A group heads out into the woods to search for Bigfoot and ends up finding something. They’re attacked, with two members killed, and then the creature attacks some horses too before running off. The rancher sees that his horses are injured and calls his vet, who just happens to be Juliette. She heads out to treat them, taking a sample of strange hair she thinks may have come from the creature that attacked the horses. She and the rancher then follow the trail in the woods and find the bodies, at which point she calls Nick. Hank, Sgt. Wu and Nick show up and find the bodies – which look like an animal killed them, but there are human-looking footprints nearby – a video camera, and a surviving witness who is crying hysterically about Bigfoot. The video camera shows a man in a red flannel shirt knocking one of the victims down, so now they have a basic description.
Meanwhile, Monroe’s awakened by someone entering his house. It turns out to be one of his friends, Larry – a Wesen creature called a Wildermann that is very similar to the Bigfoot legends – who’s been badly injured, and he can’t change back to human. Since he can’t take Larry to the hospital, he calls Nick and tells him that he may have the guy he’s looking for on his couch, but he really can’t imagine Larry hurting anyone. Then they see that Hank and the police officers with search dogs are heading towards Monroe’s house. Monroe decides to confuse them and puts on Larry’s flannel shirt and starts running through the woods. He lets the dogs catch up to him, turns Blutbad and lets out a huge growl, scaring the dogs off. As he’s heading back, he literally runs into Hank accidentally – and Hank sees him in Blutbad form. He gets back to his house just as Larry wakes up and stumbles into the kitchen, where he pulls something out of his neck, collapses and dies. Seeing that there isn’t another option, the two put Larry’s shirt back on him and bring his body out to the woods near where Hank saw Monroe and leave him to be found, which happens shortly after.
The police announce that the killer has been found dead, though Monroe still doesn’t understand what happened to his friend. He knew Larry was part of a Wesen support group that he also attends, led by a Wesen psychiatrist, Dr. Brinkerhoff, who specializes in helping people with their impulse control issues. Nick visits Dr. Brinkerhoff, but he claims that there are no drugs involved in his treatments, only therapy, so he has no idea what the device that was in Larry’s neck could be. He also offers his services to Nick, recognizing him as a Grimm, another ‘man in darkness.” Unsurprisingly, Nick declines. While this is going on, Juliette is busy testing the hair sample she’d found – but the results don’t make any sense. The hair came from a single organism with the traits of two different types of species – is it possible that Para-Humans (human/animal hybrids) actually exist?
Another attack happens in the same manner as the previous attack, and once again, nothing about it makes sense. They’d thought the case was closed, so was this attack a copycat? The man was killed during the attack, so they have another dead murderer with a drug device in his neck that they can’t question. Monroe meets with another old friend from the therapy group and asks if he knows anything about Larry. It turns out that when he’d last seen Larry, he talked about a ‘cure’ for the impulse control problem developed by Dr. Brinkerhoff and even talked two other Wesen into it. Forensics finds that the devices were drug pumps that released steriods, and that Dr. Brinkerhoff ordered four of them. They’re able to tie the devices to the two men already dead, and then find out that the third that Monroe knew had apparently committed suicide by jumping out a window. Who has the fourth implanted? Monroe heads to see Dr. Brinkerhoff to find out.
Dr. Brinkerhoff doesn’t want to discuss it, but Monroe insists, and the doctor reveals that he really thought he’d found a cure, but when the dosage dropped, the Wesen would be stuck in that form and unable to return to being human. He attempts to give himself more of the drug, but loses control, attacks Monroe and then runs out of his office. Nick and Hank are fast on his trail and corner him in a theatre, where he’s taken a woman hostage after knocking her unconscious. When the doctor attempts to jump Nick, Hank shoots him and he falls to the theatre seats below. Hank and Nick arrive just in time to see the doctor change back, and this time, Hank sees it happen clearly. He’s freaked out, but Nick just doesn’t say anything.
That night, Nick and Juliette watch the news coverage reporting that the people claiming Dr. Brinkerhoff was Bigfoot was simply mass hysteria after someone saw another person wearing a mask. Juliette, knowing what she does from her tests, is no longer convinced. She tells Nick that she’s now wondering if Bigfoot and all the other stories everyone hears about aren’t stories? What if they’re real? And again, Nick doesn’t know what to say.
This episode was a much better one in comparison to last week’s. It had a lot of action and excitement, and any episode that’s Monroe-centric and allows Juliette to get more into things is a big plus. Additionally, Hank getting to see Wesen creatures was a big step forward, and Juliette openly wondering about the possibility of such creatures is a fantastic lead-in for what the preview of the season finale hinted at. While I’m going to be sad to see the season end, I’m really excited to see next week’s episode! In addition to Juliette and possibly Hank finding out the truth (finally!), will we also find out more about Renard and his true motives? As difficult as it will be to fit everything in one episode, I hope we get enough answers before the long hiatus. You can’t miss next week’s episode, that’s for sure!