by Faith-Ashleigh Wong
Are you male and known to be a bit of a player? Are you a younger male who likes getting attention from a cougar? I think after watching this week's episode, you would think twice about cheating and enjoying being hit on by an older woman.
Nick and Hank are called to the scene of yet another strange death and this one's a rather gruesome one. "Death by overnight mummification" – not a pretty sight!
Shaun, a seemingly loving boyfriend gets off the phone with his significant other only to flirt with another woman moments after. He is revealed to be a Wesen so at this stage we are led to believe he is the predator in this situation in more ways than one.
Things get rough back at his place and Shaun soon realizes (only too late) that he picked the wrong woman to mess around with. It turns out Lena is a Wesen too and the worse kind for someone in his predicament. Luckily just before he succumbed to being literally sucked dry, he managed to bite off a crucial piece of evidence for Nick and Hank to find.
The finger proves useful in linking Lena to a trio of murders five years ago and another three murders five years before that. Spot the pattern? When the coroner confirms that the cause of death is ingestion of highly corrosive spider venom, Nick senses a Wesen is behind it. (Another clue would have probably been the severed finger waving back at him!)
I thought this week's Wesen, Spinnetod, was one of the more intriguing ones. Most people should already be familiar with the black widow spider, mostly because it is commonly used to describe cold-blooded women who prey on men, so it was very clever to use that in a Wesen context.
Spinnetod were hardly documented by Grimms and even Monroe's knowledge of these spider-like creatures is limited so he calls in on a reformed Spinnetod to help fill in the blanks. Charlotte – what an appropriate name for a Spinnetod, no? – explains to Nick the "curse" of being a Spinnetod, that they suffer from rapid aging and the only way to reverse it is to suck the life out of younger men.
I found it interesting that Spinnetods get tormented by their kills (explains why Lena was in tears after killing Shaun). Similar to the Mausehertz from a couple of episodes back, we are starting to see that some Wesen may cause harm but they actually do not want to.
Just as Lena is zoning in on her third and final victim needed to interrupt the modification process, Nick and Hank intervene right on time. Conveniently Hank takes the would-be victim away to safety whilst Nick, in true Grimm fashion, hunts Lena down.
The showdown gets quite intense with Nick almost becoming the replacement third victim. It's all getting quite ominous, in my opinion. As Nick delves deeper into the supernatural world, each encounter he has with the "Wesen of the week" seems to be getting increasingly dangerous.
We also finally see Nick take some action on the Wesen that have been lurking around his home. He confronts the fridge repairman (who started it all) and as we've been seeing most recently, he does so with a confidence that really shows he is really coming into his own as a Grimm. It looks like he may have put the rumour-mongering at bay for now but something tells me it won't be for long...