Warning: Spoilers

Is Grimm evolving? The last few episodes have shown that Portland’s resident Grimm (David Giuntoli) can be a protector as much as he can fill the role of slayer. The parallels between Grimm and the Whedon-verse, have never been more evident than in Let Your Hair Down.

Rather than simply laying down the law and dishing out justice, Nick Burkhardt is beginning to resemble Buffy spin-off Angel in a mission to, “Help the helpless”.

Opening with campers taken by a paranoid pot-grower, Let Your Hair Down is a sideways view of the classic fairytale Rapunzel. Let’s just say that you don’t want to mess with someone with waist-length hair, it might not be good for your health.

Shades of Deliverance crop up, but when a strand of hair matches a missing-child case Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) once worked on, the story takes a turn.

There’s a little bit of a, “Kitchen-sink,” feel to the plot, but it does something that the majority of Grimm’s episodes have failed to do: present all the characters as a team, rather than separate aspects of Nick’s life. Hank is invested in the case for his own reasons, and they’re just as important as the supernatural aspects that Nick and Monroe  are invested in.

Monroe is Grimm’s breakout character, representing the duality of the mundane and supernatural in Nick’s life, often reminding Nick that he’s not always going to be able to help because he’s rejected the traditional Blutbad lifestyle. Injecting the show with both humor and heart, Silas Weir Mitchell shines in this episode as he tries to help a girl who is both in danger and dangerous in her own right.

As a procedural, we expect to see the loose ends neatly sewn up by the end of the episode. On Grimm, it’s nice to see that can mean a happy ending. . . sometimes.