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The Detective Dublin Files: Struttin' Our Stuff

Tara Dublin, for Geek To Me

March 7, 2013

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Hello, Grimmsters! It’s been such a long, cold, lonely hiatus for Detective Dublin. There are so many unanswered questions hanging over our heads as we prepare for the return of GRIMM Friday night at 9 on NBC, but probably the biggest question everyone’s asking is, “Why the hell has it been FOUR MONTHS since we had a new episode?” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question, I’d have a lot of dollars by now.

My answer is, I don’t know why. Back when there was no such thing as a DVR, networks would run a whole season of a TV show without interruption, barring major holidays or a President talking. Sometimes they’d take a break from showing new episodes, but when they did, they would air these things called “repeats”, where it would be an episode of the SAME SHOW from earlier that season. CRAZY NUTTY, right? Except not, because it gave people who missed those episodes the first time around a chance to catch up on what they might have missed, because no DVRs. Why they don’t do this now is beyond me, because can you remember a single thing the network aired Friday nights during GRIMM’s long break? Me neither.

However, we have lived through this barren period and emerged the stronger for it, so we’re ready to tackle bigger questions that have been lingering since we last saw our troubled Grimm, Portland Police Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli). The buzz on tonight’s new episode is excellent, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

To bring you up to speed:

Nick’s girlfriend, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) was put under a spell-coma by Hexenbiest Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee), only to be revived with a kiss from Nick’s boss, Portland Police Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), who is half-human, half-Hexebiest and a member of one of the seven royal familes that rule the Wesen World. Juliette woke with zero memory of Nick; even worse, the kiss deepened the spell, making Renard and Juliette all obsessy with each other. She tried to keep her feelings a secret from Nick, since they were trying to work things out, but eventually the spell made it impossible.

Renard, wanting to break the spell, went to the Spice Shop for help and encountered everyone’s favorite Blutbad, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell). Renard was forced to bring Juliette to the Spice Shop to try to reverse the spell, and Monroe caught them kissing. Nick had no idea the other man Juliette had fallen in love with was his boss until Monroe, his best buddy, clued him in.

If all that dramz wasn’t enough, there is still the matter of the key that Nick’s Aunt Marie left him. Why do all the royals want it? What is it for? Now that the Captain has found Aunt Marie’s Trailer of Cool Grimm Stuff and Nick knows his boss is getting it on with his girlfriend, how’s that going to play out at work? Nick’s partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), now wise to the ways of Wesen and Grimms, just might get caught in the middle of all this.

When my fellow detective extras and I returned to the set last month, we had all these questions ourselves. Since we don’t get to see the full scripts (although we get occasional glimpses at the sides, which are small printed copies of the day’s scenes), we mostly find out what’s going on when the rest of the world does.

There are a few clues here and there (Heads up: the episode entitled “Ring of Fire” is going to knock your eyes out. Also, I know why Hank is going ‘on a trip’ in an upcoming episode but I can’t tell you why just yet), and several theories are floated as to how the Nick-Juliette-Renard bizarre love triangle will play out before we wrap for the season in mid-April.

Personally, I think Nick could do better. All he has to do is check out the petite flower sitting at the desk next to his >COUGH COUGH<

That leaves one last, ginormous question: Will GRIMM get a third season? All signs are pointing to yes, but as I write this, nothing has been confirmed. On set last week, everyone seemed to be of the mind that we’ll be back, which is a great feeling. I’ve said it before, but this crew and cast really love working together. There is a sense of family here that extends to every last person.

We have a truly special thing going on. Silly things happen, and we have a lot of fun while also working incredibly hard. I’m such a dork for GRIMM, I brought everyone little kid-type Valentines because we had a precinct shoot on February 14th. That probably doesn’t happen with the extras on many shows; I doubt there’s going to be another set where I’m going to be embraced and called “beautiful lady” by a cast member (in this case, it was the darling Reggie Lee, who plays Sgt. Wu).

So keep all of the fingers crossed that we’re a lock for Season Three. Until then: the second half of the second season of GRIMM kicks off Friday night, with all-new episodes and no huge breaks or repeats until the season finale. There’s a bone-crushing fight scene between Nick and Renard, plus Fuchsbau Rosalee (Bree Turner) is finally “back from visiting her aunt” which is TV show plot talk for “had an adorable baby boy in real life”.

Most importantly (hee), don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Detective Dublin in the precinct scenes. She just might strut right behind Nick and Wu and pull her some focus.

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