'Grimm' Review: Love is Often Hopeless
'Grimm' Review: Love is Often Hopeless
Michelle Carlbert
Michelle Carlbert
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
This episode of Grimm featured a nice double twist, Hank discovering that maybe not all Grimm's were as cool as Nick, and Renard realizing that he just might be in big trouble. 

A twist within a twist

This episode did a great job at keeping me guessing who the killer was. I was suspicious of Pierce all along, so when they made it look like he did it, I figured I was wrong. Then they sort of proved he didn't do it, while making it look like his mother did. But the final twist came when it turned out Pierce was the culprit all along. Well, at least the Lowen inside him was. Turns out mom mixed a little Lowen juice into her baby Genio Innocuo when he was still in utero. Talk about doing anything to make your kid smarter. 

Different times

For a while now, I've been saying how much I admire Hank and how he's taken all of this Grimm business like a champ. He's even gotten to the point where he can spot Nick's looks nearly instantaneously, making him almost Grimm-like himself. He thought Nick's massive collection of weapons was cool and even took a shocking transformation by Monroe in stride. But tonight Hank finally found one part of Nick's family business that he didn't like: history of previous Grimms slaughtering non-violent Wesen purely because of what they were and not what they did. I have to wonder if this is going to continue to be a problem for him in the future. 

One scary alliance

Admittedly we didn't exactly see Adalind and Eric hatching some destructive plan that will undoubtedly affect Nick and his loved ones, but we saw enough. They are obviously growing closer and an alliance between those two is one scary proposition. 

A deadly obsession

I really thought they were messing with us in the preview for this episode when they showed what looked like Renard sneaking in to peer at Juliette in the shower Even when the scene was happening, I kept waiting for Renard to go somewhere else in the house, maybe to search through Nick's things looking for something that we weren't aware of. But when I saw how badly this sickness (or whatever it is) was affecting him, I knew he was in trouble. I loved that he went to see Monroe about it as I enjoyed watching them interact together, but it scared me when Monroe told Renard that he couldn't help. With all the promos talking about a "deadly obsession" I never really thought that could be literal.

A hopeless love?

I thought it interesting that when Renard said his situation was hopeless, Monroe replied that love so often is. I don't think I'd really call what Renard (or Juliette) is feeling as love. I think illness or sickness is a much better description. It's not like either of them spotted each other across a room and suddenly felt their hearts flutter. What they are going through is artificial, brought on by a potion. Though after hearing what Monroe said about the symptoms getting worse, I do wonder if that means that Juliette will start having violent reactions as well. Also, I guess what they are going through could be considered the most hopeless type of love there could be; since it's neither real nor can ever be realized. 

Some of my favorite quotes:

Wu: "Let me buy you a well-deserved drink." 
Renard: "I thought they were free."
 Wu: "That's why I'm buying."

Hank: "I'm starting to recognize your looks."

Ryan: "I really appreciate this opportunity." 
Hank: "Wait till you get to know us."

Eric: "I seem to be remembering things we haven't done yet, is that possible?"

Eric: "What do you say we put all our clothes on the floor, so to speak?"

Renard: "So, what you're telling me is it's hopeless?" 
Monroe: "Well, love so often is."

What did you think of this episode of Grimm? How do you think Renard is going to handle his illness and do you think that Juliette will soon turn violent as well? Will Hank continue to discover things he doesn't like about Grimm history?

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