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Beauty and the Beast Review: The Flip Phone and the Smart Phone

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Finally seeing two beasts in the same room, shaking hands instead of one alone with his hands shaking, was the overall premise of "Date Night," despite the more uplifting title. Even thought the final scene showed us a nastier side of Gabe Lowen, I'm not buying it.

We jumped right into the hour with Gabe corralling Cat at an upscale hotel to gather intel on Vincent. Once he learned more about her and how she felt about her own beast, it seemed he was going to lay it all on the line in the hope she would be willing to work with him to bring stability into Vincent's life. He was right.

As for Gabe, his speech about wanting to be able to control himself like Vincent was compelling and, I believe, completely true. He said he would be take his life before he knew the end would be himself running amok and out of control as a beast, having no knowledge of what he was up to while he was in that state. 

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All he was asking for was a blood sample from Vincent to see what it was in the later beast versions that the scientists achieved to stabilize so much more than he exhibits. Since Gabe was basically version 1.0, and has been turning since the age of four, he's depended upon medications originally supplied by Cat's mom to keep him from turning. If he doesn't take the meds, he turns. Period. I can't imagine living a life like that, especially from such a young age.

I'm looking forward to seeing scenes from Gabe's past when he didn't get his medication on time and was a 6-year-old beast. What that might have been like would breathe a lot life into his character and lend a lot of credence into why he's willing to go so far to survive. There's almost a point where you'd think he would want to give up. Taking so much medication and getting so little time from each pill, it makes sense that he was tracking Vincent and would want to see what makes him different.

Meanwhile, after a pregnancy scare at the beginning of the hour, both Cat and Vincent had normalcy on their minds. The possibility of a cure or even a temporary stop to the unprovoked changes were very attractive. It would mean they could have a date, and maybe, someday, their life with a house, a family, a dog - the dream. 

As with everything in life, there is always a catch. I wondered why J.T. didn't analyze what was in Gabe's meds before Vincent popped one in his mouth, and the bad feelings were swirling around in my head as Cat and Vincent were swimming happily in the hotel pool at the same time J.T. was analyzing the medication. While the news wasn't all bad - Vincent wasn't going to break into a rage in public - the medication would kill him if he continued to take them. According to J.T., in three years tops. 

But could the same effects be achieved with a less lethal potion made to Vincent's specifications? We knew he was going to consider taking them to maintain his normal life with Catherinem even though she protested. Much like a cancer patient giving up Chemotherapy to live out their lives without the side effects, he was willing to do the opposite - poison his body to get those great years with the love of his life. 

So here's hoping J.T. doesn't just get the news and give up the fight. After all, isn't that what they've been after for years? Finding that one formula might be lethal shouldn't be the end. 

It was weird having a fight scene where Vincent was forced to fight as just plain ole Vincent. Cat and Vincent could certainly hold their own, but she suggested that since he went against her wishes and took a second pill, he should probably take the stairs and get the hell out of there.

We had on our hands a quotastic episode tonight, so check out The Beauty and the Beast quotes page. Tess was on fire, and then J.T. joined the fray. Even Vincent was winging them, making it not only tense and exciting, but extremely amusing. The best writing can take the most tense moments and toss in some humor.

Vincent: Okay quit worrying about meeting Sarah's parents. We got a bigger problem on our hands. Like there's someone else with corrupted DNA.
J.T.: Oh God - she is pregnant?
Vincent: No, Gabe.
J.T.: Gabe got her pregnant? | permalink

By the end of the episode, the bromance that had been kindled between Vincent and Gabe was a giant question mark again. Tyler analyzed Vincent's blood and whatever they need from it would work, but she said it would kill him. Gabe acted as if he didn't care. Here's why I don't believe that "eh, whatever" attitude.

He owes his life to Cat's mother, he knows Vincent is just as much a victim as he is and they did find a common understanding in the short time the spent together. Those three things will continue to grow on his conscience and he'll soon be looking for another way to make a cure for himself without sacrificing Vincent. Y'all didn't believe me about Evan Marks, and I was right. Just sayin.

As an aside, beastly Vincent seems more refined than beastly Gabe. They really did come a long way in their trials as time went on. It's still shocking that Gabe doesn't remember being the beast. I wonder if Tyler or anyone has ever filmed him so he knows what he is, or if he's been too afraid to watch. That might play in Vincent's favor, too.

Two final notes. I still can't get on board with Joe being in love with Tess. If he was in love with her, he'd be getting a divorce. As it stands, he's infatuated and wants to have sex with her. Tess deserves more. Until he's willing to break off his marriage to be with the woman he is totally in love with, then he's lying.

All I could think of as Cat and Vincent were kissing into the end credits was how horrible it must have smelled next to that dumpster. Better places to kiss in the future please!

One episode left in the season and then the writers will go to town on how to rock our worlds for Season 2. What did you think of the episode and do you really think Gabe would kill Vincent? Really? Comment away! 

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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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Thanks Carissa for the weekly reviews. So, this weeks episode was good. I found myself thinking about the moments that are magic on this show. While I loved the hot/sex scenes( of which we need much more). The best moments have been the ones filled with raw emotion and angst. Like the scene on the subway car after Evan dies- where Cat was so upset. Or when Vincent goes down the stairs to lay a lip lock on Cat at the Museum. The raw longing between Vin/Cat is at times almost palpable. The writers of this show have one heck of a task ahead of them. How do they keep that emotional rollercoaster going while keeping up the suspense ? They may lose viewers if the connection falls "flat" with the two main characters. I think that it's high time that Vincent got a job. He needs some pride and ability to provide for Cat in the future. I do not have faith that Gabe will turn out Ok. But the "F.B.I'/Muirfield did collect the Bustamonti assasin- the one from the hotel that Gabe killed. Once they do a dna analysis, the will realize it is a diff beast- and Gabe is going to be on their radar. They will be out to get Gabe. Lastly, I think that Cat needs to have a few secrets of her own..... that Vincent will need to accept over time. As he continues to lie to her........ In other words, a awesome job.

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Good review Carissa, episode 21 was good. Am with Daina, the episode had too much futures en happily ever afters. Talk about babies en marriage en cures!!!
Gabe can be a good guy but I think if he has to choose between his life at the expense of killing Vincent he'll chop Vincent in a second, wat do u expect from the first generation of beasts!!! I think that no matter how much Gabe cares for Cat due to his appreciation of Cat's mom coming to his rescue, self preservation is deeply engraved in him. No I don think he's a rich spoilt brat.
Loved the pool moment,waited for it anxiously but I feel that if the beast side of Vincent gets cured he'll be incomplete somehow, I guess that's why I was kinda relieved that THE CURE culd kill him, en b4 u guys kill me, I just want to say that V can take the medication to control not cure en also to ma defense the show is about the BEAST.
Carissa, I really felt the same about Tess en Joe but I am getting to understand their relationship, maybe in his own way Joe is inlove with Tess.
Cat wanting babies kinda threw me back but then wat woman doesn't, I think she needs to decide if she really accepts her situation en its limitations.
All that said, Enough with the future en the past can we focus in the present en actually have a secret powerful organization capable of recruiting en experimenting on soldiers!! Enuf of 5 Muirfield agents en white rooms, lets see section 6 like Nikita!!! Muirfield needs to earn my fear coz right now the org still is a mere shadow of their 1st agent, that guy was agent like, he left some big shoes that to me haven't been filled.

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@Donna, I don't think he is a good guy but what I think Carissa is saying is that it could be a misdirect by the writers. They can keep showing us all the bad stuff and seemingly bad stuff Gabe has done, only to turn around in the end and make him to something heroic for us to begin routing for him.

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I do think Gabe will be willing to kill Vincent to save himself, rationalizing that he is better/worth more than Vincent as an ADA who fights crime vs. a vigilante who accidentally has killed a bunch of people. Hope Gabe gets killed at the end of the season finale, but suspect we won't know if he actually dies until next season. Think Vincent will be captured by Muirfield/government at end of episode also.

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How can you think Gabe is a good guy..you are completely wrong...did you watch next weeks promo? He is an arrogant, rich boy who only thinks of himself and he will try to kill Vincent with absolutely no remorse. You are wrong on this one.

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I don't know, this episode fell a little flat for me. Though best line for me was the "New rule...' line from JT. Loved that one. Otherwise though it all seemed contrived. Like, "Lets throw as much about futures, families, and happily ever afters into the hour as we can." Yes, everything related and that was the point, but it felt really heavy handed, and by the end I found myself thinking, "Yes, already, we get it..." And I and SICK of Vincent blatantly lying to Cat. Seriously, every episode they are lying to each other in one way or another, then they get caught and say they'll never do it again. It's getting annoying. Not to mention there is still that huge secret that Vincent is keeping from Cat about her parents. Looks like we will find out about that next week if the synopsis is any judge, and if Cat once again just lets it go that he kept it from her, I might scream. The guy might talk a good game, but I don't think he'll ever stop keeping things from her 'for her own good'.

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Am I always the first to comment? LOL it's all good. This was a very good episode, intelligent and engaging. I was almost convinced that Gabe is a good guy but it seems he still has his own agenda after all. Would he go so far as to try and take Vincent's life for a cure? Guess we will have to wait and see. Loved Catherine and Vincent's talk of the future, they told each other they were in it not just for today but forever - so sweet. And Tess so needs to dump Joe 'demote him to garbage' to quote an old Joe line.

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OMG! First my hockey team wins the first playoff round, and then this? I'm exhausted, and a nervous wreck!
What an amazing episode, I felt more of that Vin/Cat chemistry tonight than in the last episode. I could see a fight coming with Vincent at the mercy of his "normal self" and it was pretty scary. Still very unsure about Gabe, and where his head is really at, not to mention his girlfriend... As Carissa said though, he had such respect for Cat's Mom, I can't believe he would do anything to hurt Cat, (or would he)? And that "FBI" agent at the end? He's a Muirfield guy! The writers have really outdone themselves on this episode, I can't believe there's only one left...

Marissa

Great episode. Wasn't shocked that Gabe is also a beat have been suspecting that since he first showed up. The medication working on Vincent but if he keeps taking it it will kill him in 3 years was good. I can't to see what happens on the season finale it looks really good.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

My poolside fantasy was being threatened and you were salivating.

Tess

Cat: Tess, I'm ten days late.
Tess: Ohhh.
Cat: Don't 'oh' like that. We haven't been partners like that so maybe we're off schedule.
Tess: Sorry, it's just my head went to Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 20 Music

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Alpine-hands Hands Alpine iTunes
Alt-j-tessellate Tessellate Alt-J iTunes
Song Whirlpool Seawolf
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