Grimm returns to NBC tonight with a brand new Friday April 10, season 4 episode 17 called “Hibernaculum,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, Nick [David Giuntoli] and Hank [Russell Hornsby] investigate a chilling string of murders committed by a rare Wesen with the ability to leave its victims frozen solid; at the same time, Juliette wants revenge on Adalind [Claire Coffee] as she grapples with the feeling that she’s losing her humanity. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard [Sasha Roiz] continues to suffer from mysterious bleeding and visions; and Monroe [Silas Weir Mitchell] tries to come to grips with the Wesenrein incident.
On the last episode, a cyclist’s homicide introduces Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to a Wesen with a tragic fatal touch. Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) and Adalind (Claire Coffee) learned the Royals had stepped up their efforts to find their child, and another member of the Royal family (guest star Nico Evers-Swindell) was introduced. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) pondered the idea of embracing what she’s become as opposed to fighting it. Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the NBC synopsis, “Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to investigate a rare Wesen that leaves its victims frozen solid. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) starts to feel that she is losing her humanity as she seeks to get revenge on Adalind (Claire Coffee). Elsewhere, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to suffer from mysterious bleeding and visions while Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) works toward coming to grips with the Wesenrein incident. Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.”
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Grimm begins with Nick eating alone in his kitchen. He looks at a picture of he and Juliette then turns it face down. Renard comes home in pain and pulls off his jacket. Juliette is there and asks where Adalind is. He tells her he wants his key back and she throws it at him. She asks what’s wrong and he says he met the new prince then J says she’s going to kill Adalind. He tells her to go ahead, tells her where Adalind is staying then tells her to watch out for Kenneth.
She pulls off her shirt and says she wants to finish what they started. She touches his wounded mouth and he flinches then grabs her arm. He grabs her into a rough kiss. A guy named Knute drives on an out of the way road when his car dies on him. He stops to check the smoking engine and curses. He walks shivering in the cold until he spots a nice little white house. The woman inside is on the phone talking to her daughter about her sick granddaughter. Jenna, her daughter, tells her to be careful when she answers.
Knute says he’s freezing but Jenna says not to let him in. He pounds on the door and demands to come in then he kicks down the back door. Jenna says he’s calling 911 as her mom Esther scrams. The guy woges then bites her neck. Esther turns gray and freezes up while Jenna screams at her to answer. Wu is at the scene later when Nick and Hank show up. He tells them that someone broke in brazenly and says only the victim’s car was taken.
He takes them inside to show them the corpse which is frozen in a sitting up position. They check how cold she is and Hank says it would take hours to do this and Nick says he sees frostbite. It’s on her shoulders. Hank sees what he says is a bite mark and they agree it must be Wesen. They go to chat with her daughter who has come to the house. They ask if anyone was with her mother and she says her dad has been dead for five years.
Hank asks what happened and she says the man told her mom that he needed help and then he broke in. She says her mom was terrified. Jenna asks how she could die like this and hwy someone would do this. They wonder why he needed a car so badly and wonder where his car is abandoned. They agree to check a five mile radius for the vehicle. Wu calls Nick and Hank and says the stolen car was spotted at a gas station. Nick says to set up a roadblock since the guy is deadly.
Monroe works on an old clock with a shaking hand. He thinks about his recent ordeal with the purists. He freaks and woges when Rosalee comes in and startles him and he scares her. She goes to him and he says you never know how much time we’ll have. Rosalee says they won’t take any for granted and they embrace. Knute drives, radio blaring, toward the roadblock. He accelerates then pops a u-turn at the last minute. The cops give chase and Nick and Hank come at him from the other direction.
It turns into a game of chicken. The guy stops and the four cars box him in. He gets out and takes off at a run. Wu, Hank and Nick give chase and warn the other cops off. Knute runs at top speed with Nick and the others in pursuit. Nick hears his footsteps and calls for them to follow. Knite stops and hides, shivering. Nick says he doesn’t hear him anymore. He walks closer to where Knute shivers. Nick is close as the guy woges into a snake like creature.
Nick gets closer and the guy freaks when he sees he’s facing a Grimm. He collapses to the ground and Nick tells the others he doesn’t know what he is. Knute begs Hank not to let Nick kill him. Monroe and Rosalee sit down to dinner while he makes small talk about clocks. Rosalee hugs him and asks what’s going on in his mind. Monroe says he started thinking about all the time that clock had survived and how important time is and how it ticks past. He says he was thinking about the purists.
Monroe says they almost ran out of town – he’s in tears. Rosalee tells him they didn’t and they’re rewound now and have lots more ticking to do. She says she loves him and they kiss. Hank runs Knute’s record and they find he’s from North Dakota and has no criminal record. Nick says they have him for home invasion and assault but can’t charge him with freezing Esther. Wu comes to get them and takes them to the holding cells. Knute froze to death in lockup.
Wu gets a text and says the cops found Knute’s car not too far from Esther’s house. Renard wakes naked in bed and he’s in pain. He goes to the mirror and looks at himself – he starts bleeding from his wounds again and curses and punches the mirror. He thinks about how he died from his wounds. He hears a noise and looks behind him and sees the wall split open in some sort of hallucination. Red devilish hands reach for him and he collapses in panic and pain.
Nick and Hank go check out Knute’s car. They open the SUV and see a ton of fast food wrappers and a receipt for three fast food meals and wonder if he was traveling alone. Rispoli tells Kenneth that Nick must be communicating with Kelly somehow. Kenneth says if Kelly thinks Nick is in danger, she may come back. He says he wants his phones and email tapped. Adalind comes in and says none of her clothes fit and Kenneth says he’ll send an escort to take her shopping.
She says she can go alone but Kenneth is unmoved. We see a guy, Jalmer, staggering down the side of the road freezing. A woman stops and helps him. She puts him in her car and he says he’s cold. He grabs her, says he needs her, woges and attacks. She gets out of the car and takes off at a run. He opens his door and falls to the ground and tries to crawl away. Juliette spots Adalind out shopping near the hotel. J moves a gargoyle with her power but then Adalind spots her. The guard sees the falling gargoyle and is able to shove her out of the way at the last second. Juliette walks away but seems unsure.
Hank and Nick are at the trailer reading about an Amarok that has fur but Nick says it had scales not fur. Nick says maybe Monroe and Rosalee will know what it is and they worry about the two others. Monroe and Rosalee are at the shop talking inventory when Hank and Nick show up to ask for help. They tell them they couldn’t find anything in the books. They tell them its a Norwegian creature called a Varme Tyv that’s a heat stealer. They tell them they can’t make their own heat and have to steal it. Rosalee says they can only process human body heat.
Monroe says they don’t bother anyone unless they get cold. Hank says they locked the guy up and he froze to death in his cell. Rosalee says they were probably headed for their hibernaculum where they gather together and share body heat to survive the winter. Rosalee says it will be a secluded place like bears in caves. Juliette shows up to the shop upset and says she had some side effects. Rosalee asks what’s wrong and she says she’s losing herself and needs help.
Nick and Hank come out of the back and Juliette says she didn’t know he was there. He asks if she told them and she realizes he told Hank. J asks what Hank thinks and Nick tells her to tell them before he does. J says hold on to your hats and woges. Monroe and Rosalee are terrified. She says it’s the new her then asks Nick if he’s happy. Juliette says there’s nothing that can be done. She says she made a mistake coming there and says they all had a hand in this. Nick says it’s his fault, not theirs.
J says there’s enough blame to go around and leaves in tears. Monroe says they can fix it and Nick says they already looked into it and there’s no way to undo it. Monroe asks how they’re still living together and Nick says they’re not. He says he’s a Grimm and she’s a Hexenbiest. Wu calls and says a woman was attacked on a highway and her attacker is a frozen stiff. They head out and Monroe says he’ll go along. Rosalee says she’ll call Juliette and tell them they’re not giving up.
She and Monroe swap OMG faces. After they leave, Rosalee says – She’s a freaking hexenbiest! Nick and Hank meet Wu at the roadside where Jalmer is frozen in mid-crawl position. Wu tells them what happens and they tell him it’s called a Varme Tyv. They look at his license and see he and Knute have the same last name. They agree there is one more out there. Monroe says they likely split up to have a better chance at getting some heat.
Nick tells Wu to check out other Gunderesons in North Dakota and here in Portland. A chilly guy gets into a cab and says he wants to go home. The cabbie asks for an address and the guy woges and attacks. They find seven Gundersons in the area and Wu says they got another frozen body. They go check out the cab driver who’s in the street looking like a mansicle. Wu gets a call and goes to take it. Hank calls the cab company to ask about the driver’s car.
Wu says there three Gundersons, Knute, Jalmer and Sven who were all shale workers. He shows them a photo of the third guy who has a petty theft record and snake tattoos. Wu says he thinks a Gunderson home West of here is most likely. Adalind tells Kenneth that Juliette tried to kill her and says he needs to kill her first. Kenneth says Juliette may know where Kelly Burkhardt is and he says she may help them if she’s fallen out with Nick. He tells her to calm down and says no one will kill her.
Adalind stomps off irritated. At the Gunderson farm, the four guys peek over the wall and see a bunch of cars. Monroe says if this is a hibernaculum, there could be four or five of the creatures inside. Wu points the way they should go and they head off. They look in the windows and see nothing. They break a window pane and unlock the door and head inside. It’s freezing inside the house. Monroe says he’s never seen a hibernaculum and has only heard of them.
They come into the living room and feel that it’s warmer. Hank says the heat is coming from the floor. Nick tries to move a rug but it’s stuck. He realizes it’s a trap door and raises it. Nick creeps down the stairs. He stops and asks what they’re doing there and Monroe says hibernating with a question in his voice. Nick creeps lower and they follow. He says it feels like a sauna. They go deeper into the area under the house and spot a pile of the creatures – more than a dozen – all snoozing together.
They walk around the pile of Varme Tyv looking for Sven. Monroe says they need to try and not wake them and says it would be like disturbing a hibernating bear. Wu spots an arm with the tattoos. Then they see there are three people on top of him. They plan who to pull off to get to the guy. Monroe tells them to be careful and they disturb the creatures. Sven woges and Nick says they’re only there for Sven. The guys have to run. They go up the stairs, slam the trap door and then agree to run for it.
They come after them as the guys run outside. Monroe says they’ll never make it to the car so they run for the barn. They rush inside and close the door. The stolen cab is inside. They bar the door with a shovel but Sven starts kicking in the side of the barn. Sven and another guy woge and Hank and Nick fight them. Hank uses a plank and Nick uses his Grimm skills. The other creatures bust through the door but then start to freeze. Sven says he’s cold and Monroe calls to them.
Nick says they’re all freezing and Nick says they have to put them back since the others are innocent. Monroe says okay. They get them all settled back into a pile in the basement and the creatures go back to sleep. Nick says he hopes they all survive. They close the trap door and Nick says they were never there and they agree. Monroe asks what happened to Sven and Hank says he froze in the barn. They wonder what to do with him. A woman runs for a taxi and finds a frozen Sven at the wheel. She screams.
Nick comes home and looks around the house. He thinks about his aunt’s warnings to end his relationship with Juliette once he knew he was a Grimm. He looks at the photo of them and sits down on the sofa to brood.