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Beauty and the Beast Review: The Red Haired Beauty

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This is television. I shouldn't be this angry, but considering my excitement for a new installment of Beauty and the Beast building what happened had both me AND Vincent "Seeing Red."

The winter finale, "Bridesmaids Up!," was so beautiful and highlighted what potential there was for a love affair between Cat and Vincent. Even though Evan discovered Vincent's DNA was changing rapidly, more toward the animal side than human, Cat was going to dive in and give herself to Vincent. One car accident later and she's being nursed back to health by his former fiance.

Say what???

Cat's True Feelings

Vincent has a specific taste in women, doesn't he? Alex looks enough like Alex that they could be sisters. Briefly watching the commercials for the episode, I genuinely thought Cat was screaming Vincent's name, with a different hair color, as if in a dream or something. Hell, she was just in an accident, it didn't seem so out of reach. Instead it was Vincent's ex. That, my friends, is a type!

It was really uncool, and completely out of character, that Vincent lied to both Cat and Alex about his relationship with each. Telling Cat that Alex was a friend and Alex that Cat was his handler would only come back to bite him in the ass. Did he forget he was in love with a detective? Finding his past in a shoebox in a stranger's closet was a painful and cruel way for Cat to stumble across the truth.

Was telling Alex about Cat the most difficult thing Vincent ever had to do? Telling her about a secret experiment and a group hunting him down wasn't enough to throw off the woman he was supposed to marry? That was a huge disappointment to me. If he had lied only to Alex, that would be one thing, but he lied to Cat. After everything she had put on the line to protect him, it was unacceptable.

Even when Vincent was 'saving' Alex from what turned out to be an ordinary stalker (another bummer - it wasn't even Meerfield), I didn't feel Vincent was being a hero. Yes, the guy was a creep, freak and a weirdo, but it wasn't Vincent's place to use his beast to kill him. He could have retained him just as easily. It only made him feel good and left more unexplained crap that Cat would have to deal with and try to explain away, but this time she didn't get to walk away with the guy on her arm.

We can top that off with Vincent appearing at her window without even an apology for lying about who Alex was to him before accusing Cat of using Alex as an excuse to get between them. Seriously? Pick your battles, 'Vince.' That was not the right time to point out Cat's penchant for bad boys and hold yourself up as the ultimate and make puppy eyes about her running away from commitment at a slight, because the news she received was huge!

The only one in that conversation who wasn't being honest was Vincent. Just like he ran away from Alex when Meerfield was after him, he was running away from her again, but using Cat as an excuse.

Their relationship never had a proper ending. It would have been hard enough putting himself fully into a new one with Cat if he had never seen Alex again, but there she was - waiting, ready and on the inside of his secret. Granted, she didn't know the beast, but he told her enough (quickly) that the loss of her in his life was painfully obvious.

I don't blame him for being happy to see the woman he was intending to marry, but I really dislike the way he treated Cat from the moment he saw Alex from the escalator. If you imagine Cat at the top and Alex at the bottom, Vincent was walking at a normal pace back up the down escalator - pretty much going nowhere, but slowly being drawn back to Alex.

Which brings me to the other obvious point. With Vincent's questionable state of affairs, will Cat revisit her interest in Evan? It was unclear whether Heather and Evan were going to be involved or not, but it was definitely clear Evan still holds Cat in the highest regard.

Evan recognized that the beast saved Cat from the car before he rushed in and saved her medially at the scene of the accident. He didn't admit to Cat what he saw, but going to J.T. at the end showed how concerned he was about the creature and her safety. If he's still in the diagnostic phase, at least he's not out to kill it. Did we know J.T. wrote a book on DNA cross mutilation? I loved how he tried to play it off on cashing in on Dolly the sheep. Not so fast!

The good thing about a possible partnership with J.T. is that he could talk Evan off the ledge of the more drastic theories he might posture, and steer him toward what he actually knows about Vincent. I'm still getting a good vibe about Evan being involved, but I think if he does realize who the subject is and his connection to Cat, his acceptance will be with reluctance. He'll want an arm's length approach and will distrust Vincent immensely until he proves himself.

That's where I stand this week. Deep in the weeds of a fool's paradise. I know you'll have a lot to get out. What color are YOU seeing? In the meantime, we've started tracking the music from each episode (never a letdown - well done!) so check out the Beauty and the Beast music section.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (120 Votes)

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I like Vincent and Cat together, and I do understand what the writers are trying to do. When you do meet your soul-mate or your person, its never easy. Sometimes it's messy and complicated and never what you thought it would be. To tell you the truth, I'm actually relieved they brought on Vincent's fiance so early in the story because, let's face it, with the rate people are getting hurt on this show, and the fact that Vincent grew up in NY, he was bound to run into someone he knew within a ten year span. I even understand why Vincent lied and why he's not acting like himself. He was in shock after seeing Alex again, and when you see someone who used to know you so well, but not you're not that person anymore, you freak out. My only problem is that I feel like Vincent basically dropped Catherine like a hot potato. He was so concerned for Cat in the beginning, coming to see her in the hospital, but did anyone else see what happened in back hallways while they were looking for Alex? Cat feel to the ground hard (when she was already injured) and Vincent just kicks her her gun and keeps running. Doesn't check with her to make sure she's alright, which-ok fine, he was worried about Alex, but still doesn't ask her if she's ok when he comes to see her at her house later. Hmm...just not sure how I feel about this, but I'm putting my faith in the writers! Hopefully this journey with Alex and Evan being partially brought into this world will be something great to watch!

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We waited so long for a new episode...and this is what we got? The writers really tarnished Vincent's character for me. He really did act like a lying jerk and I wish Catherine would've called him on it. I really hate that he lies to Catherine, especially after all the risks and sacrifices she has taken for him. He treats her like piece of dirt as soon as the Ex rolls around. And referring to Catherine as his "handler"?? He never apologized for that or anything he did to Catherine in this episode which I found so disappointing. He doesn't even say anything to Catherine about his Ex, Catherine had to find all of that on her own! Way to man up, Vincent! The writers better know what they are doing, there are a lot of upset fans out there.

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Wasn't there a wanted poster for Jt? So Evan is just using him right? Evan is annoying he was with cats sister then he was all over cat not cool... She needs a new love interest... Did anyone see the tattoo on the guys hand once he was killed I have a feeling it was two separate guys

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this review states perfectly my feelings. Why would he lie to her...and the whole time he had Cathrine running around while she was hurt what a jerk! This was completely unacceptable! I hate this whole Alex thing I get that he's gonna make mistakes but really he completely tried to trick her into thinking she did somethingwrong and he did nothing wrong. That's such a jerk move!!!! He should have at least apologized for calling her his handler..

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Just because two people have different skin tone and hair color doesn't mean their facial structure isn't similar. Cat and Alex are very striking and similar. I don't envy Vincent at all, but had to draw the line at lying to Cat and blaming any chasm between them on her. He has to figure out where things stand with Alex, and needs to let Cat go in order to do that. It will be painful for us to watch, for sure.

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Someone please tell me the name of the first song played when Cat was bleeding out on the road!? Thanks 😊

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Sorry, but writer are screw this show

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The writers disapoint me..again!
I want from BaTB sometging more that soap operas, love triangle again..no, please!!! now this is love quartet!
WTF???
Why the writers ruin everything? Why?
You watch the cartoons again and plese, we want more Cat&Vincent.
We want romantic, true love..
So if you want rating's up, please, don't damage this love..
And more sci-fi in this show , please..

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I liked the episode and then I didn't like it. I waited so long for it and then to see the two people that I want to see getting closer in (maybe) a love relationship now looks frustratedly complicated. I don't particular like love triangles and Vincent acting the way he did (out of character) is not making me feel good at all. I want Vincent with Cat! I hope they don't drag out the episodes full of Alex.

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I enjoyed this episode. I thought it showed a lot of inner conflict that was well played. Life isn't always easy and we don't always do the right thing on our first try. For me the writing where Vincent had to let Catherine be helped by Evan because he "couldn't get back to being me" and remained the beastly Vincent vs. the fact he turned right back into himself in the throws of Alex being threatened so he could shoot a gun showed who his heart belongs to... Catherine. Sure, they will both make mistakes along the way. Show me a relationship that is deep and works and you can bet there has been forgiveness along the way. I do not mind a slow burn in getting these two together, in fact, I am enjoying it. It is letting us see who these character are. Let's have a couple of verses before we get to the chorus.