GRIMM -- "The Grimm Identity" Episode 501 -- Pictured: Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
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A Darker GRIMM

Episode 5:01 “The Grimm Identity”

[Photos: Scott Green/NBC]

Wow! So, it’s been awhile since the last episode of Grimm. Do you remember where we left off? Okay, it doesn’t really matter, the beginning of this episode has a bit of a recap. And then we launch into this season’s story. Hang on to your hat, it quickly gets weird and twisted.


If you’ve been looking online during the off season for breadcrumbs about what is to come this season, maybe you saw a clip from this episode. I saw it. I still clung to my belief that Juliette might still be alive. This episode didn’t sway me. I still contend that Juliette could be alive.

I even think there’s a slim chance that Kelly Burkhardt is actually alive.

Whoa! What is Maia saying? Why would she put out such a preposterous notion?

Let’s go back and look at what we saw last season. When Trubel was in the truck with Bud she took a phone call. It was clearly a female voice but she pretended for Bud’s sake that it was Nick on the other end of the phone. Next: why, oh why would Kelly walk into a house with a child she’s protecting and not check it out and take extreme caution? Why would baby Diana just sit there and not protect Kelly, the only caretaker she’s known? Finally, why did Marcus Rispoli, security for the Royals, do a double take when he saw Kelly’s head in the box? If the Royals killed Kelly, he’d know that her head had been put in a box. That suggests to me that he hadn’t seen it. That they did not kill Kelly and put her head in a box. He’d not seen it before.

I admit that all of this would be an elaborate ruse. But hey, so is drugging Nick, abducting Trubel, taking Juliette’s body, removing Kelly’s head in the box. Oh, and don’t forget, cleaning up the blood on the floor, the broken glass… See, either way someone went to a lot of trouble to make things appear differently than they were. So why couldn’t Juliette and Kelly still be alive?

GRIMM -- "The Grimm Identity" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Reggie Lee as Sgt. Wu, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

For whatever reason, Nick is being made to seem, or feel crazy. The interesting thing is, his friends are so incredibly loyal they believe him. Would you believe a friend that came to you with this sort of story?

Enough of my theories for now. Let’s discuss what happened in this episode. Well, a lot and not a lot. There wasn’t a Wesen of the week. Nick isn’t even investigating a police case. That’s okay. He’s got plenty going on to keep him busy. This episode picks up right where season 4 left off.

The team that Agent Chavez sends into Nick’s house grab Trubel and drug Nick. While Nick is unconscious he has morbid dreams. When he comes to his house is all cleaned up. Juliette is gone. The box with Kelly Burkhardt’s head is gone. There’s no glass or blood on the floor. It looks like nothing happened there.

GRIMM -- "The Grimm Identity" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Reggie Lee as Sgt. Wu, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Chavez visits a secure facility with cells like a prison. Only these have solid metal doors with a slide-across slit to look in. What ever is in the cell she checks in on sounds female and very ferocious. This is the biggest cliffhanger of this episode.

Nick confronts Chavez in her office at the FBI’s headquarters. Later he kidnaps her and takes her to the Spice and Tea shop. The gang happens to be there. They are rightfully shocked but support Nick. That’s when Nick gets the call from Bud that Adalind is in labor at the hospital.

GRIMM -- "The Grimm Identity" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Claire Coffee as Adalind, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

He barely gets into the delivery room with Adalind and suddenly they lose the baby’s heartbeat. Adalind is rushed into surgery for a C-section. The gang watching over Chavez call Nick. She offers him a chance to get some answers but he has to go with her somewhere immediately. Nick ought to get to have one normal life event that doesn’t involve disaster of some kind.

Chavez directs him to an abandoned warehouse. When they go in, the men they were supposed to meet there are all dead. They are then attacked. They kill all but one of the attackers. He makes a getaway in a vehicle that was waiting for him. Chavez was mortally wounded in the fight. As she’s dying, she tells Nick they’re coming here and that it’s war. She also gives him Trubel’s chess piece, the black knight.

GRIMM -- "The Grimm Identity" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Rodriguez as Special Agent Chavez, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

The episode ends with a tender moment, Nick holding his son, Kelly.

Anyone want to speculate if Baby Kelly will have unusual abilities? We didn’t see the sort of things happening with this pregnancy that we did before she delivered Diana. And then there’s the fact that Adalind had her Hexenbiest powers suppressed during the end of this pregnancy. Maybe that had an affect on the baby. Maybe this is the lull before the baby storm begins.

Next week Nick will have to deal with the fall out of Chavez’s death. He’ll be a new dad, that’s also a detective and a Grimm. Should be fun!


[Show site at NBC]     [Previous recap: “A Messy GRIMM Finale”]



Maia Ades

Maia Ades resented the demanding schedule of first grade, as it interfered with her afternoon TV schedule. Now she watches TV for "research" and in order to write show reviews. She is currently involved in independent film production, and enjoys creating fine art.

One thought on “A Darker GRIMM

  • Poor Nick. I feel so sorry for him that he lost all the women in his life in one fell swoop-Juliet, his mom, and Truble. And for a consolation prize, he gets Adalind.

    Good job as always. I hope some of your suspicions are right.


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