Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 Episode 1

Chamber Music

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 1988 on CBS
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While walking above one night, Vincent spots an ex-tunnel dweller named Rolley, who grew up in the tunnels and was known for being a piano prodigy but has since abandoned the tunnels and has become a drug addict. Vincent calls on Catherine to assist him in helping Rolley and tries to get him to come back to his friends down below but his guilt over the death of his piano teacher may not allow him to return.moreless

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  • This first episode of Season Two featured a moving story and powerful acting from the entire cast.

    Chamber Music was the first episode of season two of Beauty and the Beast. The episode opens with indication that the relationship between Catherine and Vincent has progressed to a different level as we see them going on a "date" to a concert in Central Park. The interaction between the two of them is beautiful, as the night takes an unexpected turn.

    The episode quickly becomes much more serious as Vincent finds a past resident of the tunnel community living on the streets Above. Vincent is unable to rest until he can reach out to this young man, and Catherine does her best to help make that happen. Much of this episode is told through a series of flash backs. This technique is very effective here and the transitions between present and past move smoothly. This episode takes the viewer through every emotion, from the pure joy of the opening scenes to the much more somber ending. All of the parts are very well acted, especially the young and older Rollie, and his piano teacher. Ron Perlman as Vincent and Linda Hamilton as Catherine are also particularly good in this one.moreless
Terrance Ellis

Terrance Ellis

Rolley (age 18)

Guest Star

Garland Spencer

Garland Spencer

Rolley (age 11)

Guest Star

Janet MacLachlan

Janet MacLachlan

Miss Kendrick

Guest Star

David Greenlee

David Greenlee


Recurring Role

Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Rolley is threatened by a group of thugs, Vincent snarls and emerges from behind a pillar where he was hiding, he's only wearing one set of fangs.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Vincent: He won't come back.
      Catherine: You did everything you could.
      Vincent: Catherine, I feel as if we'll never see him again.

    • Vincent: He won't come back.
      Catherine: You did everything you could.
      Vincent: atherine, I feel as if we'll never see him again.
      Catherine: But he knows now, that you'll wait for him, that you love him and Vincent, as long as you do, there's hope.

    • Vincent: There is a piano in a chamber beneath this city waiting for you to play. It's yours. Come back. Play it for us.

    • Father: I'm sorry Mouse, but one simply does not find a concert grand piano!
      Mouse: Mouse did!
      Father: Where?
      Mouse: In the park.
      Father: The park?
      Mouse: Underground...under platform.
      Father: The concert platform, in the park. You dissembled a grand piano under the concert platform in the park.
      Mouse: Two more there just as big!

    • Miss Kendrick: But where's the rest of it?
      Mouse: Up Above, down Below, in between...Mouse took it apart.
      Father: I was afraid of that.

    • Father: Mouse, what did you do? I hope you didn't wreck this piano.
      Mouse: Found it.

    • (flashback)
      Father: Mouse, what in the world have you got there?
      Mouse: Found it! UpTop! For Rolley!
      Father: Some kind of keyboard?
      Miss Kendrick: It's from a concert grand piano.

    • Vincent: Rolley's gift was immense. It was fragile. He became lost to us. I don' think there's ever been a young person in the world with more promise and more desire.
      Catherine: Are you sure he wants to see you, Vincent, to be reminded of that terrible loss?

    • (flashback)
      Father: Extraordinary!
      Miss Kendrick: And sad.
      Father: Why sad?
      Miss Kendrick: He does not know what he is playing. He is just copying what he has heard, like a little robot or parrot. He has no understanding.
      Father: But you cannot deny that there is a gift.
      Miss Kendrick: It's a gift, but right now it is an empty gift.

    • Eli: A couple of years ago he was in here asking for money. Took one look at him and I knew he was on the drugs. The boy, the gift...everything was gone. He looked like a ghost.
      Vincent: he ghost of someone we knew and loved. I want Rolley to know there are still people that hold him in their hearts.

    • (flashback)
      Eli: This boy has a precious gift; we've got to protect it.
      Father: Eli, part of our dream down here has always been to offer a place of encouragement to those whose gifts have been overlooked and unappreciated.

    • Catherine: Lightening!
      Vincent: I think it was.
      Catherine: Vincent, it's raining! (Vincent offers his cloak) No, Vincent it's wonderful!

    • Catherine: I have been to coming to concerts in the park all my life. It's strange to think there might have been nights we were listening to the same music... that you were so close!
      Vincent: I come here and the music engulfs me and... I can feel the presence of everyone sitting just above us. You'll see- when the music ends, you'll hear the fragments of conversations echo throughout the chamber and- and footsteps... And then, all will be very still again.
      Catherine: The stillness... didn't it make you feel...
      Vincent: Alone? Sometimes, and sometimes I found a wonderful peace in that stillness.

    • Catherine: Ah, I love this part.
      Vincent: Yes, it's beautiful... What makes you smile?
      Catherine: Everything! This is a wonderful spot.
      Vincent: I've spent many an evening here. I've heard all the great music... here.
      Catherine: The sound is remarkable. It's like we're in the first row.
      Vincent: We're just under it.

    • Joe: Well, you're obviously not getting what you need. Maybe you need something else.
      Catherine: Joe, I hesitate to ask, but I'm dying to know. What do you think I need? Tell me.
      Joe: Radcliffe, you need someone who's more, ah...
      Catherine: More...?
      Joe: More solid. You know?...More a ...down-to-earth kind of guy. You know what I mean?
      Catherine: I think I do.

    • Joe: Well, all I'm saying is that there must be a reason you haven't hooked up with one of these guys yet.
      Catherine: Any theories?

    • Joe: You're really attracted to these culture types, aren't you?
      Catherine: I don't think you could call what I'm attracted to a "type."
      Joe: No, but you know what I mean. These smooth guys who go to concerts, and know all about wine, take you to all the right places.
      Catherine: Not exactly.

  • NOTES (3)