Rosalee and Monroe's wedding day finally arrived—and as predicted, Nick's Grimm bullsh*t pretty much ruined it.
All this could have been mostly avoided by telling Adalind, our monster baby momma, where her freaking offspring was... or at least where it wasn't. I ain't even mad at her, though I reserve the right to change my mind if Renard bites it when Grimm returns for Season 4. At least Creepy Wesen FBI Agent is no more.
The parallels in "Blond Ambition" ran deep: Nick and Trubel compared their lonely childhoods; the old-school ways of Monroe's parents stood alongside Monrosalee's modern marriage (and no one got hurt until Trubel showed up); and Adalind returned to her old ways, terrorizing Juliette as a means to an end before presumably running off to Europe yet again on some misguided mission. Whereas Grimm's Season 2 finale seemingly killed all of Nick—temporarily—"Blond Ambition" chose to subdue only one aspect of our "hero": his Grimm powers, mirroring Adalind's own experience with losing her powers to Nick.
Adalind was a busy lady in this episode, which was both awesome and a little tedious at times. I don't think any of us wanted yet another drawn-out Nick-and-Juliette angstfest, and if they'd broken up yet again as a result of Nick's icky infidelities with Adalindiette, my enthusiasm for this finale probably would've been greatly decreased. At full three seasons in, Grimm is still too young to start repeating itself, and yes, sure, Adalind going all evil on Juliette and Nick isn't exactly new territory, but her intentions are noble and everyone kind of had it coming. Don't mess with the Hexen-momma, you know? Adalind was downright sweet when she had Diana in tow.
But of course, like so many TV weddings, Rosalee and Monroe's just had to be interrupted. First Rosalee's sister got trashed and destroyed the gown. Then Trubel burst onto the scene to warn Nick about the one, possibly two corpses of law enforcement officials in his house—at exactly the moment when half the guest list was in mid-woge and totally saw her scary soulless Grimm eyes. But at least it wasn't Nick who was outed, I guess?
Poor Monroe and Rosalee aren't even fazed by this crap anymore. I bet they pulled themselves together and went back to bouquet-tossing and cake-fighting as soon as the posse pulled out of the parking lot.
Also unfazed was Juliette herself, who was totally unamused and annoyed by the latest interruption to her personal life by Grimm problems. She's come a long way from Flailing Damsel origins. Now that we're looking at yet another example of Nick's night job compromising the safety and happiness of the people he cares about, we have to start drawing the comparisons between Nick's way of living as a Grimm and his mother and aunt's methods. Kelly Burkhardt faked her death and essentially abandoned Nick in order to keep him safe, and Aunt Marie warned Nick against keeping ties to Juliette once his Grimm traits began to manifest. A Grimm's life is a lonely one, and while we've seen numerous examples of how that can go wrong, most recently with last week's episode, maybe sometimes the old way can't be helped, and shouldn't be helped.
How many more disruptions must the bystanders in Nick's life endure? Season 3 showed a decided shift in the attitudes of many of Nick's allies. Rosalee and Monroe—especially Rosalee—voiced concern about Nick's endless need for their assistance, and how often that assistance has put them at odds with the Wesen Council. Juliette is so over all of this; from Adalind to Trubel to Renard, she's just done.
Elsewhere, while answering Trubel's 911 call, Wu stumbled across some jarring Grimm literature in Nick's house that brought back memories of his first tangle with a Wesen—and they weren't good ones. Nick's refusal to tell Wu the truth about what Wu saw led to Wu's time in the psych ward. And even though Wu is made out of sunshine and awesomeness, if I were him, I'd be pretty pissed at Nick right now.
I don't mean to condemn Nick's life choices or take the side of one type of Grimm existence over another. Nick's refusal to live in the shadows, despite his birthright, parallels the plight of those Wesen we've met throughout the seasons who defy their own upbringings to live in the open. And given Grimm's attitude thus far with regard to conservative Wesen versus progressive ones, I think the official stance is clear. Change is good.
However, change isn't easy, and Nick's recent mistakes will make that change even harder still. Without his powers, without Renard—the only other party here who really knows what's going on—and potentially without the allies he's counted on time and time and time again over the last few years, the Grimm that returns in the fall could be a much more spartan version of the collaborative effort we've grown accustomed to.
– What's on your Season 4 wishlist? Honestly, Trubel has grown on me—we just gotta do something about that nickname.
– Will Renard survive?
– How pissed is Wu right now?
– The glasses idea at the wedding was actually pretty clever. Too bad no one bothered to tell Trubel about the wedding full of Wesen.
– So many conflicts on this show could be avoided with some simple communication.
– Catty bridal judginess time: Y'all paid $7,200 for that? Rosalee's earrings, however, were fabulous. And Juliette's red coat. And Juliette's clutch. Someone needs to tell Trubel that the under-eye eyeliner is so Warped Tour 2004.
– I'm really sad about the state of Adalind and Renard. :(
– I'm also sad that we didn't get another Baby Diana sighting before the season wrapped up. Oh well.
– What did you think of the finale? And the season as a whole? While I think that last year's zombiefest was a little more ZOMG crazypants as far as season finales go, I really enjoyed this season overall and I can't wait for Season 4 to build on it. See you then! Thanks for reading! <3
AIRED ON 5/20/2016
Season 5 : Episode 22