I agree - I wasn't impressed with the main story (although, to be fair, a main story that lets Wu step up like he did in this one will always mean the more interesting parts of "Grimm" will have to be played down until Wu finds out Nick's secret), but the side stories were compelling enough to hold my interest. I love how the relationship between Rosalee and Juliette has developed these last couple of episodes - hopefully they'll become really good friends.
I truly dislike the Renard-Juliette storyline. I cringe every time one of them is on screen because inevitably it leads to the whole awkward pining thing. This whole story feels like a bid on the part of the writers to keep Juliette relevant to the overall plot without letting her know about Grimms and Wesen, but it's not working. I like Juliette, but let her know - and accept - or cut her loose! As much as I like Hank, I miss seeing Nick and Monroe working together. Maybe if Monroe tells Nick, Nick can figure out who Renard is and quit the police force. He and Monroe can work together as PI's with Hank (partnered with Wu) their police contact? Just spitballing here, but seriously - let's see more of Monroe and Nick working together!
Another interesting thing in this episode that I picked up in terms of "below the exterior" is Hank's continuing discovery of just how far beyond normal Nick's gotten in this life as a Grimm. He may be accepting (for now), but he looked quietly freaked out when he saw the books, the weapons, and when he learned Nick basically ordered the ogre's death. I wonder if we're going to get to a point where things go a step too far for Hank and he finds he can't go on this journey with Nick anymore. I really, really hope the show's not gearing up for a Nick/Juliette/Renard triangle. It took awhile for most viewers to warm up to Juliette and having her cheat on Nick would lead to an epic setback; plus, it's hard to imagine Nick remaining a loyal employee of the person who slept with his almost-fiancee.
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