Beauty And The Beast Review: “Recipe For Disaster” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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Anyone who’s accused Tori (Amber Skye Noyes) of being a buzz kill might be eating their words after tonight’s episode of Beauty and the Beast when she proved with her life that noble acts are not beyond her realm of thinking. There’s no doubt that fans who rallied behind Cat’s (Kristen Kreuk) new romance with Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) are shuttering after the events of Recipe for Disaster left Tori dead (at the hands of long-time beast hunters) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) back on the market. Now that he’s no longer under the influence of overpowering pheromones, it’s only a matter of time before he starts thinking clearly once again – and we all know where that will lead him.

Obviously Cat and Vincent are meant to be together, but in the meantime, watching Cat explore her other options (err, option really) hasn’t been the worst experience the writers behind Beauty and the Beast have put us through. Although, bearing witness to Cat’s ‘be the bigger person’ character traits envelope the episode with her friendly relationship advice for Vincent very well might make the BATB top 10 list of unnecessary moments.

It’s lovely to see these two working together, they make a great team (need an example? check out the entire first season), but realistically they only broke up about five minutes ago. Tori stole the love of Cat’s life and it wouldn’t hurt for her to have taken a moment to enjoy the fact that Vincent was having a bumpy go at moving on without her, instead of immediately jumping back into her predictable role as caretaker of everyone else’s emotions. Cat may have given him an ultimatum in the form of a gun pointed directly at him, but he had clearly already made his choice (or, Tori and her hormones made it for him). She may find herself regretting her forgive and forget attitude now that she’s lost that foot to stand on.

Tori going out all self-sacrificing really puts a damper in Cat’s plans to move on. Sure, she can still date someone else, but seriously, who can compete with the man that she spent many sleepless months tracking down after he was abducted last Spring? A man that saved her life more times than Beauty and the Beast has episodes remaining this season. A man that she has risked everything (including things that didn’t belong to her) to protect. There may be pieces of their history that are less than glamorous, but ultimately (and especially), now that he’s lost Tori, Cat and her overwhelming compassion will keep her from following through with any of her well-intentioned plans.

On top of that, she still has a case to close. The gem may have been taken out of play, but Agent Landon (Elisabeth Rohm) isn’t going to let this new antagonist get away with what he’s done. It’s one thing to think someone you love is dead, even without knowing the who and why of the situation, but finding out that instead the person you love has been a prisoner (assuming there isn’t more than meets the eye) is another thing altogether. Landon recruited Cat and her team to find out who did this and this new revelation will only fuel her intention to find the answer – even if what she discovers isn’t exactly what she might have expected.

What do you think about Landon’s husband being alive after all these years – are you elated for her luck or suspicious of it? How long do you predict before Vincent wins Cat back? Let us know all your theories on Beauty and the Beast in the comment section below!

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  1. rosielee9says:

    First of Vincent has no rights to be jealous over Gabe or anyone else that Cat locks lips with he chose his path with Tori and the primal attraction to her and that way of life but now sudeenly all those emotions come back to him and he’s jealous. How about all the months since he has been back before Tori came into the picture he willingly slept with Cat and then treated her like a one night stand Cat just like with Tori was someone to keep his bed warm and what makes it worse and more creepy is that all the writers and everyone at BATB kept saying that he looked on Tori has a sister well that’s one mseed up way of thinking kissing and sleeping with your sister the writers and everyone at BATB should have had the balls to be at least honest about the T/V pairing it was obvious from day 1 that they were going to go down that path and by realeasing that picture last week before this episode aired was there was of telling us that they had been beast on beast action. Now it seems it’s Catherine’s turn it’s yet again tit for tat she after all her speech of wanting to find herself and be alone for a while has quickly forget and forgiven Gabe for all he did last season and wants him to warm her bed just like Tori did with Vincent so for me she is no better than Vincent.
    I’m not ashamed to say that I love and do miss season 1 elements of Vincent, Catherine and Vincat the most this Vincent I don’t like most of the times and just when you think the writer’s are going to give us some loving moments or even conversations between them bam they throw in both Tori and Vincent in bath robes and now Catherine getting hot and heavy on her couch with Gabe ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how they expect fan’s to beleive that they can put Vincat back together and have them both just forgive and forgot what and who they have done since they broke up and everyting else that has happened is just a fairytale and I for one don’t beleive in this fairytale anymore or find it convincing.
    Also Vincent was the one who told Gabe that Catherine needed to move on so for god’s sake let her all Vincetn is doing now is being like Tori and being a child that has lost one of his toys and he wants it back becuase someone else has got it.

    1. Sammy Fernandezsays:

      Well the show is on for a fourth season but until then just saw that Tori, well the actress who played her Amber Skye, has a kickstarter project! The music actually sounds really good. Very talented singer. some of the prizes you get have awesome show memorabilia and autographed prizes from Nina Lisandrello and Austin Basis…might jump on that autographed script!

  2. RicFulesays:

    Of COURSE there’s more than meets the eye! The “imprisoned” husband is the true perpetrator behind all the recent events: the theft of the shackle/gem, JT’s kidnapping, and all the rest of the events in the February 3 episode.

    1. Lindsay Sperlingsays:

      I’m with you on this theory completely!

  3. Rainsays:

    I love this show but have to admit that the writing sucks. They could have written the characters differently. Tori, to be more likable, has a crush on the only beast on the earth that she knows. Vinncent, a guy who always does the right thing, so he takes her as her beasty-mate. Gabe, who tries to amend his mistake causing the separation of VinCat, understands that Cat’s ultimate happiness is with Vincent an d tries to re-connect Vincent & Cat no matter how painful to him because he has fallen in love with Cat in the process. I’m that will make the fans happy and the rating soars up. Than it’s up to the writing to add the drama, actions, and humor to suits the viewers that are not romantic at all, like me. I still love this show because of the great action skills of Jay Ryan (surprisingly good in this season, have to thanks to Season 2’s writers), Kristin Kruek, Austin Basis and Nina Llsandrella, and pecial guests, Amber and Elisabeth Rohm. Don’t waste the talents that you already have on hand, this show deserves a chance for Season 3. It just needs better writing. The chemistry among the main cast is phenomenon, one of the main ingredients to a successful TV show!

    1. Lindsay Sperlingsays:

      Tori definitely never came across as a likeable character until it was too late. Shameful.

  4. Cassandra Riverasays:

    Definitely more to Landons husband, hmmm, like him being the real beast hunter/recreator…he is behind the kidnapping of JT…as for Cat and Gabe, I believe its good as a way to rile Vince’s peace and emotions but no more. ..I am totally team Vincent and Catherine but a little suffering doesn’t hurt…he deserves to have his emotions crushed a little just like he did to her…he made her shoot him for crying out loud…making up will be totally worth it…

  5. Elaine .J .Bellsays:

    Vincent deserves happiness and always has the best intentions, and wants to help and save people, Tori had a hormonal hold over vincent, but i think Katherine needs to see if she can really live without him and vincent her, alot has happened but their history together seems like it will get them back together eventually, but can they find trust again, and can they put all the past behind them so easily i think not!

  6. Elaine .J .Bellsays:

    i was wondering if there will be poor brave soldiers both men and women turned into “Beasts” all over the globe , if so it could end up being a “world Beast War” with world wide intelligence agency’s wanting to gain control and in the middle of it all Vincent and Katherine!

  7. Loved how they opened this episode with “Who Knows” by Beginners playing in the background of JT’s Gentleman’s Club party – I love that song.

    I wonder why they waited until the very end to make Tori the least bit likable or redeemable – you would think that they could at least hint at this side of her nature leading up to this, but seriously this came straight out of left field.

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