Season 6, Episode 6
Air Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8PM E/P on NBC
“Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would be to have never been born at all.” – Grimm
The title of this week’s installment of Grimm is a bit misleading. I think it’s more like a midnight snack that isn’t appetizing at all. In fact, when another new Wesen known as an “Alpe” is introduced in “Breakfast In Bed,” it makes insomniacs like me cringe. A creature that feasts on the sleep of exhausted patrons in the dilapidated Englewood hotel doesn’t seem like much of crime, but when one of the guests kills an innocent good Samaritan because he’s so sleep deprived and confused, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are on the case.
I’ve always said I’m glad Hank is still human. Now that Wu (Reggie Lee) is a Were-Wu, Hank is the only one who can be the voice of reason in the supernatural Wesen world that is Portland. The conversation between Hank and Nick made me shake my head in amusement.
Hank (with a smile): “We got a fun one. Someone woke up in a bad mood and smashed a guy’s head in the pavement.”
Nick: “You’re happy about this?”
Hank: “No, but I’ll take a cold blooded murder over an unsolvable ancient riddle about the universe any day. The only big bang theory I want to deal with is the one from a gun.”
Ah, you’re probably wondering about that “ancient riddle about the universe” comment, right? Well, aside from the crazy new ‘Wesen of the Week,’ the two main story lines that get attention are the runes Eve (Elizabeth Tulloch) drew on the tunnel walls and Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) being haunted by Meisner (Damien Puckler).
In trying to figure out the rune riddle, Eve, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and Rosalee (Bree Turner) put their collective heads together to work through the mystery. Languages, ranging from “Samarian, Aztec, Mayan, and Hodge Podge,” are at play but when Monroe sees something resembling the constellation “Pleiades,” things begin to come together. Pleiades, also known as the ‘Seven Sisters,’ may correlate with the seven stars Eve drew on the wall, the seven “Grimm crusaders,” and the seven keys that made the map to find the all-powerful healing stick. Now we’re getting somewhere. Could the cloth and the runes be an ancient “map of the universe” foretelling a possible future event?
I think it’s a bit too convenient that Rosalee has a handy computer program that maps the planets, but for the sake of television and moving our story along, I’ll let that slide. I wonder if the date Rosalee and Eve arrive at coincides with the Grimm series finale. Will there be a cataclysmic event in Portland? Will one or more of our beloved Scooby gang meet their tragic end?
Speaking of Scooby, I love how “Breakfast In Bed” mimics an episode of Scooby-Doo in how Nick wants to set a trap for the Alpe using Monroe as bait. In the cartoon, Fred always ‘set traps’ and Shaggy usually ended up the bait. Monroe wins ‘Most Awesome Person, Friend, and Blutbad Award’ again! Although Rosalee’s method of delivering a high dose of melatonin seems extreme, there are now easy to dissolve melatonin pills. #ThatisaHugeNeedle
And like most Scooby-Doo episodes, there is a haunting that needs investigating. In the case of Renard and his nemesis Meisner, things take a bit of perplexing turn after Renard gets a visit from the mysterious Black Claw caller, Anselmo Baledin (guest star Carlos Gómez). It’s what Renard does during the meeting that earns him a generous warning from Meisner about a possible assassination threat. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Meisner. He needs to be that little guide on Renard’s shoulder to help him make better choices. And I’m sure Black Claw will be back to avenge yet another fallen soldier. I think Black Claw needs to cut their losses in Portland.
“Breakfast In Bed” reminded me a lot of several old Scooby-Doo cartoon episodes, complete with a twist on the old “red herring” shtick. I gotta say Mr. Charles “Red” Herring Lynk (Tobias Andersen) is kind of creepy just sitting in his wheel chair in a dark corner, wheezing with his oxygen tank. He just sits and watches as the hotel guests go in and out. His woge at the end of the episode, after our Alpe is found, really stands out. I wonder how long old man Lynk has been a patron at the Englewood Hotel.
“Breakfast In Bed” is entertaining and introduces us to a couple of intriguing Wesen while expanding on two main story lines. Being a huge fan of Scooby-Doo, I loved this episode’s many homages. I wonder it that was intentional by the writers. I’m anxious to know more the map of the universe and what the date signifies.
What did you think of “Breakfast In Bed?” I’d love to hear from other Grimmsters. Leave me a comment below or tweet me at @judybopp. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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