This week’s case gives us a look into the legend of the lycanthrope. In true Grimm fashion, they put their own spin on the history of the werewolf.
We kick things off with the wealthy Doyle Baske (Matt Angel) driving down an empty, wooded road to his mother’s home. When he’s just a few miles away, a tire blows and he slams into a tree. Bleeding but conscious, Doyle starts running down the road, visibly worried about not making it to his mother’s for some reason. Before he can get there, the full moon rises and we see a werewolf-esque creature with glowing eyes appear before hearing the sound of it eating people in the distance. It sure seems as if Doyle is the lycanthrope, but that would be pretty obvious and that’s just not how Grimm rolls.
The next morning, Doyle is found lying in the road by a trucker passing by. He’s covered in blood but alive and seems perfectly fine. Wu, Hank, and Nick arrive and realize that the case must be wesen right off the bat. Doyle claims that he was attacked by a man and his dog, fell down a hill, and then woke up in the road. The only thing is, the bites on Doyle look more human than dog, and the only serious laceration is on his head, meaning the massive amounts of blood on his shirt cannot be his own.
Knowing that Doyle is covering something up, Hank and Nick insist that they drop him off at his mother’s house. (Sidenote: Doyle’s mother is played by Ann Cusack, which is an awesome cameo!) At the mother’s incredibly beautiful stone mansion, Hank and Nick sense that Doyle is acting fishy. Before heading off, Nick and Hank get Doyle’s shirt from him to test the blood on it. What exactly is Doyle trying to cover up here?
Just as the gang suspected, the blood on the shirt is from two people other than Doyle. Thank goodness for Monroe’s Blutbad snout, because they call him out to sniff the bloody shirt and follow the scent in the woods where Doyle was found. It leads them to two dead hikers who have been viciously mauled to death. Monroe and Rosalee realize right away that this is the case of a lycanthrope.
The Grimm legend of the lycanthrope is that they are Blutbad’s who suffer from a disease — a genetic mutation that makes them go crazy on the three full moons of the month. As Hank describes it, it’s “a Blutbad on steroids.” This means that there are two full moons left this month, and they need to find the lycanthrope before it kills any other innocent people.
First things first, they need to bring Doyle in and lock him up to make sure that if he’s the lycanthrope, he isn’t on the loose. After having to chase him down at his mother’s house, Hank and Nick bring him in, but it’s not long before he gets bailed out and released. He doesn’t make it out of the station, though, and when Doyle figures out that they know what a lycanthrope is, he spills the beans. Ann Cusack is a werewolf! His mother doesn’t know what she’s doing, she can’t control herself, and he needs to get to her immediately before she hurts anyone else. The race is on!
NEXT: The search takes a turn for the worse
With the help of Monroe and Rosalee, Hank, Nick, and Wu drag Doyle with them and head to the woods. They plan on tranquilizing Doyle’s mother if they are able to, but the tranq darts take five minutes to start working, so we all know that’s not going to work out. After Doyle runs off to find his mother and warn her, Hank and Wu chase after him (because separating in these situations is always a great idea). Out of nowhere, mama lycanthrope leaps out of the darkness and attacks Wu. Nick is forced to shoot her, and Doyle howls over her as she dies. (This was almost as depressing as the end of the Chupacabra episode from last season.)
Here’s the real kicker, though. When Wu gets back to his house, he sees a scratch on his leg and blows it off as nothing. Come on, Wu! You’ve been around the block long enough to know that you don’t just ignore a scratch from a wesen. Was he not present last week when Monroe almost died from a wesen bite? We’re left with the image of Wu asleep in his bed sweating like crazy, and it’s pretty evident that he’s turning into… something. Will he become a straight-up Blutbad, or will he have the lycanthrope aspect of it passed on to him? Technically, tomorrow is another full moon night, so it’s possible we’ll be finding out the answer to that question very soon.
Can we talk about Renard and how deep of a hole he’s digging himself into right now? He chats with Adalind at a cafe and reveals that Meisner told him that the Resistance has Diana and she’s safe. Naturally, Adalind is pissed and wants her daughter back immediately. When Adalind gets frustrated, her cup magically slides into her hand. Whoops! Renards asks if Nick knows that her Hexenbiest powers have returned, and of course, she urges him not to tell Nick. Remember when Renard knew about Juliette’s secret before he did? It looks like history is repeating itself, and I’m pretty sure Nick isn’t going to be happy about her keeping it from him. If he finds out that Rosalee is also keeping the secret (potentially putting his son in danger), it could be more than just Adalind and Renard landing on Nick’s bad side.
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Renard is about to land himself in even hotter water with Nick. Eve sneaks into Rachel’s house while she’s off trying to convince Renard to hurry up and make a commitment, and she finds the candidate poster with Renard’s face on it. She snaps a picture of it (along with the shipping label which shows the date as four days before Dixon’s assassination) and shows it to Nick and the gang. Now everyone is questioning how much Renard knows about Rachel’s plans, and when they find out, something tells me it’s not going to be a peaceful confrontation.
Questions we need answered:
- Is Wu about to become a wesen, or do you think they will find a cure? Do we even want to see Wu as a wesen when he’s one of the few humans on the show?
- What exactly do Rachel and Black Claw have planned for Renard, and is he seriously considering getting in bed with them? Perhaps he’ll double-cross them in the end… I hope.
- I haven’t forgotten about Rosalee’s stalker ex-boyfriend Tony. Is he going to show back up and cause issues, or did having his fingers bent backward really scare him away for good?