Grimm Review: All in the Family

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Some of Nick’s backstory was filled in on "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau" and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I’m happy that we’re learning a little bit about Nick’s past, yes. It’s just that Colt was so shifty I wasn't sure what to believe. Was he even telling Nick the truth? I want to go with my gut and believe everything, but in the end his main goal was to get the coins back for himself.

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However, it’s all we have to go on, and I might as well take him at his word. The little investigation Juliette did seems to at least corroborate with Colt’s story, and he did (supposedly) love Aunt Marie. So, going with that, it seems Marquesa killed (or was at least involved in) the death of Nick’s parents in a search for the coins and Aunt Marie went on to raise him. This opens up a few possibilities: Nick’s parents were Grimms or maybe had knowledge of them thanks to Aunt Marie.

Talk about a family business.

The coins are interesting because it’s the first time Grimm has really focused on an item steeped in tradition and history that gives the user the possibility of power. That’s usually Warehouse 13’s department. The coins gave Renard charisma and leadership in the same vein as Hitler, and his mysterious phone call could bring out some unintended consequences.

These coins seem like something any kind of creature would like to have, and Grimms are tasked with protecting them. Could a potential war be brewing? Probably not, this is a procedural, but it definitely brings to light one of Grimm’s strengths in storytelling: it’s ambiguity. Things are left open constantly, and it’s up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions for a lot of things.

The coins don’t bring about dreams, however, and Renard definitely wants to be a leader – a leader of what, exactly? Again, it’s hard to say with such ambiguity, but it’s probably this creature-filled world. He clearly like’s his perch at the top of the food chain, but to control it and have people follow him and his ideals? That’s true royalty.

The only gripe I had with “three coins” is the lack of the rest of the cast. I’ve really come to enjoy Juliette, and Eddie is always fun to have around. Juliette’s little search for Nick is a great way for her to potentially further her insight into Nick’s secrets. I just wish Juliette would get curious about Nick again; maybe this is the way to do that?

The bromance between Eddie and Nick brings most of the humor to the show and he’s a much better partner than Hank. With all the attention he gave to the cameras in Nick’s trailer, I kind of wished Nick had invited him back to watch the old film. I would have loved to get Eddie’s take on Hitler being a creature.

Other thoughts:

  • Were the flags in Renard’s dream something we’ve seen before? Were they the symbol on the coins?
  • Nick is now the one with the coins. I wonder if he’ll ever decide to use them.
  • Nick is really beginning to be at ease at being a Grimm, he no longer tries to actively hide it from criminals and he’s now beginning to put his own stamp down in Aunt Marie’s trailer.


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (36 Votes)

Definitely agree with V that Juliette needs a larger role. Maybe she could be some sort of creature with healing powers, that has been able to maintain a very strict glamour of sorts so that Nick couldn't see thru to who she really was? And Monroe's warning about a Grimm being killed? Nick's character needs to develop a bit more towards being a bit "tougher" watch his own back a bit more - get ready for the good/bad power struggle that seems to be the show though - look forward to Friday nights on NBC now!


@Jill - I'm with you there on Giuntoli and Sasha Roiz. Oh my...


Next to the opening episodes with Aunt Marie (still hoping she shows up in flashbacks), this show took the cake. Great writing, and the actors are starting to really own their roles. I love seeing Russell Hornsby starting to bring Hank to life, and if Silas Weir Mitchell is not up for an Emmy next year, I'm leaving the free world. Loved David Giuntoli for umm, frivolous reasons from the beginning, but I'm finding his acting to be deep and delightful now. And when the captain starts trash-talking in French, I want to go out and do bad things and excuse my behavior over a baguette. Such a fun show.


Cool episode. It's about time we learned more about Nick's heritage. I expected Hitler was a wesen at the end but it was still creepy. I want to see flashbacks but archival footage is good for now. It was funny when I expected Monroe to be a coin collector and he wasn't but he was a stamp collector. I'm not feeling Hank. The symbol on the flags were the same as the coin's symbol. Good that Juliette is getting more involved. Renard has to be a fox.


Speaking of Renard's lawyer monster girl...where IS lawyer monster girl? Did I miss something? I mean, last I saw her she was hitting on Nick's partner, and with them being buddies, I'd thought he'd at least mention her to him...IF she followed through... They just forgot about her. THAT irritates me a bit... Plus, Eddie is being under-utilized. They haven't, I believe, given him enough of a motive to help Nick out. More screentime to Eddie!!!


Renard is becoming a more interesting character. I can't imagine he is a "good guy" because in the earlier episodes he sent his women DA creatures on a mission to kill Aunt Marie, a Grimm. I'd like to see him use one of them again for another task. Renard knows that Nick is a Grimm but Nick isn't able to see Renard as a creature. Renard is obviously using Nick and his abilities for some purpose which we may discover in some future episode. It would be interesting to know if Portland is a special place to all these creatures or if they roam among us all. I wish the series would address that issue.


farsia2010, I was in the same boat with you about Juliette, but I've truly come to enjoy her character. Seriously though, I'm all for Hank taking a very long sabbatical.


I wasn't sure whether I should have cringed or marvelled at the use of archival footage when it first started, but then when they showed Hitler as a creature with the coins, I marvelled. What a brilliant way to use that. Every episode makes me like Nick (and David Giuntoli) a little bit more. He gets more and more confident and fascinating, and comfortable with what he does. Juliette was great - and while I don't know if she needs more screentime, I definitely think that they're using her well now. And really, we can never have enough Monroe... Hank was a little much for me this episode, quite the let down. He's not even a convincing badass. Renard was fascinating. I think the lion insignia that we saw on the flags is indicative of his history. We already know he's some kind of royalty, and the flags have lions on them. Lions are the kings of the it's likely that his creature nature is lion-like in some way.


I got chills when Hilter was revealed as a creature at the end - holy moly! Nice (and wonderfully creepy) way to tie the coins, the Grimm/German thing, and history together! Too bad Monroe wasn't there; I thought it was a perfect chance to give him more screentime considering his excitement and knowledge about the projector earlier in the episode. It's nice to see Juliette utilized so well. I don't necessarily want her to have more screentime, just see the screentime she does have used constructively. What I'm really curious about is what kind of creature Renard is - even with him being out of control under the influence of the coins he didn't reveal his creature-ness. It makes me even more curious. Great to see Nick really embracing his Grimm-ness. Now at least one other character needs to find out - my vote goes to either Hank or Wu (that would be a good way to make him something a little bit more than comic relief!).


Agree completely with V, my two cents are that I love this series and look forward to it every week. The development of the characters every week keep it interesting. I'm actually rooting for Rennard to be a good guy and maybe the hero in the world of creatures. More Eddie, his small part brings humor and history to the story so I'm cyually believing there are creatures among us. Besides, he can do everything. Except for coins Go Nick, he brings it all together and kudos to David.

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Grimm Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

He ate a baby. That's rude.


I think the answer to that is yes.