Drama is brewing between Nick and Adalind and a certain long-lost character returns to Portland
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This week’s episode of Grimm centers on a Japanese wesen tradition of honor and justice that, per the usual, turns deadly. We also get a whole lot of plot progression (finally) for all of our characters. The first half of this season was so incredible because it focused on one overarching story line. Not that the rest of the season hasn’t been good with all of its typical case episodes, but it feels like it’s time to get back to the major issues at hand here. With the season in the final stretch, we have a lot of things that need to progress and be addressed in a short period of time.

Let’s start with the case of the week. A teenage boy named Brian is left home alone when his parents head out for the night. He has been acting weird lately, like not answering the phone calls of his best friend, Roger. When Roger shows up at Brian’s house that night to try to talk to him, Brian refuses to let him in. All of a sudden, a hooded figure comes out of nowhere and abducts Brian from his home. The next thing we see is the hooded man woging and beheading Brian with a katana as he pleads for his life. That’s some pretty dark stuff, even for Grimm. RIP Brian.

It’s not long before Wu, Nick, and Hank are called to the scene. They find Brian’s head under a bridge near the river, and then later, his body buried standing up in the sand up to the neck. Who would go through the trouble of burying a body standing up? When the guys get word of a couple who have reported their teenage son missing, they pay them a visit.

The parents reveal that a few weeks ago, Brian and Roger were found guilty of criminal negligent homicide in the accidental shooting of their friend, Kuma. They were sentenced to only probation despite Kuma’s father (Jin) believing that it was no accident at all. When Nick tells the parents what has happened to Brian, they immediately blame it on Jin.

Later that day, Brian’s father takes it upon himself to go to Kuma’s parent’s house to confront Jim and blame him for murdering his son. Brian’s mother calls Nick and tells him what’s about to go down, but when Nick arrives, the dad is lying unconscious on the floor. It looks like Jin and Madoka are wesen — the same wesen that we saw kill Brian. It also doesn’t look good that they have a slew of swords displayed all over their house. It would be way too easy if they were the ones who killed Brian, though, so we’ll just keep waiting for a side character with just a few too many seconds of screen time to pop up.

Ah, there he is — Jin’s lawyer, Takeshi. Nick and Hank bring Jin into the station for questioning, but he has Takeshi with him helping to field questions. Jin swears he didn’t hurt Brian, and they’re ultimately forced to let him go since they have no evidence.

NEXT: And the guilty party is …

Hank and Nick finally learn the truth when they go visit Roger. They ask Roger what happened the night that Kuma was killed. His original story is that Kuma brought an old katana to show them, and Roger thought it would be a great idea to go get an old family gun from under his mother’s bed to show off as well. Brian grabbed the gun, cocked it, and pulled the trigger not realizing it would fire. When Nick asks why the coroner’s report says that Kuma was shot twice, Roger spills the beans on the real story. Apparently, when Kuma was accidentally shot, he woged (into the same wesen as his parents and the murderer). Startled, Brian dropped the gun and it went off again, firing the fatal shot.

Realizing that Jin and Madoka also must be wesen, Hank and Nick pay them another visit and confront them about what they are. After Nick tells them the details about Brian’s murder, they know exactly what/who did it. Legend says that there is a ghost dog, a protector of sorts, who attaches itself to specific families and performs that ritual for exacting revenge. It’s called an Inugami, but they didn’t know they had one bound to their family. In order for that to happen, someone in their family must have saved that person’s life at some point. Then Madoka recalls that her father saved Takeshi’s life when he was a boy. Boom! Takeshi is the murderous Inugami.

They know that Takeshi will be going after Roger next. Jin vows to do everything he can to help stop him, but when they show up at Roger’s house, he has already been taken. Wu is able to track Roger’s phone and leads Nick, Hank, and Jin to the location. Takeshi is about two seconds away from swinging his sword and beheading Roger when Jin tells him to stop. Takeshi doesn’t listen, and Nick gets into a pretty amazing fist fight with him. Our heroes are able to subdue Takeshi, and it’s another case closed for Team Grimm & Co. And another Portland resident in need of lifelong therapy. Seriously, the psychologists in this town must make a killing.

In baby-mama-drama news, Nick and Adalind are still keeping secrets from one another. Eve warns Nick that Adalind’s Hexenbiest suppressant won’t last much longer, and when he takes that information to Monroe and Rosalee, Rosalee reveals what happened while they were in Germany. Somehow, Nick isn’t too pissed that Rosalee kept secret that the mother of his child was turning back into an evil, magical witch. And Monroe didn’t seem to mind that she left out the fact that Tony came into the shop and threatened her. Anyway, they decide that Adalind has to be the one to tell Nick what’s going on.

On Nick’s end, he’s still not telling Adalind about exploring the tunnel or about the magical stick and cloth. He tasks Monroe and Rosalee with exploring the tunnel while Adalind is out of the house. Where did she go? Back to work at her old law firm where she’s required to use her Hexenbiestiality. She even woges in front of Kelly at the law office to prove to her old boss that she still has what it takes. This feels like really irresponsible parenting. Nick is going to be pissed.

NEXT: Eve, your Juliette is showing

When Monroe and Rosalee are done exploring the tunnels, they get ready to head out, but realize Adalind has returned home early. While spying through a crack in the door, they see Eve show up and basically threaten Adalind, saying, “If you hurt Nick, I will come for you.” Wait, is she saying this because she has feelings for him in some capacity still, or is it just because he’s an asset to Hadrian’s Wall? I smell some major drama brewing.

Things are about to get even more dicey between Adalind, Eve, Nick, and Renard because Rachel presents Renard with a special gift at the end of episode: Diana. Rachel wants Renard to have his happy little family for appearances, so she’s given him his long-lost daughter, and I’m guessing she’s going to try to bring Adalind into her plan as well. Yeah, this is all going to end terribly.

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Things we need to discuss:

  • In the episode, Wu has a dream that smoke or fog is rolling under his bathroom door at his house, and when he opens it, he sees the woods and sets off running … except it’s not a dream at all. Wu is still getting headaches and pains, but he’s just continuing to blow it off! Will he be a blutbad or a full-blown murderous lycanthrope? We need answers!
  • Eve slept with Rachel while being Renard (which begs a whole lot of questions that I won’t even touch) and finds out that Renard knows he’s working with Black Claw. We’re all still holding out hope that Renard has another plan and isn’t being a skeevy political hopeful, but it’s not looking promising. If Renard is playing Rachel, then he’s doing it very well.
  • Can Adalind be trusted with Kelly, and how long will Nick let her keep this a secret before confronting her? The relationship between these two seems ultimately doomed.

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