by Faith-Ashleigh Wong
Have you ever seen a very average looking man with a stunningly beautiful girl and wonder, how did that happen? In this week's Grimm, we find out the answer – they are secretly Wesen. Ziegevolk, or Bluebeards, to be exact.
Fourth episode in, the show has very much established its format. The music keeps getting better and better too! While each episode has fallen into a bit of a pattern things are far from boring; we have still so much to learn with Nick about being a Grimm and the greater supernatural world.
This week Nick gets acquainted with a slightly less violent creature but one that is no lesser of a threat to the mortal world. Specifically to the female population.
The latest homicide to hit Portland turns out to be one out of a string of similar cases involving women who have mysteriously disappeared only to eventually be found either dead or alive but pregnant. Amusingly enough (well for me, that is!) the victim's name is Faith which almost never happens as the name is not exactly a very common one! But I digress...
Faith was a social media addict (much like yours truly...this is getting too close for comfort!) and on perusing her Facebook account, Nick and Hank are led to a bed and breakfast she visited. Incidentally it is not far from the bridge where her body was found.
Billy Capera, the overtly charming and hospitable hotelier and his magical garden seem almost too good to be true. And you would be right in thinking so. Nick spots Bill's true self through his reflection in the fountain – a goat-like creature whom he later identifies to be a Ziegevolk.
Through his trusty "Grimmipedia", Nick learns that these creatures have the ability to secrete pheromones that make them irresistible to women. In the real world they are mostly actor types that like to be in the public eye; they are commonly seen as players who "get all the chicks". While Bluebeards are generally not considered violent creatures, Billy's appetite for toads means he is more of a herder Ziegevolk – he captures and keeps women for breeding.
When Billy leaves the hotel later that night, Hank stays behind to investigate the house while Nick tails Billy. He bribes Monroe to go undercover when Billy enters a bar, no doubt in search of his next victim. Billy is in top form; even to the point that even Monroe almost falls under his spell.
Things go a bit awry when Hank passes out in the house due to magical poisonous fumes which causes hallucinations. This explains what Faith saw on the bridge in the opening scene. Luckily Nick manages to get to his partner on time and eventually they do catch up to Billy.
I thought what was really interesting about this episode was that Nick never actually confronted Billy as a Grimm. And judging by the ending, I have a feeling this is not the last we will see of Billy and that he will be up to no good again in the near future.
Another thing that has got me curious is the mysterious man that is on Grimm-hunting duties to avenge the death of his friend. Who is he? We know he knows who Captain Renard really is and judging by his bloody end, it appears Renard is high up in the Wesen hierarchy. The plot thickens...