Grimm Season 4 Episode 8 Review: Chupacabra

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Well, I can safely say I did not see that twist coming.

Of all the theories surrounding Juliette's symptoms, not one I read came close to the grand reveal during the closing moments of Grimm Season 4 Episode 8. Well played, Grimm, well played.

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The monster of the week, the Chupacabra, pretty much played second fiddle to all the other drama going on. The "only enough ingredients for one dose of cure" cliche struck, which had me rolling my eyes. The Chupacabra story did, however, provide for some entertaining lines from various characters:

Juliette: My grandma used to blame the Chupacabra for everything! Dead relatives, missing pets, even lost keys.
Hank: Then, according to your grandmother, the Chupacabra is a pet-eating, key-stealing, goat-sucking killer.
Juliette: It is especially dangerous if you are out alone at night, or you get into a car with a boy, or come home late. I learned that the last two weren't exactly true.

I'm not sure if it was a deliberate callback or not, but the unfortunate Diego and his almost-as-unfortunate wife were Coyotls, first featured in Grimm Season 2 Episode 3, which is the episode in which Nick finally told Hank the truth about Wesen. Unfortunately, Wu's revelation didn't go nearly as smoothly in this episode.

Wu's on a downward slope; it's like the very foundations of his world are breaking apart. Hank accepted the existence of Wesen fairly easily once Nick explained everything to him. I doubt their attempts at explanation to Wu will go over nearly so well, particularly when it comes to what happened with the Aswang in Grimm Season 3 Episode 14 and Nick and Hank both lied to Wu's face about it.

Uh, I'm not sure I understand what "average" is anymore in this city. Not that I have any opinion that makes sense, 'cause, you know, I'm ready to go "vampire" or "wolfman." Do I sound a little stressed? No matter.


They've been – intentionally or not – undermining Wu's sanity this whole time. How does someone just get over that? The episode left poor Wu locked in the holding cells of his own precinct after a drunken bar fight spurred by a hallucination of the Aswang.

Meanwhile, yet another faction has thrown its hat into the race to track down Kelly Burkhardt and the baby. The Resistance in the form of Tavitian (last seen in Grimm Season 3 Episode 8) demanded that Renard help them in their quest to control the child. I'm guessing Tavitian really had no clue how far Renard will go to protect his child, and Renard almost certainly has no interest in letting Diana become a pawn of the Resistance.

I suspect the Grimm Season 4 finale will feature all the baby-hunting groups converging for one epic showdown. I just wish they'd explain to us exactly why everyone is willing to go to such lengths to control the child! What makes Royal blood so important? A little exposition would not be amiss here.

Then there were the Wesenrein numbskulls that were threatening Monroe and Rosalee. It seemed the Wesenrein's reach extended much farther than our heroes anticipated, even into the police department. This reminded me of a long-standing question of mine: why haven't we seen any Wesen cops with the Portland Police? Or were they just never woged when Nick was around?

In any event, the Wesenrein apparently lost whatever neurons they ever had when they attacked Monroe, a Blutbad (it means "bloodbath", remember?) and a personal friend of the local Grimm! Brilliant! And Rosalee is the local connection to the Wesen Council, which would definitely not look good if it stood by and did nothing over this. Plus, both Monroe and Rosalee are known and respected by Renard. You know, the Royal.

Simply put, I don't see this ending well for the Wesenrein!

I'm leaving the best for last: Juliette.

Juliette has been on the receiving end of a huge number of complaints over the years, especially over her apparent lack of role as anything other than "Nick's girlfriend". It was almost like the writers didn't know what to do with her. Surprise, now's she's a Hexenbiest!

I really, really loved that final reveal, which left us with a few questions to ponder over the break: Is the, er, condition permanent or temporary? Did she somehow steal Adalind's Hexen-spirit when they countered Adalind's spell? If Juliette's a Hexen permanently, will Renard (or his mom!) teach her what it means to be a Hexenbiest? (Honestly, though, anything to get Elizabeth back! Louise Lombard is gold in the role.)

Grimm is taking a break for a few weeks; the next new episode will air on January 9, 2015.

So, what do you think, Grimmsters? Were you surprised by Juliette's woge? Will Monroe and Rosalee ever get to go on their honeymoon? Which faction will find Kelly and the baby first? Let us know in the comments below!

Now that Grimm is on hiatus until the new year, you can take the opportunity to relive all the drama of the first half of season 4 when you watch Grimm online right here at TV Fanatic!

Be sure to check out the slideshow below and see how many of the wishes for season 4 have come true!

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Grimm Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Uh, I'm not sure I understand what "average" is anymore in this city. Not that I have any opinion that makes sense, 'cause, you know, I'm ready to go "vampire" or "wolfman." Do I sound a little stressed? No matter.


Juliette: What are we going to do now that we have the whole refrigerator to ourselves?
Nick: And the house.
Juliette: Let me think! [They kiss.]