Grimm "The Waking Dead" Review: Dead On Arrival

Grimm S02E21: "The Waking Dead"


Aaaaand much like in some episodes of The Walking Dead, the heavily hyped zombie action was generally lacking in Grimm's penultimate Season 2 installment. So put your cricket bats away,  my fellow doomsday preppers, it looks like the invasion commences next week

"The Waking Dead" now has the unique distinction of leaving me far more interested, for possibly the first time ever, in Juliette's story than I am in Nick's. With her memory on the mend, Juliette's confidence and assertion has grown, and once she remembered heading over to Monroe's house the night she fell into her coma, she was determined to learn why Nick had taken her there in the first place. Monroe was apprehensive about gettin' his woge on and going full Blutbad in front of Juliette, but with Rosalee and Bud and their somewhat more cute and cuddly Wesen to pad the shock, I think Juliette handled the situation rather well, all things considered. 

So that hurdle was cleared. Nick was kind of grumpy about it and truthfully, baby's first woge is probably something he should have been there for, but now that Juliette is mostly recovered and diving right into Wesen 101, I'm sure we'll have lots more of these funky little milestones in the future. I kind of can't wait and I hope that Juliette's progress with regard to learning more about the Wesen world—and not being a total wuss about it—means less delicate flower/damsel Juliette in our future and more awesome Juliette. 

At times, "The Waking Dead" felt plodding with the abundance of exposition required to set everything up for next week's finale. Reg E. Cathey from The Wire hit up the weird side of Portland as the newest addition to the Wesen encyclopedia: Cracher-Mortel, which bares a striking resemblance to the Hatian Voodoo figure Baron Samedi when he isn't in pufferfish-with-deceptively-adorable-eyes mode. For real, when we first saw him woge, my first thought was, "Aww he's so cute!" And then he spit the green goo all over the place. I still think the eyes on this thing are weirdly cute for a Wesen that's quickly turning into a "big bad" as the season wraps up, but that could just be me. Is it just me? 

Back in Europe, Adalind worked out the details of her deal with Stefania, but basically found herself forced into signing a contract when she questioned the fine print. I mean, ouch. Frau Pech also lost some of that "I'm here for you, boo" sentiment she'd been rocking when she dragged Adalind to Stefania's camp to begin with, and even tattled to the Royals about the royal bun in Adalind's oven. She demanded an audience with Eric, but Eric opted to surprise half-bro Sean by showing up in Portland unannounced. Renard was thrilled

Renard has a lot to deal with heading into the finale: a surprise visit from his royaler-than-thou brother, news of a rogue royal baby-mama, and an impending zombie apocalypse... though he doesn't know much about that last one yet. I'm really enjoying the trend of Hank and Nick keeping Renard abreast of Wesen happenings. I'm always concerned that their willingness to share information may come back to bite them in the ass since Renard's allegiance is still largely to himself aaaaand himself, plus his motives aren't entirely clear, but for a guy who doesn't have much support from or allegiance to his own family, Renard's inclusion in Nick and Hank's club could come into much bigger play later on. 

Despite the general snoozefest tone of a lot of "The Waking Dead," admittedly, the reveal that the Baron was creating zombies (busloads of zombies!) on Prince Eric's behalf was a sweet payoff, and I'm definitely excited for next Tuesday's finale. The real meat of the season may have taken awhile to prepare and it may not have always been the most consistently thrilling meal, but with many of the season-long stories finally converging, Grimm has the opportunity to end the season with an epic bang. 


NOTES

– "I take some getting used to." <3 Monroe. I also loved Rosalee's insistent, "You should NOT go first."

– On a scale of 1 to trapped-in-a-public-restroom-with-a-reanimated-corpse, how much trouble is Adalind in, being caught between Frau Pech and Stefania?

– What do you think the future holds for Juliette the Enlightened?


What'd you think of "The Waking Dead"?

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Bud is my favorite addition to the Grimm Pack
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It was okay. If I have to deal with Juliette, I'd rather it be an informed Juliette that may contribute later so there's that. I really thought Bud's hesitation to the reveal was RIDICULOUSLY over the top. Besides that super annoying part, the ep wasn't bad. Interested to see how it ends next week.
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I enjoyed the Baron, except for the green goo spit.
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OH and Rosalee as the foxything was FOXY. She's hot.
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I like Monroe saying 'JULIETTE It's MEE' while he did the whole blutbot thing. That made it so much worse.
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I want more of Renard speaking French on the phone!!! Had to replay that a few times. I'm not proud. And yes, Juliette is finally becoming interesting, obviously the writers have been paying attention to my notes lol.
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Is it just me or Renard didn't use french as often lately? I remember he used to do that a lot before the hiatus...
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Sitting here on a Friday morning...um, I miss this show being on Fridays now and am actually glad it is returning there.
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the problem for me was that the promos and spoilers hipped the zombie big finale so I started to have mixed feelings about these two episodes even from the first time I heard about it. IF I hadn't known that this was about zombies i believe I could have taken this episode for what it was, an interesting build up to season finale (well, aside from the Adalind storyline... but that is a personal dislike).
I liked Juliette quite a lot this episode, her expression when Rosalee woged was priceless. that rise of the eyebrow and her storming out of the shop and then coming back was the best part in the show for me (watched it a dozen times), seconded by Rosalee's "you should not go first" and Bud's "do it in a place where she can get proper medical treatment" (and maybe her reaction to it..lol). Anyway these last episodes Juliette is ok (sometimes even more than ok) and I hope they keep her character consistent from now on.
Also liked the slow build to the season finale...and the idea of how they brought the so called zombies to the real world.
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NBC is horrible about its promos lately.
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you are sooo funny:) i love the way you write!
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The Baron - didn't his mama teach his that it's rude to spit on people? Eww (lol)

Juliette - meh. So she knows; whatevs.

"I take some getting used to." <3 Monroe. I also loved Rosalee's insistent, "You should NOT go first." <<< I loved this scene. Also, I <3 Bud lol.

Sgt. Wu (to Nick & Hank): "I was thinking maybe we should go over there and........okay, not needed." LMAO @ his face. <3 him.

Oh Adalind - you in danger girl.

"I'm really enjoying the trend of Hank and Nick keeping Renard abreast of Wesen happenings." <<< Me too.

Can't wait for the finale.
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*teach him ....
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I love Bud, I think he's also one of the best examples the Grimm world is alright the way it is and not all the wesen plan to take over the world: there are also the Buds, the Renards and the Monroes making a peaceful living too.
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Surprisingly Juliette's story was more interesting than Nick's. And Bud and Rosalee stole the episode IMO.
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I honestly believe that the best thing for the show would be to kill off Juliet. I like where this will send the other characters. Nick will be devastated and his friends will have to rally around him. More importantly it will also send Nick into a dark place that will only help make him more badass and send him further into his life as a Grimm.

Aunt Marie did warn him and this would be a great way to close that narrative thread.
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Don't kill Juliette, she's the only thing preventing the show to become Supernatural: I don't need to vicariously "date" the cute brothers, Nick doesn't have to "belong to me/the audience", there's no need to woobiefy him. IMO things are fine with the Grimm world just the way they are.
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I agree with you, but I just don't like Juliette. I WANT to like her, but unfortunately, the writers did her character no favors this season. I'd like to see some other potential love interests for Nick, and if they want to keep Juliette around, they really need to do a total 180 on her character. Which it looks like they might be doing, but still, they have a lot to make up for with her.
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Actually, I thought the whole curse/sleeping beauty plot was a 180° in itself, the character was no longer the doting gilfriend but looking for answers on her own. She spoke spanish, sorta dated Renard and demanded answers from Nick for the first time.
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I actually enjoyed this episode. The zombie subplot was only okay in the beginning, but seeing what it was meant for in the end made it all worthwhile to me. I'm also happy that Juliette has finally been shown the truth; and what's even more impressive, SHE CAME BACK FOR MORE!!! Kudos to her for wanting to know the truth, and taking it in stride. Her tagging along with Nick should make for a veeeery interesting season finale.

The way Monroe, Rosalee, and Bud showed her the truth had me rolling LOL!!! Bud's nervousness and Rosalee's "You definitely shouldn't go first" were hilarious!!

I too am still iffy about Renard's true motives. I hear the words he says, which sound genuine, but can't tell if its an act or he's really on Nick's side. But as long as that rotten heffer Aadiland gets what's coming to her, I'll be fine. Honestly, seeing her being manipulated between the two old ladies was more like poetic justice to me rather than "oh that poor woman".
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To be honest, I kinda lost all interest in the ongoing Royal plot after the hiatus. I don't care if The Prince in Portland is on Nick's side or not, so long as Renard keeps being this wesen/Captain trying to do his job. he's alright by me.
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I WANT to like and be interested in Juliette's story, really I do; I try to each episode. It was true with this episode- them making her in the know of everything was a good idea to the story- but I can't help but just be completely annoyed by her. It's got to be just the actress then, I'm sorry but she is awful. She does not have the appropriate emotional reaction to things, or she doesn't carry them out correctly... she's too bland... and those eyebrows... I'm not trying to be mean but it's a distraction to an otherwise good story. Normally I would be excited about the lead lady (or who should be the lead lady) finally gaining her memory back, and then having the whole secret wesen world be revealed to her, falling back in love with the lead hero... but in this case I'm disappointed- because I think it means her sticking around longer. I mean would they go through all this trouble with her if they were going to kill her in the season finale?... Would they?!
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I agree that this week's subplot was more interesting than the main plot. Zombies are so 4 years ago, but I must admit that Reg Cathey as Baron Samedi is an inspired casting choice.
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Well, you know what would /really/ spice things up and hasn't yet been done to death and then some: Vampires! :rolleyes:
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I love The Walking Dead, I'm touched by how many genre shows made a Walking Dead episode this week (Grimm, The Vampire Diaries, etc.), but I found it a little weak except for the Rosalee & Juliette scenes. JMHO.
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Rosalee needs to have a sit down with Juliette. The conversation should go like this. Rosalee; "Juliette, you are a veterinarian, you are supposed to be smart. Please act like it or next time you foolishly get yourself into trouble I am going to be out of a key ingredient that day and let you die." And then Juliette can say. Well she really doesn't say a lot, she generally just looks off to the side with a look that can only be described as HUH.

It was a decent episode, not a lot of action, largely because it was a build up and when had more handholding to do with Juliette. And even as much as I like the show. The over emphasis of her problems this season has really started to drag on. This has been the whole season with this. And now what is going to happen now that she knows. Please, please for the love of everything good, she is not going to try to become part of the scooby squad. Mostly because I don't want all of next season being them having to explain everything to her simpleton self. However, stupid does tend to die, so here's hoping.

The story I found was interesting. I have to wonder what Eric's motive is to work with the blowfish guy. I wonder if it is to draw out Nick. Either way Zombie's in Portland seems like a natural thing to occur. His comment however on how they came up with the name was hilarious.

Overall good episode. However Juliette still really drags it down.
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Cracheur -Mortel,really? that's what they are going with, lethal spitter?Why, is Baron Samedi copyrighted? I understand that Zombies are the Big Thing now and has to be included somehow, some way in all the cool media, especially TV, but come on.Not on a finale and not like that.
Juliette is maybe pruned into becoming a super Hexen hunter and so they had to emphasize how weak she was/is this season. If she is going indeed to become part of Team Grimm then I guess the transformation will have to come fast and furious if she is to retain the few fans she has left.
Ada is about to be royally screwed from what we see and will live (?) to regret her choice of involvement with the Royals. If throughout the series one and only one thing was clear from the onset is that the Royals are bad news to anyone outside the royal circle itself.This will sound weird but I kind of pity her despite her evil deeds, she is such a loser.
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The royals have tried gangs of killer wesen, that crazy grimm killer duo, and various sorts of assassins to take Nick out without success. I think "zombie army" is a pretty reasonable next step.
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After these fail, there will be other Hexen, Wessen or whatever.My minor issue here is really with timing and the confusion of genres. Last week's Wessen baddie was a spitter and this one is a spitter, what is it with spit, you see where I am getting at.They could have made use of the zombies next season to much better effect.But this remains a question of personal opinion and not of criticism as such.
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Grimm has already set up the fact that they aren't only going to deal with Wesen anymore. We've seen a ghost and a "god" on the show this season.

Also -- these are NOT zombies. The people are still alive. They are under the influence of a psychotropic chemical drug that makes them appear dead until they reawaken, under the influence, and then they go psycho batshit after a bit of time. They don't die, which is going to make Nick's job even harder since he knows he can't kill them. They explained this in the episode when talking about the not-so-dead guy and girl that they found.
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Well, I am not offended.Mentioning Baron Samedi was perhaps confusing.What I meant, and I might very well be wrong, is precisely concerning your point that that they aren't using Wessen or Hexen any more, but like you said a ghost and a Greek myhtological creature.When did that happen? When did the production decide it will use other Mythologies and call them Wessen or Hexen? My problem, and this just me,is I like clarity and I like a premisse to remain that. If anyone decides to change the rules of engagement ( or the game) just because they feel like it or cannot come up with a decent villan within the scope that is defined, then really what's the point? If they had their whatever it is not look like Baron Samedi and its victim behave,even if not, zombies, then they would have done their job. In this case and for that finale, they went the easy way as far as I am concerned. But again, I emphasize, this is just me.
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@ekwartler I didn't mean it bad? I was just explaining that these weren't actually zombies, as it would make the guy a necromancer, which he is not. It might not be an important distinction to you, but since Kerkesh was specifically talking about zombies and Baron Samedi, I thought it might help clear up some confusion. That's all. I'm sorry if I offended you?
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Thanks for clearing that up. Without you we would never have learned what zombies were. It's impossible that we could have been using the term "zombie" figuratively to refer to the people enthralled by the Baron (noted individual from Haiti). As for Nick, maybe he will have qualms about killing them, but if they go nuts and try to tear him apart I'm pretty sure he'll get over it.
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I mean the week before that, sorry.
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Juliette did the run around the T.A.R.D.I.S. reaction.
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She is so back being the companion for Nick's Dr. Who.
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I enjoyed Juliette this episode, I'm glad she's finally in on Nick's secret life, but the previews for next week make her part look like it's going to be stupid. She insists on going to work with Nick, and he lets her. I imagine a big chunk of the finale will be taken up by him rescuing her.
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What do you bet she falls and twists her ankle while being chased? That one never seems to go out of style.
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I loved that quote:
"Where did they come up with that name? I mean, there's a port, there's the land... Didn't give much thought to that."
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I dare say it, the Juliette and Adalind bits were the most interesting part of the episode. Unlike some, I don't have a major problem with her in general. Just for the last X episodes her story has often been lame.

I realize it was a slow build-up because it was the first of a 2-parter, with the conclusion being the season finale. But even as THAT, it just seemed a little "meh" Nick and Hank spun their wheels while we saw a blow-fish conscript a bunch of people. I saw the big reveal coming at the end, it was apparent considering the timing and the fact that there wasn't even a hint of Nick coming close to find the blowfish yet.
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RE: Nick and Hank, in a weird way, I liked that they were just as confused as regular cops would be for most of the episode and that this was a Wesen, sort of like the bug guy, that is actually a step ahead of them.
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So, I didn't think it was possible, but I did get all of the sweet feels when Nick and Juliette FINALLY KISSED. And I can't believe you didn't mention that, but that opener with Nick and Juliette an the kiss, and I was just like, "Awww~!" which was such a shock for me since I'd been getting so tired of Juliette lately. Still, I thought it was adorable.

As for everything else -- I hope this meh episode is a sign that the finale is going to be AWESOME. I'm still putting down bets that Nick's going to bite it (temporarily). I think a Nick death would be one hell of a way to end season 2, and I really feel like the Grimm world is a world where death isn't necessarily permanent. I mean, we were even told that the zombies aren't actually zombies... they're just under the influence of go-crazy look-dead psychotropic drugs. I think.

As for Adalind -- Maybe it's because I am a Charmed fan, but I have a really morbid thought that Stefania is going to steal Adalind's baby and try to place it into her womb. Totally happened in Charmed, and it was creepy then and it would be creepy now, but that's totally my guess. I don't think she's going to let Adalind just roam free when she has her money train in her belly.
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Didn't they "finally" kiss last week? When she freed him from the muse?

I missed part of that scene but I imagine they kissed at that point. Am I wrong?
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Unless I'm remembering completely wrong, I don't believe they did. I'm pretty sure they just held each other's face and rested their foreheads against one another.
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Yeah they did just rest their foreheads together, and a part of me did feel aww.. for Nick's sake. I actually can't remember a kiss at the beginning of this episode though, probably was just annoyed they basically wrote Juliette back into the show, for a second I thought they were working on phasing her out.
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Was it just me, or was Rosalee less-than-pleased to see Juliette. She practically rolled her eyes and said "Juliette" like she was saying "what is it now?"

She didn't quite have that reaction when she noticed Bud was coming in after Monroe, but Juliette got "the look"

Is our sweet Rosalee at the end of her rope dealing with Juliette?
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Haha, I felt the same when I saw that. Rosalee is totally annoyed by Juliette as much as some of us viewers are. With us, it may be Bitsie's acting or Juliette's lame storyline, but for Rosalee, Juliette must be such a chore and annoyance to deal with.

*Sorting spices when door opens*
Oh hey, my lovable BF! And his awkwardly cute friend! Ugh. Juliette.
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I'm pretty certain it's just her acting. I wrote about it more earlier but she doesn't respond correctly, and is too bland and makes weird faces. I think Juliette's storyline was actually on the verge of being cool and interesting in this one, we just can't see it through the acting. Unfortunate.
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I got that too with the Juliette's reaction. I totally would get it, she has to drop everything she is doing to deal with this crap again. She actually has her own life (Monroe could have given her a heads up). I mean, it is probably frustrating that she has to explain the nature of herself over and over again, it is different when the boys come with her for a spell or whatever - she knows she knows more than them.
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I am so glad they are returning Juliette to that character we glimpsed last season but you wonder if they are doing this to crush us and poor Nick (kind of looked like both the girls were in trouble next week doing the thing I have been hoping would happen...Juliette really wants to find out and Nick shuts her down and she goes to Rosalee who gets on a girl power kick)

It was really one of those set up shows fora ppotentially awesome ending. Heck that Adalind is bmp probably safer in Portland than Vienna at this point. She is the first character I have seen who got sucked in by gypsies who was totally going with the program and they are all still trying to screw with her.

Did anyone else think that Renard's next call after the French guy should have been to Nick just as a heads up? Or maybe my brother might try and murder me tomorrow fyi
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I love how much we get to see Vienna. I live there and am glad people get a glimpse of how beautiful it is.
I always thought the show made Juieltte a vet in the first place was to someday include her in all the Wesen going ons. I was kind of disappointed that she didn't show more scientfic and professional curiosity about the reveal. But, we haven't heard a mention of her being a vet for quite some time and i wonder if this is something the show would like us to forget.
I loved Eric's quips about Port-land.
The episode was rather slow, i agree, but i guess that is was setting up the stage requires and hope next weeks finale will resume the fast pace the season sarted with.
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That was my first thought too when we learned she was a vet, that she'd eventually use her Vet-knowledge to help Nick figure stuff out about the various Wessen. Like pointing out that Wessen Venom A acts like Snake Venom B. Or there are weird parasites in this victims eyes.

Alas, that role was split between Rosalee and the unfortunately ME that keeps getting stuck with the weird deaths. While Rosalee is a welcome addition, and the ME gets some humorous lines, currently Juliette has nothing to contribute besides moral support.
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I would like to see Nick use his old-school weapons again soon. The gun is getting boring. When he eventually kills the Cracher-Mortel, I hope he does it by slicing up its head with some kind of a Grimm filleting knife and serves it up as sashimi.

- It was nice that Juliette finally got to see the woge. It was long overdue. But I don't understand why the Wesen thought she would be so afraid of it. After all, she is a veterinarian, and Rosalee, Bud and Monroe are probably the cutest Wesen out there. When Bud transformed, I thought for a second that Juliette would pat his head and cuddle him.

- I don't know if Adalind is in trouble. Obviously she is pulled in many directions, but we don't really know what Frau Pech and Stefania are capable of. I'm sure they won't hesitate to kill when threatened, but are they cruel by nature? I really have no idea in which direction Adalind's storyline is going. Her pregnancy is only in the beginning, so there are still months to go. Or does royal blood make the foetus grow faster? Either way, will she even give birth to it or will it be snatched from her snatch before it's time for labour? There are so many directions in which her story line can go.

- I really hope they utilize her knowledge of Wesen in the future so that she could be included more often in what the rest are doing. Maybe every now and then she could be a sidekick to Nick on his missions.
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"It was nice that Juliette finally got to see the woge. It was long overdue. But I don't understand why the Wesen thought she would be so afraid of it. After all, she is a veterinarian, and Rosalee, Bud and Monroe are probably the cutest Wesen out there. When Bud transformed, I thought for a second that Juliette would pat his head and cuddle him."

I thought Juliette was actually on the verge of going "Awwww" when she saw the ice beaver. She had a slightly amused look on her face.

With Monroe, I think he was actually scarier BECAUSE he said "Juliette, this is me!" while in Wesen mode. That actually kinda freaked me out, too. Oh, Monroe.

All in all, I guess their concern was that there is a difference between seeing an animal and seeing a human turn into one, heh.
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Not just the Old Country weaponry but also his heightened senses -- or at least his hearing -- which was/were demonstrated at the very end of the eye worms episode and then not mentioned again (so far).

Full disclosure: I'm now two episodes behind so forgive me if they've already touched on this again by now.
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They haven't, but I don't think Nick's hearing has actually been heightened. I think he just has an amazing aptitude for adapting. When he's blind, his hearing will go into overdrive, but with his sight in full working order, everything is back in sync. When he blindfolds himself, the hearing comes back.

I imagine that if he were to lose his right hand (let's hope not!), he'd adapt as a lefty within mere minutes, just like he did with his blindness. Those are just my guesses, though.
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Apparently, as we learned last season, humans have a tendency to flip out when they see a woge occur; their grasp on reality tends to shatter. Not-so-much a "humans tend to panic" type of thing or a "Bigfoot sighting" craze, but something more critical such as going crazy.

Which was one of the fears when Hank briefly saw Monroe's true form while running through the woods. And to be honest, he did seem to snap for a couple episodes afterwards.

With the bank robbers, the humans didn't see them shift so they assumed that they were wearing hollywood-grade masks.
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so glad that the Baron wasn't just another case of the week cause that would be so lame for a penultimate episode, plus the actor is awesome and the bro vs bro royal rumble is looking like the best plot arc for season 3.
love this show, and now hanging out in the trailer has become apropo according to Monroe, whom I also love :)
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hope we get to see what wesen eric is, hopefully royal means its badass
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"...awesome Juliette."

PHRASE NOT FOUND ... DOES NOT COMPUTE
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LOL!
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I guess that would be an oxymoron.

What? Juliette's a full-on moron? Har har.
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