- Air Date: 11/2/2012
- Directed By: Peter Werner
- Starring: David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee
- Guest Stars: Michael Maize, Sapphire Lichelle, Michael Grant Terry
We’re up to double digits in GRIMM episodes this year, and we may have gotten the best one since “Kiss” at the very beginning, back when the Olympics had just ended. I don’t know if that feels like forever ago, or yesterday.
This week, a killer is on the loose targeting Wesen, and leaving a bloody mark on and around his/her victims. Nick, Hank and the police have no idea what this means, but fellow Wesen definitely do (enter: Bud and Monroe). This is what a Grimm in the olden days used to do; the bloody face is the mark of a Grimm. While Nick acts extremely suspicious as if he wants to get caught breaking the law while upholding it, it’s obvious there’s another Grimm in town. One that views their job title a little differently.
But let’s step backwards a moment. We open on Nick, tossing and turning on the couch, where Juliette has relegated him to. She also seems oddly aloof/pissy about Nick and the missing girl case that is haunting his dreams. Juliette’s behavior is probably linked with Captain Renard. Renard’s continuing obsession leads to a coffee date, on the pretext of being worried about Nick. It gets awkward when the Captain holds her hand, and Juliette leaves. This subplot is about to blow up.
The investigation into the missing girl is what funnels into the killings, as someone is showing Nick how it’s done, and starts calling him (with a voice manipulator), berating and scolding Nick’s Grimm-ness. Hank begins to suspect that Nick is a little cracked, but this episode never goes down the route of Nick being framed and suspected of the murders, thankfully, because we all know that story (though Hank is a little quick not to trust Nick based on what they’ve been through of late). During the investigation, new intern Ryan (BONES’ Michael Grant Terry) is subject to clumsy, stupid intern jokes, and you start to wonder why he’s even on the show, and if his guest stint was much ado about nothing.
“The Hour of Death” is a fairly gripping tale, and while the identity of the new Grimm is obvious, the ending actually momentarily frightened me, because THE WALKING DEAD has shattered my preconceived notions of death on TV, so who knows when someone important will die. The only thing missing from the episode was more Monroe (where the heck is Rosalee?), but we do get to add another freaky cool Wesen to the Grimm index.