Beauty & The Beast.

I’ve just enjoyed the latest episode of Beauty & The Beast, ‘Any Means Possible’.

The episode starts with Vincent having a dream that reveals that he can’t have sex without hulking out. Having the issue pop up here just feels like a clumsy way of introducing an obstacle to Vincent and Cat’s relationship when a perfectly plausible obstacle already exists: Muirfield and the NYPD’s full-scale hunt for Vincent, who is being dubbed “The Vigilante.” Much of the episode expands upon Cat’s desire to keep Vincent safe, which is certainly an interesting inversion of the “man protecting his woman” trope. New Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowan joins the investigation, existing on the fringe of just about everything that happens this week. He’s handsome and more than a little cocky, and his persistence increases the pressure on Cat to find a suitable fall guy for Vincent’s crime. She decides that if she can find the gangster who was forcing Darius to shoot Heather, she’ll have a witness who can verify that Vincent was simply trying to protect Heather.

Though things are still pretty lousy with Tess, Cat remains persistent in her detective work, attending a masquerade ball to track the gangster down, with Vincent accompanying her. Cat ultimately proves successful in her investigation, getting the gangster to confess to Lowan that The Vigilante was simply trying to protect Heather, but the story doesn’t entirely jibe with Lowan. He gets the suspicion that there’s far more to the story than he’s being told. Captain Bishop, meanwhile, is far less interested in letting the matter go than obtaining his own measure of retribution against The Vigilante. Joe is out for blood, and reveals at the end of the episode that he’s assembling a task force dedicated solely to hunting down The Vigilante.

Turns out that Lowan’s constant presence was an extensive vetting process for this task force, as he wanted to make sure that Cat was a cop more dedicated to justice than to her own personal motivations. Cat accepts the position, and has her partnership with Tess consolidated into this task force. Tess is no less suspicious of Cat’s motivations than she was before, but she keeps them to herself, as she has her own problems to worry about, particularly her relationship with Joe. Tess is worried that the death of his brother will mean more eyes focused on Joe, meaning that there is now a greater risk of their affair coming to light if they’re seen together, but Joe doesn’t want to give her up, insisting that they can be more discreet. He tells Tess that he needs her, as she’s the only thing that feels real to him right now.

There’s also a subplot where Evan is accosted by Muirfield, who feel he’s a nervous, shaky, potential liability. However, he ultimately ends up on the task force to apprehend The Vigilante, which puts just about our entire main cast in a situation where they’re pitted directly against Vincent. In Cat’s case, it’s a matter of being caught between Vincent’s interests and the interests of justice. For his part, Vincent feels he should just turn himself in, since he can’t be controlled, and his actions can’t be predicted. He’s been holding off on sleeping with Cat due to a nightmare in which he hulks out during sex and attacks her. He reveals to Cat that his fears are based on an incident from two years ago, where the same thing happened with a woman he was seeing. The woman only survived because she was able to get away. Cat, however, insists that whatever hardships they will face, they’ll overcome them together. Cat and Vincent finally consummate their love, and it’s much more of a tender, tasteful love scene than I was expecting.

Overall, a good episode that made small progress in the overall story of the series. There were more developments in the relationships between characters than there are in the overal story, but it still worked well.

Thanks for reading.