I love it when I issue demands and TV just obeys. Last week, Sergeant Wu ended up all One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in the wake of an unfortunate run-in with an Aswang and that was crappy, but a little heart-to-heart with Juliette fixed him right up. The (almost) truth will set you free and all that. However, I can't help but worry that he's eventually going to discover the (real) truth, at which point he's going to be pissed and probably resent Nick and Hank a little bit for letting him think he was crazy. It's okay, though. Wu has always been kind of a lighthearted character—one of the few on Grimm—and strapping this ticking time-bomb to him adds a mucho appreciated layer to the character and the potential stories involving him.
Anne Dudek (Covert Affairs, Mad Men) guest-starred as a grumpy doctor who just wanted to examine her weird Anubis-shaped mummy in peace and quiet, regardless of the homicide that'd gone down in her lab. "I have a lot of work." Lady, there's a dead body next to your other dead body!
But whatevs. Lots of Wesen mythology this week, kids, and Wesen mythology makes the world in that Universal logo at the end of the credits go round. It turned out that Anne Dudek's weird Anubis-shaped mummy was shaped like that famous Egyptian god because it was Anubis. Or rather, an Anubis. Anubis is a type of Wesen that, like many other types of Wesen, was worshiped as a god by the ancient Egyptians. That sounded awesome, until Nick got the unsanitized version of ancient Wesen history: Anubis (Anubises? Anubi? Or is it like deer and deer?) were worshiped alright, but they were also coveted by pharaohs as prized additions to their burial swag and often tortured into woging so they could be killed and mummified in their woged state. Pretty sadistic, Grimm, are you sure airing back to back with Hannibal isn't making you all extra weird and gory? (In other news: how 'bout that waterboarding technique?)
So as if Nick didn't have enough on his plate learning a whole new chapter of Wesen history and tracking down a homicidal Wesen cultural purist, the council rolled back into town and decided to enlist Nick's help in nabbing their mutual prey and by "decided to enlist Nick's help" I mean they basically ordered him to and he was kind of okay with it until he realized they wanted him to execute the guy for them and by "execute" I mean chase him around and be distracted so council "fixer" Alexander could steal the Anubis mummy. Whew. Yeah. It was one of those episodes. While Nick was mildly annoyed by the manipulation and did his whole tall, dark and grimm routine for like a second, he ultimately let Alex take the mummy to give it a proper funeral because the Wesen stance on displaying the mummified remains of their ancestors is that the whole practice is "grotesque" and "distasteful" and it's kind of making me feel weird about our treatment of human mummies. I mean, when you put it like that... it's a little messed up.
MEANWHILE, IN THE BACKWOODS OF AUSTRIA? I GUESS?...
Renard's man-on-the-ground in Vienna, Sebastian, got caught by the Royals and tortured into revealing where Adalind, Monster Baby, and Dashing Rescuer were hiding. Monster Baby played mind games with Dashing and Adalind's face, plus that nifty flashback implied that it's "talents" probably had something to do with the two heartbeats the ultrasound tech detected that one time. SWEET. Grimm's monster-baby > Falling Skies' monster-baby, although that may just be because, all things considered, we haven't been over-exposed to Grimm's baby.
AND BACK IN PORTLANDIA...
Monrosalee began their wedding planning and then they were interrupted by Alexander's arrival and being dragged into yet another one of Nick's cases. I love how they complain, but ultimately join in the shenanigans. Mostly, I just love them.
– How long do you think it'll be until Wu figures everything out? Or has he already done so?
– What's the significance of the two heartbeats?
– Shouldn't a film from 1928 have deteriorated to the point of being unwatchable after just being shoved in a canister in a trailer for who knows how long?
– I would totally watch a fake documentary about Wesen history and culture (let me show you my fake Star Wars history books while I'm at it).
What'd you think of "Once We Were Gods"?
AIRED ON 5/20/2016
Season 5 : Episode 22