Episode Title: 'Woman in Black'
Writer: David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Director: Norberto Barba
Hank (Russell Hornsby) is troubled over the Wesen he saw transform, making Nick (David Giuntoli) concerned about his partner's well-being. He confides in Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) at a coffee shop, where the two are photographed by a private detective from afar.
At the precinct, Nick tells Hank about the Interpol file he received on Akira Kimura. It turns out that Kimura killed the collector who sold the three coins to murdered jewelry shop owner, Sam Bertram.
Kimura (Brian Tee) arrives in Portland and meets with the private detective in an effort to track down the coins. He tells Kimura about Captain Renard, Nick and Hank's involvement in the case of the jewelry store robbery. With all the information he needs, Kimura kills the detective and heads out in search of the coins. Later on, a mysterious woman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) enters the detective's hotel room and comes across his dead body.
Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee) brings her cat to Juliette's veterinary practice after drugging the feline's milk. When Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) handles the cat, it scratches her badly. Adalind apologizes but Juliette shrugs it off as an occupational hazard.
Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee), Hank and Nick investigate the death of the private detective. They find the camera equipment in his car and soon learn he's been surreptitiously photographing them, as well as Renard. Nick suggests they send officers to stand post outside their homes but in Renard's case, it's too late. Inside Renard's condo, Kimura manages to knock him out and tie him up. When Renard (Sasha Roiz) awakens, Kimura demands to know who has the coins. Just then, Sgt. Wu arrives with Nick and Hank and Kimura flees.
Renard tells Nick that the man was after the coins and Nick realizes it's Kimura. After reaching out to Monroe, the two come up with a plan to knock Kimura unconscious with a crossbow loaded with an arrow that will induce sleep. Nick then plans to question Kimura about his parents' murder.
That night, Juliette tells Nick about Adalind's visit and the cat scratch. He immediately becomes concerned and insists she see a doctor but Juliette refuses, puzzled why Nick is so upset. With Juliette unwilling to see medical attention, Nick decides it's time to tell her the truth.
Nick takes Juliette to the trailer, where he tells her about his ancestors and the Wesen. As he explains himself, Juliette becomes visibly distraught and leaves the trailer. Outside, she urges Nick to seek professional help, convinced he's crazy. Nick begs her to let him show her one more thing before she leaves. He then takes Juliette to Monroe's where he asks his Blutbad friend to transform for her. However, just as he does, Juliette's faints.
Over at the hotel where Kimura is staying, Wu and another officer spot a woman leaving his room. When they try to apprehend her, the woman fights them off and escapes. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Nick learns that Juliette is suffering from an infectious disease.
Nick and Monroe get the cat from Juliette's office and bring it to Rosalee (Bree Turner). Nick then goes off to find Adalind while Hank returns home to find his place ransacked. Juliette wakes up in the hospital, her eyes now the same solid black as the cat's.
Nick finds Kimura in his house and the two fight. The mysterious woman arrives and kills Kimura. Nick realizes that she is his mom.
I don't think we've ever seen Nick as excited about his Grimm-ness than when he was going on about Blutbads, morning stars and Hexenbiests to Juliette. Of course, she thinks he's crazy but it was fun to see Nick finally show some emotion about his supernatural lot in life.
Despite the build up to (one of) "Grimm's" big reveals, we're left with a bunch of cliffhangers heading into season two. Will Juliette recover and if so, what will become of her and Nick? Will Hank spend the summer hiatus in a mental institution after watching a would-be Big Foot transform into a man? Where is Adalind Schade? Oh and hello to you, Nick's not-dead mom (Hey, it's Tony Montana's little sister, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio!)
The finale may have left us with more questions than answers but I'm fine with that. "Grimm" has plenty of room to grow and kind of needs to, as retellings of Cinderella as a police procedural can get a little silly.
Thankfully, "Grimm" is ending its first season a much better show than it started out. Unfortunately, Monroe and Wu are still the most dynamic characters and they're only supporting players. Perhaps with the cat sort of out of the bag, having bitten Juliette, Nick will embrace, and maybe even have a little fun, with his Grimm status. We saw a bit of that when he gave Juliette a crash course in Grimmology, geeking out over all the artifacts in the trailer.
With a much wider mythology in place after the finale, (though the "mom reveal" was pretty tropey. We just saw the same thing in the **SPOILER** "Hawaii Five-0" finale) there's promise to the show's second season. If the writers can sprinkle in a little more humor, "Grimm" might just be worth staying home for on a Friday night.