'Tis the season for holiday-themed episodes, and Grimm is no exception.
This time, Nick and friends were faced with a trio of destructive Christmas gremlins! Though silly and mostly light-hearted, Grimm Season 4 Episode 7 had some great moments, too.
I think the stunt performers who played the wretched little menaces must have had an enormous amount of fun in their roles. There was just something so hysterical about them running around and causing such problems. Juliette and Rosalee facing off against them at Monroe's house was definitely a highlight of the episode, as was the plan to catch the gremlins in the convenient fruitcake truck.
Speaking of fruitcake, I loved this little quip by Monroe:
So there's actually a reason for fruitcake!Monroe
"The Grimm Who Stole Christmas" is heavily Christmas fluff with the Kallikantzaroi (on second thought, let's stick with 'gremlins'), though there were some huge long-term plot developments - not least of which being Trubel's decision to go with Josh back to Philadelphia.
In my review of Grimm Season 4 Episode 6 last week, I suggested this as a possible outcome. I like the two of them as a pair, and hopefully this isn't the last we see of them.
In a deeply touching scene, Nick gave them Aunt Marie's old car to help them get back to Philly:
Nick: Just wish there was something more I could give you.
Trubel: Nick - you gave me my life!
How right she was. Trubel's evolved greatly since her first appearance. She's transformed from a scarred young woman terrified of her own mind into a powerful young Grimm who is now capable of beyond herself and her own immediate needs. It was the intervention of Nick, and later Juliette and his friends, that allowed Trubel to reach a place in her life where she could feel comfortable enough to take Josh under her protection.
Meanwhile, Renard told Nick about Elizabeth seeking out Kelly and the baby.
Renard: Now, my motivation here is simply to protect my child, and I don't want my mother to kill your mother.
Nick: And I don't want *my* mother to kill *your* mother.
It was pretty funny exchange, but also dead serious at the same time. If the two mothers meet, there is liable to be some fireworks, possibly a nuclear explosion. I hope they don't cheat us of seeing that showdown! Honestly, I think a lot of fans are looking forward to an Elizabeth-Kelly face-off.
I did have a few issues with this episode, though.
First off, are we supposed to believe that one of the rampaging menaces patiently waited in a wrapped present until everyone left before breaking out and commencing his destruction derby? Furthermore, how did he get into the present in the first place? Did the others take the time to wrap him up in the box? They definitely don't seem to have that much level of planning and preparation later. I think that the writers were going for a cute intro scene and threw consistency out the window here.
Also, there seems to be a bit of a rip in the space-time continuum in Portland, because the passage of time is getting really, really strange. Remember, all the episodes so far this season have been fairly close together in terms of time, and several of them pick up within moments of each other. Yet, suddenly, there they were setting up Christmas decorations. There wasn't any obvious sign of a major time jump between the last episode and this one that I noticed, but maybe I missed it. I don't know; it just seemed strange.
And can they finally let Wu in on what's going on around there? It looks like they might do that soon, if the previews for next week's episode are any indication. Poor guy. He added the Christmas gremlins to his monster file. He really needs to see a nice, friendly Wesen, one that isn't freaky and/or trying to kill him.
On the list of "not quite sure how I feel about it yet", Juliette might be pregnant. She was certainly looking worriedly at that pregnancy test at the end of the episode. If she is indeed pregnant, that would mean some very serious implications for both her and Nick. Will he finally ask her to marry him again? Will their baby be in danger from the Royals or other Grimms or evil Wesen? Given Nick's complicated childhood, I'm sure he would have some mixed feelings.
There is some definite potential for storylines from a pregnancy for Juliette and Nick; we'll just have to wait and see if they actually do go that way.
Now it's your turn, Grimmsters. Is Juliette pregnant? Are you looking forward to an Elizabeth-Kelly matchup? Did you enjoy the gremlins as Christmas villains? Take to the comments below and share your thoughts!
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