Oh, the sweet taste of revenge. Nick finally got some long-delayed payback, and Renard got no less than he deserved in Grimm Season 6 Episode 3. Dear me, but revenge is a dish best served cold.
And boy was it satisfying to see Renard's schemes brought to nothing by one brief impersonation!
There was a lot to love about this episode, to be sure, and Sasha Roiz was a big part of it. He sure seemed to have a lot of fun playing Renard, Nick, and Nick-as-Renard!
The good Mr. Roiz did an excellent job portraying Renard as his world abruptly crumbled out from under him, his house of cards suddenly blown over by a breath of wind.
I'd have felt bad for Renard if he hadn't totally deserved everything he got, and so much more.
Then there was the sheer glee from all of Team Grimm as they set about destroying all of Renard's carefully-laid plans.
You don’t wanna go in there. ‘Cause you’re already in there. Might get a little awkward.Wu
And finally, the surprise return of Damien Puckler as the late, lamented Meisner at the end of the episode, come back to lend more torment to Renard. I assume that Meisner has not returned in the flesh so much as the voice in Renard's head, but I'll take what I can get.
Even Diana once again got the chance to be useful without be murderous, dispelling the shapechange spell that turned Nick into Renard. I actually thought of this as a possible solution fairly quickly, but it's easy to armchair quarterback that sort of thing.
From pretty much beginning to end, "Oh Captain, My Captain" was a thoroughly enjoyable episode, coming on the heels of two other very enjoyable episodes. It even tied up several open questions in nice little bows.
Nick's solution even ensured that the corrupt North Precinct didn't get away with its shenanigans.
It may be worth pointing out that Renard seems to have a strange understanding of how much power a mayor has in a city. Mayors aren't autocrats, after all. All that Black Claw absurdity seems to have gone to his head.
One of my favorite scenes (for the sheer hilarity/ridiculousness factor) was when Monroe went to get Renard's hair and clothes from Adalind and had to be shoved in the closet.
I also enjoyed when Nick (as Renard) and Hank gleefully stole Renard's briefcase and computer from his office. There was just so much fun to be had in this episode.
If I shoot you, is that considered suicide?Nick [as Renard]
Really, it went by so quickly, I was almost disappointed when it ended.
I do wonder where things will go from here, though. Nick and Renard came to a very nice and tidy agreement that could potentially return the situation in Portland to something near the previous status quo.
But too much has happened for things to ever go back to the way they were before, mostly courtesy of Renard's descent into darkness and alliance with Black Claw.
Is the manifestation of Meisner connected with this? Would you be more interested if Meisner were a visible appearance of Renard's guilt over his actions, or if he were something more supernatural in origin?
I tried to tell you… you chose the wrong side.Meisner
It might make for an interesting twist if Meisner were a true ghost in the manner of La Llorona in Grimm Season 2 Episode 9. Then again, that might well depend on whether you are a fan of that sort of thing.
A few final thoughts before I turn the discussion over to you:
- Jeremiah wins the "Too Dumb to Live" award for attempting to blackmail the guy he believed to be a murderer.
- I guess Renard was super distracted, because Adalind was really, really transparent about delaying him at the home.
- Police captains do not generally answer directly to a mayor. In my experience, they answer to the chief of police, who in turn reports to the city manager. Though maybe this works differently in Portland?
- Be sure to stop by our Grimm quotes page for some of the memorable lines from this episode.
If you missed this episode, fear not! You can watch Grimm online to catch up. And tune in Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8/7c on NBC for Grimm Season 6 Episode 4, "El Cuegle."
So, what did you think of "Oh Captain, My Captain"? Did you enjoy Nick-as-Renard? Will Renard and Team Grimm actually be able to work together after everything that's happened? Let us know in the comments section below!