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'Grimm' recap: Renard's bedside visitor is not who she seems

Season 4 | Episode 2 | “Octopus Head” | Aired Oct 31, 2014

This week’s Grimm reveals the fate of Captain Renard and brings the Octo-man story line to a dramatic close. With Nick’s Grimm powers still MIA, Trubel is in charge of following and taking down Octo-man before he takes his next victim. As you might expect, things don’t go quite as planned, but they rarely do when you’re dealing with a trained spy who has the head of an octopus and uses his tentacles to steal information about government secrets from people’s brains.

Octo-man isn’t the only one the gang has to be worried about this week. FBI Agent Chavez is hell-bent on figuring out who the local Grimm is, which leads to an unfortunate situation for Trubel. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

image: Scott Green/NBC

Scott Green/NBC

Tracking down Octo-man. The hunt for the octopus-headed Wesen is on! Trubel follows him to a hotel and reports to Nick and Hank that Octo-man has box-dyed his hair and bought some readers from Walgreens. Trubel proposes that they just kill him, but Nick and Hank are insistent that they need to find evidence first and bring him to justice the right way. Boring! Trubel follows orders, though, and continues to tail Octo-man to the home of Henry Slocum’s colleague. Octo-man needs to steal more government aerospace secrets from him for his “client.” Trubel does a terrible job of sneaking up to the house and ends up getting knocked out by Octo-man. When she comes to, she realizes she’s been tied up and Octo-man hasn’t picked up on the fact she’s a Grimm. Trubel manages to save Henry’s colleague from turning into a walking tabula rasa, but ends up on the receiving end of Octo-man’s memory-sucking tentacles herself. Not to worry! Once Octo-man sees her terrifying Grimm-mind, he throws himself back against the wall and wails in fear. Hank and Nick finally figure out where Trubel and Octo-man are and bust in to handcuff him. Justice is served!

Renard lives! Everyone, calm down! Everything is going to be OK. Remember the mysterious blond woman lurking outside of Renard’s hospital room last week? This week, she enters the room, freezes time, pulls out a dual-toned, two-headed snake she was keeping handy in her pocket, and uses it to transfer life from herself to Renard. The snake turns to dust, time starts ticking again, the woman is still alive, and Renard’s heartbeat returns. Guess who the mystery blonde is? Renard’s mother (Elizabeth Lascelles)!

image: Scott Green/NBC

Scott Green/NBC










Renard tells Elizabeth about his baby with Adalind, and she’s ecstatic about becoming a grandma to a little hybrid Hexenbiest. Renard also shares the information about his shooter, Steward, being an operative of the royals. Mama Elizabeth is pissed and complains about the royals’ inability to just leave them the hell alone. Later on in the episode, Nick and Hank get the chance to meet Elizabeth, and they share the news with Renard that Nick’s cure didn’t make it to him in time. Hopefully, Rosalee and Monroe can work with Renard to figure out a way to restore Nick’s powers, because we are not fans of Muggle-Nick.

Really, Juliette?  Monroe and Rosalee are doing their best-friend duties at the Spice Shop and researching a way to get Nick’s Grimm powers back. Side note: Does anyone else get Buffy Magic Box feels every time they’re here? Juliette pops in and kindly requests they stop their research for a while for the sake of her and Nick’s relationship, suggesting that maybe Nick’s life would be better without his Grimm-bilities. We definitely understand where she’s coming from, but it just seems selfish and we don’t support it. Monroe and Rosalee point out the fact that just because Nick can’t see Wesen, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know about them. That can never be erased. This is Nick’s destiny, and you don’t mess with destiny. Plus, who knows what other side effects there could be? Monroe and Rosalee smile and nod, then decide to keep looking for a cure when Juliette leaves.

image: Scott Green/NBC

Scott Green/NBC

Adalind incarcerated. Viktor is still focused on tying up all the loose ends to keep the fact that Steward was his operative under wraps. He also gets a surprise visitor when Adalind shows up at his iron gate looking for her baby. Viktor, like the evil jerk he is, pretends he’s leading Adalind to her baby, but actually locks her up in the dungeon. He tells her that the Resistance took her baby, and that he wants the names of everyone in the Resistance who helped her. Two really strange things happen to Adalind while she’s stuck in her cell. First of all, she has a severe headache, and we see at the same time that Nick has a sudden debilitating headache as well. Nick is actually able to see the cell that Adalind is in, from her perspective! Holy guacamole! Did the spell and their horizontal tango link them? Strange happening number two: Adalind sees a light appear in the wall and hears a cackling laugh. She calls out, “Who are you? … My name is Adalind.” The response she gets is, “My name is for me to know and you to find out.” OK, Rumpelstiltskin, can you please be straight up with the girl? She just wants her baby back!

Things are unraveling. Wu continues digging into the truth about “Theresa Rubel,” and tries to confront both Nick and Hank with his concerns. He never manages to get the truth, but the gang’s choice to keep Wu in the dark might not be an option much longer. Wu isn’t the only one digging for the truth. Special Agent Chavez (whom we know is Wesen) starts grilling Nick at the station and tests him to see if he’s the local Grimm. When she realizes that he can’t see her true hawk-face, she sets her sights on Trubel. The last scene of the episode features Trubel riding her bike down the street when a black van cuts her off. She gets a bag thrown over her head and is pulled inside. Guess who’s riding shotgun in the van? Chavez.










Let’s discuss!

  • Who is the mystery voice on the other side of Adalind’s prison wall, and can they help her escape?
  • What does Chavez plan on doing with Trubel?
  • How quickly will they find a fix for Nick’s loss of powers? We’re ready now!

Sound off on your thoughts and predictions for the next episode. Until next time … #FangsOut.



Grimm airs Fridays at 9/8C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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