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'Grimm' winter premiere recap: Monroe's life hangs in the balance

Season 4 | Episode 9 | “Wesenrein” | Aired Jan 16, 2015

NBC’s Grimm returns with its strongest episode of the season and finds Monroe kidnapped by the masked psychopaths, Juliette trying to hide the fact she’s now a Hexebiest, and Wu thrust straight into the Wesen world. The show’s suspense is at an all time high as Nick frantically tries to rescue his best friend. Let’s break down the episode that nearly gave us a heart attack and had us hurling obscenities at our televisions.

Welcome to the crew, Wu.

Fans have been throwing around the hashtag #TellWu on Twitter all season long, and it looks like we finally got our wish. The midseason finale featured Wu seeing the Chupacabra and Hank and Nick telling him that monsters are in fact real. After a night of drinking away his confusion and getting in a bar fight, he landed himself in jail. This episode starts with Nick and Hank releasing Wu and taking him to Aunt Marie’s trailer for a little Wesen 101. They give Wu the five-minute rundown before getting the call from Rosalee that Monroe has been taken. We’re sure Wu probably has a million and one questions, but they’ll have to wait for now.

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Juliette keeps her secret to herself.

While Nick rushes over to Monroe and Rosalee’s house, Juliette is home alone sweeping up glass that she broke with her new Hexenbiest powers.

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She’s understandably freaking out, but when Nick calls and she gets her chance to tell him what’s going on, he gives her the grave news about Monroe’s kidnapping. Realizing that this probably isn’t the best time to tell her Grimm lover that she’s now a zombie-faced witch, she keeps it to herself.

Nick sends Rosalee over to their house to keep her safe and Juliette tries to keep her calm—not that staying calm is really possible knowing that your husband has been taken by a group of psychos who will probably kill him. We completely lost it when Rosalee recounted what Monroe told her the night before they got married: “The night before we got married, we were lying in bed. Monroe told me that for the rest of our lives, we would be known as Monroe and Rosalee. Not just Monroe, not just Rosalee. But Monroe and Rosalee. I can’t lose him now.” *queue convulsing in a puddle of tears on the floor*

Juliette has a dream (that we admittedly thought was real at first and made us weep/scream/hyperventilate) about woging and ripping Rosalee’s throat out. Damn you, Grimm writers, for torturing us like that! Even if Monroe isn’t rescued in the next episode, Juliette is going to have to tell Nick about this. What if she can’t control herself and does something she regrets … like actually kill her bestie?

Monroe’s future looks grim.

We’re pretty sure we need therapy after a) watching Rosalee cry, and b) seeing Monroe covered in blood being kicked around. Was anyone else physically in pain watching Monroe being mistreated?

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Monroe is taken to an old warehouse and chained up. It quickly becomes clear that the masked men who took him (the Wesenrein) are no joke. They kick him around, they give him vodka instead of water, and they taunt him about his “impurity.” While chained up, he sees another “impure Wesen” being held there named Terry, whom the Wesenrein drag out of the warehouse kicking and screaming. At one point, Monroe gets a chance to woge and escape, but that doesn’t work out so well. He runs into the woods, where he finds Terry’s impaled body before being captured again. This is bad, guys. This is real bad.

Nick is ready to kick some ass.

No one puts baby in a corner! Nick is furious, and he’s not taking the kidnapping of his best friend lightly. He and Hank bring in Shaw, the Wesen whom Trubel intimidated a few episodes ago, and interrogate him. When we say “interrogate,” we mean Nick slammed his head on the table and then proceeded to strangle him.

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Can you blame the guy? Renard and Hank stop him from killing Shaw, and suggest letting him go so they can follow him.

They put Wu on watch at Shaw’s house to see where he goes, but unfortunately (or fortunately—whichever way you see it), the Grand Master of the Wesenrein kills Shaw before he can talk. While searching Shaw’s house for clues, Wu finds a picture of Shaw with Officer Acker, the officer who was watching Monroe and Rosalee’s house when he was kidnapped. That dirty dog! Acker is part of the Wesenrein!

After looking through Acker’s phone log, they see he made several calls to Walker Williams, a jail inmate. Hank and Nick pay Williams a not-so-friendly visit and find out that Williams’ ex-cellmate was the Grand Master himself. Apparently, Williams was being forced to pass messages from the Grand Master to Acker.

Nick had better pick up the pace because the last scene of the episode shows Monroe being dragged out to the woods to stand trial for his marriage to a Fuchsbau and friendship with a Grimm. Something tells us the Wesenrein aren’t going to be forgiving during the tribunal.

Let’s discuss.

  • Will the gang be able to reverse the spell done on Juliette, or will she stay a Hexenbiest forever? And how will Nick react when he finds out?
  • We hate to even ask this question, but what if Monroe isn’t rescued? What if they don’t get to him in time? This is almost too painful to consider.
  • What the heck is even going on with the Adalind storyline? It seemed pointless to show a 20-second scene of her and Viktor. They either need to beef up her storyline or leave it alone until they’re ready to make her a bigger part of the show.

Sound off with your thoughts and predictions, and we’ll catch you next week. Until next time … #FangsOut.



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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