GRIMM -- "Key Move" Episode 511 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
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Recap: GRIMM Keys in on Church and State


Episode 511 “Key Move”
Directed by Eric Laneuville
Written by Stephen Carpenter

[recap by Maia Ades]

This week Dan Handley sat in with me to record the podcast. He and I have different views which is a good thing for you as it gives you more variety of opinion.

Things are getting tighter and hitting closer to home on this episode. There are still another eleven episodes to go. This one was close to the kind of cliffhanger that we’ve seen as finales of past seasons.

Most of this episode is setting up even more excitement for next week. I think fans will be pleased with what’s to come. But, we’re not there yet. Let’s visit what happened in this episode.

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spoilers_GrimmThere are two main storylines going on. One is the crusade that Nick (David Giultoli) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) are on and the other is what Marwan, the creepy Black Claw guy, is up to.

GRIMM -- "Key Move" Episode 511 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sasha Roiz as Captain Renard, Michael Sheets as Andrew Dixon -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
(Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Marwan is an assassin sent by Black Claw to, as it turns out, take out mayoral candidate Andrew Dixon. But up till the point that he pulls the trigger it looks like he’s there to take out Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz). This part of the episode prompted Dan and me to examine the “Why Portland?” question. Why is Black Claw so interested in and active in Portland? If there is some particular reason, the writers need to let the audience in on it. Because it’s becoming a larger and larger glaring question.

Nick and Monroe off on their own bro-road trip is a nice addition to their friendship. Too much of the time their friendship has been based on being in mortal danger together. This was a nice change, sort of. I mean, the first church they go into a mouse Wesen woges in front of Nick and freaks out that he’s a Grimm. Given the history of Grimms that’s probably not without reason. But, as Dan pointed out, Monroe might have been able to help out by woging himself. In any case, Monroe didn’t and the rest of that story will be saved for next week.

GRIMM -- "Key Move" Episode 511 -- Pictured: Wolf Muser as Father Eickholt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
(Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

The episode ends with a thrilling cliffhanger. Nothing better than your two leads falling down a centuries old hole in the ground and not seeing if they survive. Did you feel that they found the X too easily? Or was that enough detail and work that they went through to solve the riddle of the map?

The bombshell this week was Nick and Adalind (Claire Coffee) sleeping together before he headed off for the Black Forest in Germany. Folks, it’s no secret I hate this relationship. It makes absolutely no sense. It’s out of character, it has no basis in reality. It just doesn’t work. Please, make it stop!

Claire Coffee has the acting chops to carry Adalind to new and interesting places. Why revisit basically the same role the Bitsie Tulloch portrayed as Juliette? Come on, writers, dig in into your well of creativity and give the ladies on the show more to do than being Nick or Hank’s (Russell Hornsby) love interest. I realize that I am often critical of the writing. It’s because the story begins with the writers. Grimm has made it through five seasons because it gave audiences interesting stories and compelling characters. I’m urging the writing staff to continually push themselves to create the best work they can.

Next week we will be treated to the 100th episode of Grimm. In honor of this auspicious occasion, we’ll have a group discussion from the world headquarters. I look forward to sharing this with all the Grimmsters.


Grimm airs Friday nights at 9/8c on NBC.


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4 thoughts on “Recap: GRIMM Keys in on Church and State

  • I am not loving Adalind and Nick either..and can I say, birth control? Did anyone talk about birth control? Adalind gets pregnant every time she has sex! Good grief!

    • We didn’t discuss birth control. I hope they took . . . precautions. She will have a whole flock of Hexen children at this rate.

  • I’m a huge fan of Nick and Adalind. I saw their potential in the 1st episode. As the say, there’s a thin line between love and hate. I think they’re going to team up and kick ass too. But I loved the episode for a lot of reasons other than them. Grimm is really getting its groove back. Excited for next week!

  • You’re not alone in your support for Nick and Adalind. As you know, I’m not in your camp. But that’s fine. It takes all sorts. And I’m sure they wrote this in just for you.


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