‘Grimm’ Recap: “Lonely Hearts” (1.04)
Woman in a white, silk nightgown is running down a darkened street, where it appears she’s being attacked by large spidery creatures and circular saw blades. She runs onto a bridge and in her frightened state, runs into an oncoming car. The driver gets out of the vehicle and checks her. She’s alive. Out of nowhere, a shadowed stranger is suddenly there, advising the driver to call 911. He returns to his car, and does just that.
The dark stranger crouches next to the wounded woman and strokes her cheek. This seems to…. Turn her on? Or something. She gets all breathy and swoony, and it’s not from her injuries. She wants the dark stranger to kiss her. Instead, he covers her nose and mouth, effectively suffocating her instead.
The sun is rising by the time detectives Nick Burckhardt and Hank Griffin are on the scene questioning the driver of the vehicle, Mr. Kent. The driver claims that after he’d dialed 911, the stranger was gone. Nick and Hank wonder what she’d been running away from, or running toward in her nightgown.
A man in dark clothing exits a cab, and enters the Jacob Hotel. Upon entering his room, he opens a suitcase, and his cell phone rings. He tells the person on the other end that he’ll call when he’s finished. He says this while looking at a newspaper article entitled, “Off Duty Detective Shoots Attacker”. The man opens a compartment of the suitcase and takes out a weapon. It’s a portable reaper. It just unfolds, for easy carrying. Convenient. I bet this guy wants to kill Grimm, because we briefly see that his face makes a beastly transformation, and they all want to kill Grimm, right?
Nick visits the morgue, where the coroner lady gives us some exposition. The nightgown lady’s eyes are dilated, also, she was asphyxiated. Someone pinched off her air. That sucks. We also find out that nightgown lady’s name is Faith Collins. Nick and Hank go visit Faith’s husband at work. He’s a known abuser, and they think she may have been running from him. Faith’s hubby says they did argue, because he was at work all day and when he came home, he was hungry, but the little woman hadn’t made him any dinner. She’d been on the computer, because she loves the social networking stuff, and has 322 friends. He doesn’t get it. Dude should have made himself a sandwich and called it a night. Instead they argued and he tells our detectives that Faith left. Hubby hadn’t seen her since the night before. Wonder who’s gonna cook for him now?
Nick and Hank decide to check Faith’s social network page. She’s posted up a picture of a place called The Bramble House Bed and Breakfast. They make a stop there. The inn keeper, is pretty hands on. As in kind of handsy with his guests, I noticed. One of those touchy-feely types. He says Faith was there but didn’t stay. He showed her the garden though. It’s a nice garden. Nick and Hank want to see it. Inn keeper shows them a garden, lush with plant and animal life. Hank accidentally steps on an endangered toad. Oops. If they’re so endangered, why are you leaving them all over the ground to get stepped on, Mr. Inn keeper? Oh. I see, Inn Keeper is a kind of creature. Nick sees the reflection in the pond as Mr. Inn keeper picks up the dead toad. As our detectives leave, inn keeper man eats the toad. It’s like toad road kill. Why let it go to waste?
Back to reaper guy. He’s at the police station now, wanting to know the whereabouts of the detective who killed an attacker like the paper said. I don’t think he wants Nick’s autograph. Captain Renard sees the man from the office window. Reaper man is told they’re not allowed to give that information. As reaper man leaves, he and Nick pass one another. Nick looks back curiously.
At the trailer, Nick is reading up on things. He finds information on a creature called a Ziegevolk. It’s a goat-like creature with horns, pointy ears and sharp teeth. They’re sometimes known as bluebeards, who cast spells on women so they can defile them.
Nick interrupts Eddie’s cello playing to ask if he knows anything about Ziegevolk. This show needs more Eddie. I like him. Eddie says bluebeards are usually actors and game show hosts. They like the spotlight and always get the girls. They give off a pheromone that attracts and enchants women, and if a bluebeard touches you, they own you. Bluebeards are lovers, not fighters, Eddie says. They’re always looking for females, and are one-night stand types of guys who hang out at bars and such.
Nick and Juliette go grocery shopping and talk about chemistry, biology, and integrating. That’s all I got.
Hank’s working on finding out information about the inn keeper. His name is Billy Capra. HA! Get it? Billy Capra? Billy Goat? Oh show, you are so clever. I see what you did there. Billy’s an Italian goat.
Nick and Hank find other cases of women who’d disappeared and turned up later, pregnant. Captain says they’ve got a serial rapist and they think Billy Capra might be the one responsible.
Billy’s prepared three dinners and takes them to the basement. He places three plates in front of three separate floor cages. Three female hands reach out between the bars for the plates. Before going back upstairs, Billy turns a couple of pipe levers, and gas seeps into the room housing the cages.
Hank places a GPS tracking device under Billy Goat’s car. But Billy decides to go for a walk instead. Nick follows behind, while Hank stays at the B&B, and scopes the place. Nick calls Eddie for help and promises to pay his bar tab, if he’ll go inside the Blue Moon Bar and keep an eye on Billy.
Meanwhile, Captain Renard makes a visit to reaper man. He tells him to shut the door in French. I think it’s French. Why did I drop French class all those years ago? Captain tells reaper man that the first mistake he made was coming to his town. The second mistake reaper man made was not knowing whom to kneel before. Reaper man kneels. The captain takes the reaper and circles behind reaper man. I’m going to call him Jacques, because I’m tired of typing reaper man. Captain says his fellow reaper brought his death upon himself. Jacques says he followed the Grimm here, and so he has a right, and now he wants revenge for his dead reaper friend. I didn’t know reapers had friends. Captain says Jacques is here without his permission. Like a boss. He opens the portable reaper, and slices Jacques’ ear off! Jacques is screaming. A lot. Captain picks up the ear and tosses at Jacques, who’s still screaming, and bleeding. He tells Jacques (in French again, thank goodness for subtitles, I’m thinking I should give French class another shot) “This is so you’ll remember to listen when I speak. Now go home. And don’t come back.” Captain leaves. That was intense.
Eddie’s at the bar now. He sees and smells Billy Goat. He gets close enough to Billy and the lady he’s putting the moves on so that Nick can also hear the conversation through the earpiece on his phone. Even Eddie is momentarily mesmerized by Billy. It’s a funny moment. Eddie returns to Nick and says he almost bought the guy a drink.
Hank is snooping around Billy’s B&B. He hears noises and goes to the basement. He finds the women in cages, but is overcome by the gas permeating the room. He starts to hallucinate and then passes out. Nick tries calling Hank to warn him that Billy is returning to the B&B, but Hank is unconscious. A woman’s hand tries to reach the phone from her cage.
Nick returns to the B&B looking for his partner. The woman Billy was enchanting shows up and enters the place. Nick opens the door and tells her he needs to talk to her. He tells her there’s a police investigation going on and she needs to leave. She does, but she’s not happy about it. Nick calls Hank’s cell phone and follows the ringing sound. He finds Hank in the basement where the caged up women are. Billy locks them inside and turns up the gas. Nick and Hank bust the door down, and get the women out.
Billy has taken off, but Nick and Hank are able to track his location through GPS. They find Billy and the woman from the bar at public botanical gardens of some sort. They call out for Billy, and he takes off in fine goat form, jumping and leaping and doing all kinds of cool parkour moves. Then he runs off and into the street, promptly getting himself hit by a bus. The paramedic treating him is female, and when she touches him, she gets a gooey, swoony expression on her face. Billy’s still working it.
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