Grimm Review: A Rat Rave

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After what feels like months off the air, Grimm gave us  "Danse Macabre" this week, which brought the Pied Piper into the picture. And, while it was awesome to see this original, deadmau5-esque take, I was left, once again, wanting more.

However, there was some improvement from “Lonelyhearts," in that there was less sprinkling of overarching plot and a much greater effort in working the overall story go forward. Even if that means it has to involve the forever boring Juliette.

Grimm Character

It’s only a matter of time until someone begins to wonder if Nick is something more than what he seems, and although Juliette doesn’t feel like the ideal person to do so, it does give her something to do. On top of that, I’m not completely convinced she’s going to piece everything together. Nick could easily keep the wool over her eyes with an easy excuse. It’s not a very hard thing to do; Nick’s word (someone she trusts) versus the eccentric plumber. It’s not a difficult decision.

No, if I were a betting man, my money would be heading towards Hank. It’s no coincidence he crossed paths with Adalind again. It’s also no coincidence we were shown a quick shot of Captain Renard watching the two of them on their walk to the dinner date. They’re exploiting Hank’s lonely heart, and it won’t take long for Adalind to play Hank like a fiddle to get information about Nick, or plant ideas in his head.

As for Eddie, once again I was left wanting more of him. To be perfectly honest, though, he really wasn’t needed this time, and he even admitted it to Nick. He wasn’t needed for information, nor comedy, but rather just as a talking piece. It was great watching him do something a little more dramatic, helping the kid out, but it was mostly inconsequential stuff.

Except for “our lives collide in the most bizarre ways.” I’m not exactly sure what Grimm is foreshadowing with this, but the eerie music and delivery set off my Lost sensors.

As for the actual case, the death of the music teacher felt like a direct rip from the Bones playbook, which are always fantastic and disgusting. Other than that, the kids weren’t very compelling, just the stereotypical rich kids bullying the poor kid who happens to have more talent than them.

Overall, I’m happy Grimm is beginning to set up some payoffs for the overall plot, though it’s also a little disappointing that some characters are still getting better service than others. Still, it’s a fun hour of television, and that’s what the goal is, right?

Other thoughts

  • So far all I know about Sergeant Wu: Likes to drink, likes steak, and lover of cheesy one-liners.
  • No trailer or book reading this week. I’m not going to lie, I missed them a little bit.
  • Less ice, more ice cream is my motto on smoothies.


Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (34 Votes)

howabout make some party stuff based on pencilmation causmey b-day is coming upand i want it pencilmation themed and here are somestuff that could be pencilmation based:-a banner saying happy b-day _______ from hank,desdemona, and ross-party hats with hank ross and desdemona in a group crossing their arms and they say visit pencilmation -a cake!!!!!-paper plates just like the party hats but they say congrats ______ for your __ b-day -paper silver ware: hank is on the spoon, desdemona on the fork, and ross on the knifetell what youthink of my idea!!

Ronald simkins

After having seen the whole season - I can say that this was a major episode. We have Nick realizing that the Wessen are so scared of him that he can't always be effective. (re Cat and Mouse). Plus he realized that Munrose and the kid would have a stronger link. So we get the introduction to the continuing Eisenbeiber presence.


I agree with the review. The rat in the pizza box was funny.


Makes sense, Joyeful. Thanks.


This episode was way better than the last one. The story was fun, and it was a little lighter, which I like. I agree with the "Bones" rip - I swear we've seen that before (and Bones has way more fun with those kinds of gross murder scenes), but it was still fun to watch. And I LOVE Eddie - he still owns the show as far as I'm concerned... Sergeant Wu is kinda like a watered-down-network-version of Dexter's Masuka - but still fun. They seriously need to give Juliette something to do - I'm holding on to hope that she's more important than they're letting on. @RealDiehl - I wondered about that. I think that he only became a full "Grimm" when he started seeing the creatures for what they were - I think they see him as he sees them. They've been able to recognize him from day one though - Eddie knew from the get go.


I enjoyed the episode. It did leave me wondering about some things. -Why are they running Grimm on back-to-back nights this week?
-Not sure if that plummer/repairmen was a reinigen or some other kind of rodent anthropomorphic creature.
-I entered the word, reinigen in a German to English translator and it gave me the word, CLEAN. That's a strange name for a rat creature.
-How are the "creatures" suddenly able to identify Nick as a Grimm? I hope you're correct in Hank being the one to discover Nick's secret. I wouldn't be surprised though if turned out to be Wu. He seems like a meddlesome type of character and he's less willing than Hank to take in stride some of the strange cases that have been popping up lately. Time to set up the DVR for tonight's episode...

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Grimm Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Wu: I guess they're gonna have to face the music.
Hank: Really? You went there?
Wu: Somebody had to.

It's funny if you knew it was there.