Totally agree. I'm starting to like Juliette now that her story is getting integrated into the main story arc of Nick being a Grimm rather than being separate to the point of irrelevant. Nick and Eddie's bond takes the prize though - until now it seemed like Nick dragged Monroe into everything but now he's the one who made the choice to continue to help him when Nick gave him the perfect out. I love how this show continues to grow as it finds its voice.
I think Rumple likes to be on the winning side, and it doesn't matter which side it is. He knew the Evil Queen was going to do the curse and worked it to his advantage; now he knows Emma is destined to break the curse and is playing that angle. I don't think he's evil-evil-evil like Regina; if any "bad guy" is going to get redemption, it's going to be him...
LOVED the scene when Emma told Mary-Margaret that Henry thought she was her (Snow White's) daughter. There was a nice balance of joking on the surface but emotion underneath. It seemed to make Mary-Margaret more maternal and the bit with the blanket at the end was pitch perfect.
It was great to see Hank, Monroe, Juliet, and Renard step up in this episode. Juliet especially - she's been basically the invisible character, separate from the main storylines and not really relevant, and it's nice to see her acting courageous and resourceful without turning into a full-on Buffy Eddie's growing loyalty to Nick is touching and Renard is one of those wonderfully ambigious characters whose motivation you never quite can figure.
My only thing is: how did Hank manage to arrest the ogre in the first place, and how did the penal system manage to hold him for 5 years? I doubt any of them were throwing scalding water on him constantly and it took a freaking elephant gun shooting bullets dipped in a rare poison to take him down this time around!
I hated Granger, despite his admittedly amusing exchanges with Eric. I can just imagine a May sweeps/season finale cliffhanger involving him, Lauren Hunter, and trying to oust Hetty; and that's definitely not something I want to watch unless it ends with Hetty kicking both of their butts before the season's over. I agree with KrennenC: Callen doesn't trust anyone until that trust is earned and Granger has done nothing to earn it (and done a lot to not earn it).
I'm interested in seeing how Kensi's background Hawaii storyline pans out. Hope it leads to some good Kensi/Deeks moments!
This was a great episode. I disliked E.J. before, but she redeemed herself nicely. It'll be interesting to see how Tony and Ziva's relationship progresses now that he seems to be aware of his deeper feelings for her. I'm not a Tiva shipper, but I'm not opposed to them getting together either as long as they do it in a way that doesn't detract from the overall shows and who the characters are.
Ted and Barney's story was lackluster, if only because they already had an almost identical story a few seasons earlier. However, I have to admit I teared up a little at the end with Marshall and Lily each finding a way to connect with their fathers and Robin's story was great too. Kevin gained a point with me when he talked Robin into going on air but I still find his character too creepy. Loved Sandy Rivers! He's a great character in small doses.
This was one of the best episodes of "Grimm" yet, with Eddie getting more screentime (the revelation about Santa was great!) and Nick fleshing out a bit more from his cop persona. Now Hank needs to find out about - or at least start getting suspicious about - Nick's double life as a monster hunter, and he really needs to meet Eddie so that Eddie can get pulled further into the fold.
This was a great episode for Hotch, displaying a nice range of emotions. I actually teared up when Hotch cried as the unsub comforted his son before he died, and I was grinning like an idiot during his scenes with Beth. It was a cute-meet and, while I wouldn't want to see her on every single episode, Beth could definitely work in the same way that Kevin and Will work as love interests for Garcia and JJ.
This episode was fantastic. There were no off-key moments - everything hit the right note. Boo hiss to NBC for putting it on hiatus!
I really liked this episode with the way it kept us on our toes about the truth about what had happened/was happening at the academy. The tension between Hotch and Morgan was great too because I could see both sides of the argument: Hotch may have been under no obligation to tell Morgan anything, but at the same time being constantly kept in the dark by someone who has called him to task on his trust issues in the past as well as put in a difficult position with a witness/suspect and his supervisor's supervisor was understandably upseting to Morgan. Honestly, I think that under the circumstances Hotch should have partnered himself with Strauss if he wasn't going to give Morgan any type of heads-up.
The B-story of Strauss' drinking problem fell a little flat with me, mostly because I don't give a crap about her - her appearances on the show are, for the most part, beyond grating and throw off the rhythm of the whatever episode it is - but Reid and Garcia's exchanges were cute and Rossi being...Rossi was endearing. I'd like to see a Prentiss-centric episode (how about bringing back her mother for a visit?) but as for right now I'm just glad to see a new episode again.
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