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'Grimm' midseason finale recap: Juliette's shocking self-discovery

Season 4 | Episode 8 | “Chupacabra” | Aired Dec 12, 2014

This episode of NBC’s Grimm was jam-packed with drama and featured a well-known and dangerous creature of Puerto Rican origin: the Chupacabra. The show’s midseason finale puts Monroe and Rosalee’s honeymoon on hold yet again, and delivers a giant twist in its final seconds. Let’s dive in.

Wesen of the week: Our case of the week follows a doctor named Diego, who travels back home to Portland after doing some work in the Dominican Republic (think Doctors Without Borders). Little does he know, he carries something extra home with him—and no, it’s not a souvenir key chain for his wife. The first night that Diego is home, he wakes up sweating profusely and then turns into a Chupacabra outside of his house!

Grimm Chupacabra Promotional Photo

He brutally kills a neighbor who was out walking his dog, by tearing into his neck with his teeth. Hank, Wu and Nick jump on the case (per the usual) and listen to neighbors’ accounts of hearing growling and screaming. One neighbor even claims that only a Chupacabra could have done this. Poor Diego, who has no idea what’s happening to him, returns home to his wife the next morning saying that he was just “on a walk.” If this is what happens when you give up your time to help save lives and do good deeds, then we definitely feel better about the amount of time we spend drinking wine and watching Netflix with our dogs.

Juliette uses her bilingual abilities to help Nick and Hank identify the wild-dog-looking Wesen. After some research in the book-o-monsters, they discover that the creature is a Woeldreor, which is a Wesen who has contracted a disease and become disfigured. They can be seen by humans. Technically, the Woeldreor is the original Chupacabra.

Wu finds out the truth: Wu goes to Renard regarding his suspicions about Nick and Hank’s ability to solve all of these strange cases without any evidence at all. He knows that Nick is up to something (he can’t let the Trubel thing go), and it’s driving him crazy.

Grimm Chupacabra Wu

Well, he gets his answer in this episode, whether he wants it or not. After more investigating, and a few more attacks courtesy of Chupa-Diego, Hank, Wu and Nick are led to Diego’s house. Wu busts in and sees Diego in Chupacabra form, and totally freezes up, as any normal person would. When Hank and Nick get Diego in handcuffs, they tell Wu that everything he thinks he’s seen is real. Wu runs off and hits up a bar to drink away this new revelation, gets into a bar fight and lands in jail. Hey, can you really blame the guy? We’re just glad that Wu finally knows what’s going on. Let’s cross our fingers that he handles it well and is able to join the Scooby Gang.

Wrapping up the case: As for Diego and his wife, Hank and Nick bring them to the Spice Shop, and Rosalee whips up a cure. The wife has also become infected (the disease is spread through bodily fluids), and she changes into a Chupacabra at the shop. Rosalee only has enough supplies for one dose, and it’s used on the wife, thanks to Diego grabbing the syringe and plunging it into her spine. Diego charges Hank, forcing Hank to shoot him, and then falls to the ground. After whispering, “I love you,” to his wife, he dies. Grimm hasn’t gotten to us emotionally like that in a while.

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Honeymoon on hold: Monroe and Rosalee are getting ready to go on their honeymoon when Rosalee answers a call at the Spice Shop. It’s some joker telling her that her marriage is an abomination, and when Rosalee goes outside, she sees that someone had strung up a dead fox outside the back door. While Monroe wants to see the perpetrators brought down, they still plan to go on their honeymoon. Nick sets them up with a cop to sit outside of their house for the night and keep watch. But when Monroe walks out to the police car to bring him a snack, he is surprised by two masked men, who knock him out.

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Juliette: Rosalee grills Juliette about her headaches and nausea, and Juliette reveals that she took three pregnancy tests and they were all negative. Juliette thinks it could just be the after effects of the magic smoke she huffed before turning into another woman and doing the deed with Nick. Surprise! There’s more to it than that. After returning home, Juliette gets a headache, looks in the bathroom mirror and—blammo!—Hexenbiest. We aren’t really sure what’s going on here, but it’s not good. Not good at all.

In Austria: Adalind and Viktor “are working together now” and pretending to trust each other in order to get the baby back. Viktor makes a comment about how the last time anyone saw Kelly was in Portland. Does this mean Nick is about to receive some unwelcome visitors?

GRimm Chupacabra Renard

In other baby Diana news, Renard has a sketchy meet up with Tavitian—a leader in the Resistance. Tavitian wants to know where the baby is, and Renard tells him that he never shared that information before because the Resistance has a mole. We don’t know what the heck is going on here, but the race to find the baby is on!

Let’s discuss!

  • Could Juliette be pregnant with a half-Hexenbiest, half-Grimm baby that isn’t detectable with a pregnancy test? Or are these Hexenbiest-related symptoms? And is it permanent? We must know!

  • Assuming Monroe gets kidnapped, what will the masked men do to him? We can’t wait to see Nick kick major ass in order get his friend back.

  • We still think Trubel is going to come back at some point. Maybe in the season finale to save the day? We already miss her!

Leave your thoughts and predictions! Until next time … #FangsOut.



Grimm airs Fridays 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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