Why the cops of Grimm are (literally) chewing the scenery

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Dec 17, 2012

Some curious things have been going on over on NBC's Grimm of late, especially involving the sofa-eating Sergeant Wu and the lovestruck Detective Hank Griffin, and things are about to get stranger on the show, according to actors Reggie Lee (Sergeant Wu) and Russell Hornsby (Hank).

And Lee and Hornsby are thrilled to see their characters literally take a bite out of the story.

Last week, Sgt. Wu ate a cookie meant for Hank that was laced with something freaky and ended up with a nasty skin condition that almost killed him. At the end of the episode he was left by Nick, the secret Grimm, saying he had plenty to eat and that he was okay. Once alone, he picked up a sofa cushion, unzipped the covering, grabbed a hunk of foam and and chomped down on a piece. But was the dietary delicacy something caused by the poisoning, or was there another reason for it?

"I thought, 'Thank God!' Thank God I get to do something besides describe a crime scene," said Lee. "Each one of us has their own storylines. But to go beyond that and go wild and crazy like that is what we live for. So I welcomed it, and I welcome more things like that. Please."

As for Nick's partner, Hank, he was in the thick of the action too. He did eat most of the cookies meant for him, and they definitely had an effect in getting him to notice the pretty Adalind Schade, a Grimm creature who's doing the bidding of Capt. Renard, who has an agenda that we don't quite understand yet.

"Talking about that cookie that I ate last week," said Hornsby. "That chocolate chip cookie had some magical wonderment in it. And I think I'm falling deeper and deeper in love, and so we're going to see Hank fall for Adeline Shade, and they're developing a relationship and unbeknownst to Nick. And I think there are just going to be some really hairy situations between the two of them ... where Nick has to come to the aid of his partner because he's in danger."

Up to this point both characters have stayed primarily on the procedural side of the stories, working the cases and staying out of the Grimm mythology. While Lee and Hornsby admit we'll find out more about Wu's odd behavior and Hank's romantic adventures, neither is promising that their characters will be dragged into the mythology enough to learn Nick's secret anytime soon.

According to Lee, Wu's addictive behavior "was pitched to me initially by David Greenwalt when we started the show, and it was part of what intrigued me about this character. And now they've decided to parlay it in a different way into these episodes. If you saw this last episode, you know I decided to steal that cookie and ate it and all these things started happening where I would eat different things. Well, you'll see in the next few episodes how much more scenery I chew up," he said.

"And now how it plays out beyond that, you'll have to check out in the next couple episodes, because there's a lot more to come, and I [do] more things," said Lee.

Not every actor can say he literally chews the scenery when he's in a scene. And not every regular character on a television show goes for months without a first name. So far Sgt. Wu hasn't gotten one.

"I'm pushing for Lou. I'm pushing for Sergeant Lou Wu. That's what I'm pushing for. I think my first name at this point is Sergeant," he said.

As far as the season-one finale, Nick will be making decisions about the connections between his normal life and his Grimm life, said Hornsby. "I think he's getting closer to having to make a decision as to how he's going to interact with Juliet and Hank, and deal with these two worlds, this Grimm world and this police procedural world. And so I think we're left with a wonderful cliffhanger where some lives are in the balance."

Grimm has already been renewed for a second season, and the actors say they hope to see their characters become more deeply entrenched in the Grimm of it all.

"I really hope for myself to be more involved in the mythology aspect. Now, how they're going to spin that and where they're going to go with that, who knows? And I think they go story by story. So I'm hoping for more of that," said Lee.

As for Hornsby, "I do hope that Hank is involved in more of the mythology going forward. I think it'll just make for a more interesting dynamic for the show and a more interesting character dynamic as well with Nick/Hank, and also probably [with] Monroe as well," he said.

Grimm airs on NBC on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

How do you feel about seeing Sgt. Wu and Dectective Griffin get into the Grimm action?