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'Grimm' recap: Golem, golem, golem, I made it out of clay

Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Dyin’ on a Prayer” | Aired Nov 14, 2014

Remember wishing ill will on your high school math teacher for not letting you use your TI-83 on your trigonometry pop quiz? Well, if your rabbi uncle had kept a golem in a jar, then your wish just might have come true. This week’s Grimm monster is a golem—not technically a Wesen, but a protector made of clay from Jewish folklore who ends up killing a few jack-wagons to protect a young boy. Things get a little out of hand, and Trubel is brought in to help out on the case, per the usual. In other news, Elizabeth gets closer to finishing her concoction to restore Nick’s Grimm powers, Wu shares his concerns about “Theresa” with Renard, and Adalind almost drowns in a puddle of tears—literally. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Trubel tells Nick about Chavez: Nick and Juliette discover that Trubel has disappeared, taking everything from her room except for her black chess knight. This leads Nick to the trailer, where he finds Trubel hiding out. She finally spills the beans about being kidnapped by Chavez and claims that she secretly up and left to try to keep everyone, including herself, safe. Being the caring father figure he is, Nick tells her the best thing to do is move back in and pretend like she never told anyone. Plus, he’ll be able to protect her this way. Let’s all place bets on how long it takes Chavez, or whomever she’s working for, to figure out that Trubel told Nick about the “secret society.”

Golem in a jar: Our case of the week focuses on an angry man who resurrects a golem to protect his nephew. Keith, a drunk with a nasty temper, shows up at his ex-wife Sarah’s house and pushes her and her son David around, landing them in the hospital with minor injuries. Sarah’s brother, Ben, has had enough, and decides to pull out an ancient scroll, throw on his kippah, grab some golem remains from a jar, and pray for David’s protection. Why he was surprised that pulling out golem guts and a 16th-century scroll, instead of simply saying a prayer at the end of his bed, yielded negative results is beyond us. Next thing we know, a golem made of clay rises from the street and overtakes Keith, killing him. To be honest, we didn’t feel badly for Keith at all. Karma, Keith. Karma.










Ben confesses to Hank and Nick that he’s responsible for killing Keith, but says he might have a way to stop the golem. It becomes clear that they need to get the golem situation under control stat because it also kills Keith’s brother after he pushes David and Sarah around while blaming them for Keith’s death. Keith and his brother are both Wesen who have serious anger issues. Do we feel badly about the golem also mud-masking Keith’s brother to death? Nope. But the golem still needs to be taken out before it offs Sarah for refusing to buy David a box of Baby Swiss Cheez-Its at the grocery store.

Trubel keeps David and Sarah company until Nick and Hank return with a reversal scroll that, according to Ben, needs to be shoved down the golem’s throat. Should be easy, right? In order to summon it, someone needs to threaten and scare David. Nick’s up for the job, and starts calling David a liar and dragging him to the car like he’s taking him to jail. Their ploy is successful and the golem shows up to kill Nick. Trubel has to step in, but gets her hand stuck inside the golem’s six-pack (seriously, look at the muscle definition on this thing).

Scott Green/NBC

Scott Green/NBC










Poor David freaks out because he’s formed a bond with Trubel, grabs the scroll, and starts hitting the golem with it. The golem collapses and turns to a puddle on the ground. Yay! No more vengeful ball of clay! The only question that remains is, how much therapy is David going to need to keep him from eating sofa cushions and becoming a cat hoarder? The kid is going to have major issues after what he just went through.

Spice Shop: Remember those Donnie Darko types from the end of the last episode who looked like they were about to do something really crazy outside of the Spice Shop? Well, they throw a brick through the window. Yes, that’s all they did. Apparently, it was to let Monroe and Rosalee know they didn’t approve of their mixed marriage. Inside the Shop, Elizabeth is close to finishing her reversal spell to get Nick’s Grimm-bilities back. She even manages to change her appearance to look like Adalind and scares the dickens out of Monroe and Rosalee. There’s just one more ingredient Elizabeth needs: Juliette. What the heck does this even mean?

Meanwhile, in Austria: Adalind is being led by Rumpelstiltskin up the castle stairs. We’re still a little concerned about how willing she is to trust someone she doesn’t know who was cackling at her through a hole in a dungeon wall. Desperate times and all, though. On their journey to the top, faces start popping out of the stone walls, telling Adalind that they know where her baby is. Instead of ignoring them and moving on like she should, she starts talking back to them and screaming out of frustration. The stone faces begin to weep, and their tears flood the stairway. Side note: Where the hell was Rumpel when all of this was going on? The stairway fills up with water and Adalind is left with just a tiny pocket of air. We know she lives, but how does she get out of that creepy, Titanic-esque situation?








Tell Wu: For the love of golem, will someone please tell Wu what’s going on already? Wu is still in the dark about the Wesen-world, and he’s not letting go of the whole “Theresa is probably a murderer and Nick could be covering for her” thing. Renard returns to the station and receives a warm welcome. Wu heads straight to his office and tells Renard about his suspicions of Trubel. It’s only a matter of time before Wu (a) finds out the truth or (b) causes someone to get hurt because of his ignorance. Just tell him already!

Scott Green/NBC

Scott Green/NBC










Next week, the secret is out that Nick’s no longer a Grimm, and Wesen come after him for revenge. Juliette, concerned for his safety, considers offering herself up (whatever that may mean) to help him get his Grimm powers back. What will Juliette have to do to help her man out, and will she be willing to do it? Sound off with your thoughts and predictions. 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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