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Beauty and the Beast Review: Gabe Gets a Cue!

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Finally.

We can breathe. The noose is no longer around viewers' necks, constricting our collective breath of enjoyment. Ding dong the Gabe is dead - and Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 22 delivered a nice, beautiful package to end the season.

Do I wish that Gabe wasn't the obstacle that forced Cat to take a long, hard look at what she and Vincent have together and their amazing accomplishments? Yes. Could I have done with out Gabe ever uttering the words "will Catherine take me back" again? Yes.

Despite that pesky impediment, we were treated some fabulous scenes, some of the best of Beauty and the Beast Season 2, and everything is open and welcoming for Beauty and the Beast Season 3. Let's take a look!

Alistair and Rebecca
Well hello Alistair and Rebecca! History does repeat itself!

It was completely understandable why Cat decided to look to her ancestor's journal for help solving the Gabe situation. It was history repeating itself. What Cat finally realized was what she had to change to ensure she didn't become a victim of the same circumstances as Rebecca Reynolds.

One of my favorite moments was Cat visiting her dad in prison. Bob was, rightfully, still concerned about Cat but for the first time he seemed open to the power of love. That's all he could surmise, given all of the facts. The reason both Vincent and Alistair were different than every other beast he had encountered -- beasts that didn't know how to press stop before losing their humanity -- was due to the love of two very strong women.

There was something special in Bob being the one who went against the grain and pointed Cat in the right direction. He planted enough doubt in her mind for her to question Rebecca's choices and together, she and Vincent conquered Gabe. Given everything that happened in the finale, I daresay there is hope for Cat and Bob to reconcile, perhaps for him to beat the charges against him and join in the greater fight. For once, I wouldn't mind that.

Another favorite was Tess realizing that she does have with JT what Cat has with Vincent. Bringing it up at an inopportune time, much as JT did with Tess before, showed how much it was weighing on her mind. As soon as she aired her worries, however, I knew JT was in for a fight.

Knowing how much JT means to the audience (and to me, let's be honest) it was difficult seeing him strung up. I had worries that he was going to be our next beast in order to save him. That he's infused with nano-plasma could mean anything. The performance Nina Lisandrello gave at JT's loft was perfect. The strong, sarcastic woman was reduced to quaking sobs at the thought of what might happen to JT. 

Then and later in the hospital room, she brought me to tears. I felt them well up and was shocked at how much those two mean to me. Tess is envious of what Cat and Vincent share, but it is her and JT that have the solid, normal relationship and the two couples together will learn from one another how to last.

When Cat was reading Rebecca's journal, I was really hoping that we would learn later Rebecca only wrote in her journal that Alistair died to throw off the other beast, connecting back to sexy Vincent wielding a spatula, talking about thoughts versus facts. That's what I did when I was young. I lied in my journal to throw my mom off the scent. Alas, that was not to be. Alistair was really burned at the stake. 

There were so many great Beauty and the Beast quotes from the episode. I would incorporate them here but most are quite long and deserve to be read outside this review. 

Cat's plan to trap Gabe worked perfectly. The notion that she might be in the room with Gabe and Vincent while he was at his worst caused Gabe a split second of concern, during which time Cat snapped on the collar to tame the beast. What she didn't count on, however, was the beast Gabe had become before genetically transforming himself again. 

When Gabe killed the witness, he crossed a moral line from which he could never return. The man who professed to love his Catherine had no problem backhanding her, tossing her across the room and then heading toward her with a broken wine bottle. That's when Gabe finally got the cue. He may have missed the clues, but when the cue was in front of him he got the point.

Never have I been more pleased to have been wrong about the agents that held Vincent captive. Yes, I can admit my earlier assessment was completely off the mark, but I did have the right idea about our faithful foursome working with other authorities to achieve higher goals in the future. 

It would have been nice for Agent Knox, who had so much faith in Vincent and Cat, to have been able to make the transition with them, but we'll have to take what we can get. The new agents seem kind and it was a kick when they remarked that Vincent should have taken Gabe out a few days earlier when he had the chance.

They had his back and there's no reason to assume they won't continue to cover his ass when he and Cat go out on missions to find new evils lurking in the dark. With this move, they're opening up a whole new mythological portal for us to play in. If science can create beasts, imagine what else is out there. Personally, I can't wait.

If the series had ended here, the writers did a fine job of righting the course. I can't imagine how it could have ended any better. Going forward we'll get action, mystery and a lot of love. 

Cat: It's really strange isn't it, just sitting here, not dodging manhunts or the media or other beasts.
Vincent: Gabe.
Cat: I honestly think he tried to do the right thing, to make amends, he just couldn't.
Vincent: Well, I don't think any beast can, at least none that we've come up against. You know sooner or later, we all cross the line somehow.
Cat: You didn't and neither did Alistair.
Vincent: True, but that's because we both had someone who loved us very much. I'm serious, how else would you explain it? You know Catherine, if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here right now. I'd just be like all the others.
Cat: What do I get out of it?
Vincent: One kick-ass boyfriend slash bodyguard. (both laugh) And you know, a destined love.
Cat: Oh that. I'll take it.

Thank you for riding with me this season through the highs and lows. We've made it through to the other side and all relationships are stronger for it -- including ours! Don't forget that you can always watch Beauty and the Beast online via TV Fanatic, and stick with us as we'll bring you any news we get as soon as it appears.

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I am surprised how Reynolds so easily moved over to the "good" side. Even after he shot Tyler in the middle of the street, killed Gabe from a helicopter, kidnapped Vincent and brainwashed him to clean up his mess when he was making and selling beasts to the highest bidder, then tried to kill Vincent. He loves Catherine so much that he gave her false guidance even at the end. "Keep Vincent away at all costs" which turned out not to be the best advice. Thankfully, Catherine had an epiphany not to listen to her father or to Rebecca.
I don't understand why Vincent would lose humanity by killing Gabe. A few episodes ago, he killed Andrew Martin in the penthouse with the complete agreement of Catherine. Not one question about his humanity then.

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@ Allison

I don't think Reynolds is "good" yet. I think we're learning more about what he knew about the beasts and that's adding some grey to the black and white. He was an obstacle to VinCat and did it in the wrong way. Now he's a little different. He's realizing not every beast is the same and it's because of love. I can buy that. Agreed with the humanity issue. Let's hope we're done with it because it was beat to death and absolutely ridiculous that when Cat said he could kill, humanity wasn't a problem, but when she was concerned, it was raised again. Inconsistent and hopefully over.

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I wasn't implying that Reynolds is "good." nor would he ever be. The reviewers think he had an epiphany and will now join team Vincent. No, to my way of thinking, he is as evil as Gabe was right from the start. No amount of his schmoozing would make him a solid citizen.
In this episode, "I want to kill Gabe but can't it would be wrong" Hello! a few minutes later Gabe is dead.
My worry too, when she orders Vincent to kill it is perfectly acceptable, otherwise on his own, he would lose his humanity. Kind of makes her believe she is holds the power over life and death. I hope "humanity" doesn't become the new "normal" beating us over the head with that stupid word until it took the place of all meaningful dialog. What a cop out for a writer. Just repeat one word or phrase over and over.

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It was a good finale. It was a sweet, romantic ending. I am so glad it wasn't a cliffhanger like last season. I did not like most of season 2 for various reasons but it seems like the showrunner did learn a thing or two about what the show is about and what makes the small but loyal and I mean loyal fans happy. My wish for season 3 is to bring back that epic passion we felt and saw in Season 1. I don't feel that ever came back, even after they were back together. We know they love each other; they always did. I think they could have done the same thing this season without all the horrendous things they both did because really in the end, they came full circle back to who they were in season 1, so many fans were driven away for nothing. But all water under the bridge-those loyal fans who stayed were rewarded and I am thankful for that. So much talent and chemistry with the Fab 4. I loved Sendhil as the bad guy in season 1 but could not stomach the Gabefest in Season 2-that was way too unrealistic and having Cat fall in love with him, which the writer' seem to want us to know on several occasions even after they broke up! Glad Gabe is gone, tho will miss Sendhil, as his story just needed to end. I am dissapointed that Sherri and Jennifer are moved to consultants, though I was not too impressed with some of their material this year. But VINCAT are back and next year according to the Showrunner, the focus will be more on the romance. That was what season 1 was all about and it did work! We had twice the viewers in season 1 as season 2, so lets get back to it and I bet we can get more viewers. I know the Beasties will do their part to bring more in and support the show and advertisers like we always have. It's been a real ride this season. I am sad it is over but I am glad it is over. I feel relieved as it has stressed me out a lot this season so I will have lots of time to re-watch Season1-some of Season 2 and gear up for a romantic season 3!

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i know this season has been rough and a lot even hated it. But i love all the highs and lows of the roller coaster ride they've given, and in the end showing us that VinCat is truly EPIC!! <3<3<3 Looking forward for the next season

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I really loved B&B season finale. I was rather sceptical about it, like I've been throughout the whole season actually, but it didn't disappoint at all. It was action packed, it made perfect sense and there were no cliff-hangers, I think these are over rated...I know this episode was written when the show was still in the bubble so it could work as the end of the show, but it worked perfectly at this moment of the story. We have Vincent and Cat closer and stronger than ever, ready to face whatever comes, and also the promise of a new alliance and more dangerous beasts ahead. I'm just a bit worried about the fact that Vincent will no longer be fugitive, that was a big part of the original fairy tale. Anyway, I'm excited about season 3, it's going to be a long wait.

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Cat: What do I get out of it?
Vincent: One kick-ass boyfriend slash body builder. (both laugh) And you know, a destined love.
Cat: Oh that. I'll take it. BODYGUARD not body builder!

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No need to yell.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I am so far away, you know, so that everybody can hear me. I am in Austria and we could only get the show over some obscure websites ;)

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Finally Gabe is dead! I'm happy that VinCat will get a little peace until their next adventure. Can't wait til S3 airs!

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Magnifique .ils nous ont donne une fin vincent avec catherine.car l'episode etait finis avant de savoir qu'il y aurais une s3.merci aux acteurs .jay et kristin extraordinaire

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I thought the finale was great.
Everything was tied up - they left it in a way that if it wasn't renewed at least there was no cliffhangers. It could have ended there & pleased me.
But of course i am glad it will be returning - the gabe arc is over & the new season will indeed feel like a new chapter.
Finally Vincent & Cat can relax for a bit & enjoy being a proper couple with no threat which is a welcome relief.
I love JT & Tess. They are great together so glad he is ok.
I look forward to season 3.

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