Episode Title: "La Llorona"
Writer: Akela Cooper
Director: Holly Dale
Previously on "Grimm:"
Halloween always brings out the best in supernatural genre shows like "Grimm" and "La Llorona" was no exception. In easily one of the spookiest cases Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) have taken on to date, the detectives found themselves tracking down a ghostly woman in a white dress who makes a habit of stealing children right around Halloween.
The episode opened with a father-son fishing trip on a dock. When Luis Alvarez spots the woman in white walking tearfully into the river, he races into the water to save her. But when he comes up for air, Alvarez sees the woman walking off with his son. He desperately calls out to the boy, but neither he nor the woman are anywhere to be found.
Right off the bat, things are spookier than your average episode of "Grimm." We're used to seeing ghastly wesen committing heinous crimes, but in the case of "La Llorona" we've got a much creepier culprit in the weeping woman in white.
In need of a translator to communicate with Alvarez, Nick calls on Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) because apparently, there's no one at the Portland PD who can speak Spanish. Sure, I'll play along because this gives Juliette the opportunity to chat with one of Alvarez' relatives, Pilar, who warns Juliette about her nasty cat scratch. Not only does Pilar believe in the legend of La Llorona, she's also hip to Juliette's sickness and what it's done to her mind.
Nick and Hank are soon joined by a Albuquerque detective, Valentina Espinosa (Kate del Castillo), whose been tracking the woman in white for the past five years. According to Valentina, the woman will take three children from alongside three different rivers. She'll then drown the children in an ode to the legend of La Llorona, who drowned her own children when her husband left her for a younger woman.
Valentina, played by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is woman on a mission and her insistence that the woman in white will strike again only adds to the intensity and creepiness of the case.
While the detectives race to find "La Llorona," Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) lightens things up by entertaining trick or treaters at his Hallmarked-out haunted house. Of course, you'd expect the fun loving Blutbad to make a habit out of scaring kids by showing them his wesen side, but Monroe tells Nick those days are behind him. That is until one little bugger breaks his window after Monroe scolds him for taking a little girl's candy. Monroe offers up a trick and shows the kid his bad side. It's a nice slice of comic relief in an especially dark episode.
As two more kids go missing, Nick and Hank become desperate for answers. Of course they're always easily found in Aunt Marie's trailer. Inside the "Wesenpedia," Nick finds a wesen called "La Llorona" and she looks just like the woman in white. Though it's become a regular part of the show, I kinda wish we didn't have to spend at least one scene per episode paging through books in the trailer to identify wesen. Isn't there an app for that already?
After the third child is taken, the detectives realize the woman in white plans to drown them at the intersection of all three rivers. When the trio finally catches up with La Llorona, she's about to walk into the water with her three captives. Hank and Valentina grab the kids and Nick tackles the woman. Submerged underwater, she tries to bring Nick down with her, but he manages to get a grip on her throat. However, he loses his hold on her and the ghostly La Llorona eerily floats away.
On a show where every episode feels like a Halloween special, "Grimm" delivered an especially spooky hour that also gave us some lighter moments to laugh at. Things seem to be in a bit of a holding pattern with Renard, Adalind and Juliette but their storylines were at least touched on in this episode. But what matters most with any Halloween episode is that it's scary and "La Llorona" was frighteningly good to that end.