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'Grimm' fan recap: You're as cold as ice (looking at you, Juliette)

Season 4 | Episode 17 | “Hibernaculum” | Aired Apr 10, 2015

What do you get when you mix scales, fangs, and the ability to freeze people to death? This week’s wesen! Only five episodes remain in season four of NBC’s Grimm, and while Juliette is still determined to stay away from Nick and force Renard to help her exact revenge on Adalind, it was nice to see Nick have a strong episode with his boys. Wu, Nick, and Hank spend the episode trying to track down an icy wesen that’s been leaving people frozen to death in Portland, while Juliette continues her journey to the dark side.

Wesen of the Week

This case follows a snakelike wesen called a Varme Tyv, which feeds on the warmth of humans to keep itself alive.

Grimm Hibernaculus wesen

This wesen is a coldblooded creature who, when stuck out in the cold, needs to sink its teeth into a human to keep warm, leaving the victim frozen. If the wesen isn’t able to feed off of someone, they themselves freeze to death. They are naturally nonaggressive and harmless, and spend the winters hibernating in what is called a hibernaculum (the place animals choose to hibernate).

Hank, Wu, and Nick are pulled in when a Varme Tyv—caught out in the cold after his car breaks down—kills a woman (whose daughter is listening to everything happen over the phone), freezing her to death.

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After some serious investigating, two more frozen corpses, and help from Rosalee and Monroe, the boys figure out where the Varme Tyv hibernaculum is located.

The Hibernaculum

Hank, Nick, Wu, and Monroe mosey out to a house in the middle of nowhere and decide it’s a good idea to go ahead and break in. Through a trap door under a rug (rookie move, Varme Tyv!), they head down to the basement and find 20-plus wesen down there, all piled on top of each other for body heat. Then the guys are like, “let’s just grab the bad one (Sven) with the snake tattoos by moving them around and hope they don’t wake up!” That plan backfires (as expected), and the Varme Tyv all wake up ready to kill.

Grimm Hibernaculum Hank, Nick, Wu, and Monroe

The wesen chilling in a heap on top of each other reminds us of those balls of snakes you see during mating season. We’d love to include a GIF of a ball of snakes for your reference, but that would require Googling “snakes” and looking at them, so yeah, we’ll let you look that up yourself.

The Varme Tyv form an angry mob and chase the boys out to a barn on the property. A fight ensues, but it’s not long before they all start freezing to death out in the cold. Nick, being the standup guy he is, says they have to physically move all the Varme Tyv back into the basement before they die … except for Sven. Sven gets left to freeze to death. Oh, and then they put his frozen corpse in the cab he stole and put him downtown for some woman to find. Ha! Joke’s on you, Sven …

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Moral of the story: Don’t mess with Nick & Co.

Displaced Anger

Oh, Juliette. We don’t want to be mad at you—we really don’t—but you are being a raging biest. Juliette kicks things off this week by kissing Renard (gasp!). Then she heads to the Spice Shop to ask Monroe and Rosalee for help, but when she sees that Nick is there, she immediately gets aggressive and emotional. Nick encourages her to tell Rosalee and Monroe the truth about what she is, and Juliette reluctantly complies by pulling out her new party trick, a.k.a. her Hexen-face. She even goes so far as to lash out at everyone (yes, Monroe and Juliette too), blaming them for “having a hand” in what happened to her.

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Umm … no. Let’s just stick to blaming Adalind, and Nick if you must. Nick is so angry and hurt at Juliette’s new attitude that he’s trying to convince himself they would be better off staying away from each other. We know deep down that this isn’t what he really wants, since it appears he spends his time at home alone staring at a picture of the two of them. If Juliette would allow it, he’d be by her side, trying to help her. The fate of their relationship is looking grim, and based on the preview for next week’s episode, it’s not going to get better anytime soon. Juliette may be treating everyone like crap right now, but we have to admit that we’re pretty excited to see her embrace/abuse her powers.

A few other important things happened in this episode as well. For one, Juliette tried to kill Adalind with a falling gargoyle. Adalind begged Kenneth to kill Juliette and he just laughed at her. Monroe had some Wesenrein flashbacks and got sentimental with Rosalee about the fragility of life. Oh, and Renard had another flashback accompanied by major blood loss, but this time, he also hallucinated some giant red hands with claws coming out of the sky to get him. We’re not going to lie—we feel like an explanation of the Renard storyline is long overdue. Let’s get to it already.

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Sound off with your thoughts and predictions below! Is Juliette and Nick’s relationship salvageable? When will Kelly and baby Diana make an appearance? And what “major cliffhangers” could David Giuntoli be alluding to? Until next time … #FangsOut.


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Grimm airs Fridays on NBC at 8/7C.

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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