If you're not a fan of episodic Case-of-the-Week storytelling, then it's possible Grimm Season 5 Episode 18 irked you as you waited in frustration for them to advance the many, many long-term arcs they have going at the moment.
To make matters worse, they threw in another plotline with the return of Zuri Ellis, the Yaguarate former girlfriend/physical therapist of Hank.
Now, I'll be fair. I'm not against Zuri returning as Hank's love interest. I liked the character when she was first introduced in Grimm Season 3 Episode 9, and continuity is always appreciated. I'm just frustrated with how much I, as a viewer, have to remember and keep straight at the moment!
Let's take a look at what's going on right now:
- Case of the Week, in this episode the bone-sucking vulture Wesen
- Black Claw trying to take over the world (only briefly mentioned this week)
- Renard working with Black Claw
- Adalind's returning 'biest
- Team Grimm dealing with the two previous
- Eve investigating Renard, Adalind, and Black Claw
- Wu's lycanthropy infection (Mazel tov! It's a werewolf!)
- The Shanghai tunnels (only a brief mention this week)
- The Magic Stick (not mentioned this week)
I'm pretty sure I missed a few here. It's a bit ridiculous.
The recent announcement by NBC that Grimm's Season 6 order will be cut to 13 (instead of 22) may entice the writers to focus even more heavily on serialized storytelling over self-contained episodes. I only hope that they learn from their experiences in this season and don't throw too many arcs at once.
I'll say this for this episode: that squishing, crunching sound when the apologetic murdering Wesen ran over his victims with the car was one of the grossest things I've ever heard. Call me weak-stomached, but it was bad enough that I actually muted the sound!
I do have a few questions about this Wesen: are human bones absolutely required?
I mean, can't they go to the butcher shop and order up some pig bones or cow bones or pretty much any bones that aren't people? Why do they need to eat human bones? And what will happen to the guy's very hungry parents now that he's dead? Are they just going to starve to death?
This episode didn't exactly do a good job of answering these questions.
Plus, Charlie's apologetic monologue to an unconscious Wu dropped right into narm territory with its bizarrely corny delivery. And it's too bad, because there's actually something quite germane in there:
I don't have anything against you. Believe me. It's just who we are. We could never get away from that.Charlie
It's a question of whether or not a person is defined by their heritage! This could be applied especially to Adalind, who is dealing with the return of her 'biest and all that entails, as well as Nick himself, who has basically fought to find a balance between Grimm and cop, the human world and the Wesen world for the entire series.
Instead, it was almost treated as a throwaway line.
Also, Wu's lycathropy story should almost certainly have been dealt with episodes ago, because all the bizarre symptoms he has been experiencing should have sent a previously genre-savvy guy like him scurrying to Rosalee. Here's to hoping this arc doesn't lead to a similar frustrating result as what happened with Juliette.
A few final thoughts before I turn the discussion over to you, fellow Grimmsters:
- Any bets on whether Zuri is going to be revealed as working for Black Claw and restoring the relationship with Hank for nefarious reasons? She sure seemed awfully insistent on them getting back together...
- Rosalee with baby Kelly was absolutely adorable. Also, Rosalee seemed to wonder whether Juliette might be as far gone as Eve seemed to think.
- Monroe mentioned playing dead before; he did this in Grimm Season 2 Episode 6, "Over My Dead Body." Incidentally, that story also ended with a murderer conveniently dying, so our heroes didn't have to arrest her.
- It is, in fact, still considered murder to kill someone who is dying.
- The opening quote comes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Act III, scene ii.
So, what did you think of "Good to the Bone"? What do you think will happen now that Adalind has been reunited with Diana? Are you excited for Wu's lycanthropy story? Let us know in the comments section below!
If you missed this episode, you can always watch Grimm online to catch up! Be sure to check back for our review of Grimm Season 5 Episode 19, "The Taming of the Wu," after it airs on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9/8c on NBC!