Grimm Season 4 Episode 20 Review: You Don't Know Jack

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Prince Kenneth is too smug for his britches, that's for flamin' sure.

He easily manipulates Juliette into doing exactly what he wants, where he wants. Creep. Every time he opens his smarmy mouth, I imagine the comeuppance that I dearly hope is coming his way.

Kenneth's plans play a significant role in Grimm Season 4 Episode 20, but a suprisingly interesting Case of the Week (a misnomer in this instance, since "Jack" is still out there) and digging up Adalind's mother drew my attention away.

At the start of the episode, Nick and the others perform damage control and rescue as much from Aunt Marie's (toasted) trailer, taking it to the spice shop. Placing the remainder of his trove in a stationary location is something of a risk, but there really wasn't anywhere else to put the stuff at this point.

And combining the Grimm lore with Rosalee's Wesen lore may turn out to be useful in the end.

I liked the individual flashbacks from each of the characters as they looked around the trailer. And there was the look of loss on Nick's face: the trailer had played such a huge role in his life over the past few years, and now most of it's quite literally gone up in smoke.

Much of the episode was spent digging up and, er, cooking Adalind's mother Catherine, which made for some really funny Grimm quotes, like this one when Adalind was saying "goodbye" to her mother:

So, thanks, Mom, for being dead when I needed you the most.

Adalind

It was honestly really funny how neither witchy Adalind nor big bad Blutbad Monroe could do the actual choppage of Catherine's body and left it to Rosalee, who was practically rolling her eyes at their squeamishness. Of course, from a more objective perspective, I really can't blame either of them.

Interestingly, Adalind drank the Hexenbiest suppression potion without the slightest hesitation. I'm very wary of trusting her or thinking of her as anything other than a manipulative, ah, witch, but that was definitely a powerful statement, especially given all the shenanigans she went through to get her 'biestly side back before.

She essentially placed her life in the hands of Nick and his friends, because without her Hexenbiest magic Adalind is incredibly vulnerable. Though, really, the only person who really cares about killing Adalind is Juliette, and Adalind already got trounced by her once.

An entertaining moment came when Nick and the others tried to figure out where to safely stash Adalind where Juliette wouldn't find her. Nick and Hank were immediately eliminated as too obvious, Monroe and Rosalee wanted nothing to do with her, and then there was this offer from Wu:

Uh... after eating one of Adalind's cookies and eating half my carpet, I'm not all that keen, but whatever you guys need...

Wu

I have to say, Bud wasn't exactly an obvious choice, if for no other reason than the fact that he simply cannot keep a secret. It made for a few good laughs when they tried to explain the situation to Bud without going into the gory details. Mazel tov, Nick?

What happened with Juliette in the spice shop at the end of the episode... well, Nick, I could've told you she would react badly! I didn't exactly predict that she would make Nick shoot (at?) Monroe, but still! She's off her rocker right now, and still supremely ticked off at Nick.

Rosalee: Now all we have to do is get Juliette to take it.
Monroe: That would be a snap, 'cause, you know, the last time she took something we gave her, boy, that worked out like gangbusters!

Yep. That went well.

The Case of the Week featured Jack the Ripper. We never get a good look at him (this incarnation of him?); indeed, the viewers experienced his kills from a first-person perspective.

I personally found it interesting, though there doubtless others who don't like it when Grimm strays into non-Wesen/Other territory like La Llorona, Volcanalis, or the Mishipeshu. Hopefully, Nick and company will learn more about "Jack" before vanquishing him... preferably for good!

Jack has already killed three women, including Henrietta, which was actually something of a head-scratcher. Two prostitutes alone at night in isolated areas, then a powerful Hexenbiest in her own home? As they might say on Criminal Minds, the victimology doesn't fit.

Why would he kill Henrietta? This question was, of course, left unanswered this week.

Here are a few more thoughts before I let you take your own stab at this week's episode:

  • Renard's symptoms are getting even worse, and he finally turned to Henrietta for help. She seemed to know something, but naturally got killed before she could tell him. Tough break, Renard. Now, if only the writers would tell us something!
  • Monroe and Rosalee contacted Trubel, bringing her back to Portland from where she's been staying with Josh. Neither Nick, Juliette, nor Prince Kenneth know Trubel's on her way.
  • Kenneth's plan to lure Kelly to Portland depends on her not calling Nick or any of his friends to get the rundown on why he's apparently in mortal danger. In the words of Tony Stark, "Not a great plan!".

We're down to the wire here, folks! Only two episodes remain this season. Grimm Season 4 Episode 21, "Headache," is scheduled to air on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8/7c on NBC.

While you wait on the edge of your seat, you can catch up on previous episodes when you watch Grimm online here at TV Fanatic!

You Don't Know Jack Review

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Grimm Season 4 Episode 20 Quotes

So, thanks, Mom, for being dead when I needed you the most.

Adalind

Uh... after eating one of Adalind's cookies and eating half my carpet, I'm not all that keen, but whatever you guys need...

Wu