Hello Gasmii-Grimm viewers, it’s time for us to recap the third episode! This episode is about bee people and Hexenbiests, neither of which ring any fairy tale bells for me. Perhaps the more enlightened Gasmii can share their insight in the comments!
Excerpt from a Fairy Tale no one has ever heard of.
It’s a beautiful morning in Portland! There’s a group of people waiting for the commuter train. The crowd is composed primarily of hipsters, but there is one woman dressed in a suit. She’s either rolling into work way late, or there’s a ton of hipsters up awful early!
One guy in particular looks really sketchy; he’s got an army-type rucksack and he keeps glancing around nervously. The woman notices him and she’s a little worried. I’m with her, he’s acting way weird. They board the train and we get a shot of the business woman’s SICK calves!
DAMN, GIRL! Someone works out.
Sack guy keeps making eye contact with the other folks on the train, and you can tell business lady is nervous. What is going on with all these people? Are they hipster terrorists taking over the train to demand more bicycle lanes? Sack guy reaches into his sack and he pulls out…A BOOM BOX! Nothing to worry about, it’s just a flash mob singing YMCA on the train. Actually, that might be something to worry about if you’re tired and on your way to work. I’m not amused when people cause shenanigans while I’m trying to get somewhere..
The dancing crowd keeps jostling business lady around. I would pissed. She’s irritated at first…
This sucks. It’s time to buy a car.
…and then, she’s scared. The YMCA is getting a little aggressive. They reach the next stop and the train conductor is not amused. He kicks everyone off the train and they all get off except for business lady. She’s not moving…BECAUSE SHE’S DEAD!!! WHAT HAPPENED? The YMCA bugs the shit out of me too, but I didn’t know it could kill you! Also, business lady appears to be wearing Louboutins!
OMG SOMEONE KILLED JLO!
Nick and Hank arrive on the scene. The victim’s name was Serena Dunbrooke, she was 34 – and a lawyer. How do they know all this? Officer Wu conducted a “wallet biopsy” – that actually made me laugh. Serena was super hot in life, but something way nasty in death! Poor Serena; it looks like it’s going to be a closed casket funeral.
This is how I feel after listening to YMCA too. Maybe she’s allergic to the Village People.
The detectives speculate that she died from anaphylactic shock. Officer Wu is convinced this is an open and shut case of an allergic reaction to bees, but Nick knows what’s up. He brushes her hair back to reveal an enormous puncture wound on her neck! If it was a bee that killed Serena, it was the world’s largest bee.
To get more information, Nick and Drake have to pay a visit to the morgue and consult with Harper, the no-nonsense coroner. Harper agrees that they have a homicide on their hands. Cause of death? Apitoxin, a.k.a. BEE VENOM! Serena’s medical record has no history of a bee allergy, but it doesn’t mean anything because she was injected with an assload of bee venom. That’s the official medical term – assload.
Sounds like Portland is pretty scary these days! Werewolf postal employees, bears hunting people, and now homicidal bees who like the YMCA and stabs people in the neck with jack in the box straws full of bee toxin! What gives people? Nick and Hank head back to the station to review the security video from the train, which yields very little in the way of leads. One minute you see the woman, then she’s gone. Serena was tiny and it’s hard to see her through a group of jumping hipsters. Captain Renard stops by to alert Nick and Hank that wants them to focus all their attention on this case. A woman is dead and the murder weapon is BEE VENOM. It’s kind of hard to focus on anything else.
Renard sends Nick and Hank to question Serena’s boss and colleagues. They arrive and find one angry old man lawyer and another hot female attorney who is crushed by Serena’s death. I can understand why they’re so upset; It’s always horrible when attractive people die, amirite? Just like all people on TV when they’ve been murdered, Serena was sweet and wonderful and had no enemies! Serena’s boss agrees to turn over all of her case files for possible leads. That was easy – almost too easy. What about the clients’ right to privacy? I’m not a lawyer, but I do watch a lot of TV and it seems people are always trying to keep the police from reviewing records.
Another thing fishy about this law firm; the old man isn’t much to look at,, but Serena’s colleague is super cute. Maybe they should change the name of the law firm to Pretty, Hottie and Cutie.
“Now that Serena’s gone, we’re just Pretty and Cutie, LP.” SAD!
Serena’s boss demands that Nick and Hank find the animal who did this. I’m sure they’d like to, but we’re at least seven minutes into the show and no one has revealed themselves as a supernatural creature! Can some please get upset and grow scales or fangs or fur so that Nick can actually get somewhere with investigation?
When someone is murdered with bee venom, it’s time to visit the beekeeper. I kind of wish it was Gil Grissom in a CSI-Grimm crossover, but no dice. The beekeper analyzed the apitoxin but his findings produce more questions than answers. It’s not synthetic, which means someone harvested it from bees, and it’s an exotic strain that the beekeeper has never seen before. I guess the murderer has a huge house and a lot of free time; how else would you be able to harvest apitoxin? Judging by these unusual circumstances, I would say it’s time for Nick to pay a visit to the Grimm trailer and start reading! Seriously, SCAN THE BOOKS AND PUT THEM ON AN IPAD! Then you don’t have to go to the trailer every time you have a question.
As Nick and Hank leave, the Beekeeper immediately is like I DIDN’T DO IT! Um, SUSPICIOUS MUCH? Don’t provide an alibi when no one has asked you for one! Why would he make a point of telling the cops his alibi? HE’S TOTALLY IN ON IT! Lady Baldy trusts no one.
In an effort to generate some leads, the cops ran the security tape on the news, so all the flash mob folks come down to the station. They all have the same story: they saw a tweet about the flash mob and showed up; they have no idea who sent it and they don’t know anyone else that was there. Seeing as how they all have the same explanation almost word for word, Nick’s Grimm senses are tingling.
Nick grills one of the flash mobbers a little more than the others. This flash mobber happens to have his smart phone handy, so Nick asks to see the tweets. The suspect, Doug, isn’t too crazy about the idea and says no; there’s personal stuff on there. Telling a policeman you have personal stuff you don’t want the police to see is like yelling “I AM GUILTY!”
“I get drunk and text pics of my penis a lot, and I mostly send them to myself, so I’ll just be keeping this. THANKS!”
In response to Doug’s refusal, Nick gets more aggressive and BAM! Doug isn’t human, he’s BEE-MAN! Nick looks out into the station and sees that THE OTHER FLASH MOB FOLKS ARE BEE PEOPLE TOO!! We’ve got BEE PEOPLE!
BEE PEOPLE, BEE PEOPLE! Look like bee, talk like people.
Unlike the previous creatures, Doug does not acknowledge that he knows that Nick is a Grimm, but I would think it’s safe to assume that he does know, all the other creatures (Monroe, the bears, the blonde lady) seem to. Ponder that during the commercial break!
After the break, Nick and Hank are off to the Primrose Paper Mill as the twitter account is registered to an IP address associated with the Mill. Conspiracy, a group of people perpetrating social chaos, and a PAPER MILL?? OMG, IT’S PROJECT MAYHEM! The first rule of being a killer bee is dont talk about being a killer bee. The second rule of being a killer bee? DON’T TALK ABOUT BEING A KILLER BEE!!!
Doug and some of the other bee people are all meeting up at the paper mill to talk to a dark haired woman. Nick and Hank are spying on them when a bunch of bees come out of nowhere and attack! It would appear that the bee people can have regular bees provide security for them! I wonder if all of those bees have little t-shirts that say “SECURITY” because that would be awesome.
Nick and Hank run to an office to get away from the bees when they all fly off as suddenly as they appeared. What gives? DAMMIT NICK WILL YOU PLEASE GO TO THE TRAILER SO WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Drake got stung quite a bit so Nick takes him home to get some medical attention. His wife is a veternarian, which is practically a people doctor, right? Whatevs, Juliet needs some screen time. In addition to her first aid skills, Juliet also knows a lot about bees from watching Animal Planet! If Nick ever got attacked by some awesome chili or a delicious hamburger, I could help out thanks to my time spend watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Nick and his partner begin to work on the case, but Juliet lays down the law – Hank needs to go home and rest. Juliet is still the coolest girlfriend ever – she doesn’t give Nick any shit about having to work late. Little does she know, he’s headed down to the creepy trailer storage yard to read up on bee people.
AND FINALLY! Nick gets his research on in the trailer. He flips through the ol’ Grimmopedia while a bee spies on him. The bee people have only one natural enemy and…wait for it…it’s the HEXENBIEST (a.k.a. what blonde lady is!!) Well, the Hexenbiest and this guy:
Was Serena also Henexbiest? To find out, Nick is going to have to check out her tongue to see if she bears the mark of the Hexenbiest. Nick needs help, so he calls his partner in all things supernatural, Monroe. They meet at the creepy paper mill at night. That’s just never a good idea, folks.
“Seriously, we couldn’t meet at Denny’s or some other less murdery establishment?”
Nick relays the information he found in the Grimmopedia – apparently bee people are called Melafers and they have something to do with balancing the ecotone. Monroe explains that’s just a fancy way of saying that the Melafers are gossips. Hmmm, sending a message…it’s like social media…like, perhaps, TWITTER?? The Melafers are sending signals, and Monroe says that means something’s up. He doesn’t know much more, but no matter; Nick needs him for his nose, not his brain. Monroe is offended until Nick bribes him with expensive booze. Oh Monroe, you and I would get along so well.
Nick doesn’t understand. If Melafers deliver messages, what kind of message are they sending by killing an innocent woman? Monroe points out that maybe she isn’t innocent! They reiterate that the only natural enemy of the Melafer is the Hexenbiest. Nick knows that blonde lady is one – perhaps he should seek her out!
Monroe picks up the scent of the dark haired lady that Nick and Hank spotted earlier, and it would seem that she was definitely in the manager’s office. Monroe found her last whereabouts but Nick finds out her name – Melissa Wincroft. Monroe thinks Nick finds it with Grimm telepathy, but Nick confesses that he found her name on an envelope. How he would know that the name on the envelope most definitely belonged to the woman he saw, I don’t know. That seems pretty assumptive to me. Nick is no fun. I would have told Monroe that I Grimmed it psychically just to mess with him.
After investigating the paper mill, Nick and Monroe roll up with Ms. Winfield’s house, a huge, ornate home on in the burbs. I’m not from Portland, so Portland folks, you can tell us where the fancy pants neighborhood is. A door is open, so they just go in. What, no warrants? I know you’re a Grimm, Nick, but come on – rules are rules!
The house is dark, spooky, and apparently uninhabited at the moment. In case there was any doubt about this house being creepy, there are dead bees all over the floor. Eww!! To make matters worse, something sticky and gross dripping all over the floor. Monroe is not exactly thrilled about going upstairs, but he and Nick go anyway. What do they find? A huge ass hive in the attic! Somebody better call Orkin and get the checkbook ready – this is going to be expensive.
Melafer infestation? Yeah, you’re going to have to burn your house down.
It’s time to bring the rest of the police on the scene for a legit investigation, so Nick calls for backup. Hank shows up and seems a little pissy that Nick didn’t bring him in earlier.
“Thanks for the phone call, Jerkface, a.k.a. the mayor of Jerktown”
Nick says he found all the info to track Melissa Winford to the house in the legal files. You’re not going to be able to hide all this from Hank forever, Nick, so you either need to tell him or become a better liar. Apparently the mill was having some legal troubles and Serena was representing the company that was working on a hostile takeover of the mill. Was Melissa Wincroft seeking revenge? Before Nick and Hank can discuss it further, they have to go because there has been another flash mob murder!
This time it was death by hokey pokey in the park where the victim happened to be doing yoga. The victim is….the redheaded lawyer from Pretty, Hottie and Cutie! Wm, who wears statement jewelry when they’re doing yoga??
New from Kay Jewelers, the Namaste Yoga Statement Necklace.
They have to protect the last hot attorney standing, a Ms. Adeline Shade and guess what! It’s the hot blonde Hexenbiest WHO TRIED TO POISON HIS AUNT!! It’s all coming together!
Talk about awkward tension! Nick can’t reveal that he knows that Adelaide was the woman at the hospital without getting into the whole Grimm thing, she obviously can’t be like “Hey, don’t I know you? I think I tried to kill your aunt,” and the Captain certainly can’t give himself up. Hank excuses himself to get some coffee for Adeline. HOW CONVENIENT! Hank is awesome at excusing himself at just the right moment. Maybe he should write a book: “Offscreen Busy Work: How Perfectly Time Your Exits to Advance Supernatural Plots” – sounds like a bestseller to me!
Captain Renard asks if Nick if he knows Adeline. HOW DOES HE PLAY IT SO COOL? He doesn’t even sound the least bit worried that the jig is up. I wonder when are these two going to put it all out on the table! Captain is baiting Nick to reveal that Adeline was the woman who tried to murder his aunt, but Nick knows that loose lips sink Grimm ships so he plays dumb.
This situation is now super complicated for Nick. He has to protect the woman who injected him with green sleepy time solution that was meant for his aunt. Before he confronts Adeline, he needs to find if the two dead hotties were Hexenbiests too, so it’s off to the morgue! Lucky for Nick, the tongues were removed during the autopsy so he can get a clear look at them, and lo and behold, both ladies have the Hexenbiest tramp stamp on their tongues! Sidenote – tongues ARE HUGE!
Once again, we’re back at the station where the police and Adeline are watching a video of Melissa Wincroft yammering on about how “they” are trying to get rid of “them.” The offscreen peeps only want to know financial information about the paper mill., so they dismiss her weird ramblings about “they” and “them.” FYI, Melissa – keep your supernatural business to yourself during hostile takeover proceedings if you don’t want to look BAT SHIT CRAZY.
While they question Adeline, Hank is polite while Nick treats her with what can only be described as passive aggressive dickery. Adeline denies any connection to the paper mill case, but Nick is not fooled. He reminds her that all of her friends are dead, so this whole things seems pretty personal. Hank is clearly embarassed and concerned about Nick’s tone, so he takes a page out of his book from Chapter 5: “Excusing Others – an Introduction” and suggests that he and Nick go outside to talk. Thanks Hank!
This clears the way for Captain Renard to pop by and casually chat with Adeline – how does no one notice the familiar way they are speaking to each other HELLOOO? Police, are you there? Supernatural murderers in your midst, you may want to check it out… Adeline tells Rendard she’s worried that Nick recognized her, but he assures her Nick is keeping it to himself. She’s not happy with that tidbit and wonders whether he’s staying quiet because he wants to go after her on his own. The captain says he won’t let anything happen to her and she flippantly asks if he made that promise to the dead hottie Hexenlawyers. BURN!
This doesn’t look suspicious to ANYONE? REALLY?
Nick and Hank run down Melissa in the system and come up with zip. Nick gets an idea; get the worker bees to find her for them! They bring Doug the Hipster Melafer back in for more questioning. Nick grills Doug about why he is protecting Melissa Wincroft, but he won’t talk. I have a theory: worker bees protect the queen. Come on Nick, I could come up with that and I don’t even watch Animal Planet! I don’t – there’s always nature shows about predators and even though I know it’s about animal survival, I still cry when the carnivores take out an herbivore.
Nick is launching into full-on asshat mode when he’s alerted that the Captain wants to see Nick NOW. Nick, having finally finished Hank’s book about well-timed exits, excuses himself and leaves Doug alone in the room with his phone. It’s too bad that Doug isn’t friends with Admiral Ackbar:
Worker bee finally takes the bait and fires off a text / tweet / whatever. Doug, honey, you realize that the police ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT “MIRROR”, RIGHT? Doug gives Melissa the green light to go after Adeline Shade.
Meanwhile, a car pulls up to a fancy building and Adeline gets out and enters the building. As she passes, we find out that BUILDING SECURITY IS A MELAFER and then another Melafer JUMPS ON THE ELEVATOR WITH HER! OMG, girl, TAKE THE STAIRS! Or don’t – It’s a decoy Adeline in the elevator! Quick reality check question – How did they get the exact same outfit Adeline is wearing for the decoy so quickly?
The real Adeline is in a hotel room with Hank and Nick. Nick is still being a passive aggressive shit to Adeline, which is making Hank uncomfortable. Hank, having received his PhD in Leaving Rooms from Sidekick University, conveniently leaves on another beverage errand. Finally Nick and Adeline are alone so we can get more exposition.
Nick calls her out and tells her that he knows what she is. She stays quiet and tries to stay calm so as not to transform. I don’t blame her – she looks pretty toe up in Hexenbiest form. It’s obvious that the Melferes want her dead, and Nick wants to know why. He basically gives her an ultimatum: tell me what’s up or I let the bees have you.
Meanwhile, the beekeeper and Melissa Wincroft are together in a van! He IS in on it (as if that was not evident the second he gave up the unsolicited alibi). He’s blubbering about how he does not want to get caught, and Melissa basically calls him a bitch. Or in Melafer-speak, a beetch (see what I did there??!?)
“Grow some bee balls already!”
Melissa cryptically states that Adeline’s dead, He’ll understand what we’ve done. It’s not clear who HE is. Is it Nick? Captain Renard? Hank? Elvis? Melissa and beekeeper man unleash a shit ton of bees from their van and the bees head straight for the hotel room!
Hank is struggling with a window that won’t close while Nick and Hexenbiest continue to battle it out in the other room. Adeline says he has no idea what he’s in the middle of. He snidely reminds her that he could just let the queen bee kill her, and she snaps and turns into a Hexenbiest for a second before informing Nick that if she dies, it will appear to everyone else that he let an innocent person die on his watch. Oh, SNAP!.
Before they can go any further, Hank finally yells for help. Just as suddenly, the bees leave again, but why? Nick runs into the next room but Adeline is gone and there are a ton of angry bees at the window. The eagle has left the nest, people! Nick and Hank chase her down the stairs into ANOTHER CREEPY BOILER ROOM! I have been in a lot of buildings and I have never seen a creepy boiler room as creepy as the ones in movies and on TV. Why do movies and shows always have them?
Is this hotel on Elm Street or what?
Melissa Wincroft is in the boiler room with a ton of bees, and she tells Nick she has to kill Adeline. She also claims that the Melafers are on Nick’s side; they were trying to get rid of the Hexenbiests to protect Nick? They were sending the warning call! Protect him from WHAT? A warning about WHAT?? Why can’t people just tell Nick what is going on instead of being all vague and cryptic? Melissa insists that the Hexenbiests initiated the trial to try and stop the Melafers from executing their genius social media warning system!
Nick doesn’t know what to believe. Maybe if he spent more time reading the Grimmopedia, he wouldn’t be in this position. The women both try to appeal to him. Adeline reminds him that he is a police officer and he should do his job, and Melissa counters that being a Grimm is more important. What is he going to do?? Melissa makes the decision for him when Hank joins them and Melissa lunges for him with the syringe of bee venom. Nick has to shoot her in order to protect his partner.
Melissa dies a dramatic death, complete with strained last words – “He’s coming for you! Beware, it’s close!” WHO IS COMING??? WHAT IS CLOSE????. As Melissa dies, so do all of her helpers; it’s raining bees in the boiler room. Adelaide gives him a ha ha you lose look before she goes back to fake-crying on Hank’s shoulder.
At home, Nick remembers what Marie told him – he has to hunt down the bad ones. Juliet clearly thinks he is struggling about killing Melissa, and while that’s partially true, he can’t go into the reasons why he’s struggling. He either will have to tell her about the whole Grimm thing or shut it down. Juliet asks Nick to close the window in their bedroom; as he gets close to the window, he sees a bee and lets it walk on his hand. It walks around a bit for a moment before stinging him.
That’s for Melissa, Mr. Murderer!
And we’ve reached the end of another episode of Grimm! What did you think, folks? Are you excited to learn more about who is coming and what the big deal is? Will Nick ever figure out Captain Renard is involved? Will Hank ever get to learn the truth, or will he spend his days doing busy work offscreen so Nick can get his Grimm on?
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