Grimm Review: The Long Con

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Au revoir, Diana, you creepy baby, you!

In a truly shocking ending, Grimm Season 3 Episode 18 pulled the wool over our eyes as Captain Renard and the rest of the Nick's team end up ultimately helping Kelly hit the road with Diana. 

It's a good decision to bring the baby story to a close. Mostly, as the installment progressed, it became clear that the stalemate between the Royal and the Resistance fighters over the baby and its power would quickly grow boring and tenuous.

As each side fought to one up the other, and as Nick and his (very well formed team) ended up being caught in the middle, Renard made the very admirable and costly choice of handing the baby over to Viktor. 

Only to steal her back!

It's an elaborate plan that brings the baby back with the good guys, but makes Adalind still think the Royals have Diana. It provides an opportunity for Kelly to make up for past mistakes with Nick by taking care of a baby that's on the road with her this time around - and it gives Adalind something other to do aside from being with Diana. 

Adalind is a mother scorned and it is a brutally harsh moment for the new mother.

The baby brought out the better side of Adalind, but this development lets Adalind go back to her roots of causing trouble for everyone in an effort to gain her daughter back or just general hell to pay. It puts her at odds with Renard particularly.

Adalind informs him of the paternity, joins his side, unites him together with the baby and even wants to bring their family closer together, while Renard throws all of it away in an effort to keep his daughter safe. The man had an impossible decision and he's going to bear the most of Adalind's wrath. 

Nonetheless, one really does feel for Adalind (never thought I would say that). She gets the short end of the stick and does not even get one final goodbye. Instead, her newborn is kidnapper from her right in a police station. It's an absolutely cold but effective method. 

Odds and Ends: 

  • The look of extreme panic on Hank's face when he wonders if Adalind's baby is his.
  • Uh, Zombie Nick, are you home? It's time to come out and play again.
  • Kudos to Monroe and Rosalee for continually putting up with Nick. I'd start putting a snooze message for him when he calls in the wee hours of the night.
  • Kelly continually justifying that Adalind's mother really killed herself continues to be the joke that keeps on giving. 

Do you feel bad for Adalind ultimately losing her baby?


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Part of me feels bad because really, they kidnapped Adalind's baby. Poor woman is going through hell. However, from a story perspective, this is way more interesting. Nasty Adalind is a lot more fun to watch than sappy Adalind. The other part of me feels that this was the best episode in FOREVER - I was on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what was going to happen from one moment to the next. That was a fantastic con.


Yeah, but that makes the formerly good guys, the bad guys now. As much as you might love to hate Adalind, she wasn't a baby napper. And no matter how you slice it, Nick & Crew are now child kidnappers. As someone raised by a single mother, I can't help but be on her side and while I recognize that for story purposes they'll probably make her go back down the dark side, she wasn't in the wrong on this and I hope she takes down Team Bad Nick.


OK either it was pure coincidence or there was a die hard old Fox fan in the casting room. C Thomas Howell did his best Det. Frank Kohanek from Kindred: The Embraced TV show on Grimm. Considering his character on Kindred, it’s ironic he was a beast on Grimm when he was similar to Nick on Kindred.


Adalind brought most of her misery on herself by working so many angles with the Royals and trying to sell her baby to the highest bidder. She came to love Diana after she was born but Prince Victor never would have known about her if Adalind hadn't moved to Vienna in the first place.

@ Ginger

I have to check but I do not think that her original intent was to sell the baby (she did not know that she was even pregnant originally). She wanted to get her powers back and the price turned out to be selling the baby in exchange for the return of her powers. The highest bidder issue came from the two people she was dealing with wanting to be the one to broker the deal.

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