A pair of backpackers headed for Shining Lake are waylaid by paranoid pot grower Delmar Blake, who thinks they’re cops and brings them back to his camp. The terrified couple—they own a dog-wash called “Hair of the Dog”—are begging for their lives when some … thing … attacks Delmar and strangles him. The hikers get free and run. The next day Hank and Nick show up, along with the DEA. They’ve been trying to nail Delmar for three years. They knew he was moving drugs but they had no idea he had three million dollars in marijuana plants in the woods.
And the plants are still there, but all of Delmar’s camping equipment and his food are missing. That’s just weird.
Nick takes a closer look at the crime scene and spots a teenage female blutbad. He gets a sample of her hair and some buckshot embedded in a tree.
Hank and Nick pay a visit to the backpacker couple, who live in a terrific house. (Portland is a place where working class people can still buy nice houses; check out the “houses for sale” on Portland CraigsList.)
The couple are still shaken by their ordeal—the boyfriend has a bandage on his head from where Delmar hit him with the butt of a shotgun—but tell the cops that whatever was in the woods saved their lives.
Back at headquarters, Hank and Nick show Captain Renard slides of the dead Delmar, who was clearly strangled by a very strong rope. (They don’t yet realize it was a plaited rope of hair, a la Tangled.)
Like the detectives, Capt. Renard is confused by what’s going on. If Delmar were killed by a rival drug dealer, the killer wouldn’t have left the plants. He tells the guys to keep him in the loop.
Delmar’s brothers arrive at the police station, demanding justice for their brother. Hank insists they show some ID before he’ll tell them anything and when he and Nick are satisfied they’re who they say they are, they all head for the morgue. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a full moon out and a big guy named HAP is smoking and drinking and working out with a Shake-Weight (shades of the late, great John Candy’s “Johnny LaRue” character) when an over-enthusiastic shake sends the weight out the window of the geodesic dome where he lives. He’s outside retrieving the weight when his home blows up behind him, destroying his Iron Butterfly album and his comic book collection.
The next morning, as firefighters finish up at the scene, Nick and Hank arrive to talk to Hap who, under stress, reveals he’s a blutbad to Nick’s GRIMMvision. Note: the writers are really sloppy about day/night transitions on this show and this episode is one of the worst offenders so far.)
At the police station, Hap makes a call to a friend, asking if he can stay with him just until he gets back on his feet.
Hap reveals that he owes money to a lot of people for ill-considered business ventures (like a strip-mall creperie) and as Nick is getting the particulars, a mysterious motorcyclist pulls up to the remains of Hap’s house and takes a framed photo away.
Monroe shows up at the precinct to retrieve Hap (and he does not look happy). He tells Nick that he and Hap went through a treatment program a long time ago. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a rave going on in Portland and Retchid Kat is the man of the hour, wearing a Donnie Darko-esque red cat head and spinning tunes as his fans chant and gyrate. But while this is going on, a high school string quartet is practicing for a performance with demanding music teacher Dr. Paul Lawson demanding they step it up. He’s particularly annoyed with Carter, who isn’t nearly as good as another student who was kicked out of school for fighting.
Later that night, Lawson leaves school and gets in his car, only to be devoured alive by rats.
The next day, the high school’s assistant principal, Grace Kaplan arrives at work and sees Dr. Lawson’s car. Since it’s unusual for anyone to be at the school before she is, Grace goes over to the car to take a look. What she sees is the chewed-up carcass of the school’s music teacher.
At home, Nick and Juliette have just discovered that their refrigerator isn’t working when Nick gets a call summoning him to the crime scene. Sgt. Wu is already there, telling him and Hank that neither the coroner nor Animal Control want to open the door to Lawson’s car before they sign off on it.
Hank really hates rats, and when the door is jimmied open, they pour out of Lawson’s car.
Later, Hank and Nick find some cages nearby with the logo of Geiger Pest Control on them. The detectives head for a really nice neighborhood in Portland where the four kids who play in the string quartet are gathered at Sarah’s home. Her mom, Mrs. Jessup, is a tightly wound socialite type who is not happy when one of the boys—Sarah’s boyfriend—brings up Roddy Geiger, the son of an exterminator. Mrs. Jessup tells the detectives that Roddy is a very disturbed boy and that they shouldn’t discuss him in front of the teens.
Hank and Nick track Roddy down to the property where he lives with his father in a trailer. The contrast with Sarah’s home could not be more different (or more heavy-handed—this is not a subtle show). Both Roddy and his dad are creatures known as “reinigen” and they recognize Nick as a Grimm. The old man resists arrest and is cuffed by Hank while Nick chases after Roddy. Both are hauled into police headquarters and questioned.
Roddy’s father doesn’t really have an alibi—he was in the woods catching rats—but Roddy does. He IS Retchid Kat and the promoter of the raves where he appears backs up his alibi.
Roddy’s released but his dad is held. Read the rest of this entry »