“Only you shall not eat the
blood; you shall pour it out
on the earth like water.”
In Grimm 5×09, Nick and the team have to deal with ancient rituals that might be connected to Black Claw. Read on for our recap of Grimm 5×09, “Star-Crossed.”
Nick resumes exploring the tunnel he found under his and Andalind’s new house. At the end of it, he found a door, and now he’s determined to find out what’s hidden behind it.
Meanwhile, Trubel is hard at work at Hadrian’s Wall’s HQ to try to find out Black Claw’s next move. She has found a man connected to Black Claw who has caused the death of many important wesen personalities, and he’s in Portland now.
While Nick is still trying to open the door in the tunnel, Trubel pays him and Adalind a visit. She wants to know if he’s willing to help her, Meisner, Eve and everyone who’s fighting Black Claw. With a new enemy in town, they need all the help they can get, including help from Monroe and Rosalee.
Monroe and Rosalee are in their spice shop when Rosalee’s old friend Tony, the one who previously sent her letters, calls her. Both Monroe and Rosalee are very upset. What does Tony want from Rosalee?
Nick arrives at the shop right after, to ask them if they are willing to work with Hadrian’s Wall with him. Rosalee is not so sure. She would like to know who these people really are, before making a final decision that could put their life in jeopardy.
In the meantime, Renard gets intimate with a staff member of mayor candidate Andrew Dixon.
Hank, Wu, and Nick have to work on a new case. A body was found in a barn, crucified. The victim has also two pieces of glass over his eyes. Around the cross, there is a circle made with the victim’s blood. The victim is Robert Lewis, a homeless. Hank finds a symbol carved into the wood up at the top of the cross, an upside down triangle. Later, they find out it is a very ancient religious symbol, used in Greek philosophy and medicine. It’s the symbol for water. It was also used in Wiccan rituals, and the occult group named the Order of the Golden Dawn associated this symbol with spiritual beings. Looks like the death has something to do with an occult ritual.
While Nick discusses the case with Wu and Hank, he also asks them if they are willing to help the Hadrian’s Wall. Their reply is the same as Monroe and Rosalee’s. They want to know more about the Hadrian’s Wall, about Meisner.
The investigation continues. Hank and Nick talk to a homeless who knew Robert. He says Robert told him he was offered a job, but doesn’t know anything else. Wu calls them, to inform that they found another victim, again a homeless, killed with the same M.O. of the first one. When they arrive at the crime scene, though, Hank notices that there is a different carving on the back of the cross. This new symbol’s called triskele, it’s a Celtic one and stands for the trinity of earth, air, and water. Nick thinks it’s time to check out his books, and asks advice to Rosalee and Monroe. They explain that it can involve the Fuilcré rain rituals, very ancient kind of rituals to bring rain. Those rituals were stopped by Grimms more than a century ago. From an old book, Nick recognizes the two symbols found at the crime scenes. They are two runes. Rosalee finds out that they used to perform seven sacrifices. So there are still five more.
Wu manages to track down the place where the wood for the crosses was sold. The payment was done by a person named Mark Holloway. When Nick and Hank talk to him, Holloway tells them that the wood was stolen from his barn. When Nick shows him the photos of the two victims, Holloway woges. He’s wesen. And he’s a Fuilcré, the wesen that gives the name to the ancient rituals. He must certainly know something. Holloway decides to talk. He tells that a few weeks ago, he was approached by a man who claimed to be part of a group interested in bringing back old wesen traditions. Holloway says he wasn’t interested, and that he threw away a flyer the man gave to him. Nick shows him the Black Claw’s symbol, and Holloway recognizes it, it was on the flyer.
Back at the Hadrian’s Wall’s HQ, Meisner is interrogating a Black Claw’s man. When the man refuses to answer his questions, he leaves him with Eve and Trubel, confident that he will eventually talk.
Wu, Nick, and Hank find the third victim of the Fuilcré rituals. A third different symbol is found on the back of the cross. The time of the death shows that Holloway couldn’t have done it, so Nick has him released. With the help of Rosalee and Monroe, Nick and Hank manage to find out that the Huntington Graveyard will be the place of the meeting organized by Black Claw for all of those who want to join it.
At the Hadrian’s Wall’s HQ, the Black Claw’s man finally decides to talk. Meisner asks him the name of the man connected to Black Claw who has caused the death of many important wesen personalities, and who’s in Portland now. The man doesn’t know his name, though, only that he is a courier, he delivers messages. The man whom the messages are delivered to is Lucien Petrovitch.
As Holloway is released, he goes back home. His son is missing, and he finds the Black Claw’s flyer on his bed. He runs to the Huntington Graveyard. Monroe is also there, to spy on the Black Claw. He drags his son out.
Meanwhile, another body is found.
Monroe sneaks out of the secret meeting, to inform Nick that it’s definitely a Black Claw meeting, and it looks like it’s done to recruit new members.
The fifth victim has been found, and then the sixth. Just the seventh victim is missing, and Nick and the team rush back to the Huntington Graveyard. They arrive just in time to avoid the seventh murder. They shoot the Fuilcré that was about to perform the ritual, and we find out it was the man who sold the wood to Holloway.
Even though Nick managed to stop the Fuilcré rituals, he’s far from stopping what’s happening with Black Claw, busy recruiting wesen for its fight. Will Nick finally join the Hadrian’s Wall? And will his friends help him?
What did you think of Grimm 5×09?