‘Grimm’ recap: Face off, game on

Romance is in the air in Portland — flowers, passionate kisses and … gunfire. Throw in the green-eyed monster — or a green-eyed human in a jealous rage, to be precise — and you have a little romance, “Grimm” style.

The folks at “Grimm” were busy little bees during their way-too-long hiatus, and packed plenty of action into “Grimm’s” return Friday night. Here’s the basic lowdown: Rosalee (Bree Turner) is back, we finally got confirmation that Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is a Wesen and saw his other face, and Adalind (Claire Coffee) is still officially the most evil bitch on the planet.

That’s the Cliff’s Notes version, but let’s fill in some details.

Adalind is still hot to get her hands on the key, and using Renard to do her evil deeds. Speaking of hot, Renard and Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) spell-induced infatuation came to a bit of a head Friday night. While at a crime scene, Juliette called Renard begging him to come over. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Nick (David Giuntoli) knows about the little thing between the two, minus the whole spell part driving it. So he follows Renard back to the house formerly known as his and Juliette’s abode, and is set to storm in and catch them in the act when Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) calls him and divulges that whole spell thing.

(Whew, that’s a lot of action for a little bit of screen time. )

Then Nick… walks away. Huh? Whoa there writers, even if this fatal attraction was caused by love potion #666, Nick is really going to leave without breaking up the party? Or at least what he thinks is a party. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Just as Juliette and Renard are about to uh, consummate their attraction, conflicting emotions run wild in a “Yes! No! Stop! Don’t stop!” back and forth that finally ends when Juliette grabs Renard’s gun and fires off about five or so shots to stop the action. Fortunately for her — and Renard — she shot them into their walls, not loverboy.

So he leaves, but Adalind hooks up with Renard, and I do mean hooks up. She wants to take the edge off, so to speak, and insists that Renard get it on with her in Wesen mode. So now we finally see his Wesen face, which seems to be Hexenbiest? Men can be Hexenbiests?

But the most stunning turn of events is when Renard figures out  Nick has hidden the key in his desk at work and swipes it. Then denies having it to Adalind. Then, get this, takes it back to Nick for safekeeping when he realizes handing it over would be his death warrant, at which point Renard and Nick pretty much know all about each other.

Then with the help of Rosalee, Nick, Renard, Juliette and Monroe set about reversing that whole obsession spell. Nick has to drink a nasty potion for purification as the first step to setting this right, just as Renard had done to wake up Juliette, Sleeping Beauty style.

So we find Nick in the throes of a very bad reaction to his purification potion at the end of this episode, and the Wicked Witch of the Wesen, Adalind, has an entirely different reaction to the dose of “love potion” Renard gave her — the skank is knocked up, which clearly pleases her.

What is she up to now?

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Grimm - Season 1The revolution will be televised — and you can see it on Friday’s “Grimm” episode, “Cat and Mouse.”

After bringing Hank (Russell Hornsby) back from a very nasty love spell last week, Nick gets back to work with his partner on a murder case they discover started in a land far, far away — across the pond, in fact. If that wasn’t surprising enough, imagine Nick’s surprise when he discovers aforementioned suspect is being harbored by Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner.)

It may appear Monroe is being a bad doggy, but it turns out the man he’s harboring (Neil Hopkins) is actually a freedom fighter in the Wesen world and one of the “good guys” after all. And a good guy on the run from a very nasty bounty hunter (Sebastian Roche.)

If you’ve seen “Supernatural,” you’ll recognize Roche as a not so nice angel from that series. And speaking of which, dear NBC and CW: someone needs to back down and change their night or time so these two shows don’t air at the same time. You know you’re fighting over the same audience, right?

Enough already — give your fans a break, network executives.

Grimm” airs Friday nights on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

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‘Grimm’ spoilers: You give love a bad name

Grimm - Season 1
On Friday night’s “Grimm” episode, Hank’s love life goes from grim to grimmer with a bad love spell by a very wicked woman. Or a Hexenbiest pretending to be a woman, to be more precise.

After eating some cookies spiked by a very nasty love spell, Hank (Russell Hornsby) becomes so obsessed a year of therapy and a truckload of Paxil wouldn’t cure his obsession with his femme fatale (Clair Coffe.) He takes his witchy woman on a double dinner date with his partner Nick (David Giuntoli) but Nick is quite immune to her charms, and wise to them — this is the same bad apple that tried to kill his Aunt Marie so he knows exactly who she is.

And what she is, with his special Grimm, monster-seeing abilities.

Meanwhile, poor Sgt. Wu accidentally ate one of the hexed cookies last week and seemed to be cured, but now shows some very odd dining choices of his own as an extended side effect this week. Judging from the video, he seems to have mixed up Trader Joes and Ikea, but at least we need not worry about his fiber intake.

For once, it looks like Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) won’t be the strangest character on this episode.

Grimm” airs Friday nights on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

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