Grimm recap: 'Bad Moon Rising'
Hank learns the truth about a whole new world of monsters; Juliette's post-coma memory loss turns out to be heartbreakingly selective
“I see the bad moon arising / I see trouble on the way / I see earthquakes and lightnin’. / I see bad times today.”
Those are the opening lyrics to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” the song from which this episode of Grimm borrows its title. It’s fitting, since the monster-of-the-week had a certain obsession with performing sick rituals under the full moon, and there were some bad times along the way, but in the end, Hank tells Nick that all that trouble ended up being “one of the better days of my life.”
And I can’t blame him. The day you learn that you’re not crazy and that you’re not alone in seeing frightening creatures would be a good day for anyone.
Yes, in this episode Hank finally learns the truth about the world he lives in: Monsters are real and his partner knows it too. Tracking down Carly, the kidnapped daughter of an old friend of Hank’s, Jarold (Mark Pellegrino), who also happens to be a Wesen called a Coyotl, is what finally got Nick’s Grimm life too close to his detective life. Hank learns in quick succession that 1) his longtime friend’s daughter is one of these monsters he’s been seeing, 2) Nick can see Carly’s face change too, and 3) Carly gets scared that Nick was going to kill her because he is a Grimm, whatever that means. There’s a lot more Hank has left to learn, but at least he’s finally somewhat in the loop.
One thought about Nick and Hank’s strategy to get Carly safely out of the clutches of the fellow Coyotls who capture her: It all hinges on this pack of Coyotls not knowing that Nick is a Grimm. But has it ever been made clear when a Wesen can or cannot recognize a Grimm? Some can see it right away, like Bud the Eisbiber plumber did last season or like Catherine did when Kelly Burkhardt confronted her last week. But in this episode, none of the Coyotls can tell that Nick is a Grimm until he tells them, like he did with Jarold, or until they get close, as with Carey. Hmm, any theories, Grimm fans?
With Hank being clued into Nick’s Grimming ways, it certainly seems like things are going to change in the Portland detectives’ dynamic, a shift in the show actor Russell Hornsby spoke to EW about. They’ll be “connected at the hip and fighting crimes side-by-side,” Hornsby tells us. But even before Nick opens up to Hank, we were supplied a reminder of just how tight these two already are. We tend to see more of a bond between Nick and Monroe since Nick has had to hide so much of his life from his partner, but when Hank says, “I think I’m going to the captain, Nick. I don’t think I can do this anymore,” Nick’s response of a distressed “Hank!” shows us just how unsettling the idea of losing his partner is to Nick.
NEXT PAGE: Juliette’s selective memory loss
After a big episode for Renard last week, we didn’t see much of him in this episode. I guess we’ll have to wait until next week to see any residual effects of that potion. Tonight there was more focus on Juliette. Following her coma, it turns out she remembers Monroe, remembers her colleagues, remembers just about everything – except she has no memory of Nick, her boyfriend of three years.
Now, Grimm fans, I do have a confession to make: I am not a big fan of Juliette. But judging from the comments in last week’s recap, it sounds like I’m not alone. She just seems like a rather flat character – she’s the cute, kind girlfriend who doesn’t have much to do aside from being Nick’s girlfriend – a lot like Matt Bomer’s frustratingly and unbelievably overly sweet boyfriend to Eliza Dushku’s Tru Davis in Tru Calling.
But, in spite of all that, it’s still heartbreaking to see Nick have to face his girlfriend who no longer remembers him, because we all know how much he loves her. Poor Nick was so hesitant around Juliette as he tried to jog her memory with some photos of the two of them. He struggles to keep his voice steady, saying things like “We live together” as small facts instead of the weighty shockers that they are to Juliette. It was tough to see them go from being so familiar around each other to Nick being unsure of how to interact with her, and Juliette slowly going from being chipper to realizing the severity of her memory loss (but really, Juliette, why are you so surprised that you two “know each other pretty well” if this guy kissed you full on the lips and told you he loved you when you woke up from your coma?).
It was a satisfying episode on the Hank front, but that meant other characters’ screentime was sacrificed. No Rosalee! Or more importantly, no Rosalee with Monroe! But blossoming Fuschbau-Blutbad romance aside, Rosalee could also still prove helpful in this memory loss debacle. I’m interested to hear what she has to say about the fact that Juliette has apparently forgotten only Nick.
There certainly seems to be something to Monroe’s theory that it was Adalind’s plan all along to have Juliette lose her memories of Nick. Now what I am curious to learn is whether that was simply revenge, her way to get back at Nick for taking away her powers, or does she have a bigger plan here? I’m also hoping that Renard’s part in that story isn’t over – surely his fear of Nick leaving Portland will still motivate him to do everything in his power to keep Nick and Juliette together.
Over to you, EW readers. What would you like to see change between Nick and Hank going forward? What did you think of Mark Pellegrino’s guest role? (Anyone else impressed by how un-Jacob and un-Lucifer he was? Anyone else think he took sad puppy lessons from Jared Padalecki?) How do you think things will resolve for Nick and Juliette – are you rooting for Nick figure out how to reverse her memory loss or are you hoping this opens the door to a new love interest? And what would you do if you crossed paths with a pack of greasy Texan Coyotls? Tell us in the comments section below!
And I’ll leave you again with some quotables from the Grimm crowd:
Monroe: “It’s one of the classics: under the full moon.”
Nick: “Oh, let me guess, that’s –”
Monroe: “Tonight. Not a good night for me. I’m staying in.”
Carly: “I thought he was going to kill me.”
Carly: “He’s a Grimm. It’s what they do.”
Hank: “A what?”
Nick: [with adorable exasperation] “A Grimm. It’s sort of a family problem.”
“So let me get this straight: In the last six hours you’ve arrested six felons, you’ve saved a damsel in distress and reunited a family, while I filled out three dozen overtime reports and scrubbed out the coffee maker. Yeah, we’ve all put in a rich, full day.” — Sgt. Wu
Hank: “Today has been one of the better days of my life.”
Hank: “Because I might be crazy, but now I know I’m not alone.”
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