Beauty and the Beast 2.12 – Recipe for Disaster

Beauty and the Beast 2.12 – Recipe for Disaster

By Mieke Trudeau

Sidekicks on a TV show or in any other narrative, often fulfill important roles. They can be there as the narrator or to provide an outside (the viewer’s) point of view and often they serve as the little devil or angel on our hero’s shoulder, his or her moral or immoral compass. Also quite often, they are quite literally the embodiment of a certain aspect of our hero’s story or character.  In the Beauty and the Beast universe all these things hold true for the focus of this week’s episode, JT and Tori. Both were front and center in Recipe for Disaster, episode 2.12.

JT is scammed into believing that he has won a prestigious award for his work in science. Little does he know that it is all a trick by another lieutenant of our mysterious big bad, a real estate mogul/con man named Tony Barnes/Frank Darnell, played with appropriate menace by Colm Feore.  JT ends up chained in an ancient dungeon, forced to work on making the beast serum and serving as bait for his beast friend. He has a mysterious cellmate who seems to have been held captive for years.

Meanwhile Tori is having a bit of an existential crisis. Vincent is pulling away from her and back towards Catherine. Tori seems to realize that she is quite alone without him. She does not have much of an identity without Vincent and certainly no other friends or family. Vincent is beginning to acknowledge that he has been on a wrong path for a while now and he seems to think that the choices he made with Tori led him there. Even though Catherine and the gang are actually quite kind to Tori (who loved JT’s awkward hug!?), she perceives them as excluding her. Of course it is actually Vincent who is keeping her at arms length. From the domestic mutual bathrobe scene it is hinted that the two have been having an intimate relationship, but it seems that Vincent has been calling Cat at least once a day and from their conversations it is clear that he is rethinking and regretting some of his choices.

This all sets up for a collision course when Tori, on a quest toward redemption, storms in to save JT from his captors. She does not know that the whole thing is a trap, set up to catch a beast and she find herself captured, badly hurt and drained of blood, restrained from using her beastly powers by the gem necklace.  Luckily the bad guys don’t know about Vincent and he is able to save the day. He frees JT and his cellmate, but he is too late for Tori. In a poignant scene, well played by Jay Ryan and Amber Skye Noyes, Tori, dying in a distraught Vincent’s arms, confesses what we have known all along, that she was misguided and that Vincent and Catherine belong together.

Harkening back to the Beauty and the Beast of old, Cat gets to save Vincent in the end. He tells her that he regrets his choices and that it was all to keep everyone and especially her, safe from harm. “People close to me, they get hurt”, he tells her. But Cat replies that, “This is my story now too”, and that is significant. Through their separation, she has figured out her own role and identity in their shared universe, something Tori was never able to do. Cat is not just there as a relection of Vincent, she owns her own story and place in their shared history.

As I have theorized before, Tori represents Vincent’s “pure beast” nature. The fact that Vincent recognized how being tangled up with her was influencing his thinking and actions and subsequently choosing to distance himself, marks an important turning point in the story. Tori’s death at the end was certainly very symbolic and I would argue, necessary.

Just as Tori represents a part of Vincent’s nature, so does JT. He has always been Vincent’s moral compass, his “Jiminy Cricket” so to speak. Their paths are meshed together forever because of the decision JT made a long time ago, to set them on their shared journey. Austin Basis and Jay Ryan knocked it out of the park in the final scene where JT finally confesses that it was him who got Vincent into the Muirfield trials to begin with. It al feels like a welcome new beginning which JT sums up very well with, “Looks like were back where we started again; you and me buddy.”

The story is really just beginning again and I truly hope we get another season to see where it goes. Gabe was pulled back in by Cat, Agent Landon now not only knows about Beasts but also has her presumed dead husband back (anyone else not quite trust Sam?) and the ancient connection between Cat’s family and beasts begs for more stories. Oh, and while we’re at it; I would love a good Tess centric episode. She’s another sidekick character well worth exploring.

What are your thoughts Beasties? Do you like where the story is going? Tell us in the comments below.

22 Comments


  1. Thank You Thank You, a reviewer that gets it!!! Awesome insight and I hope we get a season 3 as well, so many more stories to tell…

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  2. Thanks for your positive review! After Vincent and Catherine my next favorite relationship is JT and Vincent so I am really happy to see the bromance blooming again. Season 2 BatB has been very intriguing and challenging and I love its current direction especially if it means Vincent and Catherine are on their way back to each other again.

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    1. I agree love S2 direction. The character developement needed to happen for longevity.

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    2. Thank you so much for reading. Season two has challenged us as viewers at times. It definitely feels like Vincent and Cat have hit a turning point in these last two episodes..

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  3. Excellent review, the best on this epispde so far!!! I love season 2, the writers are doing a great job this season. We absolutely need aseason 3!!! The best of VinCat is yet to come!!!!

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  4. Thanks for this great review! I too think #BATB has turned the bend and headed back…I can’t wait to see how all the mythology unfolds, I don’t trust Agent London’s hubby, Gabe is great and all but we need VinCat back, and want to see JT and Tess bond more…I am so looking forward to Season3, as we would have made it through a most exciting Season2.

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  5. Great review, I agree with the need for Vincent to explore his connection with his beast side, with Tori, before he could truly accept that side of him and be with Cat. I loved last season but Season two has so much more depth to each character. Last season Vin struggled with his beast sude which was always going to interfer in VinCats relationship. If Vin can come to grips with the fact he is human & beast he will be able and only then be able to have an epic love with Cat. Otherwise he will always be playing a victom and will be able to be the man Cat deserves.

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    1. Thanks Maggie. I agree that both Vincent and Cat had to come to terms with who they both truly are. Seems like they are taking some good steps in that direction.

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  6. You summed up this episode perfectly.Thanks
    Loved seeing Vincent and J.T.interact with each other like best friends again.Missed this a lot.
    The excitement is intensified from week to week.in.Season 2.and I find it hard to wait for the next episode after seeing the previews.
    Love this show and enjoy seeing the story unfold on my TV screen
    #BATB

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  7. Love you review! So glad you have tried & fallen in love with our amazing show!

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  8. Excellent review! This episode was the turning point for Vincent and Catherine, and their relationship. This season 2 has been amazing, we absolutely need a season 3!!!

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  9. Excellent assessment!! JT has always been the one who has gone to great lengths & sacrificed the most to protect and support Vincent! He’s carried a heavy burden, although, in part, due to guilt and was Vincent’s 2nd greatest loss with his memory loss! It’s wonderful to see #BatB restoring that. With this Bromance in full bloom, I expect we’ll find Vincent’s moral compass centering itself again!

    Looking forward to the upcoming episodes!! My entire Christmas gift was flight money to travel to New York to see our cast at Upfronts. Certainly hope CBS/CW sees the future we do in Beauty and the Beast. If they only knew the truly EPIC, LIFE-ALTERING hold it’s had on the Beasties I meet every day (on Twitter), they would never question it’s potential again!!

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    1. How exciting Anita! I hope the trip was everything you wanted it to be. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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  10. Thank you for a great review, so glad to find someone who actually enjoys the show and gives great reviews, welcome to the beastie world.

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  11. Thank you for your review. Your thoughts..really put many things in perspective for me!! Seems the journey is beginning to come full circle!

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    1. That is a great compliment! I am glad you got an additional perspective from reading my thoughts. Thank you!

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  12. I love a positive review of our beloved #BATB! I tend to get a little protective when reviews are on the “down” side, but yours was spot on! Tori and JT have moved our Vin/Cat a little more towards each other and baby steps is what’s happening now. In Season 1, it took 13 or 14 eps for a kiss! I like how you question Sam’s part in all this! Gabe has to be Cat’s rebound guy! “Seeing where this goes” does not promise forever! Vincent has reached his Who Am I quicker than Cat, but her wounds are heart related and it will hit her like a ton of bricks to realize where her heart has been all along! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! The story is unfolding slowly, but so it should. It is not standing still and that is important.

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  13. Great review. But I think Tori was not dead because the scene of ambulance after we heard V said ‘NO’ and touched Tori’s head sadly was quite werid. It didn’t make sense that they tried to rescue a dead people. If there will have S3 I think that she will come back to finish her jounery as a human but a beast. Just like Gabe she dead as a beast and rebirth as a human

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