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'Grimm' fan recap: Playing with fire

Season 4 | Episode 13 | “Trial by Fire” | Aired Feb 13, 2015

How is it possible that NBC’s Grimm just keeps getting better and better? With Juliette still harboring her Hexen-secret from Nick, we know it’s only a matter of time before he learns the truth. One thing that didn’t get addressed this week was Renard’s oozing wounds from two episodes ago. Here’s what we did get though: A fiery new wesen with a rock-hard body, a returning character on a break from the big house, and an epic (and long overdue) showdown between Juliette and Adalind.

Wesen of the week: This week’s wesen is an Excandesco, a Phoenix-like wesen played by Gideon Emery. You may have recognized Emery from MTV’s Teen Wolf, in which he played season three’s big bad, Deucalion.

Grimm Trial by Fire

The Excandesco kicks off the episode by setting a building on fire, killing two teen employees. Hank and Nick are walked through the scene and realize there’s something fishy about the way the fire burned. It was almost as if the fire had a mind of its own. Wu speaks with someone else from the department who says the fire pattern is similar to a previous case that was never explained. Here’s the kicker: The arson investigator who worked on the old case is Orson, a Bauerschwein Nick put in jail in season one. The only way Orson can help them identify the guilty wesen is to take a little time away from the big house.

Wu and Nick do some research on the Excandesco in the trailer, and Orson confirms that it is in fact the creature responsible for the fires. Apparently, the Excandesco produces phosphorus from his skin, but Orson says he can make a homemade SPF strong enough to withstand the heat. Color us impressed. He’ll need some supplies first though, supplies that can only be found at the Spice Shop. Monroe refuses to help at first (still holding a grudge against Orson for killing Hap), but Rosalee hooks them up with what they need and Monroe eventually comes around.

Nick and Co. ID the fiery wesen as Damien Barso, and they make the connection between him and the building fire. The burned-down building is owned by Harrison, a man who’s proud of the family business he has inherited. Someone who’s not too thrilled about the business? His son, Andy. Angsty Andy hated the idea of taking over the family business so much that he hired Damien to torch it. Andy has a change of heart and calls his dad to confess what he’s done, but it’s too late. Harrison has already been tricked into meeting Damien, which basically means he’s about to get fried to a crisp.

The Human Torch gif

Monroe, Rosalee, Hank, Nick, and Orson drag Andy with them to help save Harrison. Monroe and Rosalee have created a powerful SPF mixture and devised an original way to deliver it: water guns. Hey, they were pretty short on time. When Damien woges in front of the gang, they all spray him with the special concoction. It coats his skin and he starts burning up from the inside. Damien explodes as fiery body parts rain down. Well, case closed?

Hexenbiest showdown: Come to find out, the man helping Renard track down Kelly Burkhardt is a double-crossing snake who’s also working for Viktor. Viktor is informed that Kelly was last seen in a car registered to Juliette! Now that Adalind knows Juliette was involved when Kelly took Diana, she’s ready to confront her. By confront her, we mean break into her and Nick’s house and taunt Juliette about her one-night stand with Nick. This showdown has been a long time coming, and before you know it, the witch fight is on.

To say it is completely badass would be a gross understatement. The claws are out, bodies are propelled across the house, and an entire block of knives is flung through the room using sheer brain power. They are fighting dirty, but at least they look beautiful …

Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) Grimm Trial by Fire

Adalind (Claire Coffee) Grimm Trial by Fire

Adalind is no match for Juliette’s powers and ends up running away from the house literally screaming. Hilarious? We think so. Nick comes home to see the house completely destroyed. Juliette can’t hide her Hexenbiestiality from him any longer, and decides to woge in front of him. There’s no way Nick will try to kill her, but he’ll probably want to when he finds out she’s been lying to him and confiding in Renard and a complete stranger (Henrietta).

Speaking of Henrietta, is she lying about there being no cure for Juliette? In the preview for next week’s episode, Henrietta tells Adalind she’s expecting another baby. Can Henrietta really be trusted? Our guess is no. Share your thoughts and predictions, and we’ll catch you next week. #FangsOut

xoxo,

TeamTSD (Liz and Lindi)

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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