Episode Title: 'Happily Ever Aftermath'
Writer: David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Director: Terrence O'Hara
After losing all his money in to a fraudulent investor, Arthur (David Clayton Rogers) reaches out to his wealthy mother-in-law, Mavis at the request of his wife Lucinda's godfather, Spencer (Tom Wright). As expected, Mavis refuses to help. That night she is attacked by a creature in her home and falls over a banister to her death.
The next day, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) arrive at the crime scene and find glass shattered around Mavis' home. Mavis' daughters, Tiffany and Taylor suspect Arthur is behind their mother's death.
The detectives arrive at Arthur and Lucinda's home to inform and question them about Mavis' death. Nick sees Lucinda's godfather Spencer transform into a Wesen when Arthur's financial troubles are brought up. Back at the precinct, Lucinda (Amanda Schull) admits to having a difficult relationship with her step-mother and step-sisters. As for Spencer, she tells the detectives that he was her father's best friend. During his session with Nick and Hank, Spencer explains that he promised to take care of Lucinda after her father died.
At home, Lucinda tells Arthur she wants to speak with Tiffany, though her husband advises against it. Despite his concern for her life, Lucinda heads out to meet her step-sister. When Tiffany gives her the cold shoulder, Lucinda transforms into the same creature that killed her step-mother.
Inside the trailer, Nick and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) identify Spencer as a Murcielago, a kind of bat-like creature that produces a high-pitched sound capable of rupturing organs. They also learn of a siren that interferes with their ultra-sonic sound waves, one of which Marie kept in the trailer.
Nick heads back to Arthur and Lucinda's place in search of Spencer. Though Lucinda tries to cover for him, Arthur tells Nick that Spencer was furious with Lucinda's family and may have gone back to the house to talk to Tiffany.
Meanwhile, Spencer arrives at the house to find Tiffany dead in her car. Moments later, Nick arrives and arrests him for Tiffany's murder.
Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) tells Nick and Hank that Spencer wants to confess. He decides to come clean to the detectives, telling Nick he knows what he is and then explains his method of murder through sound waves. Hank chalks up Spencer's outrageous claim to insanity and leaves Nick to deal with him. Now alone, Spencer tells Nick that Lucinda has no conscience and made Mavis and her daughters miserable before killing them. He tells Nick that she's going after Taylor next.
Nick has Monroe pick up the siren. Meanwhile, Spencer uses his ability to escape from the precinct, puzzling everyone. He finds Arthur at home, having been unable to stop Lucinda. Nick calls Taylor to warn her but it's too late, Lucinda's already inside the house. Nick and Monroe arrive and fire up the siren, which momentarily distracts Lucinda. She makes her way to the back window and jumps out, only to find Spencer waiting for her. Assuming she's dead, he apologizes for failing her, but she wakes up and kills him before dying.
With both suspects dead, Nick submits the siren as the murder weapon, which both Hank and Renard (Sasha Roiz) buy, for lack of a better explanation.
It's kind of surprising that Nick's been able to avoid getting called out as a Grimm in front of Hank until now. Still, it's not like Hank's going to question anything… ever.
I know, I know. Each week I kvetch about how clueless Hank is and why he doesn't find it odd that people are getting killed by sonic sound wave contraptions or bee venom. So why should this week be any different?
Well, the idea of Hank finding out the truth was at least teased this time around, something I can appreciate after nineteen episodes. And it looks like Nick might let Juliette figure things out for herself, by playing detective in is parents' murder case. Though what's odd about that is how protective Nick's been of her before. Could letting her poke around in his Grimm past get her into trouble. Surely. Especially with this Akira Kimura figure still out there. Either way, I'm glad we're digging a little deeper into Nick's backstory or at least his parent's offing.
As for matters of the present, the case of the murderous Murcielago was a Bernie Madoff-inspired take on Cinderella, where it's the orphaned beauty who's the wicked one. Most of the time, "Grimm" does a nice job of transposing centuries old fairy tales to modern times but in this case, it felt a little hokey and obvious. I almost expected Hank to say, "gee whiz, this is like a modern day Cinderella story." Oh wait, this is Hank we're talking about.
Really, I don't have that much of a problem with Hank or "Grimm." It's tough going for any genre show these, days, especially on NBC. For all it's faults, "Grimm" is slowly moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the final two episodes of the season will get their a little faster.