This week’s case involves wesen-made luchador masks that bestow their wesen powers onto the fighters who wear them. So basically just a normal day in Portland.
Luchador wrestler Goyo (Joseph Julian Soria) is down in the dumps because he’s being paid to lose to his luchador opponent, El Mayordomo (Sal Guerrero), even though he knows he can win. He asks his mask-making pal Benito, of Benito’s Masks, for a special mask that will help him win. Benito agrees, but first Goyo must agree to give Benito half of his earnings for every lucha libre match he wins and he must return the mask when he’s done with it. Oh, and Goyo has to sign a contract… in blood. If this isn’t a giant red flag, I don’t know what is. But Goyo goes through with it anyway because he craves lucha libre fame. If Goyo truly thought he was better than his opponent, shouldn’t he have just tried not losing before he signed a contract in blood and gave away half his earnings? Just a thought.
If Goyo knew how Benito made the masks, I bet he would have been a little more wary of wearing one. Later that night, we see Benito confront a man in the act of mugging someone in an alley, and he tells the mugger he wants his face. The two both woge and Benito bites the mugger, paralyzing him so that he can cut his face off. I really could have done without seeing the result of that.
Goyo comes by the shop the next day to pick up his brand new mask. It’s beautiful and looks like a tiger (the type of wesen that the victim was). Benito warns Goyo not to wear the mask outside of the ring, but do you think Goyo listens? Nope. Goyo wins the fight against El Mayordomo, and his wrestling manager is incredibly pleased with his performance. On a high from his first big win, Goyo decides not to heed Benito’s warning. When he comes face-to-face with El Mayordomo in an alley, the two exchange fighting words and Goyo puts on the mask. Needless to say, Goyo’s inner-tiger comes out, and El Mayordomo ends up dead. After committing a murder, Goyo heads home and makes even more terrible life decisions. He puts the mask back on and actually becomes the wesen. Unable to remove the mask, he’s thrown into a fit of rage and starts smashing everything in his house.
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Nick and Hank are on the case! After finding El Mayordomo dead, all signs point to the place where all the luchadors buy their masks: Benito’s. When they arrive at the shop, though, Goyo is already there and beating up on Benito. He ends up killing him before Hank and Nick can stop him. Fortunately, they’re able to subdue Goyo before he can run off into the night and harm anyone else. They have to call in the big guns for this one.
Rosalee and Monroe go to Benito’s to perform a ceremony to remove the mask. After pouring boiling water on Goyo’s face and chanting, the mask is able to be taken off and Goyo realizes what he has done. Another solved case in the books … and another Portland native who will need lifelong therapy.
NEXT: Secrets, secrets everywhere
In mysterious-unknown-treasure-with-healing-powers news, Nick, Monroe, Rosalee, Wu, and Hank decide it’s best not to tell anyone about what the found until they can learn more about it. This includes Adalind, who Nick lies to about what he and Monroe found in Germany. Nick isn’t aware that Adalind is keeping a secret of her own: Her Hexenbiest powers are returning.
She casually asks Nick what he would do if her powers just happened to return. Being the standup guy that he is, Nick tells her, “We’d deal with. You’re not what you used to be, and we have a son.” Why Nick doesn’t think she’s being weird by asking this, who really knows, but he just brushes it off as nothing. Sure, Nick says he’d be understanding if it happened, but I doubt it would really be that easy for him. Also, the fact that Adalind isn’t telling him the truth probably means he will find out in a less than ideal way, and he may not be so cool about it then. Let’s also remember that Rosalee is keeping this secret from him as well. And if anything happens that puts his son in danger, it’s likely Nick would turn his back on Adalind pretty quickly.
Adalind is about to have even more on her plate, though, because Renard and Rachel have plans of their own. First of all, Eve knows about Rachel’s involvement with the Dixon murder; she’s following her and Renard around to gather some reconnaissance. She listens in on a meeting that they have in a restaurant. With Renard still on the fence about whether he wants to get in bed with Rachel and Black Claw (no pun intended), she suggests that he needs to have a family for appearances should he run for mayor. Rachel then brings up Diana and Adalind, and Renard looks like he just got hit in the face with a frying pan. What means does Rachel possess to get Diana back from the Royals?
At the end of the episode, we see Renard call Adalind and tell her he might know of a way to get Diana back. Could Renard go along with Rachel and Lucien’s plans just to get his daughter back, or will his grab for power be genuine? What will Nick think if he finds out about Renard’s involvement with Black Claw, and will this be yet another secret that Adalind keeps from him? There could also be trouble in paradise for Monroe and Rosalee since she has yet to tell him about Tony showing up in Portland while he was out of the country. Could all of this lying put the Scooby gang at odds during a time when sticking together is what they need most?