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Grimm Review: The Maid in the Master with the Poisoned Vodka

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Grimm was ready to ring in the new year with Grimm Season 3 Episode 9.

But this installment, while having an interesting premise, ended up falling mostly flat.

Capt. Renard & Adalind

The case of the week was certainly an interesting one. A Russian Wesen healing people - in an attempt to make up for his past deeds - was interesting on paper, and, at times, I found myself engaged in his struggles while wondering who was trying to kill him (there was also a connection to Rasputin and the Russian healers, but my knowledge of Rasputin begins and ends with the animated movie Anastasia).

Honestly, his wife was my main suspect, and Grimm did a good job of keeping the suspicion on her until the very end. My money was never on the maid in the bedroom with the poisoned vodka.

Everything about the case became clear in those final moments.

The healer's wife was only ever looking out for him and the life they had created together; the maid was trying to find vengeance; and the healer himself saw a final opportunity to do good and not fight death anymore.

It's unfortunate that this episode decided to mar the case in so much mystery and missed opportunity. I felt so in the dark at times that I nearly wanted to tune out.

Thankfully, this installment was packed with smaller subplots that are shaping up to be very entertaining. Juliette’s friend, Alicia (who knew Juliette had friends?), is leaving her abusive husband Joe. The interesting twist stems from both of them being Wesen - and the questions that arise from it.

Grimm Season 3 has placed more emphasis on the Wesen world and the rules they abide by than any other season, and I’m curious to see if this case of domestic violence between Joe and Alicia is going to continue those themes. Do Wesen handle domestic violence in a different manner than humans do? Moreover, is Alicia’s situation a way to get Juliette into our good graces since her character has been mostly tolerable at best?

Nick hasn’t even shared this information with Juliette. And Alicia doesn’t know Nick is a Grimm.

Renard’s trip to Vienna ended with his meeting with Adalind. The show is still coy on settling whether or not Renard is the father of the baby, but the baby’s father is not the most important aspect of the story right now.

Renard is just trying to court Adalind to his ranks, and he’s using whatever leverage he can to gain leverage later. He hit Adalind right at her core regarding friends and friendship. Part of this hellish nightmare Adalind is enduring to gain her powers back is in part due to Adalind wanting to feel a sense of community and self worth again. She never saw herself as someone who amounted to anything without her powers, and she wasn’t about to try after losing them.

Three More Thoughts:

  • Hank and his physical therapist are very cute together. I’m all for seeing more of them and where they go.
  • That cold decontamination shower was just about the hottest thing ever... I’m going to need a cold shower now. Of course, it’s the one time Renard didn’t tag along on this case, but at least he spoke Russian.
  • The opening was quite the callback to the pilot. If only Sweet Dreams was playing.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (41 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Ok the opening was from Little Red Ridding Hood. It was interesting that Nick was the one doing the chasing. Also Nick should have seen the woman was scared -well I guess that is why he speeded up and ran past her and said good morning. Love how this show promotes languages. Knew it was the maid and not the wife when wife was crying on phone and being mean to maid. Interesting that they having story with Juliette (Boo) and her friend cont. next week. Juliette is the one who will beat up bad boyfriend not Nick. Last year writers made Juliette stupid now this year she is wonder woman...Really? Still can't stand her---she is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me now. No Rosealee (Boo) too much Juliette(Boo). Odd that Juliette's friend is the same thing as Rosealee but no Rosealee this week. Also she did not know Nick is a Grimm? Also why did Nick not say anything to her??? Also now they have a guest bedroom when Nick was made to sleep on the sofa all last season...really writer? I did like the guys taking the shower---that was funny and hot. And yes it would have been good if Renard was there but please don't bring back Nipples Renard from last season...please keep cool sexy badass the Captain. I am so glad he is back to the Captain of season one. I wanted to hurl everytime I saw him and Juliette gross kissing from last season. The small kiss Adelind gave him at the cafe---now that was sexy! The writing is back on track this season. Season two was awful--thank you writers for getting this show back on track. Hey where is Mama Grimm, The Lady helping Adelind with her baby, (yes I think that is Renard's mom), Hank's love life? Any bets the lady Hank likes is Weson? Has anyone else noticed they changed the opening again? It is a little diffrent from when the season started. Funny line of the show: Who you Gonna Call? I swear when they where walking down the hall I was thinking Ghost Busters in my mind!.

Marissa

I wasn't as interested in the case of the week as I was in the smaller stories especially Juliet and her friends who turned out to be wesen and her husband is also and I can't wait to see were that goes I think it will get interesting. Can't wait till the next episode and so glad it's back on and we didn't have to wait to long for it.

Joyeful

I totally agree with the review. The case itself had a cool twist at the end, but there were so many misdirects that by the end I had no idea what meant what. The Rasputin tie-in was VERY cool though. But where did the radiation poisoning come from? I even started hypothesizing that he had probably been healing people from the Chernobyl disaster... The side story with Juliette's friend. Sigh. Alicia Lagano is great (she was FANTASTIC on Castle last year), but her NOT calling the cops really infuriated me, and just seemed like we needed to give Juliette something to do when she's not doling out scientific advice. Her jerkass husband should be in jail. That being said, I am looking forward to the beatdown that guy's gonna get from Mr Grimm. Nick - between the shower scene and Renard speaking Russian, I needed cold water. Totally with you on that.

Dreamrose

It seemed to me that there were too many different plotlines going on, which resulted in a really rushed ending for the A-story (the Russian healer). In addition to that A-story, we had Hank and his physical therapist, Adalind and Renard, and Juliette's Fuchsbau friend. This is the second time we've seen a Klaustreich husband abusing his wife, and in both instances the wife was of a different Wesen species (Seltenvogel and now Fuchsbau).

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It is interesting he did not tell her about her friend when they were alone. I am not sure how they deal with domestic violence., but in the past there seems to be alot of agressive wessen in relationship with more massive ones. Example 1st season with egg, and monroe and rosale(even though he is vegan). I thought the wife was having an affair. i did not know until last minute.

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"The opening is quite the callback to the pilot. If only Sweet Dreams was playing." Of course, using "Little Red Riding Hood" (while the runner is being chased by someone we think might be a "Big Bad Wolf") also fits the bill IMO.

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