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Beauty and the Beast Review: Feel Like Makin' Love

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There is so much to talk about from "Any Means Possible" - and it all started and ended with some of the best kissing I've seen in so long.

For a couple who took 13 episodes to get to their first kiss, they sure didn't take long to get into the swing of things, did they? Whether it was the dream-turned-nightmare that Vincent had (and, oh baby, that was one steamy smooch), the one he planted on Cat at the ball or their love-making at the end, the lip-locking alone had me all aflutter.

Obviously, none of that even accounted for the entrance of Sendhil Ramamurthy as Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowen (shirtless, no less); a character who after one airing has me completely confused - in an absolutely fabulous way.

How Far Will She Go?

First, let's tackle this new DA. After speaking with Ramamurthy, I was expecting a whole lot of mean coming from Gabe Lowen and I wasn't feeling it. I definitely didn't hate him - not one bit. The role was played very close to the vest with regard to any secrets he might have. Being funny and acting cute was not my immediate expectation, but that's what we got from Gabe. Sendhil teased a history between Gabe and Cat, and whatever that is it was really difficult for him to keep that secret.

He seemed far to smart to have shown up in the women's locker room at the gym, so it appears he's trying to put her at ease. Did he really lose his mother to murder, like he told Cat? The way his hand was shaking as he picked up the coffee after that conversation slammed him for some reason, but whether it was due to his difficulty acting the part of an innocent DA hiding from the cute girl he ran into half naked in the locker room or if a deeper secret will take some time to spill out.

When Gabe stepped in front of Evan to stop his confrontation with the loan shark looking to make an immunity deal for information on the creature that killed his partner and Darius, I thought he was trying to keep Evan from learning too much about the creature.

At the very least I can read his interest is personal and beyond the scope of his position as ADA. But, I never expected him to kill the guy to shut him up. That's a supposition on my part, but who else was with him that could have done it? If Gabe didn't kill him, he probably had someone do it for him.

The intrigue with the addition of ADA Lowen really works. I want to know how he knows Cat, why he chose her for the task force without vetting her and why he questioned Tess so hard about her. What does he know about the creature, and does any of it tie to Muirfield? Is that why he chose Evan to be a part of the task force, as well?

Maybe his mother, or whoever he lost - if he lost anyone at all - worked with Cat's mother at Muirfield on the original experiments. Another theory I have, based on his shaking hand, is that he might be an early version of a beast himself. So much was opened with the addition of just one character. Well played Beauty and the Breast!

Evan met a different side of his new business partner, Muirfield. They came very close to stealing his research and letting him walk away, or outright killing him if he hadn't played along. He still doesn't quite understand who he's dealing with, as you can tell by the way he makes phone calls with demands, expecting them to respect him. That could come back to bit him in the ass.

Evan got out of hot water only because Gabe stepped in. Muirfield now thinks he's capable, and willing, to kill. What else will they expect of him? Evan's so lost at the moment, he took it as a win.

In light of all the heightened stakes and the new task force, Vincent and Cat managed to take their relationship to the next level. If Cat was having dreams similar to Vincents (minus the game of room toss!), then their libidos were on overdrive! Even J.T. was ribbing Vincent about not giving it a go already.

Cat was just spectacular in her ability to stand by her man. Gabe caught on right away that she'd circumvent the law to bring about justice, so it will be interesting to see what he thinks about that when he learns why she's trying to valiantly to it.

Her best efforts didn't keep the task force at bay, but she's right in the middle of it. If all goes well, she'll be one step ahead which should be a help with Vincent, but it could also work against her and in Gabe's favor, if they end up being on different sides. With Cat as adamant as she was in her conversation with him about being on very different sides, my guess is the exact opposite will be true.

Despite their decision to keep their hands off of each other, Vincent made a grand gesture with kiss number two in that fabulous museum, and by the time the task force was formed and Vincent learned he was now being hunted by the woman he loved, there was enough trust between them to fall into each others arms and make dreams come true.

If we thought the kiss in "Tough Love" was something, we had no idea of the true meaning of "worth the wait" until tonight.

Share your thoughts and theories in the comments. Was the addition of the new ADA and the task force a good idea? Will it breathe new life into the ratings challenged freshman series?

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Anyone else notice V's black nail in the kissing scene? Kinda ruined the otherwise squeal worthy moment for me. :( Apparently the director realized it too. In this week's episode it was digitally altered.

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Who's the actor who plays ray shakman

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FROM BEGINNING TO END, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WAS AWESOME. VINCENT'S NIGHTMARE MAKEOUT SCENCE WHAT HOT, HOT, AND HOTTEST. THE SONG "SUGAR" IS PLAYING AND HE CALLS OUT CATHERINE'S AND WALKS DOWN THOSE STEPS IN SLOW MOTION TO PLANT A KISS ON CATHERINE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. AND THE END, WHEN IT SAYS TO HE THAT SHE CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH AND THAT THE DID NOT WANT TO BREAK HER HEART BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT IF TRAGIC STRIKES HIM AND WITH CATHERINE CONFESSING HER LOVE FOR HIM, SHE WOULD BE JUST DEVASTED WITH ALL SHE HAS BEEN THROUG. THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV AND KUDOS TO THE WRITERS FOR SOME OF THE BEST TELEVISION IN A LONG LONG WHILE. AND JAY AND KRISTIN CHEMISTRY IS SO FLAWLESS. THEY ARE THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND RICHARD BURTON OF THE SMALL SCREEN. CATHERIN WILL NEED IN THE NEXT EPISODE AND I KNOW WE WILL BE LEFT HANGING UNTIL THE NEXT EPISODE. VINCENT IS GOING TO NEED ALL THE HELP HE CAN GET FROM THE PREVIEW I SAW.

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Hahahahahha! That Beauty and the Breast word made me laugh!

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I'm a fair person and i always ask myself, why do i keep watching this show if i'm gonna bitch about it in every other episode. I like NONE of the supporting characters and the sloppy writing sometimes gets on my nerves. What i DO like is the chemistry of the main leads and Kreuk's portrayal of Kat, which is so much better and evolved from that of annoying Lana Lang's. Watching shirtless Sendhil Ramamurthy didn't hurt either, he's gorgeous, even though i prefer his British accent much more!!

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I totally agree with your comments. "Any Means Possible" blew me away. The Vincent/Catherine romance angle was wonderfully played. Gabe, the new ADA, is going to turn heads but I think he's hiding some dark secret and I also think he's very ambitious. Evan, I think, has gotten in over his head and will come to regret his decision to play along with Muirfield. All in all, this show has not disappointed me from the start. I am looking forward to a second season ... and perhaps more!

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Its definitely hard to get this epi out of my head. I've watched the show so many times in just a span of 3days. About Gabe, my theory is that he's somewhat of a beast or someone being experimented. He did say he saw his mother murdered while he's a young child, so perhaps first generation experiment...I'm just hoping that we will see more of this show perhaps a season 2...of course the Vincent & Catherine coupling is such a tease!

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awesome show keep rewind n the last 5 minutes of this ep. been want n them to hop n bed together since ep. 2 ok 1 but at least got my wish can't wait for more of this

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I was also a little surprised that Cat didn't register the fact that in light of what Vincent had told her about being with a woman a couple of years before, that he had obviously never been with Alex while they had their little reunion thing.
I don't know, I just thought it was important that she know there was no one but her...

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I agree, this show does get better and better, the writers are as amazing as the cast (I've decided to forgive them for the whole Alex fiasco, though it did give us a lot more insight into both Vincent and Cat so I guess they know what they're doing)
It seems as though everything is falling into place for a very wild ride ahead. Very interested to see what's up with the new DA, hate that I have to wait a whole week to get a little more insight into what is up with him.
As for Cat and Vincent, well, what can you say other than WOW. Seriously, WHAAATTT! I kinda hate to admit it, but I've replayed several of those scenes, several times! Insane chemistry, great acting, trust, how she calmly pulls him back just as he starts to change at the end...
I have been taping the show, but now I'm a little concerned as to whether or not that effects viewer ratings, does anyone know?
On the other hand, these days I can barely wait for the show to come on let alone wait to watch it...
I don't even want to think about the possibility that it may not get renewed, it is far and away my favourite show these days.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Vincent: I'll just put a shirt on.
Cat: Yeah, of course. I was just thinking about that. Not about that, um, about the kiss.

Heyyyyy. Look who got her own house key. Who knew?

J.T.