Warning: This recap of the “Where The Wild Things Were” episode of Grimm contains spoilers.
With this episode, the Grimm gang (and viewers) is really starting to see the forest for the trees — literally and figuratively — when it comes to Skullface’s evil master plan.
Oh no she didn’t
Nick returns home from work, and Adalind is laying in wait. She wants to know whether he has talked to Renard, and she tries to persuade him to bring Renard into the fold about the tunnels and the stick so they can use the resources he claimed to have to help Diana. To aid her effort, Adalind comes clean about Diana’s involvement in the deaths of Rachel and Bonaparte, how she was able to make her dad stab him, and how she suffocated her telepathically. Nick doesn’t trust Renard, and neither does she, but she argues, “This is his daughter. He wouldn’t do anything to hurt her. I think we need all the help we can get.”
Across town, MonRosalee arrive home to an empty house. They find the book of spells, uncovered mirrors, and blood, but no Eve. They call Nick to rat her out, and he and the world’s weirdest blended family rush over, and everybody is irritated that she made the move alone. Only Adalind can open her mom’s spell book to figure out what spell Eve used, and to do so she has to go into biest mode in front of Diana for the first time. She preps her for what she is about to see, but the scary decomposing mug doesn’t even faze her daughter. Diana takes one look at the mirror and proclaims that Eve is in there, and that’s her blood.
Adalind is about to slice her hand open to follow Eve, but Nick stops her, since she has two kids to think about. “You realize we’re abandoning Eve,” she fires back. Monroe is good with that, since she did it without telling anyone. But Rosalee offers a valid counterpoint: “She was doing it to protect us.” Nick ends the argument by suggesting that he try to open the portal with the stick, which makes Diana go all glow-eyed. ‘What’s that? It’s special,” she says, mesmerized.
Nick won’t let anyone go with him, and when he taps the mirror, the portal reopens. He crosses through, but the stick doesn’t go with him. It falls limply to the floor, and Diana says flatly, “It doesn’t belong there.” Monroe sarcastically jokes, “Sure hope he doesn’t need this,” as he bends down to retrieve the stick and replace it in the box.
Into the woods
Eve wakes up in a winter wonderland surrounded by Outlander stones. On the pillar closest to her, she can see MonRosalee being annoyed with her. She shouts at it and bangs on it, but no dice. When the other dimension disappears, the cloth symbols are revealed to be carved into it.
She hears some yelling and goes off in search of it. She sees some wesen surround a man and rip his throat out, but not until after he takes out one of their own. Shortly after they drag away their kill, two different creatures run into the clearing and start eating the fallen monster.
Nick awakes in much the same place and manner as his ex did. He notices what looks an awful lot like a sacrificial altar. He too hears the sounds of struggle, runs toward them, and also witnesses a hunt. One blutbad starts speaking German, calls him “walking meat,” and attacks him. Nick tires quickly of hand-to-hand combat and shoots him. “What kind of magic is this?” he wonders, as he falls to the ground. The shots fired bring Eve back to the clearing, and once reunited, she and Nick assess their new surroundings. Nick says it looks like the Black Forest, where they found the stick originally, and notes that wesen don’t woge back to human form when they die.
They also take time for a fight when Nick questions why she came alone. She answers, “I wasn’t going to wait for the skull guy to come after us. You shouldn’t have come after me. I’m not trying to prove anything. I’m trying to kill this thing before it kills us.”
They put a pin in it because there are wesen everywhere, and she realizes her hands are starting to go all hexenbiest. Perhaps because in that dimension (or world or Germany?) she can’t control transformations, so they decide to wander aimlessly down a path. “Why would the skull guy want me here? This world seems to be run by wesen,” Eve ponders.
Other blutbads find their fallen comrade, pick up Nick’s scent, and give chase all the way to a human-ish settlement where Nick takes out two of the three with his pistol. The cavemen are scared of Nick and Eve but appreciate him killing their enemies, so they invite them in for a feast of rotisserie blutbad. Eve wishes she knew how to say “vegetarian” in German, but Nick manages to get it down. (Does it taste like chicken? Will he never look at Monroe the same way again?)
He draws a picture of Skullface, and the natives know him. Zerstorer can be found in the Black Forest. “Looks like we’ve come full circle,” mutters Nick. Meanwhile, the wesen who escaped the Smith & Wesson runs all the way back to the Outlander stones, and Ol’ Green Eyes appears. (So far we’d only seen his terrifying face, but now it is clear that he has a terrifyingly ripped body to go with it.)
After dinner, the leader of the clan of cave hair guides them back to the forest but stops short of the stone circle, saying that only wesen go forward and no humans come back from there. He runs off as he sees Eve’s hands start to change. It’s scaring her too. “It’s getting worse. Wesen here don’t woge. We need to get this done.”
From Russia with love
Back on Earth one, Diana gets put to bed, even though she says she wants to help Nick, and Adalind wants to try to go in after Nick and Eve. Rosalee corks that plan but admits they are running out of places to look for clues. Adalind mentions Renard’s offer to reveal his source for a look at the tunnels.
Monroe is not for it — how can they suggest trusting a literal and figurative backstabber, after all — but Rosalee makes an executive decision. They call Hank and Wu in for backup, and they are skeptical of looping the captain in, but they have no other strategy either. Renard is shown the tunnels, which Diana makes glow purple, and is told by his daughter that Nick and Eve are “in a bad place through the mirror.”
Then they confess that they found the crusaders’ treasure, with five keys, and show him the cloth. Renard, who can’t see the symbols, is not impressed. “That’s what the grimm crusaders buried? This is what the royals have been looking for for centuries?”
He is equally nonplussed when Monroe whips out the magic stick. “A stick? They buried a stick?”
“It gets that reaction a lot,” Monroe says, before adding that it healed Nick, Eve, and him.
With that news, Renard calls his Russian friend, and after hearing that the ex-lovers crossed over to a “place no one should go,” where “lots of wild things” are and “someone very bad lives,” she likens it to the entertainment world’s favorite experiment to name-check – Schrödinger’s cat. She says the place is like a “pre-life or an afterlife” and Skullface “could be what we call the devil or Satan, since “a lot of prophecies predict the coming of the a devil.”
She slips into Russian to relay the really bad news, that his daughter could be the shaphat. The devil is foretold to come to our world to find a shaphat, make her his bride, and have 100 children with her. “This is all the help I can give. You should prepare for the worst. We all should,” she warns as she logs off.
After Diana gets put to bed for, like, the sixth time that night, Renard translates the raw deal for the gang. “This beast wants our daughter,” he sums up after Monroe and Rosalee pepper the conversation with facts about Judaism, female prophets like Deborah, and how the word has something to do with deliverers.
They waste no time, and since they left Adalind’s mom’s books at MonRosalee’s house and the others are at the spice shop, they decide to split into two groups to do more research. Guess Diana isn’t going to get any sleep tonight.
Face to Skullface
Nick notices that the cloth symbols are in the sky above them, as well as on the rock. As they walk closer to the rock, a fair amount of blood is dried on it. (This feels like it can’t end well.) And as if on cue, the last blutbad charges them, and Nick uses two more bullets. He only has three left, and they realize Skullface also knows they are there.
But just because he’s the devil doesn’t mean he has no manners. He is nice enough to not make an appearance before Nick and Eve can have (maybe) one last heart-to-heart. Nick insists that she can’t face the big bad alone.
“I don’t want to be rescued. I came here for a reason,” she says. “You have a son. You should be thinking of him.”
Nick fires back: “You’re here because of me. None of this would have happened to you if you hadn’t met me.”
But she’s been thinking about this, obvi. “You think I want to change that? I don’t. A lot of bad things happened to me. I didn’t understand it. I was scared and angry and did a lot of terrible things, things I can never forgive Juliette for. I am not Juliette, [nor] am I going to be again. She’s gone. None of us are who we used to be.
“And that’s good. I have strength and purpose I never had before. I know you’re here because you loved me once and feel responsible for the bad things that happened, but you can’t change any of it. I can’t. If you could, do you really want to go back to the way things were just to be happy? Happy doesn’t interest me anymore. It just gets in the way. Everything that has happened to us that brought us together right here, right now, happened for a reason. I can’t kill Zerstorer alone. It’s going to take both of us.”
And speak of the devil, the ground starts to shake, and he walks out. He bangs his staff on the ground, and it sends a shock wave that knocks them down. Nick tries to shoot him, but he deflects the bullets. He knows Nick’s grimm but doesn’t seem to care. He spews some mumbo jumbo, the staff starts to glow green and sizzle, and Eve woges. (Unsure whether the staff forced the change or she’s getting ready to fight.)
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