"Forgive me for the evil I have done you; my mother drove me to it; it was done against
my will." - Donkey Cabbages
"Love Sick" is loosely based on a Grimm tale called "Donkey Cabbages" or "The Donkey
Cabbage." In the story, a huntsman goes out into the world and comes across a castle
where an old witch lives with her beautiful daughter. He quickly falls in love with the
young witch, who deceives him and abuses his love to steal his fortune. (He then ends
up stranded in a magic cabbage field and turns into a donkey, but that portion of the
story proves irrelevant to the episode.) Hank clearly parallels the huntsman, and Adalind
is the witch's daughter. With her sexual prowess and her love potion, Adalind intends to
manipulate Hank's affections to get what she needs.
The young witch in the story is driven to do these things by her mother. Much like the
witch in the tale, Adalind's true motivation for her evil deeds is her mother's approval.
When she ultimately fails at her mission, Adalind's mother tosses her aside, claiming she
is just a pretty girl now with no true value.