Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 Episode 7

A Fair and Perfect Knight

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Father and Vincent are proud of Michael, a young man who grew up in the tunnel world who is leaving to attend college Above. Michael moves in with Catherine temporarily until he gets settled in on campus and in the meantime he slowly begins to fall in love with her. Vincent soon must deal with jealousy issues of not only of never being able to go to college but of the blossoming love that Michael feels for Catherine.


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Bill Calvert

Bill Calvert


Guest Star




Guest Star

Cyd Strittmatter

Cyd Strittmatter


Guest Star

Marcie Leeds

Marcie Leeds


Recurring Role

Laurel Moglen

Laurel Moglen


Recurring Role

Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Vincent: (to Michael) How could anyone not love her?

    • Vincent: What we share must always be so measured, so limited.
      Catherine: We don't know what the limits are!
      Vincent: You deserve life without limits!
      Catherine: There is no life without limits! Vincent, if this is my fate, I accept it, gratefully. You must believe that. Don't be afraid to want it, even if only for yourself. Don't be afraid to deserve it. You deserve everything!

    • Catherine: Catherine... the better part of me would rejoice to see you find love with someone as fine and as good as Michael. You have so much love to give.
      Vincent: Because of you!

    • Vincent: I know what it is to love you... I love Michael like a brother, like a son. But his life has been such a struggle... He needed to be healed by your tenderness. And yet, I was unwilling to share your love with anyone.
      Catherine: Don't be ashamed of those feelings.
      Vincent: It violates everything I believe.
      Catherine: Don't you think I have those feelings, too? Sometimes, I envy Father, and others in your life who receive your love and your care every day. I know these feelings. They are ugly. But... all of those feelings come from love. They are the other side of it. To turn away from them is to forget where they come from.

    • Vincent: I betrayed Michael. I betrayed you. Everything I hold dear.
      Catherine: How did you betray me?

    • Vincent: What you shared... I envied.
      Catherine: Vincent.

    • Vincent: You must not see me like this.
      Catherine: Please don't send me away!
      Vincent: My thoughts are poisoned.
      Catherine: Tell me these thoughts.

    • Vincent: You must leave.
      Catherine: No, Vincent.
      Vincent: Leave. Now.
      Catherine: Why do you want me to leave?
      Vincent: Because what I'm feeling... My thoughts... Shame me.
      Catherine: Tell me. Tell me what you feel!

    • Michael: (to teacher at party) What classes do you teach?
      Catherine: It doesn't matter. Take her, she's fabulous.
      Beth: Mainly the 19th century Romantics.
      Catherine: Oh that figures.
      Beth: The 19th Century is the only place you can find it these days.
      Catherine: Oh, I don't know about that!

    • Vincent: To leave a safe place and find your way among strangers is a difficult passage for anyone. Fear makes our enemies loom larger and larger.

    • Vincent: She's a rare person. You couldn't have a better guide.

    • Michael: How do I thank you?
      Vincent: You already have. Go now. The world awaits!

    • Catherine: Don't worry, Vincent. Michael comes Above with a great advantage over almost everyone else up here. He has your faith in him.

    • Vincent: I always believed Michael would want this opportunity.
      Catherine: You dreamed he could have what you couldn't have. And it is a little frightening when our dreams begin to come true.
      Vincent: Yes.
      Catherine: Then Michael must come back to face that world, to face those disappointments, to make his peace.

    • Vincent: Perhaps I have done him a disservice.
      Catherine: By encouraging him to embrace his future?
      Vincent: I assumed that is what he wanted.
      Catherine: Vincent, he has come this far because of his desire, and because you believed in him.

    • Michael: I want to do this for you.
      Vincent: No, Michael, you must do this for you. This is your journey.

    • Vincent: Michael, you are a part of us. You always will be, wherever you go. There are times when you must go. When the greatest possibilities, in good faith, cannot be denied. The world Above has so much to offer you; gifts of the imagination, learning. You have the mind and the heart to cherish these gifts. You are on the brink of a wondrous adventure. But every adventure, must begin in farewell.
      Michael: Some adventures don't end happily.
      Vincent: All you can do is proceed with the faith that they will.

    • Brooke: Vincent always says that love is more important than anything.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Vincent and Catherine confront the negative elements of their relationship and begin to verbalize and internalize them. Jealousy and insecurity rear their heads in both, and are dealt with to the best of their abilities.

    • Here is a list of the pieces read or used in some manner in the show:

      Michael's opening reading: Henry IV, Part I, Act I, Scene I by Shakespeare

      Samantha's poem: "Piping Down The Valley's Wild" by William Blake

      "The Songs of Innocence" by William Blake


    • "The Songs of Innocence" by William Blake

      Thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening.
      Now, while the rests on the on the mountains, light
      Thy bright torch of love: thy radiant crown
      Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
      Smile on our loves: and, while thou drawest the
      Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
      On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
      In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
      The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
      And wash the duck with silver. Soon, full soon.
      Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
      And the lion glares thro' the dun forest:
      The fleeces our flocks are cover'd with
      They sacred dew: protect them with thine influence."