Beauty and the Beast 2.14 – Redemption

Beauty and the Beast 2.14 – Redemption

by Mieke Trudeau

“It’s hard to be Dr. Jekyll when everyone keeps wanting Mr. Hyde”

Once again, a single line, this time delivered with acute insight by our own JT, nails down the main message of this week’s BatB episode, Redemption.

Vincent is not only desperate to prove to Catherine that he once and for all has gained control over his beast side; he also is looking to make amends in the larger sense. He gets a taste of his old life as Dr. Keller, the talented and dedicated doctor who would do anything to save lives, when he visits the hospital with Cat to investigate who Sam has been secretly visiting there. He saves a young man’s life and is greeted warmly by a former mentor, Dr. Markus, played with gravitas by Supernatural fan favorite Christopher Heyerdahl.

Arguably, Vincent has been on a road to redemption for some time now. Catherine’s father stripped him of any humanity he had left and even though he has every reason to be angry with the lot that has befallen him, he has been fighting his supposed destiny as a mindless brutal beast tooth and nail, sometimes quite literally. In this episode, we again see him facing difficult choices. He wants to quit his beast side, cold turkey but, time and again, it is exactly his beast nature that is called upon to save the day – by Catherine, by Gabe, and by circumstances beyond his control. Vincent tells JT that: “The more human I feel, the more human I am. The less beast the better.” He hesitates when he fights the newly-minted beast, Jacob Sutter (an imposing Noah Danby), because he recognizes that Jacob is still a man, and he is unwilling to kill him in cold blood. Vincent also chooses to fight to save the life of another Jacob Sutter (Patrick Romango), who is dying from the beast serum experiment because he is missing the specific genetic marker that allows for the creation of beasts in the first place.

I am glad that Catherine gets called out on her somewhat hypocritical view on beasts and Vincent when JT sits her down and decides to break the bro-code by telling her how Vincent really feels. I understand her fears, but she seems very unwilling to accept that Vincent’s beast nature is an integral part of him, while being all too eager to use his special talents when she needs them. She is even flippant about Vincent’s desire to help cure the non-beastly Jacob Sutter suffering in the hospital by telling him to leave that to the “real doctors”. Ouch.

Perhaps Catherine is fighting her own destiny. A visit to her father in prison clearly rattles her. Reynolds pleads with her to rid herself and the world of beasts once and for all. He tells Cat that she needs to destroy them, including Vincent, before they destroy her, just as they did the rest of her family. What is Catherine’s destiny besides being the love of Vincent’s life? She is seen to struggle with her own demons over these last few episodes. She is trying so hard to make a go of it with Gabe, but she is still very conflicted. She even seems to be losing some of her own humanity, even as Vincent is regaining his. She did not hesitate to kill the fully beasted-out Jacob and she is so focused on the mission to catch Sam/Barnes, that she is oblivious to Vincent’s feelings.

Cat’s dream at the end of the episode is juxtaposed nicely against the one Vincent has at the beginning of the hour. As Vincent dreams of Cat coming to his houseboat to reconcile with an almost kiss, Catherine dreams of telling Vincent that they need to stay away from each other. When Vincent ardently refuses and even tells her he loves her, she physically pushes him away, causing him to hit his head in an apparent deadly accident. Both dreams signify a permanent connection, a longing that is palpable. In Cat’s dream, they are destined to be together, Vincent loves her but consequently she causes his death. It is always Vincent who claims to stay away from Cat because he is afraid to hurt her, but perhaps Catherine’s fears run just as deep.

Of course in the end Sam, who now is believed to actually be Barnes, the mastermind behind it all, gets away. There are more orphans with genetic markers to find and turn into beasts for an as y-t-unknown evil scheme. Gabe has given Catherine a somewhat threatening ultimatum; even though he is fine with calling on Vincent to protect Cat, or to get him out of a self-imposed pickle, he wants Vincent gone from their lives. Is there some foreshadowing in Gabe nearly being turned back into a beast? For now I am a little irritated with Gabe and his lack of faith in Catherine, but I am reserving judgment of his storyline until we see it play out fully.

There is a profound question of fate and destiny against choice and human nature underlying the story of Beauty and the Beast. In the end I believe it will prove to be love that will give the answer, but in the meantime we get to witness the struggle, as in this exchange between JT and Cat:

“Maybe destiny will prevail,” JT says hopefully. “Yeah, if I don’t kill him (Vincent) first,” Catherine answers.

What are your thoughts Beasties? Did you enjoy JT’s sassy wisdom as much as I did? What did you think of seeing Vincent back in scrubs? Is Gabe right to give Cat an ultimatum? Tell us in a comment below.

29 Comments


  1. all i’m gonna say is – i’m loving the series more and more. i just want the next one to come as soon as possible!

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  2. Thank you Mieke for another great review. I always enjoy JT’s wisdom. Vincent aka (Dr. Keller) makes Dr. McDreamy look like Dr. McWhimpy! Gabe giving Cat an ultimatum is only going to push her straight into Vincent’s arms. Vincent is happy as long as Catherine is happy. Her happiness and being safe is all he cares about. Vincent would never give Catherine an ultimatum. He loves Catherine unconditionally

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    1. Thanks for reading and your comment! It sure was nice to see Vincent in his element again as Dr. Keller!

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  3. Loved seeing my favorite beast playing doctor. Annoyed with Gabe because he’s pulling the possessive/controlling crap. JT, as usual, has the best lines! He is, without a doubt, the bestest bro on television.

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  4. First, thanks for another great review. I really like how you see the show.
    I think Catherine has memory problems … She does not remember when was looking for Vincent to help a sick girls last season? It seems was Cat who erased the memory, not Vincent. Indeed, it was very ugly that she said about the “real doctors” it hurt to me.
    I love JT. He sees everything from a different perspective, always thinking about Vincent, a true friend. It’s great to see them together.
    Gabe …. oh Gabe …. double standards to the maximum. It’s good that Vincent help them, but out of their lives. I just hope he doesn’t take much to get off his true personality.
    And especially that Catherine realized that Vincent is not only a beast that is human, and is so un love of her that he prefer her to be happy with another, whether it es what she want.
    And finally, sorry for my English, I’m sure there must be several grammatical errors in my comment, but I hope you’ll understand, more or less 🙂

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    1. Your English is fine! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Cat does seem very confused! I feel like she is trying very hard not to get hurt again.

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  5. Another great review indeed…! I’ll be quick. I Have always loved JT’s wit…need more of it. FYI, I have not bought into the whole JT/Tess thing yet I like them more as buddies than lovers…but who knows, the notion could grow on me. Now to the main event…Gabe knows Cat is fighting her love for Vincent, unfortunate he is so desperate to allow himself to turn a blind eye to their connection, though he wanted her from first sight. It all makes him look clingy and desperate. Cat is fighting against the very thing she needs…her connection to Vincent…their connection…it’s electric, magnetic, powerful, overpowering. It is painful to watch their struggle, but I wait to see more, kind of masochistic of me I know, but love is deeper than we can ever fathom…I am hooked on/sold out for this show, it’s gritty, deep, raw, exhausting and has me enthralled every week.. I hope CW is wise enough to keep it coming…

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    1. Thanks so much! I think JT and Tess as buddies is a good start! They are snarky and so witty together. J-Tess FTW! I am a little irritated with Gabe’s handwringing as well, but his character’s story serves a purpose and I am interested in seeing it play out.

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  6. Thank you for your insight Mieke ~ you just gave me an epiphany regarding Cat ~ I’ve been struggling with her erratic character lately ~ as you correctly pointed out “she even seems to be losing some of her own humanity, even as Vincent is regaining his.” Cat may well be battling her own destiny/demons as a Beasthunter which is preventing her from seeing the ultimate truth that she is meant to be with Vincent despite the barriers she has put up for self preservation ~ and cliche as it may be ~ the show and our conflicted lovers are definitely better together than they are apart. Thank heavens for JT breaking the bro code and his humorous pearls of wisdom. Vincent in scrubs ~ total win. Right or wrong Gabe should be out the door soon with that ultimatum ~ I can’t wait to see the last of his vile faux intimacy with Cat.

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    1. Cat does seem to be all over the place sometimes, but in this episode it became more clear to me as well. They did a good job of showing her struggle. The contrast with Vincent’s development was very interesting, I thought. Thanks for reading and for sharing your ideas!

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  7. I pretty much agree with what you’ve said but I never have and I never will understand why people see Catherine as anti-beast and unsupportive of Vincent’s alter ego. She only stops him from taking law into his own hands and murdering in cold blood, which she would’ve and should’ve done even if he didn’t have altered DNA. All she ever wanted was for Vincent to not forget that he is a human along with a beast as well and was desperately trying to undo what her father did to him i.e. strip him of his humanity. But I guess it is very wrong of her to want Vincent to be a better person according to some people?
    Having said that, I don’t disagree that Cat indeed is all over the place. She seems to severely be suffering from PTSD and needs professional help yesterday!

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    1. I don’t see Cat as anti-beast. I believe she is afraid that his beast side may take over again, as it has in the past. However, I do believe that she is so afraid that she cannot see that his beast side is there to stay and that his only chance is to learn to intergrate it into his life. It seems like a natural reaction on her part to reject it outright, for now, but in time I believe that she will see it as less of a threat. As much as Cat keeps Vincent human, Vincent does the same for Cat. Thanks so much for reading and giving your thoughts!

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  8. What can I say, I love this show. The sruggles with Cat are evident. V managed to stay safe and hidden for 10 years before she came into his life. When she came into his life all this bad stuff started happening to him. Deep down, she is probably thinking that she is to blame for everything bad thats happened to him, including his capture. The dream at the end reveals it.

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  9. bellissima recenzione Cat è troppo sulla difensiva Gabe non mi piace il suo comportamento verso Cat e Vincent e in fine il povero Vincent appunto lo stanno usando non pensando che lui sicuramente è più uomo di prima.

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  10. I loved your review. You seem to see it so clearly. Jt is a wonderful friend to Vincent and also to Cat. Cat is going through some of the same things Vincent has already been through. She has lost some of her humanity and she has to figure it all out. She will because they are meant to be. There love is epic. They also seem to have great chemistry off screen. I hope the CW and CBS see the potential with this show and give them a third season. Maybe do more promoting. This season has been fantastic…Love the show. Beauty and the Beast is the best show on TV.

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  11. thanks for this wonderful review
    she is too scared to let go
    Cat & V. are making a path that will inevitably lead them to love
    helped by the friendship sincere Jt

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  12. Cat seems lost … forgetting the love Vin because he does not want more ‘suffer and be alone … Vin betrayed and she tries a love safe .. Cat has always been selfish toward Vin .. but understand’ Gabe is not the right person for you. Vin will be ‘his lifeline and it will be beautiful their love Epic

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  13. Amazing review! Such an eloquent description of the episode and I agree with you 100%, especially with fate/destiny vs. choice/human nature I don’t think anyone has ever phrased it in such a better way!

    I adore JT’s wisdom, his analogies to a similar “lighter” situation always cracks me up. No matter the actual situation occurring in the episode.

    Seeing Vincent in scrubs, to me, was like the shining beacon of Vincent’s humanity returning (YAY!!!). Watching the his character evolve back to this man who would do anything possible to save the lives of his patient was heartwarming.

    ANNND… No, Gabe should not have given Catherine that ultimatum: him or me? It was Gabe who kept pushing during the entire show for Catherine to go and work with Vincent, while saying he understood that he was in her and both their lives. I think maybe Gabe thought what he and Catherine had (or for now “have”) and what he can give her (a “normal” life) would outweigh her love for Vincent and she would choose him. But as the episode had progressed and he noticed Catherine struggling with her feelings for Vincent, he knew he was swimming upriver and his “hail mary” was to make Catherine choose. Which ultimately will not end in his favour and when that happens he has no one else to blame but himself. I see Catherine’s choice between Vincent and Gabe as “The Heart VS. The Head/Mind”. Catherine, and Gabe probably, “knows” Cat should be with him, he’s the logically perfect for her on paper (he has a job, he cares for her, and hes not a beast). But the heart wants what the heart wants, like what Cat said in 1×13 “darn thing just does what it wants.” Very similar to the storyline in “The Notebook”, where in the end Allie had to choose between Noah and Lon. She tells Lon she “knows” she should be with him, but we all know how that movie ended LOL.

    Again, AH-MAZE-ING review!!!

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    1. Thanks Jennie! Great comments. It sure was nice to see Vincent in his scrubs. It was indeed a symbol of his humanity on full display.

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  14. Great review. Want to know something funny – I don’t read reviews for any other show but Beauty and the Beast – so how come I never read yours before? I’m going to have to catch up. Who doesn’t like Dr. Vincent Keller in scrubs and it was nice to see the ‘old’ Vincent again. Gabe I have no words for but like you I am interested to see just where his character is going, I’m leaning towards him turning against Vincent – maybe even teaming up with Bad Dad – we shall see – if he bows out gracefully I will be flummoxed. I like what you said about Catherine’s dream, I myself didn’t quite see it like that but now I can – so thank you for that. How Catherine deals with Gabe’s ultimatum will be interesting based upon whether she acknowledges her feelings for Vincent or continues fighting them, either way Gabe is fighting a loosing battle, with Destiny as the final winner.

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    1. Glad you found us Monique! Thanks for reading 🙂 I feel that for now, Cat may dig in and choose Gabe. She seems so determined to be rational and after her dream, she is going to want to stay away from Vincent for fear she may hurt or even kill him.

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  15. Thank you for a great review.
    Vincent’s efforts to redeem himself and to get a glimpse of what a great doctor he would have made was an absolute delight to watch. Week after week, Vincent’s character just takes my breath away. Its really sad to see he’s trying to deny a part of him in order to make others happy when in the end, its them that use him for their benefit anyway. Difficult to please people when they expect different things from you, and bless him, he still tries to do his best. Thank god for JT, his backbone, finally telling Cat some home truths ‘It’s hard to be Dr. Jekyll when everyone keeps wanting Mr. Hyde”. Well done JT, reason why we fans love him so much. He is often the voice of reason.
    Love this show & can’t wait to see what the next episode will bring. Hopefully an end to Cat’s confusion & riddance of Gabe!! #BATB

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    1. Thanks for reading! JT really has been the voice of reason and also a nice representative of us, the audience.

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  16. I just located your reviews and I am so very happy I did. Thank you very much for them.

    The line of the entire season belonged to JT. And you captured it along with the essence of the entire episode.

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