“Death stood behind him and said: ‘Follow me, the hour of your departure from this world has come.’”
We start right with the action, with a car accident between a park ranger – and a boil encrusted, groaning man trying to eat his face (I’m going to go with zombie here). The park ranger surprises us by sprouting quills, (a porcupine Wesen?) driving face-eater off him to crash into a nearby building.
Hank is still adapting to the world of Wesen existing and Nick being a Grimm with Nick taking time to bring him up to speed when their lunch is interrupted by Wu calling them in for the big car crash/assault. They enter the building looking for zombie man and find it trashed – with dramatic, zombie-style bloody handprints (they’re like a zombie’s calling card. Every programme with zombies in will have one of them) on the glass.
Stanton, the zombie man, is still trashing the office and as they go up into the building the place is well and truly wrecked. Wu goes to get backup while Hank and Nick follow the blood trial. They find Stanton throwing things and demand he stop – and he Woges (only seen by Nick) into a Reinegen (rat Wesen) – before attacking them with an iron bar. Hank and Nick shoot him. Nick confirms to Hank that the man was a Wesen – but the boils all over his skin suggest there’s something else going on. Nick fills in Hank – and Hank points out that he has holes in his arms that suggest he has been stabbed by giant needles.
So time to talk to the ranger, Ryan, who zombie-rat-man crashed into. They try to question him to find a motive and Hank tries to figure out how to ask “hey did you see him go ratty” to which Nick’s facial expression is just perfect. Ryan goes to get his police report from a police officer – and suddenly seems to shift personality and hit on her really unsubtly. She tells him how out of line he is and he walks off – scratching his arms.
Nick and Hank report to Renard – no drugs in his system except ibuprofen and a big sack of over-the-counter pain killers in his car – and he looked scabby and nasty and attacked like an animal. They go home and Renard gets a call from his European Royal Family (that is, his family who are European royals). The family in Europe has sent something else to Portland – a Nuckalavee (which is an evil Scottish fae in folklore) to get the key – something Renard vehemently opposes. But if “they” learn it will jeopardise “everything they’ve been working for”. Oooooooh plot. Renard gets one of his officers to check out the guy arriving – calling him a fugitive.
Juliette is still struggling to remember Nick, why does she remember everything except Nick. She calls Monroe to see if it’s possible that they were unhappy – but Monroe assures her they were a happy couple and suggests she talks to Nick, which isn’t very helpful.
Nick takes the chance to go see Monroe and tell him that he has told Hank everything – but didn’t want to tell Hank about Monroe until he saw how Hank reacted. Monroe is less than pleased and questions why Nick didn’t wonder how Monroe would react (and appropriates “coming out” language. Ugh, Grimm, bad enough you have zero GBLT characters without that). Monroe tells Nick about Juliette calling about memory loss and Nick leaves. Leaving Monroe to have a mini panic about Hank knowing.
Meanwhile Juliette is having memory flash backs – not about Nick, but about an Eisbiber who was afraid of Nick and begging her to make sure Nick didn’t come after him. Nick comes home and they have another very well acted, painful scene as they both try to deal with the memory loss.
That night, Ryan, the porcupine Wesen, wakes up from a nightmare sweaty, itchy, looking like Hell and covered in horrible scabby boils.
And that morning, Rosalie goes to her shop to find a mess – and hear the sound of evil monster cat (the one Adalind used to curse Juliette) has managed to rip its way out of its cat carrier. And is now clinging to the ceiling in a totally-not-creepy way, honest. She runs to the door – and forces the cat outside – just managing to force the door closed. Then Monroe arrives and marvels at the destruction. He worries briefly at it being out on the street – but they hear the sound of a car horn and a cat yowl… but decide that, all the same, let’s not go look (yes, I laughed, they do bounce off each other well. In fact, Monroe bounces off just about everyone well). Monroe, instead, wants to take Rosalie on a picnic