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Beauty and the Beast Review: Beastly Rivalry

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This review wouldn't be right without starting with the title: "Anniversary." 

What happiness it brings because next year we get to have one! Beauty and the Beast has been renewed and we no longer need to worry this story is going to end prematurely. There will be more. Happy sigh planted here!

It never dawned on me that Cat and Vincent would consider the day they "met" when he saved her as their anniversary, which was also the day of her mother's death. Or was it? We've been wondering about that the last few episodes with the strange goings-on at Muirfield and the possibility they could bring back the dead.

Cat Remembers Her Mom

Even Gabe wondered if maybe she might be alive and it turned out it was one of the main reasons he was back in town. Hoping to find Vanessa's grave empty so she could help him. More on that in a bit. 

Gabe Lowen is a wickedly written character. He's written as well as Evan Marks was, with the constant will he/won't he challenges. Should Cat trust him or shouldn't she? Obviously, Vanessa did, as she risked her life as if he was one of her own children to get him out of Muirfield. 

Giving Gabe a drug to stop his heart would be why Muirfield isn't looking for him now. They would never think to look for him as a grown adult. Who knows what his name was back then. His adoptive parents were probably the Lowens, and I doubt Muirfield are that good to track down the people they had under their experiments that many years ago, especially if they considered them dead. It was natural for Cat to feel a sibling connection/rivalry with Gabe. 

Seeing Vincent jealous was so funny. The way he got all glow-eyed as Cat and Gabe talked about getting together to celebrate the life of Vanessa Chandler by listening to 80s power ballads just fit the topic perfectly. It was like he was out of a Ratt video or something. The special effects are really right out of the 80s. Beauty and the Beast should consider doing a video similar to what Supernatural has done with Dean singing "Eye of the Tiger" at the end of the show. What 80s song would be best?

In case you're wondering, Toto's "Africa" is not a power ballad. Don't even try to argue the point.

All of the information that Gabe had learned about Cat growing up must have been so difficult for him, and hearing all of it later was obviously tough on Cat. He knew so much about her, and yet really nothing at all. He was like a foster child living in Cat's shadow. I wonder if it will make him want to hurt her or care more about her. At this point I can't tell.

The little clues during the episode were really keen, like Gabe saying 'you don't want to see me when I'm angry," or Vincent saying "there's something off about him," but not being able to pinpoint it. How could he have been able to smell an empty grave but not smell a fellow beast? 

It was confirmed after all that Vanessa was dead, but Gabe was damned happy to have learned about Vincent. He seems to be falling apart at a fairly rapid rate. Considering, he's doing a great job keeping himself in check during stressful situations. He has had a lifetime to do it, so it shouldn't be surprising. 

How far apart are they in their DNA? Gabe is having side effects that Vincent doesn't have, and given the age differential, Gabe was one of the earlier versions of the project. He must want to know what differences they were able to achieve to stabilize the porcess, but I'm surprised that Gabe isn't further along in the mutation given the concerns about Vincent lately. Vincent only recently began to see red. Did that come with the glowing eyes?

If you recall, in my interview with Sendhil Ramamurthy (who is wonderfully active on Twitter these days), he had just received the script for the 19th episode. THIS episode. He was so stoked about the last scene and now we know why. All of our questions about whether or not he was beastly were confirmed. Glow eyes! It was also that moment when we got lost again in the confusion of whether he's to be trusted. Just brilliant.

We still had time for romance between Cat and Vincent, as after everything, he backed off a bit and realized he had to let her have her moments of wondering about her past and looking into them. He needs to support her while he protects her, and not just stifle her. Their communications are so much improved from the middle of the season when Red was there. Thank goodness. 

On the other hand, wow - Joe is a dick. He really wants to have his cake and eat it, too, doesn't he? He was looking for open spots for Tess to transfer to so they could "be together?" That was just appalling. Sadly, at first she thought he was going to make the sacrifice until he admitted he meant for her to go. Dude needs to make up his mind. Married, not married. It's not a difficult decision. If he's happy with his wife, then let the ultra cool Tess find someone worthy.

Did you notice that Tess looks sexier again now that they've taken the "bitch" aspect out of her role? Her hair is flowing and closer to her face and she's looking more appealing. It's amazing what they can do to put you off of a character if they want to. And - I fall for it! I still think Nina Lisandrello has one of the most beautiful noses on television.

It was a really great hour full of revelations, and I'm really enjoying the new information on Gabe (and would like to know more about his lady friend, STAT), but I missed TJ. Oops! J.T. When TJ just slips off of Tess' tongue as easily as it does, it's difficult not to follow suit.

All right, Beasties, hit the comments! We know Gabe is a beast, Vanessa is dead, romance is alive and married people shouldn't have affairs and mess with the hearts of people we love. What else? Hit the comments!! Eeek - I can't wait!

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also this is episode 20 not 19

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Denise, you may be right about not trusting Cat's dad. I always thought it was strange that Muirfield never ransacked their home and took all of Mama Chandler's files. You would think they would want to hide any trace of evidence. Perhaps her dad is somehow involved with Muirfield.

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Loved this episode! Glad Vincent & Catherine didn't stay mad too long at each other as the previews always make it seem. To answer "Maryland gal", Gabe was adopted by rich people. When Vanessa said goodbye to him, his new parents were standing next to a Rolls Royce! I don't trust Catherine's Dad.
I don't understand why they would move Vanessa's body & who layed the single cala lily at that grave? Dad?? I'm glad Tess is on Vincent's side now. We need more of JT which I think we see next week. Also, where did those 2 get such a nice place to live in now? Antique pool table? If it's abandoned, would've someone have at least cleaned out the good stuff? Any answers??

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I think the writers need to make sure that Vincent doesn't become too normal, and by that I mean just day to day stuff. Part of the "Hotness" factor was that he was so mysterious, you tended to appreciate their time together more when it was harder to come by...
That said, there is no couple on TV right now that comes even remotely close to Vin/Cat, and I also hope there are no more love triangle episodes coming up, at least not involving Cat and Vincent.
Love this show sooooo much, can't wait to see what is in store for next season. I'd like to see a little more interaction between Vincent and Tess, as well as JT and Tess. I'm also a little concerned at the lack of comments on this site these days...

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OMG ALL I CAN SAY IS OMG I THINK CATHERINES MOTHER IS ALIVE I THINK HER DAD IS A JERK I THINK VINCENT NEEDS TO STAY ON HIS BEASTIE TOES/CLAWS WHERE GABE IS CONCERNED I THINK GABE IS IN LOVE WITH CATHERINE AND HAS BEEN SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE BOY AND CATHERINES MOM TALKED ABOUT HER ALL THE TIME ABOUT HER TO HIM I THINK THE BATB WRITERS BETTER START DELEGATING SOME STORY TIME TO VINCENT AND CATHERINE SPENDING SOME QUALITY HOT LOVING TIME TOGETHER (AND YES I MEAN SEX) BECAUSE WE LOST 25,000 VIEWERS SINCE LAST EPISODE AND THE SHOW CAN'T KEEP TAKING A HIT LIKE THAT WE NEED TO BE GAINING VIEWERS NOT LOSING THEM

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Loving this show so hard right now!! Have seen some complaints here and other sites about not enough passionate moments for Vincat in the last couple of eppies but given the circumstances they are facing right now, I think they would be hugely out of place.Have a feeling they will make up for it in 'Date Night' so its all good, besides they are ROCKIN' the tender connected moments! Hope the writers continue to bypass the trite crap like love triangles in the second season. But considering how they turned the whole 'will they/won't they' thing on its head this season, I have every faith they will avoid all the 'bin der, dun dat' stuff next season! Kudos to fresh and original writing!!

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Maybe I'm not connecting the dots, but what's the secret Evan discovered in the files that Vincent knows about? And as much as I love seeing these two together, I think I love the struggle to stay together, very hot.

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Loved this episode, but one thing I don't like is Joe...Don't like his character or his acting. He needs to go. As for Gabe, don't trust him at all. I'm not sure about Cat's dad, but I do think his wife has something to do with Muirfield. Maybe I'm just getting paranoid! I sure hope there are no more love triangles involving Cat or Vincent, not only would it be too unbelievable given their love for each other, but I couldn't stand another episode like the ones with Alex, I've rewatched all of the episodes except the ones with her. Too stressful! I am so hooked on this show, only two left I guess, at least until season two...

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I give this episode top rating. But then again, the last 7-8 episodes have been a smokin' hot blend of friendships, danger, intrigue, trust and love. I stumbled on a repeat of this show and well... have become the hugest fan. I am an obsessive,' do not call me fan"on Thursday nites. I am so happy this show was renewed. But many questions linger- like WHY was Vincent there the night that Vanessa was killed? What was his purpose there? It has been hinted that the head of Muirfield will be revealed by the end of the season... I vote for Cat's father. Not much has been said about him.... I wouldn't rule out the new wife's role either. And are Cat's and Heather's parents their biological parents? As far as Gabe- I like the edge he brings to the show. Where did all of his money come from? He lives a very lavish life and I am suspicious of that. How does he manage to have a mansion and run around in a Lincoln Towne car on a ADA's salary? Something smells stinky..... stinky- intrigue! Love it. I wouldn't trust him at all. Hidden agenda(s) with him. Lastly... great casting in all the roles. Want to see more of Tess/J.T. interactions and sharp repartee. And lastly..... Kristin and Jay... (sigh), a HOT SEXY MESS and SMOKIN HOT LOVE STORY. Keep it up guys. I will be watching.

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BatB "Anniversary" was awesome! Always thought Gabe would be a beast, but there is the mystery right now of has he been one since the experiments as a young boy. The confusing part to me in this episode is I would think that Gabe older than Cat . . . going off that assumption and the fact that Gabe looked about 7 or 8 when Vanessa smuggled him out of Muirfield, how would he know what Cat was in her 2nd grade play or even the VHS Movies that were once Cat's . . . Now if they were Disney or Barney VHS tapes it might have been more accurate, unless Gabe is way younger than Cat which I doubt or Vanessa was more involved in his life after he left Muirfield.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 19 Quotes

Cat: Just come over tonight and listen to 80s power ballads, that's charity enough.
Gabe: I like 80s power ballads!

She was the only truly loving adult we had and I adored her. That's why I came here today. But I am sorry if I upset you that I came here.

Gabe