The first "Grimm" episode of 2013, "Face Off," is a tension-filled face-off between Nick (David Giuntoli) and Renard (Sasha Roiz). The previous episode, "Season of the Hexenbiest," had Adalind's (Claire Coffee) return, Nick moving in with Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Nick's discovery that Renard and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) have feelings for each other, and Renard's discovery of Aunt Marie's trailer. Season 2 had already added a great deal of intrigue in 2012, and "Face Off" serves to double up on that intrigue, forcing viewers to the edge of their seats.
Nick is called on his own homicide
Before Nick has a chance to really react to the new information about his boss stealing the love of his life, Juliette, he is called to a quadruple homicide -- the one where Monroe and Nick killed four Hundjägers! Renard realizes that the four men were Verrat hit men and suspects that his brother had sent them to Portland. He does not yet suspect that Nick was the one who killed them. Nick is incredibly cold to Renard, shooting him the evil eye as he studies the crime scene.
Juliette and Renard can't get enough of each other
Juliette is sitting at home with nothing but her uncontrollable hot and heavy thoughts of Renard to keep her company. She calls Renard in confusion, hoping he will come visit her in the home she still owns with Nick. Unable to control his own desires, he obliges. Nick follows Renard and watches as the two of them kiss right there on Nick's doorstep!
Nick's face appears to flush in silent fury as he clenches his jaw, unable to believe what he is seeing. He finally breaks his enraged stare and begins his stiff-with-hatred walk up to the house.
Monroe calls just in time to explain to Nick something he just learned from Rosalee (Bree Turner): Renard and Juliette can't help their attraction. Renard is the one who saved Juliette's life, and he had brought Juliette to Rosalee's shop to break the curse of uncontrollable passion for Juliette. When Juliette had recognized Monroe in the shop, she ran away in fear. The fact that Juliette and Monroe know each other is part of the reason they are still in this mess!
Tension is cut with a good punch in the face
Renard sees to it that Adalind is released from jail, and the two of them are still on the hunt for the key in Nick's possession. Renard is unable to find it in the trailer Aunt Marie passed down to Nick, but he has a vague memory of Nick hiding something in his drawer at work. Lo and behold, there's the key!
Surprisingly, however, he does not tell Adalind about finding the key when she asks. This angers her, and she takes off to find Renard's brother. She is always playing both sides and always has an incredibly irritatingly evil smirk on her face.
Nick is furious when he realizes that Renard has stolen the key, and Hank (Russell Hornsby) is unable to prevent Renard from leaving the station. But Renard agrees to meet with Nick. Nick greets Renard with a swift punch in the face, and the two have it out until Renard is finally able to hold up the key and inform Nick that he's on Nick's side. If Adalind finds the key, they are both dead. Renard wants to help.
Nick, Renard, and Juliette have a three-way purification party
Monroe helps Rosalee to find a solution to Renard and Juliette's obsession with each other. All they need is the "instrument of original infection." Unfortunately, Adalind's bewitched cat that had scratched Juliette and caused all of their problems had escaped and was hit by a car. It's OK though, there's another solution, but Monroe lets out an ominous "dude" when he sees what is required.
Nick must take the same purification blend that Renard -- as the only royal prince in Portland -- had to take in order to save sleeping-beauty Juliette with a kiss. The blend almost killed Renard, and it was extraordinarily painful. Renard, Juliette, Monroe, and Rosalee look on as Nick drinks the blend. He goes through the same sequence of reactions Renard had gone through, from wondering, "That's it?" to extreme pain to turning beet red. The last viewers see, Nick is lying on the floor, barely able to breath.
Adalind complicates things, once again
The final scene is of Adalind holding a positive pregnancy stick. She finishes off the episode with her infuriating evil smirk. She is definitely a character viewers love to hate! Adalind has slept with both brothers, so viewers will have to wait to find out which brother is the "winner" of fatherhood to the evil Hexenbiest witch-baby!
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