Back at the precinct, despite Anna’s protestations, Sarah spills the beans on what actually happened to Jake and Dan. Naiad women can only conceive and give birth in the water, but Naiad men are sterile. In order to reproduce, the women must encounter other men. Traditionally, then, the men who mate with the female Naiads end up dragged under and never seen again. Hence, Dan’s drowning. Some Naiads also observe a ritual of cutting members of their kind to banish them from their community. Dominic and Jesse plan on doing this to Ellie, who puts up a pretty solid fight. The two fail to maim her by the time Nick and Hank arrive on the scene, but they do dump her unconscious body into the water. Nick and Hank proceed to beat the crap out of the Naiad men. While Hank handcuffs them, Nick channels his inner Aquaman and dives down to rescue Ellie. With the girl saved, the case is basically closed. Dominic and Jesse are to be taken in, where they won’t last for very long. I hope someone plays a tiny violin at their funerals. Hank, however, has some issues with death himself as he sees Nick coming out of his yet-to-be-explained death state. I’m glad it’s more than just Juliette seeing this weirdness now.
Speaking of Juliette, back at Casa Burkhardt, she’s checking Nick’s email for a response from his doctor. The smirk on her face when she reads the comment about his enhanced endurance is rather telling. Less telling? The mysterious email that arrives in Nick’s inbox from someone named M. Now, I’m thinking it’s from Nick’s mom, but… maybe not? Juliette hasn’t a clue and neither do we. Also raising questions is the death of Renard’s brother. Back at the precinct, Renard watches a news feed on his computer with the newscaster asking who will take over the Royal family. Again, no one has a clue. As always, Grimm is pushing the larger plot forward bit-by-bit. And for now, it works.
The episode wraps with Jake confessing to Nick and Hank that Ellie is some kind of mermaid—that she isn’t normal. Nick quips that, in Portland, nobody is. While that might be the case for people, it isn’t for episodes of this show. Like last week, “One Night Stand” delivered what I want from a Grimm episode, though it tweaked its delivery method a little bit. This was easily the most “case-of-the-week procedural drama” the show has been so far this season. That isn’t a bad thing at all, but it did distract from a majority of the characters this week. It’s hard to strike a balance and the show was a little shaky this week when it tried. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the episode and can’t wait for next week.