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Beauty and the Beast Review: You Can't Control Your Heart

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If you were waiting for a week when things slowed down or maybe the series stumbled a bit, you were let down here - because "Trust No One" was another extremely strong episode in a stunning Beauty and the Beast Season 1.

Week by week, the characters, mythology, romance and mystery continue to grow.

We knew Alex was going to be trouble, but at least she wasn't doing it on purpose. Well, not maliciously anyway. She definitely couldn't keep her mouth shut and, since Vincent and J.T. grew up with her, and she did make it through medical school, they couldn't really know she was dumber than a box of rocks.

Angry Tess

I mean, seriously? I like to gossip, too. Catch me at the right moment and I might be selling state secrets on Twitter, but if I saw my guy turning into a beast in the woods and ripping someone limb from limb I would quickly realize that those pursuits might not be the best option for everyone going forward. At first it appeared telling a journalist would be Alex's biggest mistake because how often do friendly journalists appear on our screens? Right, not too often.

Instead, that poor guy lost his life thanks to Alex's loose lips, and Muirfield discovered Alex was an incredibly soft target to reel Vincent into their trap. Even though it was easy to paint Alex with the stupid brush, I also understood why she did what she did. She wanted to try to save the man she once knew and was grasping at whatever straw was held out to her. Cat was accepting Vincent as he was now and Alex was still holding out hope.

In the end, she was convinced to let Vincent go and trust Cat. In doing so she realized who Vincent loved and that it was time to move on with her life. Unfortunately, it was probably too late. A Muirfield thug was riding the bus out of town with her. Will he kill her or give her one more chance to be a lure for Vincent?

The woman who pulled the strings leading to Vincent's capture was Claire, who had been sleeping with Evan. Now is the time when you all tell me I was a nutcase for trusting him. Go on, let me have it. He sounded pretty convincing when he told her the he thought he was either with them or dead, but I am still holding out hope. As we learned from what happened to turn him away from surgery, Evan is a good man. He will not be able to do something out of malice or for nefarious reasons. He'll fight working alongside Muirfield. He has to!

In the area of things just falling apart, what the hell happened with Tess? First of all, she's having an affair with Joe, who is married with children. I won't judge her for that, but it does make me wonder why she came down so hard on Cat in the evidence room. It's not like she's perfect. Granted, she let Cat in on her secret, but she either trusts her partner or she doesn't. I don't know how the police scenes will fit with the show any more if Tess and Cat aren't partners, so I hope she has a change of heart before she fills out that request.

Finally - it's time to honor Valentine's Day! What is the greatest romance on television without a discussion about love? First of all, a shout out to Austin Basis, better known as J.T., for delivering his lines with such aplomb. J.T.'s advice to Vincent on how to woo Catherine was right on the mark. There are always great Beauty and the Beast quotes, but this one made me laugh out loud (if you haven't seen Ice Castles, time to look it up!):

J.T.: Knowing you'll always be there to rip someone limb from limb in a pinch is a little different than knowing your not going to play Ice Castles with the next hot chick that comes along. | permalink

It was fun seeing Vincent spying on Cat for a romantic reasons for a change. Even though it's a bit stalker-ish the way he's always lurking around, seeing her put the roses he sent onto Tess' desk was a nice rebuff. He needed to know she wasn't just doing it when he was there and playing games with his heart. She was serious about what he put her through and the need to keep him at arms length to protect herself. But Vincent didn't give up easily.

A flash mob? I adored how Cat looked as people broke into a dance around her, finally letting pink heart-shaped balloons go while Vincent sat behind his laptop watching from home. The look on her face was at times embarrassed, then almost frightened to downright giddy. Kristin Kreuk can say with one facial expression what it would take others a week to say with words.

Cat tried so hard to be strong and keep a distance between herself and Vincent to protect her heart, but everything she was doing was putting her heart at risk. Each time she reached out to Alex, she risked seeing Vincent and Alex in a close moment. That didn't stop her from helping her escape Muirfield. Nothing would ever stop her from protecting Vincent. She finally realized it was a fruitless endeavor, and with her heart beating like a drum she and Vincent leaned in for a kiss...

And out popped Heather!

With Vincent and Cat being outed, what can be next? That could send information to Evan and directly to Muirfield, although I think it's a bit early in the game for that move. Heck, what am I saying? I would have thought it early for them to be discovered, yet here we are. One thing we can count on - we won't be disappointed in how the discovery is handled. With the exception of Vincent's lie to Cat about who Alex was and vice versa, there have been no missteps from the Beauty and the Beast team. Bring it on!

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THE FLASH MOB scene was awesome!! Had me smiling throughout - great acting from Kristin, felt so natural like she had no idea they were gona do that. Way to go Heather! Ruining the one moment BATB fans have been waiting for all season! Love the way the shows writers have been preparing us for that moment...and I, the sucker that I am, actually thought that was going to happen! The dumbness from Alex just reached a whole new level in this episode...but by the end of it I found myself willing for her to somehow survive the evil guy lurking behind her on the bus..how creepy was that! I don't think Evan will join the dark side...I agree he'll continue to fight while pretending to be on their side! Can't wait for next week! This show has to be renewed....started off slow but really getting into its own now

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Danna, Yes you're right, I googled it and there are 22 episodes. I don't even want to think about it not being renewed, seriously, I'll freak out. Hopefully winning The People's Choice award means something? A different time slot would make all the difference in the world, the one they're in now is pretty tough with Grey's Anatomy etc.
I'm also getting a little concerned at how many people are in the know right now. JT's new love interest seems to be progressing and she'll factor in somewhere. Not sure I trust her, but then, I don't trust anyone new on the show these days. All part of the enjoyment of the show. Can barely wait for the next one (as usual)

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To answer Mina's question, Vincent gets all his money from JT, "the one with the paycheck", Vincent's quote from Catherine's birthday episode when he wanted to buy her a pizza. I think it might be Joe's brother too that is laying in the street because he had a gun and on the CW website, their episode review says that Vincent has to make a decision to save Heather. They also have longer previews than what they show on TV. This show keeps getting better each week!

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I had to pause the ep when Heather popped up to interrupt the kiss. Just threw my hands up in defeat.
So. Not. Fair.
Also, and I could be way off the mark here but whatever, I'm pretty sure the person Vincent ends up killing next week is Joe's brother. It would make sense, but would also be really disappointing considering the fact that he was only introduced this week and we've had no time to form any sort of attachment to the character or get to know him beyond his shoes and smile.
The flash mob was a major win, but watching him watch her I kept thinking back to what JT said last week (?) about him having no job and no money - how did he pay for the flash mob?

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This episode was a fun combination of romance, humor and action. I am not sure my heart wasn't beating as fast as Catherine's in the last moment. Man, do these writers and actors know how to deliver a boatload of romance in 60 seconds or less. I am ready for more fun next week...

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-continued- Tess will be back with Catherine. Said she was the best partner she ever had, "All In" episode about Bosnia immigrant being framed. Maybe Joe's brother is in the street since Heather was getting into a car with him.
I think too many people are knowing "the secret" & Catherine's photos dancing with Vincent are on facebook. They should be after her too. So far JT seems safe! Wonder where they are taking this story now! Just hope writers know what they're doing. Can't wait for next week!!!

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I'm glad Cat & Alex kind of made up at the end. At least Alex "saw the light" so to speak. If you watch the longer promo for next week on CW website, the guy who's been doing the killings approaches Evan with a business card to "call him" no name, just phone #. Should alert red flags for Evan. Hope he talks to JT about it. Don't think Heather dies. Would writers kill off Cats entire family?! Because 2nd season is "Ify", they better kiss by the end of this one, just in case! Know my husband is getting into the show now!

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I love this show ¡!!!!!!!!!! Needs more ratings

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Who amongst us is happy Heather might die Feb 21st episode? She is such a spoil sport! Okay - looking at the new preview - and Joe's reaction - maybe they shot and killed Tess?

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Marley as far as I know BATB has a full first season pick up that means 22 episodes. Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong. It's a season 2 we are worried about, I just can't imagine not seeing Cat and Vincent every week. They are so amazing together. The chemistry there is insane.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Vincent, I'm protecting you. Please don't mistake it for anything else.

Cat

Valentine's Day is not about math, it's about love. Maybe you should try it.

Heather

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 12 Music

  Song Artist
Daniel-and-the-scandals-happy-song Happy Song Daniel and The Scandals iTunes
Adam-agin-fragile-love Fragile Love Adam Agin iTunes
Song Come & Get Me Leah Lou & The 2 Left Shoes
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