“History is the nightmare
from which I am trying to awake.”
The fight against Black Claw continues, but this time Nick and his friends manage to uncover a secret hidden for generations.
Read on for our recap of Grimm 5×10, “Map of the Seven Knights.”
Leipzig, Germany. The owner of an antiquarian bookstore, Felix, receives a phone call from a friend, Andrea. She claims she has found something in Prague that could be very ancient, something she has never seen before. When Felix meets Andrea, she shows him an old trunk. Inside are old clothes and many books – books that look a lot like those in Nick’s possession. The owner of the trunk was an old man who lived alone most of his life, a Mr. Nebojsa. He had no will, and no relatives.
Meanwhile, in Portland, Hank, Wu, Rosalee and Monroe can finally see Nick’s new house, or his new “fome,” as Adalind calls it – a fortress and a home.
Back in Prague, two men approach Andrea. They are looking for the books found inside the trunk, but Felix has already taken the trunk back to Leipzig. When Andrea tells this to the two men, they woge and kill the poor woman.
In the meantime, Felix is taking a closer look at the trunk, and he finds an antique crossbow hidden inside a false bottom. It looks a lot like the one Nick used to have in his aunt Marie’s trailer. The man immediately dials a number, and it is Monroe who answers the phone. Felix is his uncle. Felix tells Monroe he has emailed him some photos of the books he has found, and that they could interest his friend, the Grimm. The next day, Nick takes a look at the photos, and he tells Monroe he is interested in buying the books. Monroe calls his uncle’s shop, but someone else answers the phone – one of the two men who killed Andrea, but Monroe can’t know that. They are “searching” the shop for the books.
At the Hadrian’s Wall HQ, Trubel talks to Eve. She wants to know if Eve would ever want to harm Nick, Adalind or their baby. Eve says she wouldn’t. Trubel also tells Eve that she wouldn’t have wanted to kill Juliette the night she and Nick had a fight, but she had to protect Nick. Eve’s response is very blunt: Juliette would have killed Nick and Trubel too.
Renard has a meeting with mayoral candidate Andrew Dixon and his team, including the woman he slept with. They want to know if there is a way to cast a bad light on his opponent, and Renard suggests that if the news of his opponent’s involvement in drugs leaked, this could mean Dixon could win. However, Dixon is still not sure if he wants to play this card.
Just as Rosalee and Monroe are wondering why Uncle Felix hasn’t called them back yet, there he is, in their house. He says he had to leave Leipzig in a hurry. He tells Monroe to call Nick immediately.
In meantime, the news of Andrea’s killing arrives at the Hadrian’s Wall HQ. Behind her body, the Black Claw’s mark was painted on a wall.
Nick calls Trubel to tell her about the books, and they meet at Monroe’s house. Uncle Felix is not pleased to meet a second Grimm, though. After they somewhat settle down, Felix shows one of the books to Nick and Trubel, and says he has 20 more of them! He explains them how he found the books, but he wants $100,000 for all of them. He gives Nick 24 hours to make his decision and leaves one book for him.
Later, Trubel explains what she has learned at the Hadrian’s Wall HQ: that Black Claw is behind Andrea’s murder. Monroe and Nick suggest the Hadrian’s Wall could be interested in buying the books, because Nick certainly doesn’t have all that cash.
The same night, Trubel, Nick and Monroe are at the Hadrian’s Wall HQ to talk to Meisner. It’s the first visit for Monroe, who is a little intimidated by the surroundings, and by Eve. It’s the first time he sees the new Juliette as well. Meisner tells them he will do his best to retrieve the money.
Meanwhile, Rosalee has made an incredible discovery about Nebojsa, the books’ owner, who died in Prague. Rosalee traced his lineage and found out his ancestors go back to the Crusades. One of his relatives on his father’s side was a knight who fought for the Knights Templar in the sack of Constantinople. Monroe calls Nick to give him the news.
Nick has to go investigate a murder with Hank right after. Wu calls them from a hotel where they found a man dead inside his room. Unfortunately, the man is Felix. Nick has to call Monroe to give him the bad news, and to ask for his help. Monroe is obviously very upset. When Monroe meets Nick at the hotel room, his uncle’s cell phone rings. When Nick answers, someone is talking in German. Monroe translates: It’s a friend of Felix’s. He said he went to his shop, and it was trashed as if somebody had just broken in.
Thanks to the Hadrian’s Wall, Nick and Monroe are able to find the men who killed Felix – Black Claw, of course. Wu finds out that Felix was expecting the books from a cargo company. Nick and Monroe know the men who killed Felix will try to get the books at the cargo company’s offices, so they go there too. Trubel would want to join them, but Meisner tells her he’s not going to let her risk her life for the books. Monroe kills the two men, and he and Nick can finally take the books.
At the spice shop, Nick and friends can finally take a look at the other 19 books Felix wanted to sell Nick, and they find a lot more: The crossbow and many other objects, like the ones from Aunt Marie’s trailer. Hank finds a particular book, a family tree of ancestry, that follows a few individuals including Nebojsa. All the individuals in the book are Grimms. The last name of Nick’s mother is there as well, and Nick’s name can be found too.
Meanwhile, Monroe has found a secret compartment inside the trunk. Inside it, he finds three keys. With the other two keys they already have, they’ve got now five keys.
[Reminder about what the keys are: There are seven keys, owned by seven knights, all ancestors of Grimms. When put together, the seven keys form a map which indicates the location of an unknown treasure, something very powerful, something that could rule the world. Some hypotheses say that the treasure could be the Prophet Muhammad’s sword, the secret of immortality, or the nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus, along with some pieces of the Cross itself.]
Each key is like a secret stamp, with a specific design. The design is like a puzzle that needs to be solved by putting together all the keys. Two keys are still missing, but Monroe manages to figure out a possible location: the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) in Germany. In that location, the unknown treasure was once buried. The decision is made. Next destination: the Black Forest.
A huge step forward was made in the uncovering of the keys’ secret, even if we still have to figure out what exactly the treasure is.
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