“Grimm” is one of the surprise hits that appeared on television in the 2011/2012 season. For 22 episodes viewers were treated to alternative and darker versions of the fairy tales one heard while a child. Fans of the NBC program learned that Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm weren’t just collectors of folk tales, but also special humans that could see the real fairy tale creatures and fought them to protect society. The first season of this surprise hit was spent getting to know modern-day Grimm Nick Burkhardt as he learned about his ancestry and role in society.
The Wesen characters that appeared in the first season have been the focus of recent articles in this column. The Grimm Examiner has looked at creatures that appeared in episodes 1-5, 6-11 and 12-16. Now it’s time to look at the last six episodes of the first season of “Grimm.”
Episode 17 introduced viewers to another Hexenbiest, Adalind Schade’s mother. Although Adalind knew she was working at getting to Nick through his partner Hank for Captain Renard, she wasn’t aware exactly what Nick’s boss was looking for. Captain Renard and Adalind’s mother were working together to get ahold of the mysterious key given to Nick by his Aunt Marie. Adalind’s cold-hearted mother, Catherine, was portrayed by Jessica Tuck. Tuck appeared for several years on the soap opera “One Life to Live.” She has also had roles on “Judging Amy,” “High School Musical 2 and 3” and “True Blood.”
Nick learns about the Wesen Resistance and the Verrat when one of Rosalee’s old friends turns up in Portland, trying to escape a Verrat assassin. Monroe tells Nick that the Verrat makes the “Spanish Inquisition look like the SPCA” and Nick decides he must help Rosalee’s friend, Ian, escape. The assassin sent after Ian meets with Captain Renard to convey the Verrat’s displeasure that so many of the Resistance have found safe haven in Portland. Renard says it’s not his concern, he has more important matters to deal with. The man sent to hunt down Ian is Edgar Waltz, played by Sebastian Roche. Roche is familiar to viewers from his roles on “General Hospital,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural” and “Criminal Minds.”
The nineteenth episode of “Grimm” contains the scene voted a fan favorite. It is the scene when Monroe has dinner at Nick and Juliette’s. It is also the episode where Nick decides to get in some practice with the Wesen weapons in Aunt Marie’s trailer. The character Nick has a run in with in this episode is Sal Butrell, a building commissioner who also happens to be a troll who thinks he controls all the bridges in Portland. When he calls in two reapers to deal with Nick, everyone is surprised at the outcome. Sal is portrayed by David Zayas who has appeared in episodes of “Dexter,” “Oz” and “NYPD Blue.”
Episode 20 took the character of sweet and mistreated Cinderella and twisted it in true “Grimm” style. When money troubles plague a newly married couple, the woman’s godfather steps in and tries to assist the young couple. As the police investigate the murder of Lucinda Jarvis’ stepmother and then stepsister, they discover she isn’t telling the complete truth about who she is. Lucinda Jarvis is played Amanda Schull. Schull has guest-starred on episodes of “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Mentalist” and “Psych.”
The story of legend and cryptid Bigfoot served as the inspiration for the twenty-first episode of “Grimm.” Monroe sought Nick’s help when a friend, Larry, can’t revert back to his human state. As several murders are investigated, Juliette runs tests on a strange hair sample she recovered and Nick learns there is a connection between Monroe’s friend and the murders. Larry’s therapist Konstantin Brinkerhoff has been conducting experiments on Larry and other patients and something has gone horribly wrong. This is also the first episode in which Hank sees Monroe as a Blutbad. Konstantin Brinkerhoff is portrayed by Roger Bart. Viewers will remember Bart from TV series like “The Event,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
The final episode of the first season of “Grimm” brought many threads together in one whopper of a cliffhanger. Adalind poisoned Juliette, the mysterious woman in black’s identity was revealed and one of the men responsible for murdering Nick’s parents showed up in Portland determined for Nick to have the same ending as his mother and father. Akira Kimura wasn’t completely unknown to Nick; Nick had been trying to locate him as well through Interpol. Kimura makes his way around Portland leaving dead and battered victims in his wake. He even murders Renard’s housekeeper and roughs up the captain, but Renard refuses to give him any information about Nick. As Nick and Kimura struggle in Nick’s living room, the mysterious woman in black appears and kills Kimura with a knife. Akira Kimura is portrayed by Brian Tee. Tee has appeared in episodes of “Burn Notice,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bones.”
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