Grimm recap: A Reptile Dysfunction
Nick visits Eve in the Hadrian's Wall underground facility
Before we dig into this week’s episode of Grimm, can we just take a second to appreciate the title of this episode? You know the writers had a good laugh over that one. Good job, writers.
Back to the recap: Nick shares what happened at the restaurant with Wu, Hank, and Renard — he tells them that Meisner is the one running things for Hadrian’s Wall. Everyone is trying to grasp just how big this Hadrian’s Wall v. Black Claw war really is, so Renard tasks them with finding out who exactly the men are that Nick killed.
Across town, Monroe and Rosalee are dealing with their own drama. Rosalee receives a letter (this isn’t the first one) from a man from her past who says he’s “thinking about coming to Portland.” That means he is definitely coming to Portland. Visibly distraught, Rosalee promises Monroe that she did not have a romantic relationship with this guy. Something tells me this isn’t going to end well at all. Could this stir up her past demons and jeopardize her relationship with Monroe?
But anyway, on to our case of the week: It is a fishy one and features a water wesen (called a Wasser Zahne) that attacks a couple out on Diamond Lake. Frightened, the husband grabs his gun and chooses to unload it on the water (not smart). The Wasser Zahne doesn’t take kindly to this, pulls the man overboard, and kills him.
A little backstory about Diamond Lake — it’s owned by brothers Wayne and Oliver Dunbar who use the myth of the “lake monster” to draw in customers. The Dunbars rent out boats and run a gift shop, which thrives on selling merchandise with images of the monster all over it. If you want ice cream bars, mugs, T-shirts, and hats with the lake monster’s face on it, they’ve got it.
Come to find out, the brothers have been paying the Wasser Zahne (who is named Logan Cobb) to scare boaters and perpetuate the myth of the Diamond Lake monster. Only this time, things turned ugly. Logan claims he killed the man in self-defense, but it’s fairly obvious that Logan is a drunk with little to no conscience.
Back at the station, Nick, Wu, and Hank are trying to do research on the men Nick killed. Trubel shows up and makes all their lives a little easier by giving them the information on the men. She also tells Nick it’s time for a meeting between him and Meisner. To the underground bunker we go!
After checking out Trubel’s new digs — a simple room stocked with a variety of weapons — Meisner takes Nick to Eve’s room. Eve is just casually staring at herself in a mirror, next to her wall of many-colored blunt, bob cut wigs when Nick walks in. The ex-lovers share a little moment in the bunker… maybe it wasn’t a romantic moment, but it was something. Eve acknowledges her past life as Juliette when she tells him, “my only regret is that you didn’t have a chance to bury Juliette.” Well, that’s sweet … sort of.
Meisner gives Nick a look at the surveillance center where they monitor the Black Claw uprising across the globe. And as a sign of really twisted goodwill, Meisner shows Nick where they buried his mother’s body. We also learn that Hadrian’s Wall is actually operated by a branch of the Federal government. Between that little secret and the creation of Eve, I’m getting some serious Nikita vibes.
NEXT: More monster murder, more monster merch
Over at Diamond Lake, the grieving wife shows a picture that she managed to snap of the Wasser Zahne to the media and police, and in no time, people swarm to Diamond Lake to buy up all of the monster merch they can get their hands on. Seriously, who brings their child to the scene of a murder and buys them an ice cream bar with a villainous monster’s face on it? Parents of the year.
Nick and Hank are put on the case since they’re experts on odd murders. As they investigate at the scene, they figure out that the Dunbar brothers are wesen, but not Wasser Zahne. It’s obvious the pair know more than they’re letting on, though.
Over at the Spice Shop, we learn that Nick isn’t the only one Hadrian’s Wall wants to recruit in the fight against Black Claw. Trubel pays Monroe and Rosalee a visit to fill them in and tell them that Hadrian’s Wall will soon be contacting them. Whether they choose to help Hadrian’s Wall or not, Monroe, Rosalee, and Nick agree to make the same decision and stand together.
Back at Diamond Lake, Oliver is horrified that they’re making money off of someone’s murder, but Wayne thinks this is a brilliant way to rake in more cash. In fact, Wayne loves the easy money so much that he goes to Logan and asks him to kill someone out on the lake again that night. Logan complies and kills a teenage boy who was night swimming with friends. All is well and good until Logan shows up at the Lake Diamond shop demanding that Wayne pay him 50 percent for his services. Logan says he’ll be back at midnight for his share, threatening to kill the brothers if they don’t pay up. Wayne has other plans, though. He tells Oliver that he wants to shoot Logan when he shows up.
Nick asks Trubel for help in putting some fear into the brothers. Of course, she’s always down to intimidate some bad guys. She goes to Diamond Lake after hours to talk to Wayne and Oliver, telling them she knows the Wasser Zahne is behind this. Looking shocked and realizing she’s a grimm, they blame everything on Logan and tell her he’ll be coming by the shop at midnight. Wayne has an even bigger, more conniving plan to get rid of both Logan and his brother.
Just when you thought Wayne couldn’t double-cross another person, he seeks out Logan at a bar and lies to him, saying that Oliver hired someone to kill Logan tonight when he shows up at the shop for his cash. Wayne even stoops low enough to ask Logan to kill his brother to get him out of the way. It should come as no surprise that Logan agrees without hesitation, because he is a terrible person indeed.
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Trubel, Nick, and Hank are staking out the Diamond Lake shop and catch Logan walking in. They bust in just in time to stop Logan from killing poor Oliver. With little effort, Trubel takes down Logan (she is a paid assassin now), and Wayne runs out of the back door to escape. Jumping into the lake, he doesn’t realize that there are people out on the water hoping to catch a glimpse at the lake monster … and they shoot Wayne dead. And that, my friends, is true karma.
Nick sums it all up perfectly, “Reality is definitely not what it used to be.”