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"The Good Soldier"
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Episode Information
Air date: January 17, 2014
Viewers: 5.71 million[1]
Written by: Rob Wright
Directed by: Rashaad Ernesto Green
Opening Quote: Eye for an eye
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Co-stars: Damien Puckler as Meisner
Bryar Freed-Golden as Gloria Calvert
Laura Faye Smith as DeEtta Calvert
Other Co-stars
Objects: Grimm Diaries
Images: Images
Transcript: Transcript
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
"Eyes of the Beholder"
Next Episode:
"The Wild Hunt"

"The Good Soldier" is the eleventh episode of Season 3 of Grimm and the fifty-fifth episode overall. It first aired on January 17, 2014 on NBC.

Press Release[]

NICK AND HANK INVESTIGATE A SERIES OF VETERAN MURDERS WHILE MONROE MEETS ROSALEE'S FAMILY FOR THE FIRST TIME -- KIRK ACEVEDO AND EMILY RIOS GUEST STAR -- Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to the gruesome murder of a veteran working in home security. During their investigation, they discover this might be one of several revenge killings regarding a horrifying cover-up involving members of the army and military contractors. On the domestic front, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) accompanies Rosalee (Bree Turner) during her long overdue reunion with her mother and sister. In Europe, Adalind (Claire Coffee) sees hints of what she thinks might be her powers returning. Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.


Frankie Gonzales sits in her car, clearly ill-at-ease. She looks out the car window at the VFW building and then starts cutting characters into her forearm with a knife.

Inside the building, Ron Hurd is at a bar chatting about work with Buddy. Once Buddy leaves to use the bathroom, Frankie sits herself down at Ron's table. At first, he doesn't recognize her, but he soon realizes who she is. A waitress comes over to take Frankie's order, but Ron snaps that she's leaving soon. She's furious about something she can't put behind her, and she rolls up one of her sleeves to show Ron the cuts she had made, imprinting the blood on a napkin and tossing it at him. Ron flinches away and stands up to leave, with Frankie telling him, "I'm not going away until you admit what you did."

At the spice shop, Monroe finds a letter from Rosalee's mother, Gloria. He's surprised, given that she and Rosalee haven't spoken for seven years. Her mother wants Rosalee to come to Medford for dinner as it is the anniversary of Rosalee's father's death. Rosalee is reluctant at first but asks if Monroe would come with her, and he agrees.

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Back at his house, Ron rages into a phone, telling someone that Frankie is in Portland. Just then, he notices a car pull up in front of his house and goes to check it out. It's Frankie again. He confronts and overpowers her, throwing her off his property. He tells her if she comes back, he will have her arrested. When she doesn't leave, he returns to the house to get his gun, but Frankie is gone by the time he comes out. Relieved, he goes back inside, only to hear a noise. He looks around with his gun drawn and then hears glass shattering. He finds his framed war medals smashed. Readying his gun, he is ambushed by a Wesen similar to a Löwen, except it has a scorpion-like tail with which it uses to stab him in the chest, killing him.

The next morning, Nick, Hank, and Wu investigate Ron's death. They deduce that he wasn't killed by a bullet, and his gun was never fired, but he was clearly prepared for an attack. The detectives notice that the framed war medals remain shattered on the ground, albeit missing the actual medals. Outside, they question Ron's colleague, Troy Dodge. He isn't of much help, and when he receives a phone call, the detectives give him privacy to answer it. Hank figures out that Ron must have let his killer into the house, but without a murder weapon or motive, the detectives don't have anything to work on. Meanwhile, Troy continues talking on the phone. The man on the other end, Jim McCabe, informs him that Ron called him last night to tell him that Frankie is in Portland, and Jim tells Troy to watch his back, which leaves him shaken.

Snappy and nervous at the prospect of seeing her family, Rosalee is not having a good morning. She tells Monroe that her sister, DeEtta, with whom she certainly is not on good terms, will also be at the dinner.

At the precinct, Nick and Hank track Ron's credit card and cellphone, finding out that just before his death, he had been at a bar, and after that made three phone calls to Jim McCabe.

Troy returns home to find Frankie chatting with his wife, who leaves to get refreshments. In their curt exchange, Frankie hints that the two of them may have had a sexual relationship before. Troy tells her to get out, which she does, but not before threatening him again.

Hank and Nick arrive at the bar that Ron was at the night before. The woman asks them if they're there for the dance class, but they manage to locate the waitress, Candy, who was working the night before. She remembers Frankie, describing her to the detectives, adding that she had found the bloodied napkin. The detectives find the napkin in the trash but can't figure out what the symbols mean.


Rosalee stares at her mother's house while sitting in the car. Monroe finally talks her into getting out, and when she reaches the door, she almost stops herself at the doorbell, but she manages to push on with Monroe's help. Her mother answers the door and seems genuinely glad to see her, but DeEtta comes to the door with a cold and curt welcome.

Nick and Hank arrive to Jim McCabe's office. He seems eager to help the detectives, even putting together a file for them. Nick asks Jim about Ron calling him, but he lies and says they only talked about work. Hank notices a photo on the wall with Jim, Ron, Troy, and another man, Robert Hammonds, and Jim says it's okay that they make a copy of the photo before leaving. Nick shows Jim the bloody napkin that was left by a woman on Ron's table, but Jim pretends not to know what it means, further denying that Ron spoke to him about anything other than business in Portland.

Back at the precinct, Nick and Hank do research on Robert, but they find out that he was killed in a similar way to Ron, a week ago in Phoenix.

In Vienna, Adalind works on some papers. She's not making much progress, since Meisner is sitting at the other side of the cafe and unabashedly staring straight at her. Adalind tries to ignore this and reaches for her coffee cup, but it moves away from her. Her shock quickly turns to joy, as she makes the cup fly into her hand. Just then, as she suffers from a sudden bout of pregnancy pain, the lights in the cafe explode, as a bewildered Meisner watches.

Troy confronts Jim, saying that he told his wife about what happened and that he's going to confess. Jim attempts to convince him to think about things and do otherwise, but Troy says he has thought about it for the last four years and leaves, determined.

Captain Renard listens to Meisner's report about what happened with Adalind grimly, telling him to be prepared and that it won't be long now; she is getting her powers back. Nick and Hank enter, and they discuss the strange circumstances of Robert and Ron's deaths. Renard suggests they check with the men's Commanding Officer, Adam Desai.

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Monroe and Gloria try to make small talk at dinner, but all attempts are curtly shot down by DeEtta, who does everything in her power, including insulting Monroe's line of work and Wesen heritage, to make dinner as awful as possible. Gloria tells her to stop, but Rosalee lashes out, and DeEtta accuses her of not being there at their father's funeral, before Rosalee reveals that she was in jail at the time for shoplifting. Rosalee goes on to say that she didn't find out that their father had died until she got out of prison, and by that time, neither DeEtta nor her mother were speaking to her, so she didn't know what to do. DeEtta suggests she should have apologized, but Rosalee tells her that not being able to say goodbye to her dad has haunted her for years, and she tearfully runs out of the house, with Monroe following closely. Outside, an upset Rosalee rambles about how badly the meeting went, but Monroe manages to calm her down. He asks what she stole, and she admits it was a watch, which gets him excited, and he asks her what kind, which in turn cheers her up, and the two embrace.

Betsy, Troy's wife, reads his written confession and is appalled. She, however, tears it up and tells him to burn it. Troy is just about to light the fire when he hears a crash from the other room. Betsy has been stabbed just like Ron, and dies in his arms. Seconds later, Troy is stabbed by a long, scorpion-like tail.

Monroe and Rosalee make their way back to the house, and Gloria hugs Rosalee tightly. Monroe watches, smiling, when he hears a snarl from behind him and woges in defense. It's DeEtta, who is also woged and threatens to kill him if he breaks Rosalee's heart. She walks back to the house, leaving a flabbergasted Monroe on the lawn.

The detectives organize a webcam meeting with Colonel Adam Desai, who is apparently stuck in a hospital with terminal cancer. The colonel has no fond memories of the four soldiers; they were untouchable by the law. He tells the detectives that the four men had raped Frankie, but they got away with it due to their positions. The day Frankie was attacked was 11/11/10, which Nick realizes is what is on the bloodied napkin. Desai excuses himself, saying that nurses were calling him. He then hangs up, only to get up and take a swig of alcohol, revealing that he's not in a hospital at all, but in a Portland hotel room.

Later at the precinct, Wu approaches the detectives with the news of a double murder, Troy and Betsy Dodge. They arrive at the scene and deduce that they have the same kind of stab wound as Ron, but they are still at a loss for how Frankie, whom they suspect, killed them. Hank receives a call from Wu, when Nick notices ripped up paper in the fireplace. Wu informs them that the medical report from the wounds are ready; the poison is something uncommon, but the closest match is scorpion venom. Wu jokes that they're dealing with a six-foot tall scorpion, but Nick and Hank exchange glances.

In the trailer, Juliette and Hank comb through the Grimm Diaries to find out what could have caused the stab wounds with scorpion venom, while Nick attempts to piece together the paper he found in Troy's fireplace. They find an entry on a Manticore, which fits the description they were looking for. The diaries describe it as part Löwen and part scorpion. They have a venomous tail and no fear of death. Nick finally pieces together the paper and realizes it's Troy's confession.

Frankie throws herself against Jim's car, screaming threats. Jim reaches for his gun but puts it back when police cars arrive and surround Frankie. Nick and Hank arrest her.

In an interrogation room, Frankie denies that she killed anyone. She tells them about what happened when she was raped and that she just wanted the men to confess. Nick pushes on, revealing that he's a Grimm and that they know she's a Manticore. She's stunned, but she woges to prove them wrong, as she's a Steinadler.

With several officers tracing the call, Frankie phones the colonel, who is in the VFW bar. He knows that she's with the police and lets them track his location before hanging up.

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The door opens at the bar, and Jim enters. Desai shows him the last copy of the restricted complaint that was filed against the soldiers. He tells him that if it goes away, so do his problems. Jim snatches the document, but as he goes to leave, he stops when Desai discloses that he had killed Ron and Robert but not Troy and Betsy, adding that he knows Jim must be the one who murdered the latter two. Desai says, "I guess it's between you and me now." They woge and have a close fight. Both are immensely powerful, but neither are more so than the other. Jim knocks Desai to the ground, and he reverts back to his human form. He pulls out a knife from his boot and stabs Jim in the tail before the detectives arrive, causing Jim to roar in pain and woge back into his human form. Just as Nick and Hank burst through the door with Nick ordering Jim to back away, Jim picks up the knife and stabs Desai. Hank arrests Jim, who flatly states he stabbed Desai in self-defense, but Hank replies, "Not what we saw." Nick checks on Desai, who tells him that although they couldn't arrest Jim for raping Frankie, they could now arrest him for what he just did. Desai then dies.

Nick and Hank debrief Frankie, who looks at Troy Dodge's pieced-together confession, telling her what Desai had done. With justice doled out to her assaulters, Frankie leaves the precinct, finally having obtained closure.

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Production Notes[]

  • Filming for this episode began on November 5, 2013.


  • Monroe meets Rosalee's mother and sister for the first time.
  • Rosalee reveals why she wasn't able to come to her father's funeral seven years before.
  • Adalind's powers begin to show strong signs that they are returning as a result of her performing the Contaminatio Ritualis.


  • The episode number, 311, appears multiple times in this episode:
  • Trasques and Manticores are the first Wesen introduced that have tails.
  • The first name of Troy Dodge, one of the Artemus employees who had been in the military in Iraq, means "foot soldier" (from the Irish Gaelic word troightheach).
  • Frankie's official military record shows her rank and grade as Specialist E-3, but an E-3 is a Private First Class, while a Specialist is actually E-4.
  • Frankie's birth date in her army profile says March 13, 1987, but her police file lists her date of birth as April 27, 1989.


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"