‘Grimm’ episode ‘The Good Shepherd’ recap: Monroe gets ‘saved’

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‘Grimm’ episode ‘The Good Shepherd’ recap: Monroe gets ‘saved’
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GRIMM -- "The Good Shepherd" Episode 205 -- Pictured: Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe -- (Photo by: Scott …

"Grimm" episode "The Good Shepherd" focused, thankfully, quite a bit on fan-favorite Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell). The episode also delved into the world of religion: creepy, Wesen-controlled religion, that is. It may not have been intentional, but the idea of a wolf-man (Blutbad) pastor leading a flock of lamb-people (Seelengut) in a religious ceremony is quite humorous, and one of "Grimm" most entertaining devices. It always manages to be gruesome and funny at the same time.

Hank is still weirded out by Monroe

Another one of the most humorous parts of the episode was Hank's (Russell Hornsby) behavior around Monroe. Hank is still recovering from his abrupt introduction to Wesen, so the idea that the Blutbad, who first introduced him to that world by bumping into him while in wolf form, is a bit foreign to him.

Most of the time, Hank simply stares at Monroe, making Monroe uncomfortable by having to deal with Hank's odd behavior. Monroe has to keep reminding Hank, "You're doin' it again, Hank!" Only then does Hank snap out of his trance.

Juliette wants so much to remember

Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) still can't remember one iota about Nick (David Giuntoli). At least she is making an effort. She genuinely tries to work out a situation that will make Nick more comfortable. They even ask each other whether each of them wants the other to move out, but they both decide to stick it out.

This is probably the most likable version of Juliette as a normal person so far in the show. It's interesting to think about what it would really be like to completely lose your memory of someone who is so close to you. Her willingness to stay calm and stay with Nick despite the strange situation is honorable.

What's up with Renard?

Renard (Sasha Roiz) didn't have much to do in the episode besides get a headache when memories of his kiss with Juliette pop into his head. Are we finally going to see whether his transformation to a "pure of heart" Wesen will be meaningful in some way? No other clues are offered in this episode, but hopefully the moment is foreshadowing.

Wolf in sheep's clothing

Monroe decides to go undercover as a man who needs "saving" by a fellow Blutbad who is a pastor (Jonathan Scarfe). The pastor has supposedly been saved and reformed already (as in, he doesn't kill and eat people). Jonathan Scarfe's portrayal of the cheesy, fake pastor who fake helps his flock is spot-on. He really makes your skin crawl.

Unfortunately, the pastor decides to frame Monroe for a murder and theft that he committed. When the pastor's evil plot is revealed to his "flock of sheep," the little lambs revolt and beat him to death with their hooves. The sheep no longer believe that Blutbaden can be reformed and come after Monroe, as well. Monroe gets saved in another way -- as in, saved from being trampled by sheep -- when Nick and Hank come to his rescue.

Find out what will happen to Renard on the next "Grimm" episode, "Over My Dead Body," on Friday, 10/5, at 9PM ET on NBC.

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