Poor Nick. "Bad Night" doesn't even begin to cover what he was going through in Grimm Season 5 Episode 20 when we finally got to see his reaction to Adalind's departure with their baby. The guy just can't seem to catch a break!
I did find it interesting that Nick clearly didn't hold Adalind responsible for what happened; instead, he placed the blame squarely on Renard, who pretty much slapped a big fat "Please Kill Me" sign on his own back with his actions in this episode.
I really liked how Monroe and Rosalee were able to calm Nick from his initial frantic rampage with a healthy dose of both reason and friendship. Those two have been such steadying influences on the far more emotional Nick from the very beginning, even more so than Hank, his nominal partner.
Speaking of Hank, I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that he totally busted that Black Claw sneak, who was the same cretin from Seattle who tried to get money out of Rosalee, only to run afoul of Adalind and her 'biest. And busting Tony led to busting Zuri, giving HW another interrogation opportunity.
Trubel didn't really get to do a whole lot this time, which was a bit frustrating (being literally told to stay behind at the Home-Sweet-Paint-Factory), but she still had fairly significant scene in which Nick entrusted her with the secret of the Magic Stick, essentially declaring her his Grimm heir.
While I'm still not exactly thrilled with Wu's storyline, I'm glad that he wasn't just feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he made an effort to control his condition. The look on his face when he proclaims, "I did it!" seemed a mix of triumph, relief, and hysteria, so nice job by Reggie Lee.
On a side note: while it might not make seem to make sense for Hank to wait for Wu to break into Tony's computer (as Portland Police Bureau presumably has plenty of competent computer forensic specialists), it was actually a really good idea, since Hank knew Tony was Wesen and possibly Black Claw. Trust is everything these days.
There were a lot of great quotes in this episode, and several of them came from Adalind, of all people. She seems to have been taking snark lessons over the past few seasons. Take this one, for example:
Renard [about baby Kelly]: I'll treat him as I would my own.
Adalind: That's reassuring. You gave our daughter away!
Admittedly, she's being fairly hypocritical here (she was going to sell that very same child), but still. Be sure to check out the Grimm quotes page for some of the notable lines from this episode.
What really, truly, honestly frustrates me is the way Renard's character has been eviscerated this season. Unless he's playing a really deep game, he's betrayed all his friends/allies and pretty much all the behavior he'd displayed up to this point in the series.
This is the guy, you may recall, who refused to be manipulated and used by the Royals. He personally killed his cousin and ordered the death of his half-brother. His apparent rolling over for Black Claw, quite frankly, makes no sense whatsoever for him.
But the worst cut of all was calling Adalind the mother of his "children," in essence stealing little Kelly from Nick in public. It's a good thing that Nick wasn't in the same room as Renard at the time, because Nick would almost certainly have attempted to kill him right then and there.
I hope the writers have something better for Renard in the finale.
A few final notes before I turn the discussion over to you, my fellow Grimmsters:
- Meisner once again went for coffee while Eve conducted her sense-depriving interrogation of a Black Claw operative, which still really freaks me out.
- Something tells me that Diana does not really like Rachel Wood. Perhaps some time soon someone will find her with a pen sticking out of her eye...
- I really like Sgt. Franco; he's popped up here and there in nearly 30 episodes (the first being Grimm Season 1 Episode 11, "Tarantella"). I fondly remember Robert Blanche from his recurring role as Detective Bonanno on Leverage.
- The opening quote came from Tennessee Williams.
So, what did you think of "Bad Night"? Do you think Nick is actually going to kill Renard? Will Black Claw suddenly discover that Diana is much more than they bargained for? Let us know in the comments section below!
If you missed this episode, you can catch up when you watch Grimm online. Be sure to tune in on Friday, May 13, 2016 for the two-hour finale of Grimm Season 5, with Grimm Season 5 Episode 21 and 22 – ominously titled The Beginning of the End, Parts 1 and 2 – airing the same night.