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Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Brian is an unhappy young man whose parents are going through a divorce. He is also a avid player of Dungeons and Dragons and one evening spies upon Catherine and follows her to the basement and sees her enter into the tunnels and follows her down. Soon the Father, Vincent and the rest of the tunnel dwellers must decide just what to do with Brian.moreless

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  • Dungeons and Dragons Fans will Like this One

    A young teen, Brian, is playing "Dungeons and Dragons" in his bedroom with two buddies. One of the characters is Lady Catherine. The game ends when Brian's father announces over the intercom that it's time for dinner. Turns out this young man lives in the same building as Catherine. Brian sits in the lobby and discreetly hides behind a newspaper in hopes of seeing her. Catherine is aware of her admirer and greets Brian before entering the elevator. Brian's parents are divorced and he has a tense relationship with his dad who would rather not have custody of him and doesn't try to hide it. Vincent calls on Catherine that night, the children request her presence at a music recital they're giving. Brian just happens to see Cathy; all dressed up, and follows her to the basement ultimately discovering the tunnels and the world below. Mouse is the first Tunnel dweller he meets. Vincent is next who tells Brian not to be afraid just as Catherine and Father enter the scene. A council is held and the decision made to trust Brian with their secret. In a montage with background music, various tunnel community members: new faces we've only recently met such as Brooke and William as well as old, familiar ones such as Mary, Pascal, Father and finally Vincent all share their feelings about how much this world they've created means to them. Brian promises to keep their secret but his father lays into him as soon as he gets home and Brian runs back to the safety of the Tunnel world where Mouse and Vincent convince him he must stay strong, try to understand and forgive his father and continue to keep their secret. Vincent's mentoring influence ultimately persuades Brian to return. As emergency workers are preparing to search the tunnels and risk exposing the community, Brian comes stumbling out, is embraced by his emotional father and they are reconciled. Episode ends with Brian making Vincent a new character in D&D.moreless
Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward


Guest Star

Daniel Benzali

Daniel Benzali


Guest Star

Jeff Maynard

Jeff Maynard


Guest Star

David Greenlee

David Greenlee


Recurring Role

Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer


Recurring Role

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Catherine: He will keep the secret.
      Vincent: There will be times when his strength is tested.
      Catherine: Some secrets give us strength.

    • Vincent: (to Brian) Your heart led you here. Let it show you the way when you go home.

    • Vincent: Try to imagine the sorrow and terror for having lost that.
      Brian: There is nothing I can do about that.
      Vincent: There is. Understand him. Forgive him. Love him. There is great strength in that, but to do those things you have to go back and face him. You have to be braver than you have ever been before.
      Brian: I know, but part of me just wishes I could stay here.
      Vincent: This is not a place to hide. It is a safe place to gain strength. You carry that now with in you. Hold it close deep inside yourself.

    • Vincent: (of Brian's father) His life must be in great torment.
      Brian: And so is mine.
      Vincent: Do you remember a time when all was right with your family and you could feel their love for each other?
      Brian: Yes.

    • Mouse: Hard to keep secrets. First time is hardest. Gets easier. Gets better.

    • Mouse: We have rules here, too. Break the rules, get in trouble. I know.

    • Catherine: (to Brian) Our secret is now in your hands. Please keep it safe for us.

    • Vincent: My very existence lies here within these tunnels. It is my salvation. I could not exist elsewhere. Without this place there is nothing for me. You must never, as long as you live, reveal what you have seen tonight. To do so would mean the end of life for all of us, and the end of our world. You bear the weight of a great responsibility, but it is also a great privilege. You will always have a safe place here should you need it. Now, you must go back to the world Above and carry our secret with you forever, in silence.

    • Father: When I left the world Above, I was disillusioned, heartbroken. I had lost my faith. Here, it was that I learned to listen to my heart and heal my wounds. Here, I learned to believe again. Hopes and dreams created this fragile world. Pride and vigilance maintain it, and it survives only because it is separate and apart. It is a refuge, where the disillusioned regain their vision, where the lost become found. Where each one of us can explore the best of our being, the best of what it means to be...human and to be alive.

    • Geoffrey: When my mother died, I went to the orphanage and people would come to adopt us. We would all ine up and I would smile as they came by, hoping they would choose me. But they never did. But everyone wants me here. I don't cry anymore. I got chosen.

    • Mouse: I help everyone, and everyone helps me. I go. They miss me. I come back. They're glad. Never alone. Before, I was no one. Now, I am me. I am Mouse.

    • William: My life Above was filled with disappointments and failures. Nothing good ever happened until I found this home beneath the city. I do what I do best, I cook. Feed people, and they appreciate me.

    • Pascal: Trust. Continuity. A tradition of work and honor passed won from my father to me: a system of communication, a way in which we can always be connected. I continue what he began so many years ago, so that those who come after will remember him long after I am gone. I was born here. This is my birthright and my legacy.

    • Mary: Home. Children. I help the children grow. I nurse them when they are sick. Teach them. I love all of them as if each one was my own. I lost my own. To lose a child is to lose everything. It was here that I found family again. The children are safe here. This is our safe place. I tell them it will be here for them always.

    • Elderly Man: My crime was that I grew old. You see, in the world Above people don't want to look at me, an old man, this unpleasant reminder of their future. I was to be cast away, hidden from the eyes of the young, who want to believe they'll live forever. In the world Above I lived too long. But here, Below, I've not lived long enough. So why am I here? To make memories, so that the last moments of my life may be as full of warmth and love as the very first moments of my life.

    • Catherine: (at council) I think this boy has a good heart and a conscience. If he understands that people's lives depend on him keeping the secret, I believe he can be trusted.

    • Vincent: (at council) Perhaps, instead of concealing the truth from this boy, we should tell him who we are and how we live.

    • Catherine: (after Brian is found Below) I don't know how I could have been so careless.

    • Catherine: (at the recital) They are really good.
      Vincent: We offered to help but they refused. They were so determined.
      Catherine: Just look at their faces. They know they have done it.
      Vincent: Yes, they have succeeded in humbling their elders.
      Catherine: Besides the music, what can be sweeter?
      Vincent: You know children.
      Catherine: I used to be one once.
      Vincent: Yes, but you remember.
      Catherine: More and more.

    • Vincent: Their recital is tonight. They say you must be there.
      Catherine: Well then, I would not miss it.
      Vincent: You hold a special place in their hearts.
      Catherine: They are like a part of my family.
      Vincent: (beat) Until tonight.

    • Vincent: Catherine, I come on an urgent mission. The children insist that you come Below tonight to Father's chamber.
      Catherine: Really? What is the occasion?
      Vincent: Something of a miracle.
      Catherine: Tell me.
      Vincent: This year, there were several children in the music classes who we felt were not ready to perform at the Winterfest. Some were simply too inexperienced, but others failed to show a true commitment to the music. I think that in order to prove to all of us that we were in grave error, these children have joined together to form their own Concert Society.
      Catherine: Sounds wonderful.

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