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Recap / Grimm S 6 E 8 The Son Also Rises

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"No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness."

Deadly attacks on a team of scientists lead Nick, Hank and Wu on an investigation unlike any they have had before. Dr. Hampton is bludgeoned to death in her own laboratory, and the fingerprints of two men who have been dead for months turn up at the crime scene. A visit to her colleague Dr. Raju and former colleague Dr. Shelley reveal that they, along with a Dr. Levy, were researching stem cell tissue regeneration and advanced organ transplant methodologies. When Dr. Raju is killed in a similar manner to Dr. Hampton and evidence of illicit revivification experiments comes to light, it's up to Hank and Wu to figure out who, or what, is tracking down and killing the doctors involved in the project.

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Meanwhile, as the research continues into the origins of the cloth, Monroe and Rosalee learn that Eve is still feeling the after effects of the death grip - in that the skeletal portal figure she saw reaches through a mirror and attempts to choke her. Eve woges for the first time since she was healed by the stick, but the confrontation leaves her unconscious and the mirror covered in her blood. Monroe and Rosalee find her and call 911, and Nick leaves the investigation to meet them at the hospital. Nick tells Monroe and Rosalee about the skeletal figure that he and Eve saw.

Elsewhere, Capt. Renard reaches out to an old friend to get answers to the origins of the symbols drawn by Diana.


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This episode provides examples of:

  • Frankenstein's Monster: Dr. Shelley's son, once the doctors are done rebuilding and reviving him.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The resurrection part actually worked, and without the usual Demonic Possession when a witch caves in, brings the dead back to life, and a strong phantasm latches on in the process. The problem is, they inadvertently used Wesen limbs. The subject goes insane from a combination of woging for the first time, new instincts, and post-resurrection stress.
  • Grave Robbing: How the doctors got the parts to rebuild Shelley's son. Becomes a significant part of the investigation as Hank and Wu try to figure out how the fingerprints of two men who have been dead (and supposedly cremated) for months ended up at the scene of their murder investigation.
  • Magical Defibrillator: Played laughably straight: the doctors use a defibrillator to restart the heart of a corpse that's been dead for days (if not weeks - it's not made clear how long they've had the body). A corpse that's had all four limbs replaced with stolen body parts, some from cadavers that have been dead for several months (and some from wesen corpses).
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  • Shout-Out: The lead doctor's name is Victor Shelley - a reference to the scientist Victor Frankenstein of "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" and the author of the book, Mary Shelley. The whole episode is a homage to the Frankenstein mythos.

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