Episode 601: “Fugitive”
Written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt
Directed by Aaron Listadt
[recap by Maia Ades]
It’s true, Grimm is finally back. I hope it’s worth the wait for all of us. Grimm got renewed for 13 episodes and that will be the end of the line for the show. I suppose because it’s only a half season they started the season in January instead of the show’s customary October start. I’ve spent so much time following this show I’m really hoping for a great end to the story.
As Grimm always does, the season started right where it left off last spring. This episode was all about getting people from one place to another. It was rather like a human nut shell game. You’ve seen the game; a small object often a little ball is under one of three nut shells, someone with slick moves and fast hands tries to hide which nut shell holds the little object. In this game it’s a matter of hiding dead bodies, hiding Nick (David Giuntoli) and everyone else on his side pretending not to hide him under a nut shell.
Eve/Juliette’s (Elizabeth Tulloch) story is more interesting than I expected. It’s not clear exactly what happened to her as a result of her encounter with the “splinter of destiny”. She’s not quite Hexenbiest and not quite Juliette. I’m glad the writers gave her more to work with than simply going back to being without her Hexebiest side. I may be one of the few, but I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth Tulloch’s portrayal of Juliette. I always felt she brought more to the role than was probably there on paper. Now she’s playing a tricky two-sided character and it works.
Perhaps because she still has some of that unemotional component from the Hexenbiest part of her, Eve is the one that is asking questions about the “splinter of destiny”. She may be the one who will unravel its mystery. After her brush with the death grip she can see glowing markings on the cloth or shroud that the others can’t see. Since there are so few remaining episodes I think there’s a better chance that all the elements brought up will be resolved.
There’s no point in starting new storylines that they won’t have time to tell. At this point everything that comes up needs to be important to bringing this story to a close. Or that’s my hope. It drove me nuts that many story ideas were started and never completed. I mean, sure life is like that, but this is TV not real life. I expect when something like possessed coins are brought into the story that at some point we’ll get to see that story to completion. As it was, we learned that Kelly Burkhardt (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) got rid of the coins. We didn’t get to see any of that. I wonder if the coins will make a reappearance before all is said and done?
There wasn’t a lot of story to this episode and what there was made it between scenes of people dashing from one place to the other and hiding. An interesting bit were the hallucinations that Renard (Sasha Roiz) had. I may just give him the nickname Lady Macbeth, as that’s what it reminded me of. Is it possible the hallucinations are happening because of the “splinter of destiny”? Or is this some other Wesen phenomenon? Clearly he has a guilty conscience.
I don’t know how else Renard could have explained away his killing Bonaparte, but blaming Nick seems a bit lame. Especially how fiercely he held to it and is now hunting Nick at all cost. I know he’s the new mayor, but really? Under his orders police teams destroyed the Spice Shop, and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) front door. There was a shot of a police man holding a gun to Monroe’s face that was really intense. We didn’t see the damage they did to other locations, but I’ll bet it was as bad.
The cliffhanger at the end of this episode was a good one. What will happen when the police storm Bud’s repair shop? Will Bud woge in front of the SWAT team? Will Nick find a place to hide? Will Renard come to his senses? Tune in next week, when we’ll find out what was in that freezer!