler than the Eastwick version....trust me..!! i know my witchseries hahahahahahah
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I don't know. I really enjoyed the first season. Was kinda different.

I went in second season with big expectations, so far not so good. I mean is a bit boring.



The royals, the captain... we're not moving forward with this story arc, in the same way we are not moving forward with Nick and his (ex) girlfriend.

For me the show has become just another CSI, with some fairy tales in it.



I HATE filler episodes
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Genius programming idea: NBC should put Grimm, Smash, and Revolution back-to-back-to-back on Mondays and call it Monroe Mondays.
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A mildly entertaining episode. The fact Nick's friends are being targeted actually does have potential for a good story. But they trying to kill Monroe, didn't. I mean, of course Monroe wasn't going to be killed, we knew that from the beginning, right? But the plot wasn't a total waste because someone sort of close to Nick died, and I didn't see that coming. That raises the stakes a little bit. But somebody more important to nick has to die, otherwise these will be only empty threats.

I'm enjoying Juliette more this season because her attitude has changed. She has loosened up, she seems more natural. I don't know whether the actress has been getting acting tips, perhaps?

It's about time Renard did something really cool and interesting.
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Had to like Nick's new partner ! Hank working "off the books" seems to be getting more comfortable. Maybe thats due to the quality time he shared with Monroe...lol.



REAL sorry to see Angelina go however. She was the best female (wesen, whatever) presence in the show, beside Rosalee. They need to take Nick and Juliette's relationship outta WhoCaressville. Seriously.
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Now that his friends are being targeted, it's high time for Nick to go on the offensive. So far, he seems to wait for things to happen (i.e. the bad guys coming to him). Any strategist would now take the fight to the enemy. Learn about the Royals, gather if not an army then at least find more allies (find other Grimms?), and go! A Grimm is supposed to be a natural hunter, right?
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I wish you wrote for this show!
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it's esther from TVD! :)
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No, that's Lost very own Mrs. Hawkins, Daniel Faraday's mother and Charles Widmore's lover.
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,,,,kkkkkkkkkk
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Am i the only one who likes Juliette?
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It's not MY fault I find Juliette boring - it's the WRITERS' fault!
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Why don't I like her? I wish I would.
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My exact same thoughts. Granted, I only started watching Grimm this year, but I was like: What do you mean "no one likes Juliette"? I think she's great for Nick and not one of those supermodels posing as veterinarians Supernatural likes so much
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I want very much to like her, but for most of the show she's seemed like more of a scene prop than an actual character.
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That's an excellent description. I don't hate Juliette, but when I see her I think "No, get back to the story!" She doesn't add anything except one more awkward scene where she doesn't remember stuff and he looks flustered. Then, (thankfully), somebody Wesen's out and things get fun.
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She's the only non-wesen in the female cast: that doesn't make her a prop, it makes her a human.
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That's no longer true. Nick has a mommy!
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Yes, but Grimms are humans, not Wesen.
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Wasn't she a grimm too?
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While I appreciate the heck out of this show, I have to admit I'm a little annoyed at how they have handled the Royals storyline. The show understandably spends a lot of time on Nick and his adventures, but the few moments dedicated to Royals are sparse and a little disconnected from each other. Most of the times when there's talk about Royals, I end up with more questions than answers. And judging by the first season, many of the questions will be left unanswered. It's like the there are pieces missing from the puzzle, and while I can kind of discern the big picture with the pieces I have, I would like to have all of them to get all of the details. After all, this show is no Lost. Grimm is, or should be, simple enough to understand fully, and it bugs me that I don't.

I sure hope we'll find out in the next episode who the blonde b*tch from this episode was. And what about all the calls Renard has made back to Europe and other mystery people? What is the actual relationship between Grimms, Reapers and The Verrat? Then there are of course all the little questions that I have forgotten along the way...Sigh.
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Yep me too, I wish they take an episode and explain more about the Royals and the feud.
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I love Monroe centered episodes!

As far as Nick and Hank feeling something about killing people....they're cops. I feel like they might have went through phases of that when they first got into it. And Nick is just out for the bad Wesen, I think it'd be different if he had to take the traditional Grimm approach and just killing all Wesen not matter good or bad. But I guess the hiding bodies would be uncomfortable with Hank if he already wasn't dealing with the idea that Wesen exist.

I really want to see how Monroe acts after falling off the wagon, hopefully doesn't effect him and Rosalee.

I wish we'd get more info on Renard, I'm super curious but at the same time it's always boring information with him and they barely give information on him. I'm pretty lost.



Also anyone else thought the actress that plays Mia was Kathryn Hahn. I was watching the episode and was like, she needs more roles that allow her to be this hot. And actually thought it was her in Vampire Diaries too but it's not haha I feel stupid. Oh and is it just me or does the actress that plays Angelina look like a redhead Maggie Siff?
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exactly - more Monroe, more Renard. They are the two characters (besides Hank and Rosalee) who don't have that sock-eyed salmon dead stare when they act. I think Juliette and Nick (?) (how have I been watching this show from pilot to now and can't really remember his name?) and other cast members must be sleeping in the same hotel room where someone's toking up at night because they all have that glass-eyed stare.
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I think besides Hank, who I think is the best acted on the show, Nick as played by Guintoli is my favorite. He is subtle, intense and has an ethical depth that comes through in his scenes. Each to his/her own! Renard and Monroe are great supporting characters but sometimes SWM is a little too twitchy as Monroe - I blame the direction though as SWM is an excellent actor.
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I guess I could see why you like Nick. It's not the actor just the character. For Nick being the main character I feel like we know so little about how he feels when put in all these situations. If he's going t be subtle and and strong quiet type I wish the show had him doing something like a voice over but not through the entire show, like if he kept a journal with his thoughts or something. We know how everyone feels about Nick being a grimm, except nick.
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IMO, Rosalee's clothing was quite strategically arranged to cover her abdomen! I couldn't see her breasts either through her bulky clothing, so not sure if they're bigger. Her face and neck don't seem plumper, so I could be wrong. If my suspicions are right, I hope they hook Monroe and Rosalee up quickly so she won't have to wear more baggy clothes while standing behind things, or worse, take an extended leave.



I'm thinking Monroe was a geek that had the hots for gorgeous bad-girl Angelina, and tried to re-image himself into a man that Angelina would be attracted to. At first it must have worked, but Monroe being the decent guy he is, couldn't continue being the bad boy Angelina wanted, so the relationship faded.
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Yep she's pregnant. Don't know if she's had the baby yet but she was quite far along at Comic-Con.
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I agree about the Monroe thing. He was a good kid but got in with a bad crowd and ended up turning his life around after things went to far.
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I'm rapidly moving to the "nothing will make me like Juliette more" camp. It's not that she's a bad actress or is doing anything wrong. It's just that every second she's on the screen is wasted time. Monroe gets to grieve over the death of his ex. Why not Nick? At this point, Juliette is Grimm's Jar Jar Binks. Good characters dying right and left, and Jar Jar lives.
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I am a big fan of Juliette, and would hate to see her leave the show.

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She needs to do more than just wait at the dinner table getting disgusted with Nick. I'm with you though, I hope they figure that out.
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See, I just don't get that. Elizabeth Burke from White Collar - now that's an intriguing, essential, complex character of a wife. Jessica Brody from Homeland. Linda Reagan from Blue Bloods. Fritz Howard from The Closer. FLOTUS from Scandal. These are all multi-dimensional significant others. But what does Juliette DO? Her expression changes occasionally from Jersey heifer to chocolate lab, but that's about it.
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Yeah never been a fan of Juliette, am already in the 'she's a necessary evil so tolerate her' mode.
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"Will Juliette fall in love with Renard, and will that make us like her more?"

Mesa, Your Highness?
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By how far he has swung to the mellow side, I am going to say he was ruthless, reckless

and deadly. One serious mother with a shoot fuse and hair trigger you did not want to dick with. Seems like he is trying to make up for some really, really bad stuff.

Unknown. As far as hurting Nick, I would think Juliette would be a juicier target. As far as sending a message to wesen who may be Grimm collaborators, they already went after the best target.

Yes.

Another pawn on the power player political chess board. A potential ally, a potential foe, a potential weapon.

Mate (below) has a great comment/question about how this could happen and it would be pretty cool.

If yes, then possibly yes. It would make for an interesting bit of conflict.

I am team RosaRoe so I hope it makes them closer.
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You say should they feel bad about killing people, but they aren't killing people, they are killing Wesen...
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I think Monroe, Rosalee, and Bud might take offense to that.



Part of what makes Nick different from all the other Grimms is that he's a cop first...to him, everybody is "people" and he doesn't bother them if they're not doing anything wrong.
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Okay, they are killing homicidal wesen.
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Seems like every time I have a girl over, just as I'm moving in for the kiss, my ex stops by and informs me she's been paid to kill me. I hate when that happens.



I thought the episode was good, but I'm curious as to what Mia is doing. I understand that the Grimms were traditionally Wesen Control Officers subservient to the Royals, but I feel like she may also be doing this to spite Renard, who is both Royal and Wesen, and Nick's boss. While Nick thinks this is about him, I think it's about the Captain.
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I thought it was going to be a different episode. Is it just me or was last weeks preview for next weeks episode?



As for this episode, it was great. I think Nick's walking that line between cop and Grimm is great. I like when he takes steps over both sides. It adds to his character. If he was just a cop or just a Grimm the whole story would lack. Part of the fun of the show is to see him frustrated with both. As for Hank joining in for the fun. It is different, I mean he is a cop and not a Grimm so that dos form some problems. However, it leads me to believe that Hank's days are numbered. Perhaps not this season, but his involvement with Nick and going along with him in his Grimm efforts is going to lead to his inevitable demise.



As for story in itself. I wasn't that worried about Monroe. He is too good of a character to have anything serious happen to. His ex, though expertly played by Jaime Ray Newman, was ok to go. Though I will miss her in her biker pants.



The secondary story with Reynard and Mia was all right. But it kind of seemed forced. Why would MIa go for Monroe, it seemed silly. Why not just go for Nick again. I understand the trying to isolate Nick, but that seems like it should have come from Reynard. If his plan is to get Nick on his side. The easiest way to do that would be to kill off all of his friends and then offer himself up to Nick as a friend and use him. But I suppose we were in need of spreading out the Royals more and I think Mia is good. But again it still leaves me wanting more information of the Royals.



Other things, I hope Nick moved his trailer since it was compromised. Granted he killed the guy, but who knows if he had time to share the location.



Questions.



My guess is that Monroe was a biker like the ex

- I am not sure, Reynard has made it pretty clear that Nick is his and not to mess with him. But I think Adalind might go after her.

-Eventually it is going to bother Hank. But right now his whole world is upside down. Plus they weren't people they were Wesen. Which means he could intellectualize it by saying that they aren't human and out of his jurisdiction. And that it is Nick's world and has nothing to do with being a cop. But it will ruin him.

-My guess is the Dragon's Tongue is merely another pawn for them to use.

- Again I am not sure if it is just the key that he wants. If it is, I am sure it is used as leverage to get his seat at the table. But if it is Nick and the key and if we extrapolate from his delusions when he had the coins. He can use Nick to kill the rest of the Royals and use the Key to rule the Wesen world.

- The Juliette and Reynard thing are going to change things really quick. If she falls for Reynard Nick and the gang are going to have to put 3 and 3 together and get 6. And that the only way she could have fallen in love with him and her convenient memory loss have to coincide and that it leads to a spell and a spell leads to he being involved in the Wesen world which will lead to a confrontation with Nick and the reveal that he is in fact a Royal. If this season is anything like last season. They will hold the confrontation till the finale and the reveal of him being a Royal till next season's premier.

-Yes it will make me like Juliette more. Not her personally, but the character. She needs something to do and people to interact with other than Nick.

-Probably not. It will affect Monroe. But I am not sure it will an an effect on their relationship. It might bring them closer. Hard to say at this point.



Great review Josie.
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*Bows Head* Her time on Grimm may have been brief but Jaime Ray Newman always hits her roles hard and leaves me grieving when she's gone.
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I don't think the show would be interesting if they were always acting as cops. It's not exactly a normal situation where they can put "people" behind bars without exposing the fantastical side of the world.
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You totally could--they wouldn't intentionally wesen out in jail--they're not stupid
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I mean evidence wise in some cases
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They'd have to doctor up their police reports, and sometimes manufacture evidence in order to get around the true reason they put wesens behind bars.
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"Will Juliette fall in love with Renard, and will that make us like her more?"

It will be unrequited, Renard only likes the blonds
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You didn't see the deleted "shirtlessrage" scene on YouTube, did you?
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I think Renard will fall for her before she falls for him. Either way, it's going to be interesting.
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Great Episode. I did think Rosalee was going to have someone on the bus shadowing her. The Royals are really on the outs with each other. Hank is really stepping it up in his new "informed" partner roll!!
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I wouldn't necessarily say the Royals are on the outs with each other so much as they're on the outs with Renard specifically, due to his less-than-human nature.
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yeah! i totally thought he was going to freak out/ call in all the murders that keep happening if he ever found out but he's been really chill about it.
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