Grimm offers up its annual Christmas offering as vengeful Wesen elves take over the holidays.
Let’s bitch it out…
Case of the Week: A string of Christmas home invasions catch Hank (Rusell Hornsby) and Nick’s (David Giuntoli) attention. A little research at the trailer reveals that the elf-like creatures are Kallikantzaroi, the children of Indole Gentile who go through puberty during the twelve days of Winter Solstice. The fact that the cure is fruitcake (a line Giuntoli can barely deliver without smirking) suggests that the writers are having quite a bit of fun writing the Grimm equivalent of Gremlins.
Between the cracks about the elves’ stink (an unsubtle nod to a realistic pubescent peril), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) jokes about finding their way back to church and the fruitcake trap, the case is more than a little silly. I didn’t entirely understand its resolution since the kids would have returned to their human state during the day even if they weren’t cured. I guess that I’ll just have to trust that a large helping of fruitcake cooked by a stereotypically sassy black girl would cure any ailment.
- Josh (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) decides that he needs an education in the life of a Grimm. His education, accompanying Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) on a quest to identify the Wesen threatening Monroe and Rosalee initially made me think that Josh was headed for certain death. Instead it turns out that the B-plot is intended to pave the way for Trubel’s exit. With Nick newly reinstated as Portland’s Grimm, the show doesn’t “need” Trubel any more and so she gets a quick/subdued send-off with Josh in Aunt Marie’s old car. While it’s possible that we’ll see Trubel again (possibly for sweeps, or whenever the show needs to raise the stakes), it seems likely that this is the last we’ll see of the rebellious young Grimm for some time.
- Cap’t Renard (Sasha Roiz) shows up for his compulsory one scene per episode to bluntly state that he and Nick need to work together to prevent their mothers from killing each other. It’s filler until either one returns…again likely for sweeps.
- Renard also asks how Nick wants to handle Wu (Reggie Lee) in yet another delay tactic. Honestly how long can this be drawn out?!
- As expected, the final scene appears to confirm that Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is totally preggers. The shot of her crying in the mirror suggests that her fears of Adalind’s involvement will be a driving factor as the season continues. We’ll have to wait until 2015 to find out how she and Nick handle the latest addition to the family.
- Hank (when Wu asks how to handle the poster featuring an elf): “Very delicately.”
- Rosalee (when Monroe congratulates her on saving his prized possession): “Nobody was touching this train. Over my dead body.”
Your turn: did you enjoy the holiday festivities? Did you find the case enjoyably silly or just plain silly? Are you excited for Juliette’s pregnancy? Are you happy that Trubel is gone? Will Rosalee and Monroe get a chance to go on that damn honeymoon, or do the developments of this episode suggest that the bigoted Wesen will move against them shortly? Sound off below
Grimm airs Fridays at 9pm EST on NBC