After barely any time off for the holidays, Grimm returns with a pretty formulaic new episode to kick off the second half of season three.
Let’s bitch it out…Alas Grimm isn’t doing too much to change up its procedural format as the first new episode of 2014 is more or less a standalone affair. The case of the former-Russian-assassin-turned-healer starts off interesting when he and a hitman get into a backroom brawl at a restaurant and the hitman is burned with radiation that causes all kinds of grotty boils. Unfortunately the remainder of the episode is fairly stock standard as a female accomplice is introduced (shocker – it’s the housekeeper!) and the assassin “atones” for his sins by saving her life in penance for killing her father and brother all those years ago. Blah blah blah – none of this will appear on Grimm‘s final exam so feel free to dismiss it outright.
There are, however, two other developments of significance to note: 1) Renard (Sasha Roiz) returns from Vienna after warning Adalind (Claire Coffee) that no one is going to give two shits about her because they’ll be too busy fighting over the Royal baby and 2) Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) Wesen friend, Alicia (Alicia Lagano) comes to stay with Juliette and Nick (David Giuntoli) and her abusive ex Joe (Tom Walton) tracks her down. Since this is our cliffhanger, let’s file this under “in progress”, though I’m interested to see where Grimm takes this storyline (if you saw the super-spoilery preview, you already know. Thanks NBC!).
- The lack of Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) makes me sad. This is not the happy New Year I was expecting from the show
- Anyone else expecting a bit more from Renard’s meeting with Adalind? I honestly can’t believe that he and Meisner (Damien Puckler) meet with Adalind briefly, then Renard immediately high tails it back to Portland to act as a Russian translator for the remainder of the episode! (Side Note: Roiz can speak Russian and French? Swoon!)
- Finally, Rasputin was a Wesen, too?! First Hitler, then Einstein, now Rasputin? We mortals sure don’t contribute much to this world, do we?
- Renard (when Hank states they feel like idiots in their Hazmat suits): “No comment”
Grimm airs Fridays at 9pm EST on NBC