Grimm Review: On My Mother's Side

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After last week’s bitterly disappointing lead up episode, to say I had a few doubts about "Woman in Black" would be putting it lightly.

Good thing Grimm didn’t disappoint.

Nick Is Shocked

There were a lot of variables in play, and I want to take them one by one.

Juliette's Cat Fight
Just when we think Adalind is gone for good she slinks back into Nick’s life and goes after his greatest weakness – Juliette – with some demonic cat no less. Juliette even got the answers she (thought) she was looking for as Nick finally revealed everything to her, but after being so forthright and inquisitive last week Juliette took a turn for the skeptical as she began to worry about Nick’s mental health.

Anyone in her position would do the same, but I just wish she would have gotten a look at Monroe before passing out from the scratch. Why delay the inevitable? Even so, Juliette is now under some kind of spell since her eyes are completely black now just like the cat. Is Adalind controlling her? Will she even remember Nick or what he told her? Or is Adalind just giving Nick one last parting gift for taking away her power, now that she’s skipped town.

Hank finds his Arsenal
Poor Hank, he still has no idea what he witnessed, and Nick still has no interest in setting the record straight, and after the reaction Juliette gave him, there’s very little incentive for Nick to tell Hank.

Instead, Hank is descending deeper and deeper into paranoia, and eventually arms himself to the teeth by the end of the episode as his fears got the best of him and his closet. It’s an interesting development for the character, and while I’m still no fan of Hank this version of him does have some potential. A paranoid Hank won’t give Nick nearly as much leeway as he usually gets, and that pulls Nick from sides.

On one end Nick is saving Hank from these violent Wesen, and on the other his actions are having a direct result on Hank’s well being. Nick’s moral compass would have some confusion, on one hand he could look out for the greater good and his Grimm friends, and on the other he can bring Hank’s mind to ease and save him from going crazy.

My guess on whether Hank becomes part of Team Nick rests directly on the shoulders of Renard.

Nick is (still) a Badass
Nick doesn’t even worry about being caught as a Grimm anymore. He’s fully committed to it, and as the season has gone on we’ve learned that this is his family’s legacy and business. In the trailer with Juliette his enthusiasm for all of it was overwhelming at times, but it all comes down to one common theme: it’s a way for him to reconnect with his parents, and at the very least his mother. He revealed tonight that being a Grimm “comes from his mother’s side.”

Yes, as it turns out Nick’s mother isn’t dead. While I’ve been hoping Nick would meet some family members or other Grimm’s down the road this path offers stronger storytelling opportunities. Now Nick can finally learn what happened in that car crash. If it’s all just a cover up, what’s the deal with coins (she’s clearly on the hunt for them) and this entire Wesen world he still knows nothing about.

Finally tonight, we’ve all been speculating whether or not Nick has any special abilities, and while we’re never completely certain if he does or not, other than seeing Wesen’s true form, it looked like something did happen with Akira. Badass Nick only came out to play after Akira showed his true colors, and I wonder if seeing Wesen for what they are brings out something in Nick as well.

If there is one gripe I have about tonight’s episode it’s the time limit. So much of the episode felt rushed, as we hurried from one character to the next, and from one quick burst of story to the next, and if given room to breathe, the plot might have been better served.  It felt like Akira, Renard, Adalind, and Team Nick all got pushed to the side for the big reveal of Mama Burkhardt. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there was just too much to tell and not enough allotted time to do it.

Other thoughts:

  • Renard is still completely mysterious. It’s an interesting bookend to his season long arc. Originally coming off as a villain, he’s now just another unknown in this big Wesen World we still know very little about. 
  • Do Rosalee and Monroe even need the cat anymore? I'm under the impression Nick took the bowl of milk with him. Or did Hank interrupt that train of thought?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (72 Votes)
Ronald simkins

I must have missed the covenant that said being a Grimm gets passed down like a superpower. In the first two episodes it was clear that there a few Grimms in the world as well as a few Reapers. So where did the mythos that "Grimmdom" came down on the death of a familty member? Maybe it a talent that takes time to debelope. Cleary from the finale Nick's mother didn't have to be dead for him to inherit his Grimmness.


I see a lot of comments wanting to be rid of Hank and Juliette. I think they are necessary to the story. Nick has to have some balance in his life. Nick is still a police officer and a Grimm. Hank is his partner. I like the story arc for Hank, though I don't think the show is showing the depth of a police officer partnership. Juliette has her special veterinary skills that will come in as useful if she makes it through the cat scratch fever. I see Juliette partnering with Rosalie. We've seen Hank slowly slide into insanity from the cookies, then coins episodes through the last. Remember, Hank is very honorable, he wouldn't cross the line a date Adalind. This may be a lesson for Nick, that his life is very dangerous to those around him and it is cruel to expose someone to that life daily and not take them into your confidence. Hank has been left open to cling onto anyone that offers him an explanation and restores his sanity. If Nick doesn't reveal all to Hank, someone else will and Nick may have a new enemy. Great story arc, lots of possibilities going forward.

Ronald simkins

I guess no one actually read the intro to the episode. About the "Snow White" reference about sleeping. I think the cat was the poisoned apple. Overall I loved the episode especially after seeing it again. Certainly opens up all kinds of stuff for next season.


Ummm, people just thought of sth, if mommy dearest is alive then how did the Grimm gift pass to Aunt Mary??


And yes, i did crack up at the shot of Hank loaded for bear in his home.


And not to mention Renard is the most interesting character... and he's hot.


wow Farsia2010 encapsulated all my thoughts about Hank and Juliette... please kill them both. Can't tell if it's just crappy character writing or the actors are just yuck. blah!


I enjoyed the finale. The reveal to Juliette scene, disappointing.
Hopes for the future...Less Hank, or at least, an interesting Hank. More Adalind please.She is deliciously wicked. Juliette in a coma for the entirety of season 2. And for goodness sake, do something with Renard--great character!
Monroe and Rosalee, awesome.


i wanted to say sth last time but forgot, another reason the finale didn't cut it for me is because 2 of the cliffhangers were about characters that i either don't care about or want to die. Juliette and Hank. i just don't care about them so i am not worried about their wellbeing. they can live they can die, whatever, just as long as they leave the show. and next season maybe Nick will get a good looking girl for a change not sb who looks older than him. he looks like he is a prince but she looks like Cinderella's ugly stepsister and Hank should die already! the actor has such a heavy presence that it sucks all energy out of the shot and makes it hard to smile or even breath.


Hank: Okay - am I the only one that burst out laughing at the scene with Hank and his weapons of Wesen destruction? I'm sorry, but the only times I can tolerate him are when he's at the precinct. Other than that...well, I can hope for better in the next season. Renard: I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get to see more of his agenda. At this point I don't think there's any possibility that he's a Wesen, but he's some kind of human power-wielder. Great review, Mr. McHatton. Good call on Nick's power-ups being related to the visual stimulus of the Wesen's face, I'm going to watch the reruns for clues LOL. I also agree with the timing - there was a lot, though I loved it. It might have been better as a 90 min finale.

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