On Friday's Grimm, Nick and Hank investigate an arson based homicide, that not surprisingly turns out to be wesen related, and need help from someone from Nick's (and the show's) past. Meanwhile, Viktor and Adalind make some progress into tracking down Kelly Burkhardt and finding out who was involved in Diana's fake kidnapping. And while the episode itself was pretty good, the last 5 minutes are spectacular. Spoilers after the break.
The arson case starts with a couple of store clerks deciding to stay after closing and have some of the boss' liquor in his office. Too bad for them, that's the night a wesen has shown up to burn the place down. When one of the clerks breaks open a window, it causes a backdraft and they're burned, which gets homicide detectives Nick and Hank called in.
After the arson unit informs the the fire didn't behave like expected, and it turns out the business was declaring bankruptcy, Hank and Nick ask Wu to check on the owner's lawyer and if there was any similar cases. It turns out there were similar cases and an arson investigator was getting close to catching the guy. That is until Nick arrested him.
Turns out the arson investigator was bauerschwein Peter Orson, who had tried to take revenge on the blutbad that killed his brothers, who happened to be Angelina, Monroe's ex-girlfriend and while he didn't kill her he did manage to kill her brothers, including Hap, who remains the 2nd best blutbad to have been on the show. Nick and Hank go to prison to visit Orson and see if he'll help.
Nick reminds Orson of something he once said, "whatever else we are, we're both cops" and gets him temporarily released so he can help with the case. Which leads to a fun moment in Renard's office where he finds out that both Hank and Renard know what's going on.
Orson has notes in his old case files so he and Hank head down to check on those while Nick heads to the trailer, taking Sgt Wu with him. They learn the wesen is an excandesco, thought to be the inspiration for the phoenix, and that one of these wesen, working for Nero, was responsible for real historical event, the great fire of Rome in 64AD.
After they know what they're going to be dealing with, Orson figures out he probably has high amounts of phosphorus that allows him to ignite when he woges, and tells Nick he can come up with something to cover him in so he can't light up but he'll need special ingredients. Which means the spice shop, and Nick calls ahead and when Rosalee tells him Monroe is out on a watch repair job, he figures it should be safe to bring Orson.
Then Monroe comes back unexpectedly and a fight almost starts. Rosalee tells Monroe that the blutbad bauerschwein feud is no better than the "old traditon" of the wesenrein that almost killed him for marrying her, and eventually he comes around to seeing that she's right and helps out.
The phoenix wesen actually feels bad about the two killed in the fire, as the store was supposed to be empty. Turns out the lawyer and the store owner's son were in on it. The son was going to inherit the store, which was passed on to his dad from his dad, but didn't want it so he hired the phoenix wesen but hadn't counted on the two closing the store to stick around. The phoenix wesen starts killing anyone who can ID him, including the lawyer. Nick and Hank catch up to the son who confesses and they have Rosalee and Monroe meet them at the store with their anti-ignition solution, which they've loaded into super soakers.
Once he woges, they spray him with the stuff. And then it turns out if he can't ignite outward, he burns up inside and he explodes.
After explaining what happened to Sgt Wu, he takes his super cop game up a notch and suggests that maybe the guy had a homemade bomb strapped to himself and that's what should go in the official report.
Monroe tells Orson he doesn't forgive him for killing Hap (and neither do I, he was a fun goofy blutbad), and Orson doesn't forgive Angelina for killing his brothers, and then they shake on it, as a symbol of letting the feud go, just not the actual personal stuff.
Nick and Hank drop Orson back off in prison, feeling better for being able to get out and be a cop again for a little while and maybe have that help him in his next parole hearing.
And we get what is probably the 2nd best moment of the night. Nick's new addition to his deadly arsenal (Gifs from FYNB Tumblr).
And now the main event. Renard's agent reports that Kelly Burkhardt sold the car Juliette gave her soon after arriving in Seattle, so Sean will check on purchases within 3 days of that. And then his agent shows up at Viktor's hotel to tell him everything he told Renard, the traitor!
After he confirms to both Viktor and Adalind that the car Kelly left in was Juliette's, Adalind decides to pay her a visit, ending in a fight that surpasses the wesenrein showdown in Tribunal. Words can't do it justice, so here is a video.
And in case you can't view the video, here is most of the fight in Gif form (courtesy of Tumblr - mymarsrevolution).
I will be re-watching that fight all week! Juliette makes her first surprise attack really count. And then it turns out she doesn't need the advantage of surprise because from the look of it, she's more powerful than Adalind. And that look of fear on Adalind's face! And her cuts, compared to just a small bruise on Juliette's chin. Best hexenbiest fight ever!
And the look on Juliette's face after Adalind runs off. She's surveying the damage, mostly caused by her, and she looks impressed with herself. Love it.
And as seen in the video, and the gifs below (courtesy of Tumblr - wogedwesen), Juliette finally does a show & tell with Nick. I have to give credit to the show, it only took her 3 episodes since finding out she was a hexenbiest to tell Nick, and that included two other attempts to tell him before that.
Can't wait for next week's episode.
From the supersoakers to the hexenbiest throwdown this was both literally (the real kind) and figuratively the most explosive last 5 minutes of an episode. Loved it!
Sgt. Wu, in addition to being the most competent cop, and being a better study of the books in the trailer than Nick, is now getting to Renard's level of coming up with cover stories to explain wesen happenings with his homemade explosives idea. He's going to be running that precinct one day.
Nick took a picture of a page from one of his books to show Orson what an excandesco looks like so maybe that will give Wu the idea of scanning all the books. I'd say "give Nick the idea" but that's less believable than Wu thinking of it.
I wonder if Wu will end up bringing Renard to the trailer. Hank once asked Nick and the reply was "hell no" but as far as Wu can tell they're all friends and they're all cops so why not?
It was cool that Rosalee pointed out that the blutbad-bauerschwein feud is just as "traditional" and dumb as the wesenrein's pure blood beliefes and I'm glad Monroe saw that she was right.
I am loving that the couch in the living room is becoming Juliette's post-fight spot, I hope this becomes an actual tradition for her to sit there and maybe have a drink after any time she kills or fights someone off in their home.
Now that she's told Nick, I'm looking forward to her also telling Monroe, Rosalee, Hank, and if she comes back to town, Trubel, that should be a fun one to see.
Compared to other characters on other shows, telling Nick after 3 episodes is pretty good, and even above average. And the two attempts in previous episodes are extra credit.
What did you all think?
Update: Thanks for mainpaging, Cheryl!