On Friday’s Grimm, Nick, Hank, and returning character Deputy Sheriff Janelle Farris investigate what appears to be yet another wesen-related murder, Monroe and Rosalee decide they’re not just going to take Henrietta’s word for it that Juliette can’t be helped, and speaking of, Juliette decides to cause some trouble for people she doesn’t know, for a change. Spoilers after the break.
First, we get a very slight twist on the “x hours earlier” trope. It’s really just semantics but at least they’re trying to be different.
We can hear Nick yelling “no, Hank!” and as we go into the house, Hank is attacking Nick, and doing a pretty good job of it.
And it ends with Hank’s arm up against Nick’s throat while Nick tries to remind him they’re friends. We’ll get to the full fight later but it’s time for when now will be now.
Monroe and Rosalee are at home expecting Nick and Hank over for dinner and going over what not to bring up, like the scene with Juliette at the spice shop from the previous episode. After being offered some wine, and then asking for something stronger, Nick talks about how he drives around each night looking to find her (guess he never drove by Renard’s new place, but he might not know where it is), and that he’s sorry but he can’t do this dinner thing.
Rosalee talks with Monroe and Hank, telling them she’s not just going to listen to Henrietta, someone she’s never even met, and that they need to talk to Sean Renard and get the book, the hat, and anything else used for the spell. Hank reminds them they’re also going to need Juliette.
Who has decided to cause a little trouble for some strangers. She walks into a bar, orders a vodka on the rocks, and is immediately hit on, either because she’s using her hexenbiest wiles or because it’s not like she’s hard on the eyes to begin with and she’s at a bar drinking alone.
After getting the guy who offers to pay for her drink to also pay for the next one, and to tell her she’s pretty, she woges, but only he sees it, and then throws him across the room when he tries to stop her from leaving. The bartender says he’s calling the cops, but she’s already walking out the door. So either she stuck around or did the same thing at another bar a couple doors down because she ends up in jail and Nick finds out from Sgt. Wu.
He visits her at her cell, and tells her he’s still not giving up. But while Nick is certain he’d never hurt her, Juliette isn’t sure she wouldn’t hurt him. And she finally admits that she likes having her power, and that she doesn’t want to give it up, or go back to not being able to see the hidden wesen world among them. She didn’t have to let them arrest her, she only did it to see if Nick would come to her rescue. But Nick lets her know that unless “rescue” meant “stop by for a visit”, that’s not the case. He feels she’s safer in jail, and that way he knows where to find her.
This visit was during the case he and Hank are working, which involves a school janitor killed by some kind of cat creature, that mauled him. While telling them what he knows, Sgt. Wu also mentions that the Deputy Sheriff is also on scene, who Hank recalls as Sheriff Farris, and she lets them know this is about as weird as the last time they worked together (Highway of Tears).
After a talk with the principal, they learn that the janitor was suspected of having written some racial slurs in the locker of a Native American student, Simon George, who left the school as soon as he turned 18. The principal considered this a failure on her part, but she could never prove the janitor was involved.
Cut to Simon, who wakes up with blood around his mouth. He takes a drink from a nearby river, in a very cat-like manner, and then freaks out at the reflection of himself (that is the spirit he seeks in the water).
Nick, Hank and Janelle find him, and they all see him turn into a cat-like creature, so it’s not wesen but something else.
While Nick is visiting Juliette at her jail cell, Hank and Sheriff Farris visit the local Native American expert, Hector Ballou, who tells them that the dead janitor is one of 3 men believed to be responsible for the death of Simon George’s father. After describing what they saw, he tells them it is the Mishipeshu, a water creature from the Great Lakes. It has possessed Simon to get vengeance on those who beat his father to death.
The gang enter a spirit tent so they can try to connect with Simon. And having seen what they’ve seen, Nick and Hank aren’t exactly skeptics.
Hank and Janelle each take a sip but before Nick can Hector stops him, saying there’s something different about him, and he hadn’t noticed it before but it’s better that he not participate. Eventually, Hank seems to have taken on Simon’s memories and he sees what Simon saw all those years ago, 3 men beating his father to death. He then freaks out and takes off.
George has been injured while running from the cops, so when he runs into Hank at the Mishipeshu totem, the spirit leaves him and enters Hank.
Once Nick and Sheriff Farris figure out who the third potential victim is, they stake out his house until Hank shows up to kill him. Which leads to the fight we got a hint of earlier, and here it is in full. But first, Hank gets to “woge”, sort of.
After the fight, Nick, Hank and especially Deputy Sheriff Farris are unhappy that the guy they just saved is guilty of murder, but the only witness was a 5 year old, 25 years ago. But it seems Mishipeshu hasn’t given up just yet, and he gets his. Afterwards, the spirit takes a drink from the river.
And then we get the reveal of who the spirit was using for this last kill.
I’m sure she can learn to live with it after a couple days and/or a couple drinks. A murderer has been brought to justice by a spirit she had no control over. Consider it case closed
There was one side story, Rosalee and Monroe call Sean Renard to ask for the book, hat and any other info he might have. Over the phone, he lets them know he’s tried contacting his mother but hasn’t had any luck (maybe she’s actually found Kelly Burkhardt and they’re bonding over taking care of Diana). After he gets off the phone, he seems to be mesmerized by a bunch of $100 bills the man in front of him is flipping through (I would be too, the guy had a lot of cash on him).
So he does what any normal half-zauberbiest bastard royal would do, he follows the man to his car, knocks him out with one punch, and takes his wallet. While going through it at his office he doesn’t see whatever he saw before but checks the ID just in case.
Let’s see if that name comes up later. At this point Sgt. Wu walks in to get him caught up on the current case, and he tells Wu he somehow ended up with this wallet that isn’t his (Wu provides the helpful suggestion that maybe someone mistook his jacket for their own and put it in there themself). After he asks Wu to find the man and return it anonymously, we get an interesting statistic about wesen-related crimes.
Because he doesn’t know it’s a Native American spirit, Wu believes this case is another wesen one (safe assumption most times). He then asks the captain about how many crimes in Portland are wesen related, guessing around 20-30%. And then Renard hits him with “one way or another most crime in most places is wesen related.” Boom!
Meanwhile, with the book and hat, Monroe and Rosalee are doing what they can to help Juliette, because she’s their friend and they’re good people.
A little nitpicking: When Nick and Hank arrive at Monroe and Rosalee’s house, Rosalee hugs Nick but not Hank. C’mon, after all he did just with helping to rescue Monroe from the wesenrein he doesn’t get a hug too? And then Nick and Monroe shake hands. Again, no hug? After all they’ve been through, and he was best man at his wedding. It’s ok for guys who are close friends to hug.
At the dinner, Hank mentions how it’ll be nice to have a home cooked meal. This reminds us of a few things. One, Hank is single and lives alone. Two, in all that time, Hank hasn’t learned to cook for himself. Not that he’s necessarily had time between his police work and helping Nick with the Grimm stuff, he probably doesn’t want to spend the time and energy making dinner after that. And his last two romantic interests, besides the deputy sheriff were wesen. First there was Adalind but he didn’t know and she was just using him Then there was that wesen with the son who was involved in a case and he knew and was ok with it but she wasn’t. Poor Hank.
Even though it wasn’t quite the same, I’m happy Hank sort of got to woge!
In all fairness I’d be pretty hypnotized by a wallet full of $100 bills too, but could this have anything to do with Renard’s recent visions, or from his last encounter with Juliette?
Another great Renard moment. When Monroe and Rosalee asks if he’s seen Juliette recently, he flashes back to her seducing him, but just says “yes, and she isn’t herself”. Classic Renard. Also doesn’t mention she’s been staying with him, although right now it doesn’t matter, she’s got other accommodations.
What did you all think?
Thanks for mainpaging, Cheryl!
(Gifs and correct spelling of wesen/sprits courtesty of Grimm Wiki).