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Beauty and the Beast Review: Don't Go Breaking My Heart

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What a great idea, even if every girl on the planet knew from the get-go it would fail in execution.

"Cold Turkey" was Cat's way of letting go of Vincent so the thought of him and Alex exploring their past wouldn't hurt. The odds of that happening, of course, were quite miniscule. It was so realistic when Cat told Tess she thought she just sent him to the cabin with Alex because he might have been wavering because, yes, most females think just like that.

Vincent Chases Cat

Cat did such an incredible job of pretending to Alex that she wasn't rotting inside, while hearing about her plans to take Vincent away to her family's cabin. A much better job than Vincent did understanding Cat's true feelings when he stupidly asked her opinion on taking the trip.

No matter how much I try to put myself into Vincent's shoes, I cannot grasp his complete blind spot to her pain. Despite the fact he told her it's not about choosing between Cat and Alex - which by definition clued Cat in that he knew damn well it would affect her if he were to make such a decision - Vincent was still compelled to talk about Alex and his feelings with Cat. Yet Cat never broke down.

I didn't quite get why she chose to raid Alex's apartment when her name showed up for a narcotics bust when it only meant she would have to head over there to clean the place of all traces of Vincent. I suppose she wanted to be there when the raid happened, instead of them getting there without her having a chance to do her handy work first.

Finding a bug from Muirfield was a surprise. After the fake out in "Seeing Red," I figured they just didn't care about Alex. I guess they've gotten a different picture of her since then.

No distance between them and the city could make their lives full of sunshine and strawberry milkshakes like the fantasies Vincent and Alex were sharing as they drove to the cabin. Vincent let his guard down and was trapped by Muirfield, and somehow Alex found himself and Cat in the woods just in time for the big show of his beastly change and ripping a few bad guys apart.

The differences in the reactions between Cat and Alex were really interesting to watch. I can't recall a time when Cat was so front-facing during one of Vincent's episodes, but she wasn't phased by his alteration in the slightest. She watched him change into and back out of the beastly side of himself without hesitation. Her trust in who he becomes is complete. It's a bit awe inspiring.

Alex was not so trusting. She said she loved Vincent and whatever he was going through, but when she saw him, she freaked. I've seen a lot in my life, and I've loved deeply. I've lost loves and left some. If I truly loved someone as Alex claimed and saw him do what Vincent did, I wouldn't have had that reaction. I'm sure of it. That leaves us wondering what kind of wild card Alex will be now that she knows about Vincent and Muirfield knows about her.

Will Muirfield target her in an attempt to get Vincent to do something for them? Maybe Alex will use her knowledge as some sort of leverage if she gets a narcotics charge. Somehow I don't think Red is going to go quietly into the night, not after what she witnessed.

When Vincent came to his senses and realized what an ass he had been in turning toward Alex and away from Cat, it was too late. Cat had been hurt enough to raise her guard to protect herself. Who could blame her? Rightfully, she wanted to be his first choice, not second prize in a contest where the competition was rather thin. Kristin Kreuk was able to display with very few words so much emotion in that scene. I felt every nerve tingling in Cat, from her heart to her brain, as she told Vincent she had to step back and think of herself first. 

When he said he was going to be there, I imagined her wanting to launch herself into his arms, because that's what girls want to do. It is so hard to be strong and walk away when that door is opened again. Kudos to the writers for holding her fast and doing what was right for the character. Cat's growth has been impressive and believable.

And now for the weekly check in on where you all stand with Evan. I no longer have an ounce of doubt that he'll be on board to help Vincent. When confronted by J.T. about Lila Burrows he reacted much as you'd expect, but he copped to it later and told the truth about what happened. He's on the inside about Muirfield, and the more he learns the more intrigued he becomes. He'll not lose interest, and he's beginning to trust J.T. All of that will play in favor of his working with Cat and J.T. to help Vincent.

There is also little doubt that he'll flip out a bit when he realizes how close Cat is to the beast, but the more he and J.T. work together the more excited I get for the future of their effort. Evan seems to have passed on the idea of the grant, which may get J.T. to open up with some more information. I'm excited for the expansion of the team. First Evan, then we can get to work on Tess.

What did you think of this week's episode? The only thing missing this week was a soundtrack. Strange how some episodes make your heart melt with melodies and others are eerily silent. To relive past episodes, check out the Beauty and the Beast music section.

Chat about Beauty and the Beast Season 1 and tonight's episode in the comments. I adore that one of the most realistic love stories on television takes place in one of the most fantastical settings. That's a pretty amazing accomplishment for a freshman series.

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Iloved this episode and your review. I do wish everyone would stop putting Vincent down though, after all Cat has pushed him away a few times and its only after he started seeing Alex that she realised she wants to be with him. He was wanting her to say something when they had the bad boy conversation, but she didn't, so no wonder he's confused, he did ask her why they hadn't moved forward. The fact that he didn't go further with Alex when she dropped the towel, tells you something. I think he just wants to feel normal, and Alex made him feel that. When he asked Cat if she would go away with him as Alex would, I think he just wanted her to say she would. I think it's obvious she really isn't second best to him, he made a huge mistake and he does need to make it up to her, which I,m truly looking forward to. Love this show!!

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THIS SHOW IS SOOOOOO FRIGGING FANTASTIC IM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS!!! AND I AM NEVER AT A LOSS FOR WORDS!!! VINCENT AND CATHERINES LOVE STORY IS EPIC!!! EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS SHOW!!! CATCH UP ON PAST EPISODES ON LINE AND START ENJOYING ONE OF IF NOT THE MOST INCREDIBLE LOVE STORY OF THE CENTURY!!! I AM AMAZED AT EVERY TURN AND I LITERALLY HANG ON EVERY WORD THEY SAY TO EACH OTHER!!! THE REST OF THE SHOW IS GREAT TO. THE STORY LINES ARE INTERESTING AND THE SUPPORTING CAST IS WONDERFUL. BUT VINCENT AND CATHERINE ARE BREATHTAKING TO WATCH AND EXPERIENCE. AND I FEEL TRULY BLESSED THAT A SHOW LIKE THIS EXISTS.

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@ frankie I don't know which part of this episode made you think that Evan is only there to pine over Cat but the episode I watched shows him involved in a storyline that has nothing to do with trying to get with Cat. He likes her and I'm sure that will come up again but that is in no way his only purpose on the show.

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This for me has easily been the best episode of the series for me so far. When Alex freaking out and ditched I was worried that the writers were gonna have Cat And Vincent pick up where they left off and not acknowledge the fact that Vince didn't choose Cat and if they got together at this point it would only be because Alex didn't accept him. I completely stopped watch Bones after Bones was 2nd choice for booth (That's a different rant for a different time) so to not have the writers skip over that and have Cat stand up for herself is awesome. Speaking of Cat, can I just say I adore her? Despite Kristin Kreuk size that makes it hard to believe she is a tough cop I truly think she is perfect in this role and she was great tonight.

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I think the problem with Vincent is that he did'nt trust Cat enough
about being there always and forever. He thought he could trust Alex more with his future because to begin with, Cat is a NYPD police officer. Alex was his fiancee. They grew up together. Guys, they planned to get married! So please let's cut Vincent a slack here. He was a jerk! Fine! I was so pissed of him the last time too but I still love him. So please do not skip episodes. Remember! We need ratings!:)

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Great recap.... Looking fwd to seeing this episode on demand.

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Funny how at the end, Vincent tells Cat: "I'm not going anywhere". That's exactly what Cat told him in the episode "Out of Control" when they thought he might've killed the college kid Derek. Glad Cat is holding her ground. Now Vincent needs to "stew" for awhile & see how the shoe feels on the other foot! JT is too smart to trust Evan totally. Cat will never tell Tess or her sister because she wouldn't want them to be in danger. Don't trust that "ex" at all, hence next weeks previews. Think she is capable of blackmail with "the secret" if she ends up going to jail. And as "bgirl" wrote: "the witch is dead". FYI, she's in next weeks episode. Looking forward to it.

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Wanted to add that I didn't like that Vincent didn't have to make a choice. His ex rejecting him for being a beast made the choice for him. The writers need to give us better than that. Right now, it appears that Catherine is Vincent's rebound or second choice...that is not right and she deserves more than that after all she's done for him. I hope in the next episode they make Vincent's choice more clear. While Catherine's character has grown by leaps and bounds during these past few episodes, Vincent has not and we need to see some character growth from him. I want to see him work hard to get Catherine back.

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Great recap!! I agree that Kristin Kreuk is a wonderfully talented actress and she has proved it in these past 3 episodes, she has done an exceptional job and this episode was no exception. I love that the writers are making Catherine a strong character, I'm glad that Catherine didn't just break down and take Vincent back. Despite Vincent finally realizing that he wants Catherine, he was still a jerk in this episode. I still find him selfish and inconsiderate and he needs to work to get back into Catherine's good graces. Catherine deserves better than being someone's second choice. Good for her for letting him know that.

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I really wish the show would kill off Evan so that Max Brown could be on a show where he didn't have to play such an unappreciated character. He deserves much better than what he's given on this show. He's not going to get Cat, obviously just look at the name of the show, so either make him a baddie or kill him off so he has something more to do than pine over Cat.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Cat: It's a bug.
J.T.: I can see that.
Cat: You can speak. I disabled it.

Okay. Well here's to 'I am woman, hear me drink.'

Tess

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 11 Music

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