"I am impelled not to squeak like a grateful and frightened mouse, but to roar ..."
This show just keeps getting better and better. While solving the crime itself was easy, it was filled with character moments that made the episode. And there is plenty for our supporting cast to deal with too.
The episode begins with Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (ussell Hornsby) arriving at the crime scene, which is a garbage truck. They take prints and learn the deceased, Lennie Drake, has a record. And they learn that his residence is on the garbage truck’s route.
The building superintendent (J.W. Crawford) fills them in on a fight that occurred between the victim and Martin Burgess (Fred Koehler) when he heard an argument between the victim and his girlfriend Natalie Haverstraw (Amanda Walsh). While Martin was defending Natalie, another tenant, Mason Snyder (Doug Brooks), showed up and also confronted the deceased.
The detectives talk to Natalie and learn about the fight the evening before. They then go to speak with Martin at his junkyard. While speaking with him, Nick spots that he is a monster. They then go and have a discussion with Mason, who Nick sees as a snake man.
Around this time, Juilette (Bitsie Tulloch ) returns home from a bicycle ride and enters the house. She looks out the window and sees a truck with people watching the house. She goes out and walks towards the truck, which drives away. Juliette gets the license number of the truck.
Nick hits the books, and while he finds information on the snake, known as a Lausenschlang, he can’t find any information in the books about Martin. He goes to visit Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), who informs him that Martin is a Mauzhertz. A kind of mouse man, the mauzhertz are timid and when frightened will flee to their save zone. While they are speaking, Monroe gets a call about a job working on a clock. He makes the appointment for the next day, and Nick exits.
Nick returns home and Juliette tells him about the truck watching the house. She gives him the number, and Nick calls in to get the plates run. He gets the address and writes it down. He tells Juliette not to worry about it and leaves the paper on the table.
The investigation of the crime continues, and a second body is discovered. This time it's a mechanic who worked on Martin’s care the previous week. Martin is attracted to Natalie, and he goes to see her, but finds Mason at her apartment.
Later, Martin shows up at Mason’s office to tell him to leave Natalie alone. Mason attacks Martin and tells him the girl is his. Martin sees Mason as a mouse face, and in a rage strikes him, killing him. Martin takes Mason’s car and goes to Natalie.
The next day, Monroe goes to the location where he is supposed to work on the clock. We see a clock on the exterior of the building, and we believe that is why Monroe is there. Instead, other creatures attack him. He awakens with a picture of what looks like a scythe on him. He gathers his things and heads home.
Also, Juliette goes to the address of the truck and parks. She watches the woman she saw in the truck the other day, playing with her children. When the woman sees her, she gathers up her children and goes in the house. They peer out the window at Juliette, frightened.
With Martin as their suspect, they go to his apartment to speak with his father, who he cares for. They find the father has been dead for days. They search for Martin. Martin’s car is spotted at Mason’s office. They go there and find Mason dead and his car missing.
Mason has asked Natalie out to dinner, and they get into what appears to be an exclusive restaurant. Martin has an altercation with a man chastising his son. As Martin yells, we see that Martin sees the man as his father. He then sees all the men in the restaurant as his father. He and Natalie leave.
Martin goes to his junkyard, and Nick deduces that is his safe zone, and he and Hank go there as well. They find Natalie’s purse outside and head in. Martin is running to hide and lets Natalie go. Nick catches up to him and tells him he keeps killing his father, but he won’t die.
Nick returns home and Juliette tells him about her day and that she went to the address. She tells him they seemed scared of her, and she doesn’t understand. She just wants to know who they think she is. Nick holds her silently, keeping his secret.
He visits with Monroe and sees how Monroe was beaten. Nick offers to hunt down the attackers, and Monroe tells him if they wanted him dead, he’d be dead. They are sending him a message. Monroe shows Nick the paper and Nick knows it’s the symbol of the Reapers.
Monroe helping Nick messes with the status quo, and someone wants it to stop. Nick tells Monroe that he will leave and never ask him for help again. Monroe tells him “screw that” and tells him to ask for all the help he needs. Monroe continues that he’s never been a status quo kind of guy, and next time, he’ll be ready.
I think it shows these two characters have gone beyond a cop and his CI, into actual friendship. Monroe makes this show what it is, and it would be much worse without him. The growing friendship/partnership between these characters is the highlight of the series.
Points of Interest
1. Our new creatures this week are the Mauzhertz (a mouse man) and the Lausenschlange (a snake man).
2. I don’t think creatures can spot a grimm unless he is identifying them. I believe the woman in the truck thinks Juliette is a grimm, why else gather up her kids and hide inside.
3. Nothing is written about mauzhertz because they have never done anything worth writing about.
4. Why isn’t Nick making entries in the book? Future generations may think he was lazy and never did anything.
I enjoyed the fact that even a mouse can be driven to kill. I found Martin to be a rather sympathetic character, broken by the abuses of his father. That he then saw his father in abusive men and was driven to kill them was sad. That he seemed to gather strength from the act was terrible.
Early in the season, Monroe chose to complain to Nick about his continually coming to him for help. Now that the creature community has targeted him for assisting the grimm, he has taken a stand. Somewhere along the line, these two became friends. And Monroe has chosen to stand beside his friend.
What Didn’t Work
The snake man being a personal injury attorney was just too obvious, but funny.
Juliette is an educated veterinarian. Why would she go to the address of the people watching her house? How stupid can you you be? And if Nick really knows this woman, he would know this is the type of foolishness she is capable of and should never have left the address laying around. Bad writing all around.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Grimm" stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee. "Of Mouse and Man" was written by Alan DiFiore and Dan E. Fesman, and it was directed by Omar Madha. Amanda Walsh and Fred Koehler guest starred.
"Grimm" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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