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Grimm "The Good Shepherd" Review: Monroe in Sheep's Clothing

Grimm S02E05: “The Good Shepherd”

After a brief hiatus, Grimm is back with new episodes and its regular Friday timeslot, and this week it was Blutbad clockmaker vs. Blutbad priest as "The Good Shepherd" got really on-the-nose with a religious group literally made of clueless sheep people. Wake up, sheeple!

The episode revolved around an embezzlement claim filed by a Wesen church, which led Portland's finest to a gruesome crime scene after the thieving church accountant got put through a wood chipper. Nick and Hank’s investigation brought them to the Reverend Calvin, a “reformed” Blutbad with a red-flag waving, “more pious than thou” attitude and a track record of leading churches that wind up becoming victims of embezzlement.

Because Nick and Hank are somewhat competent as cops they didn’t buy Calvin or his assistant Megan’s claims of innocence, and brought in Monroe in to go undercover at Calvin’s church—which was made up entirely of sheep-Wesen. Many delightful Monroe-isms later (involving the world’s worst congregation welcome and his ongoing annoyance with Hank), he was sleeping in the church. Captain Renard began entertaining thoughts about Juliette, and Megan began to sour on her Blutbad sweetie when she realized she was being considered a suspect in the murder.

After menacing Homestead Grimm, the Royal Nuckelavee assassin broke into Aunt Marie’s trailer and Nick dispatched him almost as easily as he did the two Reapers (but way easier than when he bested the Kimura). Also every police officer in Portland needs to get way better at dumping bodies, though to Captain Renard’s credit he was pretty content that “his” Grimm bested the Royals again.

Megan went baaah-nkers (sorry) after finding out sweetie Calvin got a teenage congregation member pregnant, and so she turned the flock against him just as Calvin tried to get Monroe’s fingerprints to frame him for the murder. Lucky for Monroe, Nick showed up just in time to save him, but it was too late for con-man Calvin. And finally, proving that the Grimm writers read my recaps, the episode addressed my last post’s gripe that Juliette and Nick are still weirdly living together, as they awkwardly talked about it and then both claimed, unconvincingly, to be cool with it.

A take on the Aesop fable “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing,” there was a lot to like in this episode in terms of Monroe and Hank—Hank weirding out the Wesen was great, as was Monroe’s palpable disgust at digital clocks and his awesome hat (come on NBC store, Grimm’s giving you ideas for free!). The ending with Megan and Harmony was a nice topper on the cake of an otherwise entertaining—albeit perhaps a bit too literal at times—episode.

“The Good Shepherd” also furthered one of Grimm’s more interesting themes: the fluid relationship between exploiters and exploitees. We saw it when the Eisbibers met and Bud’s friend declared it was time to get revenge now that they “had” a Grimm. It was present when Rosalee’s ex-squeeze shot the hit man chasing him (who also got in a good speech about the oppressors versus the oppressed). And it came back this week as the docile sheep people violently turned against their “shepherd.” Abuse of power is rife in the Wesen world, but so is the tendency to get sucked into mob mentality, and I have to wonder if one helps cause the other.

Characters and themes aside, the show unfortunately missed a cool opportunity to flesh out the Wesen belief system, or at least examine religion from the monsters' point of view. What does Leviathan think of the Old Testament? Do snake-Wesen get upset at their portrayal in the Garden of Eden? Are animal-headed Pagan gods Wesen too? Instead Grimm trotted out a vague Christian group for the sheeple to belong to and left potentially juicier aspects out.

But my main gripe with “The Good Shepherd” is that Grimm still can’t find anything interesting for Juliette to do. Before the amnesia she existed solely as an angst-causing love interest for Nick. Post-amnesia she exists solely as an angst-causing ex-love interest for Nick. Quite frankly the show has never given her a personality beyond “Nick’s girlfriend” and now that she’s single Grimm is squandering the chance to show us the cool, capable woman Nick fell in love with. She’s a character in an action show who never gets to partake in the action, and the writers refuse to let her do anything other than talk about Nick. It’s time to either elevate her beyond “romantic plot device” or jettison her as dead weight.


QUESTIONS:

... Man, between the sheep Wesen and the Nuckelavee we really hit the barnyard tonight! What type of horrible farm animal assassin will come after Nick next? A rooster-Wesen? Cow hit men? SOW-SASSINS?

... If different “species” of Wesen can get each other pregnant, does the baby end up a hybrid? Or take after one parent versus the other?

... Okay, this may be reading too much into it, but is Nick taking down the horse-person with a hammer some really convoluted Beta-Ray Bill reference? I hope it is!

... Is the “pure of heart” potion causing Renard to have romantic feelings about Juliette?

... Do you think Grimm will do better on Friday nights than it did on Mondays?

... Are your church bake sales as entertaining as the sheeple’s?

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What would a cross between a Blutbad and a sheep-Wesen be like? A sheep with attitude?



Since we have not been shown Wesen hybrids yet, can we assume that they are relatively rare?



The ending could be a tribute to "Body Heat".

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Aside from some of the interactions involving Nick, Hank, and Monroe, I didn't care much for this episode. The case of the week was rather boring, and I thought the end was a little unusual for the show (the two ladies sipping margaritas and virgin pina coladas) -- although, it did make me laugh a bit. And it did make me in the mood for a margarita.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the accountant's boss say she was a member of the church? And if so, why didn't she woge when they discovered the accountant's body?
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Awesome episode! Love the Sheeple being led by a Wolf. The characters are awesome, the writing superb and it all comes together for a perfect show!
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Monroes "wa-a-ait a minute" just killed me. Silas Weir Mitchell is so great in this role.
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nick needs to WIN HER BACK! honestly--this will not only make her more human (help us understand who she is, what she likes, build her character, etc) But also help define Nick more/ help him reaquaint himself with his more human side--the perifery characers are more definied than the main ones

(e.g. these murders have gotten out of hand--seriously nick shows no remorse?)
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I don't remember him showing much (or any) remorse when he killed those two reapers, chopped off their heads, and mailed them to the Reapers HQ in Germany, late last season.

And if I had it my way, Nick shouldn't try to win her back. Juliette bores me.

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Why should he feel remorse for killing a hit man sent to kill him? I guess most of us would (not for any rational reason though), but Nick is sort of a superhero, so I don't mind him not being like the rest of us.
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Sorry, this is not a chick flick or a romcom.
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This show had something good going for it but after episode 3 of the second season it became from good to lame...And the intro sure didn't help...So, no more Grimm for me, I'm out.
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This episode was full of twists and turns that only a supernatural-crime show can come up with.



If I had partial-amnesia, but everyone I trusted told me I was in love with the man living in my house, I'd stick around to see if things resparked. But this episode, her girlfriends told Juliette that he proposed, and she turned him down. That's the time I'd be looking for new living quarters. Now I can't remember why she turned him down LOL
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She felt that he was keeping secrets from her.
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I want a Ninja Turtle Wesen!



Bitsy's acting has improved a great deal since season. Juliette used to have a strange off-putting look, like she wasn't even there, and now she's smiling more, showing more normal human reactions.



I think the case of the weak was, well, week. We knew since the beginning the preacher was guilty, and guess what, he was. We early learned that his secretary was involved, and she really was. No twists and turns. I expect a better one next week.
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The twist was that Megan the secretary was actually conning Calvin (who no doubt runs in a pack with Luthor and John (the baptist). She went from mousy doormat to femme fatale.
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Broad religious generalization aside, are you implying Megan was doing a long con? Because I honestly think she was planning on running away with Calvin right up until she found out he knocked Harmony up.



And I wouldn't say she was "mousy" so much as...sheepish?
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Juilette is slightly better this season only because she's not whinning/bugging Nick about what's going on but please find something to do with her. It'd be easy to just let Nick court her again, I mean he knows so much about her it shouldn't be too hard to get her to fall in love with him again. Also it'd help us to get to know Nick a little better, seriously he's the main character and I feel I know Hank and Monroe better. Nick is all work no play.



Loved Monroe in this episode as always. He looked badass in that hat. The episode reall was more filler and I agree could have been a little more interesting to find out what Wesen believe, how they fit in to the bible or if they have a completely different one. But an episode where Monroe goes undercover and gets more involved in Nicks investigation than usual is great.
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Not enough Rosalee. As in "none."
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Some of us used to gripe about the bad use of German in this show; someone listened - they improved markedly, at least in terms of pronunciation. - A "Kehrseite", incidentally, is the reverse, the other side of something (like the other side of a coin). "Kehrseite-Schlich-Kennen" means nothing in German, though.
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I think I've worked it out. I actually had to look up 'schlich' in an online dictionary (even though I'm a native German speaker), but now it makes sense. 'Schlich' is an old-fashioned word for 'trick' (though it's usually only used in the plural: die Schliche). So, I guess, a "Kehrseite-Schlich-kennen" would be a 'Kehrseite' who knows the trick (i.e. knows about Grimms and Wesen etc.).
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How about -- Kehrseitelichkennen > reverse knowledge/understanding
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Well spotted! Make it "Kehrseite - sich kennen", and we can agree (even if it's a bit convoluted, but never mind).
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Wait, the assassin was a horse? I thought it was suppose to be a hyena o.O

I must say Bitsie Tulloch did a amazing job with the whole sheep thing.
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A hyena with hooves?
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Great set up episode, more than a filler. I would love to see a truly scary animal come after Nick next...the Horse guy was a bit of a laugh in my house. Any Lion/ Cheetah/ Jaguar - Ninja wessen!



That Sleeping beauty homage i was fearing is actually goin to happen!!Renard is day-dreaming about his wake-up-kiss to Juliette. And from the look on his face on next week's teaser when he'll meet her...Poor Nick!!!



Adalind isComing, and Now Hank knows there's a wessen situation...Next week is gon be great.
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I think this was the worst episode I've seen in a while. The weekly mystery was weak, the comparison of a church's flock to sheep was trite, and insulting to anyone of faith, and I disagree that the major story arc was furthered in any meaningful way. This was a throw-away episode.



I'm still looking forward to the show, but I hope this episode was a fluke.
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Remind me again, a "flock" is what exactly?
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Carlos, you think I'm not aware? That's what I mean by "trite", as in overused and dull. In Christianity, the concept of the church as a flock (yes, of sheep) is used to mean those who need protection. In fact, the word "pastor" means shepherd. But the outside use of it to mean those who are stupid and easily led is an old, overused perversion of the original idea. It's the equivalent of a mental fart for the writers; they basically mailed this one in.
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It wasn't one of their best episodes. But it was good. It was a filler episode, it didn't really push the mythology forward, but it didn't stay stagnant either. But I disagree with Juliette. She still has yet to see Reynard And he is having little dreams about her. So my guess is they are waiting for that shoe to drop. They are going to see each other and the side effects of the potion may drive them together. So who knows, I think it will end up pushing the story forward. I think She falls for Reynard and Reynard uses her to try to get Nick on his side. Or drives a wedge between he and Nick and awesome fights ensue.



Questions.



Three words, Cow Ninja Wesen



My guess it takes after the dominant Wesen.



I think that is reading too much into that.



My guess is yea, and it is going to be both of them. Plus Adalind comes back next week.



I think it has a loyal following, like Chuck and will pull in the same ratings no matter where it is at. But I think first viewing ratings will lack compared ot Ondemand ratings. That is generally how I catch it. But supposedly it one of the better rated NBC shows. So it is one of those that is both interesting and doesn't offend too many people that it gets watched.



No church. I like to keep my fairy tales on the TV screen.
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Seeing how Grimm apparently had its best rating since January 20, i think that answers your question wether it will do better on fridays than mondays.

Great episode as always, and i agree it might have been a Beta-Ray Bill joke considering the similarity with the wesen look and the hammer.
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I sure hope the potion is causing Renard to have romantic feelings for Juliette. Maybe this will give her character something interesting to do... but that could also be a bad thing, if they make it so Nick has to spend a lot of time rescuing her from Renard.
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I think it's giving her feelings for him as well. When they meet, it will be "love at first sight". (First after the poisoning incident). It would be fun if they had a scene where Nick comes home and finds Renard banging his wife. Renard is one of those corpse wessen, right? (Tell me if I'm wrong, I'm not sure). Maybe he could finally lose his composure at that moment, so that Nick sees his wife banging a zombie.
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Renard is half 'Hexenbiest' and half human (from a royal family).
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