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Vincent is torn between his new feelings for Cat and his old memories with Alex. J.T. learns that Evan is planning to propose a task force to catch the beast and must figure out how to stop him. Meanwhile, Tess investigates the mysterious skydiving death of the wife of a billionaire adventurer, while Cat remains off duty until she recovers from being shot.

Episode Title: On Thin Ice
Airs: 2013-01-31 at 21:00
  • David Wiegand

    [An] overheated, badly written, wretchedly acted and unconvincing drama, which makes mincemeat out of the traditional beauty and the beast fairy tale.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The original Beast was a beauty. This one's a bust.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Beauty and the Beast is, alas, also woefully crafted on every level.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The CW's Beauty is laughably bad in myriad ways. There's no sense of star-crossed lovers, just a plasticized romance between a Cover Girl and a glum, anger-prone male model.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    A hilariously bad remake of the original, substituting the amazingly gorgeous Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan in the title roles, which is how The CW rolls.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While the paper-thin revival might benefit from the presold title, its approach sidesteps any such dilemma--and as constructed, should be hard-pressed to get under viewers' skin.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    There's no erotic pull between him (Jay Ryan) and the detective (Kristin Kreuk). [15 Oct 2012, p.49]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Absent a compelling core romance, and absent a passably beast-like beast, you're left with a sodden police procedural.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Loosely based on the 1987-89 series, it's a silly, flat piece of work that is all about posing longingly in the face of impossible love.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Beauty and the Beast is a little hacky at times, with the characters leaping dozens of plot points in a single bound. But Kreuk and Ryan keep their faces straight and their bodies hard, which is what CW shows are mostly about, and all in all, it could be a lot dumber than it is.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    [Kreuk and Ryan are] terrible, but the material may have left them with no other option. Luckily, in this world of 1,000 channels, you have plenty of other options.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It is all so dreadfully familiar--the lovely, headstrong and feisty heroine, the nice guy who wants her (in this case, the medical examiner played by Max Brown) and the broken bad boy she loves instead. The only point of light is provided by Catherine's partner, Tess.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    A new but forgettable TV treatment for an old story, with results that look very "CW."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    The show ill have to overcome the distinct lack of spark between hard-nosed detective Catherine Chandler ad her unpredictable love interest. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.98]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Beauty and the Beast won't hurt all that much to watch, but the dialogue and plot stretches can add up to a lot of little ows.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The true horror here is the utter lack of imagination.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Beauty and the Beast's pilot is rarely more than competent, sometimes stubbed-toe clumsy. But if it can hang around for a while, devise a style that matches its story, and tap its stars' sincerity, it could become a cult hit: perpetually underrated but loved.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Ms. Kreuk and Nina Lisandrello, as her police force partner, are unconvincing as detectives. But the pilot's hint of a connection between the beast's condition and the murder of Catherine's mother offers the promise of future depth.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    All this setup, and more, happens at the speed of light. But it's all easily understandable and gets us right to the real attraction.

    New York Daily News Full Review