Grimm, Episode 77 “Cry Luison” Broadcast November 21, 2014
Written by Michael Golamco
Directed by Eric Laneuville
A super short recap showing Truble’s beheading of a Wesen, Adalind on the talking staircase, and the cliffhanger of Elizabeth saying there’s an ingredient missing from her potion to return Nick’s Grimm powers quickly turns into the episode’s opening quote, “A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.” Elizabeth says that Nick can get his powers back if Juliet makes love to him…after inhaling the potion and transforming herself into looking like Adalind. This doesn’t go over well with Nick and Juliet. Back in Austria, Adalind is saved from drowning on the staircase by Hofmann, but she leaves him when she hears a baby cry. So fixated on the child’s wails, she doesn’t notice she chasing herself as she frantically looks for the infant. In a luxurious house in Portland, Eva asks her husband if he’s checked the windows and doors. He has, gives her some pills to sleep, and tells her she’ll be better in the morning. At Nick and Juliet’s, the former Grimm is unwilling to put Juliet through the experience, but she want to talk to him about it. After everyone leaves, she tells him she’d like him to stay normal. Trubel overhears and isn’t happy. Eva gets out of bed and runs into a wolf-like Wesen. He forces her to drink something. She smashes the glass and runs out to the garage, the creature seemingly everywhere she turns. She gets in her car and drives off, killing a pedestrian before hitting a wall. The wolf is now in her back seat. Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.
The mystery of what’s going with Eva was okay. It appeared to be a very simple story, but had a decent twist in the end. The highlight of the episode was Trubel. She and Nick are visited by Bud who has a favor to ask of her, since Nick can’t help because he’s no longer a Grimm. I’ve always enjoyed Danny Bruno’s appearances on the show as he brings a frantic nervous edge that always perks up a scene. His brief travels with Trubel and the addition of his friend Joe were great. Adalind’s adventures in Austrian Wonderland were pointless, especially with how they end up. What was the point of all of that but to kill time and have something for Adalind to do? Very disappointing. The return of Josh on the run was a good way to increase pressure on Nick to resume his old ways, and the cliffhanger pretty much put the nail in his normal coffin. However, anything could happen next week. I’ve enjoyed “normal” Nick and could see this go on for a longer time.
The good: Bud, Joe, Trubel, Wu getting cocky with his suspicions, the return of Josh, and Monroe getting a solo bit.
Fun lines: “A lot of things are open for interpretation,” “I heard that!”, “The problem is…” and “I’m ready.”
The bad: Adalind’s pointless castle roaming and the first half of Eva’s mystery.
The final line: Not as strong as previous episodes, but watchable. Overall grade: C+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two 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.