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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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 ||

11

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….

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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! :)

Comments?

Beastie Theory EXPLOSION

I posted this on Tumblr a few minutes ago and decided to post it on WordPress:

All right; I’m having ANOTHER theory explosion!!!! If I keep it all in my head, I will explode so that’s why it’s going onto this amazing blog I set up just for convenient purposes like THIS!!! :)

So, I finally had some free time tonight to re-watch #BATB 2.12 “Recipe For Disaster,” and there are quite a few things that triggered this explosion.

Okay, I’m going to be honest about something: I NEVER TRUSTED SAM! There! I said it! I know some fans are excited for Sam (Tom E. Scott) and his involvement, but there are a LOT of things in the most recent episode that has led me to believe that our dear Anthropologist, Sam Landon (I’m assuming that’s his last name in the show?), is part of the BIG BAD WOLF faction (see [x] for BBW Faction post reference).

Here are my clues:

1. I saw this picture:

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This is when he’s watching JT (Austin Basis) get up…It’s like he’s observing the professor! Creeeeeeeepy! (He is an Anthropologist, remember? That tidbit is important to my argument later down the post).

NOOO! He definitely looks like he’s up to something!

2. I saw this picture:

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This is when JT and Barnes are discussing the ‘project’ Barnes wants JT to do. Again, it’s almost like Sam is observing JT…(and he’s giving off some sort of bad vibe with this picture)

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This screencap is right after JT was planning on making a synthetic version of the serum.

I have quite a few things to say about this photo….

  • Since when does an ANTHROPOLOGIST know so much about BioChemistry? Why would a faction recruit an ANTHROPOLOGIST to create a serum? (that doesn’t make sense!!!) [That is one reason I believe Sam wasn’t really held captive for five years]
  • Because of the above statement, I am led to believe Sam was intrigued by beasts so he wanted to create the species himself. After all, he is an ANTHROPOLOGIST (need I remind you). Re-creating a species is like finding gold to an anthropologist! If he could re-create it, he’d be able to study it. Non? So…perhaps he freshened up on his BioChemistry during the last 5 years…. Based on what he told JT, he’s already tried creating the serum. Apparently, Sam just wasn’t cut out for the BioChemistry profession.
    (According to this theory, that’s why he would have wanted someone like JT to help him out…; perhaps he knew about Vincent all along, and realized the only way to obtain Vincent (or, in this case, Tori (Amber Skye Noyes) [may she rest in peace]) was to get to JT…and since JT just happened to be a BioChemist, Sam was basically killing 2 birds with one stone…. He needed a con-artist so he could actually get what he wanted. Ever wondered what happened to Tori’s blood??? It didn’t just vanish out of thin air… the whole “I’ve been in this cell for 5 years,” could have only been a ruse to lure JT and Vincent into his ‘mouse-trap.’ (see what I did there?)
  • Sam told JT that Barnes sent a ransom note via text…. Sam’s exact words: “Sent out a ransom; I heard it. You for it.” First of all… that ransom was sent WHILE JT was conscience. If Sam heard it, why didn’t JT? (unless Sam has super-hearing…. (or already knew about it since he’s the BIG MAN IN CHARGE.))
  • Plus…don’t you think it’s weird that Sam keeps on trying to get JT to make the serum??? No matter what JT does to either stall time or fake a serum, Sam tried to get him to complete the darned thing!

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Here goes Mr. Observant again…! (this is while JT is putting together the ACTUAL serum). Also, Sam said, “Better than Iwas able to do.” He put emphasis on ‘I’…. and he sounded VERY intrigued. As well as IMPRESSED. Creepy, isn’t it?

5.005

Again, Sam is observing every move of JT. Not once does he go to the back to sit down or say, “Wake me up when you’ve finished.” In my opinion, if an ANTHROPOLOGIST was watching a BIOCHEMIST create a serum, it would feel very boring. (that’s just my opinion, though). Sam is obviously VERY WATCHFUL…. Anthropology just SCREAMS at us in all of these photos—Anthropologists observe people; that’s exactly what Poor Unfortunate Sam is doing. He’s observing JT, and is watching him make the serum, ingredient by ingredient. (If I were an evil mastermind, that would be my ultimate plan; I would hide in plain sight, and pretend to be an innocent man…at the same time, I am using my evil skills to better my own craft.) I BET Sam wants to use his knowledge he gathered when watching JT, and create his own serum.

We don’t really know where that serum went, anyway. What if, on Sam’s way out, he grabbed it?

Beasties: But WriterFreak001, if Sam took the serum that JT made, why is Vincent crushing a vial in the promo for BATB 2.13 “Till Death”?

Why! I’m glad you asked!!!!

I think the photo provided by this link might answer your inner questions: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/02/beauty-and-the-beast-first-look-gabe-meets-sam-but-why/

My thoughts about the photo? I think Vincent & Catherine will be sent on a wild goose chase looking for Sam’s captor while Sam gets in contact with Gabe to recruit him for something. (and that’s how I think Gabe will come into possession of the vial.)

What do you think about all of this?

Makes your head spin, right?

RECENTLY ADDED AFTER MY SCATTERED-BRAIN REMEMBERED THISSSSS: 

If I were the head of a BIG BAD WOLF Faction, I wouldn’t put my star prisoner (Sam Landon) in the very front cell for the world to see if, in case, the FBI or NYPD find my secret lair. NOOOO! I would put my prisoner in the waaaaay back where NO ONE would be able to hear him shout for help!!! People would here him!

Now what do you think?

BATB Theories

Catherine Chandler [2.09 DDOM] (1)

BATB Theories

So…I just thought of this and thought I would share in case you would like to comment on my ideas.

Read more for future season spoilers & theories

I read in an interview (http://tvline.com/2014/01/17/beauty-and-the-beast-vincent-catherine-valentines-day-romance/#comment-1584886) that Muirfield was just the front of a larger corporation creating beasts. Let’s say the BIG BAD WOLF faction (see http://writerfreak001.tumblr.com/post/73438587292/batbs-2-09-dont-die-on-me-context-clues-analysis for BBW reference) was also a part of this larger corporation (since they didn’t seem to know about Vincent Keller). Anyway, the interview said that the creators of the Beast cocktail (no matter what faction they were from) were trying to recreate a species that has been extinct for centuries.

My theories: 

  • Gabe is still a beast—his beast is just taking a nap as it tries to recover.
  • Catherine has SOMETHING coded into her DNA that connects her to Vincent. Perhaps Vanessa Chandler wanted to protect her…. So Mother Dearest may have done something to her DNA to ensure that she would always have a protector (aka Vincent). No matter how hard they try to stay away from each other, they can’t.
  • But if Vincent was written into her DNA somehow, why didn’t he confront her after he saved her (he couldn’t help it, right?)? Good question! ^_^ Perhaps it wasn’t Vincent who was written into her DNA. Maybe she had some sort of Beasty pheromone encoded into her DNA, and Vincent happened to be the lucky beastard who came into her life first. I think he sensed her when he saved her, but since he was afraid she would repulse him, he kept his distance in Season 1, but always watched over her. When they finally made physical contact, methinks THAT is when the attraction multiplied tenfold. The moment they first touched, Catherine was etched into Vincent’s very soul. (Call it an imprint if you will)  [Please note that I hate Twilight; I just had no other term to describe the theory.]
  • Perhaps HITLER was secretly a part of this BBW faction (or even a Big WORSE Wolf Faction) and THAT is why he was in search of the Aryan race? PERHAPS, this BEASTLY RACE WAS THE ARYAN RACE?!?!?!?! But each of Hitler’s test subjects failed to give him the results he wanted.

A lot to think on…that’s all I have right now! What do you think?

BATB’s 2.09 “Don’t Die On Me” Context Clues Analysis & Theories

 

Hello Beasties!

I have watched Beauty & the Beast‘s 2.09 “Don’t Die On Me” three times now, and wanted to share with you some things I have uncovered by paying attention to the context clues spoken by our characters.

As Tori and Vincent walk into JT’s place, Tori tells the professor that Catherine had shot Vincent. 

~Vincent’s response: “It’s not that bad.” 

My analysis: 

Vincent is defending Catherine because he doesn’t want JT or Tori to blame her for shooting him. (He may not realize it at the time, but he still cares for her)

Tori is tending to Vincent’s wound and says, “Like it or not, we’re in this together.” 

My analysis:

Tori isn’t as shallow as many beasties believed her to be. She recognizes Vincent’s brotherly feelings towards her. She knows he inwardly loves Catherine even if he is still denying it. Besides, Tori, if anything, has pride. She doesn’t seem like the one to purposely drive a wedge between Vincent and Catherine. In my opinion, she wouldn’t want to be that girl. 

Reader: But what about the kiss in Episode 2.07 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

WF001: They had a strange reaction issue…. By now, it’s obvious Tori and Vincent are over that. (plus, Vincent needed to force Catherine out of his life AND FAST due to Reynolds’s threat! How else was he supposed to get her angry at him?)

Catherine: “Whatever you’re thinking, forget it. I am not dragging you down with me on this. I won’t let you. 

Gabe: “You won’t let me? Try and stop me! Look Catherine, I didn’t just set out to save Vincent. I set out to save you too, and I obviously haven’t done that yet. And, I’m going to whether you like it or not.” 

My analysis:

Gabe realizes Catherine only thinks of him as a FRIEND. Just because he’s willing to be there for her, doesn’t mean he’s set out on ruining her relationship with Vincent. True, things with Vincent aren’t too hot right now, and Gabe knows that. However, did you see him jumping at the chance to ask Catherine out or tell her his feelings? Nope! I didn’t! Gabe may have fallen for her (or maybe he thinks he likes her but what he actually feels is indebtedness. She *did* save him after all.) Gabe is loyal, if anything, to Catherine. I respect him for not bombarding Catherine’s life and asking her out. She needs time, and he has accepted that. He also is willing to wait (much like Evan), but I believe Gabe doesn’t think Catherine’s relationship with Vincent is over.

Catherine: “But would you rather die here or take a risk out there?” 
Vincent: It’s a risk either way! Not for you, *maybe not anymore*, but for me it is.” 

My Analysis: 

That word, “maybe,” is very powerful. Basically, Vincent second-guessed himself. If he had this conversation with Catherine at the beginning of the episode when she told him he shouldn’t blame her for shooting him, he most likely wouldn’t have included this little maybe-clause.

This maybe-clause hints to the audience (or it should, anyway) that Vincent is slowly regaining his hope in his relationship with Catherine. He might not realize it yet, but he is. It’s no doubt that he still cares for her (as she still cares for him). I swear, if he was in that antique store when Laura Scott (Hayley Webb, Teen Wolf) threatened to kill Catherine, he would have gone bonkers. Luckily, he wasn’t there at that point or else he would have been in worse condition than in the actual situation.

Vincent: “I am the one who suffers the consequences when this whole thing blows up in my face.” 

My Analysis: 

Our Vincent is slowly coming back!!!! :) Back in S1, Vincent was vulnerable and scared of coming out of hiding. He was afraid of what Muirfield could do. At the beginning of S2, he was basically a robot. He wasn’t really scared of anything (until Catherine came back into his life and slowly started helping him regain his humanity). I think, Catherine’s shot to his gut, brought his humanity back more than anything. It opened a box of emotions that were locked up for a very long time. Now, that he admits he’s scared of venturing into the world, he’s admitting a human emotion he lacked for a very long time. :)

Agent (or shall I say, Former Agent) Robert Reynolds: “I saved her…from things like you…” 

My Analysis: 

I think Daddy Dearest knows more than he’s letting on. There’s something deeper than just protecting Catherine from beasts. I think….I think Reynolds knows something about the mythology behind Catherine and Vincent. I believe that’s why he brainwashed the poor guy in the first place! He wanted Vincent to forget about Catherine, kill beasts and then die. However, when Catherine came back into Vincent’s life, that thwarted Daddy Reynolds’s plans. So, I think Reynolds knows something about Vincent and Catherine’s relationship—and that’s why he wanted Vincent dead. So Vincent could stay away from Catherine for all eternity. (FAT CHANCE OF THAT EVER HAPPENING!!! HA!) I mean, come on, Vincent and Catherine’s current (AND VERY BRIEF) separation DEFIES the laws of the universe!!!

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PPCH (http://piratepottercrazyhufflepuff.tumblr.com/) & my theories: 

  • Daddy Warbucks (I mean Windsor) was affiliated with the BIG BAD WOLF (unknown faction that knows about beasts). We think, after his Muirfield cocktail, the powers weren’t enough for him. He wanted more. With his money and power, he probably paid another group (the BIG BAD WOLF) to create a beasty booster—something to enhance his beastliness. THAT’s why the Laura & Company (affiliated with the BBW) knew about Kurt Windsor’s beast.
  • Tori wasn’t born with Beast! Tori had surgery a while back to get that tracker put in her. We believe that tracker was used as a precaution. It was clear, no matter how twisted Kurt Windsor was, that he loved Tori. Perhaps he had the BBW give Tori some of that cocktail during her surgery! (That’s why she JUST discovers that she’s a beast!)
  • Reynolds knows something about the BBW  Vincent certainly got revamped during his capture. Who is to say Reynolds didn’t invest in the BBW’s resources? That would explain how Vincent & Tori had some sort of physical reaction with one another. They both would have part of the same cocktail.
  • Vincent remembers more than he’s letting on/ he remembers more than we originally thought. He told Tori that “all he knows how to do is hide.” THAT IS A MAJOR MEMORY CLUE!!!! He remembers that he was in hiding. Sure, someone might have told him that he went into hiding, but that emotion? It wouldn’t have been there if he didn’t remember it.

Okay, that’s all I have! :) 

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More Intense than the Flames Themselves

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More Intense than the Flames Themselves

Written by: WriterFreak001

*SPOILERS INCLUDED*

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I know I keep saying this every episode but damn! Beauty and the Beast episode 2.04 “Hothead” was by far the best episode of the season! I feel like “Hothead” was essentially what Beasties were waiting for all season long. I don’t feel like I can do the episode any justice by simply describing it into words like intense or romantic or epically epic. Literally, there are no words to describe “Hothead” because, in my opinion, it fed me 24/26 Vegetable Soup alphabet noodles and can almost be described as perfect. However, I did say the episode only gave me 24 out of 26 letters–the only two letters that were missing from the episode were “J” and “T”. Can you guess why?!?!?!

Catherine & Tess [2.04 HH] (1)

Based on the episode’s context clues, it has been a month since the ending of episode 2.03 “Liar, Liar.” Cat has done some meditation and taken some kick boxing classes in order to keep her mind off of Vincent for the past four weeks. As “Hothead” starts off, Catherine and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) are ready to have some girl time and take a break from beasts–especially a certain beast named Vincent.

“Vincent who?”

Meanwhile, as the girls start their GNO (Girls’ Night Out), Vincent is desperately trying to keep his mind off of a certain cat–and no, it isn’t one with four paws and with whiskers. We see him working out (THANK GOD) as he is talking to Condor a.k.a. FBI Agent Bob Reynolds (Guest star: Ted Whittall) over the phone. One thing is easy to tell: Vincent is PISSED off! He wants to finish Reynolds’s list ASAP because in his mind, the faster he completes his missions, the sooner he can start his relationship back up with Catherine without having to lie to her (but really, would Condor/ Reynolds actually let Vincent off the hook once he’s done with these missions?? Methinks not!!).

I have to say something because I know every fan-girl reading this review definitely agrees with me:

An Angry Vincent beast = An very SEXY Vincent Beast. :)

Don’t believe me? Maybe these will help solidify my claim:

Vincent Keller [2.04 HH] (2)

Vincent Keller [2.04 HH] (3)However, for those who have seen the episode, we all know that Vincent wasn’t the ONLY one to go CODE YELLOW on someone.

Our dear Catherine was having a great time with Tess but, as anyone should expect, things don’t end very well. She gets hit on by a drunk and when several verbal warnings aren’t enough, she decides to shove his stupidity back into his face. LITERALLY. O.O And you’d think one violent act would be enough but not for Catherine Chandler! She bitch-slaps D-Bag’s friend in the face and kicks off the episode with extreme intensity by whacking her foot into Judge Gavin’s face.

Talk about explosion!

Catherine Chandler [2.04 HH] (2) Catherine Chandler [2.04 HH] (3) Catherine Chandler [2.04 HH] (4)

And we can tell that Tess tried to warn her!

Tess Vargas [2.04 HH] (1)(By the way, I’m just getting started with this review b/c I have a LOT to say!!!)

Moving on, Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) has to bail Cat and Tess out of jail and wasn’t thoroughly happy about it. However, he still managed to sneak in a snarky comment, causing Tess to smirk a little (budding romance in the future??? Your thoughts?).

 “Trouble is getting a flat tire! You flattened a judge!” Catherine & Tess [2.04 HH] (2)

To summarize the next few scenes, we have Gabe suggesting a theory to Cat, Cat declining this theory, Gabe going to see Vincent so he can introduce his theory (behind Cat’s back of course) and Sexy Mr. Vincent is still way too pissed off to even consider Gabe’s theory even though he did say he was interested. Then again, he was probably only Interested because he wanted another beast to eliminate. Vincent Keller [2.04 HH] (4)

Then, his pissed off attitude causes him to be irrational and impulsive. He leaps into the fire and acts like he owns the place as he confronts the Flame Beast a.k.a. Arsonist Eddie Long (Vladimir Jon Cubrt). Because his anger was clouding his judgment, he gets himself torched by the Flame Beast and ends up in the hospital (which unfortunately interrupts Cat from her heavenly massage!).

We all know what happens from there: he meets his nephew, he has a few flashbacks, he beasts out, jumps out a window, complains to Condor about his flashback issue and finds Catherine waiting for him at his houseboat. Of course she’s there! Just when he thinks he should stay away from memory-catalysts, she–of all people–ambushes him inside his own home. LOL And we learn something about Vincent we’ve never learned before: Vincent was a fire fighter?! Vincent Keller [2.04 HH] (5)

 Talk about a shocker!!! O.O

Let’s not forget his nephew, Aaron Keller (Bryan DeChart): Capture

All in all, I thought the writers did an EXCELLENT job again! This episode was definitely owned by Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and Ryan’s performance was flawless (but when is it not? lol). I was a little disappointed that Austin Basis did not star in this episode but regardless, “Hothead” was just under perfect. Bravo! :)

And we finally get our VINCAT kiss (not much to say other than it was another perfect VINCAT kiss! :D)

Here’s a picture to appease the readers:Vincent & Catherine [2.04 HH] (3)

I feel like I’ve spoiled a lot (I know, shame on me) but I really loved this episode!!! It was pure genius! The ending was perfect and very touching! In case no one has seen the tweets / Facebook posts, Beauty and the Beast is the second television show to ever cast a scene with the World Trade Center memorial. And for no. 2, the scene was very touching as it should be.

Vincent & Catherine [2.04 HH] (1) Vincent & Catherine [2.04 HH] (2)

I really hope I did the episode justice because by far, it was the best episode BATB has offered and I have no doubts that the writers will give us even better episodes. Congratulations to the cast for presenting a great episode!

Watch Beauty and the Beast on Mondays at 9/8 c. on the CW. Missed an episode or want to re-watch them because you love them so much? Visit http://www.cwtv.com/cw-video/beauty-and-the-beast and watch them online! :)

What are your thoughts on “Hothead?” Is there anything you’d like to see me include for future reviews? Please let me know! :D

~WriterFreak001

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