Analysis and Speculations of
Beauty & the Beast 2×19 “Cold Case”
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Best: Vincent & Catherine
Oddest: JT & Tess
And now…the Analysis…
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. 😉
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?
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.
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.
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!
Beautiful, funny and perfect as always!
Need I say more?!
- 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.
- Why was JT in Boston?
- Why did Gabe make bail? HE MURDERED SOMEONE! (I’m not an expert so someone please enlighten me).
- Will Vincent and Catherine ever get their sexy scene?
“Wait! I’m here!”
“I’ve gotta go…”
“Hey, that’s my line.”
“I think I liked Gabe better when he was a beast.”
“No more secrets…”
“You know, I’m never late!”
Questions? Comments? Concerns?