Grimm certainly didn’t pull any punches last week! Last weeks episode of Grimm, titled “A Dish Best Served Cold,” began with the quote, “’Tis Death’s Park, where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.” The quote is actually from George Eliot’s poem The Spanish Gypsy, and reads, “Death is the king of this world: ‘tis his park, where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.” The poem centers on the woman Fedalma, who deplores publicity and retreats from celebrity. It is thought that she represents Eliot’s own guilt that she associated with public exposure, and that the character absolves her from it. The quote comments on Death’s voraciousness and appetite.
It is fitting for the theme of this episode, which deals with death by appetite. Last weeks episode was rather gruesome in its depiction of the murders. The victims die after their stomachs explode. They dine at Death’s banquet, so to say. David Greenwalt the executive producer of Grimm even warned viewers to watch it on an empty stomach. “Don’t eat during the show,” he advised journalists.
The episode features the rivalry between the Blutbaden and their swinemies, the Bauerschwein. At first, the only link between the murders is a restaurant called Rose City, Raven & Rose, until Monroe realizes that it’s a popular hangout for his Blutbad brethren. The restaurant also happens to be run by Bauerschwein. In the end, Nick discovers that the Bauerschwein are poisoning the Blutbaden in order to continue their centuries old feud. It’s truly gastrointestinal warfare at it’s most gruesome.
However, not everything in this episode was about blood and guts. While Nick is dealing with the aftereffects of his double dose of Baron Samedi’s living-dead liquid, the audience is treated to a rare sight; Detective Nick Burkhardt half naked and sweating. Giuntoli jokingly referred to the scene as “the dreaded shirtless treadmill scene of 2013.” I must admit that I for one was very appreciative. I definitely recommend checking this one out. Don’t forget to tune in again next week for Behind the Folk Tale!
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