Beauty and the Beast 2.13 – Till Death

Beauty and the Beast 2.13 – Till Death

By Mieke Trudeau

“I was so focused on who he had been that I couldn’t see what he had become”

Those words, spoken by Agent Landon, at the end of “Till Death”, nicely sum up the message we seemingly are supposed to take away from the latest BatB episode.

Catherine has trouble trusting Gabe. She has been holding back on their relationship and while searching the dungeon for clues, she can’t help flashing back on Gabe as a beast. It is not that long ago that he experimented on Vincent and held her prisoner. Not surprisingly, Cat quickly falls for the plot by Agent Landon’s long lost husband Sam (Tom Everett Scott) to throw suspicion onto Gabe with a few cleverly placed clues.

Luckily, our team eventually sees through Sam’s evil plan and they set a trap of their own. They agree to attend the Landons’ wedding vow renewal under the guise of providing them security. Vincent poses as Cat’s date and quickly finds a bomb set to wipe out their whole team while throwing more suspicion on Gabe.  They manage to get away safely and not alert Sam that they are on to him. The plan is to let Sam believe he has succeeded so that he will lead them to the elusive evil mastermind, Barnes. Gabe will pretend to be dead and go into hiding and Agent Landon may have to do the same.

It seems clear that we are to draw the same parallels that Cat is, as we watch this story unfold. Agent Landon, a skilled FBI profiler, failed to see that her husband was turned after his years of imprisonment and brainwashing. Cat even says that she can relate; she did the same with Vincent and now is doing it again with Gabe. She is holding on to the past, good or bad, at the expense of the present. I have to say that I don’t know if it is because Gabe as a character seems to exist only as an obstacle to the inevitable return of Vincat, or if there is a deliberate subtext of suspicion, but I have a hard time trusting Gabe too.  Nothing against his talented portrayer, Sendhil Ramamurthy, but I am not really buying into his character. I understand that we, like Cat, are to see Gabe as a safer and more trustworthy alternative to Vincent, but is he really? Vincent seems to think so. After Tori’s death, he is in full “take on all the blame” mode and even though he now realizes that he still loves Cat, he thinks he is too dangerous to be around and will only end up hurting her again. He is still bent on making sure Catherine is safe and happy but  right now he believes that is far away from him and in the arms of someone like Gabe. Perhaps he also is too focused on what he used to be and fails to see what he has once more become, a hero, flaws and all. This quote from Vincent says it all: “Yes I love her. Enough to let her be with someone worthy.”

JT on his part is doing all he can to support and spur on his best buddy Vincent. I love watching their banter and gentle teasing. It is good to have them on the same page again and Austin Basis delivers all the best lines of the episode with great gusto. JT’s Valentine’s Day overtures to a clueless and slightly bitter Tess are sweetly hilarious and I am now cheering even more for the J-Tess ship to sail. Clever JT figures out that the way to this Valentine’s heart is not through flowers and chocolates but through her success as a detective. Was that a room key in Tess’ hand at the end of the episode?! Seize the day indeed!

I am intrigued by the new police captain Ward (Brennan Brown). He seems to be an additional antagonist for our heroes and quite a sexist one at that! It could be a bit of a tired cliché but it is on the other hand refreshing and a bit more realistic to see our heroes being reminded that they have an actual day job.

The last shot of Vincent watching Gabe and Cat kiss is pretty heartbreaking, but as the closing song by Kodaline states right at that moment; “A love like this won’t last forever”. Cat seems to be somewhat in denial of her feelings for Vincent and she appears to be trying to take a rational approach since going with her emotions only led to heartbreak in the past. But this is after all the story of the Beauty and the Beast. No matter the crooked path, we are to have faith that it is their love that will last “Till Death”.

Do you trust Gabe 100%, Beasties? What does it mean that all the burnt bones in the dungeon were from people that grew up with Gabe in the orphanage? Were you happy that once again Vincent seemed to be so tuned in to Cat’s heartbeat? Are you excited about J-Tess? Give us your thoughts below.

22 Comments


  1. I love reading your reviews on my favorite show BATB, your reviews are spot on. You get it and I get!! Thank you so much for another great review that hits the nails in all the right places!!!

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  2. Thanks for your great review. You have a very good and objective view and I enjoyed reading it. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  3. Love the review…NOPE don’t trust Gabe!

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  4. Me neither trust in Gabe. And yes, as you say, Vincent is a hero with flaws, but a hero to the end of the day. And he is too focused on these episodes, in all his flaws and not in the good things he has done, like Catherine.
    Thanks for your review.

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    1. Yes, he certainly has been held up as the “non-Vincent”. I am not so convinced it is quite that simple.

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  5. Great review! Especially the comment about Vincent being so focused on who he used to be and all the harm he caused–especially to Cat, that he hasn’t yet realized that he is regaining his humanity and, as you said, is once more the flawed hero that is his true self. I hadn’t made that connection when I watched the episode, though he is definitely taking all the blame and responsibility on himself whether or not he is actually to blame, and that is soooo Vincent. This show does definitely need a season three after all the twists and turns of this season to give us the payoff that the writers have promised. We need great story lines that give us not only the stronger V & C relationship, but fully develop JT and Tess as well. They seem to be shadows of themselves this season as compared to season one.

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    1. I don’t understand what that means–that my comment is awaiting moderation. If I’ve said something wrong, it was unintentional and I apologize. I won’t be responding to these reviews anymore. Though I do enjoy reading them.

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      1. Melissa! I am terribly sorry. I am the editor here and I was not getting comment notifications. I thank you greatly for reading, and please don’t stop commenting! We love hearing what all of you have to say. -jp

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      2. Please don’t stop commenting Melissa! All comments are put in moderation for a short while to avoid spam posts. I am sorry for any delay. Your comments are great! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    2. Thanks Melissa! It is interesting to watch all the characters gain some dimension as the season goes on. I am enjoying the shades of grey they all are showing us. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment and give us your insights.

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  6. Love your insights, thank you so much! Very happy about JT& Tess can’t wait for redemption

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  7. Mieke, I have been thinking about Gabe from season 1 and realized he is an evil genius, not to be trusted at all. In the episode titled “Insatiable”, he killed the carriage driver in Central Park with the old century weaponry he had hanging on his wall, it was missing the piece that Vincent and Catherine found under the horse’s hoof in the stable. Then in the episode titled “Any Means Possible”, he killed the guy that Joe’s brother owed money to. Then he tried to kill Vincent in the last episode of season 1, so now he has to pass himself off as the bad guy who has redeemed himself to throw everyone off his trail. The writers have been brilliant this season, they have fooled a lot BATB fans who haven’t really thought about Gabe too much from season 1. Most remember only that he tried to kill Vincent at the end of season 1. He has Vincent and Catherine fooled too. This episode “Till Death” has put Vincent and Catherine back to where they were around this time in season 1. Vincent completely in love with Catherine but not feeling worthy of her love because of what he is and what he has done, and Catherine completely in love with Vincent, but she feels damaged and broken because of all the heart brake she has suffered in the past and doesn’t feel worthy of Vincent’s love either.

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    1. There seems to be foreshadowing going on in Gabe’s storyline. We will have to see how it all plays out!

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  8. Your reviews are awesome. Thank you. No I don’t trust Gabe. Anyone who would allow a residence to be blown up for his own convenience isn’t a good guy. His obsessiveness over Catherine isn’t normal. And that Cheshire Cat smile that is always in place can’t be normal.

    But we all know who the true hero is, even with chinks in his armor, Vincent is eight times the man that Gabe would ever be. Thanks for pointing out his heroism.

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