This week’s episode highlights the friendship of the Grimm men — arguably the show’s strongest selling point — as they uncover a heretofore unknown quirk of the Wesen canon.
First, let’s cover the fallout from Eve’s dramatic mirror encounter last week. Diana announces that it was actually something that’s going to happen “in the other place, through the hole in the mirror.” Everybody’s freaked, and they decide to use the buddy system henceforth when looking in mirrors.
Monroe makes it awkward by wondering if the mirror demon is after both Nick and Eve because they’re “deeply connected.” As she’s a stronger woman than I, Adalind restrains herself from grabbing him by the scruff to hiss, “You come into my home, where my children and I live with the Portland cop voted most likely to be mistaken for a Disney prince, and spew this nonsense while I’m in earshot?”
At the spice shop, Eve is shocked to see the formerly broken hand mirror in one piece and even more shocked that her blood, which by now should be dry and flaky, drips wetly off of it. She tells Monrosalee that the only way to handle this is to travel to the “other place.” This wouldn’t be my first impulse, but you do you, Eve. Presumably, her travel plans will be explored in an upcoming episode.
Nick and Adalind, meanwhile, have covered the bathroom mirror with a black cloth, and they peel back one corner so Nick can shave. They nervously debate whether the mirror demon’s will be frightened or undeterred by his Grimm status until Adalind cracks and says, “You know, I kind of like you with the stubble.” Hear, hear! Nick quickly agrees, and they beat it out of the bathroom.
Now, to the crime of the week. Wu summons Hank and Nick to the forest, where a man is insisting that his friend was killed by a monster. Luckily for Ralph, he’s talking to the three cops in Portland who’ll take him seriously, and he leads them to the crime scene in the woods.
Ralph explains that his friend went to collect a deer he’d shot, and Ralph arrived in time to witness a leaf and moss-covered tree… man… thing punch one of its vines right through his buddy’s chest before disappearing with the body. Having seen these men in action, drinking and driving and joking about French kissing cousins, I feel comfortable stating that the real tragedy here is the deer.
Nick and Hank decide that either Ralph’s a murderer with a great imagination, or his friend woged and freaked him out. Then Wu comes through with research showing three other disappearances in that area in the last five years. Also, the medical report showed Ralph’s clothes had large amounts of chlorophyll on them, the same amount usually found in a giant sequoia-sized tree. “Doesn’t exactly sound Wesen,” Wu says. Awww, look how far he’s come since season 1!
At this point, they call in the big guns, a.k.a. Monrosalee and their library, to see if Edward Branchyhands might be real. Hank finds a drawing of the Japanese kinoshimobe, a humanoid tree whose victims are “lost to the thicket for eternity.” As there’s no description of its unwoged state, they wonder if the tree shape is just how it looks.
Rosalee suggests that the kinoshimobe’s actions are defensible in a stand-your-ground way, and Monroe agrees: “It’s like if somebody went to your house, broke in, shot your dog, ate your cat, fished in your aquarium, set your kitchen on fire, and peed in your bed. It would have the same kind of effect.”
And then we get to see the kinoshimobe reacting to a similar situation when a waste disposal truck pulls up and the driver starts dumping toxic sludge into a pristine part of the woods. As it drains, she plops into lawn chair and starts smoking and tossing trash onto the ground. Before you can say, “Hey, respect nature,” the kinoshimobe’s vines have pierced her throat and dragged her away.
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