We are now three episodes into “Beauty and the Beast” season 4, and perhaps one of the biggest surprises so far is that we really don’t actually know much about the “beast buyer” Cat and Vincent are hunting down just yet. This is a villain who is a master of shadow, and for now, it seems like one of the things that he is actually doing better than anything else is putting a significant amount of undue stress on the both of them.
The story-of-the-week this time around really didn’t do all that much for us, other than the realization that Cat made that for now, it’s better that she go to work for DHS. This means that for the first time in ten years, she’s not working alongside Tess, and it proved to be rather emotional having to say goodbye to that partnership for now.
In general, this was a rough hour for Tess, who also got confirmation in her mind that her boyfriend JT doesn’t want to live with her. Why is that? It stems from an emptiness he is still feeling in his life, and something he has to figure out after turning down tenure. He does love her, but there is more than that he needs to sort out. The ambiguity of this said self-examination is probably one of the best things that the shoe did in this episode, since it mirrors much of real life where you want something, but don’t quite know precisely how to get it.
In other, more optimistic romance news, Heather and Kyle are giving things a go now after he pursued her until more or less the ends of the earth … but she still has many secrets to keep. If Kyle turns out to be the beast-buyer, we may lose our minds.
Overall, we’d say that this was a solid episode of the show, but we really need to see the main villain soon. Grade: B.
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