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Season 4 | Episode 10 | “Tribunal” | Aired Jan 23, 2015

To say that NBC’s Grimm is impressing us this season would be a gross understatement. The fourth season has given us some incredible moments, but “Tribunal” takes the cake. With Monroe’s life in the hands of a psychotic hate group, the Wesenrein, the race is on for the Scooby gang to save him before he ends up skewered next to Terry in the woods.

Testing Wu

Hank and Nick need Wu to interrogate Acker since they have a closer relationship, but before they send him deeper down the rabbit hole, they need to make sure he’s ready to swallow the red pill. To ensure he’s got what it takes to become part of the Scooby gang, they bring Bud (an Eisbiber) into the station and have him woge in front of Wu. While startled by Bud’s adorable beaver face, it doesn’t scare him away. He’s a part of this world now, and there’s no looking back.

Speaking of Bud, one of Acker’s men follows him from the station, so we know the Wesenrein have plans for him … we also know they can’t be good.

The tribunal begins

It’s time for the Wesenrein tribunal to begin, which is pretty much a pointless ceremony that makes these crazies feel better about what they’re doing. Plus, it doesn’t seem like they have much else to do with their time. They kick things off by flinging blood from a skull cup onto Monroe’s face. How unsanitary!

New Girl Schmidt gif

At one point, Monroe woges and manages to run and tear someone’s throat out, but he’s captured again. Watching the Wesenrein mistreating Monroe physically pains us. I’m not saying we cried about it, but we might have. The Wesenrein read off Monroe’s transgressions—marrying Rosalee and befriending Nick—and say it’s time to bring a witness to the stand.

Cut to Bud, who went to Juliette’s to help her and Rosalee find a connection between Monrosalee’s wedding list and the list Trubel made of possible Wesenrein members. Bud leaves the house, hops in his truck, and gets knocked out by one of the Wesenrein jerks!

Bud’s brought to the tribunal as the “witness” and it’s tragic watching him and Monroe so worried about each other. After some hilarious rambling, Bud finally mans up and tells the tribunal that Monroe isn’t guilty of anything and that he has proudly helped Nick. Cue some of Monroe’s most beautiful lines ever. He slams the Wesenrein for not knowing what “wrong” and “right” really is and says, “What is right is my love for my wife, and her love for me. That you will never be able to destroy.” And then he caps his speech off with: “Nothing in life is pure. It’s not supposed to be. … I love my wife and I always will. That’s what real purity is. And I feel sorry for you because it is something that none of you will ever know.”

James van Derbeek crying gif

Oh yeah, we were definitely doing a full on James Van Der Beek cry at this point. We can’t lie, this scared us for a second because it sounded startlingly like a goodbye speech. Do you think what Monroe said changed the minds of the Wesenrein, though? Absolutely not. They all vote that he’s guilty and start prepping him to be burned alive.

Nick & Co. get down to business

Meanwhile, Nick, Wu, Hank, Renard, Juliette, and Rosalee are all doing their part in finding out where the Wesenrein have taken Monroe. They know that time is of the essence and they are getting frustrated. Wu interrogates Acker at the station which ends with Acker woging (Bauerschwein) and Wu decking him in the face. Yes! Even Nick threatening Acker doesn’t get him to squeal though (see what we did there?).

Rosalee and Juliette aren’t just sitting around and waiting. Armed with the lists and the help of Bud (precapture), they find Acker’s sister. She’s brought into the station and they threaten her life to get Acker to speak. It works and he gives up the location of the tribunal. It’s on!

Grimm Scooby Gang Tribunal gif

Rescue mission

The entire gang rolls up to the tribunal location, with guns in the back of the vehicle that didn’t even roll around as they raced to the scene. They arm themselves and stop the tribunal just as they’re about to light up Monroe at the stake. Then, the group kicks some major ass. Some of the Wesenrein scatter and everyone goes after them, with Nick and Bud stay behind to hold the ones they captured. Wu shoots a Wesenrein, Renard woges and takes one out, Monroe and Rosalee woge and tear someone’s throat out, and Juliette … well, she woges out of fear and uses her brain to blow the back of someone’s head off.

Robert Downey Jr shocked gif

Even though Juliette didn’t mean to, it was seriously badass. We wouldn’t mind if Juliette stayed Hexenbiest for a while, especially if she gets to have a Hexenbiest showdown with Adalind (we all know she’ll be coming back into play soon).

The rescue mission is a success and Renard makes a public statement blaming everything on Acker, ensuring that him and his fellow cronies stay locked up forever.

Juliette confides in Renard

The episode ends with Wu doing some research in Aunt Marie’s trailer (we see him looking at a Hexenbiest page—foreshadowing?), Hank and Nick giving Monroe and Roslaee a police escort to the airport so they can finally go on their honeymoon, and Juliette showing up at Renard’s door. Yes, Juliette decides to confide in Renard instead of Nick. Yikes! We know Juliette is scared of Nick’s reaction, but this will probably cause more harm than good.

Let’s discuss!

  • Do you think Juliette deciding to come to Renard is justified because of her fear of Nick’s reaction? Keep in mind, Rosalee told her that Hexenbiests that are created, not born, are even more dangerous.
  • Will Wu be able to handle this life, or will he struggle with some of the situations he’s going to be faced with?
  • Is Trubel ever coming back? We sincerely hope so.

Sound off with your predictions, and we’ll catch you next week. #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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