"Instantly, the priestess changed into a monstrous goblin-spider and the warrior found himself caught fast in her web."
We start our story today with Ryan (Nicholas Gonzalez) picking up Lena (Amy Acker) at an art gallery and bringing her home. She tells him she should go, and he gets forceful. She gets forceful as well, and she pushes him to the floor. She holds his mouth open and forces something into it. She kills him and takes his Rolex.
At his home, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) are setting up a TV when their house is egged. Nick goes out with his gun drawn and sees two wesen children had thrown the eggs. Juliette tells him they are just kids and he's overreacted.
The next day he talks with Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) about the egging. Nick is concerned about who is going to find out. Monroe tells him that he must get a handle on that, then asks if Nick has talked to Juilette. Nick says he hasn't. Before the conversation can go further, Nick gets a call and has to leave.
The case is rather uneventful. They find a finger at the crime scene and are told by the victim's girlfriend that his Rolex is missing. They discover similar murders happened in Phoenix and Albuquerque.
Nick seeks help from Monroe (of course), who takes him to meet a spinnatod, Charlotte (Dalene Young). She gives Nick all his info on spinnatods, including how they must kill and feed in order to maintain their youth, otherwise they age rapidly. Monroe took us to see Charlotte at a wesen rest home. She looks ancient, but is only in her 20s.
We discover Lena has a husband Robert (Ryan McLuskey) and a daughter Sally (Nicole McCullough). She gives the Rolex to her husband. Nicole steals the Rolex and trades it for a dirt bike. This gets reported to the school and the registration ID of the watch brings Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to their suspects.
Lena has committed her second murder, and even though her husband has been taken in to custody for them, she goes to commit her third. They track down Lena before she commits her third, and the last we see of her she is sitting in a jail cell, looking much older.
They tried to make Lena seem to be a tragic figure, killing and hating it. But she still did it to maintain her youth. Was it fair that she aged so quickly? Who's to say. It is a part of her species. I don't feel sorry for Lena; she gets what she deserves. Charlotte has my respect for declining to feed, knowing what it does to her kind.
The only other real plot here is Nick going to the address of the truck that had been staking out his home. He confronts the wesen there and tells them they have to make sure no one comes to his home any more, or he'll have to come back.
Nick is very reluctant about embracing his Grimm heritage. He has moments where he is using it in his work, but he is not the hunter his aunt was. I don't imagine she would be very proud of him.
This episode was a fairly big mess, with nothing working very well. They attempted misdirects in the script a couple of times, and they just fell flat. Maybe I just like my monsters more menacing. We had none of that here.
Points of Interest
1. This weeks quote came from the Grimm Fairy Tales story "The Goblin Spider."
2. The term for all creatures in this world is wesen.
3. A Spinnatod is a death spider that forces its venom down a victim's throat, then bites the stomach and sucks out the liquefied organs. Doing this three times every five years keeps the female young looking.
4. Reggie Lee was not listed in the credits. He was previously listed as a series regular.
I'm sorry to say nothing worked at all.
What Doesn't Work
Nick going to the wesen home and confronting them about telling people where he lived makes sense. I hope that this isn't the end of that story line. Otherwise it was one of the biggest wastes of time of the entire series.
Trying to make Lena seem to be a sympathetic creature trapped by what she needed to do. It may have worked if they hadn't introduced us to another of her kind that was able to resist killing.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
"Grimm" stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell and Sasha Roiz. "Tarantella" was written by Alan DiFiore and Dan E. Fesman, and it was directed by Peter Werner. Guest stars included Amy Acker, Nicholas Gonzalez, Sharon Sachs, Robert Blanche, Dalene Young, Ryan McLuskey and Nicole McCullough.
"Grimm" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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