The Thing with Feathers

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"The Thing with Feathers"
Grimm episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 16
Directed by Darnell Martin
Written by Richard Hatem
Produced by
Featured music Richard Marvin
Cinematography by Cort Fey
Editing by Chris Willingham
Production code 116
Original air date April 6, 2012 (2012-04-06)
Running time 42 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
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"Island of Dreams"
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"Love Sick"
Season 1
List of Grimm episodes

"The Thing with Feathers" is the 16th episode of season 1 of the supernatural drama television series Grimm, which was premiered in the United States on April 6, 2012, on NBC. The episode was written by Richard Hatem and was directed by Darnell Martin.


Opening quote: "Sing my precious little golden bird, sing! I have hung my golden slipper around your neck."

Nick (David Giuntoli) plans a romantic weekend with Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) on Whispering Pines on a cabin, planning on proposing to her. Meanwhile, Hank (Russell Hornsby) is still suffering from his obsession for Adalind (Claire Coffee), even going as far as to stalk her and watching her from her house. He sees her kissing a man, Peter (Michael Sheets) and Hank threatens him to never see her again. This was in fact orchestrated by Renard (Sasha Roiz).

That night, Juliette watches a man, Tim Steinkellner (Josh Randall) abuse his wife Robin (Azura Skye). This causes Nick to call the sheriff to check in the house. However, the sheriff leaves without arresting him. Nick then calls Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) for help and Monroe tells him that the man is a creature called Klaustreich and although they misbehave, women still love them. While in the store, Nick discovers Robin is a Seltenvogel, an extremely rare Wesen.

Tim kills a store clerk in the woods and Nick discovers the corpse. Meanwhile, Tim has been harvesting an egg inside Robin's throat. With help from Monroe and Rosalee (Bree Turner), Nick rescues Robin to the woods and then extracts the egg from her throat. The sheriff (revealed to be Tim's cousin) and Tim catch them and Nick uses their distraction for the egg to knock them and arrest them, breaking the egg in the progress.

Now at home, Nick proposes to Juliette but she declines, stating that although she loves him, he has been hiding too many secrets recently. The episode ends as Hank and Adalind are revealed to have a romantic dinner.



The episode was viewed by 4.45 million people in the US, earning a 1.3/4 in the 18-49 rating demographics on the Nielson ratings scale, ranking third on its timeslot and sixth for the night in the 18-49 demographics, behind 20/20, Primetime: What Would You Do?, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods and Undercover Boss.[1] This was a 7% increase in viewership from the previous episode, which was watched by 4.15 from an 1.2/4 in the 18-49 demographics.[2] This means that 1.3 percent of all US households with televisions watched the episode, while 4 percent of all households watching television at that time watched it.

Critical reviews[edit]

"Island of Dreams" received positive reviews. The A.V. Club's Kevin McFarland gave the episode a "B-" grade and wrote, "My bigger issue is that Grimm is stuck with a Hank Problem as well. He and Juliette are similarly nebulous in their relation to Nick. Hank is the unnecessary partner, the one that provides less guidance in comparison to Eddie Monroe, and whose connection to Nick is much more tenuous. Why do he and Nick have such a cohesive partnership? Why would his involvement with the Hexenbiest Adaline Schade be such a big plot point moving forward? Grimm has not done a good enough job establishing the police partnership as an integral relationship in the show on par with Nick's relationship to Eddie or to his girlfriend/potential fiancé. To me, they serve a similar purpose, and if the preview for next week is accurate, Hank is about to assume the damsel in distress position that Juliette occupied a few weeks ago, and he will also have no idea what the Wesen world has to do with his involvement in a case."[3]

Nick McHatton from TV Fanatic, gave a 4.0 star rating out of 5, stating, "Getting to the episode, not much happened this week, and for the most part Grimm suffered because of it. Most of it is due to the unresolved obstacles between Nick and Juliette. I'm all for characters growing further apart as the secrets one or more of them harbor continue to pile on and on, but when it happens too quickly or things begin to get out of hand it's time to change things up or resolve it. Grimm has reached that point."[4]

Shilo Adams from TV Overmind wrote, "Grimm may have been about the birds tonight, but thankfully, it didn't lay an egg. (Har har.) 'The Thing with Feathers' felt like a strong balance between procedural and serial, Nick and his supporting cast, the human and Grimm sides of Nick Burkhardt. It's been tough for Grimm to strike that kind of harmony between all of its elements, with only a few episodes clicking on all cylinders. Last night may have featured a slightly rote case, but it was surrounded by a lot of good stuff and the way it was handled differentiated it from the dryer, less unique episodes earlier in the season. Grimm may have found a way to handle a solid supporting cast and two important sides of its storytelling, but it looks like Nick has to figure out just how much of his other life he'll let Juliette in on, if any at all."[5]


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