After a lackluster episode last week, Beauty and the Beast gets back on track this week by focusing on moving the narrative forward in substantial ways. Last week’s episode was surprisingly stagnant; it’s not often that an episode feels meaningless and redundant so early in the season. Typically you want your show to start with significant momentum. Tonight’s episode, “Bob & Carol, Vin & Cat,” is thrilling from start to finish.
It’s an episode that finds time to dive into those character moments that make Beauty and the Beast more than just a procedural while also fleshing out the larger narrative arc about the serum and the innocents. After the death of Agent Thomas in the previous episode, Vincent and Cat are on the hunt for the killer in hopes that he or she will have information about the organization that’s been creating superhumans.
Tracking down the killer isn’t so easy, though. It turns out that nobody went in or out of Thomas’ room, and yet he still ended up with a bullet in his head. Complicating matters further, when Vincent plans alone time for him and Cat on their rooftop, they get shot at. When they pull the bullet from the wall and have J.T. analyze it, it’s the same caliber bullet, complete with a signature nick on its side, that was used to kill Agent Thomas.
Considering that a federal agent was killed in the hospital, the Department of Homeland Security—represented by married agents Bob and Carol Hall—takes over the investigation, meaning that Tess and Cat are now off the case. That’s fine for Tess, who’s ready to focus on landing the Captain’s job anyway, but it’s not so good for Cat.
She understands that she and Vincent still need to secretly stay on the case and get information from the shooter before Bob and Carol. If they don’t, it could blow the true nature of Thomas’ death wide open and could also put Bob and Carol in danger.
That would be a shame, because Vincent and Cat are starting to bond with them. Now that they’ve moved in together, their lives haven’t been as picture perfect as they thought they would be. They’re swamped with cases, patients, and wedding plans, having decided to just take Heather’s mostly-planned wedding and make it their own. I know it was Heather’s idea, but come on, Cat—that’s super insensitive. They barely even have time to get down and dirty, because Vincent just falls asleep. That’s no way to start off your life together! Then again, neither is hunting down superhumans—but hey, they made their choice.
After sneaking into Thomas’ room and examining the scene, Vincent determines that the bullet came from outside, and the shooter was likely perched on a roof somewhere. They figure out which building in the area is the most likely spot for the shot and find that one of the apartments is home to Julio Espinosa, a local crime boss. There’s no way to legally get into his apartment, so Cat and Carol go undercover.
Once inside, and after taking out a few guards with some solid martial arts skills, Cat loads everything from Julio’s computer onto a flash drive and brings it to J.T. for analysis. He never gets to look at it, though, as the flash drive is shot—the bullet goes straight through his hand—by the same shooter who went after Cat and killed Agent Thomas.
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When J.T. analyzes the bullet that was shot at him, he makes a startling (and kind of far-fetched, to be honest) discovery: That nick in the bullet came from another bullet. That means that there are two shooters. The first fires the bullet; the second shoots the first, redirecting the bullet to the target—like I said, kind of far-fetched.
It doesn’t take long for Tess to figure out who the two shooters are; there are no agents with the names of Bob and Carol Hall listed at the DHS. Like so many married couples, Bob and Carol aren’t who they project to the public. They’re working for whoever Agent Thomas was hunting down: whoever has been injecting innocents with the superhuman serum.
It’s too bad that Bob and Carol are the bad guys, because Vincent and Cat just invited them over for a night of wine and chats—a rite of passage for any aspiring bougie couple in New York. Before they’re meant to arrive, Bob and Carol scuba their way to Vincent’s boathouse and plant a few bombs on its hull, presumably because they forgot to bring a proper engagement gift.
After some awkward small talk, Vincent and Cat head upstairs to discuss what to do about Bob and Carol. The two agents follow them, though, and a fight ensues. Vincent has no choice but to beast out, because Bob and Carol have some sort of superpowers, too. Their brains allows them to see things in slow motion, which is how they can redirect bullets.
Bob and Carol escape unscathed, but Vincent’s houseboat doesn’t. Knowing that Bob and Carol are on the loose heightens the dramatic stakes this season. We now have proper villains in place—people we understand as a threat. A shady, unseen secret agency can only add so much tension to the story, so it’s nice to have actual, visible people threatening Vincent and Cat.
With Carol and Bob gone, the episode closes with Tess and J.T. Tess has just been given the Captain’s job—not only because of her stellar record, but also because she’s arrested Espinosa on gun charges after an “anonymous” tip. It’s an intriguing promotion in terms of character and story, because it opens up a lot of possibilities down the road. Will Tess use her new position to further help Cat and Vincent? Or will this new responsibility mean that she’s less likely to go beast hunting?
Those answers are up in the air, but there’s one mystery solved by the episode’s end. J.T. has been trying to figure out if he has any superpowers ever since he was saved by the same serum that the innocents derive their powers from. He doesn’t have any luck finding his own power; at least until he removes the bandage from his shot-up hand and sees that it’s fully healed.
Just like with Tess’ new position within the police department, J.T.’s discovery opens up a ton of narrative possibilities. Considering that this season of Beauty and the Beast has been struggling to break free of the storytelling patterns that dominated its first two seasons, that can only be a good thing.