Grimm Season 2 Review “One Angry Fuchsbau”

Thankfully, Grimm recovered from the misstep that was last week’s episode. We start out with a scene of Wesen domestic violence that results in the wife’s death. The husband is brought up on charges and secures the assistance of a sweet talking Wesen attorney. All might have gone well for the defendant if Rosalee wasn’t in the jury box.

Monroe discovers that the defense attorney, Barry Kellogg, has a bizarre secret – he is a goat-like Wesen who munches on toads in order to generate a pheromone that hypnotizes his audience into believing his every word. This physical impact on the listeners is an interesting interpretation of what can happen in real life simply through the power of persuasion. As can happen with real individuals at a trial upon questioning by the attorney, the witnesses start to doubt what they saw and conjure new memories. This phenomenon manifests here as a literal “leading of the witness.” Monroe summons Nick and Hank to stop the jury tampering, and in one of the best moments of the epsiode, Monroe explains that Kellogg “dropped a toad – in the men’s room.” You can see that David Giuntoli barely holds back a laugh and composes himself when the camera angle changes. This has to be a scene that will appear in blooper reels.

Juliette still struggles to regain her memory. Monroe takes her to the trailer, where she is flooded by images of Nick. Overwhelmed, she seeks the assistance of the Spanish speaking gypsy. The gypsy tells Juliette that she is standing on the border of two worlds – one light and one dark – and that her “journey is just beginning.” I’m not sure I like the sound of this. I’ve been all for keeping Nick with Juliette, but that doesn’t mean we need more Juliette centric storylines. Of all the characters on the show, she is the weakest. Juliette has a perpetually distressed look on her face and has perfected the art of a “woe is me” whine. Again, it’s not that I’m anti-Juliette. I think she can give Nick the stability that he needs. But, that doesn’t mean we need to see more of her. Her peripheral role in Season One was far more comfortable.

The highlight of the episode was seeing the Grimm crew gather together. Nick, Hank, Monroe, Rosalee and Bud join forces to foil Kellogg’s jury tampering. Bud helps steal Kellog’s sweat by loaning him a handkerchief. When Kellogg tries to keep it, Bud insists that he needs the handkerchief back because it was a birthday present from his wife, last Christmas. He fumbles, “My birthday’s on Christmas – like Jesus.” Too funny. When Kellogg later shows up at the shop seeking a remedy for the loss of his silver tongue (or orange dust hands), he discovers that he was completely played. Like something out of The Wizard of Oz, Kellog is astounded to meet each of the members of the team who played a role in bringing him down.

We got several random side story tidbits. Renard updates Nick and Hank on the man who almost blew him to bits last week. The man was an agent of the Verrat, but Renard tells them to stand down on digging any deeper right now. So file that away. Adalind returns to Europe to report back to Renard’s brother. James Frain is such a fantastic actor; he is really underutilized in this role. Bring him to Portland already. Nick’s mom checked in via email, which suggests she may reappear before the end of the season. I liked the fact that when we met Nick’s mom, she was bad ass and able to take care of herself. I hope they don’t go down the easy path of having her die and Nick end up traumatized. It’s better to know that she’s lurking somewhere out there and can reappear at any time.

One thing that’s irksome is that it doesn’t seem like there is an end game to the season. What is the ultimate conflict we’re building up to? Juliette’s dark journey? Adalind’s demon twins? Battle of the royal Renards? Something with the key? We have lots of little bits floating around, which is not a bad thing. But, it would help to have some idea of what the season’s climax will be.

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