by Faith-Ashleigh Wong
What happens when you let yourself in to a secluded house in the woods, play with all the pretty things and then get cosy in the bedroom? If Rocky and Gilda had been told the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears growing up, they would have never engaged in some breaking and entering activity on their night out.
It's all fun and games and fooling around until the owners return. The couple quickly make their way to the bedroom window hoping to escape unnoticed. Gilda makes it out safely but just as Rocky is about to join her, he gets pulled back by something that does not sound human.
Gilda escapes unscathed but only just. The following day Nick and Hank are assigned to the case and when they arrive at the house, it's not long before Nick's newly minted Grimm abilities exposes a Wessen in their midst – the couple's teenage son, Barry.
This week Nick gets acquainted with a new supernatural creature: the Jägerbär – hunter bears. With his Aunt Marie still incapacitated and her trailer of Grimm paraphernalia not giving him too much to go on, Nick seeks help from his Grimm mentor, the reformed werewolf, Eddie Monroe.
Monroe brings us more of his cynical humour in this episode. I loved that he refers to himself as Nick's "Grimmipedia" even though he is certainly not pleased about it! After some persuasion, Monroe obliges and Nick learns that the Jägerbär have a coming-of-age ritual – a "bear bar mitzvah" – where they hunt humans as part of a ceremonial rite of passage from boy to man.
Did anyone spot that the police chief is actually playing both sides? We see him plotting with the Reaper who had attempted to murder Marie at the end of the previous episode but failed. He puts attempt number two in motion by informing Nick that he will be removing police security from Marie's bedside to avoid accusations of favouritism. How convenient.
Consequently Monroe is asked to do the impossible – to watch over Marie, who is considered his mortal enemy in the supernatural world, while Nick tries to stop the Jägerbär family from killing Rocky. Even though he was very reluctant, he did eventually agree to do it which I think says a lot about his character. Reapers do show up but they quickly meet a gruesome end when Monroe unleashes the Blutbad within.
On returning to the Jägerbär household, we find out that the husband and wife actually disagree on their supernatural heritage with the latter party being revealed as the one wanting Barry to carry out the ritual. This culminates in a pretty intense chase scene in the woods.
Sadly Marie finally succumbs to death although at least it was not at the hands of the Reapers. For someone at death's door, she held her own remarkably – very impressive! Nick does get to her just in time to hear her parting words: "Remember who you are, trust your instincts and nothing else".
I like how the show is travelling. Just like Nick, we are slowly but surely piecing the puzzle together. It was good that the "wow factor" was pulled back a bit in this episode and we got given more back story and insight into the supernatural world.
At the episode's close we see Nick is determined to carry on his aunt's legacy. He is ready to hunt.