'Grimm' episode recap, review: Nick left out of the loop

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'Grimm' episode recap, review: Nick left out of the loop
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GRIMM -- "The Hour of Death" Episode 210 -- Pictured: David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Schakal -- (Photo …

The "Grimm" episode, "The Hour of Death," left Nick (David Giuntoli) out of the loop. First, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and Renard (Sasha Roiz) have their Sleeping Beauty kiss remembrances, about which Nick is completely oblivious. Then another possible Grimm begins doing Nick's job for him, because Nick apparently has no clue what it is to be a Grimm. At least Nick is able to solve one of the two mysteries in his life.

Juliette seems mean

Nick is sick of sleeping on the couch, but Juliette seems indifferent. In fact, she gets a bit annoyed with his blurry-eyed confession of being sick of nightmares and lack of sleep on the uncomfortable sofa. It's understandable in a way, because to her, he is a complete stranger who knows everything about her. She could show a little empathy for the poor guy, though. Even a complete stranger would get better treatment from some people.

Nick is doing a bad job as a cop and a Grimm

Nick fumbles on the job when he beats up a suspect, Adrian Zayne (Michael Maize), in a kidnapping case after he sees what he believes are photos of the victim being burned to ashes in Zayne's fireplace. Unfortunately, he does not run over and grab the last photo before it burns up. Instead, he leaves it to the fire so he has no proof for why he beat the poor guy.

Sure that he's got his man, he has Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) whip up a truth serum, which he plans to deliver via crossbow after breaking and entering on Zayne's property. He finds Zayne dead with the letter "G" branded on his body and painted on the walls. Hank (Russell Hornsby) sneaks up a few minutes later, wondering what's going on. Nick nervously fumbles through his words to explain that he had nothing to do with it.

Nick later receives a call from Zayne's killer, berating him for not doing his job as a Grimm. Poor Nick just can't win. Zayne's victim, Donna Reynolds (Sapphire Lichelle), is found shortly after. It turns out that the mysterious "Grimm" tortured the confession and location of Reynolds out of Zayne before killing him. The "G" was the mark of a type of Grimm who, as Monroe puts it, has "no compassion or conscience whatsoever." Ironically, this particular Grimm compassionately saved the victim, although perhaps Monroe's reference only applies to how they treat Wesen.

Poor Bud

Bud, Nick's rodent Wesen neighbor, sees the "G" symbol on TV. He visits Nick in the hope that he'll solve the crimes quickly. All his Wesen friends are freaking out, some of them apparently worried that Nick may be the killer and one of the horrible Grimms with no compassion. Unfortunately, Bud's visit to the police station ends in his abduction by the Wesen-murdering mysterious Grimm.

The new Grimm turns out to be one of the ugliest Wesen seen on the show so far. His human manifestation is the much better-looking Ryan Smulson (Michael Grant Terry), who was a new way-too-eager officer hired at the department a few episodes ago. He just had a little case of hero worship, believing Nick was the second coming. Nick is relieved when the wack-job is arrested.

Renard is giving in to his obsession

Renard's obsession with Juliette after waking her with a kiss is growing. Rather than seek out help, he decides to plant another kiss on Juliette on the doorstep of the home she shares with Nick. She suddenly remembers that it was Renard who woke her with a kiss in the hospital. It takes yet another kiss for Juliette to realize that something is wrong with this picture. She suddenly becomes uncomfortable, backing off, and shutting the door in Renard's face. Viewers will have to wait and see how far Renard will go before allowing his obsession to take over.

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