Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 Episode 13

Arabesque

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 1989 on CBS
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  • Where Vincent reveals his first shameful stirrings of manhood

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    This episode opens with Vincent's VO reading from the works of some unknown poet named Rilke while a beautiful woman is shown sneaking down an alley to drop a note, which she kisses first, into a sewer grate. Father delivers the message to Vincent who reveals it's from Lisa, a former Tunnel dweller (pre-Catherine). Vincent shares this with Catherine who is curious about this woman while Vincent is reticent to discuss any ties he once had to her. Catherine has also seen her dance. In a series of flashbacks, interspersed throughout the episode, we learn ballerina protg, Lisa Cambell, was responsible for Vincent's first ejaculation turned tragic as he physically hurt the teenage Lisa in his newly discovered desire and passion for her while she danced teasingly for him in the Great Hall. Father stopped the young adolescent Beast (played in the flashbacks by Ron Perlman but with subtly different makeup) and held him while he cried in his guilt and regret. Now Lisa needs his help and the safety the Tunnels have provided to so many others throughout the series. Lisa is allowed to spend the night and she regales the children with glamourous stories about her travels around the world, dancing for kings. Meanwhile, Catherine does some detective work using the public library's microfiche reader (anyone else feel old?) and discovers Lisa gave up her dance career after marrying a wealthy man who was recently indicted for illegal arms dealing which explains why she had to escape. Lisa's husband, Alain, (pronounced either al-Lan or ah-Lane) hired a mean British bodyguard to keep an eye on her. He tracks down Catherine and slaps her around until Vincent comes crashing through the skylight (Michael Keaton-style from last season's "Dark Spirit") to rescue her. Catherine gives Lisa some hard advice: she needs to face the truth about her husband and testify against him which she does. Episode ends with a nice balcony scene between a weeping Vincent and Catherine who comforts him after he confesses to his youthful infatuation of which Catherine is completely accepting. This is just a filler episode, not as well written as others and feels out of sequence. This episode is also featured in the tie-in paperback novelization, "Masques" by Ru Emerson.
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