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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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Aries93

I only recently decided to give this show a shot (again) and boy, am I glad I did! I really tuned back into the right time, as this episode was the kind of episode I had been waiting for. I really hope the writers keep this up, as the amount of progression from when I first began watching has really changed.

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You've basically taken all of the muddled thoughts rolling around in my brain, ironed them flat, and laid them neatly out in this review! I completely and totally agree with everything you're saying! Can't wait to see how it all works out.............. lot's of action, that's for sure!

Marissa

Good episode. I don't trust this new ADA the first reason is his hand shaking which tells me he has a secret. The second reason is the only witness to the attack is now dead after talking tithe ADA. I've been waiting all season for the Kat and Vincent hook up yay it finally happened. Can't wait till the next episode it looks really good.

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Continued from below... Is the guy in hiding, or isn't he? You can't have it both ways and change it for what is best for that weeks plot. Say what you will, but ratings drop for this show almost every week, and I'm starting to get why.

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Ehhh... Yeah the kissing was good, but I still have the plot and bad story telling issues I've had for some time now. Like why would Cat actually think that getting someone to say the beast killed to save someone would do any good? Yeah, okay, it MIGHT get the people of the city behind him, but guess what--the law is the law. He has killed. A LOT. The cops aren't going to just 'let bygones be bygones' because the people are on his side. That's just dumb. Hell, if that's the case, why doesn't Vincent come out of 'hiding' and appeal to the press? Oh, cuz that would make sense and be easy... right. On that note, I'm also getting annoyed at all the people(mostly women, it seems) that have been in Vincent's life since he came back from overseas. In the beginning they let us think that he had basically been hulled up in the warehouse for ten years, now it seems like every week we find out about some other person he has known or situation he has been in. Is the guy in hiding, or isn't he? You can't have it both ways and change it for what is best for that weeks plot. Say what you will, but ratings drop every week, and I'm starting to get why.

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Woke up at 5:30 this morning so I could re-watch last night's phenomenal episode “Any Means Possible� - again, before heading off to work. This episode was masterfully put together and was by far, I think the best one yet!!! (and I keep saying this every week) The masquerade ball was fabulous, and the addition of the the new ADA really amped up the drama and suspense factor! Catherine looked absolutely STUNNING in that dress, and Vincent SUPER SEXY in that tux! What I loved most about this episode though was how the ultimate love scene between Cat and Vincent was handled! It wasn't frenzied, or one of those "let me rip your clothes off" kind of deals....it was slow, sensual and heartfelt - you could honestly see and feel how much these two characters really love each other. That is what a love scene should look like. Kudos to Jay Ryan and Kristen Kreuk for making that look so real- man they really knocked it out of the park last night!!!!! Can't wait to see what comes next! Great plot, great drama, great action and great love.....this is why Beauty and the Beast deserves a second season...and beyond!

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First of all, what a great review! Thank you very much for that. 3 sentences I loved particularly: " the kissing alone had me all aflutter."
"Cat was just spectacular in her ability to stand by her man." And "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." As much as I feared Sandhil's addition to the cast, I actually loved the storyline he brought into the show. All the questions you're raising in your review crossed my mind as well and I feel like at the end, he'll turn out to be on Vincent's and Catherine's side. I am not so sure about him killing Ray Shakman (was it?). It was definitely suggested but I think we should expect a twist there as well. As far as the Vincent and the Catherine of it all goes, it was, simply put, beautiful. This is an epic love story and the audience has to be able to feel the sincerity and the intensity of it all, and we do. How could we not? And personally, I'm not just feeling it because they actually made love in last night's episode, but because their story is told and acted in such a way that makes it completely believable and acutely real. Kudos to the writers and to Jay and Kristin who make every single kiss so epic that I'm transported to such couples as Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre with whom they share the same urgency, depth and purity. Another Kudos to the writers and to the CW for being brave enough not to play the worn "will-they-won't-they" game all other shows seem to play until the audience actually doesn't care anymore if they will. This aspect of keeping the Vincent&Catherine love story real together with the ever thickening plot makes Beauty and the Beast a sight for sore eyes in the TV landscape. Hopefully, the network will be smart enough to keep this show around for as long as it has all those great stories to tell...and there seem to be plenty.

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First of all, what a great review! Thank you very much for that. 3 sentences I loved particularly: " the kissing alone had me all aflutter."
"Cat was just spectacular in her ability to stand by her man." And "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." As much as I feared Sandhil's addition to the cast, I actually loved the storyline he brought into the show. All the questions you're raising in your review crossed my mind as well and I feel like at the end, he'll turn out to be on Vincent's and Catherine's side. I am not so sure about him killing Ray Shakman (was it?). It was definitely suggested but I think we should expect a twist there as well. As far as the Vincent and the Catherine of it all goes, it was, simply put, beautiful. This is an epic love story and the audience has to be able to feel the sincerity and the intensity of it all, and we do. How could we not? And personally, I'm not just feeling it because they actually made love in last night's episode, but because their story is told and acted in such a way that makes it completely believable and acutely real. Kudos to the writers and to Jay and Kristin who make every single kiss so epic that I'm transported to such couples as Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre with whom they share the same urgency, depth and purity. Another Kudos to the writers and to the CW for being brave enough not to play the worn "will-they-won't-they" game all other shows seem to play until the audience actually doesn't care anymore if they will. This aspect of keeping the Vincent & Catherine love story real together with the ever thickening plot makes Beauty and the Beast a sight for sore eyes in the TV landscape. Hopefully, the network will be smart enough to keep this show around for as long as it has all those great stories to tell...and there seem to be plenty.

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Wow, wow, wow,loved the Vin-Cat moments hot, hot HOT.Couldnt breath .Best kiss hands down from all the shows.The introduction of the DA. Opened up a lot of questions;who is he really, what is his tie to Vin-Cat,did he put Cat on the task force knowing she s involved with the Beast.I can't wait until next week, previews are leaving us wanting more.

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This show is on FIRE.... Love it so much