We still want to kiss whoever talked them out of the previouslies, on account of needing the spare seconds to cover the infinite plots! This week we open with Mount Hood and a quote from The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs, which I will readily admit I side-eyed as being similar to a Jack and the Beanstalk quote. At any rate, there's a lot of underworld and help from unexpected sources there. Including the Devil's grandmother. We're not looking at the Gypsy Queen much no really. Anyway, we open with a badass vulcanologist and obfuscating torrents of technobabble. It at least starts out as plausible and comprehensible and then rapidly degrades into shit we'd have to double-check on Wiki, but the point is: fumaroles are openings in the crust, usually found around volcanoes but this one's quite a ways down the mountain from where you'd usually expect them, yes. Cue ominous noises in the underbrush and though she clearly is ready to go and assumes it's an animal, she's equally clearly got plenty of street smarts and instincts. I love you, random vulcanologist. Why are you going to die soon. The guy who comes after her bag full of rocks is totally a Wesen, but he seems awfully unhinged to be a crazed killer - and indeed, he is ONLY going after the rocks. Hmm. Well, there's an easy solution for this, and it's called pepper spray! It's also called calling your boss as you get the fuck out of there and letting him know where you were, where you're headed to, and what happened. It would be really nice if doing everything right translated to getting to survive in this instance, but we know it's not going to because something has to bring the Portland PD in on this case.
Meanwhile, the very strange and one-and-a-half-horned Wesen behind her shouts about showing proper respect and how it's not hers. Uh-HUH. I'm creeped out. Are you creeped out? Because yeah. Ew. And that horn that's been broken off was clearly broken by trauma of some kind, which we'd better find out about in some degree this ep, because we know the CGI department doesn't have budget to waste on this kind of detail otherwise.