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.
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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