I thought this episode was OK. I don't know if it was the writing, or the fact that I'm a parent to two tween girls, that made me certain the little girl was the culprit behind the attacks. But, the father never entered the house when he picked her up. She was just sitting outside, making it evident that her mother had been inside, already injured. Another thing I noticed - Nick was positively gleeful when he showed Hank his trailer. He has NEVER been that excited or animated about anything where Juliette is concerned. Nick's dream in the beginning showed us that he wants to share this part of his life with her. But, is this really the right woman for him if the thing he's most passionate about has to be hidden because of her sensibilities? He's hA to choose if she can't handle him being a Grimm. If he chooses Juliette, he will be miserable because he can't stop himself from seeing wesen in his daily life.
I agree that this was a very enjoyable episode. Having watched a lot of procedurals in my life (including the original 5-0), I've come to the conclusion that each one has its own personality. You can't criticize 5-0's McGarrett for lacking the emotional angst of Patrick Jane. Each show must be judged on its OWN merits. IMO 5-0 really makes the most of its unique characteristics, which include the gorgeous setting, military backgrounds, chemistry among the characters, and the whole "family" feeling of the team. I personally love the scenes when everyone is off-duty (including the M.E.) and they choose to spend time hanging out with one another. No other procedural that I know of other than BONES (which is going on its 8th season) shows characters willing to be this close, and it's nice to watch.
People keep asking why there is a need for another Sherlock Holmes-inspired procedural in CBS' lineup. After watching this episode, I'm inclined to agree because MENTALIST continues to find more intriguing ways to explore its Sherlock, Patrick Jane. Lisbon is truly Holmes to Jane's Sherlock. They don't need to be romantically involved to complete each other. Can't they just be platonic best friends? Jane seems to need that more than any sexual relationship. BTW, I think his Irene Adler was the woman from last season who escaped to an island paradise. She was played by Morena Baccarin. I don't think Jane will monkey around with belladonna any more, even if it was implied by the final scene, because it's poisonous. A less toxic hallucinogen, like marijuana, perhaps.
Everyone seems to think Maddie is interested in "grooming" Alicia. I see something else. The character reminds me of Meg Whitman, who recently ran for governor of CA and lost against Jerry Brown. I think Maddie wants to get into politics and is surrounding herself with possible allies. She has no interest in starting at the bottom as some kind of junior state legislator. The woman is a billionaire, and will try to buy her way into a very influential position - something in Congress, or even Lieutenant Governor of IL. Maybe something Peter can appoint her to to launch her own run for governor some day.
@Anonymous - You are so right about GREASE. The songs may be catchy. But, the message to girls is just horrific. Danny continues to be a greaser and hang out with his friends. But, until Sandy changes everything about herself, starts smoking and dresses like a streetwalker, they can't be together. What a load of *&%#! I couldn't believe that was the message when I first saw the musical a LONG time ago...as a KID! Even then I could recognize...uh, something isn't right here.
Just wanted to add 2 things: 1) It's amazing how adding braids to a hairstyle, and a center part, can make a woman look 10 years younger.2) Watching Snow tackle Aurora in that final scene was fun. Princess Smackdown!
@Dale - The question of who is Dr. Whale has been driving fans crazy. His one character trait consistent with both worlds is that he's a horny slut. "Are the nuns still nuns, or can they date?" Greek and Roman gods tend to be that way. The god Apollo is associated with medicine and healing. Plus, it would be consistent that Charming isn't his prince because he's one himself. Zeus would be his father. I can't wait to find out though! OK, I'm done speculating.
Good solid episode. I like the contrast between the gaming interest vs. law enforcement in the 60's, and how Sheriff Lamb brings a unique skill set to solving crime that can't be easily duplicated. He had military & cowboy knowledge that mobsters could not predict. @47 - I don't see Lamb's use of force as weak. I see it as a display to convey unpredictability to the mobsters. Lamb had to deal with criminals who did everything under the table, in the shadows. To counter that, he did exactly what they didn't like - expose the violence of their crimes in broad daylight. The main objective was to get them to fear him because they didn't know what he would do next. The guy is still alive and living in Vegas. So, apparently it worked!
FYI, there is an AWESOME interview with Jane Espenson, writer of this OUAT episode, at the TV Guide website. Just Google her name and you'll find it. No spoilers, of course. But, it may be interesting to those who wonder how the writers come up with this stuff.
A few more observations.....Regina's identity was foreshadowed in the first episodes of OUAT. Her name is Regina MILLER. IIRC, her father's headstone had the name Henry MILLER. Rumplestiltskin's tale is that he will help a miller's daughter (or wife) spin a roomful of straw into gold overnight in exchange for her firstborn child. (If she failed, she was going to be killed.) Rumple is OLD. Baelfire would be at least 10-15 years older than Regina since he was willing to join the Ogre Wars when his dad encountered the Dark One. My off-the-wall guess then is that Bael was a grown man long before Snow grew up, long before the Storybrooke spell, and that he is actually Captain Hook. The guy in Boston that gets the postcard is Peter Pan since he looked about 20-25 years old.
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