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Beauty and the Beast Review: FINALLY

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"Tough Love" gave us two things:

  1. An overabundance of screen time for the incredibly-difficult-to-warm up-to Heather.
  2. The wonderful, intensely beautiful moment we've all been waiting for: THE KISS.

I'm going to guess that I wasn't the only Beastie bemoaning the hour, wondering why we were being punished with the dual bitchichiness of a Heather/Tess tag-team.

The writers must have known that the only way they would be able to redeem themselves after so much negativity was to finally give the viewers what we wanted. Before we get there, let's check out what drove the rest of the episode.

Cat Makes an Introduction

Heather was being a verifiable nutcase when it came to Vincent. Starting the evening they planned to gently introduce him into the fold and showing up in a cocktail skirt was rude. If you set the dress code, don't break it. Another note of warning might be to keep to the original guest list. She knew how concerned Cat was about her meeting Vincent, but she invited Darius, who neither Cat nor Vincent knew, to eat with them. Not an endearing quality.

Gosh, it was so uncomfortable watching Vincent trying to be normal, interacting with Darius about being a doctor and feigning interest his nightclub. It was obvious right away that Darius was a player. Warning signs were going off, and when he got his mysterious text message it told Vincent that he was anything but calm. To think... Heather didn't trust Vincent.

When Cat was given the third degree by Heather and Tess, why didn’t she just say Vincent was in witness protection? Even the police don’t have access to that information unless the party in question decides to tell them. I watched In Plain Sight; I know these things. That was just one more scene that tore the people Cat trusts most further away from her. The worst thing? Her chance to use a great lie like witness protection is gone. Everything that came after has ruined, for the very long term, her chance to bring Vincent into her world.

So, Darius had a short life span. Why did they have to knock Heather out? Vincent killed Darius as Darius sought to save his own ass. Do I think he would have pulled the trigger? Yes. Vincent has a built in lie detector that can read blood pressure and pulse rate and all that jazz. If he didn’t feel she was really in jeopardy, he wouldn’t have done what he did.

But Vincent's beast was just a little stronger than he realized. He didn't mean to kill Darius, only to knock him out of the way. Nobody will know Darius was ready to shoot Heather except Vincent, and he won’t be able to convince anyone otherwise.

The events sure seemed to seal the fate of Cat and Tess, especially since Tess has more loyalty to Joe than she does to Cat. It’s a real shame that she can’t see how similar their situations are. Why she trusts Joe so implicitly while bring a world of hurt on Cat makes no sense to me, but they always seem to make all sorts of sense to the people who are inside of them.

Cat and Vincent are fighting on one side and Tess will be fighting with Joe to take down whoever - or whatever - killed his brother. I have this sinking feeling that the search for the two goons who were really responsible will be forgotten and, with the help of Evan, the search will be increased for the beast.

I loved that Even went to Cat before he made his choice on whether to work with Muirfield. Cat's attention was pulled away by Heather's shenanigans, and that's another moment Cat will never get back. I would love to think that Evan will eventually come to his senses and see the truth about Muirfield, as well as what the close proximity of the beast to Catherine means.

It's easy to follow Evan's logic that he's out to harm her in some way and I can't help but wish his communications with J.T. had been much deeper. That connection would have provided so much insight into the world of the beast for Evan, but that's just one more ship that sailed away this week.

I’m really disappointed in the direction things have taken with Evan, but they have written him into a corner. He’ll have no idea the harm he’s doing until Cat is left half dead and Vincent isn’t there to protect her because Evan has captured him.

For a minute there, it seemed our epic romance was, once again, on hold. Imagine my surprise when Cat carried on with this lovely Beauty and the Beast quote:

Cat: Crazy stuff happens. And, all I want to do is share it with you, figure it out with you. My normal is when I'm with you. I love you. I don't need walls, or doors....
[kiss]
Vincent: I am so in love with you. | permalink

Finally. We got it. The kiss. Followed by a much deeper, soulful, lingering kiss that rolled right into the credits.

The ride just got much rougher for our romantic duo, but Cat is steadfast in her determination to stand by his side. Despite Vincent's weaknesses and low expectations of her longevity, she's not letting him down. What the future holds remains to be seen, but all indications point to a long-term, rocky (and sexy) road.

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Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer and managing editor for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Cat can't tell Tess that Vincent is in witness protection because of the very first case in the series - that chick who was killed in a hotel room - they had photos of vincent (as vincent keller) because his DNA was found at the crime scene, so Tess might have recognized Vincent as someone who possibly had something to do with a murder.. so that wouldn't be too great for Cat and Vincent. Heather, on the other hand, she could have maybe told...

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Thanks for posting!
I think what most fans have been captured by is Jay's portrayal of Vincent/beast.
I find he's performance entirely believable even when the early eps dialogue needed a bit of work.
Jay brings charisma, vulnerability & lots of heart to this character!

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I have a love/ hate relationship with this show. On one hand I love the romantic story line, but on the other, the overall acting is less than believable. The finest acting moments, which have been in this episode, are the ones that are raw with emotion. Heather's scene at the precinct for instance. Wow. This has been one of the only moments I have liked this character. And Cat and Vincent's scene on the roof...excellent. If you weren't moved by the kissing scene, then you are a robot.
I have wanted to give up on this show from the beginning, but then someone turns on the talent and I'm sucked back in. Kreuk is hard to stomach, and rather unbelievable as a hard nosed cop. She shines as an actress in this show when she is vulnerable and feminine. That is when Cat and Vincent are believable as a couple.

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YES!!! OH Carissa! I said the EXACT same thing! Witness Protection dammit! That was the first thing that popped into my head and I spent most of the episode gnashing my teeth together because it was the easiest out and no one was using it. I used to kinda like Tess but she and heather were insufferable. INSUFFERABLE. And yup all the focus will be on this beast and no one will look for the guys responsible. That kiss took entirely too long to happen but perfect planning because if it hadn't have happened in this episode I was dangerously close to throwing the remote at the Tv and throwing in the towel.

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"When Cat was given the third degree by Heather and Tess, why didn’t she just say Vincent was in witness protection?" OMG thank you for that!! I thought exactly the same thing. It's the easiest explanation and it makes so much sense.

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Great review as per usual Carissa! This is always my first stop after watching our show.
Since the beginning, your review has pretty much mirrored everything I've thought about this show. With each episode it just keeps getting better and better. To me, the only rational explanation as to why Cat didn't just tell them he was in witness protection was that it would be another lie and earlier in the episode she said she didn't want to lie to her sister.

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Heather's voice grates on my nerves. A lot. UGH... and as for her and Tess getting into Cat's business, I would have shown them the door. I don't care how close you are, you don't presume to do what Heather did...

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Thank you for the great review of Beauty and the Beast. I watch a few shows on television for escape. This show delivers that to me. I invite anyone who is looking for an hour of pure fantasy, romance, action and a pinch of comedy to give it a try.

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Well, Jay Ryan the man is nothing like Vincent. He's light and funny and has a New Zealand accent. I've never thought of him as acting woodenly, but dark and brooding. His circumstances aren't exactly ideal, being cheerful would hardly suit his situation. @RoseAnne, you're right about not fleshing out Tess and Heather enough for them to have that scene in the interrogation room. They haven't earned the right to treat her like that, let alone shown their own lives are together enough to expect it from someone else!

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The only problem I have with this episode--well actually it is some characterizations since the show's start--is how Heather is portrayed and Tess' sudden relationship with Joe. I really enjoy the show. I have watched it from the beginning but neither Tess nor Heather are fleshed out well. In this episode Heather came across as the typical, one-note annoying younger sister and that is so unfortunate. If more development was given to the character since her introduction to the show, the way she behaved in this episode would have more resonance (with me anyway). She was completely over the top and there was no motivation tied to her reaction. Going to Tess to get a background check??? Because there isn't enough development of Cat's personal relationship with Tess as well as Heather the "interrogation scene" and every scene with Heather did not have the advantage, IMO, of tension that had built up to this point. These scenes just made Heather and Tess look snarky and bitchy instead of a loving friend and sister. I get that Tess/Heather were concerned and that they do care about Catherine but more time is given to Cat/Vincent ‘s relationship (which of course should be the case) and that makes their interactions resonate more. Cat even said to Vincent in this episode that the other two important relationships in her life were with Tess and Heather. In the last four months it would have been nice to see just how important those relationships are to Cat in other ways aside from lying to them to protect them. And then there is the issue of Tess’ relationship with Joe that the writers just tossed in out of nowhere. There has never been any indication that there was the least bit of attraction between the two. I love the romance of this show. I love the chemistry between Vincent/Cat and I do enjoy the twists and turns of Cat/Vincent’s storyline but I wish the writers did not treat Cat’s other “important� relationships as accessories or props.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Heather: So why did you go back to your ex?
Vincent: Because I'm a complete idiot who was afraid of his extremely intense feelings for your sister.

She recognized you from the wedding. She thinks you're this mysterious ass.

Cat

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Neon-indian-polish-girl Polish Girl Neon Indian iTunes
Tula-dont-say-a-word Don't Say A Word Tula iTunes
Kyla-la-grange-catalyst Catalyst Kyla La Grange iTunes
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