Grimm "The Hour of Death" Review: The Worst Internship Ever

Grimm S0210: "The Hour of Death"

A killer Grimm fan was on the loose this week, taking out Wesen and tearing down everything Nick has worked for in “The Hour of Death,” an episode that had thrills, chills, and an unfortunate emphasis on Juliette.

A human girl had gone missing and Nick burned the midnight oil on the case. He also burned his bridges with Juliette as they snapped at each other over Nick sleeping on the couch. Nick and Hank found the kidnapper, a Wesen named Adrian, but he torched the evidence and forced Nick and Hank to let him go. Nick wanted to go Grimm vigilante and shoot a truth serum into Adrian, but someone else found Adrian first and made the Wesen confess where the girl was, then killed him. Monroe and Eisbiber Bud freaked over over an image branded onto Adrian's body, the symbol for an ancient group of Grimms who wanted to wipe out all Wesen.

In the Juliette B-plot Juliette did a terrible job trying to find Adalind. Renard and Juliette met to “talk about Nick” and okay, I’m going to derail this for a second to yell at Juliette.

Juliette admitted that she just doesn’t feel anything for Nick, yet recoiled from Renard’s hand-holding. Why? Nothing Juliette does makes sense—it’s like she’s hellbent on being as passive as humanly possible. Kiss your boyfriend only to have kissy-face memories about another man? Run away. Have a witch woman tell you details about your life she couldn’t have known and hint that there's a darker power at work? Run away! Have the man you’ve been fantasizing about hit on you? RUN AWAY! I don’t know why Juliette’s even bothering to open her mouth at this point; it’s clear she’s only here as angst-inducing decoration.

Nick and Hank discovered that Adrian had a kidnapping accomplice, but so did the Grimm who killed him, and the accomplice ended up dead and branded too. But security cameras caught a glimpse of the killer, and after weeks of questioning his purpose it turned out the killer was... Intern Ryan! In a case of hero worship gone sour, Intern thought of himself as an old-school Grimm who believed that all Wesen should be killed, and that Nick has been doing an awful job of it. But, as Nick discovered after he stopped Intern Ryan from killing Eisbiber Bud, Intern Ryan was nothing more than a self-hating Wesen himself.

The episode ended as Renard returned Juliette’s sunglasses and stole a kiss! A kiss where Renard supplied all of the chemistry—or maybe Juliette was supposed to be too shocked to convincingly kiss him back? Anyhow, the liplock led Juliette to remember Renard’s wake-up smooch—which, you guessed it, caused her to slam the door and run away.

Once again I found myself falling to my knees, brandishing my fists and screaming one character name in anguished despair to the heavens: JULIETTE!

Criticizing this character is like picking at a scab—you know no good will come of it, but you just can’t stop. I mean would it kill the writers to give Juliette something to do? Seriously: Would it physically kill them? Is there an elaborate Saw reverse bear-trap that will go off should they let Juliette take some initiative? Is it written in blood that Juliette shall never show curiosity or imagination and if anyone tries to write such a scene he shall be branded, Intern Ryan-style? Is there a tontine?

Though Juliette (JULIETTE!) left me hanging my head in defeat, the rest of the episode was top-notch, a highly enjoyable thriller with a fun Grimm twist. The stakes were high for everyone, from Nick to the innocent Wesen bystanders (poor Bud!). Even though “The Hour Of Death” did not push the show's mythology forward, I was completely fine with that, as the episode provided enough cop-show fodder for us audience members to sink our teeth into. The best episodes of Grimm tend to either be full-on mythology episodes or full-on cop-procedural episodes, and this one was a dynamite example of the latter.

It was also a relief to find out Intern Ryan’s deal, though it would have been nice to spend more time getting to know him as a person, not just a recurring gag, before his big reveal. Imagine if Ryan had been introduced at the beginning of the season, grown into our favorite new Portland PD addition, and then we found out his secret! Still, "The Hour of Death" created quite the complicated character, one we can’t help but pity. Let’s cross our fingers for more suicidal Intern Ryan next week (or at least for learning what the heck he is).

QUESTIONS:

– Why did Hank immediately think Nick killed Adrian?

– Why is Juliette looking for Adalind? Is she finally taking the witch-woman’s cat tip to heart?

– Are Wesen the only ones who commit crimes in Portland? Is there ever human-on-Wesen crime?

– What sort of Wesen is Intern Ryan?

– Will Renard’s obsession go into overdrive now that he’s actually kissed Juliette?

– Rosalee actress Bree Turner has been gone from the show because she had a baby! Wishing her all the best, do you think we’ll see Rosalee again this season, or will she return later for Season 3?

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I kept waiting for Juliette to ask Renard if they had been having an affair or something like that.
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"Why did Hank immediately think Nick killed Adrian?" - Because it provides a much better line than saying: "What happened here?"
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I figured Juliette was looking for Adalind to tell her she lost her cat.



The intern reminded me of an episode of the X-Files......think it was called the Host or something. Weird worm like thing with a suction cup mouth filled with teeth.
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Is it this one? http://blog.blinkbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/fluke.jpg ?



I miss the X-Files, I was just telling my friends how much I love Grimm and how it's filling the the void in my life that The X-Files left behind. :)

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Truth be told, I've always thought Juliette was in a straight path to be killed by a wesen so that would "forever change the grimm who loved her". Fortunately, this isn't Supernatural and I think the place they are taking the character is far more interesting, mostly because it forever changes Juliette - or rather awakens her - while having a completely unexpected effect in the Prince who loves her and the Grimm in the middle.
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I am thinking Nick is progressing to the point of becoming a dark Grimm, very violent and ruthless. And it seems to me what would be the last straw for his humanity is - not simply that he finds out about the Captain and Juliette - but that some Wesen kills the woman he loves. That would turn him against the Wesen into an immoral hunter who doesn't care who he kills. And that would also get rid of the character that no one seems particularly keen on - Juliette. I would personally like to see Nick with some sort of cool, ass-kicking Wesen chick (maybe a panther or cheetah girl) for a girlfriend.



Go Monrosalie! You are the best.
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i don`t think i`d watch a show where the main character is a dark, immoral hunter who doesn`t care who he kills... would you?... really?
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I'd prefer a darker version of Nick, but not too dark. Like Dexter.

I'm not saying Nick should start being a serial killer of Wesen and wrap them in plastic. But he should "accept" the dark Grimm inside him and still have the good cop-vibe. Beheading dark and murderous Wesen and still help the kind versions of Wesen.
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but this darkness is already affecting his job as it is... he f.cked up big time at least 2-3 times this episode alone. If he keeps this up, sooner or later, there won't be anything Hank or Renard could do to protect him anymore and he'll lose his job...i guess he'll still be a kick ass grimm having some other no time demanding job but i have a feeling Hank and Monroe won't be friends with him anymore (neither Hank nor Monroe can truly align themselves with his new 'ends justify the means' type of attitude... and neither can I).

He might be a grimm but i still need to see him as a human being. (Aunt Marie seemed pretty nice and balanced for a grimm so i guess not al grimms turn into vicious killer monsters and Monroe and Rosalind are also ok despite being predatory wessen...so i guess it's possible for people to stay people no matter the urges). In the end, is the grimm power in itself the dark one, or the people who were grimms got corrupted by power?

sorry for the rant but, as it is, Nick is already too dark for me. i just hope that he buys himself a futon, gives up sleeping on the couch and after a good night sleep he cools off a little...lol

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There were several frustrating things about this episode, it was really good and I really like when Nick is challenged like this. I felt like the episode was really rushed though and left some questions that challenged the enjoyment. My primary one was, seriously, did they not think that an crime spree that occurred where a Grimm symbol was being left around where clearly her son would have nothing to do with it, and that we know that Kelly is somewhere around Portland (unless she just took a different bus than the one Nick thought she was taking) that she might show up to assist? If for no other reason than she didn't disprove (like her sister did) of Nick's life and lifestyle that some crazy maybe relative might be around who would disrupt her son's life?



Anyway, I would have also enjoyed getting to know Ryan a little bit more (I had this whole theory he might have been a Grimm too, but one with more loyal Royalty ties who was sent to investigate and figure out what Nick's role in Renard's plans actually was and to deal with Nick or Renard accordingly).



But yes this was a good episode it just could have been better and I feel like some other episodes have wasted time to the expense of the mythology of this show which is actually really interesting.



1. Well, Hank had noticed how on edge and angry Nick had been acting, he knows that the first reaction of any Wesen to Nick is fear that he is going to kill them, he has seen some horrible images in the books, and really only knows Monroe (I sense that if he had met Bud earlier on or had seen Rosalee change, they are both less threatening looking), so other than the arrests he was a direct part of, he doesn't automatically know what Nick as a Grimm will do when he is not around. And heck, Nick warned him that he would be doing something to Adrian.



2. I think they haven't been staying true to Juliette's real personality with this issue. Last season, she found a hair and went all sleuthy on it and it seemed totally within what we knew of her. I would have thought after a week of not remembering Nick, this perfectly nice guy in her house, knowing there was nothing medically wrong with her that normal tests would show up, that looking for the cat through the owner would have been her next step. So, last week, she might have been a little more open to the Hispanic lady's warning since it would have jivied with all she had investigated. I was all into the idea that she was going to be the Willow of our little Scooby gang that seemed to be forming.



3. I know...well the most reasonable explanation that I can come up with is that Renard assigns the cases and the ones that look Wesen related go to Nick and Hank and the other background detectives get the purely human ones.



4. I can't spell it but it is some kind that is a self loathing species who hate their appearances and try to deny it.



5. From the previews, it kind of looks like Juliette's obsession is kicked into overdrive (like she sounds like she is starting a break up speech to Nick) and Renard is just distracted by Adalind. To me that kind of seems like keying Nick up to just boyfriend challenge Renard who is not in fully control anymore and will reveal himself to Nick (though, also from the previews, I imagine that Adalind tells him....wait...I just totally figured out what Renard wants Nick for...to get rid of his Hexenbeist half so he can truly be seen as a Royal!!)



6. I doubt it since there are only 2 episodes left, I actually think that has been part of the mythology slow down because it is also necessary to learn more about the Royals and the Resistance and it seems Rosalee will be able to tell us (and Nick, and Monroe, who kind of seems to pay attention to the news and politics like I do and Hank) about the Resistance portion of the story. It sounds like we are going to get an earful of the Royal side of things when they go hardcore after Nick's key.
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The thing about Juliette that bugs me so much is that they have basically done a lobotomy on her character when she was awoken from the spell. She was incredibly suspicious and curious all through season 1. Tracking down the car that was parked outside of the house, investigating the strange occurrences, being suspicious of Nick's excuses for why things happened.



Now it's just head in the sand time for Juliette! And her "attraction" to Renard (which is totally creepersville btw) looked more like plain fear. Not a " I shouldn't like you but I do" curiousity but straight "I fear you may serial murder me" apprehension. And now we're supposed to believe she's been carrying a torch for him these past few episodes? If Juliet was curious about what was going on with her why not go back to the spanish women? She seemed to have quite a few answers.
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I think Juliette displays the exact same lack of curiosity after the coma than before it, only difference is that we aren't conditioned to question the hero so we didn't notice until it was Renard , instead of Nick (or Monroe), the one she didn't question.
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I don't know, while Juliet wasn't any more interesting when she was investigating things last season, she was rather skeptical about what was going on. Enough to turn down Nick's marriage proposal. Either way, they REALLY need to let Juliette at least pretend to be interesting on this show.
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Hi, I apologize if someone addressed this already, but was Renard wearing a wedding band in this episode (left hand)? Does he normally wear it? I saw a large ring on his right hand too, but didn't think anything of it. Any ideas?
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yes... on one hand he wears his royal ring and on the other he wears his wedding ring. there are pictures in his house with him and his little girl (some people say they even saw a picture of his wife somewhere but i haven`t seen it yet).

knowing how paranoid Renard is, displaying pictures with his loved one where anyone might see them (and use them against him) it`s safe to say his family is dead. i feel some revenge thing going on with him (no one would have dared to kill a royal`s family except other royals)...so until i find out if i`m right or not i have no strong opinion about him either way
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Did I miss something from a previous episode? In that huge house there is only one bedroom? Why is Nick still sleeping on the couch, surely a house of that size has a guest room?
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Good grief...I hadn't even thought of that...of course you are SO right. Its crazy...its hardly a one bedroom flat is it. Hah.
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THANK YOU!! No one has thought to invest in a freaking futon by now??
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LOL! I was thinking the same thing!! What do they do when guests come over? Hahahaha!
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I think we've probably seen the last of Ryan. He really didn't work as an intern character and seemed almost forced into the show.
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Maybe i'm being thick - but why was the human woman kidnapped in the first place? We saw/heard the kidnapper talking on the phone as he burned the photos, saying something or other about feedling her one more time before he turned her over to whomever he was talking to. I thought that there was thus something special about the kidnap victim, something the big boss wanted of her. Who was the person the Wesen kidnapper was talking to? Was it one of the Royals? And why was she kidnapped?
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as far as i understood, the 2 guys kidnapped her just to sell her off, probably to other guys who deal in prostitution and similar stuff... they needed the pictures to show the merchandise to the possible buyers. the wessen was talking on the phone with his partner (the other wessen who had the van) who was nervous because they didn't manage to sell her as fast as they though they would, forcing them to have to feed her once before they could get rid of her.

before you asked about the royals it didn't even occur to me that this wasn't just a normal human trafficking thing... but maybe it was for some organ grinder that needed a special type of spice that one of that girl's organs was perfect for (i don't see yet how a royal can be interested in her)... anyway, Grimm never bothered before to stretch the story arcs of the procedural side of the show so this might just be another open and shut case that never comes up again (but it would be cool if it did)
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That's a good point. I didn't pay attention to that part. You raise alot of good questions. I thought this was just another freak of the week episode. Maybe it did move the plot forward and I was just too apathetic to catch it.
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I loved the episode!

I think Hank has had suspicions of Nick since learning the Truth, though they may be subconsciously

Juliette is taking action finally!

No and I'm sure they will get to an episode where humans commit crimes against Wesen

Ryan seemed like a vampire worm thing

I hope so, it makes things more intriguing, but will Juliette say anything about whats happened so far?

I hope so but I wish her and her new baby well!
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It's into Season 2, and we've all given Juliette enough time to become interesting I think. The kids & I have started to yell "derp derp" every time Juliette appears onscreen. It's really bad when you get to see Renard kiss someone like he really means it but have to close your eyes and pretend it's someone other than Juliette.

Dear Writers: Do something with Juliette. Or. Kill. Her. The. Hell. Off.

And more Monroe, please.
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I really like this show and this weeks episode was great. It is nice to read your frustration about Juliette. It shows you care for this show. I would have hoped the "other Grimm" wouldn't be revealed and stayed as a dark menace for a while. I also would have liked to get to know intern Ryan better. I liked the actor on Bones and he could have been a compelling character.



Being from Vienna it is really nice to see it on tv. I can't remember an american tv show ever to show such an interest in it. I am just glad they didn't make a mistake and show another european city instead or didn't do they research figuring no one would notice. I hope one day they come here to shoot a few scenes. That would be great!
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Something that bothers me is that Nick doesnt seem to listen to people that talk to him. Take the scene with Bud. Bud is talking but Nick is doing something else, not especially listening to him. It was the same when Bud called. Nick didnt listen to what he had to say but cut him off. Does Nick have a short concentration span?

It has happened in several episodes so I wonder if its tha actor or the writers who portraits Nick as somewhat rude.
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most likely the writers/ director... if the actor were at fault they`d re-shoot the scene. i guess this might also be a manifestation of Nick`s growing dark side.
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I have been complaining about Juliette for a very long time now; questionable decisions and bland facial expressions. At this point i just wish they would put an end to that character.She is turning Nick's character into the a guy we should feel sorry for. There are more things they could do with Grimm

1. Explore the Royals storyline

2. Make him complex, make him fall for a wessen. I'd rather watch Nick struggle with dealing with a girlfriend that "wessen-out" every time they get intimate than watch him wait on "someone-is-not-in'-Juliette.

3. The Grimm reapers

4. Inter(wessen)species relationships and offsprings'

etc

The episode was good though. Less Juliette please.!!!
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I understand there are probably as many different Wesen as there are animals in the animal kingdom, but I'm having a hard time remembering (and I'm sure someone will correct me) the last episode we saw that didn't introduce a new Wesen. Sometimes it just seems arbitrary.
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- I like Nick a bit dark, but not too dark. I don't want to ever see him killing innocent wesen.

- I absolutely love Bud, and it was scary to see him in danger (even though I was quite sure they would save him in time).

- I was especially happy to see Monroe involved in Nick's police cases again...I have missed the two of them working together.

- I don't find it surprising that Hank is watching Nick to make sure he doesn't go too far. All of this is new to Hank and he's not quite sure what's going to happen next.

- I love the character of Renard...he is sexy as hell and he can kiss whoever he wants as far as I'm concerned. Juliette is really, really confused about her feelings and what the hell is going on in her life...can you really blame her?

- And, finally, congrats to Bree Turner, and I think she will return later on this season. The sooner the better! I miss Monrosalee!
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for a minute there I thought that's how grimms look like to other wesen. I mean it would explain why they freak out when they see him. And on that thought what if Nick does change his face or at least his face looks different to wesen. I guess the reason we wouldn't see it is because we're looking it at nick's perception.
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"Will Renard's obsession go into overdrive now that he's actually kissed Juliette?"

I think the real question is: Will Juliette's obsession go into overdrive now that the Sleeping Beauty figured out it was the Prince who actually kissed her? I know what Cinderella would've done, I'm eager to see what this deeply flawed and red blooded XXIst century woman would do under the circumstances.

And nope, I'm not frustrated/annoyed with her in the least. She's not a wesen therefore she has, literally, no idea what to do next.
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i was thinking that even if she remembers him kissing her in the hospital, she won`t go as far as assuming that he woke her up (i know i, and anyone in their right mind, wouldn`t )... the amount of actual information this character has is so painfully little that it makes my head spin.



lol... i think Renard`s obsession already went into overdrive this episode
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If you ask me, he was trying to get caught. Its like he completely loses control in front of her.
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Caught by Nick? i don`t believe he is capable of thinking so far anymore when Juliette is concerned (the last 2 episodes his lack of self-control has become quite scary)... also i have the feeling he sees Nick as his rival now. He usually talks about the case with Nick and Hank, gives them ideas/ theories, guides them and helps them further their investigation but now, in the first scene he met Nick he just basically told him and Hank that they screwed up and to cut the guy loose (no other suggestions). I`m sure they could have kept that man 24 hours till they could find some evidence...(it might be only my perception of things but Monroe`s prediction sure seems to slowly coming true)
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What evidence? Nick beat that guy so hard he could sue them .So, they screwed up.







I can't blame Juliette . She lived with Nick so much years but he didn't say her about his secret life. He lied to her again and again so she wasn't aware about Adalind. That's his fault she fell to a coma and all this mess with Renard. I hope she quit him for Renard.
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"Why did Hank immediately think Nick killed Adrian?"

Because ever since he found out, all what Hank has seen has been Nick killing wesen, they may be bad guys, but that's all he knows.
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You're definitely right about Juliette. She's not as annoying to me as she is to you, but she can still be a pain when it comes to solving problems. The rest of the episode however was top-notch to me. Despite intern Ryan not being a Grimm but another wesen, the fact that these Grimm existed or perhaps may still exist (which wouldn't surprise me) is very intriguing to me. I for one prefer Nick's compassionate Grimm to the ancient ones, who would try to kill innocent wesen like Monroe and Bud (Blasphemy lol!!). Nick can see that, while these ancient Grimm would act like total Judge Dredds, just judging them guilty upon sight.
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I am creating a new term for Juliette. Noxiously ambivalent, so indecisive that it can lead to injury or health related problems. That is Juliette. I agree, the writers have really dropped the ball in regards to Juliette especially with Renard. There was so many ways they could have gone with it, but they dragged it out. I am starting to think that the head writer has a crush on Bitise Tulloch and can only write her in ways that leaves her staring off into whatever she stares off into. Bitsie has great eyes, I will giver her that. But for crying out loud her character is becoming grating.

At least they finally kissed and she felt something. So finally it can move on. It has only been what, 10 episodes after all.

As for the rest of the story, I thought it was pretty good. Specifically the Wesen that were the kidnappers. I have wondered what would happen if the Wesen start to scream and cry that Nick is going to kill him. I have often wondered why it hasn't happened sooner. However, Nick can just claim they are crazy. But I found that way more interesting the Juliette being Juliette. And it is nice to know that Nick's relationship with the local Wesen is a tenuous one. I am sure that can be fleshed out more later.

The intern was fun. I want to know what he was. But this was the writers doing good. They introduced a key character, they played with him a little, they revealed him and they wrapped it up. Now if only they could do that with Juliette.

Overall good episode,



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1. Because Nick was acting erratic. You would be too if you have been sleeping on the couch because your girlfriend doesn't remember you. Which reminds me, they live in a fairly big house; is there no guestroom, a trundle bed, a freaking futon. A Grimm needs his sleep. Also Nick and Hank have been killing a lot of Grimm lately, so it is kind of a reasonable assumption that Nick killed Adrian as least initially.

2. Probably because of the old mexican lady, I mean it isn't like she can't go back and ask the ld lady what she meant and what she knows. That would be doing something.

3.Pretty much, I was just in Portland not too long ago and it is filled with Wesen, hipsters and hippies.

4. No idea. He kind of looked like a Komodo dragon but wimpy.

5. Hopefully, it is pretty clear that Renard is going to have to take the lead in this. If we leave it up to Juliette, nothing will happen, ever.

6. I hope she returns soon, congrats to her and her family. But Monroe and Rosalee is one of the best aspects of the show.
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Ha, I saw the preview for this episode and immediately went "so the intern did it..." Glad I was right.
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I saw the last episode and immediately went "he's gotta be a vexen". I was right. You don't cast known actors in irrelevant roles.
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'...an episode that had thrills, chills,' I was literally hanging on till the end. This was top-notch episode!

And yes it sure needs to be asked Are Wesen the only ones who commit crimes in Portland? Is there ever human-on-Wesen crime?

But I'll be tuning in next week and the weeks after thats for sure!
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she doesn't feel anything? No she didn't say No feelings, she said he was a stranger. There's a lot of differences. I don't agree on any of your juliette rants. True Juliette is just there, she is needed as a human as a love interest for nick. Nothing wrong with that.
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I knew Ryan would be a wesen from his first introduction, having him be a grimm was a good surprise and actually a cop-out (pun intended).



This show keeps slipping after a good first two episodes and its not slipping in quality as much as over-arching story. Having another grimm (for real) would have really added a lot more quality to this season because there are so many questions that they havent answered. I feel like the show has gone into a coma, they feel like if they answer too much too fast, they will run out of ideas. I dont need them to answer any of the royal stuff yet but some basic stuff about grimms would be nice. Thats why I didn't like this episode even though it has probably been the most complete episode in a while.
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i also think that Ryan should have been introduced much earlier and the writers should have given us the chance to like this character for the impact of the reveal to be greater. but they still can bring him back as one of Nick`s crazy enemies...

there is definitely something going on with Nick and I hope they address it in the next episodes... i hope they are not trying to make him darker just to give Hank something to do on the show (to be his link to humanity)...that`d be just too wrong. Also Juliette was surprisingly nasty at the beginning of the episode, not like herself at all (but at least she started looking for Adalind). On the other hand, i get it why she runs away from Renard, after all she is with Nick (or she is supposed to be with him) and accepting Renard`s attention would be two timing (some people have moral issues with this)...i guess she needs to let Nick go to be able to start something with the captain.

Also, i can`t get over how fluid that whole last scene was...it`s rare to see a kissing scene come so naturally especially with characters that barely know each other. Is it me or the captain gave up fighting the curse all together? )... btw i`ve never seen Renard move around, fidget or smile so much. come to think of it, after rewatching the episode, he`s got scary moves...the way he planed the meeting and interacted with her... Juliette might have a hard time resisting him if he decides to seduce her for real (just remembered poor Adalind`s case)

unfortunately Monroe got even less screen time this episode... sad



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Juliettes character is weak and the actress that plays her is terrible. I think they need to kill her off. Killing her character could also advance the plot
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I have no problems with her at all. It's just that the memory loss arc is moving too slowly. If they intended her to hook up with Renard, they should have had her do that in episode 3 or 4 this season.
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I'd say this superspeed is what killed the The Vampire Diaries. If you're going to do a love triangle, then do it right: don't kill it in less than 3 episodes.
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i don`mind Juliette so much.. yeah she is kind of weak but it`s not the actress`s fault. last season she had some chance to shine and did a good job. i hope that after all this mess is sorted out, she will be part of the grimm team and use her veterinarian skills to help around.

furthermore, if they ever decide to get rid of Juliette I hope she leaves, not dies. killing a girlfriend to give a purpose to the boyfriend is lame, cheesy and done to death...
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From what I can remember no major character has died in the show yet other than a few characters who were in 2 or 3 episodes such as Adiland's mother and Monroe's ex girlfriend who's names I cannot remember. Any character dying always gives the lead a purpose despite if it's been done or not. And if she gets hurt by something that has to do with Renard it will be a total game changer for the show regarding Nick's role in the police department.
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i meant in general, not in this particular show... i am hoping Grimm will avoid shoving her in a "refrigerator" ...lol...every plot device that is wide spread enough to have its own name is clearly over used

Nick might end up hating Renard but without solid evidence he will be helpless to get rid of him and... if push come to shove, and the royals consolidate their power and really decide to take over the continent, Renard might be everyone`s only hope for freedom (maybe even survival for some characters) ...these days battles are fought backstage with politics and connections and loads of deceit and manipulation. So Renard might be the only one equipped to counter the royals... the stage of this show is a little bigger then just portland and even if the royal plot line evolves slow as hell, sooner or later it will get to Portland (if our characters don`t destabilize the royals before managing to get hold of power)... so either way...i don`t see Nick killing Renard



As for Nick`s role in the police department... Renard is an exemplary captain, top notch, always done his job perfectly, protected his men and until these last 2-3 episodes, he never mixed his private affairs with his department...i don`t see how his role will change



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You got it right, Josie! Juliette is utterly hopeless. For goodness sake, she finds out who revived her, and she slams the door on him... Women.

Glad we got the intern sorted. Nice twist, even though it might have led to something darker and more exciting had he really been an "old style" Grimm. Still, he had Renard rattled enough to call up yet another French Royal in Vienna (French? In Austria? More background, please!). BTW: if the intern was a indeed a "Lebensauger", that translates as Sucker of Life (should be "Lebenssauger", though).

This arriving-to-save-Bud-at-the-last-second wasn't cliche, was it?

There are plenty of other detectives working at the cop shop, so I'm sure there's plenty of "regular" crime going on, too.

On the whole, I liked this episode.
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The guy Renard called is a spy (as per the credits). It's like his third appearance, so I don't think he's a Royal, just a mole within the organization, keeping tabs on things for Renard.
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Meh. The main plot seems interesting, but for the most part I was pretty bored with this episode. I kind of expected it to be Ryan rather quickly and even if I hadn't, the "twist" wasn't particularly good, in part because of what you said: we didn't get to know Ryan at all.

Another missing persons case? I guess it's official: Portland PD either doesn't have separate divisions, or they do but Nick and Hank are free to investigate anything.

Juliette may be the most boring and tedious character I'm watching on TV this season. I can't stand her, and not in the "at least she's interesting" way, but in a "she's so pointless I want her to not exist" way. I don't care at all about her story line with Renard.
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I think you may have touched on this in a prior recap, but I'm very interested in how Nick has really "gone dark" in recent episodes. We've seen him beat quite a few Wesen senseless in some of the prior episodes, and he seems to be losing his patience more and more as the season progresses. Nice, funny, smiling Nick was almost non-existent, which is fine but I think some insight on to why he's acting this way more frequently would be interesting.



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He's living with the woman he was going to marry and she doesn't know him. How much more insight do you need?
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On the other hand, last night's Haven had some lovely characterization, and had two major plot reveals that were really well-plotted surprises. If only someone on staff were reviewing that typically overlooked show...
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The NBC site identifies Ryan's Wesen variety as a lamprey-like Lebensauger. Conveniently, they don't Woge very easily, which is why Ryan didn't reveal himself when everyone in the station was laughing at him when he tripped in his first appearance.



Eh, didn't particularly like the episode. For one thing, Nick didn't do anything. They rescued the girl because Ryan got the confession. Donna told them how to find the accomplice, Berna. Why didn't they check all the vehicles going out on the night of the abduction anyway? They only caught Ryan because he made a dumb mistake, the classic "They can see my reflection in the video that I tried to avoid being seen in.



Nick was way out of character. Since when does he go to Monroe/Rosalee/whoever to get truth serum drugs? Think of all the crimes he could have solved in the last year and a half if he did that.



Hank seemed to have a whole, "Hmm, is my partner really a homicidal torturing maniac?" vibe that didn't gibe with anything we've seen before.



What little characterization Juliette had seemed to totally go out the window. Even post-amnesia, when does Juliette blow Nick off like she did when he woke up at the beginning? She was downright snippy.



But hey, we found out Bud's last name!
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Congrats to Bree Turner! Hope Rosalee returns soon, Monroe needs some action. I saw it coming that intern Ryan was the wannabe-Grimm, just didn't expect him to not be a Grimm, nice twist but what the heck is he... that was quite creepy-looking.

About Juliette: I agree, her character is just... please someone introduce her to a Grimm reaper.. In the first season she sometimes kicked ass so I had high hopes for her, but she's kind of turned into an annoying character (much like TVD's Elena).
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