Nick (David Giuntoli) goes up against a fly guy (nyuk nyuk) as he battles the Sandman as Grimm returns to a case of the week format.
Let’s bitch it out…
Case of the week: Andre (he of the Australian or South African accent) spits parasitic sand-worms into victims that are activated by tears. The worms have barbs that hook into the eyeball and create symptoms that are the equivalent of “river-blindness”. Naturally Nick ends up blinded (someone we know had to get infected), which actually heightens his other Grimm senses – an issue that persists even after he’s been cured. Should be interesting to see how this helps Nick moving forward
Crazy-of-the-week: After she continues seeing and hearing things, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) visits Rosalee (Bree Turner) for help. Naturally Rosalee can’t see or hear anything, so Juliette believes she’s going cray-cray. At the end of the episode, though, the online predictions from the show’s fan base seem to be on track: the visions/voices appear to be her memories of Nick returning.
- Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) has dirty-sexy dreams about Juliette transforming into a hexenbiest. I’d be intrigued, but it’s literally two seconds long, so this is little more than a tease
- It’s unconventional, but Nick’s blindness creates two unlikely teams: Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) & Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Nick & Rosalee. They’re combos we never knew we wanted! Too bad we only get them for a few minutes
- How refreshing is it when Casey actually manages to defend herself against Andre until our team arrives to save her? Bonus points for stabbing the bad guy to death, even if we knew it was coming
- Andre drives a bright red old model car with fins. Hardly the most conspicuous of vehicles for someone looking to sneak around and spit in people’s eyes
- On the other side of the Alantic, Adalind (Claire Coffee) gets the results of the test back…and she’s definitely pregnant. And since she’s carrying a half royal child, the baby is worth a boatload. Much like Renard’s piece, this is merely a tease to whet our appetite, but expect this to explode in time for finale time
- Finally, the fly transformation FX is truly exceptional…exceptionally bad, that is. In comparison, the practical effects of the eyeball coming out are suitably gruesome and squirm inducing. There’s an argument to be made about the effectiveness of practical vs CGI FX
- Monroe (when Rosalee indicates they have to dig out an eye): “Oh that’s disgusting.”
What did you think of ‘Mr. Sandman’? Were you interested in the case of the week? What do you think will come of Nick’s new abilities? Which storyline is most likely to emerge as the dominant one for the finale: Juliette, Renard or Adalind’s? And how much would it hurt to have worms with barbed hooks in your eyeball? Talk it out below!
Grimm airs Fridays at 9pm EST on NBC