|Grimm Recap 608 • Son Also Rises|
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By Sara Netzley for Entertainment Weekly
Another week, another cute literary reference from the Grimm writers.
We open with the Grimm team continuing to puzzle over the meaning of Eve’s tunnel carving/calendar. It could mean a plague, a rain of frogs, locusts… or something even weirder, Monroe offers.
Also weird? Eve’s feelings about living with Nick and Adalind, because awkward. Monrosalee offer her a spot in their home, but she declines, opting for a cot in the spice shop.
Alone that night, Eve peers at herself in a hand mirror, murmuring, “Who were you? Who are you now?” Then she sees the glowing-eyed demon face from Nick’s bathroom and, wisely, bashes the mirror against the table. But when the shards fall to the floor, the pieces whisk themselves back together, making the mirror whole again.
When she leans over it in shock, a demonic arm shoots out from the mirror and grabs her by the neck. She woges and bites it. It retreats, but not before tossing her into a bookshelf and knocking her out. She falls unconscious on the mirror, blood from her forehead pooling onto it. This is how Monrosalee find her the next morning.
At that moment, Nick, Hank, and Wu are at the scene of the murder of Merriweather University scientist Dr. Deidre Hampton. “Looks like someone wanted to beat the lab to death with her,” says the always sunny Wu, taking in the wreckage. He’s a poet, truly.
When he gets the call from Monroe about Eve, Nick immediately tells his partners, “Juliette’s hurt. I have to go to the hospital.”
Guys, I gasped at Nick’s name slip-up, and Hank and Wu are surprised, too. As much as he loves Adalind, this reaction makes it seem like there’s still some there there for Eve/Juliette, you know? When he arrives at the hospital, Nick demands the full story, then comes clean about the mirror incident in his bathroom. Monroe (rightfully) chastises him for waiting to tell them.
Armed with this new information, Monrosalee head home to lock the hand mirror in a drawer for safe keeping while Nick hunkers down by Eve’s bedside.
Hank and Wu, meanwhile, interview the last person Deidre called, her colleague Sanji Raju, who says they talked about work. But that call lasted 30 seconds, not long enough to cover the technobabble that Sanji spewed, so the police know this is a lie. When they discover the fingerprints of two dead, cremated men at Deidre’s murder scene, Hank is baffled, and Wu says, “It stumped me, too!” Stumped? Arms? Oh, Grimm.
Hank says Deirdre worked with stem cells, Sanji does regenerative tissue, and the two other members of their team are Julian Levy and Victor Shelley. Aaaaaaand that’s literally all any of us needs to know to see where the rest of this episode’s headed, particularly when we cut to a young guy with terrible facial scars. He sees a “missing” poster with his own face on it, and one of his arms woges, causing him to panic and run off. So yeah, this is clearly a Frankenstein’s monster story, but with the sick little twist of giving the poor reanimated kid Wesen parts. I’m digging this like a grave robber.
Ah, but no graves were disturbed this week. A local funeral home director, the appropriately creepy-looking Harold Melville (another literary shout-out?), makes his living cremating the bodies of unclaimed criminals that he receives from the Portland PD. He confesses that when a man showed up and offered cash for bodies, he accepted and sold half a dozen, give or take. Um, give or take? That’s just poor record keeping. “But I did report it on my income tax. It was a business deal,” he says. LOL. He eventually identifies the buyer as Dr. Levy and promises to never do this again. “I think I learned a really valuable lesson here today,” he says. He clearly did not.
Speaking of Dr. Levy, he and Sanji are madly shredding files and discussing whether they all deleted a certain incriminating video. Levy leaves, and Sanji stands with his back to the door, a-shredding away, when the missing poster guy bursts in, arms woged, to do more murder.
About this time, Hank and Wu are piecing together the facts that we’ve already figured out: Sanji wrote an article six months ago saying that every part of the human body should be transplantable. Combine that with the dead men’s fingerprints, the bodies of Nick’s recent Black Claw kills being among the police’s dead, and the fact that Dr. Shelley’s 26-year-old son recently died in a car accident… well, it all leads to a rather Frankenstein-y place.
Hank and Wu pull Levy in for questioning, and he cracks quickly, telling them, “Sometimes science requires that you ask forgiveness rather than permission.” Um, you say that when you eat the last of the ice cream in the house, not when you resurrect the dead with woging body parts, fella. To be fair, though, Levy doesn’t seem to be in the know about Wesen.
At this point, the police find video on a jump drive at Sanji’s murder scene showing Shelley’s son on the operating table, being fitted with new arms and legs. Deidre, Sanji, Levy, and Shelley are all present, and they use the paddles to shock him howling back to life. His arms and legs all woge immediately, and he lurches off the table. Sanji pumps a sedative into his neck, and the creature croaks out, “Dad,” as his father shouts, “He’s alive! He’s alive!” (This obviously had to happen.)
Things get chaotic as Levy insists they keep filming, Sanji tells him to shut the camera off, and Deidre says they need to destroy the creature. Yep, seems like a pretty legit depiction of science in 2017.
On the streets of Portland, the wanted posters finally pay off when a concerned passerby notices the creature lurching down the street, matches his face with the man’s on the flier, and calls Shelley, who grabs a gun and prepares to head to the location she gives him.
At this point, Levy arrives and tells Shelley that the police know about the bodies and yells at him for not killing the creature. Shelley has #NoRegrets because he’d just watched his son die and couldn’t bring himself to do it again.
Next, Hank and Wu show up to accuse the two scientists of, you know, raising the dead. Is that a misdemeanor? A felony? Violation of a city ordinance? Then the joint officially gets hopping when the poor half-Wesen creature turns up there, too, and is about to strike a fatal, woged-arm blow to Levy when Shelley shoots him in the heart. “I’m so sorry, son,” he gasps, shooting his child again before turning the gun to his own head.
“Not a chance,” Hank says, stopping him. “Somebody’s got to explain this, and it’s not going to be me.” Ha! I mean, nothing about this situation is funny, but I do love Hank worrying about the paperwork.
Back at the hospital with Nick, who kept vigil over Eve’s bed this whole episode, we see flashbacks to Aunt Marie telling him to end it with Juliette, to him coming clean with Juliette about his Grimm-ness, to his mother’s head in a box, to him learning that Juliette killed her, to Trubel pumping Juliette’s chest full of arrows, to him catching Juliette’s body as she fell and died. Man, that would’ve been a terrible video to play at their wedding reception, had they followed through on their plans.
When Eve finally wakes up, Nick is asleep in the chair next to her. She explains what happened, and Nick’s alarmed to hear that the demonic arm broke through the mirror. Eve tells him she feels like something’s starting, and “whatever it is, I don’t think we have a lot of time left before it gets here.”
Yep. Roughly a month’s worth of episodes, if we’re counting.
Overall, it was a clever twist on the Frankenstein story to give Wesen limbs to an unsuspecting human, even if that aspect may have felt a little glossed over as the police struggled to unravel a mystery that most of the audience had already figured out. Still, it’s yet another example of Grimm putting its own spin on a familiar tale, which it’s done so effectively for six seasons.
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