Episode 2.20 : Kiss of the Muse

  • Grimm
    • Episode Premiere : May 07, 2013
    • Distributor : NBC
    • Genre : Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural
    • Seasons : 2
    • Show Period : 2011 - 2017
    • Production Company: Hazy Mills Productions, Universal Media Studios
    • Official Site :

Cast and Crew

  • Director Tawnia McKiernan
  • Screenwriter Sean Calder
  • Main Cast
    • David Giuntoli as Turner,
    • Russell Hornsby as Guy,
    • Reggie Lee,
    • Silas Weir Mitchell,
    • Sasha Roiz,
    • Bitsie Tulloch,
    • Bree Turner,
    • Claire Coffee,
    • Kate Burton,
    • Madeline Brewer,
    • Chris McKenna,
    • Sasha Roiz

  • Additional Cast

The Story

Hank tears his Achilles in a zip-lining accident on vacation and is hobbling around Portland with crutches. As Hank and Nick catch up over coffee, a gunshot rings out across the street, and Nick rushes to investigate. Inside a bookstore, an author signing his latest novel lies dead, as a beautiful woman named Zoe struggles to fight off a Luisant-Pecheur (otter-like creature) named Anton Beck. Nick's presence scares Anton off, and as a chase ensues, Anton jumps into the Willamette River and disappears. Nick calls for backup.

Zoe tells Nick and Hank that the deceased author, Robert Childs, was her boyfriend. Anton Beck was an old flame who had grown obsessive and unwilling to let Zoe out of his life. Zoe tells Nick she has a mesmerizing effect on men, and they seem to become addicted to her; kissing Nick on the hand, she thanks him dearly for saving her life. When the police search Anton's apartment, they find the place riddled with elaborate paintings of Zoe. Sgt. Wu thinks he was out of his mind for this girl. Juliette calls Nick and asks if they can meet for dinner later, and he agrees, though he can't help but linger on the paintings in Anton's apartment. Ever since she kissed his hand, Zoe oddly intrigues Nick...

Juliette's memory is coming back to her in greater chunks. She's almost pieced together the vague mysteries of the days before her coma. In a vision, Juliette remembers her conversation with Nick regarding her cat scratch and how he mentions the involvement of a witch. As she prepares dinner for Nick, Juliette calls Monroe and asks him about Nick's view of their relationship... she's anxious to know how he feels about her. Monroe tells Juliette she just has to air out her feelings with Nick and let it go from there. Juliette thanks him for the advice.

Nick pays Zoe a visit at her place to perform a routine follow up. They haven't found Anton yet, or his body, so they're proceeding as if he's still alive. After noticing Zoe was the inspiration for many of Anton's paintings, Nick asks her if she has a thing for artists. Zoe, acting very flirty, says she has a thing for people who see the world differently and begins coming on to Nick. In a moment of passion, Zoe and Nick kiss, and she morphs into a Musai (an elf-like Wesen). Zoe quickly demorphs and retreats from Nick, embarrassed. But Nick assures her; he's there to help. Nick is caught up in Zoe's seduction, so much so that he forgets about his dinner plans with Juliette. An abrupt call from Monroe reminds Nick, and he's forced to exit unceremoniously.

Nick finally arrives at Juliette's house, but he's late. Juliette's spent all night preparing a nice meal, and getting everything in place to open up emotionally to Nick, but as she begins to pour her heart out, Nick wanders off and stares out the window, transfixed on a hallucination of Zoe. When Juliette asks Nick what's wrong, he grabs his coat and leaves; now's just not a good time. Later, Monroe asks Nick how his dinner went, but Nick tells Monroe to "get a life." Something is up with Nick... he's just not acting himself. Nick storms out of Monroe's house, much to his friend's confusion.

Following Nick's outburst, Juliette calls Monroe and asks him if Nick hates her; Monroe doesn't think that's the case, but offers to talk to Hank just to see if work has been particularly stressful recently. Hank decides to speak with Nick over beers to see what he can find out, but Nick is visibly tense. As Nick shows Hank a drawing of the Wesen creature Zoe morphed into, a nearby patron becomes interested in the drawing and asks to show his girlfriend; but Nick overreacts and punches the guy in the stomach before pacing out of the bar.

Hank takes Nick's drawing to Monroe and Rosalee. The three head to Aunt Marie's trailer to do some investigating of their own. After searching in one of the books, Monroe identifies the Wesen as a Musai. As he reads the description, Monroe states, "The kiss of the Musai is as euphoric and addictive as any narcotic known to man." Hank saw Zoe kiss Nick's hand at the bookstore, and who knows what happened when Nick visited Zoe's house the night before. After a momentary pause, Rosalee nervously asks if anyone knows of Nick's whereabouts...

Nick shows up to work the next day in the same outfit as the night before and is incredibly terse with Hank. Hank shows Renard some interesting footage - last night, security cameras caught their shooter, Anton Beck, breaking into a paint supply store to steal supplies. Furthermore, some research into old police reports indicates all of Zoe's previous relationships have ended poorly. One of her boyfriends was committed to an asylum, while another hung himself following the disillusion of his courtship with Zoe. Sgt. Wu shows up with a new lead - he thinks he knows what their perp did with all that stolen paint...

At the Spice Shop, Rosalee tells Monroe there is no known medicinal antidote for Zoe's proverbial "kiss of death." Whatever spell she's put on Nick, he's mistaking it for true love... and Rosalee thinks the only way they can break the addiction is to have Nick experience the real feeling of love once again. Juliette suddenly shows up and asks Monroe for the keys to the trailer; she has to go alone, as it holds special meaning to her last major memory of Nick before the coma. Monroe reluctantly hands her the keys and Juliette sets off in hope of some self-discovery.

The police arrive at Union Station to find a giant, violent mural of Zoe spanning an entire parking lot. He might be a psychopath, but Anton has an eye for art. Before the other officers even notice, Nick is gone. Hank shows Renard Nick's drawing and asks if he knows what a Musai is... Renard knows they're trouble.

Juliette visits the trailer alone and is perplexed by all the weird drawings in the books. She tries her best to remember and eventually has a flashback to the last time she was there with Nick. In the vision, Nick explains to Juliette his powers as a Grimm. Coming back into reality, Juliette rushes out of the trailer, a determined look in her eye. She revisits Monroe and Rosalee at the Spice Shop and asks if they believe the crazy things Nick told her; they do. Their conviction convinces Juliette, and she feels compelled to finally tell Nick she believes; but Monroe and Rosalee know now is probably not the best time...

Hank has his men tail Nick, worried about what he might do. Nick bursts into Zoe's house and passionately kisses her - he needs Zoe. She's nervous because he's a Grimm, but Nick says it doesn't matter. Zoe asks Nick to prove it - Anton's in her house. When Nick goes looking for him, Anton tackles him and the two begin to brawl. Zoe says she can't be with Nick as long as Anton's alive, and Nick is ready to kill for her. As Nick tosses Anton around the house, Renard and his men rush into the house and suppress Nick, as they arrest Anton.

Monroe and Rosalee explain to Juliette what Nick's currently going through - he's caught up in a Wesen's spell, and the only cure is... Juliette. At the precinct, Nick pays Anton a visit in his cell, intent on killing him. Hank finds a drawing on Nick's desk, depicting a dead Anton in a prison cell. Zoe's spell has reached Nick's core. Monroe, Renard, Hank and Juliette rush to the holding cells to find Nick pointing a gun at Anton. Juliette slowly walks to Nick and embraces him, breaking Zoe's spell. She's there for him just like Nick was there for her. Back in the interrogation room, Renard tells Zoe to leave Portland for good, or risk unforeseen consequences. When he morphs into a Wesen, she hears him loud and clear...

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