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Opening quote: “A liar will not be believed,
even when he speaks the truth”
The episode opens with the Grimm gang informing Juliette of what she has to do: breathe in the potion Elizabeth made and make love to Nick. There’s one catch, however, the potion will temporarily transform Juliette into Adalind.
Back in Vienna, the real Adalind is still drowning in the wall spirits’ tears. Suddenly, she ends is in another room, away from the creatures in the wall. Hofmann is trying to guide her out when she hears a crying baby and runs toward it, despite Hofmann warning her to stop. She sees a woman that looks exactly like her running away. Adalind follows the woman despite Hofmann’s protests.
Elsewhere in Portland, a frightened woman, Ava Diaz, asks her husband, Gabriel, whether he checked the doors and bedrooms, he assures her that they are safe and gives her the medication.
Cut to Nick’s house, Nick and Juliette are trying to come to terms with what they have to do. Nick appears to have some reservations.
Cut to Ava and Gabriel’s house. Ava gets up in the middle of the night when she sees a man with a face of a wolf. He torments her as she is desperately trying to get away from him. The wolf forces her to drink alcohol and when she breaks the glass and runs, as the wolf chases after her. Her husband hears the broken glass as Ava jumps in the car and speeds away. She hits a pedestrian before crashing into a barrier, the wolf-man on the hood of her car.
The following morning, back at Nick’s house. Bud comes over to offer his condolences to Nick and to introduce himself to Trubel. Bud makes up a story that he needs Trubel’s help to help his son face a Wesen bully. When Nick leaves, however, Bud spills the truth: he accidentally blabed about Nick’s loss of powers to his friends and now Nick is in trouble – Shaw, a Klaustreich, a cat-like Wesen, whom Bud describes as “bad news,” was heard threatening to “teach Nick a lesson.” Bud and Trubel set out to find him in order to protect Nick.
Cut to Sean’s new home. Sean and Elizabeth speculate that Trubel is a Grimm. Sean reveals to Elizabeth that Nick’s mother – also a Grimm – has her granddaughter.
Nick and Hank are discussing what to tell Wu as they walk toward the scene of the crime, i.e. where Ava hit the jogger, Jason Landros. Ava has been taken to a hospital, but Wu says that she was yelling something about a talking wolf and states that he is ready to believe anything at this point in his life. When Hank asks, “Even wolves?” Wu replies “I don’t judge anymore.”
Cut to Adalind chasing after herself. Suddenly she is alone, hearing her own voice echoing “where’d she go?’ As she opens a door, sees herself holding a platter with a disfigured head covered in rats. The head says, “I know you just want your baby,” as Adalind screams.
Cut to a mechanic shop, Trubel and Bud confront Bud’s friend, Joe, about telling Shaw of Nick’s loss of powers and find out where to find Shaw.
Cut to Ava’s hospital room. Nick and Hank talk to Gabriel because Ava is sedated. Gabriel infroms them that Ava was diagnosed with severe mental illness six months ago and had a psychotic episode last night. The detectives insist that Gabriel come with them to look at the house.
Cut to Ava and Gabriel’s house. Gabriel leads them through the events of last night and he tells them about Ava’s description of the wolf that talks to her. When they are finished, Nick and Hank speculate that perhaps the wolf is a Blutbad, same Wesen as Monroe.
Cut to Trubel, Bud, and Joe in the truck outside of Shaw’s house. Trubel approaches Shaw and asks him about Nick as Bud tries to interfere. Shaw threatens to beat up both of them. He clearly underestimates Trubel and she’s about to decapitate him as he begs her not to hurt him. Shaw promises to leave Nick and Bud alone and Trubel leaves him with just a scratch in his neck.
Cut to Ava’s psychiatrist’s office. The psychiatrist tells Nick that she believes that Ava suffers from mental illness and adds that she’s ready to testify on her behalf. She shows the detectives the drawings of the wolf-man Ava made.
Cut to Philadelphia, Josh enters his home to find it trashed. Before he gets a chance to figure out what is happening, several men come after him.
Cut to the spice shop. Nick and Hank show Monroe and Rosalee the drawings that Ava made. The newlyweds identify the Wesen in the picture as a Luison, a wolf-like Wesen. Monroe volunteers to help out with the case as Nick gets a call from the hospital informing him that Ava is awake.
The detectives visit Ava at the hospital. She’s extremely distressed about having killed the jogger. She describes what she saw to the detectives.
Cut to the precinct. Nick ran a background on Gabriel, who appears to be clean. It seems that Ava is worth a lot of money and Gabriel would have much to gain from her being institutionalized. Nick gets a call from Josh who informs Nick of what happened to him. The men following him are most likely looking for the key that Josh’ father gave to Nick.
Cut to the castle in Vienna. Adalind is outside a door. Hofmann tells her to open the door with him, stating that he is the key. He instructs her to open the door on the other side of the room and she “will be free.” He also warns her not to stop for any reason when she enters the room. He then turns into a giggling key and Adalind is able to use him to open the first door. The door opens to a deranged playroom, full of gigantic toys. While crossing over to the back of the room, Adalind sees her daughter, Diana, in a crib. Torn between her daughter and her freedom, she chooses her daughter and picks her up. Suddenly, her daughter turns into a pig. Terrified, Adalind drops the pig and runs to the door conveniently labeled, The Door On The Other Side. As she goes to open it, however, the handle comes off and Adalind falls down an Alice in Wonderland-like deep well, demonstrating once again that she needs to listen to Hofmann instead of giving in to the temptations around her.
Cut to Monroe’s house, the Grimm gang decides that Monroe will visit Gabriel’s house in order to determine whether a Luison has been there using his unmatched sense of smell.
Cut to Ava and Grabriel’s house. Monroe is sneaking around the property. He calls Nick to make sure that Gabriel is at the courthouse before he tries to sneak inside.
Monroe smells the Luison scent immediately upon entering. Above the garage he finds three suits that match the suit worn by the Luison that Ava saw. Outside the window a car approached the house and Gabriel steps out of the car. Monroe calls Nick who assures him that Gabriel is still at the courthouse. The new “Gabriel” comes up the stairs smelling the Blutbad (Monroe), who jumps out of the window.
Cut to the spice shop. The Grimm gang figures out that Gabriel must have a twin brother and discuss how they might be able to tell Ava the truth.
Cut to Ava and Gabriel’s house. Ava is back home and visibly nervous about seeing the wolf again. Gabriel assures her that she’s safe and gives her the medicine again before tucking her into bed. Outside the house Monroe sees Gabriel’s twin, Julio, who woges. The detectives take him down before they discover that Julio is not the only Luison. The liter of Luison steps outside as the detectives draw their guns and arrest them. Ava wakes up and gets out of bed, as Gabriel woges and follows her. Nick and Hank find a matching mask and tell Ava that Gabriel and his brothers were using masks to scare her.
Meanwhile Adalind falls down to the very dungeon from which she escaped. Viktor walks in as Adalind is begging him to stop the visions she’s having, “I’ll do anything.” He tells her that he wants the same thing as she – to get Diana back.
Cut to Monroe’s house. Nick is still trying to figure out whether he should get his powers back. Nick states that he misses being a Grimm and is “pissed” that it was taken away from him. Suddenly, something went up in flames outside of the house, whoosh. It is a Wolfsangel symbol burning, a symbol of prejudice and hate, similar to the WWII adaptation of the swastika. Juliette has now made up her mind, stating to Nick, “I’m ready for you to be a Grimm again.”
Psychological evaluation: We once again witness signs of discrimination as Monroe and Rosalee are targeted for their inter-Wesen marriage. The Wolfsangel symbol, intended to convey the message of hate is displayed outside of Monroe and Rosalee’s house. Destruction of property, such as that seen in this episode, as well as the previous one is just one of the intimidation techniques that perpetrators use to deliver their hateful message. Other techniques might include direct threats, posting hateful messages or threats on social media, emotional abuse, and physical violence.
Sadly, hate crimes based on someone’s race, cultural origin, religious background, gender, age, and other cultural factors is not uncommon. Many people when targeted feel alienated and suffer in silence, believing that they are the only ones experiencing these attacks. The truth is that when we alienate, we are more likely to experience depression, hopelessness, and contemplate suicide.
There are many reasons why someone might engage in a hate crime. These reasons typically include ignorance, jealousy, low self-esteem, trauma history, groupthink, and mental illness. Of these, ignorance and low self-esteem tend to be the most common reasons. Most people use bullying and intimidation strategies because it makes them feel strong. By putting down other people, the perpetrators might temporarily feel better about themselves. However, reliance on this mechanism is a dangerous game as self-esteem gained in this fashion will not last, requiring more put downs of others in order to raise it.
Putting others down in order to raise one’s self-esteem often goes hand in hand with ignorance. Ignorance can mean the lack of understanding of other cultures or views that are different from one’s own. Many people fear what they do not understand and may act violently out of ignorance. Often when ignorance leads to violent behavior, it is also accompanied by closed-mindedness, such as that we saw from Monroe’s father in the previous season.
While we might not be able to control what the perpetrator does, what we can control are our responses. The most important thing we need to remember is not to suffer in silence. If one person is being targeted, chances are that other people are being targeted too, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. Once we reach out to other people, report the crime, write about it on social media, tell our loved ones, we might be able to get the help and support that we need.
When someone we know and care about is going through a hard time, most of us hurt for them and want to take the pain away, to make them feel better. However, when we ourselves are going through a hard time, many of us struggle with having the same level of compassion for ourselves, self-compassion. Self-compassion refers to being kind to ourselves when we are going through a hard time; it consists of 3 parts – mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness.
Mindfulness is a Jedi-like skill of paying attention to what we feel at the present moment. We are often dreading the future or regretting the past, not always paying attention to how we are feeling and what we might need. Staying connected to how we feel in the right here and now can allow us to slow down enough to notice when we are struggling and when we need help. At this point, reaching out to other people, ones that may have gone through the same experience can remind us that we are not alone. This is called common humanity. Whereas bullies might follow the “misery loves company” principle, compassion teaches us that “company is the antidote for misery.” And just as we would provide support and kindness toward a loved one who is going through a hard time, we can also provide that soft kind support to ourselves. Whether it is with a little self-hug, some warm tea, or a piece of chocolate, by practicing compassion toward ourselves, we can begin our healing process.