Grimm "Silence of the Slams" Review: Plot, Interrupted

Grimm S05E13: “Silence of the Slams”

In Grimm’s defense, Supernatural’s wrasslin’ episode a few weeks ago was nothing great either, and Grimm certainly gets bonus points for going the lucha libre route, even if they made our big, tortured baddie wear a kitty cat mask and call it a job promotion over the (admittedly generic) red leather. I just couldn’t get past the fur and the fact the face looked like one of those Kitty Surprise toys with the little bean bag babies that gave me all kinds of questions about how they got there when I was 6. 

“Silence of the Slams” was a throwback Grimm, a methodical case-of-the-week episode with minimal spy games and Black Claw shenanigans, hardly any mention of the death-defying creation twig that Nick and Monroe risked life and limb for last week, or even much political maneuvering on Renard’s part. He moped about his dead mayoral candidate and we got some verbal acknowledgement that Renard’s brah was a “good man” who was going to lift Portland out of that pesky hipster muck of craft beer, vegan bath bombs, and ridiculous/delicious donuts. Poor Portland. You’ll never see a more wretched hive of scum and villainy—or so the Grimm take on politics seems to imply. Anyway, at the end of the day, we didn’t freaking know the guy and he served to give Renard a plot point that has gone on entirely too long. Thank the TV gods that Renard finally decided to grab Adalind and go find their doomsday baby. Anything, to get him away from this tediousness. 

Also: Adalard > Nickalind, even if the name is unfortunate. 

I feel moderately bad whining about how boring this episode was because otherwise, I’d be whining about how demented this show has gotten trying to cram as many ill-fitting genres into an hour as it possibly can each week. At least the average hot mess episode provides an hour of entertainment instead of an hour contemplating what to leave out for dinner tomorrow. 

“Silence of the Slams” was so predictable that I briefly wondered if there was an inside joke somewhere flying way above my head. As soon as our misguided victim of the week lamented his crummy wrestling career and implored the friendly neighborhood wise old man to make him a really awesome mask, I called it. “He’s going to make a magical mask that lets Pretty Boy win fame and fortune and then it’s going to eat his brain and turn him into a serial killer or something,” I said, and my dog didn’t even bother looking up from the sock he was destroying to see if I was talking to him. He didn’t even carry on his usual tradition of standing on front of the TV with his tongue lolling out. That’s how little interest this episode managed to generate. My dog was like, “Mom doesn’t care enough about this thing for me to bother being an asshole about it.” 

Like anything that isn’t hosted by Carson Daly, however, Grimm has its moments and this week was no exception. I wanted more old school Grimm and I got that. Eve and Renard’s first meeting was delightful. 

Nick going all Men of Letters on us and taking it upon himself to rebuild the library that Juliette torched last season was unexpected, but also delightful. Grimm has put so much emphasis on the violent physical aspects of being a Grimm recently that it’s easy to forget that there’s a certain bit of bookishness required to do it well. Sure, Nick has never actually shied away from the research aspect of his night job, but this must be one of the first—if not the first—time we’ve seen Nick actively creating his own resources for himself, his allies, and future Grimm that will come after him. I could have done without the voice over, but still, that final scene gave me the sense that Nick has reached a sort of seniority in his status as a Grimm and since we’ve seen so little of the Grimm community beyond Portland and the Burkhardt family, the idea of Nick stepping in and trying to create some sort of cohesion and leadership is the progress that I think that part of Grimm needed. 

And finally: RENARD AND ADALIND ARE GOING TO GO FIND DIANA THE DOOMSDAY BABY. I’m so happy. She’s probably a doomsday tween at this point, but still. It’s about time. 



ALL ABOARD AUNT MARIE’S BOOKMOBILE OF CRAZY

—I tried to feel bad for Mr. Puddy Tat but he WAS told about 400 times not to wear his monster mask outside the ring. 

—Embrace the Hexenbeist, Adalind. Embrace it! 

—Oh look, the wee baby Kelly DOES exist!

—I’m still lovin’ the black wig of rage, Eve. XOXO

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Mar 24, 2016
lol those dumbasses could have just tried making a small cut on their hand or arm and seeing if the twig would heal it. you gotta start somewhere but, instead, they just say, "oh, we don't know how it works or what it does so lets just spout a bunch of theories then hide it and not tell anyone about it."
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Mar 24, 2016
Actually Nick did contribute to Grimmpedia couple of times already. Not often and in quick scene but he did.
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Mar 21, 2016
So far, the only contribution to the show the "Miracle Twig" has given us...

Were the characters spouting out random theories that you just KNOW the Internet was going to suggest. Armageddon and all of that.

Though there was one I didn't hear. That it might be a splinter of wood from a very culturally significant artifact. Such as a certain "cross-shaped structure" or maybe a certain "spear"
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Mar 21, 2016
The writers should have continued with the Twig plot. I hope we get to see Diana soon, they are stretching that line a little too much. Nick and Adalind got together and now they are keeping secrets from each other and acting akwardly...Nooooo!

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Mar 21, 2016
Unlike the review for the last episode, I agree this time. This episode was incredibly rote. Textbook inconsequential monster of the week while the main plot hardly budged at all.

I was really looking forward to more Miracle Twig but after so much hype the first thing they decide to do is re-bury the thing. Being a miracle stick is so lonely.
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Mar 21, 2016
Well, that was one of the worst Grimm episodes ever...
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Mar 21, 2016
This was the most boring Grimm episode ever

Made worse by the fact that the cast was barely even in it - instead we watched people we neither knew nor cared about.
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Mar 20, 2016
Well, the political aspect of the season finally got somewhere.

Now, the fun part really begins.

Everything we've seen so far in this season particularly was to set up Renard.

There will be friction my friends.

As I understand things, unless Renard goes double-agent, there will be plenty of friction coming soon.

And Adelind is conveniently right smack-dab in the middle without even knowing it!

Gotta love this season and how it brought back several past plot points from previous seasons in order to get to this.

Well played..
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Mar 19, 2016
Thud. Thud. Thud.... That's the sound of my head hitting the table. Sigh. Cannot believe, that the stupid Hexenbiest is about to ally herself with Black Claw. Hasn't she learnt anything? But as long as she goes and plays house with Renard, I don't mind too much. But, seriously. She has got to have the attention span of a ferret in heat. As if anyone was interested in her. It's all about Diana and the people after her are not interested in the mother. She's just a means to an end to get that powerful freak child.
Hopefully Nick's impaired judgement will snap back and make him take his son to safety some where far away from Portland. Even better: He discovers that Kelly isn't his blood. I read somewhere online, that Kelly might be a delayed twin. Remember when the Austrian doctor detected two heartbeats in Adalind's womb? Kind of a biological impossibility, but I'd like this outcome very much.
(Could someone make a DNA test please?)

Was everyone on vacation, when they shot this episode? The case of the week seemed to go on endlessly. Not that I mind the occasional hunt for a bad Wesen, but this time the main cast was very scarcely placed. And it made me miss Juliette so much. Rosalie's Spanish was awful, I thought, the spell wouldn't work, because she mumbled half the words. Can't say, that I felt with Goyo. He had to put that stupid mask on after all the warnings he got.

Oh, and good for Nick, that he kept his yap shut about the stick. I wouldn't trust Adalind with that kind of knowledge, she would sell him out in a heartbeat, if she deemed it necessary. She better be kept on a need to know basis (even more than Renard).
Do not trust Hexenbiests or Zauberbiests, if they weren't properly broken by Meisner. ^^
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Apr 04, 2016
"Sigh. Cannot believe, that the stupid Hexenbiest is about to ally herself with Black Claw. Hasn't she learnt anything? But as long as she goes and plays house with Renard, I don't mind too much. But, seriously. She has got to have the attention span of a ferret in heat. As if anyone was interested in her. It's all about Diana and the people after her are not interested in the mother. She's just a means to an end to get that powerful freak child."

Nothing in the episode indicated that she would do anything of the sort. In the end she told off Renard and left. Who knows what she'll do in the future but the scene I watched did nothing to indicate an alliance with Black Claw. If anything she resisted temptation there.
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Mar 19, 2016
Or Maybe Tv is the worst with this generation basing pop culture entertainment.... Because the mostly of the iconic characters are shown basing with Movies these days... They are no longer showing their face with Tv anymore....

And all we see with Action/Adventure and Fantasy basing on Tv, is the supporting Superheroes crap only between DC Comics and Marvel Comics... And also Supernatural/Horror crap is the 3rd partly on with it as well...

And this just only Action & Killing Programming after 2007, has gone on way too long now... It's time to bring back the fun into pop culture entertainment... Such as Family Drama like 7th Heaven, Family Sitcoms like Full House , Couple Sitcoms like Friends and Action/Crime like Fringe...

And I say Tv is way too boring as for sure, there is no more Sitcoms of Family and Couple, there is no more Family Drama and Action/Crime... Because the planet of Tv has been talking over by Superheroes and Supernatural/Horror all the time...

Maybe I should change up my Entertainment startus from Tv to Movies... Because the way Tv is based shown with this generation is bunch of garbage crap... Yes, I seriously need a major change into Entertainment... before I lose my mind staying with this problem place...
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Mar 20, 2016
I see you point. Currently the shows are just "fun" and "pretty"... but such a let down in originality and content. It's like we watch to complain about the same issues week after week and they just don't care about to improve the weaknesses.

"Buffy" set a high bar for supernatural/Horror shows... it's quite sad to see flat/below average shows today getting attention/hype with this poor/below average developments.

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Mar 20, 2016
And Celebrities from Movies business are making shows on Netflix, not on Tv!... They are very smart knowing Tv does suck, and sucking the fun out of everything going downhill...
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Mar 19, 2016
This is what I hate most about Grimm.
Start with something interesting and then Bam! Case of the week.
Or worse, good episode with royals going on but they still put case of the week in it.
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Mar 19, 2016
You're right, MaryAnn, the Supernatural wrestling episode wasn't that great, but it was better than this. So, so boring...

"And finally: RENARD AND ADALIND ARE GOING TO GO FIND DIANA THE DOOMSDAY BABY. I’m so happy. She’s probably a doomsday tween at this point, but still. It’s about time."

Yeah, but Renard's doing it so he can get elected mayor. Eww!
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Mar 19, 2016
we have seen nick wright in the books before, before the trailer was torched........
so renard needs a family, so he wants to get back into a relationship with adalind? how's that gonna work? she's sorta kinda with nick now....and they dropped the thing with her and misner? wish they would make up their mind on which way to go with this
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Mar 19, 2016
Let´s see: Renard is going to join Black Claw, drag Adalind with him with the promise to find Diana which in the end will cause Nick pain, again. Gee, can´t they ever let him be happy for once?
Renard is changing in the end going over to the HW and Adalind either takes the kid/kids and runs away or stay to cause trouble.
that is my prediction.
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Mar 19, 2016
I have to say MaryAnn, last week I thought you were over the top harsh on that episode, but I would have totally understood if you had released your wrath on this episode. Last week was fun and enjoyable, this week was slow and boring! Just my thoughts...
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Mar 19, 2016
A delicious coming together of plots revealed at the end.
Renard, Adalind and Diana as part of the bigger political plot or is it just to get Diana for whatever group is behind this.
Adalind's inner hexenbeist will be reappearing to complicate everything. I always wondered why she couldn't be nice when she had her powers but I think it was last week's episode where she confided in Rosalie that the power corrupts her. Also, in my hazy memory isn't she and Juliette/Eve somehow connected by the crazy power grabbing they have done? Eve's group has never been explained, what are they for or fighting (or maybe I missed it?) I like Eve, her power, mystery and crazy wigs.
The splinter in the box.....part of the cross???? Will they have to destroy it? return it to hiding?
So many options plus, the wesen of the week...looking forward to more unraveling of the mystery with a little mayhem on the side.

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Mar 20, 2016
Re: "Adalind's inner hexenbeist will be reappearing to complicate everything. I always wondered why she couldn't be nice when she had her powers but I think it was last week's episode where she confided in Rosalie that the power corrupts her."

...if only what they actually showed in the past reflected what they're trying to make us believe now. The truth is, Adalind did her worst conniving when she was human, with no powers and no Hexenbiest spirit at all. Also, having powers didn't seem to corrupt either Elizabeth or Henrietta. Sean is still a contributing member of society, despite (apparently) having had powers all this time.

I'm totally with MaryAnn. I rejoiced last week when Adalind's powers made a comeback. Just like I rejoiced last year when Juliette got powers. They blew it last year, when they first made Juliette uber-powerful (instead of just normally powerful), and then they made her evil. I'd like to see Nick and Adalind follow through with what they said, and actually deal with Adalind's powers coming back. That would require that she behave responsibly, which would be a nice change of pace for her, and it would require that the writers REMEMBER WHAT THE SHOW'S THEMES ARE, which would be a nice change for me.
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Apr 04, 2016
I wanted to point this out too. It's a bit inconsistent since Elizabeth seemed normal. Also they seemed to drop a storyline involving a potential meeting between Elizabeth and Kelly Burkhardt only to kill Kelly and forget Elizabeth ever existed.
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Mar 19, 2016
I enjoyed this episode, it was a nice S1 Grimm story that made me smile a bit. Yeah, it was filler, but I'm okay with that.

Juliette making that redhead was intriguing, especially since she pinged Renard and then left him hanging.

Meisner gets no respect, hehehe...

Renard is either going bad, or going undercover.
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Mar 19, 2016
Well, you know what people fail to understand about Entertainment pop culture... They fail to realize the difference between Fantasy and reality... Why create stories projects/programs, to be like the reality of real life standard? Sometimes we need to escape away from the real life? Because it can be awful boring at time to time thru...

And entertainment stories of fantasy, is not the the reality of real life... It's okay for based characters to stay with one off relationship between Teenagers and Adults... Well, if a rebound relationship comes into order? It's okay for characters stay with them also... You people need to stop being so serious when comes to entertainment! Like it's dealing with the same standard of the real life...

It's not going effect the course of the genres based Sitcoms, Drama, Crime, Action, Horror and Fantasy... And it's okay have Romance, Love, Marriage, Family, Happiness and Happy Endings... All within Action/Adventures shows, Action/Crime shows and Sitcoms shows,,, Because they all are not horror stories, were everybody dies by killer house to house...
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Mar 19, 2016
I don't know why this is, but nearly every procedural show does an episode about either wrestling or boxing, and they ALWAYS wind up being among their most boring episodes! What is it about these normally thrilling sports that dulls scripted TV so much?
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Mar 19, 2016
Juliette/Eve is going to look like a first class putz if Adalind manages to channel her inner Hexenbiest to the benefit of everyone she loves, while J.E. simply turned into a raging bitch.
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Mar 19, 2016
Did anyone catch WWE's (or formely WWE's) Chavo Guerrero Jr. in this episode?
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Mar 19, 2016
Filler episode. But even for that this one was boring esp coming off the last couple of episodes.

Interesting things to note from the episode:
The scoobie gang made a pact not to tell anyone about the magic wand and Nick went right home and lied to Adalind. Adalind in turn tried to find out how Nick would feel about the beist being back and decided not to tell him that her powers were coming back for real. The funny part was that both were trying to hide something from the other that they didn't notice how cagey the other one was acting.

Does it bother anyone else how Monroe and Rosalee seem to know all Wesen types and rituals of the top of their head?

How did Juliette know to look for the red head in the video? I thought it was a leap from the flashback she had about tripping Marwan with a bicycle to going and checking the video footage to look for the redhead. Plus that HW database search was silly. She just typed in the red heads name into their watch list db and voila pops out the her profile. So why wasn't HW aware of what she was up to? I mean she wasn't even using an alias or sth so what's the point of having a watch list if you are not going to be watching out for the people in it.

I guess now I know why a pic of Adalind in a nightgown in Renard's office was posted. So she is going to make an alliance with Renard to get Diana back ( I just hope she tells Nick and the rest of the gang). I wonder how Nick is going to feel about Adalind and Sean playing house. Even if its for pretend.

Well here is hoping that next weeks episode gets better.
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Mar 19, 2016
Entertaining episode! It was one of those I like that move on two layers. First separating men from wesen (beasts) and on a second layer it makes you wonder how much different are men from the beasts.

I didn't understand why they referred to Santeria and not Xipe Totec... I guess they didn't do their homework or I missed something.

Nick keeping secrets from Adalind now... oh boy... that never worked well for Nick and any of his companions. I agree with his/theirs decision to keep the stick secret from everyone, I was just saying that secrets never worked out to Nick's benefit.

I liked it! It was a fun and entertaining episode to watch!
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Mar 19, 2016
#Extreme_Makeover

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Mar 19, 2016
Literal definition for a woman in a salon, "Excuse me, could I get a facemask?" Lmao
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Mar 19, 2016
Such a disappointment. No movement on the the stick, no movement on Adalind's re-hexifying, barely a nudge forward on the Renard's political hijinx. But hey, at least we got a case of the week story that wasn't even a little bit of a mystery, was totally predictable, and didn't connect at all to the larger plot...I was happy they mentioned Diana, since I feel like Adalind has sort of forgotten about her, and we as an audience may only barely remembers that Meisner has her...I can't wait to she that explosion when Adalind finds out.
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Mar 19, 2016
This era and generation sucks big time as for sure....

There is no more Romance, Love, Married, Family, Happiness and Happy Endings programming at all... Everything with this generation is centered around Action & Killing between Superheroes and Supernatural/Horror... And all we heard into news media these days, is just only Superheroes and Supernatural/Horror...

And people got their freaking wish, asking for media stop using based Romance, Love, Married, Family, Happiness and Happy Endings into Entertainment all together at once... There is No More Family Dramas, There is No More Family Sitcoms and There is No More Couple Sitcoms...
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Mar 19, 2016
Romance and Happiness and Happy Endings is Dead...

And this generation is boring as hell.....
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Mar 19, 2016
And then I am dead too...

Because there is no more Romance, Happiness and Happy Endings at all with this generation....
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Mar 19, 2016
Are you done trying to destroy the English language? Good, go away.
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Mar 19, 2016
Hahaha, I thought this was some kind of weird spam until he called you an A-hole! Scary stuff!
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Mar 19, 2016
My English language is fine A-Hole!!!
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Mar 19, 2016
It fit clumsily into the season, but after watching Sleepy Hollow it was fun and interesting. I was about due for a basic MotW eppy. The idea of Renard being pulled along by this redhead into apparently concocting a family out of Adalind and their awol kid does not feel organic. If he's really going along, then he must be a lot more into Red than is apparent from their chemistry. If he's seeing where this goes to try and infiltrate, actually going to Adalind doesn't make sense.

Eve is better than Juliette but even giving it some time, I still feel like Grimm is better without Bitsie Tulloch.
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Mar 19, 2016
The main cast must have a "Half Episode" written in to their contracts because I'm pretty sure they were on the screen for less than half of this episode. It's fine with the Guest Star is fun to watch like Jason Sudeikis in The Last Man on Earth, but these guys were nothing special. Seemed very weird to me.
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Mar 19, 2016
The Adalind/Nick/Renard relationship is becoming complicated. Renard is looking to form a political family with Adalind and her first baby (from either Renard or his brother). Nick and Adalind are living together with her second baby (from Nick and possibly Juliette?). And when Adalind showed her powers reamerging she seemed to have cramps first suggesting she could be pregnant with a third (from Nick).
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Mar 19, 2016
Sooo... I haven't seen this show in a while, thus I'm asking... Nick and Adalind are not in any kind of romantic relationship?

I still wonder how can Nick look at Adalind without disgust. Yeah, they have a kid but given how that kid came to be...
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Mar 19, 2016
Filler.
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Mar 19, 2016
The throwback to Grimm's case-of-the-week formula is an obvious attempt to 'slow' things down after the events in Into the Schwarzwald but I don't think this was the best use of the hour.

So of course we still don't know what the Wand of Whatever is. I don't know about you but if a stick miraculously heals my best friend's bite, I'd knick my finger with the nearest hunting knife and try to do it all over again. I certainly wouldn't wrap it away until I can 'figure' out what it does. How do you do that when the wee bit o' wood is hidden away? Maybe Nick's band of merry followers hope to find the answers in the newly acquired Grimmoires?

I hate it when TV drags out drama longer than it should. Its always someone hiding something when they should just speak up which, of course leads to what the writers want... silly misunderstandings. Why can't they do drama without these obvious evasions?

  • - Adalind asking Nick in a roundabout way how he would react to her powers returning? Smart. Not telling him immediately after he has said they'd work it out, for themselves and little Kelly? Stupid plot device.
  • - Juliette figuring out the connection between whats-her-face, Renard and Black Claw? Smart. Juliette not sharing her findings with Meisner? Stupid plot device
You can be sure the writers will find some silly way to make Adalind run over to play house with Renard when she could just tell Nick what's up and clue him into the fact that Renard's acting kinda shady. Which is a shame because Meisner does know where baby D is right?

Nick hiding news about the what he found from Adalind was also surprising especially after his whole I'm going to tell Adalind the truth stand.

Black claw seems to be well informed on all things Renard so why they would go through this long winded assassination plan to move him into a position of power on the off chance he will betray the Grimm he is friends with, seems like a high risk and brain dead move for an organization which is supposed to be highly organized and deadly.

I guess after the predictable case-o'-the-week, I'm finding it hard to believe that these guys would act the way the writers have portrayed in this episode. Or maybe I'm upset at the death knell that has just rung over the Hexenbiest-Grimm partnership I've been hoping for.
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Mar 19, 2016
The different with the Supernatural episode was that the Winchester boys handled that one with a lot of charm, especially Dean's excitement about being near some of his boyhood idols, as well as him clambering into the ring to pretend to be a wrestler for 30 seconds was a lot of fun.
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Mar 19, 2016
And the text recap is up, as soon as it clears the cache.
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Mar 19, 2016
Sheesh, they kept giving Goyo a hard time about not speaking Spanish. Wasn't it just 2-3 seasons ago that the Portland PD didn't have a single Spanish speaker, and they had to bring in Juliette as a translator? Now the city has a burgeoning Luchador... underground?

Good times.
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Mar 19, 2016
I have learned from other shows that you don't mess with Santeria because it is dangerous. i was not crazy about the wrestling story line in tonight's episode. I also think Adalind needs to tell Nick about her powers coming back. I also hope that Adalind and Renard get Diana back.
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Mar 19, 2016
Oh my goodness that was boring. No disrespect (because back in the late nineties I learned you don't mess with Santeria) but in like the past ten years when it's mentioned my mind becomes numb. Then wrestling. Ugh. But oddly there was bigger plot movement? It will be funny that Diana is probably old enough to baby sit her brother.
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Mar 19, 2016
"Adalard & Nickalind, even if the name is unfortunate."

Nothing tops "Adalick." Gross AND hilarious, just like the relationship itself. This is the portmonteau, case closed.
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