We open to another crime – Vincent hearing a heartbeat falter and then stop. This prompts him to launch into a series of random gymnastics. Having shown off for the cameras, he finds the guy in a dumpster, drags him out and performs chest compressions to get his heart pumping again – and hustles him to a hospital where he blurts instructions to someone with a gurney before disappearing into the night – like a much more poorly equipped batman.
Catherine, meanwhile, is failing badly at baseball, which is apparently bad because they’re playing a game against the firemen and winning is Important. She would be good if she could only learn to trust her instincts (pay attention to this clumsily lampshaded message, it’s the episodes theme). Vincent’s also watching the game, because stalking her and randomly appearing any time she happens to be alone is his idea of a good time and totally not creepy, honest. He tells her about the guy he dumped at the hospital because this then magically makes it her case
Tess and Catherin meet at the police station to start with all the preliminaries. The comatose kid is Tommy, he’s 19 and still has his wallet so it’s not a robbery. He has a lot of old, healed injuries that point to long term abuse meaning they cast a suspicious eye at the father. When he arrives they do the suspicious interview but he reveals Tommy had ADHD and before he took his meds he had terrible impulse control leading to him getting into a lot of fights and got into a lot of petty crime, mainly theft. He’s worried Tommy may be off his meds because he has a new Xbox and a really shiny watch.
Case summary with Joe (what does Joe actually do all day?) reveals 3 lines of inquiry: the father who has a reputation for having a short fuse. Tommy to see if he has dipped back into his criminal ways after no longer taking his meds. And a picture in Tommy’s wallet of a pretty girl to see if there’s a relationship problem…
We interrupt this crime investigation for a sinister government agency intervention! JT reminds us (again) that Vincent being in touch with Catherine is putting them all at risk blah blah Muirfield blah blah hide, just copy and paste last week’s warning and lines about ulcers, it hasn’t changed. This sets us up for Catherine to get into a fight with some Muirfield goons and be kidnapped! She’s taken to an ominous warehouse where a Muirfield agent tries to convince her they’re the good guys. His argument is not convincing.
The man tries to convince her that Vincent is a monster, not a person. That he could snap and kill at any time – showing photographs he alleges are from a village destroyed in Afghanistan – it was blown up and set on fire (which is pretty good for a man who becomes bestial and monstrous when he loses control). Catherine tries to pretend not to know what he’s talking about but can only feign it for 5 seconds before slipping. Still, she’s disinclined to be all that trusting of the men who killed her mother. But he shows her another picture of a man called Simon with a pregnant wife who he says Vincent killed. Catherine is disturbed by this totally trustworthy evidence from this totally trustworthy source (got to admire those detective skills). And the Muirfield man asks why would they spend so much money if Vincent wasn’t dangerous (because it’s not like they have a vested interest in covering up their experimenting on soldiers, killing them like animals then faking their own death… right?) There’s some added blatant lies about not hurting Vincent, wanting to fix him (at least she challenges these) and a promise that, if Catherine hands Vincent over, they will give her all the information she wants about her mother – and show a picture of her working in their labs.
She’s released – but with a number to call which will work for 3 days, after that they will reutn to more threats and kidnapping.
In the meantime Vincent has returned to where he found Tommy to look for evidence with his super senses. And he finds a very large watch which he moves so the police searching the scene can find it easier. Uh-huh – a point of note, don’t do this. Where evidence is found can be very important to an investigation and it’s not like the watch was small or not out of place or likely to be missed without Vincent’s super-senses here. The techs would have to have been pretty inept to miss it.
Tess and Evans are trying to discuss the case. Well Evans is, while Tess is worried about Catherine, her running off on her own and being so secretive – she had hoped she was running off for quickies with Evan, but alas not. He points out the strange, circular bruises on Tommy, the cuts on his back that indicate he was dragged and a tox screen that says he was still taking his ADHD medication
Catherine returns to her flat to find her stalker, Vincent there waiting for him. She tells him he was kidnapped and that he has to go. She’s visibly shaken and frightened and tells him that she’s putting him at risk as he always said (finally she gets it!) and the safest thing for her would be if he just left and stayed away. At work, she’s still fixated on Vincent and looks up Simon, one of Vincent’s supposed victims, on the crime computer.
Alas, Tess interrupts with this pesky police case she insists they work on. The watch has been tracked down – it was bought by Lois Whitworth from the Westchester Polo Club and she also runs an organisation that helps rehabilitate troubled youth – and Tommy was one of those troubled youth. Evan also adds in that the soil found on Tommy was unique to Westchester Polo Club. Also a clue fairy came down from the sky chanting “polo club, polo club polo club” and in his coma-sleep Tommy gasped “west…chest…er…” Beauty and the Beast is not known for its subtle clue presentation. Oh and Catherine missed her baseball practice because she was kidnapped. It matters, apparently.