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'Grimm' recap: Goblins, goodbyes, and a truck full of fruitcake

Season 4 | Episode 7 | “The Grimm Who Stole Christmas” | Aired Dec 5, 2014

’Tis the season to be a Grimm fan. We were gifted with an early Christmas-themed episode filled with twinkling lights, model trains, and gaudy holiday decorations. Now that Nick has his Grimm-bilities back, he’s ready to take on the Wesen world again, starting with some preteen goblins who really love Christmas.

Wesen of the week: Our case of the week involves three destructive goblins—technically called Kallikantzaroi—who are keen on home invasions and attracted to over-the-top Christmas decor. Hank and Nick begin to investigate after multiple homes are broken into. Each home owner described three hairy, stinky little men who destroyed all of their decorations, even putting one guy in the hospital. Hank and Nick manage to capture one after it falls off a roof, and they toss it in a dog cage … because that’ll surely hold. The guys leave the goblin with Rosalee and Juliette (brilliant idea!) and head to the trailer to do some research. They learn that the goblins aren’t exactly monsters, but Wesen children going through a rare 12-day pubescent phase linked to the winter solstice.

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Yes, we’re serious. Want to know what’s even stranger? If you feed the goblins fruitcake, they’ll go into a harmless, comatose state and return to normal the next morning. All we can think about is how unbelievable it is that anyone could actually love fruitcake that much. Not surprisingly, the goblin escapes the dog cage, joins up with his friends, and destroys Monroe and Rosalee’s home. Their house would make Clark Griswold jealous, so the goblins were in seventh heaven. The goblins get away, but while Monroe and Rosalee are cleaning up their living room, they find a medical alert bracelet under the couch. Hank and Nick use this to track down the family of one of the boys and learn that he’ll be singing in the choir later that evening at a local Greek Orthodox church.

The Grimm Who Stole Christmas Goblins

Time to set a trap! Hank and Nick literally buy a truckload of fruitcake. When they get to the church, they see the three boys turn into goblins and go full Kiefer Sutherland on a Christmas tree.

Kiefer Sutherland Christmas Tree gif

Monroe and Rosalee have already done their part by leaving a trail of fruitcake on the steps of the church. The three goblin boys’ noses catch the sweet, sweet aroma of the fruitcake outside. They start “goblin” up the trail of cake, which leads them into the back of the truck. Monroe and Rosalee shut them in, and in the morning, the boys return to normal. Hip, hip hooray! At this point, we just feel bad for the boys’ parents, who are going to have to spend the holidays in the hospital while their sons get their stomachs pumped (because they probably each ate 200 cakes, including the wrapping).

Trubel helps Josh: The gang researches the mystery group that is threatening Monroe and Rosalee in the trailer.  They learn that there are secret tribunals who seek to root out impurities in the Wesen world, and they used to burn said impure Wesen at the stake. Oh, lovely. These people need to be brought down immediately!

Josh catches Trubel trying to sneak out of the house early one morning and insists on tagging along so that he can learn more about the Wesen world. She reluctantly agrees, and they head to Shaw’s house (the Wesen she threatened in the last episode). Trubel has a feeling that Shaw could have something to do with the mysterious masked men. Once there, Trubel sneaks around back and sees Shaw talking to a group of people inside. She’s startled when a guy comes around the back of the house, but Josh has her covered and knocks him out with a rock. They see that the guy was wearing one of the black masks! Trubel has no choice but to tell Nick what’s been going on. He tasks her with getting the names of Shaw’s cronies from Bud, since he’s a little preoccupied trying to capture goblins at the moment. Trubel and Josh scope out the house, and with the help of Bud, collect a list of names to give Nick.

Josh wants to return home, and Trubel breaks the news to Nick that she wants to go with him. She feels that since Nick is a Grimm again, he doesn’t need her around, and she wants to stay away from Chavez. Nick supports her decision, gives her Aunt Marie’s car, and says goodbye. They didn’t kill her off, so we’re guessing they left the door open on purpose.

Is Juliette pregnant?: While Juliette and Rosalee are having their girl time, Juliette admits to Rosalee that she’s been having waves of nausea and wonders if she could be pregnant from her romp with Nick while in Adalind form.

The Grimm Who Stole Christmas - Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch)

The girls waive that off as impossible, but this is Grimm, so we all know it’s highly likely. Elizabeth was in charge of mixing the concoction, and we know she’s desperate to find her grandchild. Did she spike the spell? Maybe she wants to use Juliette’s pregnancy to draw out Kelly. At the end of the episode, we see Juliette looking at a pregnancy test in the bathroom. To say she wasn’t thrilled would be an understatement.

Let’s discuss!

  • In the episode, Renard warns Nick that his mother knows Kelly has Diana. How long is it going to take for either Viktor, Adalind, or Elizabeth to find Kelly and the baby?
  • Will Trubel’s exit be permanent, or do you think she’ll be back soon?
  • And the most important question of all: Will Monroe and Rosalee ever go on a honeymoon?

Sound off with your thoughts and predictions! Until next time… #FangsOut.



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

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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