GRIMM ‘The Thing with Feathers’ – Review

GRIMM -- "The Thing with Feathers" Episode 116 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sasha Roiz as Captain Renard, Claire Coffee as Adalind -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Spoilers! Grimm, what the hell is going on with Adalind (Claire Coffee) and Renard (Sasha Roiz)? I mean, do they want Hank (Russell Hornsby) to lose his mind? I mean the dude is turning into a damn stalker! I don’t know what all was in those cookies Adalind made in the Dreams episode, but they pack a punch! Those cookies got him looking her up in the police department database, watching her outside her house–and has Sgt. Wu eating paperclips! Before I discuss the episode further, I like to take a moment to discuss the background story that inspired last night’s episode. Feel free to head on over to NBC to catch up on episode 16 The thing with feathers, or feel free to skip down to the section titled The work of a Grimm is never done for immediate review relief:


“Sing my precious little golden bird, sing! I have hung my golden slipper around your neck.”

Tonight’s episode referenced the Hans Christen Anderson tale The Nightingale. In the tale, the Emperor of China hears the beautiful song of the Nightingale and brings the bird back to his palace where the bird would sing for him day in and day out. One day, the Emperor was gifted a golden nightingale–crusted in jewels–and could sing the same beautiful songs the true Nightingale sang, without need for rest. The true bird returned to the forest.

One day the Emperor became gravely ill. The news caught the attention of the real nightingale and the bird returned to the palace and begins to sing again for the ailing Emperor. Death was so impressed by the song of the nightingale, that he refuses to take the soul of the Emperor and departs. Almost immediately, the Emperor almost immediately recovers. Thereafter, the nightingale remained at his side and perhaps  singing by his side to this very day.

In GRIMM, the tale did not involve an Emperor nor did it involve a nightingale, however, it did involve a bird of sorts. A Seltenvogel or “rare bird.” She did not sing nor could she fly away. A Klaustreich (a type of alley cat) had a good hold of her and her egg (Unbezahlbar) was about to hatch.

With a Klaustreich, always sleep with one eye open.

GRIMM -- "The Thing with Feathers" Episode 116 -- Pictured: Josh Randall as Thomas Steinkellner -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Thomas (Josh Randall), pictured above, is a Klaustreich. He and his wife Robin (Azura Skye), who is a Seltenvogel, are currently the next door neighbors of Nick and Juliette (who are suppose to be on a romantic getaway). Their domestic disturbance aroused Juliette’s concern and she asked Nick to go over and check things out. It seems the situation is okay, for now.

Meanwhile, when the excitement dies down, Thomas was forcing Robin to eat via tube feeding–akin to the cruel gavage-based method of force feeding geese to fatten their livers. My guess is he’s fattening up the gland in Robin’s throat to make the mineral deposit (a gold nugget) bigger. There’s a lot going on after Nick finds out the true intentions behind Thomas and his cousin the sheriff were after–the golden egg.  After a few chase scenes and Juliette arming herself with the newly purchased piece Nick got her, they were all set to protect Robin as best they can. Once more, she escapes from Thomas and Nick catches up with her in the woods and she is having trouble breathing. The ‘golden egg’ is ready to be removed. Nick contacts Rosalee (Bree Turner) on just how he needed to go about it.

The work of a Grimm is never done.

GRIMM -- "The Thing with Feathers" Episode 116 -- Pictured: David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

 With a nip here and a tuck there, Nick removes the cluster from Robin’s throat and Thomas and his cousin were at a loss. The egg broke and once again, without the assistance of Hank, the case is solved. It seems that in this episode there were a few suggestive budding romances: Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee were making googly eyes at each other; and Hank is still under the spell of Adalind–who is trying to ‘make nice’ with Captain Renard. However, one romantic pairing seemed to have been thrown for a loop: Nick’s failed marriage proposal to Juliette.

Note to Nick: Leave well enough alone.

GRIMM -- "The Thing with Feathers" Episode 116 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bree Turner as Rosalee, Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Okay let’s be honest here; since I’ve been writing reviews of every episode of Grimm, from the very beginning I can still state I see no true purpose in keeping Juliette part of the show and it is amazing that Nick is still interested in her. I mean, she turned down your proposal dude. It is closing time on that relationship. What of Hank and Adalind? What is Renard up to? Six episodes left of season 1 and it’s time to let us know just what the hell he is.

Note: to the producers and writer’s over at NBC:  Juliette is a distraction. Monroe, Sgt. Wu, and Hank are where the interest in the series lies. Not in the predictably failed relationship between Nick and Juliette. What a waste of an episode to focus solely on them. Episode high points–the Grimm creature catalog is  awesome. The CGI and special effects are phenomenal.  Sgt. Wu and his pica disorder is proving to be interesting; sofa cushions and paper clips. Sounds yummy! I have to admit, I am liking Rosalee. Good to see another creature resource for the show.

If only we can get beyond this “Nick and Juliette” fiasco. Trust me, this pairing won’t be missed. Enough of the filler episodes–let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

NBC’s GRIMM returns next Friday, April 13th with “Love Sick.”

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GRIMM, The Thing with Feathers
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

Review Summary:

Nick (David Giuntoli) pulls out all the stops to plan a romantic getaway for Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) in an attempt to get their relationship back on track. Nick’s duties as a Grimm get in the way of romance when he meets the unsettling neighbors

Sandy Hoffman
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