Grimm Season 4 Episode 16 Review: Heartbreaker

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I know that I can't be the only one asking this question, but what the ever-loving goodness is wrong with Juliette!? Besides the whole obvious Hexenbiest thing, that is.

On Grimm Season 4 Episode 16, it's like she's completely lost her marbles. Not only did she totally walk into Renard's bedroom while he was still asleep and proceed to rant at him like everything was his fault, she also laughed in Nick's face when he tried to make things right with her.

I know things have been rough on her, to put it mildly, but that's just cold.

It was bad enough that she invited herself into Renard's house last week, now she totally shattered any sort of guest conventions that exist. I know she's upset, but this was way over the top. Let's examine her monologue rant at Renard:

No, I'm done calming down! Okay, you and Nick and Adalind and all of this Wesen insanity, I am so sick of it! Okay, I was normal before I met all of you. I want my life back!


Wow. Yeah, Juliette, we get it. Your life was all unicorns and rainbows and fuzzy bunnies before you got involved in the Wesen stuff, but it's completely disingenuous to put all the blame on everyone else. No one forced you to do anything. Yeah, it stinks that you now can transform into a zombie hag witch. We get it.

My sister theorized that Juliette's going through some sort of Hexen puberty, which is making her act out and behave completely out of character. I really don't know what to think, myself, but I hope that she gets ahold of herself one way or another because this is getting ridiculous.

I have to admit, though, Renard's I-haven't-had-enough-coffee-to-handle-this-right-now expression was pretty funny. You really have to feel for the guy. How much stress had he been operating under? Night terrors, phantom bleeding, the Royal Family, his missing daughter, Adalind, Juliette, Nick, the entire city of Portland...! It just never ends.

Ah, yes, the Royal Family. We met yet another prince in this installment. Did anyone else snicker as much as I did when it was announced that Prince Kenneth had arrived? Somehow, "Kenneth" doesn't sound very regal. But I'm a barbarous American, so what do I know? Ahem.

Kenneth is apparently the Royal Family's "Get the Job Done" guy, and he quickly demonstrated that he meant business in the way he dispatched double-agent Damarov and lay down the law to Renard.

Something bothered me about the fight between Kenneth and Renard: it was just way over the top. There was the way that Renard started manhandling Kenneth after he woged. It just seemed too much. Yet, despite that, Kenneth didn't even look phased after flying twenty feet and smashing through a solid wooden beam.

Of course, Renard ultimately lost the fight when the conveniently inconvenient phantom bleeding struck again, and Kenneth didn't even seem surprised.

And what was with the expressions on Rispoli's face? He didn't look happy with the way Kenneth was handling things, and it wasn't immediately clear why. Theories, anyone?

Let's also briefly mention Adalind. She told Kenneth that Viktor was the father. Kenneth was not impressed with the lie, and for good reason: Viktor's apparently sterile! Sort of makes you wonder why Viktor's heir to the throne when he can't ever produce an heir of his own. Anyway, it's not clear whether Kenneth guessed who the baby's father really was, but I wouldn't put it past him to figure it out.

Finally, the case of the week. We got to see another unusual sort of Wesen that only woges when someone is sexually aroused by them. Given that this Wesen transformed into a frog with toxic skin, I'd definitely label that an evolutionary dead end. How in the world did they ever procreate?!

It's really rather strange that no one apparently had tried to find solutions for that minor biological issue before now. Are Monroe and Rosalee the only two people on the planet who can come up with this stuff? 

The fact that the mom got the scar from her mother to make her unattractive was an interesting (and definitely tragic) twist, but the bit with the grandmother just seemed sort of tacked on at the end.

Another side note: how is it that all these super-rare Wesen somehow show up in the Portland area? It's like Portland has some sort of magnetic force acting on them. The sheer number of rare and unusual Wesen showing up in that relatively small area struck me as, well, unlikely. I know, I know: it's television.

Grimm Season 4 Episode 17 is titled "Hibernaculum" and is currently scheduled to air on Friday, April 10, at 8/7c on NBC. Until then, you can always watch Grimm online right here at TV Fanatic to relive or catch up on all the fun!

Heartbreaker Review

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Grimm Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

No, I'm done calming down! Okay, you and Nick and Adalind and all of this Wesen insanity, I am so sick of it! Okay, I was normal before I met all of you. I want my life back!


Nick: Juliette's a Hexenbiest.
Hank: Run that by me again?!