Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Review “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?"

Is Vincent dead? Probably not. Is his relationship with Cat damaged beyond repair? That’s a definite maybe. A lot happened on this week’s Thanksgiving themed episode of Beauty and the Beast, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’, and none of it was particularly good. I mean that in the sense that Vincent and Catherine are left in decidedly sticky situations, because I actually liked this episode a lot more than I have done the show in a while. A holiday episode with a nice cliffhanger to stew over for a week? I like.

Almost all of the action took place at Reynolds’ Thanksgiving dinner, with Vincent and Cat going along in order to grill him about Muirfield, the FBI’s involvement and whether he’d help them find Vincent’s handler. Because Reynolds is actually the guy they’re looking for, this covert mission results in some hilariously veiled conversations – I swear at one point there were at least three coded conversations going on at once. In the end, when Gabe brings Tori to the house to drop off some files, Vincent flips and reveals himself as the beast ‘friend’ they’ve been discussing over cookies.

I have to say, Reynolds did a really good job of pretending to be clueless. If I hadn’t known he was actually the evil mastermind behind Vincent’s missions I would have believed him myself. Through this control, we learn that he’s a master manipulator and, through a mixture of cunning and luck, Vincent and Catherine leave the dinner broken up. I believe that Reynolds actually cares for Catherine and doesn’t want her involved, and that’s what is going to make the situation most difficult for Catherine when she learns the whole truth. She and Gabe heard the bells, so they’re probably close to working it out.

I’m most proud of the show for not shying away from the battered woman side of Catherine that’s emerged this season. She has been making far too many excuses for Vincent lately, and there has to be a point where enough is enough. I’m really glad she drew that line this week, and her resignation to the fact that Vincent and Tori were kissing was probably the saddest thing. She wasn’t going to kick and scream and cry because she was kind of expecting him to disappoint her. It was the confirmation she needed, and I’m really glad she walked away before he had a chance to.

A distinctly happier couple were JT and Tess, who finally gave into their chemistry over Thanksgiving beer and pizza. This subplot was so sweet and charming, and there’s no way that’s the last we see of this pairing. Opposites attract, after all, and right now the show needs a reason to have JT in the picture. I think the show is going to play more with the Catherine/Gabe relationship than they are the Tess/Gabe, which leaves JT to swoop in and be the man in her life. They’re the two abandoned friends, so at least they have each other until things sort themselves out.

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