Luis and his son Rafael are fishing on the Willamette River when Luis sees a crying woman in a long, white nightdress walk into the water, clearly attempting to drown herself. Luis attempts to rescue her but can’t find her in the water, and when we resurfaces, he sees the same woman leading Rafael away.
Meanwhile, Nick is at Aunt Marie’s trailer to pick up a spiked Morning Star, and then takes it over to Monroe’s house, which is completely decked out for Halloween, inside and out. Monroe wants the Morning Star for his pumpkin-smashing gladiator, which he gleefully demonstrates. Just then, Nick gets the call about Rafael’s kidnapping and heads out. Then a woman wakes up from a dream about the woman in white. She has maps and stories of kidnapped and drowned children on a board, as well as a drawing that looks like the woman.
Nick and Hank arrive at the river, but Luis doesn’t speak English and the department’s usual translator is on vacation, so Nick calls Juliette. Sgt. Wu also tells them that a group of kayakers were filming on their cellphone and got a shot of the woman and Rafael as they walked through the parking lot. Back at the station, Juliette arrives and and begins talking to Luis, getting Nick and Hank information about what had happened. They then ask her to tell him that they need to go to his house.
The strange woman is pacing in her home when the Amber Alert about Rafael pops up on her computer. She briefly morphs into a Balam, a jaguar-like Wesen, but calms herself quickly and books a flight to Portland. Nick, Hank, Juliette and Luis arrive at Luis’ home and are met by neighbors who have heard the news and are concerned. Nick goes into the house and finds a good photo of Rafael, takes a photo on his phone and sends it to Sgt. Wu to give to all the officers canvaassing the neighborhood. A family friend named Pilar is convinced that Rafael has been taken by La Llorona and tells the tale while Luis tells her to shut up. Nick and Hank dismiss it, but Pilar talks further to Juliette about her recent illness and the fact that soon she’d have to choose between two people she cares for. Juliette gets upset, not wanting to hear any of it.
Trick or treating has begun back at Monroe’s, and he’s having a great time showing off his gladiator and giving out candy. A group has just left when he sees 3 boys ganging up on a girl in his yard, trying to steal her candy. He puts a stop to that and makes the leader apologize to the girl, then makes sure she’s okay and sends her off with a lollipop.
The mysterious woman arrives at the precinct – her name is Valentina and she has case files that sound similar to what’s happening in Portland. Nick asks her about La Llorona but she doesn’t believe in ghost stories. Captain Renard is suspicious of her and sends to the Albuquerque police for information on her. She explains how children are always taken at certain points along rivers, and her information proves true when they receive news of the next abduction in one of the spots she suggested.
Valentina accompanies Nick and Hank to the site where the little girl was abducted, but they don’t find anything more than her princess crown. Renard then confronts her – the only Valentina that was on the Albuquerque police force was dismissed 3 years ago, so now she’s being held for the FBI for impersonating an officer. She briefly reveals herself to be a Balam, and explains that she is obsessed with the case – her nephew was one of the victims in Albuquerque. She’s left to wait for the FBI and Nick and Hank head to Aunt Marie’s trailer. They look through the books and find entries about La Llorona, surprising them both. The only thing that seems at all helpful is the phrase Abrazo del Rio, or embrace the river. When they hear that the third child has been taken, Nick and Hank free Valentina and they head to Kelley Point Park – the confluence where the Columbia, Willamette and now the last river meet. Nick believes this is where La Llorona will try to drown the children.
La Llorona has led the children to the water and she calls out to her own children, begging forgiveness for having drowned them and asking them to take these three children and come back to her. Nick, Hank and Valentina arrive just in time and pull the children away from her, but Nick ends up fighting her in the water. Then the woman is suddenly gone. The children are reunited with their families at the station, and while Renard and the FBI aren’t happy with Nick, Hank and Valentina, they agree to drop the charges against her.
Back at Monroe’s, the boys who’d been causing trouble earlier come back and use Monroe’s gladiator to break his window. They stand there recording it on one of their phones and laughing until Monroe comes out of the house, and then they run off. Monroe catches up to them as they’re watching the replay on the phone and he takes the phone, telling them that he’ll give it back once they pay for his window. They tell him that they’re not scared of him, so he gives them reason to reconsider by showing his Blutbad self. They run off, screaming.
This was a fun episode! Monroe is so cute when he gets excited over something, and his over-the-top Halloween decorating – and enjoyment of the decorating – was great. It was also cool to see him play the hero for the little girl and then tell the boys off in the best way possible.
Finding out that Juliette was partially raised in Spain by her Spanish grandmother was unexpected and interesting, as was the conversation she had with Pilar. Will she go and talk more to Pilar, give her a chance to help? It seems unlikely, but I wish she would! And when she yelled that she wouldn’t choose, what did that mean? That she’d already chosen – or that she’ll have them both?
It was good to see that Renard hasn’t given up on tracking Adalind down. He now knows she’s in Austria – has he put it together that she’s gone to see Eric? What will he do with this information? Curiouser and curiouser…