There is so much to talk about from "Any Means Possible" - and it all started and ended with some of the best kissing I've seen in so long.
For a couple who took 13 episodes to get to their first kiss, they sure didn't take long to get into the swing of things, did they? Whether it was the dream-turned-nightmare that Vincent had (and, oh baby, that was one steamy smooch), the one he planted on Cat at the ball or their love-making at the end, the lip-locking alone had me all aflutter.
Obviously, none of that even accounted for the entrance of Sendhil Ramamurthy as Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowen (shirtless, no less); a character who after one airing has me completely confused - in an absolutely fabulous way.
First, let's tackle this new DA. After speaking with Ramamurthy, I was expecting a whole lot of mean coming from Gabe Lowen and I wasn't feeling it. I definitely didn't hate him - not one bit. The role was played very close to the vest with regard to any secrets he might have. Being funny and acting cute was not my immediate expectation, but that's what we got from Gabe. Sendhil teased a history between Gabe and Cat, and whatever that is it was really difficult for him to keep that secret.
He seemed far to smart to have shown up in the women's locker room at the gym, so it appears he's trying to put her at ease. Did he really lose his mother to murder, like he told Cat? The way his hand was shaking as he picked up the coffee after that conversation slammed him for some reason, but whether it was due to his difficulty acting the part of an innocent DA hiding from the cute girl he ran into half naked in the locker room or if a deeper secret will take some time to spill out.
When Gabe stepped in front of Evan to stop his confrontation with the loan shark looking to make an immunity deal for information on the creature that killed his partner and Darius, I thought he was trying to keep Evan from learning too much about the creature.
At the very least I can read his interest is personal and beyond the scope of his position as ADA. But, I never expected him to kill the guy to shut him up. That's a supposition on my part, but who else was with him that could have done it? If Gabe didn't kill him, he probably had someone do it for him.
The intrigue with the addition of ADA Lowen really works. I want to know how he knows Cat, why he chose her for the task force without vetting her and why he questioned Tess so hard about her. What does he know about the creature, and does any of it tie to Muirfield? Is that why he chose Evan to be a part of the task force, as well?
Maybe his mother, or whoever he lost - if he lost anyone at all - worked with Cat's mother at Muirfield on the original experiments. Another theory I have, based on his shaking hand, is that he might be an early version of a beast himself. So much was opened with the addition of just one character. Well played Beauty and the Breast!
Evan met a different side of his new business partner, Muirfield. They came very close to stealing his research and letting him walk away, or outright killing him if he hadn't played along. He still doesn't quite understand who he's dealing with, as you can tell by the way he makes phone calls with demands, expecting them to respect him. That could come back to bit him in the ass.
Evan got out of hot water only because Gabe stepped in. Muirfield now thinks he's capable, and willing, to kill. What else will they expect of him? Evan's so lost at the moment, he took it as a win.
In light of all the heightened stakes and the new task force, Vincent and Cat managed to take their relationship to the next level. If Cat was having dreams similar to Vincents (minus the game of room toss!), then their libidos were on overdrive! Even J.T. was ribbing Vincent about not giving it a go already.
Cat was just spectacular in her ability to stand by her man. Gabe caught on right away that she'd circumvent the law to bring about justice, so it will be interesting to see what he thinks about that when he learns why she's trying to valiantly to it.
Her best efforts didn't keep the task force at bay, but she's right in the middle of it. If all goes well, she'll be one step ahead which should be a help with Vincent, but it could also work against her and in Gabe's favor, if they end up being on different sides. With Cat as adamant as she was in her conversation with him about being on very different sides, my guess is the exact opposite will be true.
Despite their decision to keep their hands off of each other, Vincent made a grand gesture with kiss number two in that fabulous museum, and by the time the task force was formed and Vincent learned he was now being hunted by the woman he loved, there was enough trust between them to fall into each others arms and make dreams come true.
If we thought the kiss in "Tough Love" was something, we had no idea of the true meaning of "worth the wait" until tonight.
Share your thoughts and theories in the comments. Was the addition of the new ADA and the task force a good idea? Will it breathe new life into the ratings challenged freshman series?
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