Grimm "The Bottle Imp" Review: Ding Dong, the Witch Is Back!

Grimm S02E07: "The Bottle Imp"

Grimm sidestepped up to the problem of Juliette this week, tackling more forcefully along the way the thorny questions of: How does Captain Renard feel about Juliette? What’s up with Adalind? And what hi-jinks can a Blutbad get up to when he messes up a potion, comedy-of-errors style!

“The Bottle Imp” kicked off as poor Nick dreamt of an accepting and non-amnesia-ridden Juliette; Rosalee and Monroe really aggressively glazed over—practically shellacked over, really—Monroe’s dead ex-girlfriend from last week; and a Wesen dad seemed to redefine “road rage” as he went on the lam with his daughter. After the latter failed to understand that smashing a camera does not erase the tape inside, Portland PD tracked him down only to discover that he was a wife-beating, daughter-kidnapping Drang-zorn (an urge-anger Wesen, my Google translate tells me!).

Hank got too see the full glory of Aunt Marie’s trailer and did some shellacking of his own after he got upset with Nick over the death of a troll that happened in Season 1—not because Nick had someone murdered, but because he wouldn’t tell Hank who'd helped them. But that was quickly dropped when Adalind returned to the series with a vengeance—literally, she was on the warpath over dead Mommy Dearest. Also, a conversation between Adalind and Captain Renard revealed that effects of her potion are more sinister than just amnesia. Finally, Renard is currently obsessed with Juliette against his will, and it seems Juliette is the same way. Romance has nothing on freaky Hexenbiest spell casting!

But, back to the case: In a fantastic twist, it turned out that daughter Drang-zorn was actually the mother-beating, gas-station-attendant-murdering perp and Team Grimm got to see the creepy girl in full-on chomping mode before they put her in the hands of a Wesen Juvie warden.

Elsewhere, in a silly B plot Monroe screwed up a potion and it went comically awry for a while. Clocks were threatened!

“The Bottle Imp” took some baby steps toward doing something with Juliette, and so far it’s got my attention. Unfortunately, after rocketing through plot points early in the season Grimm seems to be slowing back down to the “milk it for several episodes” pacing that plagued Season 1. It’s great to know that Adalind’s spell is the curse that keeps on giving, but I’m afraid there will be no confrontation between Juliette and Renard, or realization of what’s happening on anyone else’s part, for a while.

One emotional roller coaster I did want to see was Monroe’s reaction to Angelina’s death, and how it affected him and Rosalee. But that’s clearly not happening, as Monroe’s very fun (clocks were threatened!) but very unimportant B plot showed.

Some of this is, I think, poor prioritizing on what emotional beats the writers think are important to character development. As a viewer I’d rather spend time on Monroe and Rosalee’s relationship than deal with, say, five more episodes of Juliette and Renard pussyfooting around each other, or on the problems of random Wesen.

However, I think much of this is due to the semi-serialized, semi-episodic nature of the show. More than just a mythology-episodes-versus-monster-of-the-week series, Grimm straddles the line between television where what happened the week before doesn't matter, and an epic, over-arching story where everything matters. The show has been able to be both this season by throwing dashes of greater mythology into every episode, so here’s hoping “The Bottle Imp” is a bump in an otherwise smoother Season 2 road.


Questions:

1. Is it a Grimm thing that they all draw in the same exact style?

2. Will Hank confront Monroe over saving his life?

3. More importantly, will any cop on this show ever get upset over how many lives he's taken?

4. However: Are there some Wesen, like the Drang-zorn, who really deserve to be put down? Can Wesen be judged the same way as humans when they seem so much more pre-programmed?

5. Along those lines, is the Wesens’ inability to go against type the writers’ playing with destiny and fate, two ideas that saturate fairy tales and the real Brothers Grimm folklore?

6. Why are the Wesen willing to integrate into human society when they are so bad at it? Why isn’t there a shadow Wesen CPS, or an American Wesen police force—or was that the type of thing they fled when they left the Royals in Europe?

7. Is Grimm gearing up for an Adalind/Mama Nick confrontation?

8. Finally, does anyone else think this planning-five-steps-ahead-of-everyone Adalind is way scarier then her old Hexenbiest self? Raise your hand (mine’s in the air already)!

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Juliette + Renard ? Didn't see that coming. Was that Adalind's plan all along? To get back at Nick and Renard with one cat scratch? If it was, then that is so evil that I actually loved it.



As for Hank, for intend of full closure of Nick being Grimm, I thought Nick actually told him everything. Apparently not. So I am guessing the fact that Hank being almost killed by Adalind was probably left out by Nick as well. Leaving an opening for Adalind might meet up with Hank someday. Good episode especially the scene where Monroe messed up a potion for Rosalee's customer.

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For starters glad they got rid of the voice over in the opening theme or whatever.

This episode was good in that it brought a tiny bit closer to what the hell is going on in Nick's mind. Because everyone else voices how they feel or what's going on with them except Nick.

You'd think we'd see him trying to find more information on the people that want Monroe dead, the royals, if there's something in Rosalee's shop if there's anything in the Wesen world that could help with Juliette's memory. I feel like he lacks interests in anything unless it's an immediate threat when there is so much he could jump into and see him struggle with.

I do not blame the actor at all, but Juliette is starting to have more of a personality than Nick. He's really boring, think about it you took away the Grimm part of him, he's the least interesting even though he has the possibility to have the most going on in the show.
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Great review Josie! Keep up the good work!

I really enjoyed this episode, had a blast watching it. Which is really all I can ask for with my TV.
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I think the point comes where Hank has enough. And it comes fast. Considering that he puts on a brave face but is clearly disturbed by the latest revelations and he doesn't even know about the stuff with Adalind. I can't imagine him finding that out will end well for anybody. Poor guy.

Renard is awesome as always.

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I was kind of wondering why Nick didn't chime in and say, "Adalind was one of those." when Hank passed the hexenbeist in the book of bad wesen. Your comment makes me think that may be the straw for Hank.
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Or he'll just say, "wouldn't be the first witch I dated." and we move on like nothing happened.
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I'm personally happy for any airtime Renard gets, he's the most interesting character for me (even if I don't care for Juilette at all). I just wish his Sleeping Beauty was someone else.



No real plot development elsewhere in this chapter.



At least Adalind's back. Hopefully she can spice things up. Afterall, she's the only villian that Nick hasn't been able to kill and has actually inflicted some damage.



That's what this show is seriously lacking in. A good villian. I mean all these so call "professional" hitman that the Royal keep sending are getting their ass handed to them way too easily.
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Not the best of episodes, and the beginning got me excited that we would finally get the Nick/Juliette thing over and done with. I am far more interested in the overarching mythology of this show than some of the relationships. I really like to read these reviews to but the reviewer is far to hung up on the Monroe/Roselee thing. I personally would like to see this get far more deeply into what is going on with the Royals and the role of the Grimms, etc.
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This episode was boring....for a moment i was like yes...she remembers and we can pass that part....but it was just a dream...crap....!!! Aldo in the end with the kiss, i wonder if she will tell that she saw Renard....??? Beside that, it was a pretty boring episode to me, compared to last week.......what happened in the end to the little girl???
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Juvi - locked up till she gets 18 with that cool lioness (i think) as her warden... did you actually watch this show???
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Man who cares abt Juliette. I think its abt time a show got into what Batman and Catwoman had going on. Same way Adalind and Nick cud totally hit it on! that would make for some awesome scenes!
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well... I'm not sure about Juliette and Renard but Nick and Adalind are highly unlikely to happen. keep in mind that Adalind was the one that tried to kill aunt Marie in the first episode and she seduced Hank and almost killed him too and I'm sure she did some other stuff i can't remember right now so Nick doesn't like her much (still i love the character and hope it comes around from time to time like a boomerang or she turns good and in time ends up part of the team).

But some say he might be a good match with the dragon lady or... maybe they'll introduce a new catwoman type character to mess with his mind. for now, I'm just happy that Juliette and Renard got more screen time in a good non-boring way.
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Hopefully the Renard and Juliette thing is better than just a stalker sort of vibe to it, that he seems to be having in the promos. But nonetheless, wish that Nick would come around to Adalind, but more important she needs to come around to him, that's the only way its gonna go anywhere. Frankly speaking Juliette bores the crap out of me! At comic-con all she could do was give her scary stare to the audience, it seemed like she was the clown for that meeting and served no other purpose!
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We probably won't be seeing a whole lot of movement on the Monrosalee front until after we get to the episodes filmed after Bree Turner returned from having her baby (which is why Rosalee is off visiting her aunt right now and just calling in.) It kinda sucks, but it's not that they're intentionally ignoring the story - they're just kinda limited on what they can do right now.



Giving that it looks like we might have a little triangle building up between Nick, Juliette and Renard, I'm tossing out the "shipper name" for the Renard/Juliette branch: Juliard.



No idea what to use for Nick and Juliette yet, though :(
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Julick
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Nickilette.
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Did anyone else recognize the little girl from playing young Charlie in Revolution?

I'm really rooting for Grimm, but this time I saw that "great twist" coming miles away. Following the rule that everything is not what it seems, I figured of course the father was innocent and the monster had to be the sweet little daughter.

The Monroe story was interesting, but lead nowhere.

I love Adalind and the more she appears on my screen the better. But when shows start reviving old villains it's not a good sign. I had similar reaction when in Heroes, suddenly Sylar wasn't dead anymore. But now I'm hoping Magique is also still alive.

Nice twist the fact Renard is as infatuated with Juliette as she is with him. I knew she would fall for him because of the spell, but didn't think she would be corresponded.

In conclusion, this episode had many pieces of good ideas, but there was no cohesion.
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Now see, you asked way too many questions and a bunch of them make no sense. Were you sure you wanted to say some of that out loud?

The Sean hearts Juliette business it the sad, twisted kind of romantic I can get behind. Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease writers, don't screw this up. I want a gas giant sized mushroom cloud when this love triangle from hell goes nuclear.

How long was Adalind on screen? 95 seconds? That was weak. Okay, yeah, they are dragging some stuff out wayyyyyyyyyyyy too long.
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Also...was that Claire Coffee (alongside Chris Wylde) in the Petco commercial during the first break? I always get freaked out when I'm watching a show and then the people in the show are in the commercials. My mind nearly exploded last season when Sofia Vergara hosted SNL.
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Did anyone else start searching for their phones when his alarm went off?
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Lol yes, me too!
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Yes, I most certainly did.
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So glad I wasn't the only one.
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Totally. And I was watching On Demand, which confused me even more, because I heard it, checked my phone, paused the show, and started looking for my wife's phone.
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The memory loss arc is moving too slowly. Get it over with already. If this means that you have to sacrifice some procedural stuff, just do it. No one is going to miss it.
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This. So tired of it...actually I was tired of it before last season ended.
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I loved the idea of a young Wesen being a real monster! I hear that some (teenage) kids can be a little tiresome (all the ones I know personally are kind, lovable human beings, of course!), but to see a kid literally turn monster was great! - I get that they can't kill a kid on TV (unless it's Highlander the Series), but how did they placate the foster father after he got his arm half chewed off?

I'm getting REALLY annoyed with these dream sequences! Almost every show I watch has these now, and it's getting really old really fast.

As you said, Josie, there's a pacing problem here. After the Royals tried to assassinate Monroe last week, this week - not a peep about the Royals! OK, we're talking fantasy here, but still, even within the Grimm universe that's stretching credulity a bit. Nobody's worried, nobody is taking it personally, nobody is asking any questions? Come on!

I like to see Adalind back, but please, develop the Adalind-Renard-Juliette story a bit faster.

Schwarze Katzen Pisse - yes, Monroe, it's exactly what you think it is!
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Eh, to be honest, as a viewer, I'm completely uninterested in Monroe and Rosalee. I would have preferred to have some focus on how Angelina's death impacted Monroe, of course, but I'd much rather watch more Wesen stuff, and especially more Adalind, than more "romance" between Monroe and Rosalee.
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Ben and Jerry were right! Damn that rBGH!
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I didn't understand the title. I was expecting something more along the lines of Aladdin's Lamp.
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The opening quote was from the German fairy tale "The Bottle Imp," or "The Spirit in the Bottle." I think it's supposed to imply that the hero of that tale, much like our own heroes, expected no malice from something so small, which turned out to be very destructive.
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Ah, I suppose that makes sense. I was expecting something a bit more literal.
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that kid is the first wessen that managed to creep me out a little... i mean it wasn`t like Monroe who could chose to give up chasing red ridding hoods, her brain didn`t even register that she was doing something wrong (she said she didn`t remember, i`m not 100% sure). From my point of view that`s even more dangerous. She looked like she had split personality.



Monroe`s case was useless and pointless but i guess that with Rosalee`s character being pregnant they can`t focus too much on them so I let it slide for the time being.



On the other hand Juliette and Renard are both going crazy and it`s fun to watch (lol...also seen the deleted bed scene with Renard and the blonde girl... of course he had to hallucinate Juliette there too). i guess this is how Nick is going to find out who the prince really is.

i felt really sorry for Nick in the beginning when he woke up from that happy dream. I can`t stop feeling that this is all mama Grimm`s fault... if she hadn`t killed Adalind`s mother, Renard would have made her figure out an antidote to this sideeffect by now
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Ditto about the kid. I was creeped out from the first scene of her on the porch. Reminded me of those possessed by demon kids from 70's horror movies. Made you wonder if the actors were really mental or not.
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"mother-beating, gas-station-attendant-murdering perp" ... lol ... lets not forget arm-biting, kid-shoving perp.



Episode was entertaining .. but not deep. I think the series pushes more entertainment, than anything else. Its walking a fine line.
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I like the episode. The girl was great in it and I hope like the dragon lady, we get to see her again since she seems to really like Nick. But it was just a fun episode all around. However Nick hasn't moved the trailer. Bad OPSEC Nick. Reynard is getting fun. The call between he and Adalind was great.



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1.kind of

2. I imagine that is going to come. Or with he owing his life to Monroe that is how he dies.

3. Probably not. But eventually he is going to have to choose Grimm over being a cop.

4. Well the Wesen don't seem to have a penal system, so my guess is that is how the Grimm came about. To kill those that should have been put down. Which then turned to kill all of them.

5. I think some wesen struggle to go against type. But since it is based on animal instinct I am sure it is difficult. Which makes me wonder if Monroe at some point is going to snap and potentially at least for a season if it goes on long enough, could he become a big bad?

6. Because it is a hierarchal system, more based on the food chain of the animal kingdom than it is Humanity and the are system. Granted the royals seem to have the money and connections to make this happen. But it seems they are more concerned with gaining power.

7. Speaking of mama nick, shouldn't she be back from the island yet? But I think Nick is going to have to take care of her. Or Reynard, that would be fun.

8. Possibly. However Nick has taken on worse and taken her on before. But at least she is doing something. They have been dancing around Juliette and Reynard for like 4 episodes now.
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Great episode, not as much development as I had hoped but more than enough to satisfy!

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