Grimm chugs along on its procedural route with both "A Dish Best Served Cold" and "One Night Stand" after a particularly long arc that went from Juliette having amnesia to a zombified Nick. It's nice to be back to normal, because I have a feeling that the zombie Grimm episodes wouldn't be able to sustain themselves much longer. Let's face it: Grimm does things best when it's handling case after case without much to tether everything in between, and its best moments have stemmed from the unique wesen episodes.
With a tendency to draw out some of the show's longer-running themes, getting back to stand-alone episodes is a good refresher to see what Grimm can do in short form. "A Dish Best Served Cold" is a fairly original episode for Grimm using wesen that we've been introduced to before. A Bauershwein (that's a pig wesen in Grimm-speak) opens a new restaurant in Portland, and it's the rave of the town. That is, until certain people get a sickness that causes them to climb trees and burst their stomachs.
It's a grisly premise, and one that uses a lot of ingenuity. Not only does it force Nick to find a way to arrest a wesen for something he can't prove in a human court room - that the Bauerschwein chef uses mushrooms that affect only Blutbaden - it also compels Monroe to take action because his friends are being killed. The Bauerschwein/Blutbaden war has been raging for as long as they've been around, but finally Monroe is urged to do something about it. It's a new trait for his character - he's been pushed before, but never this far.
"One Night Stand" works with new wesen that we haven't seen before. These aquatic beings are Naiads from mythology, fish-like nymphs who live in the water. Again, it's good to see Grimm stepping up its game a little bit - new wesen mean new ways to surprise Nick, but it also adds to the pedigree of wesen at the show's disposal. The plotting of this episode isn't as intriguing, but it's a solid procedural that is eventful enough to warrant more visits to the Naiad pond.
There's some plot progression about royals after Eric Renard's death, and Adalind gets a few moments to make the audience remember that, "Oh yeah, she is carrying a royal baby," but for the most part that fringe storyline is going pretty slow. Grimm makes use of it when it can, but obviously it's saving the big events for later this season. Can't fault it there.
So a couple of good procedural episodes gets Grimm right back on the bandwagon, and it introduces a new interplay between Nick and Juliette. He can now talk to her about medical stuff, and she can help out in a vague way because of the similarities between humans and animals. It's a promising new season for Grimm, and as always I'm interested to see where they can go next with these fables.