[S4E13] Trial By Fire
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Two young employees stay late at Harrison's Outfitters, when Damien Barso (Gideon Emery) uses a key to enter the building. He generates fire from his body and sets fire to the building. The two employees are trapped in the office and when they discover the fire, it is too late to escape.
Lt. Willis (Jessica Caesar), the arson investigator, draws their attention to the weird nature of the fire. It seemed to start with the breaker box, but instead of following the ventilation system, seemed to walk through the building, turning corners. The only time it behaved like a normal fire was when the young employees broke the window of the office in an attempt to escape, providing oxygen to the flames, which crisped them.
Learning that the Harrison's business was facing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Nick and Hank visit Charles Laney (Allen Galli), the Harrison's lawyer. After they have gone, Laney alerts Barso, telling him that the deaths of the young people has elevated the intensity of the investigation. He and Barso meet in Laney's car. Laney advises Barso to kill his client so that he cannot be identified. Barso responds by setting fire to Laney and steps out of the car, which explodes soon after.
Nick, Hank, Orson, Monroe and Rosalee, with Andy Harrison, converge on the store with the ointment-filled water guns. Orson volunteers to be bait to draw Barso away from John Harrison, whom Nick and Hank free. Then Barso, chasing Orson, exits the store to find himself surrounded. Unaware of the efficacy of their water guns, he woges to kill them, and they squirt the ointment over him, sealing him inside his own fire. He explodes.
Surprise, Adalind, your little magic spell to take away Nick's powers has backfired. Big time. And it looked like Prince Viktor wasn't all that impressed with Adalind's current behavior, either, to judge by this zinger:
On a side note, the Grimm lore for the Excandesco referenced the famous Great Fire of Rome in 64 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Nero. According to some legends, Nero sat back and played music while the city burned. Some people even believe that Nero himself may have lit the city on fire, though this isn't actually very likely, given that parts of his own palace roasted in the blaze.
Inside the store, Mason Heady and Joan Tapford are cleaning up and finishing doing inventory before they leave. Mason grabs Joan's hand and says, "Let's be bad." The man outside uses a key and goes in through the back door. Once inside, he begins taking off his clothes. He goes to the store's breaker box in just his underwear and ignites his hand on fire. He puts his hand by the breaker box and causes the power to go out. Elsewhere in the store, Mason is pouring drinks for him and Joan when the power goes out. The man then woges into a fiery Wesen and begins to set the store on fire as he walks around.
Inside the store, the man continues spreading the fire. Joan and Mason are making out until Joan realizes she smells smoke. Mason opens the door and sees that the whole store is on fire. They both start coughing from the smoke, so Mason breaks a window for them to get out of the building, but it causes a backdraft, killing them both.
The next morning, Nick and Hank arrive to the scene and Wu tells them the names of the deceased. Wu then points out John Harrison, the owner of the store, and his son, Andy, before leading them inside to talk with arson. Lt. Willis shows them around the store and tells them about how the fire spread. She leads them to the breaker box and says the fire could have been electrical. She then points out a vent and says once the fire got going, it should have followed the ventilation system. She points out the path of the fire and how it somehow was able to turn corners to go down the aisles. Nick and Hank then go talk to John and Andy Harrison to talk with them about where they were when the fire started. John says they were out celebrating Andy's promotion. After the detectives finish talking with the Harrisons, they head to the precinct.
Hank talks with insurance about the store and finds out there was a $5 million policy that was upgraded last year. Nick finds out that Harrison and Sons recently filed for bankruptcy, which could be a motive for the Harrisons to start the fire. Wu comes up and informs them that the alibi for John and Andy checks out. Nick tells Wu to check with arson to see if they've had any similar cases. Hank then suggests they go talk with Charles Laney, who was the lawyer who filed the bankruptcy.
Nick and Hank arrive back to the precinct and ask Wu to run a background check on Laney. He says he will and then tells them that he talked with a lieutenant in arson who said the fire pattern sounds like an old case a partner of his was working on and that his partner got a little obsessed with the case. Hank says they should talk with the partner, but Wu comments on the possibility he might not talk to them. He tells them that they arrested him for murder. ("The Three Bad Wolves")
Nick and Hank get Orson out of jail temporarily with an ankle monitor. They bring Orson to Renard's office, and Renard tells him he is only there to assist Nick and Hank and that he has two days to do so. Renard tells Orson to tell them what he knows and Nick asks him if the suspect is Wesen. Orson looks around at Hank and Renard and acts like he doesn't know what Nick is talking about until Hank tells him they know about Grimms and Wesen. Orson then tells them about the time that he saw the suspect. He says the man took his clothes off and woged. He tells them he doesn't know what kind of Wesen he is, but he was literally on fire. Orson says he made a lot of notes and that they should be in his old case files. Nick says while they're working on the files, he'll do some reading.
Nick, Hank, and Orson arrive to the spice shop. Nick introduces Rosalee to Orson. Rosalee asks what she can do for them, and Orson tells her that they need an ointment to handle some very intense heat. Monroe comes in saying the wrong parts were sent and notices Orson. He woges, which causes Orson to also woge. Monroe tries to attack Orson, but Hank holds him back. Hank gets them to calm down a bit, and Monroe asks why he isn't in jail. Hank says he's working with them on a case. Nick tells Monroe that Orson was an investigator who knows the guy they're after. Monroe brings up the fact that Orson killed Hap, ("The Three Bad Wolves") and Orson counters that Angelina killed his brothers, so she should be in jail too. Rosalee tells him that she can't because she's dead. ("Over My Dead Body") Orson smiles and tells Monroe that's the first piece of good news he's gotten since he went to prison. Monroe tries again to go after Orson, but Hank continues to hold him back. Monroe tells Nick he doesn't care what kind of help he needs and that he's not getting it there. Monroe and Orson start talking about the Blutbad-Bauerschwein Feud until Nick yells, "Enough!" He says they're going, and Monroe goes to the back room. Rosalee goes up to Nick and says to not leave. She then follows Monroe to the back room and closes the doors. Monroe says he can't believe Nick brought Orson to the shop, and Rosalee says he's trying to find out who killed two kids in a fire. Rosalee tells Monroe that Nick isn't worried about the Blutbad-Bauerschwein Feud and that she's sick of the hatred between Wesen, bringing up how she almost lost Monroe to that type of old-world thinking with the Wesenrein. ("Tribunal") She says that Nick is trying to do what's right, and if he can't handle that, then maybe he should be the one to leave. Monroe gets upset and leaves, slamming the door behind him. Rosalee goes back to the front of the store and Nick apologizes. She tells Nick he should be able to get help when he needs it, feud or no feud.
Orson explains that it's like an oil fire so they can't use water. The group discuss how they're going to make the ointment and how they will get it on the suspect. Rosalee directs everyone to various ingredients as Monroe returns to the shop and says he'll get the bowls to mix everything in. Nick gets a call from Wu, who tells him that Laney was found burned to death in his car. Nick, Hank, and Orson leave, and Monroe tells Rosalee he feels like an idiot for the way he was acting. Rosalee tells him he isn't an idiot, but he might have been if he didn't come back.
Nick and Hank look at Laney's remains and his car. Wu brings Nick a folder after having a background check done on Laney. Wu says Laney went into private practice years ago, and before that, he was a public defender. Wu says he didn't think anything of it until he got a hit on one of Laney's clients who was a suspect in an arson fire. Wu says the client's name was Damien Barso, who was 18 years old and charged with burning down his school gym. Wu says no one could ever prove how the fire was set, so the charges were dropped. Wu shows them a picture of Barso from the time, and Orson says that's the man they're after. Nick says that Laney must have put John Harrison in touch with Barso and then hired him to burn down his building to collect his insurance money. Orson looks up at people who are watching what's going on and sees Barso walking away. Orson starts walking forward and tells the detectives he thinks he saw Barso. Nick says Barso is eliminating every connection to him, and Orson says that means Harrison is next on the list.
John gets a call just before leaving his house. Barso poses as a lieutenant and says he has important information on the building fire. He tells John that they now believe it's arson and that Laney was involved. Barso tells him if he can meet him at the building, then he can show him how the fire was set and the documentation linking Laney to the arsonist. John says he'll be right there and hangs up.
Andy arrives home and calls his dad once he realizes he isn't home. Andy tells his dad that he never meant for anyone to get hurt but that he is the reason the two people died in the fire. John tells him that he is meeting with a lieutenant and that they said Laney was responsible. Andy says he's coming down there and that he will tell him everything. 781b155fdc