Hank's newfound knowledge of the Wesen world leads him to reopen a 7-year-old murder case

By Emily Rome
Updated November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM EST
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As Grimm is nearing its mid-season finale, things are coming to a head for the Juliette/Renard relationship obsessive attraction. But before we got to that in this week’s episode, which takes its title, “To Protect and Serve Man,” from the former LAPD motto, it was flashback time!

We get to see Hank in his pre-detective days, in uniform, with questionable facial hair, jumpin’ over fences to catch the newest criminal of Portland – or so he thinks. Craig Ferren, he man he arrests that night, which we learn is seven years ago, is now on death row. All of Hank’s Wesen encounters of the past couple months have made him better understand the wild claims Ferren made about his motivations to shoot a pair of brothers, one of whom died, while the other, Johnny Kreski, lived. Learning that the world is full of monsters has a way of lending new meaning to the words “he wanted to eat me!”

The episode gets a ticking clock when Hank sees that Ferren is 36½ hours away from execution. So Hank and Nick start searching for evidence that would prove Ferren was acting in self-defense. They make some progress, seeing Kreski Woge into a Wendigo (it’s another creature from the infant days of Supernatural!), but that’s not exactly the kind of evidence you present to the DA.

While Nick’s working on re-opening this case, Juliette’s at home chatting with a girlfriend. “Don’t get me wrong – I like him a lot,” she says, not a great indicator things are going well between her and Nick. Teary-eyed, she confesses that she has feelings for another man.

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The books of Nick’s ancestors have provided a few details about Wendigos: They’re cannibals, so Ferren’s fear of being eaten now makes total sense. But can they really be called cannibals if they’re Wesen eating humans? Are Wesen actually human and monster all in one, or just monsters? Wesen What could be really intriguing gross is if Wendigos ate other Wesen.

After taking a frustratingly long time to realize that Wendigos’ practice of burying the remains of bodies they eat probably means Kreski has some bodies buried somewhere, Nick and Hank finally dig up evidence good enough to exonerate Ferren: Kreski has pile of rotting skeletons beneath the crawlspace in his house. After a bit of fighting with the recently arrived-home Kreski, a bit of pushing refrigerators out of the way, and a bit of tumbling into – ew! – a pile of worm-covered corpses, Nick and Hank kill Kreski and make the call to the DA barely, barely in time to stop Ferren’s execution.

I liked getting see Hank finally being the one to save the day, fighting off Kreski while Nick was stuck in the crawlspace, shooting the Wendigo when Nick had let him get away. Yeah, I get that Nick’s the star of the show, so he’s going to have his moments with the criminals more than Hank, but it was great – and appropriate since it was Hank who had put the wrong guy behind bars on this case – to see Hank getting to be the hero this time.

The episode wraps up with Renard convincing Juliette to meet up with him at Rosalee’s spice shop to put an end to their shared obsession. But the moment Juliette walks in, they can’t keep their hands off each other. And who walks in on them in the middle of an intense snogging session? Monroe, of course. “Oh boy,” he says, and that’s all we see this week – we’ll have to wait until next week’s mid-season finale to see how Monroe, Juliette and Renard handle the cat being out of the bag.

Time for your two cents, Grimm fans. What did you think of this episode? Were you ever really worried that Ferren wouldn’t get saved, or did you know Hank and Nick would make the call in time? Did the flashback make anyone else want to see the day Nick and Hank met, the first case they worked on together? What do you think about this new Wesen? Is anyone else still finding it hard to believe Renard didn’t know that Monroe is friends with Nick, the guy he’s keeping such close tabs on? Do you think we have reason to hope Nick will discover the object of his girlfriend’s obsession next week? And finally figure out who the prince in Portland is? Sound off below!

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