'Grimm': Will Hank be a member of Team Grimm now? (2023)

'Grimm': Will Hank be a member of Team Grimm now? (1)View full sizeScott Green/NBCNick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) work together to free a kidnapped girl (Maddie Hasson) in the "Grimm" episode, "Bad Moon Rising."


What-is-she-up-to? mother

is nowhere in sight.

Captain-not-what-he-seems Renard

is laying low. And Juliette may be awake, but she still has no memory of Nick.

After two mythology-heavy Season 2 episodes

, "Bad Moon Rising" returned


to the monster-of-the-week procedural format from last season.

But with a difference. In another encouraging sign that Season 2 of

is going to keep pushing the story forward, and taking us deeper into the inherent conflict between Nick (David Giuntoli) coping with his abilities as a Grimm, and doing his job as a Portland Police homicide detective, "Bad Moon Rising" gave us a pretty momentous reveal.

A word of warning, if you haven't watched the episode yet, a spoiler is coming up.

Have we gotten the DVR collective away from the screen? Yes?

Whew. What a relief to see poor Hank (Russell Hornsby) no longer thinking he's lost his marbles. After dipping into the depths of paranoia, and even -- gasp! -- seeing a therapist, Hank finally learned the secret Nick's been keeping from him. And in another good touch, instead of going the cliche route of Hank being angry or hurt that Nick's been hiding his true self, Hank reacts with refreshing pragmatism.

After the episode's bloody, violent, mind-spinning events have reached their climax, and Nick has revealed that he's seen all the bizarre creatures -- and so much more -- that Hank has seen, the two colleagues sit at their desks in Portland police headquarters. Nick starts to apologize/explain to Hank about the strange day they've had, and Hank responds with a look of satisfaction.

"Today's been one of the better days of my life," he says. Nick is caught off-guard by this and asks, "Why?"

"Because I might be crazy," Hank says. "But now I know I'm not alone."

This scene, so long in coming, was both surprising and completely right. In Season 1, the show itself mirrored the struggle Nick's been having -- how to combine police case procedural elements, which resolve within the episode, with an ongoing story about the discoveries Nick is making about what it means to be a Grimm, and the mysterious forces that are trying to kill -- or use -- him.

Part of that struggle led, in Season 1, to viewers wondering when Hank was going to wake up to the fact that some weird stuff was beginning to happen on a regular basis in Portland. Now that Nick has taken Hank into his confidence, it seems like the most natural, organic development possible. They're partners -- why shouldn't Nick trust Hank to share his secret? Especially since Nick is increasingly finding his job and his Grimm world are intertwined.

In the episode, this climax comes about when an old friend of Hank's named Jarold (played by "Lost" veteran Mark Pellegrino), comes to him for help in finding his daughter, Carly. She's been kidnapped by, we come to find out, a pack of "Coyotls," the Wesen equivalent of a gang of thugs, who band together and punish those who try to leave the pack. Nick sees that Jarold is a Coyotl, too, and lets him in on this info. Jarold and Carly left the pack after Jarold's wife died, but the pack wants Carly back for some skin-crawlingly awful rite of passage process that happens when a female pack member is 17.

The search ends when Nick, Hank and Jarold find the Coyotl pack at their rural home base -- and this isn't a spot that Oregon tourism's going to be promoting, since the men are sitting around a scraggly bit of ground, with a trailer nearby and beer bottles scattered in the dirt.

Nick and Hank find Carly dangling from a rope in a well, and haul her up while Jarold is fighting the Coyotl gang. They take her inside the barn, where Carly reacts to spotting Nick, who she recognizes as a Grimm. She morphs into a Coyotl, terrified that Nick will kill her. Hank pulls his gun, and aims it at what he thinks is a monster, but Nick protests. Hank, reverting to his paranoia, yells that Nick can't see what he sees. Nick reassures him that he definitely does. "I see what they are," he says, trying to calm Hank down. "But right now, she's just Carly." Hank is stunned that Nick sees the transformation from human to creature. "Then you're crazy, too," he tells Nick. "I thought I was," Nick answers, adding that things are more complicated than that.

Carly apologizes for her Wesen freak-out, but says she thought Nick would kill her, because he's a Grimm. A what?

"It's sort of a family problem,"

Nick says, which is as good a way to put it as any, I suppose.

They all escape from the Coyotl gang when Hank and Nick get the drop on the gang and Carly hits the Coyotl gang leader with a poker as Jarold subdues him.

Back at the police station, Hank is taking down the police report facts from Jarold and Carly, noting that this is the first time he can't put what he really knows happened into the report. He and Nick share their moment, and for the first time in a while, Hank looks grounded and confident.

Helping make this major plot development work is how well Hornsby and Giuntoli work together. Neither overdoes the moment of revelation and confession. The characters both seem more relieved than anything to finally be able to share the secret. It makes me wonder how Hank will partner Nick, now that the effort for Nick to hide who he really is has been removed. These two could be a potent dynamic duo -- unless Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) finds out that Hank is in on the secret, in which case, I'd start worrying if I was Hank.

The other plot thread in "Bad Moon Rising" had to do with Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) being awake and looking totally recovered in the hospital after her coma. She remembers everything and everyone -- except Nick. She even remembers, and warmly greets, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) when he accompanies Nick to her hospital room. As if that isn't hurtful enough, she even remembers their dinner and Monroe asking her for

the honey pepper cedar plank vegan salmon recipe.


Despite Nick's attempts to unlock her memory by sharing photos of them together, Juliette still regards him as a stranger. At episode's end, Nick drives her home from the hospital to the house -- their house. But Juliette still remembers nothing.

Points to Ponder:


Who can see what now?:

So, if you don't have to be a Grimm to see Wesen, what that does say about Portlanders? I thought Nick's Grimm powers gave him the ability to see the creatures when they're in their human stage, and then when they're in their Wesen form. But Hank sees Wesen when they creature out. If everybody can do this, wouldn't Wesen be morphing when they're annoyed by traffic, standing in a too-long, slow-moving line at Fred Meyer, or otherwise losing their cool? And wouldn't everyday Portlanders see them turn into monstrous looking creatures and wonder about it? How come nobody's talking about this?


Monroe's way with words:

We didn't see much of everybody's favorite reformed blutbad, but he did get off a few good lines. My favorite: when Nick is wondering about the fertility symbols they come across researching Coyotls, and wonders what they're about, Monroe pauses, then says, "When a Mommy Coyotl and a Daddy Coyotl love each other very much..." We also learn nights with a full moon aren't good ones for him, which makes sense.

Next week: Monroe and Rosalee (Bree Turner) go on a picnic! But it looks like things take a nasty turn.


Kristi Turnquist


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What episode does Hank find out he's a Grimm? ›

"Bad Moon Rising" is the 3rd episode of the supernatural drama television series Grimm of season 2 and the 25th overall, which premiered on August 27, 2012, on NBC. The episode was written by Richard Hatem, and was directed by David Solomon.

What happens to Hank in Grimm? ›

At the beginning of the night, Nick (David Giuntoli) realized that both Wu (Reggie Lee) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) had been killed by the Zestörer, and he was goddamn devastated. He tried to use the magical stick to bring Hank back to life, but it was no use. And the casualties didn't stop.

Does Hank know Nick is a Grimm? ›

Hank at first thinks they are both crazy, but Carly helps him believe that the things are real. Nick's life as a Grimm is no longer secret from his partner.

Why does Hank have crutches in Grimm? ›

Russell Hornsby injured his leg (Achilles tendon) prior to shooting this episode and was written out as being "on vacation". He didn't return until 'Kiss of the Muse' two episodes later. This was the reason for wheeling him off set in his office chair.

Who does Nick end up with in Grimm? ›

It wasn't that at all. We found a way to incorporate them into the last episode. At the end of the final episode, we get the sense that Nick and Adalind are still together.

What season does Hank realize? ›

Hank discovers Walter's secret in Breaking Bad season 5, episode 8, "Gliding All Over." Walt has two big advantages over his DEA special agent brother-in-law: Walt is much smarter, and Hank grossly underestimates him.

What happens to Hank in the end? ›

As the gunfire subsides, Walter, pleads with Jack to spare Hank. In an emotional confrontation Walt breaks from the harsh persona of Heisenberg in a desperate attempt to save the life of a family member. Despite Walter's efforts however, Jack proceeds to execute Hank, coldly ending his life.

Does Nick become a Grimm again? ›

Juliette tells Nick that he needs to be a Grimm again after the most recent attack on Monroe and Rosalee regarding their marriage. Later, Nick and Hank investigate a weird and unusual sacrificing wesen ritual by a Phansigar (Komodo dragon-like wesen). Nick finally gets his Grimm power abilities back.

What kind of Wesen is Wu? ›

Wu is infected with a disease causing him to become a werewolf, so it's not a full Wesen transformation, but close enough.

Is Nick Burkhardt's son a Grimm? ›

Since Kelly (Nick's son) is both Zauberbiest and a Grimm, what are his powers as a Grimm since a Grimm's only power is being able to see Wesen woged.

Why is Nick turning GREY in Grimm? ›

Why does Nick's face sometimes turn grey? It's the lingering effect from the Baron's wesen poison that turned Nick and several others into zombies at the end of season 2 and into season 3.

Is Nick a powerful Grimm? ›

Trubel did help Nick to kill Zerstörer, when Nick was deGrimmlized Trubel was able to help. Marie and Kelly were ghosts / spirits that were part of Nick - Truble couldn't even see them. Nobody says Truble didn't help, the point is that Nick was the most powerful Grimm and the only one who could kill Z.

What is Nick's son Grimm? ›

Kelly Schade-Burkhardt, or simply Kelly Burkhardt (born 2015), is the son of Nick Burkhardt and Adalind Schade, as well as the younger half-brother of Diana Schade-Renard. He was conceived when Adalind used the potion to disguise herself as Juliette to take away Nick's Grimm powers after they slept together. ("

What is the fox Wesen in Grimm? ›

Fuchsbau (FOOKS-BAU; Germ. “fox hole” or “burrow”) is a fox-like Wesen known for their sly and cunning nature. When they woge, Fuchsbau grow soft fur on their faces, as well as white, black and orange patches all over their body.

Do Hank and Zuri get together? ›

"The Taming of the Wu"

After sharing a laugh over an exotic-sounding dish that piqued Hank's interest, despite him not knowing what it was, Zuri and Hank had their first kiss, and they ended up sleeping together.

What happened in Grimm Season 3 episode 11? ›

The Good Soldier

Nick and Hank discover a murder may be part of a series of revenge killings involving a military cover-up; Rosalee reunites with her mother and sister.

What happened to Hank in Season 3 episode 7? ›

Hank manages to shoot before Marco kills him. Marco starts searching for Hank, shooting a passerby along the way. Hank surprises him from behind and shoots him with Leonel's gun, unaware that he's wearing a bulletproof vest. Marco shoots Hank twice in the chest.

What happened to Hank in Season 3 episode 8? ›

Merkert explains that all the DEA knows is that Hank was attacked by two cartel hitmen, and that he killed one of the assassins and critically wounded the other despite sustaining four gunshots. Marie denounces Gomez and Merkert for making Hank surrender his gun before the shooting.


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