|"Leave It to Beavers"|
|Air date:||April 27, 2012|
|Written by:||Nevin Densham|
|Directed by:||Holly Dale|
|Opening Quote:||Three Billy Goats Gruff|
|Co-stars:|| Danny Bruno as Bud|
Kyle Vahan as John Oblinger
Hank Cartwright as Jerry Baxter
Kevin Carroll as Arnold Rosarot
Tracy Gaillard as Monique
Lisa Carswell as Nora Grosszahn
Pat Janowski as Harriet
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"Happily Ever Aftermath"
A LONG STANDING FEUD COMES TO LIGHT AND NICK TAKES STEPS TO UNLEASH HIS INNER GRIMM -- DAVID ZAYAS ("DEXTER") GUEST STARS -- As Nick (David Giuntoli) delves into the trailer's weapons cabinet and his inner Grimm, the investigation of a dead construction worker leads him into a long standing conflict in the creature world. Sensing an unfamiliar threat, the suspect takes it upon himself to summon reapers to town to eliminate the Grimm once and for all. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) insists that Nick invite Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) over for dinner, making for quite the interesting evening. Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.
Nick looks through the weapons in the trailer. Later, he is carrying some of them through a forest, when Monroe, in his Blutbad form, tackles him to help Nick sharpen his Grimm skills. Nick is a bit put out, but Monroe points out that he needs to become better aware of his surroundings. After they both get up off the ground, Monroe reminds Nick he was supposed to apply wolfsbane to his clothes, but Monroe informs him that he didn't use enough and Monroe could still smell him a mile away. Nick shows Monroe the weapons: he needs to learn how to use them properly like his ancestors did because he can't just shoot everyone. For example, a few days earlier, he pepper-sprayed an unruly student who was actually a Skalengeck. Monroe says that the Skalengeck probably enjoyed the pepper spray. First, he shows the Doppelarmbrust, explaining that the hollow bolts used are filled with hellebore extract as a tranquilizer, and the other bolt is filled with lethal hemlock. Monroe then mentions that they were originally designed to take out Blutbaden. Nick fires a practice bolt at a hanging melon, then takes a swing at another with a Kanabo.
That night, Robert Grosszahn and Sal Butrell meet underneath a partially-constructed bridge. Robert woges into an Eisbiber after stepping out of his truck. Sal then demands money from Robert, but gets denied as Robert states that "I will not pay you anymore". Sal responds by shifting into a Hässlich and punching Robert in the gut to be able to drag him off.
Packing up shop for the night, Arnold Rosarot hears a noise and looks through a gap in the supplies. He sees Sal drowning Robert in cement. Arnold hurriedly calls 9-1-1, but is too late. Seeing Robert dead, he panics and knocks over a few objects. This alerts Sal who chases after Arnold through the construction site. Arnold manages to get ahead just enough to hop in his truck and drive away.
John Oblinger has fallen asleep in front of the TV in his living room when a noise awakens him. Grabbing a fire-poker, he goes down into his basement where the noise had come from. Arnold appears behind him and startles John. Both woge into Eisbibers and recognize each other. John asks Arnold what happened, but the latter begins to break down in tears.
Nick and Hank arrive at the scene of Robert's murder. There Wu tells them that the victim had apparently been drowned in cement. They go then to the victim's car where Hank finds Robert's phone, and that his last appointment was at 9:30 PM with someone with the initials of S. B. Dispatch then calls and tells them the identity of the witness, Arnold Rosarot. They then drive off to his place of residence.
Arriving there, they find the door unlocked and no one answers, so they enter the premises. They notice a lot of well-crafted whirly-gigs and Nick notices a fishing photo with Bud Wurstner, John and someone who he presumes is Arnold.
Nick returns home and is studying information about the suspect. Juliette walks in and notices that he wrote Eisbiber on the paper. She asks him what it is and he says it is a possible witness. She then goes on to say that she would like to invite Monroe to dinner. At first Nick objects, saying Monroe is a loner, but eventually, he gives in and agrees to ask.
He goes to Monroe's house the next morning. Nick tries to get Monroe to say he is sick, but Monroe states that will only work for one night and he wouldn't want to be rude by declining the offer. Nick states that there is nothing in their relationship that they could mention to Juliette, not even how they met. They eventually both decide to pick one story and stick to it through the dinner.
Nick then meets up with Hank at the Grosszahn Construction headquarters and they question Robert's secretary. She says that she had no knowledge of his 9:30 appointment or what S. B. stood for. She mentions that Robert had been arguing with Mr. Butrell at the planning commission.
At the planning commission, they're lead to Sal's office and question him. He states that he had an alibi for 9:30 last night, saying he was playing poker at the Trip Trap Social Club with six other people. When Nick mentions the 9:30 'S. B.' appointment on Robert's phone, Nick sees him woge into a Hässlich. Sal clearly has made Nick as a Grimm, but smoothly breaks eye contact with him and instead tells Hank that they were trying to work something out for 9:30 that morning, but Robert never got back to him and suggests that he entered the appointment wrong. Sammy comes into the office to tell Sal about a meeting. He then gets Sammy to confirm Sal's alibi. Nick and Hank then leave, satisfied that the questioning can't go any further at that time. Sal calls Herman in and tells them both that the one cop was a Grimm.
Having called ahead, Nick goes alone to Bud's shop to ask him if he had seen Arnold. Bud offers him some carrot cake his wife made but Nick declines. Bud says he has not seen him in weeks and Nick explains that he may have witnessed Robert's murder. Nick then shows him a picture of a Hässlich, which Bud identifies. He recalls that Arnold was working on a bridge for Robert. He explains that Hässlich believe that they own all bridges, so if one is being built they demand a cut from the construction company. It's a form of 'traditional' extortion; the Eisbibers don't like it, but it's always been that way. He reveals that most of the construction firms in Portland are Eisbiber-owned, and thus have to payout to Hässlich, the literal 'trolls'. Bud offers to go check a place where Arnold might be. He says if he is correct, he will carve a series of numbers into Nick's porch step, but Nick says that he can call him instead and leaves.
Back at home, Nick and Juliette finish setting up the table for dinner when Monroe arrives. After an awkward greeting, they settle down to eat. They tell Juliette about how Monroe helped with the Oleg Stark case by checking out the watch. Juliette then asks how they met and Nick says that Monroe helped identify a little girl's kidnapper through his boots. ("Pilot") It then gets weird as Monroe deviates from the story and they struggle to fix the error. Monroe then quickly changes the subject by asking for the recipe for the vegan salmon.
Bud goes to John's house to ask about Arnold. He says that John's would be the first place Arnold would go in such an event as this and that he needs to talk to him. John complies and takes Bud into the basement. Arnold is upset that John would tell someone until he is reassured that it is only Bud. Bud then tries to get him to tell the police who he witnessed murder Robert, but Arnold refuses. He says that if he leaves that basement he will be killed. Bud tells him that they have 'the' Grimm on their side, which surprises Arnold. Bud continues to try to convince Arnold to come forward to no success. John then suggests they should be "fair and democratic" and bring it up at the Lodge, where Arnold can hear out Nick anonomously.
Sal meets with Sammy and Herman in the Trip Trap Club at night to discuss what to do about Nick. Sammy wants Herman and himself to leave town for a while, but Sal says they shouldn't. He then suggests that they deal with him by calling Reapers, to which both Sammy and Herman are hesitant about. Sal, however, says that in order to protect their interests they have no other choice.
Nick is helping Juliette clean up from dinner and asks her what she thought of Monroe, to which she replies he was one of the strangest people she has met. He then gets a call from Bud, saying to meet him at an old power plant for an emergency Lodge meeting and that Arnold will be there.
Nick arrives at the power plant and is greeted by Bud. He takes him inside and asks him to tell the others what happened, and why he needs Arnold. Meanwhile, a plane lands in Portland and one of the Reapers calls Sal. They tell him they need to meet and tell him a time. The Eisbibers meet in their lodge. Most seem to want to leave the Hässlich alone. They put it to a vote, however, to be democratic. Sadly, the majority want to be safe and not go against them. The moderator then asks Nick to please not cut off their heads for not agreeing. Nick is disappointed that the Eisbibers won't stand up for themselves, but before leaving he thanks Bud for trying: he had hoped that the others would have the same kind of bravery that Bud showed while interacting with him.
Sal goes to meet the Reapers and is instead knocked unconscious and moved to an unknown location. They then interrogate him to see if he is working with Nick. Meanwhile, Bud visits John, lamenting the failure of the Lodge vote as Arnold listens in from the basement stairs. The case affects not just Arnold but all Eisbibers, and during the meeting, Bud recognized what they really are from Nick's viewpoint: cowards. For the first time, he's ashamed to be Eisbiber, which gives Arnold something to think about. At the precinct Nick and Hank go over the case with Sean Renard: they have no physical evidence on Sal and he has alibis. Without Arnold's cooperation they will lose the case, but just as they leave Renard's office, Bud and John arrive with Arnold, and with Bud's encouragement says he's ready to come forward. This gives them a reason to go after Sal.
The Reapers are still working Sal over, threating that if Sal doesn't deliver the Grimm to them, they'll kill him. Sal tells them that Nick is a cop; they ask if he expected them to be able to waltz into the precinct, ask for Nick and then behead him, but he figured that as they're the experts, they had such things covered. Just then, Nick calls Sal from a precinct phone, wanting him to come down for more questions. With a switchblade at his neck, Sal asks for the Reapers' benefit what happens if he doesn't want to, to which Nick answers that he'd be forced to send officers to make sure he does. Sal proposes they cut to the chase: they're both part of the Wesen world and they could have an off the record, face to face meeting and he'll make to worth Nick's while. He then states he'll be at the club in ten minutes; after the Reapers hang up for him, he tells them they ought to hurry over there. When Nick and Hank arrive at the Trip Trap Club and arrest Sal for the murder, the Reapers are in a car a short distance away, ready to follow Nick.
After Arnold identifies Sal in a lineup, Nick congratulates and thanks him for his bravery. He recommends that Arnold lay low for a while just in case, at which Bud suggests he stay at the Lodge. Nick offers to drive Arnold there himself and they leave with Bud and John following in Bud's truck. It's past sunset as they near the dam, at which Bud and John noticed the Reapers' headlights following them for the past ten minutes and call Nick to warn him. In the parking lot, Nick grabs the bag of Grimm weapons that was still in his car and they hurry into the generator room. Nick tells the Eisbibers to get downstairs to the Lodge and fights the Reapers himself. Immediately disarmed of his gun, he manages to get to his Kanabo and defends himself, beating back and disarming one before being disarmed himself by the other. Nick is forced back to avoid the deadly swings when he ducks one, and it accidentally decapitates the other Reaper that had stood up behind him. The Reapers' shock gives Nick enough time to grab the Doppelarmbrust from the bag and he kills the other with a bolt to the throat.
Monroe arrives with a shovel after being called by Nick and is stunned to identify the attackers as Reapers, examining a traditional inscription on the blade of one the scythes. He confirms Nick's suspicions that they'll keep coming until they kill him. Nick considers that he needs to send the Reapers a message and Monroe wholeheartedly agrees. Perhaps recalling the personal attack on himself, ("Of Mouse and Man") Monroe states that when it comes to sending messages to Reapers, "two heads are better than one", before hefting the scythe he's holding and decapitating the other corpse.
The next day, Nick briefly visits Sal in lockup, asking if he's surprised to see him and stating that he met 'his friends'. On Sal asking what happened, Nick says he knows how it is: they got angry and "kinda lost their heads."
Nick returns home and finds a bewildered Juliette waiting on the porch. He asks what's wrong, and she replies, "There's just so many." She leads him inside and shows him the living room, now packed wall-to-wall with pies, fruit baskets, bread baskets, jars of homemade jam and preservatives, quilts, cake tins, bouquets of flowers, and various other gifts. Juliette says people have been dropping them off all day, and asks Nick what he did. Nick, knowing the entire Eisbiber lodge is giving thanks, shrugs and says, "just my job."
The episode ends with the 'distributor' of the reapers receiving a package via airmail with a note saying "Next time, send your best." He then goes through the packing styrofoam, only to drop the box out of shock upon finding the two Reaper heads inside.
|David Zayas||Sal Butrell|
|Traber Burns||Robert Grosszahn|
- Action occurs in Mannheim, Germany, but the participants speak French.
- Footage from "Tarantella" is reused (flashback).
- Juliette sees a note about Eisbibers and asks about them.
- This is the first episode that Nick is called by his full name: Nicholas Burkhardt.
- This episode did not introduce any new species of Wesen.
- The name of the episode is a reference to the late 50's and early 60's TV show, Leave It to Beaver.
- The site of Robert Grosszahn's murder, referred to in the episode as the Gladstone Bridge construction site, was actually filmed near Gladstone, Oregon. The bridge pictured in the quote near the scene of the murder is the John McLoughlin Bridge that spans the Clackamas River between Oregon City and Gladstone.
- The video of the German city shown as Mannheim is actually Hannover.
- The program on John Oblinger's TV appeared to be a period documentary about log driving.
- ↑ Friday Final TV Ratings: ‘Supernatural’, ‘CSI:NY’, ‘Blue Bloods’ Adjusted Up; ‘Fringe’ Adjusted Down