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Beauty and the Beast Review: Stolen Kiss

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Cat and Vincent took one step forward and two steps back on "Saturn Returns."

How nice it would have been to see them share just one meal together. At this point in the series we have only had fleeting moments, so we don't know if there is anything more to them than the pull of the mysterious and unknown. 

Vincent Worries

In many of my reviews I have a Why I'm Not A... segment of the review. In this case, it would be a copy. Let's chat about my first thoughts on where Amy was when Michael reported her missing, shall we?

She was either a mob daughter, wanted for murder or in witness protection and when she saw the advertisement for their engagement, she freaked and erased herself from existence. If you were an actual policewoman, apparently, your first thought was Michael murdered her because she was having second thoughts on the marriage, then got concerned someone might report her missing, and therefore did it yourself before you were outed.

Yes, while Michael was intelligent enough to rid the apartment of nearly every clue of his betrothed's existence, he left a bleach bottle in the bathroom and blood stains on the light switch. I felt my own detective skills were looking up. She was in witness protection! Imagine the profuse patting I was doing on my own back. The part I didn't count on was someone impersonating a federal marshal.

How could I foresee it when even the Chief didn't see it, right?

As much as Cat's birthday was sort of a milestone for Vincent, because he had used it every year as a reason to check in on her and make sure she was alright, it was also a reason for him to push her away. Knowing how much it meant to mark moments in life with real people made him realize what a mistake it could be to bring Cat into his world. She wants to be there, but even she's confused.

That was made abundantly clear when she and Even had their turn in the photo booth, and after a few drinks he planted a kiss on her. It was a lengthy kiss and, as he said, she didn't push him away. Timing being what it is on television, it happened just as Vincent was sneaking her gift into the room.

While I did feel badly for the timing, there is a part of me that wants her to live a double life. To have the best of both worlds, so to speak. Evan is an awesome catch. In any other show, I'd be ecstatic that he made his move. It makes me feel a little weird that I am not thrilled because I want her to explore things with a man who is part monster, thought dead and in hiding. Something just isn't right with that picture. 

Revisiting happy thoughts, the idea of a photo booth at an event like that is brilliant. They were all having so much fun and as silly as it was we learned a lot about the relationships between the characters just because of that prop. Tess and Joe in the booth were almost as fun to watch as Tess and Cat. It was a great idea and well used. 

The case was very closely aligned with what Vincent is feeling about Cat. As Cat spoke with Amy, she was giving her all the answers on Micheal's behalf that she would give to Vincent as reasons she would want to remain in his life. Amy knew how much she was asking the man she loved to give up, and wasn't sure if she could do it. Vincent feels the same. The case had a happy ending, as they were able to come out of hiding. Cat tried to explain her needs to Vincent and everything appeared to be a go. 

I loved the song that was playing while she waited for Vincent and J.T. made his move on his fellow teacher. I just wish I knew what it was. I searched to no avail.

It was so disappointing that Cat was left believing Vincent didn't want to have dinner with her when he turned on the way. What was it about the flowers that triggered it? The whole episode he was experiencing odd trigger mechanisms. Hopefully, they will go into that a bit more so they aren't left playing games with each other when there are really none being played.

Miscommunication plots tend to turn into soap opera themes, and with a story like this wreck what they're trying to accomplish. 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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I thought this was a great episode. We finally see some insight into a lot of the characters, and they allowed the relationship between Cat and Vincent to finally develop a bit more, and the "cop drama" took a bit of a backseat this week. It was so sad that Cat looked so hurt when Vincent didn't show up to dinner. Hopefully next week when Vincent "comes clean" about his feelings for Cat, we'll see a bit more of their relationship development, but this series appears to be using the "one step forward, half step back" approach to keep us all hanging. I hope they keep it up! The love triangle thingy with Evan is actually annoying - his personality doesn't seem to suit Cat, so hopefully they let him bag someone else and ramp down that storyline at bit. It can still be there in the background, but its too much for right now.

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This was the first "good" episode of the series. The pilot was OK--certainly the critics exaggerated how bad it was. The other episodes were all sub-par, but finally we get a good one. The show does have potential, but I worry it may be too late to bring in the fans. I really like Kristin Kreuk in the lead. I also think the actress who plays Tess is very underrated.

Marissa

Great episode. Was sad when Vincent didn't make it hope they explain more next episode. Can't wait till next episode.

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I had mixed feelings about this episode i loved most parts of it but felt like some important scenes where not in it. Like when cat found the present from vincent and what was in it?? i am i the only one who wants to know. I love the photo both scenes! However Cat and Vincent can you please just kiss already this is KILLING ME!!!! The song that plays at the end of the ep, the one your looking for is called Best Part Of Me By St Leonards. I can only find it on youtube at the moment. If your ever looking for music in a TV show you should check out tuefind.com

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I definitely ship Cat and Vincent :) I'm not feeling Evan for Cat at all. I can't really put my finger on it, but something about him just doesn't blend well for me.

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Lol. I thought that the fiancee didn't kill her but I was not certain what game was afoot. But I did spot that the man posing as a US Marshall was in fact trying to kill Amy. And it was too early in the episode for the case to be done, so there was something up.
It is a little weird to Ship Cat and Vincent but I think it's meant to feel that way to add to the gulf separating them. I have to say, good for Evan.
I hope Vincent and JT will draw strength from eachother and pursue their interests.
I love Heather too and I think she adds a great element to the cast that was sorely lacking.

Aries93

My initial reaction to half the cast (Tess, J.T., Joe) has been mixed the negative, but this episode allowed their characters to stand out more. Most of it had to do with the party, though it was like 5 minutes due to the fast pacing of moving it along, it was still good to see their characters off of work and having fun. In regards to J.T., it was good to see something different (romantic wise) and not his paranoid-self.
Oddly enough, I liked Tess and Cat's chemistry this episode. Why it was completely different, I'm unsure, but I sensed some improvement for the two.
Furthermore, I must say that I really love Heather. She's so bubbly and quirky and adds a different feel to the show. I wish they'd promote her to regular status ASAP!
The romantic plot between Cat and Vincent seemed to move straight up, much to my surprise. I know that Evan will be a key element that will eventually forge a love-triangle, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Ex porn star karaoke sound way more exciting than it really is.

Heather

Cat: That slow, huh?
Tess: Well, it's the third Thursday of the month. That's when the criminals have their staff meetings. Happy birthday!

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