This week’s episode of Grimm plays on the dangers of religious fanaticism in a brilliant way. And bonus: We’re gifted with stellar guest star William Mapother (Ethan from Lost) playing the role of a traveling evangelical preacher, Dwight Eleazar, who utilizes his wesen face to gain followers and dole out peace.
While Dwight is in Portland, he holds a tent revival where he tells the attendants that he will take their sins into his own body and then expel them, freeing them all from suffering. He invites Satan into his body to cleanse his followers, and then woges into a red, horned, demon looking wesen. Somehow, no one runs screaming out of the church — they all just sit aghast. Dwight dramatically orders the devil to leave his body and then returns to human form. Cue the gospel music and cheering!
One man in the audience is caught recording Dwight’s “possession,” and when he heads out into the parking lot, he’s confronted by Dwight’s guards (yes, he has a personal security detail that travels with him). One of the guards, Luke, gets into an altercation with the man who was recording (Benjamin), and it tragically ends with Luke hitting his head on a rock and dying. Benjamin flees before the other security guards can grab him.
Enter Hank, Nick, and Wu. One of the other guards was able to ID Benjamin’s car, so we know it’s only a matter of time before our boys track him down. They question Dwight about why he, a) needs a security team, and b) doesn’t allow photos in the tent. Apparently, Dwight is worried about people getting violent toward him when he gets possessed by the devil, and he doesn’t want anything being leaked onto the internet because people would think it’s all a show and not real (read: takes the allure away for potential new followers and hurts cash flow).
The guys vow to find out who is responsible for Luke’s death and head back to the station to investigate. Meanwhile, we see Benjamin at his own church (which gives off major cult vibes) showing the other members the video proof of Dwight literally turning into “Satan.” The church’s leader, Joan Vark (very witty, team Grimm), tell the followers that Dwight needs to “make the contact” now and gives him a bag of gold coins. What is this… 7th-century Europe? Joan tells the church that they must save Dwight now that they know he truly has Satan inside of him. This is not going to end well.
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As Benjamin leaves the church, he’s confronted by Hank and Nick and placed under arrest. At the station, they learn that Benjamin was acting in self-defense and didn’t even know that Luke died. Thankfully, Benjamin has his phone on him and shows them the video of Dwight turning into the devil. Nick and Co. realize right away that he’s wesen. Knowing they aren’t going to get anything more out of Benjamin, they decide to release him so they can follow him and his bag of coins… worth over $12,000. Can you say, blood money?
Thanks to Rosalee and Monroe, the boys are able to identify Dwight as an old-school wesen, and they decide to attend one of Dwight’s tent revivals that night before he rolls out of the city. After witnessing Dwight’s miraculous possession, the gang asks to speak with him alone in his trailer. They confront him about being a wesen, to which Dwight tells them he’s not doing anything wrong, unless dealing hope is illegal. It seems like he truly believes that he’s using his wesen abilities for good.
NEXT: Dwight isn’t who they need to worry about, though…