by Faith-Ashleigh Wong
If you live in Portland, and "there's something strange in your neighbourhood", who are you going to call? The Grimm Squad, that's who!
Nick, Monroe and Rosalee have formed quite the well-oiled machine when it comes to Grimm work and this week they come together again to not only cure Sergeant Wu (who has progressed to eating more odd and alarming objects!) but Hank as well. The witch's brew that Hank unwittingly consumed turns out to be one that gets you from being "deeply in love" to "deeply dead" – yikes.
We are taken back to Aunt Marie's last moments and the parting gift that she leaves with Nick – a key. In his bid to figure out what the key unlocks, Nick discovers that the key is actually a stamp of some sort. The pattern it makes is lost on Nick but I have a feeling it's some sort of map.
We finally learn this week that this is the thing that Adalind, Captain Renard and the greater creature community are after. The plot thickens!
Captain Renard becomes the instigator of a crime scene and this week's homicide case that Nick and Hank are assigned to when he is paid a not-so-friendly visit by two foreign operatives who are on Wesen business. This unexpected turn of events causes him to instruct Adalind to set in motion their plot involving Hank earlier than planned.
We get to meet Adalind's mother who it seems is also in on it and is counting on her daughter to succeed so that her debt to Captain Renard will be repaid. This intrigues me greatly – what debt??
The second half of the episode has a very cat-and-mouse-esque feel with the Grimm Squad fighting against time to get the antidote to Hank before it's too late. Unfortunately they are too late; Hank is in a mental coma when they arrive and the only way for Nick to save him is to get to Adalind.
After an epic showdown between Grimm and Hexenbiest, Adalind carelessly bites Nick causing her to ingest some of his blood which destroys her Wesen form, stripping her off all her powers and turning her into a human. Now an outcast to the Wesen community and deemed useless to Captain Renard, is this the last we will see of Adalind?
At the end of the episode, Captain Renard voices that Nick is more valuable than he thought and that he has underestimated him. I am still not entirely convinced that Captain Renard is out to get Nick – sometimes I wonder if he has secretly been protecting Nick all along. Hopefully the truth is not too far away!