“I see the bad moon arising / I see trouble on the way / I see earthquakes and lightnin’. / I see bad times today.”
Those are the opening lyrics to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” the song from which this episode of Grimm borrows its title. It's fitting, since the monster-of-the-week had a certain obsession with performing sick rituals under the full moon, and there were some bad times along the way, but in the end, Hank tells Nick that all that trouble ended up being “one of the better days of my life.”
And I can’t blame him. The day you learn that you’re not crazy and that you’re not alone in seeing frightening creatures would be a good day for anyone.
Yes, in this episode Hank finally learns the truth about the world he lives in: Monsters are real and his partner knows it too. Tracking down Carly, the kidnapped daughter of an old friend of Hank’s, Jarold (Mark Pellegrino), who also happens to be a Wesen called a Coyotl, is what finally got Nick’s Grimm life too close to his detective life. Hank learns in quick succession that 1) his longtime friend’s daughter is one of these monsters he’s been seeing, 2) Nick can see Carly’s face change too, and 3) Carly gets scared that Nick was going to kill her because he is a Grimm, whatever that means. There’s a lot more Hank has left to learn, but at least he’s finally somewhat in the loop.
One thought about Nick and Hank’s strategy to get Carly safely out of the clutches of the fellow Coyotls who capture her: It all hinges on this pack of Coyotls not knowing that Nick is a Grimm. But has it ever been made clear when a Wesen can or cannot recognize a Grimm? Some can see it right away, like Bud the Eisbiber plumber did last season or like Catherine did when Kelly Burkhardt confronted her last week. But in this episode, none of the Coyotls can tell that Nick is a Grimm until he tells them, like he did with Jarold, or until they get close, as with Carey. Hmm, any theories, Grimm fans?
With Hank being clued into Nick’s Grimming ways, it certainly seems like things are going to change in the Portland detectives’ dynamic, a shift in the show actor Russell Hornsby spoke to EW about. They’ll be “connected at the hip and fighting crimes side-by-side,” Hornsby tells us. But even before Nick opens up to Hank, we were supplied a reminder of just how tight these two already are. We tend to see more of a bond between Nick and Monroe since Nick has had to hide so much of his life from his partner, but when Hank says, “I think I’m going to the captain, Nick. I don’t think I can do this anymore,” Nick’s response of a distressed “Hank!” shows us just how unsettling the idea of losing his partner is to Nick.
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