Hank is remembering back to a case from 7 years ago, because the man convicted is about to be put to death. The man in question, Ferren, claimed at the time that the two brothers he shot (one was killed, one survived) we’re trying to eat him and were monsters. At the time, Hank and everyone else thought he was just trying for an insanity defense. Now that he knows about everything else that inhabits the world, Hank thinks Ferren may have been telling the truth – and he wants to try and save him. He explains all of this to Nick, who points out that they don’t have much time, barely 36 hours. But Hank wants to try.
Nick and Hank meet with the lead detective on the case as well as Ferren’s attorney. The attorney gives them drawings that Ferren did of the creatures he saw and also tells them that Ferren was determined not to be insane – he knew the difference between right and wrong. The two head to Aunt Marie’s trailer and soon find an account of a Native American Wesen called a Wendigo, which looks like Ferren’s drawings and is supposed to eat humans. Next, Hank and Nick head to Oregon State Penitentiary to talk to Ferren. As they walk through the prison, Nick sees a variety of imprisoned Wesens – a Schakal, a Mauzhertz, a Spinnetod, a Coyotl, and an Eisbiber. The two detectives talk to Ferren, but at first he offers little. They then explain that they believe him, and he tells them about that night. Convinced, they decide they need to check where the “victims” live because they bury their victims’ remains. Unfortunately, the house where the brothers lived 7 years ago is now a grocery store.
Captain Renard, still distracted by his obsession with Juliette and the kisses they shared, calls her and asks if she’s willing to try something to end their situation. She says yes, and he tells her he’ll call her later to set up the exact details. Then the district attorney arrives to talk to him about Nick and Hank’s investigation into the Ferren case. The two show up at that time and get an earful from her about what they’re doing. After she leaves, Renard tells them that if they believe they’ve found something, he thinks they should continue investigating.
With their captain’s blessing, Nick and Hank continue digging into the Kreski brothers’ lives, trying to find older residences as well as John’s current residence (the surviving brother). They finally discover John Kreski’s current employer and head there to talk to him. They confront him and he does show his Wendigo self, but they still have nothing concrete to sway the DA. They get Kreski’s current address and break into the house on the basis of a warrant for skipping jury duty. They find rotting human body parts in a crawlspace beneath the house and are about to report this to the DA so she can stop the execution when Kreski arrives home. He attacks Hank, but Nick is knocked back into the crawlspace, which is then covered by a refrigerator so he can’t get out. Luckily Hank shoots and wounds Kreski and is then able to move the fridge and free Nick. He tells Nick to call the DA and stop the execution while he goes after Kreski. Nick reaches her just in time, and the execution is stayed. Hank ends up shooting Kreski, but the evidence at both his house and the store proves that they were right – there are body parts from multiple people at each site. The DA even releases a statement about Hank and Nick’s tireless efforts and Ferren’s absolution.
Renard and Juliette arrive at the spice shop. Juliette is immediately apprehensive, and Renard ‘comforts’ her with a passionate kiss. Just then, Monroe walks out of the back of the shop and he and Juliette are shocked to see one another.
This episode was a brilliant example of how well Hank has done in terms of handling Nick being a Grimm and the Wesen situation. He took what he’s learned and made the leap to an old case, trying to right a wrong. It wasn’t easy, but he did it – with Nick’s help, of course. It was so great to see the level of trust that he has in Nick, and in the things that he sees only occasionally – which he knows Nick sees far more often. For anyone, this transition would be a challenge, but luckily Hank has been open-minded enough to listen to what Nick has to say on top of the things he’s seen with his own eyes. There’s no question that their partnership has grown and strengthened due to this, and this latest episode is the perfect example.
On the less-than-perfect side, we have the love triangle going on with Nick, Juliette and Renard. Nick had a chance to tell Juliette the truth, but he balked. Considering her reaction when he last tried to tell her – on the night she went into the coma – it’s difficult to blame him, but at the same time, when their relationship is such a mess… what does he really have to lose? By not doing it, she now has more reason not to trust him, which pushes her more to Renard, even though she knows that anything with him is wrong.
Will Monroe be able to do anything to help them? Will he tell Nick about the visit or not? Next week is the ‘fall finale’, so it’s likely that the cliffhangers will be huge… still, I can’t wait!