Let it be known that Grimm has a thing or two to teach us about herd mentality, how con men talk when pretending to be religious men and just how many bake sales you need to replace stolen funds.
In this episode – titled the double-, maybe-triple-meaning packed “The Good Shepherd” – Nick and Hank investigate a case of money stolen from a church that turns out to be a Wesen church. A Blutbad reverend leads a congregation of Seelengut (adorable sheep-like Wesen). The slimy reverend, thank God, turns out to be the culprit. I was relieved Rev. Calvin’s megachurch vibe turned out to be an act because it just felt so fake. I know there are real fire-and-brimstone guys out there, but no men of the cloth I know talk like that.
Before Rev. Calvin’s devious ways are confirmed – and before herd mentality gets the best of him – he has a tense sit-down with Hank and Nick, who he’s recognized as a Grimm. It is then that the reverend says something curious about his surprise to see a Grimm: “When I realized, well, I was sure the apocalypse had arrived.” Do God-fearing Wesen have a version of Revelation that includes an Eighth Trumpet of the Grimms?
And Hank’s face when Rev. Calvin calls him a Kierseida (or however the hell that’s spelled): Priceless.
We got another opportunity to debate when Wesen can tell that Nick is a Grimm: Rev. Calvin sees it the first time he morphs in Nick’s presence. (And they are making eye contact at that point, in case that’s an important key to how this works.) But apparently not all of the Seelengut could see too, because Megan is in for a shock when she sees that Nick is a Grimm while she’s being questioned at the precinct. Hmm.
Another moment at the precinct features Nick finding a newspaper story that hints at Rev. Calvin’s devious beginnings in Arkansas. “Coincidence?” Nick says. “I doubt it,” says Hank. You better doubt it, Hank. You’re a detective. A wise man with kind eyes named Commissioner Jim Gordon once said to
a young man with cute ears an architect-wannabe The Point Man Rob- – we’ll just call him Blake – “You’re a detective now. You’re not allowed to believe in coincidence.”
We get to see how Monroe and recently-brought-into-the-loop Hank interact and boy, is it entertaining. “You’re doing it again,” Monroe tells Hank, who can’t take his eyes off the Blutbad, trying to figure out if he’s morphed or not. But as built-for-comedy this dynamic is, I hope the writers let their relationship evolve a bit as the show goes on.
NEXT: What happens when a Nuckelavee and a Grimm cross paths