Beauty and the Beast Review: Memories

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On Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 4, Vincent realized that not only wasn't he invincible, he remembered why he wasn't a fireman before he became a beast.

That's right - Vincent's memories are starting to flood back thanks to unanticipated stimuli.

"Hothead" felt a lot like an episode that would have aired during Beauty and the Beast Season 1, with Gabe stepping in for Evan (gulp, I still miss him) and Tess trying to take Cat's mind off of Vincent with mind erasers and massage. 

Cat's Disturbing Call

Just one memory and Vincent is completely unable to concentrate. He's begging Bob Reynolds for a new beast to hunt, but Bob's methods of searching take a lot longer than Vincent needs. Bob reminds Vincent of how important it is to keep his mind in the game, that he's a soldier - blah blah blah - but Vincent knows all of that. He wants a beast to track to take his mind off of Cat, not to be disengaged.

Things with Gabe are obviously going to come to a crazy head at come point. He's going out of his way to try to find an opportunity to kill the beast in Vincent like Cat did in him, but he's doing it while being attracted to Cat. We watched how difficult that was for Evan to deal with, and it's not going to be any easier for Gabe, no matter how honorable he's being at this point.

Tess plucking his feathers every chance she gets isn't helping, but it does make things fun. It's great to have the old Tess back, even if she has been relegated to being a side-kick for the time being. She has far more skills than that role requires, and Gabe needs to stop pushing her out just so he can have Cat time. 

That said, at least Tess is getting her fair share of air time. Who else missed J.T. this week? C'mon! Just because Vincent doesn't live with him doesn't mean he's not essential to the show. Let's get Tess and J.T. tracking down some leads. If Gabe wants Cat time, then send Tess and J.T. out on the road.

That will work for us as viewers and for Gabe to keep Cat to himself as he tries to please her by delivering Vincent on a silver platter.

It was great giving Vincent a visit by his nephew. It also made good sense with respect to the story and timeline. Families of firefighters tend to stay that way, so having Aaron follow in his father's footsteps was well done. What wasn't well done was how he didn't recognize his uncle Vincent. I do not buy for one nanosecond that Vincent's photo isn't displayed next to that of his deceased brothers all over the grandparents' house. Aaron would have recognized him immediately.

That was my one bone to pick with the episode, and it was a pretty big one. Everything else was so good, from the way Vincent's short stint as a firefighter was explained to his quick kiss with Cat before he ran into a burning building to try to find Aaron and Cat and Vincent coming together again at the end realizing they can't stay apart, no matter what he remembers.

When they stood in front of the 9/11 Memorial, Vincent said "My brothers here." Cat's reply was, "They're heroes." It was difficult not to get teary in that moment. As Vincent remembers so little, one of the things he does remember is that he had brothers, loved them so much and then how he lost them. Visiting where they last stood with Cat was a beautiful way to acknowledge his growing memories.

It's obvious Bob Reynolds is going to get less accommodating as Vincent gains more memories. I hope he doesn't think it's a good idea to try to erase his memories again. Once was enough. He can't keep messing with Vincent's life - and certainly not his daughter's.

I have to wonder what he feels being so close to her. Does he have any desire to know her, especially since the man she knew as her dad has died? Now that Heather is gone, there is nothing keeping him from a proper introduction. What will she do if she puts it all together - who he is and his relationship to Vincent - before he gets a chance to make clear who he is? She forgave her mother for her involvement in the creation of beasts, would she do the same for Bob Reynolds?

This week felt like things took a turn for the better. There is less anxiety and antagonism between the characters. Gabe's a wild card with his feelings for Cat, but we've had that before in Evan. Bring J.T. back into the fold and I'll be happy.

What did you think about this week's episode? Did you enjoy meeting another Keller? Do you think Gabe will eventually change his mind about helping Cat reunite with Vincent?


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Ruth cassidy

So missed JT this episode as well but really appreciate your review. Agree there are so many layers and so much to learn about each character but writers are doing it in a fast paced, interesting way that leaves you wanting more! Thank you so much!


The episode was ok there are things I did not like, things I like. Things I like -Vincent in a tank top shirt. Yummy and those buffed arms, divine!!
- The kiss he gave to Catherine in the street before going to rescue Aaron. I wish I was Catherine and feel those lips.
- Vincent remembering his family and it looks he was very close to his family and had a strong connection with them.
-Vincent hugging Catherine at the last scene. Things I did not like:
- Catherine asking Vincent not to push it and everything will come in time. Hello???? She said that to Vincent and we know she is the one who is pushing Vincent to remember things, especially her. Pathetic!!
Catheirne has to let Vincent remember in his own time not because she ask him to and in her time. She is beign selfish.
- Catherine acting like a jerk at the beginning, she wanted to forget Vicent so she ia acting all cocky at the bar and hit a kicked a guy who was harrasing her and she did the same to a judge?? That is a turn off attitude. She can act more mature.
-Im not liking Tess so far, she use to be bolder in S1, I feel now she is a softy and I havent seen her really in action just to protect Catherine.
- Gabe liking Catherine and that screams trouble. I need more cases of the week so far each case is relate to Murfield and Vincent past.


It was of great concern when the season started that it is very tragic that Vincent also forgot about his brothers, the two people whose deaths were the reason he is where he is today. If not anything else, I am glad he remembered them. The first time it really hit me emotionally was in the building blazing with fire when Vincent calling to Aaron suddenly became Vincent calling to William. For some reason, my heart really broke at that.
The last memorial scene, of course, was one of the most poignant and palpable in the entire show. Seeing the memorial even on TV stirs many emotions in people all across the world. P.S. I have to mention how disturbed I was that my comment last week was not published. I am assuming it was just because I didn't agree with the points made by the reviewer. I will probably be treated the same way this time as well but I just wanted to let the moderator know that this intolerance of difference of opinions over a show is not something expected from a reputed site like this one.

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Neethi - I have no idea why a comment you wrote last week didn't appear, but if it was merely a disagreement with my review, I can assure you it would never be removed for that reason. I welcome any and all discussion about the show. No two people share the same opinion. Feel free to restate it here. As for this comment - I completely agree about the nod to his brothers and 9/11 and stated so. :-)


Thanks for your review, I loved the episode. Thought it was insightful and poignant. The characters are evolving and growing and taking us with them on that journey. The Vincent flashbacks enlighten us and highlight side of him we were not aware of. The very strong family connection explains the depth of his commitment to love, friendship and partnership. Catherine's desire to move forward without carrying the baggage of her family will be tested but her strength of character will prevail. This episode was thrilling and carried several uplifting important threads of plots yet to come. Thoroughly enjoyed it A+


I loved the tribute to 91;it was very respectful and well executed.This show deservers to be promoted more because it's one of the best on tv at this time.


I loved that we got to see flashes of Vincent's past. The kiss was amazing, just as the hand holding was at the end of the show. This Monday's show was not a disappointment! Can't wait for next week :)


The kiss before Vincent goes into the fire...perfect same with the hand holding/ hug by the fountain. I really enjoyed this one! Keep up the good work writers and cast!


JT was missed in this episode. I hope we have some episodes without Gabe...he is just annoying and unnecessary...Tess could easily replace his scenes...He is not to be trusted and ...honestly...could have stayed dead.


I look forward to Monday every week and a new episode of Beauty & the Beast each episode is so well done


Hi! It was a great episode, I really liked the way Cat and Vincent dealt with their differences at this point. There was no angry beast or anxious Cat, just the two of them talking about it and growing closer by the minute. That kiss before Vincent goes into the fire says it all. I missed JT terribly! But I like the fact that there's a lot more to the show right now then just the love story. And I don't trust Gabe, he's up to something! I'm really enjoying this season, kudos to the writers & the whole team.

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Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Bob: What's going on here? Why the sudden rush? What happened? Does it have something to do with Catherine?
Vincent: Yeah. You know what? Yeah, it does. OK? I remembered something about her. You know, it wasn't much, it was just a flash, but sir, it is messing with my head, OK? I feel like I am two different people and it's driving me crazy.

Cat: OK - my life is a mess, are you happy?
Tess: Only if you switch out those earrings. They're too dangly. I can't. I just can't, I can't.

Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 4 Music

  Song Artist
Little daylight glitter and gold Glitter and Gold Little Daylight iTunes
The crookes hold fast Hold Fast The Crookes iTunes
James bay stealing cars Stealing Cars James Bay iTunes