Beauty and the Beast Review: There's Always a Catch

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The love triangle took a dramatic turn in "On Thin Ice," as Cat recognized and admitted her feelings, while Vincent struggled with his desires to be the man he once was. While I felt for them both, only one had the benefit of counseling - and that person was making the most sense by the end of the episode.

It felt really unfair that Vincent was still showing up at Cat's window to help her out and check up on her, especially since that apology never quite made it out as eloquently as I had hoped. Cat, however, needs Vincent in her life, and is willing to take him however she can get him. If he didn't have a big secret and monstrous qualities, it would probably be a lot easier for her to walk away.

The facts remain that Vincent is hot, most girls like a guy that is difficult to get and her history with him and his involvement in her life over the last 10 years - starting with her mother's death - will tie them together. Most likely forever.

For those very compelling reasons, Vincent will be given a very long rope in his dealings with Cat. Cat would rather be in pain than lose those ties that bind. Not surprisingly, the same goes for us.

Vincent & Alex

I had absolutely no idea what was going on with Alex taking items from the hospital, but didn't it make perfect sense that she would make herself even more attractive by doing something like keeping an undercover free clinic in the back of a tiny inner city shop? As much as Cat knew Vincent wanted to be involved, what she offers to him requires him to remain in the shadows. What Alex does IS in the shadows, and nobody is going to rat them out because they need the care. Score one for Alex.

Vincent does things with Alex that put everyone at risk. In his quest to quench his romantic desires with her, he almost got arrested. Cat had to rescue him, lie to a fellow police officer and subsequently (somehow) erase squad car video tapes to protect his identity. All because they broke into an ice rink to relive old times. His trips down memory lane could destroy everything he has spent years protecting and the fragile relationships he has managed to forge in the process.

Did the scenes with Evan and J.T. make anyone feel any differently about Evan? If we believe what he said to J.T., he genuinely wonders whether the creature has feelings, morals and a sense of justice because it only targets criminals. He doesn't want to capture it, but wants to question it, and ask whether it wants to retain it's evolved abilities or choose to be cured. He went to far as to say curing it would be a most extraordinary challenge. Was Evan just winding Evan up to find out what he knows, or does he really believe what he said?

I believe him, especially once he mentioned bringing in his boss. And we learned Claire is working for Meerfield. That proves he's not out for some personal vendetta, but it also tosses a wrench into the plan for him to be in the know without a lot of complications. J.T. is going to have to work the reasoning behind why he wants to find Vincent, and Cat is going to have to look into Claire, once her red flag is raised. Nothing is ever easy. At least we know Evan and Heather aren't an item.

It was really great seeing Tess on screen again, but with Cat being technically off the force, it was difficult to get involved with the case. When Cat and Tess aren't working together and bantering about boys and booze, the police work seems so superficial and unnecessary. I know I missed a link between the case and our Cat/Vincent/Alex triangle due to my inability to give a crap, because the last speech by the wife could have been about the three of them. On the plus side, I liked the counselor Cat was seeing and it would be kind of cool if they struck up a friendship.

He was able to pull out of Cat that she couldn't even tell him she loved the man she kept talking about, so why did she expect her fella to understand how she felt? When she finally said it out loud, I breathed a short-lived sigh of relief. She told Vincent and will never have to worry that she didn't put it out there.

Vincent, on the other hand, wants to change his life and leave with Alex, to be the man he used to be. The catch? He doesn't want to tell Alex his secret. Cat knows that means everything he says is merely a fantasy. She'll have that on her side while he fights his hunger to walk away from the pain and into his old life, something she knows he can never do.

Next week we'll delve deeper in Beauty and the Beast Season 1. Might Meerfield finally rear its ugly head again?

On Thin Ice Review

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Vincent: You and Catherine, you risk so much to keep me safe.
J.T.: And you don't want Alex to take the same risks.
Vincent: No.

Cat: You don't need to explain. She was your fiancée. You were planning a life together for years.
Vincent: Six years and an entire childhood.