It Only Takes a Second

This is an essay I wrote two years ago for my college class and I think it is important for people to read this piece.

It Only Takes One Second

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

                                                                                                –Jeremiah 29:11

People who barely know me do not know I have a twin sister. She and I are like two peas in a pod—inseparable. Although we go to two different colleges, it does not take away from the time we have shared with one another in the past. She is my best friend and will always be despite our constant bickering. I had often thought what life would have been like if I wasn’t born a twin. Since last weekend, I wouldn’t want anything different. She is my twin and we are connected in a way no other sibling is and that is how it should be. We have done everything together up until college. Now we are trying to find our own individualities. My life could have been different early Saturday Morning, February 11, 2012, when my sister almost died in a car wreck. I don’t know what I would have done without her. God has a plan for everyone. He knows when each person is born into the world as well as leaving the world. He knows and only He knows.  Life is fragile and can be taken away less than a second. In less than a second, someone’s world could be flipped upside-down. Thankfully mine wasn’t….

It was strange…

Normally, on a Saturday morning, I wake up around 8:30 AM but, for some unknown reason, I woke up around 10 AM on February 11th, 2012. I went downstairs and noticed my dad was making breakfast, so I said, “Woke up late too?”

Unfortunately, his answer was not what I expected….

He said, “Not really…You’re sister was in a car accident early this morning.”

I swore my heart skipped a beat.

“Is she okay?” I asked him but he instead of saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ he says, “She’s in the family room with your mother.”

Fearing the worst, I ran into the family room and saw my sister hugging my mother for dear life. When I saw her, a weird sensation washed over me.

I say the only thing I could think of at the time. “Are you okay?!” When she doesn’t answer, I ask again as I start crying. Let me tell you one thing, it was the weirdest cry in the world. It certainly wasn’t a graceful cry or a quiet one; I can’t really describe it in any other word except for ‘weird.’

My sister can attest to that (she loves to rub it in every once in a while when we look back to that horrible day).

Luckily, she did not have to go to the hospital and only escaped with minor bruising and cuts. You could call it luck, but I call it God. If it weren’t for His protection, she would not be here this very moment and my life would have flipped upside-down. She doesn’t particularly remember what happened; only that it was snowing in great multitudes and couldn’t see the road. She realized she was off the road when the wheels hit a gravel driveway. By the time it took her to escape this death trap, it was too late. Assuming from the damage of the car, it rolled down the hill and crashed into an electric pole. The car was completely totaled. Her purse had flown out and fortunately landed somewhere safe. Her glasses were destroyed from the impact but thankfully she wasn’t. From what she told me, the pole snapped in half and the house she was near lost electricity. Thankfully, the house’s family heard the crash and called the police. They even offered her to come in out of the cold but she was too panicked to try anything but get out of the vehicle and call home. Luckily she didn’t get electrified when getting out of the vehicle.

We received a call around 2 A.M. in the morning. My mother just knew it was Kristen. Daddy answered it and Kristen sounded hysterical! He called the city police and headed out for my sister. Mom couldn’t go because she was still recovering from her surgery and my brother and I were asleep. They didn’t want to wake us and lose the sleep we college kids desperately needed. Our city police called back and said that officers were already at the scene taking care of it. Thank goodness! It took four hours for the mess to be cleaned up and the road was completely blocked off. She did not need to see a medic but only needed to come home to be with her family because we almost lost her that morning.

When I asked her what happened, this is what she said:

I was driving along Scott Troy Road and could barely see anything. If I knew the roads were going to get this bad, I would have either stayed the night at a friend’s house or have come home early. I knew the instant I was off the road when I felt gravel under the tires. All I remember is hitting a poll and then rolling down a hill. I cannot tell you word for word what was happening because, in reality, it happened way too fast. I just remember seeing the pole and the impact. Luckily, I didn’t hit the house behind it but, instead, ended up taking out their electricity. I thought I was going to die.

Kristen was thankful she didn’t die that morning. Later in the day, around noon, my dad and my sister went to the tow truck place to retrieve all items they could find that were in the car. The tow trucker said the exact same thing the police had said early in the morning. “I have never seen an accident this bad where the driver has walked away alive.” Three of the four corners were completely destroyed. The only corner unscathed was the corner with the gas tank. That is a complete miracle! It only takes one second for someone’s world to end. That’s how fast life can be taken away. I’m just glad it wasn’t her time yet. Like I said, God has a plan for everyone. He knows every single living person’s life span. I just thank the Lord that it wasn’t Kristen’s time to leave. He still has a plan for her. Logic says there was no way she should have survived. But I’m glad she did.

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Analysis and Speculations of Beauty & the Beast 2×19 “Cold Case”

Analysis and Speculations of 
Beauty & the Beast 2×19 “Cold Case”

Before I go on about my review, I have a few announcements.

One) badgerinthetardis11​ and I are a part of a podcast called: Something Bigger: A Nerdcast. We are currently discussing BATB (as it is what’s on TV at the moment) and have completed two episodes thus far! One episode discusses 2×17 “Beast is the New Black” and the second episode discusses 2×18 “Cat and Mouse.”

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Two) badgerinthetardis11​ and I have a fanfiction out called “Something Bigger.” Basically, it is a mega-crossover between BATB, Supernatural, Arrow, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries and Smallville. The fanfiction is centered on BATB and SPN while the other fandoms weave in and out of the fanfiction. If you would like to read it, you can click here (x).

Three) Vote for Best and Odd Couples on eOnline.

Best: Vincent & Catherine

Oddest: JT & Tess

And now…the Analysis…

Vincent Keller

Sexy Jay Ryan nailed Vincent Keller’s character once again! With the lack of JT (Austin Basis) in this episode (because he’s mysteriously gone to Boston), Vincent, in my opinion, definitely picked up the comedy in this episode! In my opinion, not only did Ryan have the best lines, but he had the best blocking as well! Even though Vincent did not have a strong appearance in this episode, he really shined the most! He encouraged Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) to tell Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) the truth about him (beast and all), proving he’s definitely evolved since Season 01. In the first season, Vincent needed Catherine to keep his secret at all cost, but as the first season unfolded, more and more people found out about his beast—including a slew of people: Alex (Bridget Regan), Tess (Nina Lisandrello), Evan Marks (Max Brown) and Gabriel Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy). Needless to say, the more Vincent tried to hide in Season 01, the more people slowly found out about him. In the last part of Season 02, Vincent has proven himself to be more trustful of others—at least those who are close to Catherine like her sister, Heather. At the same time, he has lost Gabe’s trust, but who hasn’t in this season, anyway?

Vincent cares for Catherine and loves her enough to realize how much these secrets have taken a toll on her relationship with her younger sister; he’s willing to take the risk in having Heather find out. Though, even when Catherine tells Heather, the younger Chandler sister does not take the news very well—in fact, she thinks her sister has lost her marbles!

In all reality, “Cold Case” may have not only focused on an old case from the first season, but it also centered around Vincent and Heather having sort of a ‘let’s start over’ moment after Catherine’s sister finds out about Vincent’s beast in the worst but possibly the best kind of way.

Vincent has definitely shown how much he wants Catherine in his life, and in order for that to happen, he has realized he needs to be on friendly terms with her younger sister. After all, besides bio-dad, Heather is Catherine’s only family.

Thank you Jay Ryan for giving us an excellent Vincent Keller performance! Now let’s hope next week’s episode shows a little bit more skin than in this last episode. ;)

Catherine Chandler

As usual, Kristin Kreuk DOMINATES Catherine Chandler in this episode of “Cold Case.” I really liked her playful side when she’s with Vincent. In a way, while JT has gone off to Boston, she has kind of taken on the roll as Vincent’s sexy handler (with more than one benefit, of course) by giving him burner phones when he needs them and helping him out. But, of course, Vincent and Catherine can’t help but sneak in a kiss or two every once in a while. Ironically enough, in this episode, Catherine is the one who keeps leaving Vincent behind rather than the other way around.

Silliness aside, Catherine had to confront a very big situation in “Cold Case:” her sister. After lying to Heather (Anderson) for almost two years, it has definitely put a toll on Catherine’s relationship with her sister. While Catherine initially insists on keeping Heather in the dark, Vincent believes it’s time to tell Heather the truth—especially if or when she gets in tight situations like being kidnapped and tossed into a dungeon.

Catherine realizes the danger she has put her sister through by not telling her the truth; therefore, she decides to come clean. However, as stated before, Heather doesn’t take the truth very well. Now Catherine has to figure out how to mend her relationship with Heather along with continue to keep Vincent’s whereabouts a secret from Precinct 125 as well as tracking down a witness of a cold case in order to incriminate Gabe. Catherine certainly has a lot to juggle in “Cold Case,” but she manages to accomplish almost everything on her plate—including letting her sister in on the secret.

ANOTHER WINNER WHEN IT COMES TO KICK-ASS DOMINANCE! :)

Not having to lie to Heather anymore is the best present any fugitive beast (wink, wink) can give to his girlfriend, right?

Heather Chandler

Alas, Heather Chandler is not in the dark anymore!

Nicole Gale Anderson really shined in “Cold Case” along with Jay Ryan (fun fact: NGA and JR share the same birthday). Her character, Heather, makes a surprising entrance, totally shocking Catherine (as if the oldest Chandler sister didn’t have enough on her plate already) in the process. Heather has some exciting news, but because Catherine has other things to deal with at the moment, Catherine doesn’t seem to be able to make time for Heather (nothing new, right?). Tired of her sister abruptly leaving in the middle of a sentence and lying through her teeth, Heather decides to do a little bit of investigating on her own.

She goes to the precinct, expecting to find Catherine, but doesn’t. She finds Gabe instead…which, I’m curious, when did they ever meet? Heather was in Miami the whole time Catherine was ‘dating’ (and I use that word very lightly) Gabe…so unless Heather met Gabe sometime during the three months lapse of Catherine finding Vincent, I’m at a total loss. But, we never get everything on camera anyway. Gabe, being the sneaky bastard that he is, decides to use Heather to find out where Catherine is. I’m so glad Heather never made that call to Gabe though. :) It’s not nice to use others for one’s benefit. Naught Gabe! Heather tries to reach Catherine, but gets Tess instead…. Heather grills Tess into telling her the truth, proving she has matured since we’ve last seen her. Tess spills the beans that Catherine has been seeing Vincent, which causes Heather to march off to find her sister and give her a piece of her mind.

One thing happens right after another, and Heather catches Catherine with Vincent. Not being able to handle more lies, she marches off and Catherine chases her as Vincent throws a boot up in the air and sighs, “Well this just keeps getting better and better.” I don’t know if Vincent is amused by the fact that Heather found out about them or if he’s inwardly freaking out, hoping Heather doesn’t alert the authorities. I’m going with the former since he was the one who told Catherine to tell Heather about him in the first place.

As mentioned before, Catherine tells Heather everything, but Heather doesn’t take the truth very well—and they say the truth will set you free. Not in this case….

In the end, Heather ends up being kidnapped by Evil Sheckman Brother #2 in order to lure Vincent into a trap. Vincent finds her and has no choice but to reveal himself to her.

Obviously, a lot of people have to see something in order to believe it as true—that’s very much the case in regards to Heather. Not only seeing Vincent beast-out confirmed to her that her sister wasn’t a crazy whacko but because Vincent saved her, she quickly rules him out as a fugitive and apologizes to him (well, she apologizes to Cat) for all of the judgmental crap she had passed on him in the past.

All seems to be forgiven.

For now.

Tess Vargas

Tess was interesting this episode; she didn’t have much of a role other than accidentally get Catherine and herself suspended as well as spill the beans about Vincent to Heather, but her role was important all the same.

Nina Lisandrello and Austin Basis are usually the stars with the lines; surprisingly, that was not the case in this episode. For once, the writers decided to grace Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk with the one-liners, and I really like that change-up. It shows that even the Beauty and the Beast can have their quirky moments.

Tess’s loose lips portrayed that even a strong female character such as herself can have FACEPALM moments. Tess is normally on her guard, but as she helps Cat escape her tail, she briefly loses her awareness and blurts out, “Tell Vincent I said hello.” She doesn’t realize Captain Ward (I think that’s his name) is walking behind her. To make up for her slip-up, she decides to help Cat in one) meeting with Heather and two) bringing the witness to Ray Sheckman’s murder to the precinct. She gains her shield and arms back for helping with the witness (though, I wonder what convinced the captain to let her back on the team and bring in the witness in the first place) and continues to stay on Team Beastie.

Gabe Lowan

Other than the fact that Gabriel Lowan is a lowlife bastard who is willing to do anything to seek revenge on Vincent, there’s not much left to say aside from HIS BEAST IS RETURNING!

That’s right, the beast inside Gabe—whether or not it is DNA related—is becoming more and more evident and as the series continues, Gabe will most likely stay on the path of the dark side. Soon enough, he’s going to be wearing a black suit and a breathing apparatus.

As Vincent pointed out, Gabe is getting desperate. After killing the witness, there’s no telling what he’ll do now. It’s not like he can cover this up like he did with Ray Sheckman.

YOU’VE BEEN OWNED!

VINCAT

Beautiful, funny and perfect as always!

Need I say more?!

Speculations

  • Heather’s fiancé is somehow affiliated with the Big Bad.
  • Heather’s fiancé is a beast.
  • Gabe is and will always still be a beast. His beast reawakened.
  • JT is in Boston for some convention for his professor duties (speaking of which…is he still a professor?)
  • Agent Knox is a good guy who will be a bridge between Vincent and Catherine with the FBI.
  • Vincent will get his exoneration one way or another and Gabe will get booted off the Beastie Island.
  • Gabe will become the next one on the MOST WANTED list.

Questions

  1. Why was JT in Boston?
  2. Why did Gabe make bail? HE MURDERED SOMEONE! (I’m not an expert so someone please enlighten me).
  3. Will Vincent and Catherine ever get their sexy scene?

BEST LINES:

“Wait! I’m here!”

“You’re late!”

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“I’ve gotta go…”

“Hey, that’s my line.”

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“I think I liked Gabe better when he was a beast.”

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“No more secrets…”

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“You know, I’m never late!”

 

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Beauty & the Beast 2.17 “Beast is the New Black” Review & Analysis

Beauty & the Beast 2.17 “Beast is the New Black”

Review & Analysis

§ Beauty & the Beast 2.16 “About Last Night” Recap §

When BATB went on a hiatus after its Spring Midseason Finale, Beasties were left with a lot of questions.

  1. What’s going on with JT&T? Are they a couple? Friends with Benefits? Confused about their feelings?
  2. Is Gabe responsible for Vincent’s arrest? (The writers made it seem like that was the case, but after seeing 2.17, it’s clear there’s a larger enemy out there).
  3. If not Gabe, then who?
  4. How will Vincent survive prison?
  5. Can Cat & Co. figure out a way to exonerate Vincent?
  6. If not, what will happen instead?
Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) & Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) & Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Multiple questions were left unanswered, and it wouldn’t be until at least three months later where a fraction of them are answered. Beasties have fought for BATB through thick and thin, some could barely stomach some of the episodes of season 2, but BATB’s truest fans rode the rollercoaster, withstanding the ups, downs and the loop-di-loops. Yes, BATB lost fans due to the turn of the series, but slowly pulled more fans into the show.

§A Hope for the Future§

With everything the Beasties have done to promote BATB, trend BATB and share their reasons why they love BATB, CW’s Beauty & the Beast was granted a third season. The number of episodes is still up in the air. While Kristin Kreuk believes there will be only 13 episodes (source), Austin Basis is still unsure (source). Whether the number is 13 or 22, Beasties should be proud to see BATB live on! If the fans continue everything they have done thus far to save the show, there is no doubt in my mind that BATB will live another day and see a season 4. Don’t let the number of episodes discourage you from thinking the show is over because it obviously isn’t.

Congratulations to the BATBWriters for a fantastic return in showcasing the first of six final Season 2 episodes. The ratings for 2.17 were far greater than it has been all season—even since December 2013! BATB had a total of 1.36 MILLION viewers last night in the United States (source); I don’t know if that’s because all of the other CW shows are on their summer hiatuses or if the Beasties have grown since the Spring Midseason Finale (possibly both scenarios are factors), but I must congratulate the fans (myself included) and the cast and crew for a phenomenal return. Let’s hope the ratings can remain above 1 Million OR improve as the season comes to a close in July.

Now, for what you’ve been waiting for….

§ Beauty & the Beast 2.17 “Beast is the New Black” Analysis§

In the past, I have analyzed BATB by going through scene by scene of the episodes and detailing my thoughts in the process. I’m going to try things a bit differently for sake of time and my Carpal Tunnel. Instead of doing a scene-by-scene analysis, I’m going to go through the characters, detailing their performance and role in the episode and possibly figuring out how they will be important in the next 5 episodes of the season.

§Vincent Keller§

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan)

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan)

Vincent has been arrested—his arrest is probably the biggest trial he will have to overcome if he ever wishes to pursue a somewhat normal life with his girlfriend, Catherine Chandler. Before the beast was brainwashed, he was seen as an altruistic sort of man (kind of like Captain America) and was willing to do whatever he could to ensure Catherine’s life wasn’t destroyed due to her relationship with him. In 2.17 “Beast is the New Black,” we get a major glimpse of that old Vincent Keller.

In order to make sure Catherine didn’t throw her life away by trying to help him, he makes plans to confess to the murder of Curt Windsor.

Unfortunately, when his girlfriend drops the bomb on him, saying she will incriminate herself for covering things up, he has to change his tactics up a bit because there is no way in hell he is going to let her ruin her life for his sake.

So what does he do?

He instigates a fight in the prison and escapes via ambulance.

Vincent Keller is now on the run and has been considered a felon with a manhunt on his ass.

Though, if there is anything he wants before he leaves, it is a last night with Catherine. Wanting to bring Catherine with him everywhere he goes and telling her she is his gem is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

Because of unforeseen events, Vincent has to leave without Catherine. Now, the only thing he can live on is the hope of seeing the love of his life again.

Jay Ryan portrayed Vincent’s character beautifully, and there is no doubt in my mind that other Beasties think differently.

§Catherine Chandler§

Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

“Beast is the New Black” really sheds light on Catherine. She is tired of men controlling her life and protecting her. After putting two and two together, she figures out that her father, Robert Reynolds, hired someone to ‘frame’ Vincent in the event that she breaks up with Gabe and returns to him. Catherine has been more herself in this episode than she has been in any other episode of Season 2.

There is one main reason because of that: Her Vincent is back to his mostly old self and has returned to being Number One in her life.

Catherine definitely holds her own in “Beast is the New Black.” While Vincent tries to protect her by thinking about coming clean, she fires back and tells him he can’t make decisions for her. If he’s going to incarcerate himself, she’s going to come clean too. And when Vincent couldn’t have that, he decides to leave her, but again, Catherine stands her ground and tells him she will follow him wherever he goes.

No matter what, they are in this bind together.

At the end of the episode, she has her guard down and is captured by men in black. It’s only a matter of time before Vincent catches wind of this, and let me tell you something; the Beast is not going to be very happy, and those kidnapers will definitely get what’s coming to them.

§VINCAT§

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Needless to say, VINCAT is this entire episode. “Beast is the New Black” proves just how much both Vincent and Catherine are willing to do in order to keep each other safe. Vincent is willing to go to jail for 20 to 25 years. Catherine is willing to incarcerate herself as well. Vincent is willing to leave New York City in order to keep Catherine from turning herself in. Catherine is willing to throw her life away and run with him. In the end, Catherine ends of saving Vincent’s life by telling him to go without her. It took a big leap for her to admit she will only slow him down. Their love has no bounds, and while Vincent is on the run, his leaving Catherine comes with dire consequences that could kill her (depending on the reason she was captured).

The non-naked shower scene was drop-dead romantic! I thought I was going to die from an overdose of VINCAT HOTNESS! Even with clothes on, the shower scene was very beautiful. In fact, ALL of the VINCAT scenes were amazing and heartwarming AND HEARTMELTING!

Way to go, Kristin Kreuk for an amazing performance!

§JT Forbes§

JT Forbes (Austin Basis)

JT Forbes (Austin Basis)

JT (Austin Basis) definitely played a major role in this episode too! He was willing to do anything and everything on his part to save Vincent. He even blamed Gabe (whoot!) for the whole event! My hero! JT impersonated a lab technician to give Vincent the gem. He told Vincent that he was going to be there for him until the very end. I can understand why JT was constantly yelling and shouting at Cat, Tess and Gabe; his best friend’s freedom is jeopardized and he blames himself for not being a better protector.

JT believes it’s his fault Vincent is wanted for murder because if he had never signed Vincent’s name on that list for Muirfield, none of this would probably be happening. In the end, however, JT must realize that because he signed Vincent’s name on the list, he saved his best friend’s life. If not for the beast, Catherine would be dead. If Catherine was dead, Vincent would never have the chance to meet the love of his life.

The eleventh hour comes, and Vincent leaves everyone behind. JT has been preparing for this moment for over a decade, and he still cannot believe his best friend is out of his life.

Luckily, he has Tess to help him cope for his loss.

§Tess Vargas§

Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)

Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)

I’m very glad Tess had a major role in this episode too! I was beginning to get worried for her because she was starting to not have so much luck in the Tess Vargas Life compartment. Having to constantly worry over her best friend, she has ignored her own happiness.

However, finally, JT and Tess have the DTR, and things are starting to look up for the Latina detective yet! I’m glad she’s starting to find a balance between her life and helping Catherine. She was definitely Cat’s best friend throughout this entire episode; reminding Catherine that she understands the amazing connection Catherine has with Vincent, and she admits how jealous she is of it.

Tess is finally being explored as a character and not some fridge magnet in the background.

Good work, Nina Lisandrello!

§JT&T§

JT Forbes (Austin Basis) & Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)

JT Forbes (Austin Basis) & Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)

Ahhhh…we finally have resolved this non-relationship! Even though JT & Tess were going through their first fight, they eventually made amends and talked through things. Even though BATB is not focused on extra relationships, I’m glad they tend to put more than just VINCAT’s relationship in the mixture because, let’s face it, both JT and Tess have earned their stripes as primary characters in this series! :)

§Gabe Lowan§

Gabe Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy)

Gabe Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy)

Okay, like all of you, I thought Gabe was the man behind Vincent’s arrest. However, now that I’ve seen this episode, I believe he wasn’t. I genuinely think Gabe was actually trying to help Catherine catch the person responsible for Vincent’s arrest.

HOWEVER, the moment Reynolds opened his big fat mouth and told Gabe to try harder, I believe Reynolds hardcore advice triggered Gabe’s inner vulture. That being said, I think Gabe was the one who notified the authorities that Vincent was at Catherine’s (the second time). It was too fast for anyone else to know his whereabouts. Gabe wasn’t pleased to see Vincent as showered-wet as Catherine, and aside from JT, he was the only one who knew where Vincent was hiding.

§Robert Reynolds§

Robert Reynolds (Ted Whittal)

Robert Reynolds (Ted Whittal)

I have nothing to say about this character other than the fact that he needs to wax his lips together. I understand he has intentions to protect Catherine, but he’s mentally insane for keeping a heart stowed away in case he ever needed it.

THAT BASTARD!

§BIG BAD WOLF Agency§

giphy001Honestly, I am led to believe the BIG BAD WOLF Agency (whoever was behind the killings of Reynolds’s hire and the officer who saw Vincent beast-out) is actually covertly helping Vincent. I have many reasons for this:

  • They killed Reynolds’s contact. No contact, no touch with the outside world. No more dirty deeds against Vincent.
  • They killed the officer. In a way, they protected Vincent’s inner beastly identity by killing a man who claimed he had seen Vincent change. While that’s a terrible way to approach things, they did protect Vincent.
  • They heard about beasts on the news from the officer, and stepped in to try and clean up Vincent’s mess.

However, I don’t know if they are actually trying to keep Vincent alive or not. Obviously they want to create more beasts under a covert operation. They were trying to obtain that skeleton in Windsor’s bunker. I think they are trying to finish what Reynolds started; to clean up Muirfield’s mess. But, I think the BIG BAD WOLF Agency is going try and create BETTER beasts instead—ones that wouldn’t go awry.

§Burning Questions§

  1. Where did that gem originate from?
  2. Is Vincent’s “You are my gem,” significant to the rest of the season? After all, the gem did belong to the Reynolds family about 200 years ago.
  3. Will JT&T be able to last together?
  4. What’s going to happen to Reynolds? Apparently he knows way too much, and the BIG BAD WOLF Agency seems to be eliminating anyone affiliated with/ knows about beasts.
  5. Will we ever get a chance to see Rebecca Reynolds and her role in all of this mayhem?
  6. Was Gabe’s redemption all for nothing? Or, does it serve a purpose in creating the ultimate Lex Luthor Complex?

§Speculations§

  • The gem is made from Rebecca Reynolds’s blood. For some reason, the gem is significant to the Reynolds Family. If Catherine had not been adopted by Thomas Chandler, she would have been raised a Reynolds as well, bearing the name that brings the gem great significance. Could the gem and Catherine hold similar powers over Vincent? They both seem to be able to neutralize his beast side. I have a feeling Vincent and Catherine will be exploring this pondering question throughout the next six episodes.
  • Reynolds, sooner or later, is going to be assassinated by a member of the BIG BAD WOLF Agency. It’s only a matter of time. He knows too much.
  • Members of the BIG BAD WOLF Agency did not kidnap Catherine. I believe GABE was behind Catherine’s capture to lure Vincent out of hiding. Gabe is a smart guy. Once he learned about the elite company that’s eliminating people who know about beasts, he used that intel towards his advantage by staging a covert operation to capture Catherine.
  • Vincent is going to try and call Catherine in the next episode to tell her that he’s safe. She’s not going to answer (obviously) and so he calls JT and asks her where Catherine is. JT tells V C’s been kidnapped so V will return to New York City and rescue his woman! :)
  • The BIG BAD WOLF Agency may recruit Vincent (not by kidnapping him but by contacting him and asking him to cooperate) for mission impossible kind of jobs as a payment for pulling strings to drop his charges or giving him a new life.
  • Whatever happens to Cat during her capture, she’s not going to break. Vincent WILL save her in time!

All right…

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Beauty & the Beast || 2.16 “About Last Night” Review

I know some of you have already read this on my Tumblr (WriterFreak001), but I am posting it on my WordPress as well! :)

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Beauty & the Beast

2.16 “About Last Night”

Analysis & Theories

§ WriterFreak001 §

Before I get started, I would like to let everyone know that [**] next to scene title means there is a theory I have developed either about the scene or based off of the scene.

~Analysis~

§ Previously on Beauty & the Beast §

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but one of the aspects I look for in a show—especially BATB—are the short recaps previewed before the beginning of an episode. To me, recaps are significant to each episode—they highlight the important scenes from past episodes allude the newest episode. Recaps are not randomly put together, they, too, serve purposes towards the episodes.

Within the recap of “About Last Night,” there are three major pieces from the last episode, 2.15 “Catch Me If You Can,” in which the writers want us to remember:

  • Sam’s (Tom E. Scott) arrest
  • Gabe’s (Sendhil Ramamurthy) Warning **
  • Vincent (Jay Ryan) & Catherine’s (Kristin Kreuk) long-awaited kiss

As we all know, Sam’s arrest prior to “About Last Night” is highly important because it ultimately brings out Sam’s desperation for revenge. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? As the episode unravels (as we all know), we will finally get a chance to see just ‘how’ desperate Samuel Landon is.

I don’t know about you, but in the last episode of BATB, I thought it was a low move for Gabe to not only break into Vincent’s houseboat, but also warn him to never cross paths with Catherine again. Going behind Catherine’s back to tell Vincent basically what he ‘forces’ Catherine to do at the end of 2.15 definitely foreshadows Gabe’s manipulative ways. (We all know he loves to be in control of things; it seems he wants to be in control of Catherine’s life as well).

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Obviously, pretty people like Gabe have nasty agendas.

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“Why do you keep on ending up in Vincent’s arms?” Gabe has obviously noticed ‘the pull’ between Vincent and Catherine, and he obviously doesn’t like it. He chooses his words carefully, and plays a sympathy card as he preys on Catherine’s emotions. If he can say something to make Catherine regret a simple hug, imagine what he’s capable of?! (Obviously, we all have an idea about this answer!!) Needless to say, Gabe verbally forces Catherine to excommunicate Vincent from her life altogether…. Fortunately, Vincent has a stronger effect on Catherine’s emotions (and he’s not even ‘trying’ to control her!). Gabe’s order results in Catherine doing exactly what he doesn’t want her to do…end up in another man’s arms (as well as lips and everything else Vincent offers! ;])

(AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!)

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§ Down Memory Lane §

First, and foremost, sit back and enjoy the gifs I spent forever making! :) 

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Obviously, the beautiful memories (which made me cry, I might add) the writers have chosen to embed into the beginning of the episode shows us what, exactly, Catherine dreams about. I’m not an expert, but let me say one thing: dreams are tied to your subconscious. Your subconscious exhibits your hidden desires (things you DON’T want people to know about you / things you DON’T know about yourself!!). Catherine’s heart (the id) has always given Vincent a TEN, and Gabe a zero. Her ego may make crap up in order to rationalize her relationship with Vincent, but we all know ‘it’s the heart that matters most.’

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Now, the whole purpose for “About Last Night,” in my opinion, is for Catherine to match her mind to her heart—the only way to do that? She needs to see Vincent as a changed man—and him saving her isn’t going to hack it anymore.

§ Sneaking out of Bed §

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The look on Catherine’s face when she realizes she isn’t in bed with the man she is currently dating was priceless! No matter ‘how’ much she enjoyed sleeping with Vincent (which, we all know, she didn’t deny), she knows she wouldn’t be able to face him afterwards.

That’s why I am led to believe that Catherine feels ashamed for enjoying the sex—and that’s what scared her and made her bolt for the door.

I find it hilarious that, not once, did Catherine wake Vincent up during her sneak-out. For a beast with super-hearing, she must have quite the charm on Vincent for him to be sleeping so soundly like that! If it was anyone else walking about his room, he probably would have awaken almost immediately. Needless to say, Catherine put Vincent into quite the dreamland. ;)

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§ He Said, She Said §

After Catherine sneaks out of the boathouse, I’m glad we have some bromance & gal-pal time between Vincent & JT (Austin Basis) and Catherine & Tess (Nina Lisandrello). The fact that Vincent & JT are interacting more gives the show more of a S01 feel to the episode.

Pep-talk or not, I love JT & Tess’s supporting roles. They really know how to keep Vincent and Catherine sane during their break up! I know some argue that Tess was pushing Catherine towards Gabe, but I think Tess just wanted her best friend to be happy, and truly believed that Gabe could be that guy. (OBVIOUSLY SHE WAS WRONG!)

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No matter what has happened in the past, the beginning of BATB shows some true friendship statuses. The fact that Catherine needed to talk to Tess about ‘what happened,’ proves 1) she trusts Tess enough to give her advice, 2) she’s conflicted—she doesn’t know how to categorize her night with Vincent let alone understand it 3) she’s looking for ‘someone’ to tell her how it is—her heart WANTS Vincent.

Both Tess and JT learn that Vincent and Catherine agree on one thing, if anything:

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The very fact that Catherine believes her libido got in the way of her feelings for Gabe (if she has any at all), proves that she has sexual desire for VINCENT!!! And that Gabe, obviously, wasn’t satisfying enough.

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I mean, come on, who doesn’t think ↑ THAT ↑ is attractive?!?!?! (no offense to Sendhil in anyway).

§ The Great Houdini §

Sam is definitely getting desperate. He coughs up a pill of Beast serum, somehow gets it into a syringe (don’t ask me how he obtained one!), and injects an inmate with the serum before making his grand escape. My only question: How does Sam get passed the other guards on site? There can’t only be just the one at Rikers… I think he had an accomplice to help him sneak out. He had to have obtained that syringe somehow…but the question is, who?

§ Hi….Gabe §

Anyone else find it suspicious that Gabe was in the precinct even AFTER Sam was arrested??! It’s almost as if he ‘knew’ Sam was going to bust out and was waiting to get the call because he really did not have a purpose to be there…. Like seriously, why would he want to look over the files of Sam’s arrest? He’s not a police detective—that isn’t really his job. I think Cat just gives him some slack because she’s “dating” him.

When Catherine deflected Gabe’s question about kicking Vincent out of her life, he did not seem the least bit concerned. By now, he should have known that when Cat is hiding something, she likes to change the subject and somehow make the question about her inquisitor.

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For an ADA, he must have really bad interrogation skills…

Also, he tells Catherine that there are no guarantees in their relationship… He’s ‘trying’ to play nice, but the more he realizes just how much Catherine still loves Vincent, his “you don’t have to be in a relationship with me” ploy sharply turns into a “I’m right for you, Catherine…what you want doesn’t matter…” ruse.

I do believe Gabe ‘does’ love Catherine…but selfishly… He doesn’t want to share her with anyone.

Another thing… I don’t know about you, but I feel like Gabe is using Sam…. He may have arrested the guy for appearances, but something just doesn’t seem right about this whole thing….

Besides…this ‘HOLY CRAP!’ face seems forced…

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§ Gotta Clean Up This Mess § **

Anyone else think Gabe REALLY wants to know what’s on that flash drive??? He’s given it to JT to analyze (under the radar) instead of turning it in to the authorities where it could be analyzed the legal way. I know it’s best to have it analyzed under the radar since it has sensitive information on it, but he seemed too eager to want to know what was on the drive. When would Sam have had time to upload the files to a cloud? O.o Besides, why would he upload that information (especially top secret information) to a cloud? That’s a bit reckless if you ask me.

“All I know is that Sam is hell-bent on breaking out of prison….” If he knew that, he would have taken every measure to ensure Sam was locked up for good. Gabe has a lot of power here…IMO, he’s not using it enough….meaning, he had possibly planned on Sam breaking out in his favor.

“Thought a lot of things were behind us…” Okay, so…Gabe basically told Catherine in the scene before that there were no guarantees within their relationship…. Why the attitude change, Gabe?

§ Phone Call §

The fact that Catherine actually DID pick up her phone shows that she cares for Vincent enough to speak to him about what happened the night before. Honestly, I believe, deep down in her heart, she never believed “it” was a mistake. She was just trying to convince herself that it was in order to protect herself from ‘going backwards again.’

Vincent telling her he wasn’t going to give up truly melted my heart! ;)

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§ JT&T Surprising Reveal §

Okay, I love it when JT&T are together because they just CRACK me up—especially when Tess flashes her badge to force JT to use the facial recognition software.

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I definitely was not expecting the whole “Are you speaking of Vincent & Cat, or you and me?” deal. I mean, we all know they did something on Valentines, but since that episode, we kind of haven’t heard about what had happened since their romantic night. I’m glad we now have learned that JT & Tess DID actually spend the night together.

§ CRASHHHH! §

Needless to say, this was the best part of the episode:

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§ Sam Has a Heart §

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Sam’s getting sloppy—that’s for sure. He somehow decrypted the code (see theories on how I think he obtained a copy of the file), and is after Judge Westbrook (I think that’s his name). Instead of killing the judge, he has a moment of weakness when he sees the judge’s son in a picture .So, instead, he knocks the guy out. The fact that he didn’t kill the judge proves he’s not some sadistic human being willing to kill anyone and everyone in his sight. He’s just…a victim wanting to right a wrong in his own terms.

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§ No Guarantees…but…. §

I would just like to say that when Gabe says, “There are no guarantees,” and then assures Catherine that he is the RIGHT one for her, I, myself, get pushed further away from the ADA….and I think Catherine is too. It’s one thing to say that there are no guarantees, but it’s another to try and convince someone how to run their life….which we all know is one of Catherine’s biggest pet peeves.

Honestly, I am just unimpressed with Gabe these days.

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“I’m not giving up without a fight.” See?!?!?! GABE ADMITS HE’LL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE VINCENT’S LIFE MISERABLE!!!!!!

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§ This City’s Way Too Damn Big §

JT saves the day!!! Not only does he create the antidote for the inmate, but he saves Vincent’s ass by helping him narrow down the search for Sam. If not for his brainiac expertise, I am positive Vincent wouldn’t have found Sam if not for JT. :)

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§ He’s a Profiler §

Jay Ryan really dominated this scene! Not only does he get on Gabe’s nerves (which I admire very much), he proves vital to the case because he’s able to get information from the judge.

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“How? What can you do that I can’t do?”

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Seriously Gabe? You’re asking that??? O.o

Well, here’s your answer!

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§ I Was Going to Say Seven §

All I have to say is that I laughed so hard when Gabe and Vincent were fighting over Cat. Vincent definitely isn’t beating around the bush anymore in terms of his feelings, and Gabe is certainly showing his possessive side. I love how Cat just couldn’t choose so she told them to pick a number between 1 and 10! Hahahaha I love that! Vincent, Gabe and Catherine are handling what’s supposed to be an adult situation as if they were children! It’s hilarious! XD

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§ The Ring §

All I will say is this: Gabe is only putting that ring on her finger because he knows he has no chance in her in real life!

§ Second Marriage §

In this scene, Vincent is really trying!! He knows Catherine knows that he loves her…now he’s trying to find ways to get her to open up to him! I’m glad Catherine told Vincent her feelings / reasons behind not wanting to go backwards. She does open up to him, and tell him that the thought of returning to their old relationship scares her. Honesty’s a start! :)

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§ Why Is She So Beautiful? §

I love the way Jay says this line as he puts his mask back on. Honestly, I think Vincent is starting to realize just how strong her power is over him. I bet, at that moment, he was weak in the knees! ;)

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§ This Shouldn’t Work! §

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Finally! JT and Tess have ‘defined their relationship!’ I was beginning to wonder if their V-Day celebration was just a one-time-thing. Obviously not. The writers have definitely convinced me that JT & T are cute together :) I had mixed feelings when Tess said, “This DOES NOT make sense!” I felt bad for JT, but relieved that Tess also believed JT really wasn’t her type.

I hope their relationship sticks. It would suck for them to fall apart, but have to stick together for Vincent & Catherine.

§ Stay Away from Catherine §

This entire scene alludes to the end of the episode! When Gabe told V to keep away from Cat, he was basically implying an ‘or else’ statement. But, I’m sure, at this point in the episode, Vincent doesn’t realize what Gabe might have over him. Gabe certainly can’t out-strength him anymore so I don’t think he would see Gabe as a threat other than a rival in love.

Gabe just needs to go.

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§ Vincent Saving Catherine (again!!) §

Catherine sure kicked ass in this episode! I’m glad she’s realized she doesn’t need to depend on ANYONE to save her! In the last several episodes, as much as I love the whole hero complex of Vincent, I felt like Catherine had forgotten a few of her martial arts skills. Glad she’s recovered!!! (perhaps it has everything to do with her ‘night’ with Vincent!! ;) )

Again, I loved the childish banters between Catherine & Vincent. It just shows that even adults can act childish at times in order to handle a situation. :)

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§ Catherine is Her Own Boss §

Repeatedly, Gabe has been telling Catherine what she can or cannot do. Each time, she defies him with her own decisions (whether she realizes it or not). Finally, she takes matters in her own hands and doesn’t let a man decide her life for her. Vincent obviously has learned his lesson from previous times…especially from S01. Now, it is unclear whether or not Vincent received all of his memories back, but I have a feeling he has…. I don’t know if you noticed it, but whenever Vincent, Gabe and Catherine were together, he seemed to side with Catherine a lot. Gabe, however, didn’t. To me it was almost as if Gabe WANTED Sam to complete his job. He tried slowing down the interview with the judge by saying “interviews take time…” and here, he says it’s too late for anyone to try and stop Sam. If he really wanted to stop Sam from doing anything (like bombing the building), wouldn’t have volunteered to go up to that floor himself? I think he knew what was going to go down, and since he was predisposed, he didn’t want to risk getting in the crossfire.

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Now I’m going to skip a few scenes!!

A Beast-down happens…Sam practically loses his mind… and….

§ Make Them Pay the Right Way §

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I thought this scene was truly touching!! First of all, Sam’s about to jump; he’s lost the will to live, and sees no purpose to continue on with life. Catherine tries to convince him to come back down, but she isn’t successful. Vincent, however, seems to at least gotten through to him even though he did actually try to jump off the ledge. I think, in this moment, Catherine sees just how much Vincent has changed. A man is about to end his life—even when Sam has done horrible things, Vincent proves himself a changed man by telling Sam that ending his life won’t fix things. He tells him that they’ll take down those people the ‘right and legal’ way. If Vincent truly just wanted to impress Catherine, I don’t think Sam would have connected with Vincent on a sentimental level. Catherine sees that, and she realizes that the man she loves has finally returned.

In the end, Sam just happened to be a victim of Muirfield’s higher-ups. He’s no different than Vincent in terms of losing a part of his life due to these beast-creators. Unlike Vincent, however, Sam didn’t have the hope that Vincent had…. Vincent was able to watch Catherine over the ten years he had been in hiding, and saw her as a figment of hope. Sam didn’t have anyone, really. We don’t know what kind of state Dana was in when she and Sam first lost their son, but obviously Sam felt useless staying at home, and needed to find a way to seek out revenge. I think, if Vincent didn’t have Catherine in his life…if he hadn’t saved her the day her mother was killed….he would be in the exact same position as Sam.

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§ Never Go Back §

This is a touching scene between Vincent and Catherine. Catherine has confessed that she likes the New Vincent better, and affirms her belief that he won’t return to his old self either. When Vincent leaves, he doesn’t have to hear Catherine tell him to meet her at her apartment…He just knows. That smile says everything.

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§ I Won’t Let Vincent Hurt You §

At last, a taste of Gabe’s true colors start to show. He tries to warn Catherine not to go back into a relationship with Vincent. I have a feeling he knows something about Catherine’s family history involving beasts. I think Bob must have told Gabe about that history in hopes of Gabe keeping Catherine away from Vincent. Perhaps he and Bob made a deal?

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§ Guided Light §

I have no words to say other than this scene was absolutely beautiful! The rose melted my heart, and made Catherine smile a way she hasn’t smiled in a very long time—her crinkled nose smile. Only Vincent has that effect on her. I have watched the ending scenes over and over and over again, and I swear, it’s like I don’t even know what happens! This scene brings something new to me every night, and I love it! :)

Last season, when Vincent said, “I am so in love with you, “ it was perfect! However, compared to 2.16, I feel like he was saying it out of desperation. He fell in love with her because she gave him hope in season 01. It seemed like the right thing to do, right? But here, in S02, Vincent practically didn’t even know Catherine, and slowly, he has learned to love her all over again. The way he said “I love you, Catherine,” evoked so many emotions in me, I don’t know where to start. It was gentle and sweet, it wasn’t hot-sounding like the first time.

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§ Arrested §

I loved the morning after scene! Vincent was so happy to wake up and see Catherine still in his arms (figuratively of course).

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This scene was beautifully written, and I’m glad they’ve realized that, no matter what, they’re going to get through the crap that comes their way—including Vincent getting arrested!!

I honestly did NOT see that one coming at all! What a cliffhanger!!!! O.O

I think everyone knows it had to have been Gabe. My reasons: 1) only a handful of people actually knew Vincent killed Curt Windsor: JT, Catherine and Tess (who wouldn’t dare rat Vincent out), Tori (who is dead) and Gabe (who NOW has motive, means and opportunity!!). 2) Aside from Catherine, Gabe was the only one who knew Vincent would most likely be at Catherine’s instead of the houseboat. If it was anyone else, I’m sure the NYPD would have checked the houseboat instead. That certainly wasn’t the case.

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OVERALL FEELS: THAT WAS AN AMAAAAAZING EPISODE!!! :D SO MANY FEELS FROM IT, AND I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL MAY!!!!!!! :) It’s definitely going to be a brutal wait, though, but I’m game! :)

~Theories~

  1. Gabe apparently ‘let’ himself into Vincent’s apartment. He already had two glasses out as well as a bottle of wine. I don’t think he was just there to tell V to back off of Catherine…. Save for “Hot Head,” Gabe really hasn’t been in Vincent’s houseboat so I doubt he would know exactly where to find glasses for the wine. I think the whole bottle and glasses thing was a ruse to hide his ulterior motive…. IF Gabe DID so happen to betray Catherine and Vincent at the end of 2.16, he was going to need proof, right? What if he went to Vincent’s to get something with his DNA to use against Vincent if he ever crossed him (which Vincent does when Catherine chooses him over Gabe)? Or, perhaps he was looking forsomething to connect Vincent to Curt Windsor…? Hmmmmmm….I guess we won’t know until May. ¯\_(:/)_/¯
  2. Cloud: Yeah, as if Sam uploaded a cryptic file to a cloud….where anyone with mad hacking skills could obtain it…. Sam, IMO, would have wanted that information all to himself. He wanted to take the law into his own hands so why risk everything he’s done to seek revenge? My guess? That accomplice I was talking about? Yeah, I think it was Gabe…. I think Gabe has always wanted Vincent out of the picture…. What better way to do that than to talk to someone who has extra beast juice stashed in his fridge? Sam’s briefcase couldn’t exactly go into evidence—it was filled with Beast serums. So, I think Gabe has Sam’s briefcase in his possession. I think he went to Rikers the night Catherine went to see Vincent, asked to interrogate Sam once more to ‘make sure’ he hadn’t missed anything and met with Mr. Crazy to devise a plan. If Sam consented into giving Gabe a serum, Gabe would let him continue with his revenge. I am betting that Gabe gave Sam the syringe, told him a secret passage way out of the prison and promised to have his briefcase and a flash drive copy hidden in a motel room in downtown New York City by the time Sam escapes. I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but why else would he have ‘been waiting’ at the precinct the next day?

 

Theories about the next episode, “Beast is the New Black” 

  • Catherine suspects Gabe
  • Vincent suspects Gabe
  • Everyone suspects Gabe
  • Catherine tells Tess that JT is planning on breaking Vincent out of jail (somehow and w/o getting caught), and that she is going to plan to leave NYC with Vincent.
  • Tess tells her THAT is ridiculous
  • Catherine doesn’t seem to care, all she wants is to be with Vincent
  • Vincent breaks out, Catherine harbors him in her apartment since his houseboat probably isn’t safe anymore, and she starts packing for their escape.
  • Vincent tries to convince her to stay while he runs
  • She won’t have any of that

 

One or two things will happen:

  • Something happens that exonerates Vincent, and they won’t have to run.
  • They do run…hide out for a few episodes, and then return once the heat has settled.

Whatever they do decide, they’ve got to be careful around Gabe—he cannot be trusted anymore.

Well, it was fun to analyze this episode! I can’t wait for BATB to return!! :) Thanks for reading! I’ll be in touch! :)

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WriterFreak001’s Analysis & Theories for BATB 2.13 “Till Death”

WriterFreak001’s Analysis & Theories for

BATB 2.13 “Till Death”

WriterFreak001

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Note: I am going to try doing things a liiiiittle bit differently than my previous analyses and speculation-babbles. First, for now on, I’m going to include credits of the episode (so you all know that I am not the mastermind behind the TV series we all know and love). Let me know if you like this layout! ^_^

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Director || Stuart Gillard

Teleplay || Jennifer Levin & Sherri Cooper

Story || Roger Grant

Synopsis || CAT AND VINCENT’S FEELINGS FOR ONE ANOTHER RE-SURFACE — In an effort to track down Sam’s captor, Vincent and Cat have to work together on Valentine’s Day, which forces Cat to evaluate whether she wants to be in a relationship with Gabe.

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First of all, before I evaluate the episode, I would like to explain my interpretation of the synopsis. To most of us, the synopsis seemed misleading—especially to those who have seen “Till Death” already. However, after seeing the episode, I can take the synopsis into context, and firmly believe that the BATBWriters did NOT actually lead us astray. Go ahead, re-read the synopsis very slowly; let it sink in for a moment.

(continue reading after moment)

Now, re-read the first ALL-CAPS line again…

Okay, now that you’ve had the chance to re-read the synopsis of BATB’s “Till Death,” let me ask you this question: Did Vincent (Jay Ryan) & Catherine’s (Kristin Kreuk) feelings re-surface?

(this is where I clamp my hands over my ears as all of you shout “NO!” at me.)

My answer: YES!

First of all, it’s obvious that Vincent’s feelings for Catherine have resurfaced, mainly because he admitted his feelings to his best friend, JT (Austin Basis). However, what about Catherine? Well, as you read through my analysis, you’ll either figure it out yourself, or you’ll pick it up when I mention bits and pieces of my answer to your burning question.

All right, ON WITH THE ANALYSIS!!!!! :)

Scene 1 ~ Catherine Catches Gabe Inside the Dungeon

|| The Hand ||

01  I have always been suspicious of Gabe—heck, I still think he is a bad guy! This episode, in my opinion, has answered my suspicions in many ways. First of all, in the first scene, the way Gabe’s hand grazes over claw mark on the wall is just…weird. If he was investigating the claw-mark, I doubt he would have gently run his fingers over the dents inside the cellar wall. In fact, I think he’s been in that chamber before—or he knows the beast who made the claw-mark. The way he touched it was wayyyyy too fishy. It was almost as if he was remembering a memory.

|| Coffee ||

02Coffee? Really?

Okay, so we know the night before, Catherine had mentioned to Gabe via phone that she was going to the dungeon. Well, we also know that Gabe is a smart guy. I can infer that Gabe knows about the elixir JT had made because, who of the Beast Team doesn’t? I also believe Gabe wants the elixir for himself—to test it on himself and possibly make him a beast again.

So, my theory is that Gabe wanted to sneak into the dungeon early in the morning so he could snatch that vial from the dungeon. However, when he got there, that vial was gone—someone had already taken it. I honestly think the ‘coffee’ he bought was merely to cover his ass and give him a weak but solid alibi.

|| Catherine’s Beast-Flash ||

03In my opinion, those flashbacks SHOULD have been a warning to Catherine. You know what they say; the BODY speaks louder than words…. Okay, maybe they don’t really say that, but we all know it’s true. Based on everything that’s happened, I can’t blame her, in the end, for not heeding her mental warnings. Though, remember in Season 1 where her gut feeling was almost always right? Yeah, I think this is one of those times…. Something is off with Gabe. The question is: what?

My theory: he’s still a beast, but because of his little flat-lining revival, he has much more control over his changes.

|| The Spilt Coffee ||

04In my opinion, those flashbacks SHOULD have been a warning to Catherine. You know what they say; the BODY speaks louder than words…. Okay, maybe they don’t really say that, but we all know it’s true. Based on everything that’s happened, I can’t blame her, in the end, for not heeding her mental warnings. Though, remember in Season 1 where her gut feeling was almost always right? Yeah, I think this is one of those times…. Something is off with Gabe. The question is: what?

Scene 2 ~ Catherine, Sam & Dana Talk

|| Storage Space? For realz?! ||

05Okay….so Sam’s (Tom Everett Scott) ‘shock’ was not very believable. “You mean there’s like a storage space under there?” The inflection in his voice, in my opinion, makes me believe he’s hiding something. It was almost as if he was shocked that Catherine found it. At this point, I bet his mind was reeling, thinking, “Oooooh Crap! Gotta think of a story, and quick!”

He was DEFINITELY quick to try and throw Catherine off by saying it’s a sewer line. If I was trapped for five years, and after all that time, I find out that there’s a room underneath the room I’ve been in, I’d be pissing my pants! I also, for some odd reason, would want to learn more about it. Not try to dismiss it.

|| Come with me to the Emera—ahem—Vowel Renewal ||

06Sam’s all like: Catherine, you should totally come to the vowel renewal ceremony!!!

He said it so enthusiastically; I swear, I think he actually wanted Catherine dead…something tells me Sam’s target wasn’t originally Gabe—but, Catherine. Think about it, she declined his invitation due to her oh-so-called Valentines plans. So… (The “Bandaging the Wound?” scene in a later babble will complete this thought).

Scene 3 ~ The New Boss

|| Bottom Line ||

07I haven’t figured him out yet…. Something tells me he’s legitimate…. I have no reason, as of yet, to think he has something involved with beasts. He seems like he really wants to get the 125th Precinct back in order. I kind of like how there’s now a character that doesn’t know anything about beasts. It keeps some reality to the show, you know?

However…something does tell me that either Catherine or Tess or BOTH will be fired by the end or near the end of the season. My wager lands on Catherine.

|| Zero Action ||

08So…looks like the cat is still not out of the bag. Tess (Nina Lisandrello) confesses that she had done ‘something’ at Thanksgiving, but because Cat has been so busy with her own issues, she still has not figured out that Tess and JT have some sort of thing going on.  Now look who’s keeping relationship secrets from whom. I hope Cat does find out soon—it’s important for the FANTASTIC FOUR (Vincent, Catherine, JT & Tess) to stay completely honest with one another. If JT & Tess are going to start some sort of relationship, I think Catherine deserves to know. (Besides, Tess grilled Catherine in S1 for not telling her about the kiss from Evan). Something tells me Catherine will find out soon though. Perhaps in the next episode???

Scene 4 ~ Bromance At Its Finest

|| Movie? ||

09I love that the BROMANCE is back between JT & Vincent. It’s almost like none of the past 12 episodes have ever happened! Anyway, I think this scene brings out the best lines of the episode—especially all of the references to “Les Miserables.” This scene really brings out Vincent’s mindset, and I really liked that about this episode. We see a lot of Vincent, and that’s just GREAT! :) The moment he decides to stay as far away from Catherine as possible, I believe his feelings for her start to shine. I mean, if I was Vincent, and some guy (even if it’s Gabe) is making the love of my life happy, I wouldn’t have the restraint to stay away. He’s willing to stay in the shadows, so to speak, for the sake of Catherine’s happiness. That’s admirable, if you ask me.

|| On My Own…NOT ||

The only thing I have to say about this tiny scene is that I can TOTALLY 10see the sexual tension between Catherine & Vincent. It looks like Tess can sense it too.

Vincent seemed uncomfortable around Catherine, like a little boy with a crush. It’s cute, and adorable. :) I loved Vincent’s line, by the way, “Great, so much for being on my own.”

Scene 5 ~ Sam, Dana, Tess, Vincent & Catherine Meet Up

|| Bandaging the Wound ||

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Sam is one big, fat liar. His little invitation to Catherine failed at first attempt. So, what does he do? He invites the whole Beastie Gang (Oh, and Gabe) to his event. What better way than to lead Catherine into a trap? To throw off suspicion, he invites Vincent too. (More reasons will come later)

|| Valentines’ Plans Say What?!?!?! ||

 12Valentines’ Day, huh? (Technically, Friday is Valentines’ Day, not Saturday.) Vincent’s expression was PRICELESS! Even Catherine also gave him an awkward look! Old Flame Memories, perhaps? :)

Scene 6 ~ Catherine & Gabe’s Awkward Phone Conversation

13|| Money…Hmmmm… ||

That’s a lot of cash…. Sketchy much?

14|| Sketchy Photographer ||

I have a lot to say about this picture. Why would Gabe be in the back of a convenience store to get his picture taken? In a later scene, he tells Catherine that he was getting his passport renewed… Well… I might not be an expert, but I’m pretty sure we’ve reached a point in the New Age where passport renewals can be done online painlessly. Another thing to think about (as pointed out by my friend, Pirate Potter Crazy Hufflepuff)? Gabe is a man of money—literally; he has money growing on trees. Again, why would he be paying someone (in cash, I might add) to renew his passport behind a counter? He should be able to walk in to a facility, get his picture taken without fail. (I don’t think he was planning on leaving the country with Catherine…)

One more thing….

Catherine told him about the security detail…. If he was really renewing his passport for the purpose of solely taking Catherine to Mexico…, methinks he would have asked for his money back and would have canceled the photo-session. (Just my two-cents though)

He grunted in frustration when Catherine asked him to change his plans…. What if…(I just thought of this)…what if he and Sam BOTH want Catherine dead, but for different ulterior reasons?!?!?!?! Think about it, Gabe would be the PERFECT distraction to take Catherine to a remote location only to kill her off in the process. He would kill Catherine, fake his own death in the process (perhaps some sort of explosion), and flee the country to Mexico? (or, Mexico was just a front—something to distract people from actually finding him). He knows the system; he’s a smart guy after all. He’ll do whatever he could to go around the system.

Scene 7 ~ Vincent & Catherine’s Mono Y Mono

15|| Heartbeat 101 ||

Catherine may be denying it, but her heart is beating for Vincent. ♥

16|| The Furnace ||

 Is it just me or does it feel like the plot keeps on thickening? (that’s a good thing, mind you.)

Scene 8 ~ The Fantastic Four

17|| Balloons ||

Seriously the BEST line of the episode: “I like balloons.” This line depicts Vincent and JT’s gold relationship. :) Vincent, though subtle, is sticking up for JT—and I like that a lot!

Scene 9 ~ The Interrogation Room

18|| Sam…Sam…Sam… ||

Sam gets pulled into an interrogation room by Catherine & Vincent. Sam learns that Catherine is onto him (hence the crematory) and makes up some BS’ed sob story about how he was forced into making the serums. (Yeah, right!) Anyway, he needed a change of tactic…sooo….he throws Vincent & Catherine 2 names to make him seem all the more innocent. (Note, in case you were wondering, Vincent was there due to his polygraph senses. However, I’m sure Sam-I-Am is very well aware of Vincent’s abilities, but the rest of the gang doesn’t know all that Sam knows.)

Except….one of those names was….

19

Gabriel Lowan….

COINCIDENCE?!?!?!?! I THINK NOT!

I don’t believe Gabe and Sam are working together.

However, I do believe they both are striving for something BIG.

Why else would Gabe really want to involve himself in all of those beast cases? To win Catherine’s affections? To help Vincent? Puh-lease. He wanted to gain everyone’s trust since his little scheme from S1 failed. It’s obvious that Gabe needed a new tactic—so what better way than to play MVP in the eyes of the NYPD?

As far as Sam goes….

I believe Sam’s alias is Barnes. He pays conman to meet up with Gabe periodically (when Gabe was a beast). I wonder…what if Conman & Gabe were working together under the supervision of Barnes himself? Gabe, when under his meds, wouldn’t have sensed Sam’s presence (remember, it was dark?), and perhaps Conman was Gabe’s Tyler-substitute. While Gabe was probably dating Tyler (and used her as a means to obtain meds), he was (on the side) working with Conman. Gabe probably wanted to find beasts, and experiment on them to try to find a solution to his beasting-out problem. What better way than to start with the legion created from your very own orphanage? That would be a GREAT place to start, if you ask me. I’m guessing Gabe didn’t know that Conman wasn’t the actual Barnes—that the ‘real’ Barnes was observing him from the shadows.

Sam just states ‘experiments,’ so who knows what Sam & Conman (& occasionally Gabe, without Sam) could have been cooking. Sam could have used Gabe as a pawn of resources in order to learn of the names of the other beasts. I think Sam wanted Conman to go through with helping Gabe as much as possible, but Mr. Crazy had other plans for Gabriel Lowan.

I’m guessing, once all of the trials failed, Gabe never showed again—making Sam miss his mark.

Remember Tori’s dear old Dad? Well, what if he was the first successful side-experiment of creating beasts? (This, of course would have happened after Gabe had left his personal projects).

Needless to say, Sam needed a diversion—he used Lowan because of possible history together. Gabe may know more than he’s letting on about the beast operations, so that’s why Sam probably changes his target from Catherine to Gabe. (hence the “You can invite the ADA too.” line from a past scene.)

Scene 10 ~ Vincent & Catherine in the Precinct

20|| Octogenarian Beasts ||

 THIS IS FORESHADOWING! CATHERINE LAYS IT ALL OUT FOR US!!!!!

Catherine asks the question (my version of the question): Former beasts would still be able to avoid your (Vincent) sense of lying, right????

Keep this scene in mind…it will be important later.

21|| Never Too Close ||

Vincent is probably praising the heavens in his mind right now. :) I love how absentmindedly close they are. :)

Scene 11 ~ Is Gabe a Suspect?

22|| Vincent’s Relationship Advice ||

 Catherine: “Why do you keep defending him?”

I love this line! Particularly because it seems like Catherine doesn’t want to be in a relationship with Gabe. She’s hoping Vincent would point him out as the bad guy. It could be Catherine’s Bad Boy streak resurfacing, but I think she secretly wants to be with Vincent and this whole thing with Gabe is just a way to make the Beast jealous. (I don’t think Catherine is aware of this subconscious thought, but it’s totally there).

23|| Airline Charge to Mexico ||

Why would Gabe have a CASH withdrawal for $5,000? That seems a bit high…. And “East River Chemical East?” I think those Mexico tickets are legit….I think he bought two of them… and my explanation will be included in the next caption.

24|| Mexico?! ||

Like I said, I think Gabe did in fact purchase 2 tickets to Mexico….but I don’t think he was really renewing his passports earlier. (If he was, it was to be under a different alias). His reasoning for getting his picture taken will be provided further down this analysis, but I do think he was planning on taking Catherine to Mexico…. Yet… perhaps, he wasn’t planning on returning to her. He DID say “to Mexico.” He never said “round-trip tickets.” Perhaps he had bigger plans after all…and either Catherine was a big part of it, or just a nuisance—keep your friends close and your enemies closer…. Heh. Heh. Heh heh heh.

Scene 12 ~ Break-In to Gabe’s Loft

25|| The Serum ||

I don’t think Gabe placed this serum there…. I do think THAT was all Sam. Sam and Gabe, whatever their own agendas are, in my opinion, are working against one another. Sam is trying to shut Gabe up from whatever really happened in the dungeon; Gabe probably isn’t aware of who Sam may really be, so I think he’s innocent in that aspect, but that serum….it’s partially empty. I do think Gabe must have found it, used it (because once a beast, always a beast), and put it back.

Whatever is really going on here, Sam chose Gabe for some reason…. I don’t know what it is, but they must know each other. How else would Sam know that Gabe was once a beast?

Scene 13 ~ BEAST-OUT

|| WTF, Gabe?! ||

26When Vincent presents this vial to Gabe, he’s not the least bit shocked. Vincent asks him to explain himself, and Gabe immediately turns to Catherine (avoiding the question) and says, “You’ve been talking to him about me?”

Vincent immediately replies, “It’s the serum that Barnes forced JT to make. What was it doing in your apartment?”

Gabe quickly (again) deflects the question by countering Vincent. “What were you doing in my apartment?”

Vincent: “Answer the question!”

Gabe: “I have no idea what it was doing there; for all I know, you planted it.”

Question, Gabe. Why would Vincent plant the serum in your apartment only to find it and confront you about it later? That seems like a waste of time, to me.

For Catherine’s sake, Vincent backs off; he senses no lies from Gabe. (Remember the foreshadowing I pointed out earlier?)

Cat immediately defends Vincent; however, she’s not quick enough to defend her own so-called boyfriend. (Thank goodness, right?!?!)

This whole scene is another big reason why I don’t trust Gabe.

27|| Way to Rub It In, Catherine ||

Now this is what I’ve been waiting for since the first episode of S2. Based on what Catherine said, “It was not long ago when you tried to kill Vincent…and locked me up.”

I knew this fact had to still bother her a little bit. This scene proves it still does (at least in the back of her mind, anyway).

|| Gabe No Lies? ||

28Gabe asks Vincent: “You know I’m telling the truth when I say I have never seen that vial in my whole life?”

Vincent nods and tells him he knows.

Well, like I said, Catherine handed us the answer RIGHT THERE! For all we know, Gabe has been putting antiperspirant on his sweat glands every day for the past who knows what! He could also be wearing a tack in his shoe! He is, after all, the one who taught Catherine how to lie to Vincent.

FORESHADOW I TELL YOU! FORESHADOW!!!

Scene 14 ~ That Was Really Bad

29 || Kidding… ||

Catherine realizes how bad the Gabe situation is. Vincent tries to reassure her that it wasn’t as bad as she thinks…. Primarily because Gabe wasn’t ‘at fault.’ Catherine, ‘kiddingly’ of course, says, “At least we would have gotten another lead on the case…” I’m telling you, she really wants Gabe to be the bad guy as much as Vincent does!!!

She even tells Vincent (CONFESSION!) that she has been hiding in her ‘friendship’ with 30him to avoid moving forward with Gabe.

Scene 15 ~ Cat & Tess on the Phone

31|| Blind Chemist ||

BLIND CHEMIST IS SAM! (Nuff Said)

Scene 16 ~ Dana, Cat & Sam

|| The Show Must Go On ||

32So…Adam is new information….

This is my two cents…. Sam got into biochemistry (with good intentions) to save his son. He discovered beasts (perhaps found out about Gabe)…. I bet he thought he could have used Beast blood or something to save Adam. Obviously Adam wouldn’t have been able to handle intense DNA steroids. So, Adam dies. However, the road of Beasts doesn’t end for Sam…. He probably got so obsessed with it, in the long run, that he decided to ‘fake his kidnap,’ create an alias (Barnes), and conduct more research. (He probably worked for Muirfield for a while, branched off on his own, stole Muirfield’s research in the process, and found JT’s research on the Web or something.)

Scene 17 ~ Vincent & JT Bro-Talk

|| Fix-a-roo ||

33The only reason Vincent wants to fix Catherine and Gabe’s relationship is because he still feels responsible for Catherine’s happiness. If she can’t be happy with him, he wants to find some way for her to be happy. (he loves her, after all)

Our poor Vincent is suffering; he can’t seem to be happy when she’s with Gabe (contented that Cat’s supposedly happy), and he can’t seem to be happy when she’s not with Gabe because he realized all of the pain he’s caused her and blames himself for everything negative that happens in her life. :’(

34|| Cat’s Graveling ||

I’m going to skip the graveling part, but Gabe had pulled a case file. It had Sam’s name on it as the co-petitioner of some court case…. First off, why bring up that file? As an ADA, he should have looked at the file right after he pulled it, no? Why bring up Sam’s name now, and not earlier? He knew exactly where the file was…. Does anyone else find that strange? My opinion? I think Gabe is trying to frame Sam.

Vincent & Catherine have just entered a frame game.

Sam played with fire; Gabe is just adding fuel to it. Two can play that game, right?

[skipping a scene]

Scene 19 ~ Bum-Bum-Ba-bum!

35|| Obvious Truth ||

Sam: “I’m sorry I messed things up with you and the ADA.”

Yup. You sure did. Thank you Sam! That was very nice of you to do so! :)

36|| Flee the Flowers ||

Did anyone else find this scene a bit odd? Why is Vincent out of breath? Could Sam have something on him that dulls Vincent’s senses? Perhaps Sam somehow got ahold of that blasted gem? Vincent wouldn’t have been able to sense it, would’ve he? Vincent claims to have buried it…, but what if there’s more than one? (This could be just me, but just pointing a few thoughts out).

37|| Follow the Yellow-Eyed Beast ||

Gabe sees Vincent leave the group. Could he be following Vincent out of curiosity, or does he already know what’s ‘down’ there? (I know I think Gabe and Sam are at odds with one another, but perhaps both want the same goal (Vincent gone?) so maybe they met up and devised a plan, pretending to be at odds with one another? (I know I’m throwing you guys in different directions, but I normally spit out all my ideas at once. Sorry.)

Scene 20 ~ KABOOM!

38|| Altruism Isn’t Your Style, Gabe ||

Gabe: I don’t think Sam’s planning on faking his own death.

Nope. You are, though.

I swear, something is fishy about this whole thing. Gabe fakes death (he has those sketchy photos taken…). Now, I originally think Gabe was planning on faking his death in Mexico after doing something to Catherine (perhaps killing her?). I don’t think he loves Catherine—I swear, it’s all an act! It has to be! Since Mexico didn’t pan out, he decides to go with his ‘death’ plans and still fake his death. Who knows, maybe those IDs he probably had made will come in handy later. (perhaps he still plans on doing something to Catherine? or, he’ll shift his target to Vincent?) I am legitimately convinced that Gabe is still a beast.

Needless to say, I don’t trust Gabe.

Scene 21 ~ Guilty as Charged

39|| Looks Like You Caught Me, Gabe ||

I think….GABE is the head honcho! Seriously, bear with me, here. The way Gabe was talking to Sam, made it seem like: YOU SCREWED UP! NOW I HAVE TO CLEAN UP YOUR MESS FOR YOU!!!

I know those aren’t the words Gabe had said, but they had to speak in code, right? They wouldn’t have wanted Vincent to hear their real, uncoded conversation, now would they? “You ruined my life, my relationship…” Gabe is pissed off at Sam for making him have to ‘fake’ his death. I’m guessing Gabe got his picture taken for a fake ID as a precaution in case Sam did mess things up (whatever these things were supposed to be).

Maybe Gabe was trying to get Catherine out of the country as Sam tries to kill Vincent. He did, after all, want Vincent at the wedding. Sam needed to speed things up and since Vincent didn’t die at the dungeon the first time around, Sam and Gabe needed to find a DIFFERENT solution.

40|| I’m Gonna Tell on You!||

Gabe threatens to tell on Sam… “You better confess or I’m going to tell everyone the truth about you.”

I think…decoded, Gabe was saying: You better do things right the next time around since I’m faking my death for YOUR LAZY ASS or else, I’m going to RUIN you!

Gabe and Sam know one another—and Gabe knows something about Sam.

(Perhaps Sam is a beast as well—and that he was a part of that orphanage too.)

Okay, the rest of the scenes are irrelevant to my analysis. It isn’t for the fact that I didn’t like them, because I did—(especially the last scene)—but, they aren’t crucial plot changes.

Run down….

  • Dana goes into Wit-Pro (probably for the best).
  • Gabe is dead; Vincent gives him friendly advice (V still isn’t catching on to Gabe’s deceit)
  • Vincent still loves Catherine :3
  • JT and Tess have a nice Valentines moment.
  • Vincent sees Catherine & Gabe kiss and make up…. (to Gabe, it’s probably a fake-up)
  • Vincent walks away, heartbroken but contented that Catherine seems contented. :’(

OVERALL ANALYSIS:

I thought this episode was well-played! It gave me many ideas and theories to formulate (as you could tell), and it is one that I will constantly be rewatching over and over again!

Based on everything, I give this episode an A-. I thought a few things could have been thought through better (maybe transitioned better), but overall, great episode! :)

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