Grimm Recap: Lovey Dovey
Welcome back to Gentlemen, Behold!!’s Grimm recaps!! You may have noticed that I didn’t recap last week’s episode, “Beeware.” I’ve been a little busy with work and other projects, and Grimm recaps aren’t a super high priority on my list. Still, I think it’s best I do a super quick recap of last week before cracking open this week’s episode. Basically, some women were killed with bee venom in flash mobs gone wrong. Nick investigated and found out it was an attack by some creatures called Mellifers (bee people) on Hexenbiests, their enemies. Monsterface McHotbody’s name is Adelind Schade, and she and Nick had some nice back and forth jabs while he was assigned to protect her. Eventually, the Mellifers were defeated, but not before warning on a larger threat on the horizon. It was actually a pretty good episode. Anywho, on to “Lonelyhearts”!!
This week opens with a woman breaking out of a building and running across a bridge. She’s attacked by some pretty inventive monsters by Grimm standards, but it’s made clear she’s hallucinating. Darn. She’s then hit by a car and smothered by a mysterious man, but not before being gassed and telling him to “kiss her.” Nick and Hank investigate, but don’t turn up much. Meanwhile, a mysterious Frenchman checks into a local hotel. Turns out he’s the same kind of baddie that tried to kill Nick and his aunt in the premiere(a Reaper, maybe? They’re unclear on whether that’s a species or an organization or what), and it looks like he’s out for revenge.
After a morgue shot (seriously, this show is all about people playing corpses), Nick and Hank grill the victim’s husband, who gives them a bit of info regarding her liking facebook. It’s clunkier than last week’s flash mob stuff, but no worse than the average episode of CSI. They do some “zoom in, enhance” to find a bed and breakfast nearby, and head off to investigate. They meet owner Billy Capra, who shows them around and bumps into Hank, which is a point I’m gonna come back to later. Outside in the garden, Hank steps on a toad, crushing it. This causes Billy to lose his cool and facefreak into a goatman form (imagine that). I was reading a review of the show which said that the face changes undermine the detective elements of the show, because Nick immediately knows who the villains, or at least the persons of interest, for the week are. I’m starting to feel that way a little bit too. We’re still in kind of the general worldbuilding phase of this show, but I’d like to see some human villains of the week, or a creature Nick can’t just go to Monroe or a book about to discover it’s weaknesses. Anyway, Nick and Hank leave, and Billy eats the toad.
Back at the station, our mysterious Frenchcreature arrives looking for Nick. Sgt. Yu (who is a pretty fun side character, and I hope they do more with) and Captain Renard send him away as Nick and Hank return and run some background. Nick discovers Billy is a Ziegevolk, a creature which uses pheromones to entrap women. Even more pressingly, Monroe tells Nick that if a Ziegevolk touches you, they exert some kind of power over you. Bad news for Hank, who the show made a point of showing bumped into Billy, right?
Wrong. I’m getting ahead of myself here, but that shot and this plot point are entirely unconnected. What looked like a set up earlier was… a red herring? A shot from an earlier draft of the script? I don’t know, but it seriously bugged me. It’s too subtle to be a good misdirection cue, but prominent enough to look like a seed for a plot point. Anyway, Nick and Juliette have a nice little scene in a grocery store. I like her a lot, and her interactions with Hank last week were fun. I wish this show had bit more of an ensemble, as opposed to “Nick talks to this person, then goes and talks to that guy.” At the station, they discover Billy is some kind of crazy serial rapist and kidnapper, as confirmed by the next shot of him leaving food for women in cages in his basement. Brrr.
The detectives bug Billy’s car, but he heads off down the street on foot. Nick tails him while Hank violates his constitutional rights by breaking into his house. Billy chomps a toad and heads into a bar, so Nick calls up Monroe and pays him to tail him inside. This sets up for the second best scene in the episode, but first… We cut back to the reaper returning to his hotel room, where Renard is waiting for him. Renard has the reaper kneel before him and admonishes him for going after Nick without his permission. When the reaper questions him, Renard uses his scythe to slice his ear off. It’s one of the strongest scenes in Grimm so far, and it does a much better job of establishing Renard as a powerful threat than some makeup or special effects work. Every episode should have a scene like this.
Meanwhile, Monroe heads into the bar. His enthusiasm for detective work is hilarious, as is his face once he starts being affected by Billy’s pheromones. He leaves after he realize he’s been affected. Hank explores the bed and breakfast falls victim to the gas Billy uses to keep his victims under control, which is apparently the same gas the Batman villain Scarecrow uses. Billy heads home, where he meets the woman he’s entranced at the bar. Before he can take advantage of her, Nick interrupts and heads down the basement, where he finds Hank tripping balls. Billy locks them in and gasses them, but they manage to escape and rescue his captives. It almost looks like he’s going to escape. I like the idea of a villain getting away at the end of one of these episodes, but since this guy basically kidnaps people for sexual slavery, I’m glad it’s not him. Nick and Hank track his car and chase him for a while, until he’s hit by a truck, like that guy in Taken. The episode does end with an ominous bit suggesting we haven’t seen the last of Billy Capra, so that’s something.
So, four episodes in, and Grimm is a decent, if not always super ingenious, procedural mash-up. I’d like to see more creative cases when it returns December 9th, and fewer “animal person” villains. Maybe some deranged person who’s hunting these creatures? Maybe another Grimm? I understand that they don’t want to force their hand so early, but they either need to start doing more with the plots or being more concrete with the details (when Billy flipped out and ran across that rooftop, could other people see him as a goat thing? How do these facial shifts really work?). All in all though, I’m still on board with the show, and would encourage you readers to check out the episodes online at NBC.com.