Grimm: The Case of the Explodey Face

Grimm S01E20: "Happily Ever Aftermath"

In the most on-the-nose fairy-tale-to-real-life translation Grimm has ever done, last night’s episode took on Cinderella so forcefully it’s a wonder no one was quoting Disney.

“Happily Ever Aftermath” kicked off with the reveal of a ponzi con: Hapless businessman Arthur invested everything down to his socks in the scheme and looked to his wife’s godfather, Spencer, to help him out. They concealed the truth from Arthur's wife Lucinda, a Stepford blonde whose hobbies include buying ball gowns and simpering, and asked Lucinda’s Stepmother for a loan. But uh oh, it turned out she was an evil stepmother—or at least unwilling to indulge her stepdaughter’s ball gown splurging lifestyle forever—so she said "no." That night, a bat creature called a Murcielago broke into Stepmother’s house and EXPLODED HER FACE with a sonic scream—and writing that sentence just reminded me why I love this show so much.

Nick’s part began with a flashback to the “Three Coins In A Fuchsbau” episode as Nick dreamt of his parents’ death-by-car accident. Called to Stepmother’s house, Nick and Hank investigate the family: the two mourning brunette stepsisters, dopey Arthur, and darling Lucinda—whose hobbies had expanded to (1) telling her husband not to think and (2) wearing high heels to bed. Spencer Wesened out in front of Nick, making him a suspect, and Juliette began her own investigation, calling the detective who oversaw Nick’s parents’ death. After the detective told Juliette he barely remembered cases from that long ago, he turned into a gushing fountain of information. Within seconds he called Nick with news that his parents’ death was investigated as a homicide, that the Coin robbers from “Three Coins” were all suspects, and that there’s still one more suspect named Akira Kimura we have yet to meet in Grimm. This info is so convenient it makes me wonder if it’s a set up and the detective is complicit in the Grimm world—or if it’s just bad exposition writing?

Back in Lucinda’s sparkly pony fairytale glitter life, Lucinda went to see her older stepsister to give her condolences. Angry Stepsister lashed out by blurting out her feelings that princess Luci was a rotten horror as a child, and Luci lashed out by a little exploding her sister’s face. Yes folks, Lucinda is also a Murcielago, and Cinderella’s a bitch when crossed!

Spencer turned himself in to try and protect Lucinda, telling the truth about his ability to explode faces as a means of tricking Hank into dismissing him and getting Nick to listen. The cops learned Lucinda is in line to inherit all her family’s money in the event of their death, so Spencer, Nick, and Hank raced to stop little miss bat-psycho from offing the last stepsister. Monroe arrived with a sound siren from the Grimm arsenal Aunt Marie’s trailer, and together Monroe and Nick cornered Lucinda. But Spencer struck the fatal blow against her—the two bats died side-by-side from explodey-face (Lucinda) and bite-to-the-neck (Spencer).

Nick used quick thinking to pin the sonic murders on the Grimm siren and Juliette apologized to Nick, admitting that maybe digging up Nick’s parent’s deaths, getting the detective to call Nick with information, and then cheerfully taunting Nick via phone that she was the better detective than he was wasn’t the most sensitive thing she could have done. Yeah, Juliette. Maybe.

“Happily” had an okay premise, but with only a handful of episodes left and the last three giving so much interesting mythology, this felt like a weaker, early-season episode that got misplaced. There wasn’t much mystery to it—as soon as the too-sweet-to-be-true Lucinda opened her mouth it was apparent she was the killer. Nick’s parents’ death was so barely touched upon that it was hardly worth including. And though it was fun to tease Hank into learning more about Nick’s double life—and Nick’s solution to explaining the murders of the humans and Captain Renard was great—all of those fun touches were lost in the ho-hum slog of the episode, overall. It didn't have enough Monroe and had too much inconsistent writing: I would have been fine with “Happily” if it was the very first introduction to the Grimm world, but by now I think viewers deserve more from their final episodes.

...Will Nick be able to get his Grimm siren back? I mean he might need it back. What if more Murcielago attack?

...If Spencer knew what a homicidal monster Lucinda was, why didn’t he kill her before this point? Or try to restrain her in some way?

...Why hasn’t Nick ever looked into his parents’ death before?

...Who is Akira Kimura? How is he tied to the Fuchsbau and the Coins?

...Will Hank start putting the pieces of Nick’s double life together after being confronted with all the Wesen weirdness this episode?

...At this point, how do people feel about Juliette? Is she the worst character to ever grace the Grimm screen, or is she simply being misused?

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