Grimm Review: Obstacles, Clingers, and Disgust

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"The Thing With Feathers" accomplished one thing: being one of the first shows to truly make me sick to my stomach. I can handle a lot of what television throws at me, and not much makes me actually get dry the heaves.

Rosalee and Monroe

But watching Robin, and seeing that tube stuffed down her throat? While not the nastiest thing in the world, once it was combined with the pump and its sound effects, I nearly lost my dinner. Congratulations Grimm, I’m officially grossed out.

Please don’t try to top it.

Surprisingly, Nick slicing the egg out of Robin’s throat didn’t bother me in the slightest.

Getting to the episode, not much happened this week, and for the most part Grimm suffered because of it. Most of it is due to the unresolved obstacles between Nick and Juliette. I’m all for characters growing further apart as the secrets one or more of them harbor continue to pile on and on, but when it happens too quickly or things begin to get out of hand it’s time to change things up or resolve it.

Grimm has reached that point.

Nick has embraced being a Grimm, there’s no question about it, he has taken on the responsibility without knowing what exactly he’s getting himself into, and his intentions are noble from both sides: he wants to protect Juliette from getting harmed from this new aspect of his life and being a Grimm helps him be a better Detective. Having Nick pulled from all of those directions has made for some great obstacles. But with the amount of danger Juliette is being put in episode after episode how much longer is she going to be unnecessarily kept in the dark?

Juliette has to be given credit for acknowledging the rift that is developing between her and Nick, and turning down his engagement because of it. I’m glad she did so, it’s not fair to either of them, and their marriage won’t work if they begin it built on a bed of lies that keeps expanding by the day. Hopefully, with this newfound rejection Nick will begin to consider bringing Juliette in on the secret.

The other thread running through this episode is Hank’s greater and greater obsession with Adalind, and just like “Island of Dreams,” I’m still not impressed with Hank. I know his stage five clinger status isn’t his fault, but at least make it fun. Right now it’s mostly awkwardness and some secondhand embarrassment from bearing witness to it.

Thankfully, Adalind is fun to watch.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • Does anyone else want Nick, Eddie, and Rosalee to open up a PI business and hunt down the weird and unexplained over Nick being a cop? This idea is beginning to sound like a Buffy spinoff.
  • Nick getting a wifi signal in the forest for Facetime must be another Grimm ability.
  • What were the passports for in Rosalee’s brother’s shop?
  • Wu enjoyed some paperclips for lunch today. What will he eat next week?


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On Juliette, most here seem to think she has special powers. I'm not convinced. Maybe it's as simple as the fact that she is a veterinarian, and has an obvious affinity for animals/non-humans. People who can bond on a deeper emotional level with animals may have heightened senses, or something in their brain that allows a different, non-human level of communication.


@KansasGuest - I, on the other hand, am dead certain that Renard IS a creature. They established pretty early that Grimms can only see a wesen's true face when said wesen lets the mask slip; presumably Renard is simply more in control than most. What I'm wondering now is what sort of creature he might be. The initial assumption was Reaper (and he's certainly handy with a scythe), but that could be a bit boring. It occurred to me recently that Renard means fox - maybe he's a Fuchsbau? The question then, of course, is how he rose to his current position of power, since they don't really seem to be at the top of the wesen food chain. Maybe he's something else altogether. I find his relationship with Adalind interesting. The impression I got was that she's into him, while he's just stringing her along to manipulate her. Rather cold, really. Could be wrong, of course; it certainly seems I was last week RE: Wu. Time will tell.


So, the fairytale of the week was either inspired by Jack & the Beanstalk (goose that laid the golden egg) or the production of foie gras. Ugh. As revolted as I was with the force feeding, I thought the episode was excellent in how the relationships deepened even more. Hank/Adalind, Adalind/Renard, Renard/Nick, Nick/Juliette, Nick/Rosalee, Rosalee/Monroe - they were all present and benefited with just one or two scenes IMO. Personally, I'd like to see more of Renard. Obviously he isn't a creature or Nick would have seen it by now. But, when are they going to let us in on who/what he is?

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Juliette can't be a Grimm because then they would be relatives and it would be gross!
There are thousands upon thousands of grimm bloodlines, according to writers, going back thousands of years back. She would not be anymore related to him than anyone of us is to each other.


I love the show and happy it got renewed. More to Juliette for sure, and she was right in turning down Nick's proposal. Can't have it both ways honest, or stay single. The Hank character, even with this recent arc, is not interesting at all. Either Nick gets him on board the Grimm train, or Hank must go. Monroe & Rosalee? Magic for sure. Love Adalind and Renard. Wu's newest diet will cause him to either lose weight or internal organs.


I love Adalind/Renard. Is there something going onb/w them? Can't wait for next week. I dont want adalind to die,She is my fav female character.


I think the passports are going to be connected to the stuff that happens in episode #18.


and monroe getting all jealous cuz nick called rosalie was adorable


i don't think juliette is a wessen, but she might be psychic or something. she is very, very intuitive and can tell when there's more than meets the eye. the look she gave monroe, the feeling she had about the house, knowing nick is pulling away... if she was psychic, that would be totally, totally badass and would add a lot to the show, i think


Juliette has gone from a blank slate to a strong female character, a rarity on prime time tv. I was thrilled when Juliette turned down Nick's proposal. She is far more insightful than Nick realizes. I also loved that she brought her gun and was willing to use it. The time has come for Nick to make the difficult choice of telling Juliette about being a Grimm or ending the relationship. I really hope TPTB resolve their relationship by the end of the season. I like Hank. I think that he is a cool guy and a solid cop. I love his supportive friendship with Nick. I am worried about Wu now. Rosalee is the prefect love interest for Monroe and a useful member of TeamGrimm.

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Grimm Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Nick: That's weird.
Juliette: Glad you said it first.

Hey Nick, I thought a vacation for you meant a vacation for me.