Tonight’s episode of Grimm bore a strange resemblance to a warning that the three witches in MacBeth made,”double, double, toil and trouble.” The show begins with Nick looking through his Aunt’s camper. He’s found a key but doesn’t know what it goes to, but apparently, this key is some sort of Holy Grail for the players in this show.
One of the main players is Capt. Renard, and the scene shifts to him in a parking lot when a strange man puts a gun to his head and tells him that his cousin would like to speak with him. He’s also informed that he’ll have to drive to meet with him, and the Capt. is warned that neither his cousin nor the family are happy with how things have been progressing or, in their case, NOT progressing as it should. Renard listens to the what the man who’s come to take him to his cousin has to say about the state of the plan, and tells him that having to drive is better than having to die, and the man tells him not to rule that out. It was an odd conversation and an odder still declaration, but where it leads is something that we’ll just have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, back in the camper, Nick is looking all over for what the key that his Aunt told him to guard with his life might fit? He’s got no clue, and we have even less. He knocks over an ink well and for some reason, this triggers an idea within him to take the key an imprint of it on paper. From what we can see, the repetition of this makes a pattern, perhaps a gate? Again, the clue isn’t clear at this point. Before we can learn anything more about the key, Juliette calls and tells them that they’ve got to get ready to meet Hank for dinner with his new date, so Nick prepares to leave.
On the other hand, Sgt. Renard has met with the guy who speaks French and we learn that this man [Antoine] is his cousin. He informs his cousin that things aren’t moving as they should, and the family wants the key or they’ll take it from “the Grimm” themselves. Sgt. Renard tells his cousin that he’s working on the situation as best he can and that he’s come a long way for nothing. Then, he knocks out the guard and shoots his cousin, before he kills them both. As he’s getting ready to shoot the guard, he tells him it’s nothing personal, and the guard replies that it feels that way.
Meanwhile, Nick and Juliette walk into the restaurant to meet Hank and his mystery date. Nick’s face goes blank, and he’s stunned, when he sees that it’s Adalind. She smiles broadly at him.
“It’s nice to see you again!”
He doesn’t look like he shares the same sentiment, and immediately everyone can feel the tension and awkwardness creep into the dinner plans. Adalind makes small talk with Juliette about her being a vet and mentions a rare cat she has. Nick isn’t pleased that Juliette and Adalind seem to be getting along. Still, Adalind tells Juliette of this cool, wild cat she has that has a scarab mark on its forehead. Nick says sarcastically that it seems to have an unusual mark under its tongue too which makes Adalin uncomfortable, but she handles the comment well by saying that she’s never noticed.
The scene shifts back to Sgt. Renard who goes to visit a woman. She seems happy to see him when she opens the door.
“You have the smell of violence,” she tells him.
“You use to like that,” he replies.
She tells him that she still does.
Then, they begin to discuss Adalind and we get our first clue that the woman and Adalind are tied together in some way. The woman, who we later learn is named, Catherine, and is Adalind’s mother, asks Renard that if Adalind “does this”, my debt is paid, and Renard tells her yes.
Sgt. Renard warns that she needs to make certain that the plan happens the way it’s suppose to, and expresses his concern because, “Sometimes, Adalind has a little mind of her own.” Katherine considers this, then asks. “What happens when you find the key?”
Renard looks at her intently and replies: :Those who help will be remembered and rewarded, those who don’t will be forgotten.”
We begin to understand, at this point, how high the stakes are becoming.
Back at the dinner, the four struggle to have a decent time together, but clearly everyone can see that there’s an undercurrent of tension. Hank is busy singing Adalind’s praises, and it’s clear that he’s fallen in love with her. Juliette manages to extract an interesting piece of information about two people killed in Adalind’s law office weeks prior. She appears to still be dealing with the fallout from that event, when Juliette tells the table that Nick got very upset over those murders.
A “saved by the bell” moment comes, when Adalind gets a phone call and excuses herself from the table to take it. This is Nick’s que to excuse himself to the rest room, but what he really does is follow Adalind into the stairwell and warn her to stay out of Hank’s life. She studies Nick for a minute and asks him if he’s ever given a thought that what’s going on between her and Hank just might be the real deal. Nick tells her no, and that he’s not going to let her hurt Hank. Then, we see the true Adalind emerge when she smiles sweetly and dares him to try and stop her. Nick gets very upset, but tells Hank that it’s just some problems he’s having with Juliette that he doesn’t want to get into.
The comment seems to placate Hank, then he tells Nick that they got a call about two dead bodies and the dinner is going to have to be put on hold. Nick seems relieved.
They get to the scene, and some pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place because we’re looking at the dead bodies of Capt. Renard’s cousin and body guard. Weird things begin to happen at the scene however. Wu eats a hunk of chap stick, which troubles Nick when he sees it happen. He shrugs it off and gets the particulars on the case. It appears the two guys knew one another and shot one another but it’s unclear why? As Hank and Nick are assessing the scene, Hank asks Nick what he thinks about Adalind, and Nick says that he doesn’t see it working out. Hank doesn’t like the answer, but Nick cautions Hank that Adalind was involved in one of their cases, and as cops, they are suppose to keep those kind of things separate.
Hank plays down the comment, but finds a cell phone under the car, and they bag it.
Once again, Nick witnesses Sgt. Wu eating more chap stick and makes a face. He can’t place his finger on the weird things that are happening, nor can we. Not only does he eat chap stick but he eats coins from a machine after he buys himself a soda. Given the last few episodes, we know it’s tied into the spell that Adalind put on Hank which Wu innocently walked into.
Nick goes to see Monroe to discuss all the weird happenings with him, and he tells him that he’ll call Rosalee and run some things by here. Nick asks him to.
Back at the office, Capt Renard is asking Hank and Nick about the case they’re working on. They have no clue that the guy named Antoine is his cousin nor that the Captain knew the guard either.
Wu gives them all the rundown on what they have on the case so far, then he tells Nick that he’s been having stomach problems lately, and Nick quips it’s no wonder, because he’s been seeing the strange things that Sgt. Wu has been eating. Wu notes that he’s been gaining weight but doesn’t know why? Then, he tells Nick he thinks he’s going to pass out. When he does, and Nick’s attention is diverted away from the evidence of the case that he and Hank are working on, Capt. Renard steals the cell phone that Hank found at the scene.
The scene shifts to Adalind showing up at her house to find her mother, Catherine there. She tells her mother the new beau is the partner is “the Grimm” and her assignment is about getting the key. Her mother listens intently when Adalind tells her that it’s going to get ugly.
Catherine assures her daughter. “Don’t worry, you do ugly so well!”
The phone rings and Adalind tells her mother that it’s Hank – the mark.
“Put on a smile, they can hear it in your voice,” her mother suggests before she walks away
Hank wants to get together, but Adalind makes the excuse that her mother is visiting and they’ve not seen each other in a while. Given that Hank is watching what’s going on in her house through the window, he can see that she’s telling the truth and let’s it go for the evening.
Meanwhile, at the hospital, the doctor is talking to Nick about all the stuff in Wu’s stomach – keys, money, weird stuff, and Nick wants to know what would make someone do that? The doctor states that stressful jobs can make people do strange things and recommends that he gets some help.
So, Nick goes to talk to Monroe about both Hank and Adalind.
“How do you tell your partner he’s dating a witch?” he laments. “Could she have done something to him?”
“Hell yeah!” Monroe tells him. “It’s what they do.” Then, he offers to call Rosalee to see if she knows anything about witches that could help them with Hank.
Back at the precinct, Capt. Renard takes apart the cell phone, and replaces the SIM card with a new one. Then, he replaces the gun back on Nick’s desk.
At Rosalee’s, Nick and Monroe are trying to figure out how a human would fall in love with a Hexenbeist, and conclude that it’s got to involve a potion of some kind. Rosalee is asking about things regarding their meeting and tells the guys that she’ll check Freddy’s sales books to see if Adalind been there. It doesn’t take long for the “BINGO” moments. Rosalee finds the list that Adalind made and shows it to Nick and Monroe. She tells them it’s a very deadly potion – deadly in love to deadly dead. Monroe looks it over and tells Nick that if Hank is too far gone on his feelings for Adalind that he’s toast.
Nick wants to know if there’s an anecdote, and Rosalee tells him that there might be an anecdote but it would take her some time to find it. He encourages them to look, so that’s what Rosalee and Monroe do: they pour over recipe books looking for anything that might help them. Rosalee stumbles upon something and recalls Sgt. Wu. She mentions it to Nick.
Back at Adalind’s house, she’s getting ready for her seduction of Hank. Adalind grumbles about something her mother is doing to her. “You should be use to that now,” Catherine says. “Beauty is never without pain.” Then, she looks her daughter over and tells her that this detective is one lucky guy. When Catherine turns Adalind around from the make-up chair, we see her face is covered in leeches. It’s as much anyone’s guess at this point, what all this has to do with anything, but we know it does somehow.
Nick goes back to the station and says something to Hank who gets on to him about not taking the phone to evidence. Nick tells him about Wu, but Hank is distracted thinking about Adalind when who should call? You guessed it.
She tells Hank she misses him, and invites him over to her place. We see Capt. Renard is with her, making sure she carries the plan out. Nick asks to speak to her and apologizes. Then, replies, pointedly that she’s really got him under some kind of spell.
She tells Nick. “That’s your surprise”.
They get information back on the cell phone: it’s clean – nothing is on it. Nick finds the news suspect that an old phone would have a new SIM card in it, but can’t figure out why that would be done. He’s also getting worried about Hank.
However, just as we see Nick looking worried for Hank, Rosalee finds the recipe that Adalind must have used and shows it to Monroe. He reads, “Death for love”.
Back at the precinct, Nick goes to Renard and tells him something is bothering him about the shooting. He tells the Capt. his thoughts: He thinks there was a third man, who drove a separate car. You and I know that’s exactly what happened. Renard tells Nick that he thinks he’s a great detective, but that the two men came from two strong political families with important connections back in Europe. He cautions Nick that they aren’t going to let them, meaning the Oregon Police, get involved in personal/international affairs. Nick is troubled by that.
However, before Nick can really give the Captain’s words much thought, Monroe calls him to tell him that Hank may be knocking on Heaven’s door, and he needs to get over to Adalind’s.
Here is what we learn about the spell: it’s part of an obsession formula – designed to make the intended become an obsession person. Nick is talking to the two of them, trying to figure out what the game plan is that this would be done to Hank. Rosalee tells him that she has all the ingredients, she just has to mix it up. They watch Rosalee made the concoction and her tell them both that a pair of prongs must be placed in the victim’s nostrils to inject the potion. They both look dumbfounded by that development but know the first one they need to try the potion out on is Sgt. Wu.
They go to his apartment and we find that Wu is eating his carpet. Nick bangs on the door and demands to be let in, but Wu tells Nick he’s busy eating. Nick wants to know what, and Wu tells him fiber. hey break in as he starts to choke.
Nick and Monroe hold him back while Juliette injects the concoction into his nostrils.
He wakes up in a funk, but seems better. Monroe thinks it works.
Time to get it to Hank who is at Adalind’s and won’t talk to Nick because he’s got a hot date. The alarm bell rings in Nick’s head and get over to Adalind’s
In one quick flash, we see Adalind dressed seductively. Then, they show her in leather walking out.
Nick says he’s brining her down when they get to Adalind’s apartment.
They go into inside to find Hank in her bed. He’s still alive, but he’s unconscious. They ask Rosalee why that would be? She tells them that Adalind altered the potion because they had sex. Hank’s in a coma – he’s in a mental coma. The potion they have won’t work. She tells him that they have to use Nick’s blood and kill Adalind.
Just then, Adalind calls Nick and tells him that Hank will be dead by morning unless she gets the key that his aunt gave him. She tells Nick the key or Hank.
Monroe and Rosalee tell Nick that the only way to bring Hank back is with the blood of a Grimm. They look at him and inform him that it must be his blood.
Nick goes to the park in search of Adalind. He tells her that he didn’t bring the key. She tells him that Hank’s going to die. Nick, un-phased, asks her how she intends to explain a dead cop in her bed. She shrugs, uncaring, and says that it happens all the time. Then, she starts to walk away.
Nick calls her. “I think it’s time we settle our differences violently.”
She changes into the witch and leaps toward him. They fight.
Monroe and Rosalee say if Hank wakes up then Adalind is dead. Monroe looks at Rosalee, “…and if he doesn’t?”
She doesn’t answer.
Then, he says that he should have gone with him.
At the park, Nick kisses Adalind and draws blood from his mouth and passes it onto her. She begins to writhe, and her witch spirit disappears. Hank wakes up gasping but the surprising thing is so does Adalind.
“You killed me!” She screams. “You took my powers! Now, I’m just like everybody else.”
She tells Nick that she’s nothing and she walks out of the forest crying.
Hank wakes up, wondering what they’re all doing in Adalind’s bedroom?
Monroe calls Nick, “What do you want me to tell him?”
We don’t get that answer, but we see Adalind go to her mother. Catherine knows the Grimm got his blood into her.
Adalind looks at her mother and Renard and says dumbfounded “The Grimm knew. How did he know.”
Renard says disgusted. “Because he’s smarter than you!”
And, her mother calls her an amateur. They both tell her she’s useless to them now – just another pretty girl. She leaves her mother’s house and the door closes on her.
Nick is back at his Aunt’s camper, making impressions of the key she told him never to lose. He realizes they make a pattern, and he looks at them through a magnifying glass. We see the traces of something, but we don’t know what. And the Grimm tale ends for this week.
The plan continues to unfold, and we’re coming into some kind of showdown. I’m not sure yet just what it is, but it’s going to effect all the Grimm creatures. Stay tuned, and see you next week. With regard to tonight: score 1 for the Grimm team!
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