This was another episode that brought out a lot of feelings… sadness, frustration, anger… and even a little relief.
Thank everything that Hank got Monroe out of the way so he didn’t get shot! I do wonder whether or not Juliette would have made Nick pull the trigger if Monroe hadn’t moved. We’ll never know – but it was definitely way too close. She also figured out that Adalind was now powerless far too easily. Things aren’t looking promising for Adalind’s survival… or her new child’s, for that matter. At least she was able to provide information about what was likely happening with Renard.
Speaking of Sean, it was both interesting and hard to watch as he turned into Jack the Ripper. Kudos to Sasha Roiz for showing just how versatile an actor he is – the change in mannerisms as well as accent and speech pattern were just so good, it was very clear that it was not Renard when Jack took over. There were some scary moments there – I was really worried about Wu for a bit!! – and I didn’t realize that they’d all shot Sean with rubber bullets at first, but once again, Rosalee and the guys fixed the problem. No more bleeding, blackouts or murders – although I do wonder whether or not they’ll ever tell Renard the truth. Hopefully not – it’s not as if it will do him or anyone else any good to know that he killed a number of women while possessed by an evil spirit. But I’m relieved that Sean should be okay now – and I bet most everyone else is, too.
So, SO happy to see Trubel. She wasn’t able to do much in this episode, but hopefully in the finale she’ll have a bigger role and be able to help Nick more.
So back to Juliette and her reign of Hexenbiest horror. Interesting that part of her revenge was to have sex with Kenneth in hers and Nick’s bed (side note: if they have Juliette get pregnant with another Royal baby I will be completely and utterly disgusted with this show) and leave the messy bed for Nick to find… which made him think of having sex with Juliette when she looked like Adalind. Kinda twisted on both of their parts. But the whole setup to take out Kelly and steal Diana was incredibly difficult to watch – although Juliette seemed almost like she didn’t want to go through with it a few times. She even looked sad when she heard Kelly fighting Kenneth’s people off. But even if she felt that way, she never did anything to change what was going on, and she was still ultimately responsible for Kelly’s death and Diana being kidnapped yet again. I truly don’t know how – or if – it’s possible for Juliette to ever be redeemed after this. Almost killing her former friends, burning the trailer which was Nick’s family legacy and the last of what he had from his beloved Aunt Marie, and then arranging to have Nick’s mother killed… how can you come back from that? I can’t see how she could at this moment.
Speaking of Kelly’s death – not having Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the episode seemed really wrong. While I’m sure it had to do with her availability (she’s just joined the cast of a new show called Limitless, coming this fall), it felt so flat to see someone from the back, hearing what sounded like her voice, and then a fake head in a box (okay, it always would’ve been fake, but still). Both Mary and Kelly deserved a better send-off. And the lack of details since we didn’t see the fight made it that much harder to believe that she, the incredibly strong, well-trained Grimm, could have been taken out by the ambush. It’s hard to believe Kelly came without even talking to Nick, too. It was an unsatisfying death on numerous levels.
It was interesting that Diana didn’t react with any of her powers and just let Juliette and Kenneth take her. I’m not sure what to make of that. And when she asked for her mommy… was she referring to Adalind – or Kelly?
Poor Nick. Everything that’s happened with Juliette has been an ongoing nightmare for him, even knowing that she really isn’t the woman he loved any longer. He’s seen all the evidence, but now… his mother is dead, and he knows she’s involved. For all he knows, maybe she killed Kelly herself. His reaction at the end of the episode was to seeing poor Kelly’s head in that box, but also all the other pent-up emotions he’s been holding back for months. He hasn’t had time to really deal with everything that’s happened, so the fact that he wound up in shock at the end makes sad but perfect sense. But when he snaps back to himself… things are going to get really, really ugly. There’s no avoiding it now.
Next Friday is the season finale, and while we are sure to get a really good, action-filled episode… I’m not sure we’ll get many answers. But don’t even think about missing it! See you next week!