Sunday, May 4, 2014

Grimm, Season 3, Episode 20: My Fair Wesen

“No longer a dark, grey bird,
Ugly and disagreeable to look at,
But a graceful and beautiful swan.”

Picking up where we left off last week, Juliette gets the news they’re playing host for “Truble” for a little while. Juliette may be a living saint. She asks to speak to Nick about the whole multiple-murdering young Grimm Nick wants her to play host to at no notice, especially since she’s already done that with Mummy Grimm and the woman who put her in a coma – complete with magic creepy baby. Also Truble has forgotten the usage of a fork.

Juliette plays ideal and super-patient hostess, even when Truble comments that it’s good they’re not married because they can escape any time (reasonable viewpoint from someone who has spent her life running). That night, Truble tries to sneak out and runs into Nick who convinces her to stay – and adds that he kind of likes having another Grimm around.

The next day he recruits Monroe and Rosalie to help woge at Truble so she can learn that not all Wesen are bad. Rosalie and Monroe agree – though Rosalie looks like she wants to take it back when she hears that Truble has a machete.

Time to visit Rosalie and Monroe for awkward introductions and some great reminder information on the woge and when they can be seen by people, Grimm or not. They woge and also tell her about the super-black-scary eyes that Grimm get (which she likes). Rosalie, who is always the sensible one, also makes an important point about how this matters to them since most Grimm are of the kill-on-sight variety but also why Truble has to be careful… because so are many Wesen.

Now to the Wesen of the week – several women in a wealth store engage in some clever shoplifting after creating a distraction in the shop’s terrible lay out (serves them right for the cheap glass or using mannequins made of granite). Security tries to stop one of them, but she claws his neck and runs. The women go back to their lair where the goods they’ve stolen are checked out by a man; the three fearful women who got clear tell him that Cami, the missing woman, was noticed and ran away

When they eat upstairs, he has a whole ritual prayer about family unity when Cami returns, fearful and tearful. The man takes her aside, he throws in another family unity speech then woges into… a lamprey? And he bites her – she screams and the other women cower outside.

A body is found – which means Nick and Hank are called in, taking Truble as a “ride-along” criminology student. Which means when they take her to see the blood drained body of Cami, complete with lamprey-puncture wounds, she blurts out all kinds of ridiculous things because being undercover and on the run has left her zero ability to control her tongue, apparently.

We have a brief interlude from the man and his abused thieves who he demands find him another victim.

And to the Grimm Trailer where they all bon over mutual Wendigo killing and they find pictures of the toothmarks – from a Lebensauger (Lamprey Wesen they’ve met before) and the note that they control their victims by fear. Wu confirms that the victim, Camilla, has a record for theft and gives them leads on both the half-way house she’s staying and what she usually steals. And Truble finds an entry for a Siegbarste – the wesen that killed her foster parents and set her running in the first place. Nick offers to take her home, but she won’t run any more.

They go to the halfway house where Cami was staying and, outside through the car window, Truble sees one of the young women woge. Hank and Nick tell her they can’t just question someone for being a wesen but Truble also adds that Cami will have told her friends about how she got her designer clothes (Truble’s being in the same situations) and decides to ram the poor girl, a Mauzhertz, against a wall and gets information about Cami meeting a woman called Donna, the Lebensauger’s recruiter. Nick and Hank stop her, but Truble is hardly repentant

Wu gets them a hit on the store that Cami and others stole from and, consulting with Renard, they guess that someone (Donna) is taking street kids, dressing them up in high end fashion and using them to rob top shops. Outside Wu and Truble talk about bad things they’ve seen and it’s clear Wu is still very troubled by the Aswang attack.

Next stop to stake out the square where Donna recruited Cami – Truble finds stake outs are boring and we find Hank is gloriously cynical. When the person they suspect is Donna arrives, Truble charges off like a loose cannon again, this time with a cup, begging for change; she approaches Donna and, of course, is a prime recruitment target for her (Nick wants to intervene but Hank convinces him to see what Truble can do). They watch but when Truble leaves with Donna they can’t follow and they only get a partial plate from the car.

Donna takes Truble to meet the Lebensauger – Ken. Where they start dressing Truble up for the high end stores, and the nervous girls try not to scare her. But when Truble tries to leave, Ken pulls on his full “you’re family you can’t leave” speech – he’s a bad cult leader, you have to love bomb people a bit before that kicks in.

He grabs her to take her to his room – new girls apparently spend the first night with him. She hits him in the face. So he woges and shows his Lebensauger face – she stares back with Grimm eyes. She kicks him in the groin and runs out, telling the other girls to run – but Donna is also a Lebensauger.

Nick has gone into full protective mode and, following the lead they get from the plate, he and Hank barge into a flat (Hank disapproves “that girl’s rubbing off on you.”) They find all the evidence of the thefts – and a gas bill for another location. Onwards.

They arrive to the sound of combat and Hank uses the car to batter down the door. Truble is doing quite well against both of them – stabbing Donna in the neck when Nick and Hank arrive and shoot Ken. Truble rushes to comfort the other girls.

At home Nick is worried that Truble will get herself killed but Juliette is there to remind him of his own learning curve. Truble knows she messed up, she’s still trying to get used to being the Hunter and she still wants Nick’s help. Nick is reluctant and Truble goes to bed, adding to her own Grimmy book.

And we cut to an old man with a bad cough – and another of the Grimm keys

On to Adalind and Renard, Renard has found a place for her to stay and she wants him to stay too (the he openly admits to being scared of her) since she doesn’t want to be alone any more (and is also working on super secret plotting with Viktor).

The next day she checks on her mother’s estate and finds that mother-dearest has not been paying her taxes for a while. There’s very little left, just a storage unit full of personal possessions. Including a very ornate book Adalind is happy to find – and really annoyed that it won’t open. It takes her blood to open the book.

Juliette is a living saint. And Nick is going to be making up with this for years and years (and garage flowers are not going to cut it).

I like to see the contrast between Nick and Hank. Nick has gone full on parental more, which, given his experiences of running to keep up as a new Grimm is understandable. Hank is bringing his more reality focused gaze and he sees Truble as exactly what she is – reckless maybe, but definitely capable and not someone they need to baby, protect or worry over.

Truble has made a rather quick transition from running and fighting for her life to saving others – but then, when given a message of reality I find it quite realistic and a good transformation.