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.