Whew! I thought I'd never get a chance to catch my breath. Grimm Season 4 Episode 9 is almost non-stop excitement, from Wu's initiation into the Wonderful World of Wesen, to Juliette's unexpected Hexenification, to Monroe's kidnapping.
Let's preface this review by saying that "Wesenrein" was a fabulous episode. The drama was levied by a fair amount of grim (pun intended) humor, and it all left me just waiting for next week's episode.
Nick and Hank finally made good on their promise to tell Wu everything, dragging him from the drunk tank to the trailer in the woods. Wu was understandably concerned that they'd taken him to an isolated location to kill him! A lot of fans, myself included, have been anxiously anticipating the episode that Wu was finally brought into their cabal, and it doesn't disappoint on that count.
The poor guy understandably has a lot of questions, and he looked ready to just sit down and pour through every single book in that trailer. Wu's subsequent encounter with Captain Renard was even more humorous, with both of them dancing around explicitly saying the word "Wesen":
Wu: Are you...?
Renard: You don't wanna go there.
Thank you, Grimm writers, for doing right by Wu. Too bad his education was interrupted by Monroe's kidnapping by the Wesenrein.
Speaking of the Wesenrein, I had to wonder how these guys have the free time to hang out in abandoned warehouses and kidnap mild-mannered Blutbaden. Maybe some of them were unemployed, because surely a full-time job would take up most of your day. I guess the ones with jobs hung out after work and think about ways to cleanse the world of impuros?
Mr. Blutbad Grandmaster is going to have quite a surprise when he discovers that Monroe's friend the Grimm is actually a Grimm again. If only he'd let Shaw live a little longer, the Klaustreich might have actually imparted that valuable piece of intelligence.
Shaw, in his obnoxious manner, actually made a remark that I think has struck most viewers at one point or another:
"Monroe"... is that his first name or last?Shaw
Huh. Good question! Given that Monroe's parents called him Monroe as well, I'm inclined to believe it's his first name. It's all a bit peculiar because, back before the series actually first aired, the character was called "Eddie Monroe."
Juliette didn't really have a chance to explain her little Hexenbiesting problem to anyone because of the whole "Monroe's been kidnapped" issue, though we were treated to a horrible, well-done nightmare that lingered just long enough to make you think, "It is a nightmare... right? Right?" Fortunately, Rosalee woke her up.
Rosalee, for her own part, demonstrated quite clearly her temper, and how she's related to her bitter, angry sister. She's a Fuchsbau, after all, not a Maushertz, folks!
If they hurt Monroe, I will kill them! I will hunt them down and *kill* them!Rosalee
Bree Turner gave a wonderful performance here, channeling Rosalee's grief, fear, anger, and then numb exhaustion.
We got to see a surprising amount of police work (and some police brutality, too, yikes Nick!) as Nick, Hank, Renard, and Wu try to locate Monroe. And it's through that police work that they finally uncover Mr. Blutbad Grandmaster's identity.
Turns out, a Maushertz you can easily cow into being your go-between can be easily cowed by someone even scarier than you. Let this be a lesson to you, evildoers. I guess.
Officer Acker played a good game, but he made the mistake of hanging out (and being photographed) with the wrong people. Woopsies.
These were believable villain mistakes, and I like it that the bad guys here weren't all-knowing or all-powerful. They screwed up, and that's how they are going to get caught, presumably in the next episode. Hopefully, Renard will take the opportunity to let all and sundry know that he doesn't tolerate their sort of bigotry in his canton.
It's worth mentioning that Adalind and Viktor are now on their way back to Portland. Boy, will they be surprised with some of the developments that have happened since Adalind scampered away to Vienna at the end of last season. Psst, Nick's a Grimm again, despite your best efforts, you horrible hag!
And now I turn it over to you, Grimmsters. What did you think of "Wesenrein"? Did Wu's initiation into the wider world live up to your expectations? What will happen when Juliette finally gets to tell someone about her Hexenbiestly issue, and will she be able to prevent Rosalee from ripping out someone's throat? Let us know in the comments below!
Remember if you want to catch up on previous episodes, you can watch Grimm online right here at TV Fanatic!