BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Scoop: What To Expect From “Don’t Die On Me”

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Right in the middle of their second season, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST closed the book on a major storyline: hunting the beasts created by Muirfield. It was supposed to be the end of the beast hunts, and it would allow Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) a chance to rediscover what they mean to each since Vincent’s mind was wiped of his memories.

Yet with the noose closing in as Vincent checked off name after name on his hit-list, a surprising discovery was made: Curt Windsor’s (Paul Johansson) daughter Tori (Amber Skye Noyes) is a beast. It has not yet been revealed how Tori is a beast — was she born that way or was she created? And with her father dead, those answers seem to have died with him.

But in the upcoming episode “Don’t Die On Me,” the mystery of Tori and her father’s beastly origins may be uncovered – and another interested-party shall be revealed. Just because Muirfield is gone, it does not mean that there are not others out there who knew of the Muirfield experiments and who may want to get their hands on the technology — and they seem to think that Tori and her father’s legacy just may hold that key.

What does this mean for Vincent and Catherine? Nothing good. Their happily-ever-after ending remains as elusive as ever. The raw animal attraction that sparks whenever Vincent and Tori are together is hard enough to explain and deal with, but finding out that the hunt is not over is even worse.

The episode also opens with a much more human problem to deal with: Catherine has to explain why a bullet from a police-issued gun was found at the scene of the car accident. It prompts an internal affairs investigation and questions that Catherine has no answers for. With Vincent angry from being shot, it is up to Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) to come to Catherine’s rescue with her career on the line.

Then while Vincent may be a doctor and a beast that does not make him wholly immune from a gunshot. With his injury worse than expected and Vincent stubbornly wanting to avoid hospitals and have his identity exposed, it falls on Tori and J.T. (Austin Basis) to try to patch him up. Unfortunately for J.T., getting all the necessary medical supplies gets him in some trouble and it is Tess (Nina Lisandrello) to the rescue for him.

No matter where they turn, they all seem to be getting into trouble in this next episode. Even Tori cannot seem to keep out of the spotlight as she is blackmailed into meeting with people wanting her to sign over one of her father’s properties.

Try as she might, Cat cannot turn her back on Vincent and Tori. Both need her help and Cat’s protective instincts push her to help even when she feels angry and betrayed by Vincent’s decision to chose his beast life over a human life with her. They have a lot to discuss and neither feels inclined to yield on their position. Vincent feels justifiably angry with Cat’s dad for having stolen his life and memories against his will; but Cat feels that it is wrong to kill her father when incarceration for his crimes should be adequate punishment. Yet, for Vincent, that punishment is not fitting with the crimes against humanity that Cat’s father subject on him – not to mention forcing Vincent to be a government assassin.

There are not just a battle of wills and hurt feelings between Cat and Vincent; there is the fundamental difference in that Vincent feels and reacts more like a beast without his memories of his 10-year struggle fighting his beastly instincts. He has not yet learned how hard he fought against being a beast. He only remembers that he was turned into one and encouraged to use those instincts with sanction and approval by the government. Without that controlled conditioning and recall of his desire to not be controlled by the beast instincts, Vincent feels that he beast-side is normal and is hurt that Catherine does not accept that within him. He also feels betrayed that she seems to have chosen to protect her father, the man who inflicted such pain on Vincent, when she shot Vincent.

Yet he also does not see that Cat is just as hurt that Vincent is not rejecting his inner-beast and seems to be shedding more and more of his humanity. She wants him to want to be human again.

So with Cat and Vincent struggling to understand each other and each hurt by the other’s choices, they have a long road to finding their happy-ending again. At this time, it feels insurmountable. Vincent does not want to change and does not remember the burning love he felt for Cat. But one day, his memory will come back and those old desires will burn bright again. Vincent seems to understand that the animal attraction he feels for Tori is not natural, and he knows in the back of his mind that there was much deeper relationship with Cat; but until he feels that again, he is lost to Cat.

The good news is that Cat really isn’t the type of person to give up on someone she loves. She may want time away from Vincent to allow him the time he needs to figure out what he truly wants; but Cat is not a quitter. Her heart belongs to Vincent. Somehow, someway her heart knew she found her soul-mate all those years ago when he first rescued her. It was the same heart that leapt for joy when she found him again last year. What the heart wants, the heart wants. Cat’s heart belongs to Vincent, no matter what her head tries to tell her. And the same is true of Vincent. He may not remember that love yet, but he feels it. It pulls him to Cat even as she pushes him away or as he tries to stay away.

In “Don’t Die on Me,” we see the difficulties ahead, but we also sense the hope for Cat and Vincent – even at death’s door, Vincent will always rush to Cat’s side when she needs him. So with a new mystery and threat looming, Vincent and Cat are going to need each other, and that will help remind them of the love that burns bright in their hearts. It only takes one spark. The show is called BEAUTY AND THE BEAST after all, their love is forever.

To see the next chapter in Vin and Cat’s destined journey, be sure to tune in on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. on the CW, with episode 209 “Don’t Die on Me” airing Monday, January 13th.

Tiffany Vogt is the Senior West Coast Editor, contributing as a columnist and entertainment reporter to TheTVaddict.com. She has a great love for television and firmly believes that entertainment is a world of wondrous adventures that deserves to be shared and explored – she invites you to join her. Please feel free to contact Tiffany at Tiffany_Vogt_2000@yahoo.com or follow her at on Twitter (@TVWatchtower).

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  • Angela Paraboschi

    I agree, this show is Beauty and beast, they are destined. I love the script of this season There is passion, action mythology, it’s a great show and great cast

  • Maggie

    This show is keeping me on edge. Even though VINCAT seems to be only a dream For NOW, the show is very exciting with new discoveries giving way to freh stories and mysteries. I’m loving every moment and the cast is just one heck of a blast…..I simply love them!#Beautyandthebeast #PCA2014WINNERS

  • anna

    thank tiffany – loved your review and completely agree with your points

  • Donna Philips

    this article gives more hope than the writers do and that is why the show is falling apart…Core fans need VinCat back and …right now…in this moment…they need hope from the writers that they are not purposely trying to get the show cancelled….thank you, Tiffany for the little hope you give…

  • JulieDawn

    Really enjoyed reading this, & thank you for putting such thought into the article…as you know the show needs all the support it can get, so positive attention from the media is key!
    Although I agree with your overall conclusions, I do disagree with some of how you got there; specifically Vincent & his memories. You state that V has not yet recovered all the memories if his past and that’s what’s colouring his decisions…and that eventually one spark will trigger the memory of his love for Cat. However, in Nov at the midseason media screening, showrunner Brad Kern is quoted as saying “we assume that he’s gotten most of his memories back, storywise we’re done trying to recover memories”. I believe this is acknowledged by the writers in this ep when V refers several times – quite emotionally – to having spent his past hiding.
    So based on that, where you say V doesn’t remember their love but does feel it, I see it completely opposite. I believe he DOES remember it (and I do agree he subconsciously feels it), but has been struggling with conciously feeling it due to two things: 1)how he was changed when Muirfield took and reprogrammed him (like you said they programmed him to be a beast, now he’s free of them he can relearn how to be human…although I don’t think he’ll ever be exactly the same V he was in S1…); and 2)Cat hasn’t exactly been inclined to compromise from the moment he came back. I do understand her thinking, but it’s all been “my way or the highway” in trying to get ‘her’ Vincent back. He has tried to compromise, even going on blind faith in her BEFORE he got his memories…whereas Catherine, no matter what she’s said, has always wanted him to be what he WAS, rather than working with him to become the best of what he IS now.

    I totally agree that Cat of course still loves him even if she thinks she’ll get over it, and I do think that V is very close to ‘feeling’ that love again, it’s bubbling close to the surface, as evidenced by fact they couldn’t stop making eye contact in Don’t Die On Me. And were those looks ever intense…the chemistry and want and need and LOVE was right there, to the exclusion of every other character in the room. COMPLETELY different than the looks he was giving the other female who was trying..and failing! to get a look like that sent her way…
    At some point, when V fully embraces those human love feelings again, and Cat comes to accept that he IS different; then that spark you mention, and that we see in their eyes, will ignite.
    In many ways this ep had – I thought – a very ‘Season 1′ vibe to it, the way the core characters worked together, the challenges they faced, and YES, even that #VinCat vibe, albeit from a different angle, for now.

    Anyway, sorry I have gone on so long…very passionate beastie I guess. But once again I love how invested you are in this show…in fact in all you write about. Thank you for giving me something that inspired me to think this all out.
    Now I bet it’ll tell me it’s too long to post!