Grimm: Season 2, Episode 5

The Good Shepherd (28 Sep. 2012)

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Reverend Calvin, a feral wolf, reports a fortune stolen from church funds and the parishioner who did the accounts, a feral sheep like most of his flock, missing. The man is later found ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Reverend Calvin
Megan Marston
Harmony (as Rachael Perrell)
Carson Cook ...
Jane Bement Geesman ...


Reverend Calvin, a feral wolf, reports a fortune stolen from church funds and the parishioner who did the accounts, a feral sheep like most of his flock, missing. The man is later found cut-up in the grinder of his employer's factory, but has no motive or suspicious record. Undercover as a 'homeless' seeking church shelter, Monroe discovers reverend Calvin, whose previous Southern parish was similarly robbed presumably by a parishioner, has an affair with his sheep church secretary, who transferred with him, but is up for a rude surprise too. Written by KGF Vissers

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The opening quote and loose plot come from Aesop's fable "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing". See more »


The reverend says that in Spain, on the base of the Christopher Columbus statue, the country's motto "ne plus ultra" is inscribed. This is wrong in several levels. First of all, the actual words are "NON plus ultra" (lit. "no more beyond"), a Latin saying used in Roman and Medieval times to mean that there was no land west of the Iberian Peninsula; these are indeed on the base of the Columbus statue in Valladolid. However, Spain's national motto is actually the opposite, "Plus Ultra" ("More Beyond"): they were adopted under the reign of Charles I in reference to Columbus' travels, who had proved the old Latin saying wrong. See more »


Hank Griffin: [after visiting Calvin's church] What do you think?
Nick Burkhardt: Talks a good game.
Hank Griffin: You believe the whole 'redemption' thing?
Nick Burkhardt: I don't know. But there's a Blutbad who did.
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I really enjoyed this episode...until the end
29 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I typically enjoy Grimm, but this particular episode, specifically its ending, just ruined it for me!! To start with, most of the episode was great as usual. I liked the fact that Munroe continues to play a pivotal role in Nick's work. I also loved the way Hank is now "in the loop" so to speak. I even like the fact that Juliette, although still not able to remember Nick, is not giving up on her and Nick's relationship. Although, a little more frustration and anger on her part would be a nice touch. It'd help me believe she really felt like she lost a good thing by not remembering Nick. I'd think if someone had a fiancé they couldn't remember, they'd be a little more angst ridden over not having those memories.

That said, all of the above made this a good episode...until that infernal ending. The Reverend Calvin getting killed by his "flock" instead of him going to jail was justice I suppose, considering he did kill two of his parishioners. However, seeing both his accomplice Megan and the pregnant girl Harmony on the beach is what did it for me - and by "did it" I mean ruined it! Lets look at the facts. Fact #1 - Megan cheated on her husband, was an accessory to his murder, helped steal from her first church's parishioners, was an accomplice to Norman's murder, and helped steal from her second church's parishioners as well. Fact #2 - Harmony (the pregnant girl) had a boyfriend and cheated on him with the Reverend, she also never told her boyfriend he wasn't the father and probably never would have if he hadn't found out. Yet somehow, the writers thought that them ending up on the beach with all the stolen money would be a good ending. WTF?!?! You have an adulteress/murder accomplice and a cheater who both get happy endings?! Megan should be doing hard time for both accessory to murder and theft/fraud, while Harmony should at least be forced to deal with the consequences of her actions. But no, instead they both end up with "wins".

This sort of ending isn't even ironic, it's just pathetic. Grimm has delivered good episodes for the most part. I just completely disagree with giving the impression that somehow both the women were "innocent" or victims or deserve anything good at all to come from their actions. Neither of them were victims or innocent or deserving of anything other than jail in Megan's case, or at the very least nothing good (i.e. lots of money) in Harmony's case.

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