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'Grimm' fan recap: The legend of the Mishipeshu

Season 4 | Episode 18 | “Mishipeshu” | Aired Apr 17, 2015

NBC’s Grimm borrowed from real Native American mythology this week and tackled the legend of a well-known water being, the Mishipeshu. While Hank, Nick, and Wu team up with Deputy Sheriff Janelle Farris (Toni Trucks) to investigate recent murders, Juliette lands herself in hot water (see: behind bars).

Wesen of the week.

The Mishipeshu is a real legend among Great Lakes and Northeastern Woodlands Native American tribes, notably linked to the Ojibwa. It’s also referred to as an “Underwater Panther,” and Mishipeshu directly translates to “The Great Lynx.” In Native American mythology, the Mishipeshu is a serpent-feline mix with cat-like paws, scales all over its body, horns, and spikes on its tail. Descriptions of its size and appearance vary, and some even say the tail or horns are made of copper.

Our Grimm case of the week begins when a school janitor is found mauled to death. When Nick, Hank, and Wu question the principal, they find out that the janitor was most likely to blame for scrawling racial slurs on a former Native American student’s locker. The student was Simon George, who we learn watched his father be beaten to death when he was five years old. Hank and Janelle head to the reservation to find Simon, but are informed by a man named Hector that he’s currently on a power quest. What does this mean exactly? It means Simon was dropped off alone on a mountain to find his guardian spirit (an animal) and he’ll stay there for days probably starving, scared, and lost. No, this spirit quest is not the same as your two-day Daredevil marathon accompanied by agonizing internal conflicts over what to feed yourself (not that we’d know what that’s like.)

When another person is murdered at a car-repair shop, and another man is nearly killed in his home before Nick & Co. save him, the gang realize these three men all knew each other well. They also realize that Simon is being possessed by the Mishipeshu and is looking for revenge.

Vision Quest.

At the reservation, Hank, Janelle, and Nick are told by Hector that in order to find Simon, they need to enter the “dream world” and view Simon’s past. Hank drinks a mystery liquid (kids, don’t try this at home) and starts sweating and having visions.

Hank Grimm Mishipeshu

In the vision, he is Simon, and he watches his father get beaten to death. Surprise! The men who killed Simon’s father are the three victims that the Mishipeshu mauled (although one is still alive). Meanwhile, Janelle gets too high and is kicked out of the wigwam. Bye, Janelle!

Jump Street high gif

Hank, still linked to Simon, starts running through the woods toward the father’s burial spot. Unfortunately for Hank, he runs across Simon and the Mishipeshu decides to possess Hank instead. Body swap! The Mishipeshu wants to finish what he started and kill the third man. Nick, Simon, Hector, and Janelle reach Hank in time to keep him from killing the guy and expel the Mishipeshu from him. Everyone knows that this douchebag killed Simon’s father, but without evidence, they can’t arrest him. It’s totally fine though, because later that night, Janelle (voluntarily?) gets possessed by the Mishipeshu and kills the last murderer herself. Case closed.

It’s a love/hate relationship with Juliette.

Here’s the deal with Juliette—we love her and hate her at the same time. On one hand, watching her get sassy with a guy at a bar who buys her a drink and then demands conversation was pretty freaking awesome. Seeing her woge and scare the crap out of the dude was awesome. Watching her blow the power out in the bar was awesome. Having to watch her be a complete witch to Nick and almost bring him to tears when he comes to see her in jail? Not so awesome.

Yes, Juliette gets locked up for assault after her little bar stint. Nick pays her a visit and she immediately starts taunting him about her love of her new Hexenbiest powers. She goes on about how Nick’s not the only “special” one anymore, and when Nick says he would never hurt her, she replies with, “I wish I could say the same.” And of course she woges in his face again, just to watch him freak out and cause him pain.

Neil deGradde Tyson badass gif

At this point, we don’t know if she’s purposely pushing him away or if she really is being overcome by her power and rage. Also, is anyone else wondering why Juliette doesn’t just use her Hexenbiest powers to escape the jail cell? It’s not like she blew up a car, killed a Manticore, kicked the crap out of Adalind, or propelled knives through the air with her mind or anything …

Renard’s sudden case of Kleptomania.

Monroe and Rosalee enlist the help of Renard in this episode. Rosalee, being the awesome best friend she is, isn’t giving up on Juliette so easily. She asks Renard to bring them his mother’s (Elizabeth) spell book to do a little digging. Rosalee actually thinks there could be a way to fix it by altering the ratios Elizabeth used in the spell, but they don’t know what the ratios were. Conveniently, Elizabeth isn’t answering her phone (definitely fishy), but Renard mentions he might know someone else who can help. Hmm … Henrietta?

Grimm Mishipeshu Renard

Also in this episode, Renard randomly zones out and obsessively stares at some man’s wallet. He then proceeds to knock him out and steal it. At the station, he pulls the wallet out of his pocket looking confused, almost seeming as if he didn’t remember what happened, and orders Wu to return it to the owner. We’re long overdue for an explanation on what’s going on with Renard. Come on, people—give us something here!

Next week, Adalind tells Nick he’s her baby daddy, and Kenneth takes it upon himself to fill Juliette in on that little tidbit also. Only four episodes remain until the season ends! Sound off with your thoughts and predictions below. Until next time … #FangsOut.


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Grimm airs Fridays on NBC at 8/7C.