"Of Mouse and Man"
109-Mason Snyder belittles Marty Burgess


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Episode Information
Air date: January 20, 2012
Viewers: 5.92 million[1]
Written by: Alan DiFiore &
Dan E. Fesman
Directed by: Omar Madha
Opening Quote: Of Mice and Men
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Co-stars: Co-stars
Objects: Grimm Diaries
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Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
"Game Ogre"
Next Episode:
"Organ Grinder"

"Of Mouse and Man" is the ninth episode of Season 1 of Grimm and the ninth episode overall. It first aired on January 20, 2012, on NBC.

Press ReleaseEdit

A VICTIM OF ABUSE TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS TO GET RID OF THE MEMORIES OF HIS TROUBLING CHILDHOOD -- While investigating a gruesome homicide, Nick (David Giuntoli) learns that a seemingly mild-mannered resident could be festering a potential monster created from a dark childhood. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is sent an unsettling message by the creature community, who are beginning to wonder if his priorities lie with them or a Grimm. Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.


An angry man enters a parking garage and yells at someone. He chases the other across the garage and a few seconds later is dead from having a screwdriver driven into his throat. However, his appearance has changed to that of an older man. A hooded figure drags the body to a dumpster, which is later emptied by a collection truck. Nick and his partner go to the site where the body was discovered after it jammed the rear loader. After learning the victim's identity and that his address was on the garbage truck's route, the detectives go to investigate. Finding blood in the dumpster and drag marks with blood on the sidewalk, they question the building manager. The manager tells them about an argument that happened the day before between Lenny and Mason, and asks if Natalie had gotten hurt and tells Nick and Hank that Natalie was Lenny's live-in. The detectives request to see inside Lenny's apartment and find it in disarray and state that it looks like Natalie Haverstraw left in a hurry.

After an APB is put out on her, they find Natalie in a motel and question her. She says that Lenny had been drinking and they got into an argument and he hit her. She told him she was leaving and went to pack her things, when Lenny exploded and she is sure he would have killed her if Marty, another tenant, hadn't come by then to see if everything was all right. Lenny started yelling at Marty, when another tenant, Mason Snyder showed up. Marty left and Lenny and Mason's argument got heated. She had Mason escort her to her car to leave after she got her stuff. Natalie was surprised that Lenny had been murdered.

Martin Burgess as Mauzhertz

Marty Morphs

Mason Snyder as Lausenschlange

Snyder Morphs

Nick and Hank then go to the junk shop Marty owns to hear his take on the argument. His account was almost identical to Natalie's, and he says his dad can verify that he returned to the apartment after the argument. During the interview, Nick sees Marty woge into a mouse-like creature. After that, Nick and Hank visit the law office of Mason Snyder. When Mason gets into an argument on the phone, Nick sees him woge into a snake-like creature.

Next Nick visits Monroe to learn more about the snake and mouse creatures. Monroe says Mauzhertz are very meek and afraid, and one rarely meets a Lausenschlange and lives to tell. Monroe answers a phone call about repairing an old clock tower the next day at 12:30, and he excuses himself to get more details.

Juliette Silverton arrives home and sees a woman in a pick up truck photographing the house. Juliette writes down the license number of the truck and tells Nick. He learns that the truck is registered to John Oblinger.

Later an unknown man is at a repair shop, upset with the owner about the outcome of his car repair job. The owner, Andy yells "Then take me to court!" The shop owner then woges into the same old man at the parking garage. The unknown person then kills him and dumps his body in the dumpster. Nick and Hank are called to investigate the crime scene when the body is discovered the next morning. They feel the two cases are connected. After looking at the shop owner's recent customers, they discover one of them is Marty.

At around noon, Monroe arrives to fix the clock tower. He discovers no one is at the location. He sees someone on the balcony, but when he looks up, people attack him. Before he gets knocked out, he realizes he is being attacked by Wesen.

Juliette goes to the address at which the pick up is registered. She sees the woman, who rushes two children into the house after noticing Juliette.

Marty meets Natalie as she is moving the rest of her belongings. Natalie tells Marty that she needs to leave town and start over. Mason comes out with boxes of Natalie's belongings, and Marty leaves. He is looking into Mason's car, when Mason grabs him and declares that Natalie is his and so is Marty. His arm is around Marty's neck, choking him, but the attack is interrupted when a couple enters the parking area. Marty seizes the opportunity to escape, and jumps into his car and speeds away.

Nick and Hank go into Marty's cluttered apartment and there they find Marty's Father, dead. He has been dead at least two days. Marty then goes to attack and kill Mason, Nick and Hank arrive later and realize Marty is dangerous and at large. Marty then meets Natalie with flowers and an invitation to dinner. Natalie, surprised by Marty's new personality, agrees. At dinner, Marty is giving Natalie positive complements when an argument between a father and his son interrupts. Marty then punches the dad, Natalie has to drag Marty out of the restaurant. As they leave, Marty sees every man as his dad.

Marty then speeds off with Natalie in his Camaro. Natalie appears frightened. The police start chasing him, before they lose him as he goes to his shop. At the shop, Marty drags Natalie into the shop. Nick and Hank then find Marty holding Natalie hostage inside the shop. After taking Natalie to safety, Nick tells Marty his father is dead. Delusional, Marty tells Nick he sees his father everywhere, no matter how many times he kills him. Nick arrests Marty.

Juliette tells Nick about having "investigated" the woman.

Afterwards, Nick visits an injured Monroe, who found a reaper symbol on his car after he got beat up. Monroe says the Reapers attacked him because he was helping a Grimm. Nick says he won't ask Monroe for help. Monroe objects; he vows to stick with Nick and be ready for any future attacks.

Guest StarsEdit


Production NotesEdit



  • "The White Snake" is a German fairy tale collected by the brothers Grimm but does not contain the quote.
  • The title is a reference to the John Steinbeck novel, Of Mice and Men, which in turn takes its name from a section in the Robert Burns poem, To a Mouse. As in the Steinbeck novel, the theme of responsibility is a major one.
  • Embossed on the archway above where Monroe is beaten and left unconscious is the Latin phrase "tempus fugit," which means "time flies/flees."
  • The name Martin Burgess is a take on Burgess Meredith, who starred in the 1939 film Of Mice and Men. Lenny is a reference to the character Lennie Small from the same movie.


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Episodes of Grimm

Season 1

"Pilot" • "Bears Will Be Bears" • "Beeware" • "Lonelyhearts" • "Danse Macabre" • "The Three Bad Wolves" • "Let Your Hair Down" • "Game Ogre" • "Of Mouse and Man" • "Organ Grinder" • "Tarantella" • "Last Grimm Standing" • "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau" • "Plumed Serpent" • "Island of Dreams" • "The Thing with Feathers" • "Love Sick" • "Cat and Mouse" • "Leave It to Beavers" • "Happily Ever Aftermath" • "Big Feet" • "Woman in Black"

Season 2

"Bad Teeth" • "The Kiss" • "Bad Moon Rising" • "Quill" • "The Good Shepherd" • "Over My Dead Body" • "The Bottle Imp" • "The Other Side" • "La Llorona" • "The Hour of Death" • "To Protect and Serve Man" • "Season of the Hexenbiest" • "Face Off" • "Natural Born Wesen" • "Mr. Sandman" • "Nameless" • "One Angry Fuchsbau" • "Volcanalis" • "Endangered" • "Kiss of the Muse" • "The Waking Dead" • "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm"

Season 3

"The Ungrateful Dead" • "PTZD" • "A Dish Best Served Cold" • "One Night Stand" • "El Cucuy" • "Stories We Tell Our Young" • "Cold Blooded" • "Twelve Days of Krampus" • "Red Menace" • "Eyes of the Beholder" • "The Good Soldier" • "The Wild Hunt" • "Revelation" • "Mommy Dearest" • "Once We Were Gods" • "The Show Must Go On" • "Synchronicity" • "The Law of Sacrifice" • "Nobody Knows the Trubel I've Seen" • "My Fair Wesen" • "The Inheritance" • "Blond Ambition"

Season 4

"Thanks for the Memories" • "Octopus Head" • "The Last Fight" • "Dyin' on a Prayer" • "Cry Luison" • "Highway of Tears" • "The Grimm Who Stole Christmas" • "Chupacabra" • "Wesenrein" • "Tribunal" • "Death Do Us Part" • "Maréchaussée" • "Trial by Fire" • "Bad Luck" • "Double Date" • "Heartbreaker" • "Hibernaculum" • "Mishipeshu" • "Iron Hans" • "You Don't Know Jack" • "Headache" • "Cry Havoc"

Season 5

"The Grimm Identity" • "Clear and Wesen Danger" • "Lost Boys" • "Maiden Quest" • "The Rat King" • "Wesen Nacht" • "Eve of Destruction" • "A Reptile Dysfunction" • "Star-Crossed" • "Map of the Seven Knights" • "Key Move" • "Into the Schwarzwald" • "Silence of the Slams" • "Lycanthropia" • "Skin Deep" • "The Believer" • "Inugami" • "Good to the Bone" • "The Taming of the Wu" • "Bad Night" • "Set Up" • "The Beginning of the End"

Season 6

"Fugitive" • "Trust Me Knot" • "Oh Captain, My Captain" • "El Cuegle" • "The Seven Year Itch" • "Breakfast in Bed" • "Blind Love" • "The Son Also Rises" • "Tree People" • "Blood Magic" • "Where the Wild Things Were" • "Zerstörer Shrugged" • "The End"