Grimm – S01E09 – “Of Mouse and Man”
A man is killed, stabbed with a screw driver and dumped into a garbage truck. Nick and Hank are put on the case and the suspect pool includes not one but two different monsters. Meanwhile, a more cautious Juliette eyes people spying on their home and Monroe gets asked to work on a clock but is it more than he can handle? Solid episode which delves into the psychology of mice, men, monsters, and everything in between.
Score: 3 ½ of 5
When I say stabbed with a screw driver, I mean that in the most literal of sense. It’s brutal, personal, and spontaneous. This is why Nick and Hank immediately look at the last people who saw the victim alive and that would be one Mouse and one Snake monster, respectively.
The Mouse is a timid pack rat… yeah, I see what they did there… and the Snake is a slimy personal injury lawyer. A bit blunt there guys but it isn’t a defining trait or really that much of importance so we’ll let it slide. So which one of them did it? Or was it either of them?
The episode slumps a bit as more pieces are put together, another person is murdered, and we learn more about Mouse and Snake monsters, but then three very interesting things occur.
Juliette sees that her house is being watched and is able to get a license plate. Nick gets an address which Juliette memorizes and goes to. She sees the woman who was watching them and she immediately runs her two kids into the house when she sees Juliette watching. Is this woman a monster, one who is scared that the Grimm is going to catch her? I don’t think Nick really understands what it means to be an active Grimm.
Monroe gets asked to work on a clock, only when he shows up, several monsters beat the crap out of him. Good news is, if they wanted him dead, he’d be dead, so this was only a warning. The Reaper monsters who are after Nick and probably monsters in general don’t like Monroe socializing and upsetting the social monster norm. Nick offers to stop going to Monroe for help but he’ll have nothing of it. He likes helping and he’s not exactly one for doing what is expected of him.
Lastly, our killer is the Mouse who literally snapped. A psychotic break I think they call it. It’s really a wonderful examination of our own inner mouse as this monster could have easily been a human. His digression into a full blow psychosis is both blunt and subtle at the same time. A bit more depth than to be expected from a show like Grimm and that is why this show has a very bright future indeed.