Beauty and the Beast Review: Good Sam

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It was a little easy to ruffle Cat's feathers on "Basic Instinct." Meerfield did such a good job that Vincent did the thing we never expected: he turned himself in. Let's take a look at what went down...

Somehow, Cat was kidnapped and Vincent wasn't lurking in the bushes to protect her. The one time she could have used him and he was nowhere to be seen, but when she lost a softball in the woods, there he was! It's becoming difficult to imagine where and when he'll pop up.

The idea that he's enjoying his newfound freedom to help others again was very sweet until the rug was pulled out from under his feet and he felt like a horrible monster again.

Catherine and Tess on a Case

The argument Silverfox made to Cat about why they were searching for Vincent was ridiculous. Why would they be pumping so much money into looking for him if he wasn't a cold-blooded killer? I could think of several reasons right off the top of my head.

The first was he part of a top secret government experiment that they didn't want leaked to the outside world. Check. The second would be that he is worth more to them alive and killing for them than hiding out and not doing the job he was programmed to do. Check. The third might be their connection to Cat's mother and their desire that information never be leaked. 

If Cat was the detective she purported herself to be, she shouldn't have been so rattled by the tales Meerfield told her. A couple weeks ago, I said in my review of "Proceed with Caution" that Cat needed to have a reason to fear Vincent. That reason was supposed to come from his own actions, not second hand stories told by the big bad corporation. The idea was right, the execution was wrong. Apparently I need to open the portal to my mind a little larger for better reading.

Tess finally had a fun scene this week as she teased Evan about her surprise at not finding he and Cat romping together on his autopsy table. It's good to know someone other than me thinks Cat and Evan would make a cute couple, and that Tess is looking out for her partner and has her best interests at heart.

I'm kind of annoyed that instead of improving the rather shoddy CGI beast effects that we witnessed in the pilot, they've taken to shooting all of the beastly scenes either in the dark or with extremely shaky and unfocused camera action. It would be nice to get a good look at Vincent as the beast.

What, exactly, are we dealing with here? How scary is he? He has a nice roar, he's strong and can jump a fair distance, but his face is barely visible. I wonder why his scar doesn't crack open and bleed when he transforms. He must have some great elastin in that monster skin of his.

Cat learned to trust her instincts instead of trusting what others tell her first, and by saving Vincent from the clutches of Meerfield, she'll give him the opportunity to be the good samaritan for someone else should the need arise.

Cat's ideas of black and white are going to be stretched and she'll learn what gray areas are and why they matter. Learning to expand her breadth of understanding as she and Vincent grow together could be solid framework on which to build the series.


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It's Muirfield, not Meerfield. A previous episode showed Cat typing it into a computer. The episodes are getting better and better, but I wish they didn't dispatch Silverfox so quickly. I'm just not feeling that Muirfield is a big bad scary threat yet. I want to see Percy from Nikita levels of evilness from them! Hope they get to be more threatening the next time they appear, as long as it doesn't involve kidnapping Cat's sister -- that would be so cliche!


I love this show. And no you're not the only one who thinks Cat and Evan make a cute couple.


I can understand why they don't show Vincent's face in the show seeing as he transforms into a monster every episode and just cost them too much money with the CGI. Perhaps if they cut down, we'd be able to get a glimpse of the face - the face that doesn't even look scary. He has sharp teeth and what looks like a drunk-crying-chick raging hardcore, whilst mascara runs down her face. Either way, it'd be great to see an actual moment where his face is visible and not as shaky as the camera.
Tess seemed to bother me again. Yes, her humour is worth noting, but I still don't see any character there. She just seems like a fill in for Cat to have.


I liked the episode but I wish that in the future they would more fully commit to the crime of the week stories. We can't continue to have the back and forth about Vincent being out in the open and all that stuff. It can't be the main focus of every episode.
The softball game at the end was funny. The chief doing his victory dance made me laugh. And seeing Cat look a bit goofy was good too.
I like that Cat can hold her own in a fight...but I don't like when they have the camera so close during a fight (like the Borne movies)...YOu can't really see what's going on.
Where was the sister in this. At some point she's going to run into Vincent on the fire escape. She does live there after all.


I understand why Cat was scared of Vincent; I think it was only natural and I'm glad they showed her coming around to trust her gut without dragging it on. I think Vincent is going to become a crime junkie trying to hunt out victims and report them to Cat. I'm not saying that's a bad thing to try and help. But I don't think he's doing it for that reason, or at least for that alone. I wonder if he's falling for Cat because of who she is or because of what she does for him. She gets him back in the world, accepts him and expects him to be a good person, the latter of which no-one before Cat asked of him. And that would be hard for someone of Vincent's character to go long without. But if he's falling for her because she brings him out into the world again more than for who she is, well that's not fair to her or him. But this is a CW show, and impossible and imprudent romances are the bottom line. ;-)


Cat's partner's name is Tess, not Jess.


Great episode. It was nice seeing that even when offered everything about her mom cat said no and still kept quiet about Vincent. It was funny seeing her try to play baseball then in the end she trusted her instincts and hit an amazing home run. I understand why cat was scared of hjm but then she talked go jt and after that she trusted him and wasnt afraid of him any moro

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Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

I'm just helping out, okay? And for once, J.T., I almost feel normal.


Westchester? You and your boyfriend Evan are totally in sync.