In last night’s “Big Feet,” Grimm made up for “Happily Ever Aftermath’s” lackluster showing, giving us a Monroe-driven episode that deepened the show's mythology and furthered its character development. It also gave us a woman shrieking, “Big Foot killed them!” so all my benchmarks for great TV were hit.
A group of cryptozologists was in the Portland woods chasing a Big Foot report; the scene was shot Blair Witch-style, and the cryptos quickly suffered the same fate as that camera crew, getting murdered by something blurry off camera.
Simultaneously, Juliette the Vet (you forgot that was her job, didn’t you?) was called in to examine a horse that had been attacked by something that walked like a man but bit holes in horse necks like a...thing that bites holes in horse necks. Juliette followed the footprints to the dismembered remains of the cryptos and the Portland PD show up to find one survivor raving, “It was Big Foot!”
Meanwhile, the murderous Big Foot showed up at Monroe’s house. His name was Larry. Monroe knows all the best people.
A conflicted Nick visited Monroe and learned that Larry the Big Foot couldn't revert to looking human, and that the process of changing is officially called Volga. While Grimms can see Wesen when they momentarily lose control, any old human can see a Wesen when the Wesen wants them to, or when they are fully transformed. Grimm then grossed us out by reminding us that Monroe “marks his territory” (ew), and Larry died while pulling a bloody tube from the back of his neck (EW).
But before I go on, let’s talk about Monroe.
Each week I force various friends to sit down and watch this show with me, and each week they have the same exact reaction: Monroe is the best. Everybody loves the MonRosalee pairing. He’s the Blutbad you want to share a beer with, the guy in your corner when the chips are down. He’ll do anything for a friend—put on someone else's shirt to lead search dogs away, stand up to the Reapers, defend the good nature of a pal even after that pal has done the unspeakable. He’s a complicated man with a past he’s not proud of, arguing for free will and choice even though it seems Wesen have a limited supply of both. Nick may be the protagonist, but Monroe is the beating heart of Grimm, and this episode acknowledged it in spades.
Monroe and Nick’s search for answers took them to Larry’s Wesen therapist, Constantine Brinkerhoff, who antagonized Nick and pretty much held up a sign that said, “It was me! I did it!” More deaths in the Portland woods turned up another one of Brinkerhoff’s patients; then a third committed suicide. It turned out that the tube found in the back of all three was a drug delivery system—an attempt at Wesen Xanax, a way to suppress violent urges.
Monroe confronted Brinkerhoff, who had been using the drug on himself. Brinkerhoff ran and Hank and Nick took him down in a theater, but not before Hank totally saw him transform from Big Foot to human! Nick pretended that he didn't see, but back home he was confronted with the same problem: Juliette the Vet had been doing some DNA sampling of the creature that attacked the horse and the results came up Big Foot.
She’s ready to believe—will Nick take the plunge and tell her the truth?
Almost every one of Grimm's seasonal arcs was touched on in “Big Feet,” from the mysterious key map to Nick’s double life being revealed. There were some nice visual touches (loved Monroe reading The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire with the wolf cover), and the episode finally moved the Hank, Juliette, and Nick plots forward. We know from the next-episode previews the finale will bring the truth to light for Juliette at least, and after this week's fantastic installment next Friday can’t come fast enough!
1. What is going to happen with Hank? Will Nick let Hank in on the secret, or just let his best friend think he’s gone nuts?
2. Will Juliette and Nick’s relationship survive the truth?
3. Where's the line between Volga-ing so a human can see it and Volga-ing so only a Grimm can see it?
4. If there’s a Big Foot Wesen, is there a Chupacabra? Are urban legends all Wesen?
5. Can anyone from Portland confirm or deny that the woods are as insanely dangerous as they seem on the show? We’ve had kidnappers, drug dealers, murderers, and a slew of homeless people in the woods every other episode. Does shady business actually go down there?
6. If some Wesen are so barely able to control themselves, why do they still try to live in human society? Monroe’s talks about his urges make it sound like an addiction and a horrible way to live your life. If you were in his shoes, would you try to fit in with the odds are so clearly stacked against you?
7. What do you think triggered Monroe’s change from bad boy Blutbad to veggie-munching, clock-loving gentlewolf?