Beauty And The Beast episode 14 review: Tough Love

Review Rachael Kates
23 Feb 2013 - 21:14

Beauty and the Beast delivers its most satisfying episode yet. Here's Rachael's review of Tough Love...

This review contains spoilers.

1.14 Tough Love

This week's episode picks up exactly where last week's left off, with Catherine and Vincent so close to finally making that precious contact when Heather pops up like one of the mushrooms in Super Mario Bros. Once Vincent's escaped, Heather reminds me why I'm so glad that my siblings dont live with me.

I'm all about close families. I was a Supernatural fan, so I like siblings who are in close quarters and care about each other. But Heather's behaviour in this episode is invasive, obsessive, dishonest, and rude. She wants Vincent to come to dinner. Then she grills Vincent the second he walks in the door. Moments later, instead of the promised three of them, Heather's her new boyfriend Darius, who just happens to be the baby brother of Cat's boss Joe, appears to join the dinner disaster.

Vincent had none of the answers to any of their questions, of course. Catherine did her best to help him which only made it worse. I watched the whole thing through my fingers. It was a mess from start to finish that left Heather angry and on guard, so much so that she goes to Tess for an intervention.

The two girls back Catherine into an interrogation room and confront her about the fact that "Vincent Zalanski" doesn't exist. He lies and he makes you cover for him. You're disappearing at work and you're not around anymore. They reel off symptom after symptom of a truly abusive relationship. The worst thing about it was this that without the knowledge that Catherine and the we the audience have about Vincent? They're absolutely right. Everything about Vincent and Catherine from an outside observer with none of the dramatic irony we possess looks shady and abusive. It's only because we have the omnicient view of the spectator that we know that it's not. I am concerned that it set a bad precident to the teenage girls watching but storytelling wise it was very on-target.

Speaking of bad, Evan tried to talk to Cat about the "creature", because he's no idiot either (unfortunately). He can see it circling her and someone from Muirfield has seen Evan seeing things. Catherine's unwillingness to answer him drives him right into Muirfield's clutches.

Back across town, Darius' little career in "club promotion" make for a decent violent conflict for the episode. Unfortunately, he drags Heather into it. His bosses know her sister is a cop so she can't be a witness. To solve this they shove a gun into his hand so, to quote High School Musical, they're all in this together. Vincent is there, was at the club to talk to Cat, to "break up" for Heather and Tess or for real, and sees Heather's boyfriend standing over her with a gun aimed at her head. So, Vincent being Vincent, loses his grasp on humanity and rips them all a new one. 

The second best moment of episode, in my opinion is Vincent, crouched in Cat's window, tears in his eyes as he tells her what happened. He didn't mean to. He didn't want to. He wants to be more. He's trying to be something better, something more human. It's a raw moment that made me like him as a character even more. He vanishes not long after, of course. Catherine has to go and deal with the groundwork of dead bodies and her sister's trauma.

Then? Then, oh, then they meet on their rooftop for one last "we can't have anything normal" conversation before finally, finally, finally, enough is enough. "My normal- it's when I'm with you. I love you. I don't need walls or doors," Catherine says and then, after fourteen torturous episodes, he kisses her and oh, it's all I wanted it to be. They break for air and "I am so in love with you," Vincent breathes. The most satisfying episode of the season so far ends with them still kissing each other.

I'm an adult. I didn't cry, okay? But I did watch that scene about sixteen times and I cannot wait for the rest of the season. Even if they break up, even if things get in the way, they've established who they are to each other. Star-crossed from here is a whole new ball game. 

Read Rachael's review of the previous episode, Trust No One, here.

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