Kiss of the Muse
Original Air Date: May 7, 2013
Wyner C – Senior Reviewer
“Tell me O’Muse, from whatsoever source you may know them.”
No profession is safe from the Portland, Grimm curse. Geologists, rangers, lawyers, ranchers, and now artists! Not even a vagabond can be safe (see: Organ Grinder). Who wants to live there after all these weird deaths? Our Grimm and his Scooby Gang, that’s who. Portland, Grimm better have a day dedicated to these hard working fools.
Hank is back from his vacation with a torn Achilles tendon (explains that odd vacation sendoff two episodes back – real life injury = character injury). He tore it zip-lining with his ex-wife, Nadine – that’s right, Hank is dipping into that pool of trouble again. My question? Ex-wife number what – doesn’t he have at least twelve? Another question? How can you tear anything zip-lining? You basically sit on a harness and “fly.” Did Hank do something funky? With ex-wife, maybe?
Nick and Hank are the first on the scene of a homicide – a novelist gunned down at a book signing. Nick catches a glimpse of the killer – a Luisant-Pêcheur, otter-like creature who can stay under water for an extended period of time. The murderer, Anton, struggles with Zoe, the dead novelist’s girlfriend and Anton’s ex. The Luisant-Pêcheur escapes by jumping into the water and not resurfacing.
To thank Nick, Zoe kisses his hand as he’s questioning her – ick, germs!! Nick seems distracted after his meeting with hand-kisser. He forgets dinner plans and zones out while Hank talks to him. The Grimm, inexplicably, visits Zoe at her house for further questioning when he can easily ask her to come down to the precinct. It is at this meeting that Zoe tells him she gravitates to artists; she’s their muse. She is attracted to Nick because she feels power. They make out and she shows her Wesen side. The snogging stops when Nick has to leave for dinner with Juliette.
The kissy-kissy with Zoe leads Nick into an obsession-fuel foul mood. He snaps at Monroe, dismisses Juliette, punches tipsy hipsters, and is an all-out Grump Monster. Good thing Nick drew a picture of Zoe’s Wesen form for the Scooby Gang. Hank teams up with Monroe and Rosalee to do some research. The Wesen’s a Musai, an Elfin-like creature who can unlock creative doors and whose kiss leads to obsession; normally leading to madness for the kissee.
Scooby Gang enlists Renard’s help in curbing Nick’s craziness while they try to find an antidote. It seems there is none, except maybe true love. So corny!! It’s lucky for Nick that Juliette finally remembers the Grimm/Wesen confession. She starts to believe, especially when Monroe and Rosalee confess in trusting Nick’s Grimmness and existence of Wesen.
Nick’s irrationality comes to a crescendo when he finds Anton in Zoe’s house and beats the Jebus out of him. Zoe says she’s unwilling to be with Nick if Anton is alive so Grump Monster has a mission – kill Anton. The Scooby Gang, along with Juliette, arrives in time to stop Nick from shooting Anton while the murderer is in lockup. Juliette’s presence calms Nick and snaps him out of his obsession-trance. Our Grimm didn’t do anything too stupid.
Renard banishes Zoe from Portland, Grimm. He shows his half-Wesen side and I think she’s going to take her muse powers somewhere else. Aww… Renard does care.
Favorite moments/Things to ponder:
1. The quote is from Homer’s “The Odyssey.” I guess it has the word “muse” in it so it applies? MeThinks the Quote Finding Department is getting lazy.
2. Loved Rosalee’s giddiness when she first entered the trailer. It’s centuries of Wesen history all in an easily accessible, unprotected, uninsured place! Her enthusiasm waned when she realized the history was written by Grimms – Wesen murdering fools.
3. Loved Hank’s reaction to Zoe’s overconfidence. She claims she has mass appeal to men; guys fall for her easily – that’s the way it is. He was skeptical at best! Ha! He’s like, bitch, please – you ain’t all that.
4. Van Gogh was driven mad by a Musai. That is a pretty cool real-life connection that makes sense. I mean, dude cut off his own ears so it’s plausible.
5. Nick was super rude to Monroe – telling him to get a life. I agree with Monroe, it’s time for Nick to get alternate lodging. Good thing for Nick, he was under a spell.
6. Nick double booking dinner plans is wrong. Granted, veggie steak doesn’t sound too appetizing but he can at least call Monroe to cancel! Seeing two sets of plates and only one diner was so sad!! I want to give Monroe a hug! I’ll even eat the veggie steak with him. Monroe’s such a good roomie – Nick? Not so much.
7. Almost everyone in the Scooby Gang has been in an obsession hex: Hank (Adalind), Juliette (Renard), Renard (Juliette), Nick (Zoe). They need to come up with a fresh idea soon – this is played out.
8. I include Renard in the Scooby Gang – a distant member that’s on eternal probation. Hank relied on him to keep Nick in check. He protects Nick as best as he can. I know he has ulterior motives but he’s a reluctant Scooby Gang member.
9. Nick’s obsession progressed faster because he’s a Grimm. So I guess Grimms have some sort of power. What does that mean? Do you think when the 7 keys reunite, only a Grimm can unlock the treasure due to their special powers?
10. Juliette remembers and is willing to believe Nick about Wesen and Grimms. Finally! Maybe because she’s slowly being included in the loop – she was less annoying. I didn’t want to kill her myself. Also helping? Her apologizing to Nick for being a royal biatch. It’s a start.
~ Renard, the best deadpan I’ve seen lately; said after Anton tried to grab Nick’s gun off the floor while Nick/Juliette was having a “moment”. I actually laughed out loud.
This was a nice episode with great Scooby Gang action – Hank, Monroe and Rosalee need to have more scenes together. Did you like the episode? Do you think Juliette was less annoying? What will be her role after she finds out Grimm/Wesen are real? Will she join Scooby Gang? Renard is coming along as part of the gang, no? Discuss away!!!