Nick starts to lose it, Chavez shares a secret, and Adalind goes into labor.

By Liz Prugh
November 01, 2015 at 04:57 PM EST
Credit: Scott Green/NBC
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We pick up right where we left off in last season’s finale, with a desperate Nick holding his beautiful, monstrous ex-love’s dead body in his arms. Trubel is standing above the sad scene, knowing that she had no other choice. Juliette would have killed Nick, and would Nick really have tried to stop her by killing her? Would he do what was necessary?

As Trubel can find the words to say to Nick, his home is invaded. Before he can see by whom, he’s drugged and blacks out. He has cryptic dreams of Juliette’s funeral and his mother’s head floating around in boxes. When he wakes up, both Trubel and Juliette are gone, as well as his mother’s head. What psychopath would want a dead hexenbiest’s body and a head in a box? I have to think it’s more than just covering up evidence.

Nick gets a call from Hank, and he tells him about Juliette. While Hank rushes to the house, Nick calls Monroe and Rosalee to see if they have Trubel. They haven’t seen her since the day before, and Nick informs them about Juliette as well. Hank arrives and Nick informs him that he doesn’t believe it was the Royals who took Trubel, Juliette’s body, or his mother’s head — he thinks it was Chavez and is convinced she’s wesen.

He’s panicking and rambling about how he needs to find Chavez and that it had to be her—she’s kidnapped Trubel before to see if she was a Grimm, it’s likely she’d do it again. Hank isn’t convinced and trying to calm Nick down, but his rage is heightened by the loss of both Juliette and Trubel. Not to mention his mom’s head — knowing someone stole that has to be on a whole other level of stress.

At the precinct, Hank informs Wu and Renard about what’s happened, saying that Nick is taking too extreme of steps to get to the bottom of the kidnapping. Renard says that they can do a background check on Chavez, but that have to do it secretly. They aren’t entirely convinced of Nick’s theory of her involvement. Adding more confusion to the situation, Wu informs them that a 911 call from earlier reported two dead bodies in the house across the street from Nick’s place, due to a “home invasion.” It’s too much of a coincidence for the crime to not be linked to the disappearance of Trubel/Juliette’s body/Nick’s mom’s head.

Meanwhile, Nick storms into Chavez’s office, screaming accusations at her. He tells her that he knows about the secret society she belongs to and that she’s wesen. Chavez plays dumb and orders him out by force, further infuriating Nick.

He heads to the precinct after hearing about his neighbors’ deaths; apparently, a third body has been found. Wu checks in and confirms that none of them are Juliette or Trubel, but they could still be linked to their kidnapping. Before they can give the complete breakdown to Nick, Renard tells him that Chavez called about the incident at her office, and he has no choice but to force Nick to take time off. It’s not an official suspension, but it will be if Nick doesn’t comply.

Of course Nick heads home and continues his rampage, and he starts to lose it. He hears Juliette’s voice and starts to tear up, knowing that she’s gone forever. He snaps himself back to focus on the task at hand, knowing he has to pull himself together for Trubel. Juliette he couldn’t save, but maybe Trubel will redeem him of his guilt.

NEXT: Nick goes to see Chavez again, but this time he doesn’t leave empty-handed.

When he finds Chavez’s address he heads to her house. Monroe meets him there and tries to calm him down, but is only returned with Nick yelling at him to leave. Monroe, worried about his friend, complies with his order. Nick waits inside for Chavez to appear and attacks her as soon as she walks into the door. She goes into full wesen mode, and Nick captures her and takes her to the Spice Shop. She’s “wesen” with the wrong Grimm (sorry, I had to).

Chavez won’t spill any news on Trubel’s whereabouts, and before they can interrogate her further, Nick gets a call saying Adalind has gone into labor. He leaves the Scooby Gang with Chavez while he heads to the hospital, where he finds even more drama: Adalind needs an emergency C-section due to the baby’s heart rate going down.

Back at the shop, Chavez’s phone rings. The gang lets her answer it; the phone is answered using fingerprint recognition. She talks to her mystery contact on the other line and tells them that Nick is a Grimm and she wants to bring him in. The gang contacts Nick, and Chavez gives him 20 minutes to meet her and go see the mystery caller. When Nick and Chavez arrive at an abandoned warehouse, they are greeted by dead bodies: Chavez’s contacts.

The two are attacked by wesens, and before Nick can pin down who they are and whom they work for, two of them escape. Chavez has been badly injured, and she dies right after giving him a figurine of a horse head that looks like a chess piece (it’s Trubel’s!) and mumbling something about a war coming. Chavez’s phone rings again, and when Nick answers he tells the man on the other line that she’s dead. The man is someone we saw earlier in the episode, when Chavez entered a mysterious basement that looked like a prison—is this a part of the secret society she belonged to? The man appears to be Martin Meisner of the Resistance who saved Adalind previously. He and Chavez were outside of a cell, which seemed to be holding some sort of wesen: Could it be possible that it was Juliette brought back to life? The prisoner seemed too wesen-esque to be Trubel.

Nick pushes the mystery man aside and rushes back to the hospital to see if Adalind and the baby are healthy. Adalind is holding their baby boy (who’s completely fine), and the two admit they will both put their differences aside and be there for the baby. Adalind tells Nick she wants to name the baby Kelly (aw), and as Nick holds him we see a glimmer of hope that he might actually be okay after Juliette’s death. His new son may be the one thing that can keep him level-headed as the search for Trubel continues.

Theories and Questions:

  • I haven’t talked about Renard and his search for Jack. It looks like there are leads, with his team catching “copycat” killers. Will Jack come for Renard?
  • When Chavez was in the secret prison basement, she mentioned how they were “playing with fire.” Obviously, they are up to no good. Who was in the cell? Could it be possible it’s a resurrected Juliette, even with the news that she could indeed be dead for good?
  • Would Trubel ever join the security society that “kidnapped” her? If there’s a war coming, Trubel will probably pick whatever side is against evil wesen, and it sounds like this “secret society” is. She did have the balls to kill Juliette right in front of Nick because it’s what had to be done.
  • Will Kelly give Rosalee baby fever?

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