Sunday, March 30, 2014

'Grimm' 3x16 'The Show Must Go On' GifTweetCap: Wesen and Squirrel Abuse Alert!

Most of the following gifs are available on this Tumblr post. "The Show Must Go On” is the most Wesen-rich episode of Grimm to date! Did you know that carnivals all the way back to P.T. Barnum used and mistreated Wesen? Neither did I! I guess it makes sense though. But what about the hideous one-horned goat-icorn? Was that Wesen too? Either way, someone needs to call the ASPCA, stat!
The episode opens with Steampunk Löwen Ringleader Hedig (Carlo Rota) at a carnival taking a bow after shooting a Blutbad (Sam Witwer). The audience doesn't know anything about Wesen, of course, and the Blutbad survives his wounds. It's all part of the act.
Two girls find the Blutbad and beg him to make them scream, so he does.
Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) decide to get married in the woods, and they ask Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) to be their best man and maid of honor. Later, Nick has a nice little dream about the wedding, in which he kills everyone and beheads Monroe's gramma after a couple of kids woge and begin screaming when they see that Nick is a Grimm.
The two girls are found murdered, so Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are brought in on the case. Hedig is busy, so they end up watching part of the show. Nick is surprised to see them going into full woge, seen by all, which he doesn't believe is allowed.
At the Adalind (Claire Coffee) and Meisner (Damien Puckler) show in Austria, the pair find Sebastien (Christian Lagadec) and one of the prince's (Alexis Denisof) goons. Adalind (and/or her baby) makes short work of the goon's face using her newly souped-up Hexen-powers.
Nick and Hank speak with Hedig backstage. Nick can see that Max, the Blutbad, is clearly falling apart. He tries to dig a bit about the "masks" worn by the Wesen, but Hedig simply says that they are Made in China.
After Nick and Hank leave, Max's girlfriend Genevieve (Chryssie Whitehead), a Fuchsbau, realizes that he may be responsible for the deaths. She breaks his bottle of booze, which sends him into a craze. He pushes her down, and she cuts her leg on the broken glass. The other Wesen just happen to enter right then, and everyone is sure that Max is the killer.
Back in Austria, Sebastien stays behind to take responsibility for giving in to torture and leading the prince to Adalind and her baby, while Meisner and Adalind and her baby steal one of the prince's cars. Sebastian gets off three shots when the goons return, killing three of them before running out of bullets. The prince then takes it upon himself to kill Sebastien.
Nick tells Monroe and Rosalee about the carnival, and they suggest that the participants are going through something called Umkippen, caused by repeatedly forcing oneself to go full woge. It basically makes the animal side of a Wesen more pronounced, slowly destroying the human side.
Rosalee decides that they may be able to handle the situation better than Nick, since they are Wesen rather than Grimm. It doesn't really work the way they planned, as Rosalee is immediately pulled in to audition as they are asking questions. The Fuchsbau of the show is injured after all, so Hedig hires her almost immediately after she responds to his creepy orders to woge and turn around.
The show starts soon, so Rosalee begins getting dressed in her costume. Monroe pops his head in to try to talk her out of it when one of her "colleagues," Sid (Dan Considine), opens her curtain to warn her that the show starts in six minutes.
The show begins, but Rosalee gets stage fright, even more so after Hedig cracks his whip in her direction.
Max is furious that Hedig even replaced Genevieve in the show, so he begins his part early, knocking down everyone on his way to take a bite out of Rosalee. Monroe saves her, but gets a little carried away at the thought of Max hurting her. She has to pull him off and remind him that Max is sick and doesn't know what he's doing.
Nick and Hank learn that murder has been following the carnival for longer than Max had been a member, and the only constant was Hedig. Once the other performers learn the truth, they gang up on Hedig in the obligatory "funhouse" of mirrors to kill him. The Dämonfeuer (Jarrod Zinn) gets to do the deed against the powerful Löwen, roasting him up by igniting a little fat-infused spit.
They get their happy ending, with Max spending their trip off into the sunset in a cage. How lovely.

The show isn't quite over until the fat lady sings... or until the carnival-costume-clad Fuchsbau jumps into bed for some foxy-wolf fun.

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