In Review: Grimm, Episode 80 “Bad Luck”

This continues to be the strongest season of Grimm.

Grimm, Episode 80 “Bad Luck” Broadcast March 20, 2015

Written by Thomas Ian Griffith

Directed by Terrence O’Hara

“Previously on Grimm,” Juliette embraces her new Hexenbiest abilities to beat the Tar out of Adalind, though she’s not happy with Henrietta’s doubts she can be returned to normal. She shows Nick her new face with the expected results.

“No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.”

Picking up from the “Previously,” Nick pulls his gun, believing Juliette to be Adalind in disguise. She convinces him of her identity by telling him something only she would know. He lowers his gun, asking how this happened. She doesn’t know, but reveals that she was able to beat three antagonists in previous episodes because of her powers. “We’ll figure this out,” he tells her, “and get rid of it.” Juliette’s voice trembles as she replies, “We can’t.” Complicating the situation is her revelation that she’s been seeing Henrietta after being lead to her by Renard. Nick’s wounded she told Sean before him. “I was afraid you were going to kill me,” she responds. “Juliette, I would never hurt you. Never,” he says. Feeling as if her fate is fault, he leaves, with both he and Juliette upset. Meanwhile, at the Bennett household, teenager Peter is released from dishwashing duties, claiming to be too tired from a coach’s workout. Once upstairs, he puts on his jacket and sneaks outside to meet his girlfriend in the woods, where she’s brought a blanket and a “pretty candle.” They lay down to do what teenagers do, until a sound disturbs them. Footsteps cause Peter to send his girlfriend home while he investigates. An odd tune catches his attention, leading him to an accordion on the ground. The Hunter appears and woges into a wolf-like Wesen, while Peter woges into a rabbit-like Wesen. Peter runs but is caught and cut down by the Hunter’s axe. The boy’s screams draw his mother’s attention, who runs outside with a shotgun. She finds him on the ground, unconscious, with his left foot cut off. “Help me!” she screams. “Anybody, help me!” Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.

I had my doubts about this episode upon seeing “Peter Rabbit” lose a foot. However, writer Thomas Ian Griffith twists this good luck/bad luck story around quite will, taking it to a dirty, ancient Wesen secret to a setting that should instill peace and hope, but perverts it wonderfully. I like how Wu was the character to make the connection in the episode, and he has a few choice lines in this outing. I also like how Monroe and Rosalee were drawn into the caper, with Rosalee again being the major butt kicker of the episode, plus there was some nice foreshadowing of where she’d like to see their relationship go. Adalind returns for two scenes in this story, and both are good. The first is with Renard, which goes as long time viewers would suspect, but it’s her final scene that puts a major kink in the overall long term plot of the show. What a fantastic reveal! Also good was any scene with Juliette. Bitsie Tulloch is doing a bang up job with this season’s arc and her final scene with Nick is showing a darker side of her, and not just facially. David Giuntoli was right there with her eating up the scenes, making Nick the most uncomfortable he’s ever been in the show’s history. I was so enthralled with what this pair was doing, I found myself being a little ticked off by the Hunter storyline, wanting the cameras to stay on Nick and Juliette.

The good: Griffith’s story, Juliette’s arc, the acting from David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, and Bree Turner, the joy from Reggie Lee as Wu working with a Grimm, a slick hotel parking lot reveal from director Terrence O’Hara, excellent Hexenbiest effects, a good fight at the end of the episode, one hell of a conclusion to the kidnapping, and making the accordion a frightening instrument.

Fun lines: “It always does,” “Be well, Mister Grimm,” “…and I quote, ‘A really big ass axe,'” “We need to talk,” “You and I need to be on the same side,” “Damn, you’re good,” “Damn,” “This is what’s forever,” and “No! No! Nooo!”

The bad: I found the crime case interrupting the Nick and Juliette story, which was stronger.

The final line: This continues to be the strongest season of Grimm. Overall grade: A-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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