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Grimm S03E14: "Mommy Dearest"


That was pretty grim, even for Grimm. First there was all the uncomfortable preggo-tummy torture and then Wu, OMG Wu. I just think it's a little messed up—maybe messed up in a good way, but only maybe—when the least traumatic thing that happens in an episode is that a lady-witch gives birth to a monster-baby in the middle of the woods. 

With an episode promo that primarily featured Adalind and her monster-spawn and a title like "Mommy Dearest," not gonna lie, I totally fell for it and assumed that this episode was going to be an hour full of reasons not to give birth, ever. I really thought it was going to be like the squid-baby and Will Smith in Men in Black. Instead, it was still totally a PSA about the horrors of pregnancy, except there were more, um, tongues. I spent a lot of this episode screaming "NO" at the screen and not actually looking at it. 

But Adalind's story was nothing more than a bookend for Wu's Wesen-inspired nervous breakdown, though I'm sure we'll get more crazypants baby action later. PLUS SHE HAS HER POWERS BACK. YES. 


But here's what happened to Wu:

Unbeknownst to Wu, his childhood sweetheart, Dana, married an Aswang—a Wesen that eats amniotic fluid because the writers on Grimm decided that pregnant women shouldn't be allowed to sleep at night. Sam's Wesen status wasn't really an issue in the marriage, except that in yet another glorious example of Old World Wesen clashing with New World Wesen, Sam's mom flew in from the Philippines to nosh on her unborn grandchild's go-go juice. It was her right, according to the same ass-backwards craziness that has consistently inspired Monroe's parents to be rude about his choice in fiancée and friends and, well, his life in general, and also that guided the baddies in that ode to The Little Mermaid earlier this season. 

Wu actually had some working knowledge of Aswang, having grown up listening to the folklore himself, plus an emotional investment in the victims of Momma Aswang's tongue-sucker (he convinced the fam to relocate to Portland) made Wu both an incredible asset and a potential liability in Nick's investigation. Hank and Nick clashed over whether or not to read Wu in on the truth about Wesen, with Hank arguing that the shock and confusion of one's first experience with a Wesen could drive a man mad and Nick (and Monroe and Rosalee) erring on the side of caution, which I could understand coming from Monrosalee, but found a little harder to take on Nick's end. There are laws and stuff governing Monroe and Rosalee's interactions with the human world, but Nick just came off as, well, tired of this shit. He's been through the big reveal quite a few times by now. 


I'm pretty sure Hank won this argument though, what with Wu ending up in a mental hospital after facing off against Sam's mom on his own. TOLD YOU SO, BRO.

Personally, I'm torn on the outcome to Wu's story. (FIX IT. FIX IT, NOW, GRIMM.) It makes sense for Wu to join the Cool Kids in the Know Club. He's the last of Nick's close friends and acquaintances who doesn't know about Nick's night job, and as we saw this week, that's dangerous for Wu's gallantly heroic but unenlightened butt as well as for those who do know why Portland is so weird, and who've occasionally gone out of their way to keep Wu in the dark. However, that's also why part of me is sad to see Wu brought into the fold (or at least brought in in such an unfortunate manner), because if everyone on the show knows about Wesen, then one of Grimm's longest-running stories draws to a close, and that's always a little bit sad for any show, even when it's time. 

Sniff. Our little Grimm is growing up so fast. 



ALL ABOARD AUNT MARIE'S BOOKMOBILE OF CRAZY

– Wu is gonna be okay, right? RIGHT?

– Oh hey, they have that table (Dana and Sam's nightstand) at Target. #wants

– How long 'til Adalind comes back to Portland to terrorize everyone? 

– Any predictions about the wee Baby Hexenbeist? Is she gonna grow up super-fast? I feel like she's gonna grow up super-fast. 

– I JUST NEED WU TO BE OKAY, OKAY?


What'd you think of "Mommy Dearest"?


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AIRED ON 5/20/2016

Season 5 : Episode 22

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The feeding-on-the-first-grandchild tradition is just something the writers added to interpret the Aswang. As far as I know, they never attack their kin and those they know (neighbors). And also, from what I know, Aswangs are never born. Your mother could be one but not you or any of your siblings. It's some sort of a demonic powers being passed from one person to another through tokens (a ring, necklace, a bottle of oil with herbs and roots in it, etc.).

About Wu, I always thought that as a Filipino in this story, he'd easily accept the Wesen's existence. There are still a lot of Filipinos, from kids to adults, who actually believe in such superstition. Filipinos back in the days were more likely to believe it instead of denying it (at least that's how I was). I thought I'd hear him say something like "Cool! I've always wanted to see one in real life!". I just wished they went that route instead of the gone-bonkers cliche. I guess living in America has dulled Wu's open-mindedness to such things. And it's understandable how such mental breakdown can occur - his emotions have been already stirred prior to the encounter with the Wesen.

Let's just hope that he'd be back to his usual snarky self when he's officially part of the group! I'd love to hear him quip about Wesens.
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I was very disappointed they Nick let Wu at least know some myths are truer than he thinks and that what he saw was real. Maybe Hank should have shared his own experiences. Not about Wessen, but just stuff hey couldn't explain. They owed him that much. To let him go to a mental institution and walk out with not batting an eye lid was poor.

Were ppl really that scared? Clearly you never did XFiles or Supernatural. Grimm's baddies are tame on the scare scale after those shows! ;)
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I guess the baby will become tiyanak.... so so creepy. I think Tiyanak is the creepiest Filipino Folklore.
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Great episode. The aswang portrayed in the episode is called a "tik-tik" because of the sound it makes as it creeps on the roof of where a pregnant lady is residing. It would be really interesting seeing a "manananggal" or "tiyanak" in the show.

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Awesome Grimm episode! Growing up with these stories I was still pretty much creeped out by the Aswang. The ticking sound alone gave me shivers.

Anyway by the looks of things, Adalind's new baby will grow up really fast. She gave birth at 6 months. You bet that kid will walk soon and start biting things physically or even mentally.

And I agree 100% that Wu needs to be fix. ASAP.
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I'm just going to say it DEMON BABY. I like the guy protecting Adalind he's got some heart and kindness. Now that aswage thing was creepy as all hell I think this was the first time in Grimm I actually went OMG what the hell is that ahhhhh since the scalping saga. Poor wu he needs a hug that was not the best vesen to see for your first time. Overall I like this episode it was good.
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I agree. I didn't want Wu in the know because I think it's too much. The Scooby gang is big enough as it is besides which he has nothing to add to the group.

Having said that though - why oh why, once Wu saw what he saw, did Nick not reassure by letting him know that he saw it too? I am especially disappointed in Hank as he knows what it feels like. Surely when it reached the stage where he had himself committed one of them could step and say 'hey it's all real. Keep your mouth shut, pretend you are cured and we'll explain everything when you get out. But you can't argue the fact that it made good telly viewing and tugged at the heartstrings. I really hope this gets fixed soon. It is depressing.

I look forward to seeing what Adalind and her demonspawn get up to, although from what I recall Renard is also the product of a hexenbeast/Royal union. where are his awesome powers?
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Grimm is still trying to gross me out as much as possible, apparently. But apart from that, I really like the fact that they're using myths from all over the world, not just western ones. Poor Wu. Not only that his parents seemed to have some kind of sadistic tendencies - Drew Wu? I mean, really? He also got the short stick this time. I didn't quite get Nick's reluctance to give him the "truth is out there" speech - especially because Wu showed to be both willing to entertain alternate explanations and totally freaked out by them. On the one hand, I hope they fix this, and soon, on the other I hope they don't do it in a way that makes Wu's nervous breakdown a joke, 'cause it's not.
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5 min in and I had to pause it. OMG the Hell Grimm. Although I'll probably put my reaction on the fact that My older sister is preg with twins, I just saw her huge belly last night, and the couple is pacific islander like my bro-in-law. The fact that he might know this myth and works nights. Such a freaky episode I can't even concentrate on what happened with Adalind lol.
I mean it was a great episode, and freaked me out. Also I'm really glad the background story had to due with the Philippines, you see so little about their culture in the media.
It's been awhile since I was going "OMG wtf, stop this, okay keep going but I'm gonna look away, okay I'm not. Prob gonna get nightmares"

And I hope they tell Wu soon. Though I can't see why they wouldn't try to come up with some sort of story to help him. I mean he went through what Hank went through times 10. Like crap could have came up with something like that she was on Narcotic or was using some kinda of drug that made those around her hallucinate. I'm sure they'll tell him just don't wanna wait. And having trouble seeing how they could go through with it after he was in an asylum. I mean before he got actual face to face, I could get it but right now...?
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The actor who plays Wu pitched this story to the writers between seasons. He grew up with this tale and told them that they should use it.
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Seriously? Cool!!!
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I have to disagree with the notion that Adalind's baby is a devil baby or a version of Rosemary's baby. A key philosophy of the series is that no one is born good or evil, it's the choices we make that determine who we are. In this episode, Sam is an Aswang who has chosen to give up the old ways while his mother has selfishly adhered to them for her own benefit. I think the same is true for Adalind's daughter. I will admit that the baby's eyes are a little creepy but if you think about it, the look was hardly malevolent. When the child used Adalind's hair to grab Meisner's hand, it was more like a child reaching for her father's finger. Admittedly the baby has telekenetic abilities and is paranormally self-aware for it's age as well as having a heightened sense of self-preservation which manifested itself spectacularly last episode by driving a pen through the eye of a Verrat agent. She still did not act unless provoked, remember the Verrat agent hit Adelind, and the events at the restaurant with the lights blowing up and the books flying out at Meisner during the delivery was more instinctive rather than purposely malicious.
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I agree I think she is acting on a basic primal instinct to protect herself and her mum.
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First, I'm just freaking happy that the Philippines is getting some love for once. Besides Will.I.Am and Pacquiao, people don't get to hear much about the Philippines.

However... there's one thing the average person won't realize is the general significance of the mother feeling she has the "rights" to the first born's life to prolong her own. In traditional Filipino culture, the mother is always shown honor and respect by her children. The mother runs the household. You do NOT talk back to your mother or dishonor her in any way. The fact that the son rejects his mother's plea is a big deal. It isn't just a slap in the face as a son to a parent, but it's very culturally significant.

The motion the mother makes when she puts her forehead to her son's hand is also significant. Typically youth do this to their elders as a sign of respect. They call this "mano." Personally, I see this quick motion by the mother to her son as a serious plea, even willing to submit to her own son just to keep from dying.

But anyway, I was probably giddy the entire episode. Besides waiting for Wu to finally get in on this action, I was excited to see Filipino-American culture and people speaking Taglish. I was slightly annoyed at the forced accents by the main Sam and Dana, but it was bearable. It only irritated me since I grew up with the blend of Pinoy-meets-American culture, I'm used to hearing the real accent all the time.

Their portrayal of him growing up and hearing the story was pretty legit. Watching the episode with my mom, she instantly knew it was the Aswang, so it made sense that Wu believed the attack was by one. Even my mom would joke around with me as a child, saying I better be good or a "mumo" (monster) would get me.

I think Wu will be just fine. Hank freaked out for weeks when he'd learned about the hidden world within his own. The difference for Wu is that his other childhood friend's mom was a monster, and he desperately wanted to deny she could be that thing that attacked her. Wu can't be fixed in 1 episode. They'll drag it out for 2 or 3 episodes, with Wu having mixed emotions and somehow coming to terms, much like Hank. Let's be honest. How would you react if you'd found out monsters do exist, and you probably had one under your bed as a child?
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I loved your review - thank you for making me laugh out loud at 2:40am (got to love that insomnia) and waking my man flu riddled husband up! I got grumped at, but it was entirely worth it.

I agree, Wu has to be fixed - with Adalind on her way back with her powers in situ and mini me attached at the.....well, we don't need to know where I'm sure; given what we suffered in this episode it could be attached anywhere (dark, scary path there I refuse to walk down, without at least a very big torch and my own personal Munro).......Wu needs to be in the loop; with Nick being fed up with the night job and Juliette being the queen of the lemmings (don't touch that evil monster with huge sharp teeth? I'm going to do more than that; I'm going to poke it with this very sharp stick I have!) then I think the scooby gang needs all the new members it can get.

But my big question here is - what will Renard do? Do we know if he eats his young......after this episode nothing would surprise me right now......and it would explain his need to keep the sproggo safe - no one likes losing their dinner. But then maybe he is keen to just play 'daddy' - but will Adalind let him? Or will she want to eat her young to ensure she keeps her powers? Again nothing would surprise me right now - up to and including baby turning into a dragon and eating them all.
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Wished Nick brought Wu in on their wesenbuster club and Adalind's baby and the Aswang is gonna give me nightmares
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Try being Filipino and growing up with that as a children's nightmare story. My mom knew what it was before they even showed the Wesen.
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Wow that thing creeped my out and gave me chills, but I'm glad that Grimm can expose us to all legends and myths from different cultures andregions
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Dam lol
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I would have thought that with all the myths and stories that come out out the Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and etc. that Wu would be more accepting about what he saw. I still think that he will recover his sanity. Hank was right, Wu should have been told about the underworld that exist.
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It's one thing to hear about it as a kid and have nightmares. It's traumatizing to realize your Lola was right!
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The lesson here is..knowledge isn't always power..sometimes knowledge is a ticket to the woo woo house!.I have a filipino friend at work i cant wait to ask her about the Aswangs...face to face(and mouth) guys!
Is Grimm goin to visit myths of every culture?..because we should talk about them. some myths are scary as hell. .
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FUCK. As a Filipino, living most of my childhood with Aswang myths this episode is the scariest for me. Time for nightmares again. -_-
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Well, juts don't show that to your Lola... she'll have a heart attack. Well... then again... my mom loves those gory horror flicks.
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Wu + Point of no return = Wonkers. Y'all want happy endings right? Wu is done for, coo coo, cracked the melon, singing with the weasels if you get my drift.
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Hey, Hank had a crazy time trying to get to terms with it. Monroe voge-d right in front of him, the later found out that it was Monroe who did that. Someone he knew. Wu just found out that one of his friend's mother's was the one who attacked the woman he's known most of his life. You'd be pretty coo-coo also. But with time I think he'll be okay. Hank had to run into more Wesen before he came to terms with it all.
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That was easily the most freaked out I've been by any of the Wesen we've seen. I also spent a great deal of the episode refusing to look at the screen while muttering oh no no no hell no!
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I never being a fan of Wu, and the Wu-centric episodes have been the weakest in my opinion. This episode fell kinda flat to me. Hope they pick up in the next epi...I bet they do the promo looks awesome!
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I loved the episode and I could see why they wouldn't just tell Wu the truth about the wesen world. They could have handled it better when he saw the mother and what she was before - Nick did try to help him even if it wasn't the smartest way he did it - but I don't think they could actually tell him the truth at the hospital. The doctor left the door open and she was probably right outside the door so it really wasn't the right time to tell him - it would probably have gotten both of them locked up as well.
But I do hope that Wu will get better very soon as I love him.
Adalind's baby was a Little creepy. I hope that Mesner doesn't get hurt because I really like him.
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A little? That was totally Rosemary's baby, the early stages.
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Gawd, that baby's eyes. It was like Chuckie.
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This is a bit random, but does anyone love the guy currently protecting Adalind as much as I do? Seriously.... He's hot, dangerous, and they have a pretty decent chemistry between them. I know his chances of survival are slim, but I'm going to root for him. LOL
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Yes, I think he's becoming a great addition. I've seen the chemistry as well. I don't see him as a double-agent, but I do see the two of them having an awkward time becoming fond of each other. If anything, Adalind might become a bit of an anti-hero type. At first she was willing to sell her baby, but after that odd bonding moment in front of the mirror when she called herself "mommy," I think that made her have a knew perspective.
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He's cute, but he has to be a double agent or something.
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Wu went woo woo.

I'm sort of glad that Grimm showed that not everyone adjusts to discovering the world isn't what they thought it was. Juliet and Hank managed to handle it, but not everyone would. And it allows the writers to deal with the issue of Wu getting a little too close, as well as showing why the Vessen must be kept a secret.

I also have to wonder how much Adalind actually regained of her powers. It seemed the baby had all the power.
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Sometimes characters do the wrong thing just to make the story last longer. No, of course we shouldn't tell Wu abut Wesens. Let him find that out by himself and have a life-shattering experience instead! Yeah, right. What could possibly go wrong there? After all, the use of visual aids always has a much greater impact. Show, not tell! Way to go, Nick and Monroe.
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Well, not everything can go the right way. Writing wise, it's brilliant to make Wu find out this way. A good author torture's his characters, lol. But really, if someone came up to me, claimed to be a Grimm and said that half the humans in the world were Wesen, I'd laugh and ask if that was a plot to a new movie. Sometimes visuals are the way to go.

It is sad for Wu, though. The poor guy eats a spiked cookie from Adalind, eats couch stuffing, then finds out his friend's mom craves baby food, and not Gerber.
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You would have laughed it off, but Wu was already suspicious. It would have been much simpler if Nick had just confirmed, "Yes, we believe it IS an Aswang, they exist, we can't really explain that, but we have to focus on destroying or stopping the creature." And even if Wu had been skeptical, Nick would have done the best he could to prevent Wu's mental breakdown.
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One of the best episodes ever and probably the first Grimm episode to branch out to Asian myths and legends! Kudos to the writers on the terrifying accuracy in depicting the Aswang from the eating of fetuses to the "tiktik" sound down to the clannish/tribal nature of this nightmare breed. This was no doubt in no small part to inputs from Reggie Lee who still hasn't forgotten that in the deep south of rural Philippines it always pays to look up at the ceiling whenever you hear a tiktik sound. And if the viewers thought that the Aswang was terrifying, the writers should look at the Aswang's kissing cousin, the Mananangal. Think vampiric creature with only the upper part of the torso and batwings for flight.

By the way, talking about cousins, a little mistranslation in the part where Wu visits his cousin's restaurant. His cousin calls Wu, "pinsan" which translates to cousin. But Wu responds back by calling him "kuya" which actuall translates to "brother". However, this is still a correct exchange. Wu's use of "kuya" instead of responding back as "pinsan" is usually used as a term of endearment and respect when the cousin or best friend is older.

I agree with everybody that the Nick and Hank shouldn't have left Drew in ignorance. Hank suffered because he thought he was losing his sanity but Drew is struggling more than thinking he is going insane. It's dredging up primal fears as a child that he thought he put away when he became an adult. Besides given what' coming to Portland, they could use another member on Team Grimm. By the way, Wu's patrol partner, isn't he one of Sean Renard's "go-to" people at the precinct? Is it possible that's he's Wessen? Also, aren't there any Wessen at the precinct?

On Adalind's baby, finally a birth and one that just may confirm that the child is part Grimm. Note that only after the birth was Adalind able to finally Woge. It could be that since the baby was part Grimm, it was only after it was completely out of Adalind's body that she could regain her powers. Also what's with the perplexed look on Sean Renard's face when Miesner told him that the baby was a girl? I don't think it was disappointment. It was more confusion on the gender. Is it possible that the biological combination of a Hexenbiest and a Zauberbiest should only result in a male child? More proof that the child may be a totally new kind of Wessen and a foreshadowing that the Wessen council may soon take action. With Adalind heading for Portland, I can almost see how Nick is going to react when Sean Renard asks him to protect Adalind and the child. Not to mention how Juliet is going to react given she and Nick lost a year due to her.
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Just a point regarding your latter entry, the word "kuya" is actually a honorific term for an older male kin, be it a sibling or cousin. However, it is now generally used to politely, albeit casually, address any male person older than the speaker. :D
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If Franco (Wu's partner) is Wesen, then he's a superb actor. :) I just rewatched "The Hour of Death" (the Endezeichen Grimm episode from S2), and while every single other Wesen in that episode was completely freaked out by the apparent Endezeichen Grimm in Portland, Franco was completely clueless. Even pointed the intern to where Bud had gone, and didn't understand why everybody was asking about it.
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Very shrewd and informed comment. I enjoyed readimg it.
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He actually looked a little pleased to me. Almost like... a normal father who'd just heard the words, "it's a girl." :)

I hadn't actually thought about it before, but come to think of it, Sean has shown a certain fatherly side, which was fake in S1, but since he took the purification potion, I think it's far more genuine now. I think he really was just... happy to hear that he had a daughter.

I can kind of see how Nick will react to Adalind. But the daughter is a whole other issue. I don't think Nick's principles would ever allow him to hold the mother against the baby. It's a baby. According to his principles, that makes her (the baby, that is) blameless. I think his biggest complaint is that the baby and the mother are a package deal.

(Please, please, writers, please let her still be a baby by the time Nick finds out about her existence and meets her. Please don't let her magically be 7 years old and talking in understandable English and reading, even though any 7-year-old who is actually only a month old should really be like a... very large baby... please... no... Renesmee... please...)

No argument regarding Hank and Nick telling Wu the truth. :)

Cool points about the language and other Filipino myths. Didn't know that. :)
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This is going to sound like the most bizarre question...but Rosalie wore a cardigan/sweater on the Mommie Dearest episode that I fell in love with. Any information on where they sell that caardigan/sweater?
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ERMAGERD!! That was super-weird! Adalind's birth scene was a bit of an anti-climax, but those eyes, oh baby, Meisner is ALL THE WAY creeped out, lol.
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Awe, there was Hank thinking he'd finally got a new all human BFF. Denied. But what the Hell, let's leave Drew Wu (really, that name?!) in psych land because he'll snap (too late) out of it.
That baby is clearly going to grow faster than my interest in seeing cutesy Adalind again, now she can woge again.

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WWDWD -- What Would Drew Wu Do?
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There's a theory, which I personally had never bought into, that Adalind's baby is part Grimm, due to Nick's blood in Adalind. Like I said... I'd never really bought into it. It just seemed to go against the nature of the show, which is kind of anti-that whole mindset of a child that's born with all of the mystical mojo of the world and is therefore Superbaby and is destined to rule the world. Since that's one of the most common definitions of Mary Sue. I always felt the writers were, instead, building a show around the concept that true strength comes from different people lending their different strengths to each other, through friendship, and no single character, no matter how powerful, is so powerful that he has everything he needs, on his own, and doesn't need friends).

...but now, I begin to wonder.

Because then, the fact that it's a girl is significant. In addition to gender apparently meaning the difference between a Hexenbiest and a Zauberbiest (has Sean ever shown signs of being able to do anything Hexenbiest-related? I'm pretty sure he hasn't)... female Grimms also come into their abilities a lot earlier in life than male ones.

Food for thought...

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I like it. Maybe it would make here immune to Grimms. Anyways she is bad news, so probably will not live for long, maybe a season or two.
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Talk about having an evil motherin-law! This episode was just too freaky and nightmare inducing...I love it!

After seeing how haunted Wu was I'm a bit on the fence about him being told about the wessen population in Portland. At first I had thought he should've been told at the police station, and then after he had killed Sam's mother, but now I'm not so sure. Wu shattered so thoroughly, I'm not too sure he can ever be fixed. Hank had been traumatized, but he didn't break even after several run-ins with wessen and dating Adalind. I guess Hank's the exception rather than the rule.

I like that they used Wu's (and the actor's) folktale for the premise of this show, it's such a creepy, yet cool premise.

If there has ever been a real demonic baby, Adalind's baby girl just scared religion into it. Dang, that's one creepy kid!
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I see where you're coming from, especially given the writers' history of having their characters tell others about the Wesen world in the stupidest way possible, in order to draw things out (points to the time Nick tried to tell Juliette, at the beginning of S2, which even had me convinced that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia... and I knew what was going on!)

Given where Wu is right now, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to tell him the truth, and if they pick the wrong way, they could doom him to a lifetime of absolute terror... or worse, turn him into an antagonist of the show. (I really, really don't want him to become an antagonist!)

The wrong way, of course, would be for Hank (I do see it being Hank, regardless of how it is done) to go to Wu and say, "Listen, Wu, I gotta tell you, I know you saw something really horrible that you can't explain, but I just wanted to reassure you... you're not going crazy. It's all real."

(Yeah, Hank, thanks for that. I really wanted to know that my worst nightmares were completely real).

Or, of course, they could continue to lie to him. That would also be wrong, because it would leave him feeling, not only crazy, but also alone... with nobody to talk to.

But, if they do it the right way (for once), then they could make things better. I'm no expert, but I think the right way could be something like this:

"Wu... hey man. How are you doing? Listen *looks to make sure nobody else is listening*... there's something I really need to tell you, ok? Look at me. This is really important. I know what you saw. You saw a skeleton-like monster with claws and fangs, right? And it came at you, and then Nick shot it, and it died. And then it turned into an old lady, right? [putting it into words, taking away some of the power of the nightmare. Also, confirming that Hank did, in fact, see the same thing, and he is somebody that Wu can talk to.] I can tell you what that was... if you want. I'll leave it up to you."
[then, assuming Wu indicates that he does want to know...]
"Ok. The first thing I really need you to know is... she's dead. You don't have to worry about her anymore. And... it's not very likely that you'll ever see anything that scary, ever again. [never mind that it could happen... it's not likely, and that's all Wu needs to hear right now.] It was an Aswang, but you already knew that. But I think Aswang are pretty rare. I've never seen one before, but I have seen other things, and Nick's seen a lot more types of things. But, again, never an Aswang before, so I think they're pretty rare. Anyway, there are a lot of different creatures, ranging from really nice, to really, really scary, and it seems you lucked into one of the scariest ones I've ever seen, or even heard of, right off the bat. As a group, they're called Wesen..."

You know, the truth, but with an emphasis on the fact that he'd already been through about as scary as it gets, and he's not likely to see another Aswang ever again. :)
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I believe it will take a combination of intensive therapy and Hank's explanation to start the healing process for Wu, but it might take a very long time for him to be okay with Nick's world.
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Fantastic episode! Sad about Wu.
Would it have been too hard for the guys to have said we believe you (when Wu freaked out)? Or maybe his freak out was too over the top and nick thought that he wasn't strong enough to handle it. I've always enjoyed Wu but I've felt that he is more sensitive than Hank. If I remember correctly I know Hank freaked but it didn't seem as dramatic as Wu's. Hank had human looking(ish) Wesen and Wu had a straight up had a full blown scary ass Wesen. I mean that thing was terrifying! Also Wu's Wesen experience hit close to home so I think he reactions are totally right. Oh and if Hank and Nick would have still said we believe you in the hospital (which I still wanted) then I'm sure Wu's response would have been "Oh, ok" smiled and then still be haunted. Not everyone in the Grimm world can be ok with the reveals of Wesen. I'm sure Wu will be eventually ok and he'll be back to his usual self. The Scooby gang initiation will just have to wait a bit longer because this proves he isn't quite ready. You kinda always need that one character to be close to truth but doesn't know what is right in front of him.
I see a love triangle coming our way with Sean, Adalind and Hot protector guy (can't remember his name).
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I really hope they aren't going to drag out Wu finding out like they did Juliette. That was the only big mistake I felt they made with the show up until then.
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*sob* This was cringeworthy, in so many ways. Though not in a bad way, thankfully. :)

Loved the conflict between Hank and the rest of the Scoobies. Nice to see him speaking out on a subject that, frankly, he knows better than the others do.

Fix Wu now, please. I'm picturing a scenario where Hank says, "you know what, Nick? YOU don't know what you're talking about. I do. So I am going to act as I see fit, here, because I know I'm right." And then he fixes Wu. Would be so simple, really, especially coming from Hank. This was his moment to really step forward, step out of Nick's shadow, and do what he knew was right, in spite of what Nick and the others believed. Because, let's face it - Hank was right, and the others were wrong, here.

Which is great, writing-wise, btw. So often, Monroe and Rosalee are the ones educating Nick, and Monroe, Rosalee, and Nick together are the ones educating Hank, because they have more experience than he does, plus they see what they're up against a lot more often then Hank (as a Kehrseite) can. But now, there's a legitimate area where Hank knows better than they do...

...and he still caved to them. That's my biggest gripe. They should have been listening to what he had to say, this time around. He knew perfectly well what was going to happen to Wu if they kept lying. I just hope he fixes it.

Poor Wu. Poor... Drew... Wu. (really? That's his full name?)
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Holy crap was that baby creepy when it was holding the dudes hand with Adalinds hair... talk about burning eyes into your soul...
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After seeing last night's episode I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I get that Hank wants to tell Wu the truth about wesen, but I agree with Nick that he shouldn't know until it is absolutely necessary. I really liked the storyline for the episode.
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After hearing how they came up with the premise for this episode by asking Reggie Lee for some actual folktales that were culturally resonant with him, I like it all the more. Such a great way to incorporate the actor into the storyline to bring the whole thing to life even better. Really cool stuff.
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I have to admit that I am thoroughly pissed that Nick has chosen to leave Wu in the dark to the point that the man has been committed to a mental hospital. How dare you go to that mental hospital to visit the friend that your action have led him to? Thats bogus. How can you look him in the face and he's believing he's gone insane and you know he hasn't and you have proof. At this point its more detrimental to his health to not tell him then it would be to tell him. So pissed.
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Why the F did they not tell him, in the middle of his initial panic "Yeah, we saw it too, it's ok"? Like -why let him get to the self-admitting-into-an-asylum stage? That's honestly among the more despicable things Nick has done on this show, there's just no justification for letting your friend drive themselves to insanity rather than opening up and trusting them.
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Wow so Wu ends up in the nutter house and Nick still refuses to tell him the big "secret". I guess he really doesn't consider Wu a friend or someone he trusts and how creepy is Adalind's baby!. Great episode and good to see a Wu-centric episode for a change.
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I'd just like to say that it was great to finally see Reggie Lee being more than mostly "just" a comic relief in the show. I think Wu has a lot to give to the show if given the chance-- and I really hope the writers give him the chance.
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I enjoyed the episode but was pissed at the ending. I was upset that Nick decided to take Monroe and Rosalie's advice over that of Hank and Juliette - you know, the two regular humans like Wu, who both agreed that the lying was really not helpful.

I was a little disappointed there wasn't more of the Adalind story this week; hopefully there will be more of it next week.
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"I spent a lot of this episode screaming "NO" at the screen and not actually looking at it." LMAO. That is exactly what i was doing. I am so traumatized!!!

They have to let Wu in on the secret, poor guy.
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Noooooo! Wuuuuuu! Noooooo!
I'm really upset by his breakdown, and the way Nick is handling it - at this point, I'm actually thinking it would be better to show him, because right now I'm picturing a post-therapy Wu, all "that shit wasn't real" and back on the job, running into his next Wesen (which is bound to happen when you hang around Nick and the gang, right?
He's going to break so hard and so permanently they won't even find all the pieces.

A few points:
Another episode with NO reference to Nick's semi-zombie state, WTF?
Now, I've got New Theories! :D
I can't help thinking it'll come into play when Adelind's adorable little "Antichrist" comes into town - it has super-special powers, Nick has super-special "powers" - surely they'll clash or crash or SOMETHING; what if the baby can control him like a puppet or something, THAT would make for interesting problems...

And on the subject of the baby - yep, that's officially a super-creepy baby!
It's kind of funny; I've been pregnant and given birth, and overall I should have been freaked out much more by the baby-sucking Ashwang; but frankly, while that stuff was gross, it was the eyes of Adelind's baby that got to me.
Probably because you think that once the baby is out you're "safe", but there's no such thing, there are just new things to worry about. And the stories of changelings and possessed children and all the shows and movies with scary little kids playing the main monster exist for a reason - they resonate with something deep down inside us, the fear of the unknown and the endless potential within a child.
*suddenly glad Jr. isn't home tonight*
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That was one creepy episode! Especially the first scene with the aswang x__x
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Welp, they broke Wu.

Wu is likely going to be broken for a while, which is unfortunate because he is always fun.

I really liked the episode, it seems like they are going to finally get back to the bigger Grimm stuff and leave trying to make us like Juliette by the wayside for a while. I frankly can't wait because the past few episodes before the last one were fairly weak and pointed because they decided that we needed to like Juliette and they were going to ram her character down our throat for half the season.

But this was a fun case, it was nice to see Wu get a little more screen time. I am still unsure as to why they didn't want to include him into the Scooby squad. I mean this isn't the first time he has had a negative experience with Wesen. This time he actually knew what they were dealing with. I kind of understand why they don't want to, I mean way too many people know about it. The best way to keep something a secret is to keep it to yourself, the second best is to tell only one other person that you trust and so on and so forth. The more people that know the more likely Nick's secret slips. And they still haven't moved the trailer. But the case for Wu seems inevitable, I doubt they are going to keep his character there forever. Wu eventually is going to be part of the team. I don't understand why not now.

Adalind is back and her baby is just as powerful I think this is going to be fun. And I can't wait until she and Nick meet up again.
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I'm so pissed off that Nick didn't tell Wu the truth after all.
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Aww, I hope Wu is alright. I've been expecting him to find out about the Wesen for awhile now, but I didn't think about him losing his mind. Seems like Nick and Hank could have helped him out after he checked himself into the mental hospital, at least.
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Excellent episode! I love Wu and he will definitely be okay. Nick and Hank have to get to him asap and explain that he is NOT crazy. However, it's always difficult to hear the Wesen tale, and you never know how the recipient will react. But overall, I think it's a good thing that Wu will be in the know along with all our favourite characters.

I suppose there's also a small chance that Nick and Hank will consider him too fragile to handle the truth, and will choose to keep him in the dark. I think that would be a mistake!
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I am so devastated when Wu enters the asylum in the end... Why can't Nick and Sean just recruit one more member in the team? Then we have more ppl talking about Wesens.. HAIZ.. POOR WU
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