Beauty and the Beast

Season 2 Episode 15

The Watcher

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 1989 on CBS
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Catherine and Vincent's second anniversary celebration is interrupted by an anonymous caller who lets her know that he's watching her and what's more he has seen Vincent. Not wanting to get the police involved, Catherine soon finds herself at the mercy of her own fear when she realizes "The Watcher" has been in her apartment.

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  • Cathy's Near-death Experience

    5.0
    It is Catherine and Vincent's two year anniversary of the night he found her and they first met. To celebrate, Cathy lights lots of candles around her balcony and in her apartment where a table is laid for two. According to my notes, Vincent has only entered Cathy's apartment just once during this entire series, in Season One's "An Impossible Silence" (Laura's men track Cathy to her apartment and beat her up before Vincent arrives to scare them off before carrying a shaken Cathy to her bed) so this is a special night for them but it's ruined by the ringing of the telephone. Someone's watching them and he's not friendly. Vincent flees the balcony. Cathy closes her blinds. The threatening phone calls and anonymous notes increase. Cathy becomes very paranoid. This jerk knows about Vincent but she can't confide that part to Joe or her best friend, Jenny, who are both very worried about her. Joe continues to be a sweetheart after this pervert enters Cathy's apartment through an unlocked window while she's taking a shower to leave flowers and disturb her underwear drawer. Cathy hears him knock over her lipstick stand just as Joe knocks on her door. He calls the police for Cathy and a 24 hour locksmith. Vincent is nearby as well but Cathy is overwhelmed by foreboding that something bad is going to happen to her. She leaves the apartment, just missing Joe returning with a magazine and coffee to stand guard outside Cathy's door, just in case. The man, whose face we never see throughout the entire episode, finally catches up to Cathy with a chloroform-soaked cloth. He throws her into his car and drives away, tires squealing as a roaring Vincent attempts to stop him. The kidnapper drives to a wooded area with a small lake while Vincent takes his usual subway route. The man dumps Cathy in the trunk and pushes the car into the water. As Cathy slowly drowns, her spirit passes into the next world where the silhouettes of her parents are waiting to greet her with open arms before Vincent, in super-slow-mo, runs in and sweeps her into his arms, rescuing her from an early, watery grave. Cut to emergency personnel swarming the scene, gathering evidence while a shivering Cathy, wearing Vincent's black cloak for warmth, greets Joe who is very relieved to see her alive and okay. Back at Cathy's apartment, she dismisses Joe and Jenny, insisting she's fine and wants to be alone. Of course, we know Vincent is waiting for her outside on the balcony so they can pick up where they left off, after he pulled her out of the water. Ends with Cathy trying again to throw an anniversary celebration with Vincent who comments if anyone is watching them they'll just smile and give their blessing on their very special relationship. This episode is also featured in the tie-in paperback novelization, Masques, by Ru Emerson.moreless
Joseph Carberry

Joseph Carberry

Det. Greene

Guest Star

David Neidorf

David Neidorf

The Watcher

Guest Star

Charlie Holliday

Charlie Holliday

Locksmith

Guest Star

Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney

Rita Escobar

Recurring Role

Terri Hanauer

Terri Hanauer

Jenny Aronson

Recurring Role

John Michael Bolger

John Michael Bolger

Det. Greg Hughs

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goofs: Did you notice how remarkably dry Vincent is after leaping onto the trunk of the submerged car and ripping the trunk off and carrying a sopping wet Catherine onto the shore? After the Watcher's first phone call, Catherine hangs up the phone, but it falls off onto the floor. But when she is putting on her coat, it rings again- in a mysterious way it is back on the cradle.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (On the balcony, looking out over the city)
      Catherine: Someone else could be watching.
      Vincent: Perhaps.
      Catherine: We can't be afraid, can we? We can't let that stop us.
      Vincent: This balcony is our window. Our vantage point. And, perhaps Catherine, someone behind one of those lights is watching, and smiling on us.
      Catherine: Perhaps they are.

    • (Catherine rushes to Vincent on the balcony and they embrace)
      Vincent: I felt you go. I felt you go.
      Catherine: Hold me tighter. Tighter!

    • (To Jenny, who is insisting on staying with Catherine)
      Catherine: You don't have to stay.
      Jenny: I know, but I am.
      Catherine: Jen...
      Jenny: No, I'm staying.
      Catherine: (getting annoyed) Jen! (pauses) I'm not going to be alone.
      Jenny: Oh. (looks surprised) You're not going to be alone? (smiles) Well, what am I doing here? (walks towards door).

    • (Holding Catherine after pulling her out of the lake)
      Vincent: Oh, Catherine.
      Catherine: I love you.

    • Catherine: Vincent, you have to stay away.
      Vincent: I feel your fear, how do I leave you alone with that?
      Catherine: Because I can handle fear. But, if something happened to you... (They embrace)
      Vincent: Come Below tonight.
      Catherine: I can't. I can't let him do that to me. I can't. We're alone in this.

    • (Below, after receiving phone call from the watcher)
      Catherine: Vincent, the balcony isn't safe anymore. That was the only part of my world that belonged to us. I will not let him destroy it.

    • (Greeting Vincent at the balcony door)
      Catherine: Two years ago, tonight. (they exchange glances) I thought maybe we could go inside, by the fire. It's warm. (phone rings, interrupting)

    • (Voice over at beginning of show)
      Vincent: I look out on this city of night, and tonight I am one with it. I see the pathways and the cross roads, the rush of possibilities, and I feel every point of light that is a life, each with its wonders and terrors. I see how, in a single night, a world can be transformed. How, in one terrifying and wondrous moment, my world was transformed. On a night as dark and glittering as this, two years ago, I found Catherine.

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