Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Grimm 6x02 Review: “Trust Me Knot” (The Ties that Bind) [Contributor: Alisa Williams]

“Trust Me Knot”
Original Airdate: January 13, 2017

“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”

The Grimm writers left us in quite a bind last week as Nick and team faced a standoff with the police at Bud’s shop. The latest episode picks up right where the premiere left off — with the police about to storm in and arrest Nick. Trubel insists they stand and fight, which causes a panicked Monroe to blurt out that Rosalee is pregnant. Well, we always knew Monroe was the worst secret-keeper ever.

Captain Renard orders a police unit to storm in, but before they can obey his command, Hank and Wu show up and arrest Renard for Rachel Wood’s murder. They tell the officers to ignore Renard’s orders, as he’s no longer in command. But as Hank and Wu drive off with a handcuffed Renard, the officers storm in anyway. The team surrenders and as the officers search Nick’s pockets, they discover the Elder Wand. One of the officers holds it up and asks what it is. This proves to be a very bad idea as the wand suddenly quavers and then releases an energy wave that knocks out all the officers. The police at the front of the house soon realize something’s wrong. Assuming Nick’s run for it, the officers take off in pursuit. Shortly afterward, Nick and company come out from wherever they were hiding in Bud’s shop and commandeer an abandoned police vehicle.

Monroe lets Nick know about the secret entrance to the tunnels he and Rosalee found and Nick, Bud, Trubel, and Eve/Juliette head there to hide while Rosalee and Monroe head back to the spice shop.

Back at the precinct, Hank and Wu interrogate Renard. He insists he didn’t kill Rachel Wood but the problem is, his only alibi for that night is Conrad Bonaparte, whom he did kill. When they press, asking who killed Rachel if it wasn’t him, he doesn’t answer. After all, the truth is that his daughter, Diana, killed Rachel. And blaming a small child for his mistress’s death probably won’t sound the most plausible, even in the crazy world of Grimms and Wesen.

With nowhere else to turn, Renard uses his one call to contact Adalind and asks her to help get him out. It turns out he might not need her help after all, though. After he hangs up, a Wesen police officer approaches him and offers assistance. Renard asks him to bring him a phone.

Meanwhile, Nick, Trubel, Eve/Juliette, and Bud have found the secret tunnel entrance. Bud is freaking out, per usual, convinced he’s never going to see his family again and pondering whether they’d like living in the tunnels like cave people. Juliette/Eve voices her concerns about the Elder Wand and the extent of its powers but Nick dismisses her fears.

Back at the spice shop, Adalind calls and asks if Rosalee and Monroe can watch Diana and Kelly for her while she goes and sees what Renard wants. Monroe is more than a little concerned about watching the small but mighty Diana, who has a habit of disappearing and reappearing in various places — which makes babysitting duty a bit difficult — but Rosalee is unconcerned.

Renard’s new Wesen pal has managed to procure a phone for Renard, who promptly calls a Black Claw buddy and explains what happened, telling him to figure out how to get him out. After he hangs up, he sees a gun lying on the floor of his cell. He picks it up and flashes back to shooting Meisner. Then the gun is gone. Another hallucination, great. Good to see Renard is still feeling guilty about murdering his former BFF.

Down in the tunnels, Juliette/Eve tries pointing out where she sees symbols on the wand’s shroud, but Nick can’t see them any better than Trubel could. Nick tells Eve/Juliette she should be careful with the shroud, and she turns it on him — saying again that he should be careful with the wand. Trubel agrees. Nick, frustrated, puts the “stick” — as they are still calling it — in an old container down in the tunnels and storms off. He doesn’t get very far before he heads right back to the Elder Wand and grabs it up. After a battle of the wills, where the stick is clearly trying to get him to take it back, Nick slams it back down and tells Bud they need to get out of there.

Back with the surface dwellers, Adalind, Kelly, and Diana have arrived at the spice shop. Monroe is visibly nervous about Diana, but, ignoring him, Adalind and Rosalee head to the back to find a good spot to put Kelly while he naps in his carrier. As soon as they’re out of the room, Diana asks about the spices displayed around the shop. Monroe starts to explain but before he gets very far, Diana causes one of the jars to float toward her so she can see it better. In the back room, Adalind tells Rosalee about Renard’s request to help him and her reluctance, says goodbye to baby Kelly, then heads out.

With Adalind gone, Diana has gone into full magic mode. She’s now hovering dozens of jars around her, but ceases when Rosalee asks her to nicely put them back. Just then, Trubel and Juliette/Eve show up to get Rosalee’s help with the shroud.

Meanwhile, Adalind arrives at the precinct and finds out what Renard wants from her. His case is going to the Grand Jury, and he expects her to lie on the stand and pretend she was his alibi on the night Rachel Wood was murdered. Adalind isn’t too keen on perjuring herself on the stand and possibly going to jail when she has two kids to take care of. Adalind understandably refuses to help and storms out.

As Adalind leaves, she gets a call from Nick, who tells her he needs to make a deal with someone he doesn’t trust. Specifically, Renard. She tells him they need a “Trust-Me-Knot.” If one person backs out after the Trust-Me-Knot has been made, they choke to death. Good incentive to follow through on your end of the bargain. Hank and Wu get Renard out of holding and they meet at Nick’s apartment. Adalind shows up shortly afterward with a long rope. They each take an end of the rope and she has them agree to the terms: Adalind will be Renard’s alibi in front of the Grand Jury so they dismiss the case IF Renard agrees to drop the charges against Nick right after Renard is freed. Reluctantly, Renard agrees. Adalind woges, bites her own hand, and drops the blood onto the center of the rope while Nick and Renard hold each end. The rope turns red, then does some pretty nifty rope tricks in midair, fashioning itself into a noose.

Back at the spice shop, Rosalee, Trubel, and Eve/Juliette are trying out some different liquid concoctions on the cloth to see if it helps enhance the writing and symbols so everyone can see them. Just then Adalind gets back from her Trust-Me-Knot party. Juliette/Eve brushes some of the solution on a corner of the shroud and the corner dissolves before their eyes. Monroe and Diana join them and Diana asks what they’re doing. They explain and she hops up on a stool and looks at the cloth. She does her creepy violet eyes thing and tells them she can see the symbols. Just then, Nick arrives back as well and asks her to draw out what she sees. As she’s drawing, Trubel gets a call from Hadrian’s Wall headquarters telling her to leave Portland right now to receive new orders. She asks Eve/Juliette and Nick to come with her. Before they can discuss further, Monroe calls them back to look at what Diana’s drawn. It’s not anything that any of them recognize. They try to look through their research but can’t find anything like the symbols. Trubel gets a text from HW and tells them she has to leave — right now. She asks again if Nick will come with her but he refuses, saying he needs to stay and fight here. She heads out while the rest of them continue to ponder Diana’s drawing.

Back at the precinct, Hank and Wu get word that the Grand Jury will be convening in two hours (instead of the standard three days) on Renard’s case. Hank calls Nick and the team and fills them in. Before the hearing can even start, the judge (who just happens to be the Black Claw agent Renard called earlier) throws the whole thing out and dismisses the jury. Renard smugly informs Adalind that, since the deal was contingent on her testimony — which didn’t happen — the deal is now off. He then turns to Hank and Wu and tells them he expects their resignations on his desk in the morning.

After they leave, Renard walks into the judge’s chambers, where he and a mysterious blonde woman await. Renard thanks them for their assistance and then tells them he’s going to “clean house” in Portland and he’s going to track Nick down. I guess we’ll have to wait until next week to see how that works out for him.

Bonus Musings:
  • “You expect me to be your alibi for a murder you didn’t commit because you were actually murdering the person who was your alibi?” “Basically, yeah.” 
  • “I’m not going to jail for a murder I did not commit!” “Why not? You’re not going to jail for one you DID commit!” 
  • “If you need me, I’m willing to spend the rest of my life down here in this tunnel. If that’s what it takes.” “Uhhh, what about your wife?” “Oh. Yeah. Yeah, she probably wouldn’t like living down here that much... but the kids sure would!”


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