If there’s one thing that I learned at the end of Grimm Season 3 Episode 10, it’s this:
Don’t give Juliette a frying pan. Not since Rapunzel in Tangled have I witnessed someone mercilessly beat the bad guys to a pulp with one.
Frying pan humor aside, this installment focused mostly on Juliette and Hank. While Juliette and Hank were doing completely different things, at the end both of their stories tied together thematically. This theme of Wesen acceptance is a cornerstone of Grimm, but this was the only episode that really took more than a passing glance at the idea.
As Rosalee explained, most Wesen only want to hide from the world. Most feel shame over their heritage and who they are. They work to suppress it and run from it.
Rosalee hung around with some bad people in her past, and Alicia - no matter what the evidence presented - continued to deny everything. They’re so used to being killed and beheaded for who they are they they’ve adapted to running, denying and changing their appearances completely.
Juliette beating up Joe continued Juliette’s arc of finding a place where she belongs. She’s certainly not been the best of characters in the past, but watching her fend off Joe to protect a friend she loves and adores, Wesen or not, was very endearing.
She used everything she could remember from a self-defense class and was able to beat back Joe completely. The fight was a good indicator of the type of moral code she follows.
She looks past masks or facades and tries to get to know the person. She accepts Alicia in the same manner as Rosalee and Monroe. She likes them as people, and that’s all she needs. Just the same, Wesen or human, she’s going to fight you off if you’re hurting her friends and family.
It’s a drastic and welcome improvement for her character.
Hank is in a similar position to Juliette. He knows about the Wesen world and he’s “adapting” to it. Hank may not be as understanding and as accepting as Juliette probably because he sees the horrors humans and Wesen can do on the job, but he definitely understands the pressures Wesen are under.
He’s really beginning to fall for Zuri, but Zuri is so afraid of her Wesen form or maybe losing her temper that she doesn’t want to put anyone under that kind of stress. She’s willing to continue blowing off Hank’s advances even after he accepts her exactly as she is. It’s a good start, but until Zuri can accept herself a relationship with Hank is doomed before it even begins.
In the end, the themes presented were allegorical to the fears and emotions of LGBT people.
A Few More Thoughts:
- Apartment 310, Episode 310. I rather enjoy seeing television shows do this.
- That poor house needs some Grimm insurance with the amount bodies, walls, furniture and knick-knacks being broken.
- I envy the people with enough willpower to not finish their bowl of ice cream. Quite honestly, I would probably still finish my ice cream even if there was gang violence going on outside my diner window. I’d just bring the bowl with me if I had to duck.
What’s your opinion of Juliette now?