Before we dive in, let’s congratulate Grimm on its 100th episode! The show has thrived in the Friday night slot since the beginning, and now, in an impressive fifth season, the show is better than ever. Hats off to the actors, producers, writers, and all of the crew for an admirable TV milestone.
“Into the Schwarzwald” was hands down the best episode this season, which is saying a lot since every episode this season has been solid. From Nick and Monroe dodging danger and finding a less-than-expected treasure, to Adalind’s startling discovery, this episode was action-packed.
Over in Germany, Nick and Monroe have landed in a catacomb after falling through the ground at the end of “Key Move.” Surrounded by skeletal remains, they walk the tunnels and realize that this was in fact the original church from the map, so they must be in the right place. Unsure of where the treasure is hidden, they try to get into the mindset of the knights. Nick comes up with a brilliant idea: Turn the lights off. People searching for the treasure would have been terrified of the spirits down there and would never poke around without ample lighting. So, what if the knights had left a clue that could only be discovered in pure darkness?
The guys turn off their lanterns and see a wall with seven glowing skulls in the shape of a “G.” Behind that wall is the treasure chest they’d been looking for. Of course it’s locked, so they need to take it back home in order to open it. Let’s not forget that the wesen priest and his cronies are above ground looking for Nick and Monroe. Toting the treasure, they try to escape from the men in the woods, but end up having to fight. Monroe gets bitten in the arm, but the guys still end up escaping. Back to Portland they go!
Speaking of Portland, the manhunt is on for Marwan, who shot mayoral candidate Andrew Dixon. Sadly, Dixon has died, which I’m sure we’re all thinking sets Renard up perfectly to run for mayor. If you were wondering if Rachel’s (Renard’s girlfriend on the low) conveniently timed phone call last episode was suspicious, you’d be right. Renard notices after looking at footage from the rally that she answers her phone and then looks up toward where the shooter was posted up. Uh oh, trouble in secret lover paradise.
Renard and Hadrian’s Wall have two different plans for taking care of Marwan. HW wants to use him. On the streets of Portland, Eve uses her powers to have a bicyclist knock Marwan over. She uses this as an opportunity to swipe his phone. Utilizing her Hexenbiest powers, she renders Manwar unconscious while HW bugs his phone. Then, when he’s laid up in the hospital, she sneaks in to return his phone to his bag and wakes him up. This could lead them to key contacts inside of Black Claw.
Renard has other plans, though, and he completely ruins everything. Renard, Wu, and Hank go after Marwan. It leads to an altercation between a woged out Renard and Marwan… which then leads to Marwan’s death. Meisner confronts Renard and is understandably pissed. These two are really going to have to start working together if they want to have any hope of taking down Black Claw.
NEXT: And the treasure is …