'Grimm' season 5 recap: 'Eve of Destruction'
Grimm is back, and it’s wasting no time delving into all things Eve (Juliette 2.0). With the Black Claw wesen uprising making major moves to take over, the scooby gang grapples with just how deep the uprising’s influence runs. Spoiler alert: It’s worse than they thought.
The episode kicks off right where it left us in the winter finale, and Nick is freaking out over the fact that he just saw Juliette. In the last episode, Juliette popped up, clad in a platinum wig and leather (think if Black Widow, Sia, and Storm got together and had a Hexenbiest baby), to save Nick and the gang. Juliette looked extremely powerful, and not at all dead like everyone presumed.
There’s still the issue of the looming Black Claw wesen uprising. After breaking into the home of Black Claw’s Billie Trump (a.k.a. Tricia from Orange is the New Black), Hank and Nick pay her wealthy parents a visit. When Nick starts grilling them about Billie’s whereabouts and shows them a picture of the Black Claw mark, they woge and get extremely defensive. As it turns out, they are proud of their daughter, who they claim is living a life of courage and conviction. This just goes to show that the Black Claw sentiment is more widespread than the gang previously thought.
Elsewhere, Billie and her Black Claw crew are still furious over the loss of all of their members (the 20+ wesen Juliette/Eve killed with a flick of her wrist). They blame Xavier for the deaths, saying he betrayed them. Poor Xavier cannot catch a break no matter what he does. Black Claw gets their revenge when they infiltrate the prison with a fake criminal, who winds up in a cell beside Xavier’s. After some trickery, the Black Claw assassin grabs Xavier between the cell bars and kills him. The assassin ends up shot to death when he woges in front of a police officer who will now probably need lifelong therapy.
The fact that the Black Claw members are woging in public just shows their dedication to their agenda. Also, it’s evident that this police station should probably implement some new security measures.
Nick and Co. assume that they have a rat in the police station who leaked that Xavier was in their custody. To make matters worse, Black Claw infiltrates the Wesen Council and kills every member during a meeting about taking down the uprising. The only surviving member is Alexander, who calls Rosalee and fills her in on the tragedy.
NEXT: A nighttime rendezvous or two
Then we have Nick and Adalind. When Trubel runs out in the middle of the night, Nick wakes up to watch her ride away on a security camera. Adalind gets up as well, and they have a little chat that turns into a kiss. Whoa! It may have been inevitable since they’ve been shacking up and raising their child together, but they realize that they shouldn’t be going down that road, at least not right now. Are these two really going to be able to stay away from each other if they’ve already physically expressed feelings for one another? I think not.
Trubel’s nighttime run was to go question Meisner about Juliette. She returns to the batcave with a message for Nick — it’s time for a meeting between him and Juliette/Eve. The meeting is at a swanky restaurant and doesn’t go at all the way Nick had planned.
Blonde Juliette proclaims that she is now called Eve, and that Hadrian’s Wall saved her from herself. She was not dead like Nick had thought, but taken and broken down into a Hexenbiest warrior with controlled but deadly powers. As actress Bitsie Tulloch stated in an exclusive interview, Eve is Hadrian’s Wall’s most powerful weapon. Nothing of the old Juliette remains, except for her memories.
When Nick asks her why she saved him, she says it’s because Hadrian’s Wall needs him — he’s an asset. She then decides the meeting is over and dramatically gets up to leave. Unbeknownst to Nick, three Black Claw members were in the restaurant, as well. Eve knows this and woges, killing one of the men with her mind-power. The other two men woge and go on the attack… in the middle of the restaurant. Eve walks right out, leaving Nick no choice but to take out the Black Claw men himself. Of course this is like child’s play to Nick, and when he’s done wiping the floor with them, he gets a phone call. It’s Meisner, and he reveals the real reason for the meeting with Eve — it was all a test, and Nick passed. Congrats, Nick! Prepare to be used by Hadrian’s Wall.
We’re left with the gang questioning just who the hell Eve is. What lengths will she go to for Hadrian’s Wall, and are there any bits of Juliette that may still remain? Is her return going to throw a wrench into Nick and Adalind’s happy little family dynamic? Most importantly, will Eve be able to suppress her former love for Nick, Rosalee, and Monroe forever? I’m guessing no, because what would Grimm be without a little bit of “ex-lover who tried to kill me is back from the dead” drama?