- Air Date: 11/9/2012
- Starring: David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee
- Guest Stars: Jason Gedrick
This week’s episode, while another standard procedural at heart, has a welcome twist: Hank (Russell Hornsby) takes the lead. Seven years ago, Hank was the arresting officer of a man named Craig (DEXTER’s Jason Gedrick, a busy guy this season) who killed one man and injured another. Now, the guy is facing the death penalty, and his sentence is about to be doled out. Craig had claimed that the murder was in self defense, that they were monsters and cannibals. Obviously, at the time, Hank thought nothing of it, thought it was the ravings of a madman, or a lie to cut through his guilt. Now, having learned about Nick’s secret Grimm life and the existence of Wesen, he has a nagging feeling about the case, and wants to look back into it, to make sure that Craig isn’t being wrongly executed.
We get a flashback to start the episode, and from there, it’s nice for Nick to help and join Hank for once, instead of the other way around that happens so frequently. Plus, it makes sense for there to have been Wesen related cases even before Nick sprouted up in Portland. As Nick and Hank gallivant around the city, trying to figure out if the victims were Wesen and if Craig really had reason to do what he did, Juliette is having “complicated” thoughts about Captain Sean Renard, or so she tells Stock Blonde Best Friend #1. Both Renard and Juliette know what’s happening is wrong (but is it, really?), and the Captain reconsiders bringing Juliette into see Monroe to see if he can conjure up some sort of elixir. Of course, he doesn’t know that Monroe knows Nick, Juliette and the whole thang.
Nick and Hank soon uncover that Craig may have killed a Wendigo, a cannibalistic Wesen known for burying their kills nearby their homes. Apparently, Jeffrey Dahmer was a Wendigo. So, they’re…bad? Nick and Hank race against the clock (and the DA’s wishes) to prove Craig’s innocence, who is a little bit skeptical, since Hank was his arresting officer. It’s a solid episode, with the ending promising some exciting developments in the Sean/Juliette subplot, which is about time. Juliette’s selective amnesia has been kind of annoying, but so is her character, and now, it looks like it may have been a masterstroke by the GRIMM writers all along. At the very least, it gave Sasha Roiz’s Captain Sean Renard something to do other than make cryptic phone calls (drink every time he does that!).
See ya next week!