Grimm "To Protect and Serve Man" Review: With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

Grimm S02E11: "To Protect and Serve Man"

“To Protect and Serve Man,” the last episode of Grimm before the show's fall finale, continued to lean on the series' cop drama side rather than mythology to deliver a solidly entertaining story about saving an innocent man’s life, and a solidly obsession-based story of Renard/Juliette smoochies.

A guy Hank put away for murdering one of two brothers seven years ago was on death row, and Hank had come to believe that the man's initial claim—that monsters were trying to eat him—was true, and that he was acting in self-defense against two murderous Wesen brothers. If you recognized the episode’s joke title at this point you just sat back and waited for cannibal shenanigans to occur. However, Nick and Hank did not have that meta-advantage, so they had to do some good ‘ol-fashioned investigating! Was the man right about monsters?

Yep! After they determined the inmate was attacked by sibling Wendigos, they tried to dig up the dead Wendigo brother’s yard in order to prove he was a bone-stashing, cannibalistic Wesen. Unfortunately, the house had been converted into a grocery store and the DA wanted the investigation suppressed because she'd just begun her bid for mayor. Renard, luckily, didn't care, and shrugged as he told them, “Do whatever you want, I’m busy thinking about your girlfriend.”

Well, he didn’t say that last part, but we all knew he was.

Team Cop looked into the surviving Wendigo brother and discovered he was eating human flesh again, and hiding the bones under his new house. With the creative (and borderline illegal?) application of an old jury-duty warrant, Hank and Nick found the rotting corpses of the brother’s last meal just in time to stop the execution of the man on death row. Hank decided to get all macho at the last minute, and he chased the Wendigo through a field instead of calling the DA to stop the execution, which nearly got Nick killed. But Hank gleefully showed up at the last second to shoot the Wendigo and save his partner and all was well again in Portland, land of a million murders!

In the Adalind-spell B-plot, being obsessed with Juliette apparently made Renard very bad at his job, and he slept in and began making personal calls (I guess more personal calls is more accurate) at work. Our Captain finally broke down and, with a cunning ploy of talking to her for half a minute—convinced Juliette to go to the spice shop with him to get the curse reversed. (You won’t listen to a creepily knowledgeable witch-lady but you’re convinced something’s wrong with you after a thirty-second phone call? ARGH, JULIETTE!). However Monroe immediately recognized her, and the episode ended on our favorite Blutbad’s shocked expression.

Well it’s about time someone remembered he's a cop (even if when he did it was to protect a human and not to right a wrong against a Wesen)! Hank’s conscience kicked into overdrive this episode, which played out like an enjoyable cop procedural, though it certainly had its monstrous fantasy moments. However, Hank may be going bonkers as a result of his still-new knowledge of “monsters,” as he was a little too happy to shoot the Wendigo and relished killing him just a tad more then he should have(i.e.: not at all). Hank may be able to sleep at night with a clear conscience, but I'd suggest that Nick spend a couple of sleepless nights worrying that his friend might want to take a leaf out of the killer Grimms’ book.

Because no Grimm review is complete until I spend one paragraph yelling at Juliette, let’s hit that quota now: Juliette, just break up with Nick already! Isn’t the house under your name anyhow? If you don’t like Nick, why are you resistant to moving on with a man you do like? Whatever, at the very least, I’m relieved that Renard and Juliette have finally taken steps to rectify Adalind’s curse and that Monroe knows the score (or at least the kissy part of the score). Now who wants to bet the cold open for next week’s episode will include Juliette running away?

With the fall finale next week, this episode was the last break in the overarching plot’s action before Season 2 comes to a central clashing point. Next week we’ll hopefully see a resolution to the Renard and Juliette story, as well as more mythology and Royal hijinks with Adalind back in town.

QUESTIONS:

– If Nick and Hank can solve a seven-year-old crime in a day, why couldn’t the Portland PD arrest the right person before?

– I guess all crimes are committed by Wesen, judging by how many are in lockup. Does anyone else hope that we'll eventually get an episode where a human is persecuting a Wesen rather than vice versa?

– Why was Hank so suddenly gung-ho about catching the wendigo?

– We know Adalind is returning next week; what’s her plan?

– What will Monroe do now that he’s seen Juliette with Renard? What will Juliette do?

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We don't know what kind of man Renard actually is: the only window to the real him has been Juliette and she hasn't have enough screentime to reveal the man behind the hexebiest.



For all we know, the half royal may be the leader of the resistance the wesen have been protecting all this time.
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1. Um...seriously, do you have no sense of police work at all (people make mistakes and they certainly told us all the political pressure to get an easy conviction), or hell, even TV history..there was a whole series called Cold Case..



2. Well, it was about fifty/fifty...and as Wesen's are generally monsters from fairy tales, it seems reasonably they would be criminals in our world (usually the non violent wesen are not in jail or are the victims).



3. Because he is ultimately a good guy and is the human conscience who will keep Nick grounded.



4. Well, apparently it is to bring a whole group of Reapers to get Nick or at least distract him enough for Renard to get the key and for her to proof herself to Eric.



5. I think Monroe and Juliette will play it awkwardly cool until Monroe gives Renard his part of the potion and they have a minute alone and then Monroe will have a bit of an issue because he doesn't know if Juliette remembers anything.



Anyone else kind of worried about Hank? I was concerned with the sit down at the end when we really still don't know a lot about Ferren (like, did the Wendigo turn just to scare him, and if not, is he a Grimm or other Wesen) and did anyone else have that feeling Hank was about to go all confessional on him and that would creep up to haunt Nick later on?
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lol...after reading the comments below i have just 1 question...

Am I the only one that still wants to see Juliette back with Nick?
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From a structural point of view, Nick is never going to see Juliette as he sees Hank or Monroe. The only way for her character to evolve is to become the eyes of the human behind the royal plot, the new Monroe for Renard's Prince or the Beauty for the hexenbiest if you will.

It would seem like a waste of time to go through all of this only so that Juliette and Nick would go back to status quo.
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i'm only afraid that this relationship between Renard and Juliette is possible only until they break the curse (so she will be alone after that if she doesn't reconcile with Nick, or leave all together)... the real Renard is not a nice man and once he gets his mind back he might not want to keep Juliette close. Thinking back at how he played and used Adalind and how easily he discarded her when she was no longer useful, I'm a little concerned for Juliette (or do they want to keep the curse active to drive them both crazy?...)
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1. because it's all about perception...the killer had some sort of PTSD and a drinking problem and he wasn't making sense to the normal people while the cannibals were nice folks who never bothered anyone and were viewed as innocent victims. I bet none of the police officers in charge stopped to consider even for half a second that those two might be human flesh eating ugly monsters (nor would I, in real life). Hank thought he might be innocent because his perception of the world he was living in changed. But and Nick are about the only ones around who would believe a guy like our victim. And it helps greatly in an investigation to have a book about wendigos and their feeding habits (without that they wouldn't have been able to save him).

2. the wessen in prison seemed to be less than half of the population so there is still plenty of evil humans in the grimm world too...but i still want a human killer from time to time

3. Guilt?

4. I guess she made a new deal with Eric for the key... but she probably also wants to hurt Nick and Renard some more. Can't really blame Nick but Renard was a jerk with her and he kind of deserves it...

5. I'm afraid Juliette might freak out and run away (maybe Renard can stop her but he might freak out too when he'll realize the spice shop guy knows Nick) fortunately Monroe knows where Juliette lives and he might do a better job at explaining to her about the wessens and the cat scratch than Nick might have done...damn, i feel like kicking Nick on the head again for being a complete idiot in the last episode while talking with Juliette. He needs to come up with a good speech, invite Hank and Monroe over for support and tell her what's going on.

Also, no matter what anyone says, I like Juliette and I don't want her to leave the show. I feel she got so easily convinced by Renard because they both have the same problem (and the same understanding of the dept of this problem) and by now her obsession reached a level that she, herself realized its unnatural, not to mention that she might have agreed to all this just to meet him one more time (just like Renard who stalked her, invited her for coffee and went to her house the previous episodes without being able to control himself)
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1. Mmm, because it is a TV show and it does not have to make sense (apparently).

2. Could make for some interesting TV, but somehow I do not believe the writers will go there. We might start to grow a brain,after all.

3. I think Hank acted the way he did out of guilt for locking the guy up in the first place and I get the impression that he did not mind killing a Wesen because they're 'not real people.

4. To destroy Nick and Renard. Simple.

5. I'm afraid Juliette is not going anywhere (one can wish though). May be she comes clean with Nick, but I doubt it. She'll probably draw closer to Renard. Monroe won't say anything to Nick. At first anyway but will try to talk to Juliette about it. However, I am hoping that Nick finds out and breaks up with Juliette. I am getting tired of myself for yelling at her. Can't she just go, already?



Good review by the way. I enjoyed it very much.

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Loved this episode...but I still miss Monroe. I don't understand why the writers have relegated him to B plots. The ending was the best when Monroe finally saw Juliette and Renard kissing. The shock on her and Monroe's faces was epic. Can't wait til next week...although having Adalind back in town is scary!
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Portland PD did arrest the right person. The guy was, in fact, guilty of killing the wendigos. But it was in self defense, so it was sending him to the death row that was a huge mistake. The police didn't even have a reson to investigate the victims' house because, apparently, shouting 'they are monsters' is not enough to get the cops to want to look any further into the case. Go figure! haha
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The only problem I had with Juliette was that she was involved with Nick, or rather the way she was involved with him (as submissive girlfriend).

IMO The show killed two birds with one stone this season because, for one, she no longer is involved with Nick and then, the way she's involved with Renard is completely different since she's an active part in his own exposure as a Prince.
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Never thought of her as submissive but now that you mention it, it might be something there... I've always thought that, this being the case of a couple that had been living together for more than 3 years, they knew just how much space they needed to give each-other... i always assumed that not pressuring Nick in telling her something he didn't want to tell her yet, was just the method she had used before and worked the best for them (he would have told her anyway when he felt ready)... i mean, to me, theirs seemed the sort of relationship where they told each-other everything (if this situation hadn't been so complex he would have explained her everything from the second or third episode)
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To me, Nick and Juliette acted like two siblings trying to have sex: it didn't work and it never will, no matter how good looking they are.
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I've complained about Juliette plenty of times before but part of me is starting to believe I dislike her mostly because of Bitsie Tulloch and not so much the writing of the character. That look she gave at the end of the episode when she saw Munroe was the worst dialogue-free acting I've seen in a long time. She seems to have the same facial expression for everything.

The prison wasn't too packed with Wesen... it seemed like out of almost 15 or so, Nick saw 5? That's not too unreasonable a ratio. I agree, though, that having an episode every now and then with the Wesen as a victim and a human being as the killer or whatever would be a pretty fresh approach for an episode... maybe an episode where Nick has to apprehend a fellow Grimm that goes around killing Wesen. This was almost the case with that intern, but unfortunately, he ended up being a self-hating Wesen too.
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I often wondered that myself. Its always hard to believe in cop shows that they open a cold case and figure it out by the end of the episode. Past cops must have been really bad at their job...lol.

As for the episode enjoyable as always, but I do hope it picks up next week, cuz I feel like since the first 3 episodes of the season not a lot has really happened.
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In feel this cold case is warranted because the Det. in charge does know something he didn't know before: monsters are real and, well, roaming through his neighborhood. Hank is responsible to provide answers in a way he wasn't before he learnt that important fact.
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Grimm rocks! :)
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Have Juliette somehow get with Reynard enough so Nick blows her off, bringing in a hot female Grimm to hook up with. I love Hank, but not at the expense of Monroe. Even though Rosalee is currently elsewhere (due to RL new mama), MORE Monroe!!
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I believe it was clear from the first TV interviews that Juliette and Renard looked like a couple and Nick like the lone hero about to fall in love with someone else (he had more chemistry with the dragon girl or Adalind than he had with his own TV girlfriend).

I always thought someone in the cast department made a mistake until I saw the season 1 finale/season 2 storyarc. Now it all makes sense to me: Juliette and Renard looked like a couple because that's what they were going to be.
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Not exactly the best episode to watch during a late dinner...
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What is Juliette running away for 500? Alex.
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Ooo, Hanks days are numbered. He is getting way too deep into the Grimm world and a little reckless. I am not sure Hank is going to be around for much longer.

i don't think we are going to resolve Juliette and Renard anytime soon, at least not in the mid season finale. If anything, finally I think it is going to go further. If it ends up being Monroe doing the maybe spell I think it is going to go badly. Plus I want Juliette and Renard together for at least a little bit. It will further the story. As Nick's Aunt said, leave her, get her away from your life. This is one spell by a half assed witch that had no power. I am not saying I want Juliette completely gone. But I want that Conflict for Nick. I want him to evolve more as a Grimm. I kind of want him to go dark side for a while.



Now for the overall story, I liked it. It was a Hank episode, and he was good this episode. I liked the flashbacks, I like him being aggressive. But Hanks days are numbered.



Juliette is still kind of a moron. But she is obsessed about Renard as well, so that is kind of leading her around and making her stupid. However, I want to know what her reaction is going to be with Monroe, also what Monroe is going do. That is going to be hilarious.

Overall I still think the progression with Renard and Juliette went way too slow. But I can't wait to see where it goes and what it does to Nick. Ooo, Hanks days are numbered. He is getting way too deep into the Grimm world and a little reckless. I am not sure Hank is going to be around for much longer.

i don't think we are going to resolve Juliette and Renard anytime soon, at least not in the mid season finale. If anything, finally I think it is going to go further. If it ends up being Monroe doing the maybe spell I think it is going to go badly. Plus I want Juliette and Renard together for at least a little bit. It will further the story. As Nick's Aunt said, leave her, get her away from your life. This is one spell by a half assed witch that had no power. I am not saying I want Juliette completely gone. But I want that Conflict for Nick. I want him to evolve more as a Grimm. I kind of want him to go dark side for a while.



Now for the overall story, I liked it. It was a Hank episode, and he was good this episode. I liked the flashbacks, I like him being aggressive. But Hanks days are numbered.



Juliette is still kind of a moron. But she is obsessed about Renard as well, so that is kind of leading her around and making her stupid. However, I want to know what her reaction is going to be with Monroe, also what Monroe is going do. That is going to be hilarious.

Overall I still think the progression with Renard and Juliette went way too slow. But I can't wait to see where it goes and what it does to Nick.
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Oh and I do like Hank, but I preferred the old days when Monroe was his offsider!!!!
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I like this show whether it is more cop show or mythology of the show based. Just love Nick. I know he has seen dead bodies and stuff like that but his reaction when he fell into the pit of corpses was so great!!!

Can Juliette just move away to some far off land, she bores be to tears!!!!
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"Juliette, just break up with Nick already! Isn't the house under your name anyhow? If you don't like Nick, why are you resistant to moving on with a man you do like? "

Listen to her Juliette! You're not getting any younger and half-hexenbiest children beat none at all. You could be an actual Princess! Go for the Captain!!!
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I think Renard should say to Juliet "I don't think it could work" about them shouldn't seen each other again with much menace. lol
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In fairness, the play on words in the episode title doesn't apply to cannibalism. It was another species eating humans. I'm not sure if Wesen are "another species" from humans, but cannibalism is eating your own kind.
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- Portland PD never solved the crime because they were convinced the guy they arrested was guilty and never bothered to look. Nick and Hank knew the victims were Wendigos. They looked under the surviving brother's house floor and found bodies (without any sort of warrant so i wonder how they got a warrant for the market...) Then the case was solved.

- I'd like to see crimes mixing Wesen and humans too, but this is not that kind of show.

- Hank is starting to enjoy his new situation as an expert in Wesen crimes, and he wanted to rectify his mistake of arresting an innocent man 7 years before. So he wanted to catch the real perp.

- Whatever Adalind's plan is, I think it deserved more than just one episode. It'd better be good.

- I think he'll make a potion, end Renard and Juliette's obsession for each other and absolutely nothing interesting will come out of that, considering the way the writers are treating Monroe. Or Juliette is going to do something dumb like running away before the problem can be solved.
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To be honest, I'm starting to enjoy Hank's new situation as an expert in Wesen crimes myself. Go Griffin!
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The bit that bothered me most about the episode was the fact the Wendigo's house was replaced with a super market but that for some reason no digging was required when tearing down the old house and placing foundations for the new store...Errgghh kept thinking about it the whole episode which kinda killed my enjoyment of it. Even more so than the absurd proposition that you can break into someone's house and illegally search it due to skipping jury duty and shooting and KILLING what was essentially an unarmed man. That's not even bad writing, it's just lazy
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YES! The fact that whomever built the market never found the bones, which weren't exactly buried deep, bugged the hell out of me too! I kept hoping that they'd find out the guy moved the bones when he left but no dice.
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I kept thinking about the produce that they sell at that market and why they had such a bug problem.
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I have a crazy theory.

I think that the writers have been foreshadowing Nick ending up in prison. First, they showed us in Protect and Serve just how dangerous prison would be for Nick -- it's full of angry Wesen who'd love to be able to take their frustration out on a Grimm. This would be quite a dangerous note to end the winter finale on for Nick. Second, the crazy intern (who would be inclined to help Nick because he craves Nicks validation, and who just might be the creepiest ugliest Wesen ever & therefore a very good ally for Nick to have when facing overwhelming Wesen numbers) is already conveniently in prison.



SPOILER ALERT (if you didn't watch the preview & don't want to watch the preview -- don't read on)



And third, the preview for next week showed Nick and Adalind on opposite sides of jail bars. I'm willing to bet that Nick, not Adalind, is the one who is locked up.



What do you guys think?
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I was eating dinner while watching the falling into pit and cannibal foot soup scene. Fairly disgusting but good thing i'm vegetarian or i would have been vomiting all night. great episode i love the whole monster of the week stories and i dont know why everyone hates Juliette. Hopefully Nick will find out who Renard is next week. Another great episode
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Portland PD didnt arrest the right person before because the guys story made everyone think he was batshit crazy. So they nevery bothered to check their property/under their house to see if there were any corpses buried there.

And if you know what you are looking for in the first place (like Hank and Nick did 7 years later) it gets much easier to solve a crime.
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I don't think your short rant about Juliette at the end is completely fair. What she's experiencing right now is technically out of her control considering it's the cat scratch that made her forget Nick completely and the magical kiss that has her feeling the way she does about Renard.

Also, it's kind of understandable why Juliette is resistant. She knows the history Nick and her had together for a long time just to simply kick it to the curb when it was a big part of her life before she forgot about it all, and she knows how much Nick wants her memory to come back. On top of that, she knows Renard is Nick's boss. So, no blame on her there either in my opinion.

All that being said, I am excited that this plot is coming to head next week. I was cheering when Monroe walked in on Juliette and Renard kissing.
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- I guess Portland PD can't see Wesen for what they really are, they didn't have a back-up Grimm to check out the situation.

- I'd love to see that as well, but i guess I saw equally as much Wesen as normal humans in jail, so i guess they have the same percentage of criminals? well, that would only seem fair if we knew half of all humans were Wesen anyway.

- Obviously Hank was feeling guilty for not believing him, because Hank thought he was going crazy after seeing Monroe in his Blutbat form, so he can relate to whatshisface.

- No idea

- No idea. I guess making up some more Juliette-excuses, and everyone will forgive her?



BTW: the scene with the Wendigo making soup out of a FOOT was disGUSTING. the way he was touching it and tasting, blergh. Also: Nick falling into a grave with half-eaten humans? very gross episode. But very interesting, we will finally get some answers.
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