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Grimm recap: Skin Deep

A lesson in the deadly cost of vanity and more proof that Eve is a total badass

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TV Show
Drama, Fantasy, Horror
run date:
David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell
Current Status:
In Season

The case-of-the-week offers a lesson in the dangers of vanity and greed — which, in this instance, will literally turn you into a monster. When a photographer Malcolm Caulfield (Jonathan Patrick Moore) approaches a woman named Summer who looks like Katy Perry’s twin, red flags start flying all over the place. He tells her he “likes her look” and offers to do some headshots for her.

Summer’s best friend and roommate thinks this is a swell idea and also doesn’t see the harm in Summer going over to his studio alone at night. Were these girls never taught about stranger-danger? Have they never watched a horror movie?

Malcolm seems professional enough — snapping gorgeous photos of Summer in his studio. Summer suddenly starts to feel dizzy from the camera flashes and passes out on the couch. Here’s where things take a turn for the creepy! Malcolm woges over her with mandibles shooting out from his mouth, and he latches onto Summer’s face. Anyone else get major Blade II reaper vibes?

Summer wakes up feeling just fine, but when she heads home, her roommate notices a large wrinkle near Summer’s eye. She blows it off and tells her she just needs to moisturize … because deep-set wrinkles suddenly appearing like that are super common. When Summer takes a look in the mirror, though, she sees wrinkles popping up all over her face. Before she can get to the phone, her arms start aging as well, and she collapses to the floor. So, what did Malcolm do to her? He stole her youth, and consequently, her life. Could he not have just stolen like, five or six years? He had to take it all?

We see Malcolm meet with a man in his car later night. It turns out he’s selling Summer’s human youth juice to a man named Dr. Forbes (Patrick Fabian) who owns a local cosmetic and beauty clinic. We all know where this is going.

Hank and Nick are called to the scene of Summer’s crime. They find her aged about 70 years and deceased on the apartment floor. Wu confirms that the fingerprints of the elderly lady match that of Summer’s, so they know this is most likely a wesen case (like 99 percent of the cases in Portland tend to be these days).

NEXT: Money and vanity make a monster of Dr. Forbes