Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 1989 on CBS
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Devin, who had been working with a carnival, returns to the tunnels with a guest, a man named Charles. Charles suffers from elephant man's syndrome and had been imprisoned by his brother as part of the carnival sideshow. Devin brings him Below where he knows that he will be safe and Charles soon befriends Vincent but must face the reality that the tunnels may not be where he belongs.


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  • An episode I can call interresting,even though there are some details I didn't like that is to say the face of the elephant man.It was very much ugly but in the same time that face is absolutely essential to what's essential in the episode.moreless

    In this episode Devin who appeared in one episode during the first season of the show comes back to the underground world of tunnels with a friend of him.And this friend is a guy whose face is disfigured by a desease called the elephant man syndrome which makes it awful.Devin met this friend in a circus where he had worked during a certain time.And the owner and boss of that circus was the brother of Devins's friend Charles.The introduction of Charles in the underground tunnels world is the occasion to see all the potential of humanity which is in Vincent's soul and heart.He is the only one certainly who understands really what Charles feels inside of him-self because he feels so him-self.I appreciated a lot to admire that potential of humanity from Vincent.Besides,I appreciated also a particular scene when Cathy used her self-defense tricks to lift Devin above her head and she slammed him on the ground.That was because Cathy was in the building of her lodging and she has recognized Devin yet at that moment.moreless
  • A rather touching episode...

    This is one of the episodes that is among my favorites for this series. True, it does not revolve around the love story that the women viewers just want to see only, but in fact, this one speaks soundly of Vincent's philanthropic and therapeutic concern for another who is an outcast as well due to his appearance.

    Charles' rather severe physical deformities may leave the more estrogen loaded viewers' delicate sensitives offended, but I found it endearing, and indeed moving in how he has learned to accept his appearance, and thus accept his self and begin to really live.

    I have a large admiration for Vincent's solid feeling ethic and his strong noble interior. As a vehement protector of what is dear and just in his world, this episode demonstrates how words can heal as well as harm. Shame on the viewers that love Vincent but dislike the episodes that deal with him actually USING his noble nature and humanity that they think they admire him for. The series was about WAY more than the 'love story' plot angles.moreless
Kevin Scannell

Kevin Scannell


Guest Star

Bruce Abbott

Bruce Abbott

Devin Wells

Guest Star

Don Stark

Don Stark


Guest Star

Ritch Brinkley

Ritch Brinkley


Recurring Role

Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer


Recurring Role

David Greenlee

David Greenlee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Don Stark played Eddie, Charles's brother in this episode and also the man who pulls the knife on Catherine in the pilot episode.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Catherine: Where will they go?
      Vincent: To the mountains to begin. A place far away from people Devin says. Where Charles can feel the sunlight on his face and learn not to be afraid... a place to heal, to grow, to feel human. Somewhere...
      Catherine: ...south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    • Vincent: (handing the book to Charles) The rest is for you.
      Charles: "It is a far, far, better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

    • Vincent: "They said of him, about the city that night, that it was the peacefullest man's face ever beheld there. Many added that he looked sublime and prophetic."

    • Vincent: I told Devin and Father and everyone that would listen that I would never go back again.
      Charles: But you went back.
      Vincent: A month later. Devin made me. He promised to stay close and he reminded me that the moon would be full again.
      Charles: I can never go back to see the moon.
      Devin: (from the stairs above) Who says!?

    • Vincent: A car passed by, no further from me than you are now, but I never heard it. When I looked, I glimpsed a face pressed against the window. It was a little girl no older than I was. She saw me.
      Charles: Was she afraid?
      Vincent: She began to cry. I did not know why ... not then.
      Charles: She didn't know. Didn't mean to hurt.
      Vincent: But it hurt just as badly.

    • Vincent: When I was young, I only knew these tunnels. I would hear the other children talk about the world Above and all its wonders. I wanted to see them too. So one night, Devin took me up to the park. The lights went on forever and the night was full of sounds and smells and music, so much so that it made me dizzy. When I looked up...
      Charles: Was it an airplane?
      Vincent: No. It was the moon. It was the most magical thing I had ever seen. I was afraid that if I looked away for a second that it would vanish and I would never see it again.

    • Vincent: (on the spiral staircase) Charles?... Charles... Charles, please.
      Charles: Stay away! Stay away!
      Vincent: I'm not going to hurt you.
      Charles: I was bad. Scared them. Hurt them. They hate me.
      Vincent: No.
      Charles: Yes! Down here. Up above. Same. Just the same. People yelling, crying. Looking at me. The same. I'll hurt them! Hurt them all!

    • Devin: We hatched plots, made up stories, called each other names, talked about fears you can't talk about during the day. And dream, Oh God, how we dreamed. Things we were gonna do, Vincent and me. Places we were gonna go, everywhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La. Then I grew a little older. One day I realized that I was never gonna do any of them unless I left Vincent behind. I guess Eddie and me are not so different after all.

    • Devin: "The time has come," the Walrus said, "To speak of many things."
      Catherine: "Of shoes-and ships-and sealing wax-"
      Devin: "Of cabbages -and kings-"

    • Bernie: (to Catherine and Devin) Win the little lady a prize. Come on, she looks like the kind of girl that needs a big fluffy lion.

    • Vincent: Charles is not a problem, Father. He is a human being.
      Father: Believe me, Vincent, I do understand his pain.
      Vincent: Do you?...Can you?...I can.

    • Vincent: A life is measured by more than just years. A life in a cage... is no life at all.

    • Charles: Do you forget to hide?
      Vincent: I do not hide my face here. This is my home.
      Charles: My home?
      Vincent: If you want it to be.

    • Vincent: When I walk the city streets, I wear a cloak with a hood to shadow my face.
      Catherine: But your face is-
      Vincent: A mirror, like yours. Where frightened men see the shape of their own fears, and small men see only ugliness.

    • Devin: This place brings back a lot of memories.
      Vincent: It should... you lived here half your life.
      Devin: Things are different. You moved things around.
      Vincent: You left... Things change, Devin. Years pass.
      Devin: People change, too.
      Vincent: Some people... sometimes.

    • Vincent: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
      Devin: That pretty well describes it, doesn't it?
      Vincent: Our childhood?
      Devin: My life... This used to be my favorite book.
      Vincent: On Tuesdays, anyway.
      Devin: "Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds."

    • Father: Devin, even when you were a small boy, I could always count on you to make life interesting. Nonetheless, it's good to have you home.

    • Charles: You're different.
      Vincent: Like you.
      Charles: No. No, your face is good. Not like me, Vincent.

    • Vincent: There are no freaks here.

    • Devin: (to Charles) Remember what I told you? About the secret place where I was born? It's right over there across the bridge. Its full of music and candles everywhere you look...and the people...they're like a family.

    • Mouse: (warning buzzer) Broken maybe...Or working maybe.

    • Vincent: (turning to Catherine) So, this is why you wanted to visit Mouse.
      Mouse: Her idea.
      Catherine: So that you can always have a piece of the sky.
      Mouse: Even down here.

    • Vincent: (of Mouse's gift) Incredible.
      Mouse: Saw it Uptop. Figured it out. Built it.
      Vincent: You stole it... "The Eye of the Storm."
      Vincent: Didn't steal! Got the stuff from Catherine.

    • Catherine: That's a mysterious smile.
      Vincent: Look...the moon.
      Catherine: It looks enormous.
      Vincent: Do you remember the first time you saw the moon?
      Catherine: (laughs) Who would remember the first time- Can you?
      Vincent: Mmm-hmm.

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