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The Catch - S01E03

Thriller . Drama . Crime

Anderson Vaughan Investigations takes on a case that hits close to home when Valerie's estranged husband, Gordon, comes to them for help after his sister suffers horrible side effects in a Multiple Sclerosis clinical trial by a big pharmaceutical company. Meanwhile, Alice is following her biggest lead yet in tracking down Ben, as he's in the midst of luring their next victim, Princess Zara Al-Salim, into a multimillion dollar fraudulent real estate investment.

Episode Title: The Trail
Airs: 2016-04-07 at 22:00
  • Jeff Korbelik

    [Enos is] kind of fun, especially when she’s matching wits with the veteran Krause. And Krause is perfect. He’s smooth, suave and charming. You’re rooting as much for him to elude Enos as you are for Enos to catch him. Let’s hope this chase lasts awhile.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    What starts off as a lusty and dewy-eyed dance between lovers quickly turns into a taut game of cat and mouse more titillating than the pair’s pending nuptials. Enos and Krause have palpable chemistry.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    If Enos and Krause can keep things fresh and frisky--and the writers can sustain the premise--The Catch could be quite fetching. [25 Apr 2016, p.57]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    The pilot is a slick, constantly entertaining hour of programming, directed by Julie Anne Robinson with hell-for-premium-leather pacing and a surplus of stylized, split-screen transitions.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Despite a few directorial errors--a stunning over-reliance on pop music, for example (please stop with the Pitbull), and a too-eager-to-please hyperactive editing style--there’s something engaging about The Catch. It’s largely due to the overwhelming charisma of its two leads, but there’s also just something witty about the set-up and the promise of a cat-and-mouse game in which the two roles are constantly being reversed. Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The Catch is about illusions, also about who’s real, or not. It’s about human mirages. Could Ben possibly be a genuine “catch,” or is he just another Shondaland heel in a bespoke suit? The answer is not so clear-cut, and it’s also what makes The Catch so possibly engaging.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    The Catch contains all the ingredients we've come to expect from the folks at Shondaland: glossy production values, a diverse cast, hyper-articulate dialogue, hairpin plot twists and lots of eye candy and writhing hips. If you've been a fan, you'll surely want to take another ride on the roller coaster. If that stuff makes you want to spit at your TV, it's best that you keep your distance.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Enos is terrific, managing the seeming impossible: to go from adoring fiancee to avenging private-eye angel in a flash. She’s well partnered with Krause, who is an entirely convincing liar when Ben and Alice are still together, and equally credible when his ruse is revealed. The show moves so fast, you may miss its logical flaw until after the episode ends.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Retooling usually ruins a show, but not so with The Catch, which works precisely because of Heinberg’s changes. Of Shonda Rhimes’ block of Thursday night dramas, The Catch most resembles Scandal, with a gorgeous, well-heeled squad of operators doing dirty work for powerful people.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    If you prefer your crime dramas from the To Catch a Thief corner of the genre, The Catch has much to recommend it, including clever plotting and an elegant, witty cast. Enos, a long way from the bipolar ragamuffin detective she played in The Killing, shows that she can rock an evening gown. Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    The Catch is sort of Shondaland’s roller-coaster in that sense--it moves so fast, gearing up and careening down, shooting left and right, and its effusive energy makes it easy to forgive the familiarity of some of its themes.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    There are a few things The Catch will need to establish before taking off. For instance, it’s a bit hard to buy Alice’s and Ben’s instant attraction. But as light entertainment, the show flies by pretty quickly, a good fit for the #TGIT playground.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The Catch wants you to hope for the best, but he’s such a sociopath, it’s hard to root for their relationship to end anywhere but in a lifetime sentence behind bars. Still, Enos is terrific and makes this caper a fun ride toward righteous retribution.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The Catch takes a while to kick in, afflicting viewers with way too much of Pitbull’s “Fireball” during an extended early game of now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The first episode sets up a storyline with limited long-term potential, but it’s entertaining and stylish enough to be worth following to see where it leads.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Like other Rhimes shows, including "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," it filters a lot of nuttiness through good actors who can make compelling what otherwise might seem absurd.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Fans of USA's White Collar might enjoy the cat-and-mouse game that ensues, though I'd argue that the relationship between its con artist, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), and FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) was (in a totally bro way) a more compelling romance than this one.... Krause, who looks the way he always does, even when his character's trying to look different, isn't all that convincing a con man, but maybe that's exactly what's required of a con man.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Forget the incongruity of the premise--we’re asked to believe that Alice and Valerie’s company is both the best private investigation firm around and the most incompetent--and instead just be dismayed at the prospect of having to spend more time with Alice and Ben. They, like everyone else in this series, have a “Stepford Wives” blandness to them.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Alice has been betrayed and bankrupted, but the character is given no time to let the emotional impact land because the show needs to get her into another fancy dress for some Mission: Impossible-type sting. An equally troubling issue, particularly for a show that clearly wants to plant its flag in the Shondaland "sexy" territory, is that the two stars generate precious little onscreen heat.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Formulaic but fashionable.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    [The Catch] mostly just feels tired, like a TNT caper show that futilely seeks to derive energy from visual gimmicks, like split screens and slo-mo. Based strictly on the premiere, the show is hardly a disaster, but nor does it offer much incentive to see what maze-like corners this cat-and-mouse game will explore.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The most interesting thing about the premiere of The Catch is the camera-work and the editing--including some very clever split screens. But the characters ought to be the most interesting thing, and they're not.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • David Sims

    Though it’s crisp-looking and well-cast like its predecessors, The Catch is mostly a flashy lot of nothing.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The show’s cast is great, and they work hard to elevate subpar material. But whether the series can catch viewers with what has become an overused formula (and one that--as has happened with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder--can flame out very quickly) remains to be seen.

    Collider Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    [The Catch] is so aggressively Shonda-ed--with fast cutting, split-screening, long romantic looks, and pop music competing with the dialogue in an attempt to boost your energy to keep watching--that it very nearly plays like a parody of a Shonda Rhimes show.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Everything about The Catch is annoying, from the basic premise to the impossible twists to especially (somehow, especially) the insistent soundtrack that is supposed to whip us into a froth of excitement.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's a laborious, cliched bit of retread television.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review