BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Aired Episode Transcript Ė original air date: February 24, 1989
Director of Photography
Michael F. Anderson
George R.R. Martin
Kenneth R. Koch
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon
CATHERINE walks down a hospital corridor. She appears anxious and bewildered.
Close up of RECEPTION NURSE from Catherineís point of view.
How do you spell the last name again?
(twisting her purse strap nervously)
C-H-A-N-D-L-E-R.† Charles Chandler.†
He was admitted this morning.
Youíll have to check with the duty nurse in ICU.
Catherine walking down another hospital corridor.
ICU NURSE, opening the glass doors of the Intensive Care Unit.
Your fatherís had a stroke.
Catherine reacts to the news.
ICU NURSE (cont'd)
Why donít you have a seat in the family room?
HOSPITAL - FAMILY ROOM
Fade to several scenes - lighting shows that it's day, then slowly night.
Catherine sitting on the couch, alone, afraid and uncertain.† She still has her coat and gloves on as she waits.
Catherine with her legs folded under her on the couch as she waits and tries to get comfortable.† She removed her coat, and looks lonely and scared. A tray of untouched food is on the coffee table
Catherine lying on the couch with her coat over her like a blanket as she waits.
A DOCTOR talking to Catherine.
An artery gets clogged and that prevents the blood
from reaching a particular part of the vascular tree,†
in this case, the blood vessels that feed the brain.†
Itís a pseudo-coma -†
loss of all motor function and some sensory function.†
In other words, (he sighs)
he canít move and he canít see you.
(after trying to take this all in)
You mean heís blind?
Yes, but we believe that he may still be able
to hear you and understand what youíre saying.
Heís stabilized now, and weíre staying optimistic about some partial recovery.
You should prepare yourself for any possibility.
We see a close-up on the ventilator, then Catherine, as she views her FATHER, Charles Chandler, lying in his hospital bed. His eyes are open but unseeing. The machines are breathing for him. Catherine moves closer.
He's unresponsive. Catherine, a shocked look is on her face, leans towards him.
Daddy, itís me.
She sits next to her father.† She folds her hands as she watches him.
CATHERINEíS BALCONY - NIGHT
VINCENT and Catherine are together. They hold each other in a tight embrace.
Iím here.† Always.
Catherine steps back.
(smiling sadly, fondly)
Such a fatherís wordÖalways.
What is it?† What are you thinking?
Something he did when I was little.†
He made me laugh, thatís all.†
Whenever I was upset, heíd make me laugh.
(her face softens at her memories)
Heíd come to the door and I would be crying on the bed.†
Already a part of me would start to smile.†
I would try not to, but I couldnít help it,
and he would say in this deep voice,
ďDonít laugh, donít laugh.Ē
And, heíd come in and I would try not to look,
But I would look anyway,
and there he was with this enormous red clownís nose.
(she laughs and shakes her head)
† Vincent laughs too.
I donít even know where he got it.
Itís a wonderful memory to have.
I wish weíd stayed that close.
You told me before of the growing distance between you.
We got in a habit.†
There were things I didnít want to tell him.
And there were things you couldnít tell him.†
Catherine, thereís still time.
HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT
Charles Chandler is in the hospital bed.† There has been no change in his condition. Catherine is sitting at his father's bedside, holding one of her fatherís hands in both of hers, teary-eyed.
Iím trying to understand your side of all this.†
And, I donít even know if you can understand me.
But I hope you can.
Because I want you to know that I love you.† And, Iím here for you.†
(wipes tears from her eyes)
Daddy, I want you to know that Iím okay.†
A lot of things have changed for me in the last two years.†
Even if sometimes you didnít understand those changes,
you always trusted me.†
Remember when you said that what Mom wanted
was for me to have a happy life?†
Well, thatís a complicated thing.†
But I am happy, Daddy, I really am.†
Itís just that thereís been a part of me that I havenít been able to show you.†
See, I havenít been alone.†
Thereís been someone in my life.†
His name is Vincent.
When I had the accident, it was Vincent who saved my life.†
Those days that I was missing, they werenít lost or forgotten.
I was with him, healing, and learning things about myself
I might never have known.
Vincent is standing in the corner by the window, hiding in the shadows, with his cloak on and his hood over his head.
But Vincent was a secret I couldnít share,
not even with you.
As Catherine tenderly strokes her fatherís cheek, Vincent approaches the bedside. He glances at Catherine, then he folds back the hood to his cloak.†
I realize that to you I am a stranger and that was not your choice.†
But what Catherine and I share has taken great courage
Öespecially for Catherine.†
She sacrificed much in order to live a life of generosity and of love.
Daddy, Iíve gotten so much back!†I had to change.†
I had to find my own strengths and Vincent has helped me to do that.
Vincent leans in and sits next to the bed.
Please know this:†
that I will protect Catherine, watch over her
and love her ítil my last breath.
Catherine kisses her fatherís hand.† She smiles. On the last shot of Charles Chandler's face, who's never changed nor visibly acknowledged anything of what happened, Catherine's voice-over starts.
EXT. CHURCH †- DAY
INT. CHURCH FULL OF PEOPLE, FLOWERS NEAR THE ALTAR
Catherine is at the podium speaking to the crowd assembled for her fatherís funeral.
My Father made strong friends,
and it means a lot to me that so many of you could come today.†
I thought for a long time about what I could say up here.†
But everything I thought of seemed small and insubstantial
next to the man that my father was.†
So what Iíd like to do is to read to you
a part of a story that I know he loved.†
(she unfolds some papers)
Itís a story about two toys.†
A new toy - a rabbit, and an old, worn-out toy - a skin horse.
(she pauses and takes a breath)
ďWhat is real?Ē asked the rabbit one day when they were lying side by side.†
ďDoes it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?Ē
ďReal isnít how you are made,Ē said the skin horse.†
ďItís a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.†
Not just to play with, but really loves.†
Then you become real.Ē
Catherine greeting people in a receiving line after the funeral as Catherineís voice-over continues the story.
ďDoes it hurt?Ē asked the rabbit.
ďSometimes,Ē said the skin horse, for he was always truthful.†
ďWhen you are real, you donít mind being hurt.Ē
ďDoes it happen all at once, like being wound up?Ē
the rabbit asked, ďor bit by bit?Ē
GRAVEYARD - DAY
Close up of Catherine as the funeral continues at the gravesite.
CATHERINE (V.O. - cont'd)
ďIt doesnít happen all at once,Ē said the skin horse.
ďYou become. It takes a long time.
Thatís why it doesnít often happen to people who break easily
or have sharp edges or have to be carefully kept.Ē
CATHERINEíS BALCONY - NIGHT
Catherine looks out at the city lights.
CATHERINE (V.O. - cont'd)
ďGenerally, by the time you are real,
most of your hair has been loved off
and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.†
But these things donít matter at all,
because once you are real you canít be ugly,
except to people who donít understand.†
Once you are real, you canít become unreal again.†
It lasts for always.Ē
PANORAMIC VIEW OF MANHATTAN Ė DAY
EXT. CHARLES CHANDLERíS OFFICE BUILDING - DAY
INT. CHANDLER AND COOLIDGE LAW OFFICES - DAY
Catherine sits at a table with JAY COOLIDGE; Jayís son MARK stands behind his father.† She is examining papers.
Your father and I drafted this after you left the firm.†
He wantedÖuhÖwell, we both wanted to protect your option to return.
Itís not a decision Iím prepared to make right now.
Whatever you decide, though, doesnít affect your entitlement.
Basically, youíre due continuing and uncollected fees,
†but only on those cases in which Charles was actively involved.
Rather than a prolonged payment schedule,
Mark and I discussed the possibility
of offering you a lump sum settlement.
The fact is, your fatherís participation has been...
pretty limited over the past few years.
Iím just being honest, Dad.
Weíve come up with a range of figures
which I think are quite substantial.†
But itís certainly open to discussion.
Thatís fine, Jay.†
(shakes her head)
Right now Iím not feeling very open to discussion.
She closes the folder to signal the end to the conversation.† Jay and Mark leave the room as Catherine seems to be thinking about all they said.†
INSIDE CHARLES CHANDLER'S OFFICE
Catherine is cleaning out her fatherís office. She is holding a framed picture of her mother, which she then slowly wraps in paper and prepares to add to a box. There is a knock on the door. The door opens and in walks MARILYN, Charles Chandler's long-time assistant.
Marilyn opens her arms and Catherine rushes into them and they share a moment of comfort. Catherine kisses Marilynís neck. They pull back and Marilyn holds Catherine by the shoulders.
How are you?
Iím all right.
(at Marilynís disbelieving look)
How about you?
Iím not sure yet.† Itís hard to imagine this place without him.
(she takes Marilynís hands)
Mark doesnít seem to have the same problem.
Mark is a very young man.† He has his own ideas.
He said that Daddy hadnít been very active in the practice lately.
Marilyn, come on, you can be honest with me.
Cathy, even when you were here,
your father was letting go of some of the responsibility.
So that I could take over.
(lips trembling, holding back tears)
And, when I leftÖ
When you left, I think your fatherís priorities changed.†
But he respected your decision Cathy.†
I think your honesty helped him realize that corporate law wasnít everything.†
God knows, Iíd been trying to do that for twenty-five years.†
He lived.† He took time for the things that he loved - ††
travel, the theater, old friends, you.† You really were his world.
Catherine begins to cry softly.
EXT. BUSY NEW YORK STREET - DAY
Catherine is in the back of a cab.† There is a lot of slow-moving traffic around her. She looks at a cab next to her and sees her father sitting in the back seat.† She canít believe her eyes.† As the car moves forward, she sees that she is mistakenÖit is another man.
INT. CATHERINEíS APARTMENT†
Someone is knocking on the door.† Catherine opens the door. It's Joe.
Hi! I took an early lunch.†
Thought Iíd stop by and see how you were doing.
Oh. Come in.†
(as Joe walks in and begins looking around)
You want something to drink?
No, no thanks, Iím fine.
At least sit down.
Yeah, okay. For a minute.
(they sit on the couches)
So, how are you doing?
Escobar tells me youíre coming back to work tomorrow.
I think the work will be good for me.†
(at his disbelieving look)
What else am I supposed to do?
(getting off his couch and kneeling next to her on hers)
Look, Cathy, Iím no psychiatrist,
but experience teaches us things that books just canít.†
When my Father diedÖit... it goes a lot deeper then you think.†
It takes a long time to get your head straight,
a lot longer than three days.
I donít know.†
I donít know what I want to do.† I just donít know.
EXT. CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING - DAY
Catherine is approaching her office from the hallway.† She opens the door, sees all the activity and the hustle and bustle of the workplace.† Itís all too overwhelming.† She turns away.
EXT. CITY SIDEWALK - DAY
Catherine walks along a busy New York sidewalk.† She appears lost, bewildered and sad.
EXT. CENTRAL PARK Ė NIGHT
Catherine walks through Central Park at night.
EXT. CENTRAL PARK Ė DAY
Catherine runs to the drainage tunnel.
Catherine enters the tunnel and runs straight into Vincentís arms, who's there waiting for her. They hold each other close for some time. She backs away from Vincent and begins pacing as she talks.
I had nowhere to go.
Youíre here now.
Iíve been walking everywhere like
Iím looking for something.†I donít know.
Catherine, what youíre looking for is inside you.
Iím losing myself.†
(looking back down the tunnel toward the park)
I canít go back there.
Thereís nothing for me there.†
I tried.† That life isnít mine anymore.
Give yourself the time to mourn.
Vincent, I need to be with you.†
I need you. I need you!
Vincent draws Catherine to him, burying her face in his chest and holding her tightly. Then he puts his arm around her and begins to lead her to the inner tunnels.
He closes the gate and the secret door behind them.
TUNNELS - A GUEST CHAMBER FILLED WITH LOTS OF LIT CANDLES
Catherine is sitting on the bed.† Vincent stands before her.
So sudden the loss.†
You had no time to prepare.
The pain goes through me and then subsides.
I can feel it in you.
I know you can.
Itís late.† You should sleep.
I am tired.
(taking a step towards Catherine)
You sure youíll be all right?
A moment of strong emotion between the two of them, tentative and charged. Vincent eventually turns to go.
He turns back.† Another moment full of undercurrents of emotion. They stare longingly at each other, then finally Catherine looks away.
Vincent leaves the chamber.† Catherine gazes after him.
TUNNELS - VINCENTíS CHAMBER
Vincent is writing in his journal at his table.† Father walks in.
Vincent, I know how difficult this is for you.
To have her so close.
(he sits at the table)
How long will she be staying?
As long as she needs.
Catherine knows how much her presence here affects me.
Does she?† What have you told her?
Perhaps you should.
What should I tell her that wonít frighten her?†
Sheís already in enough pain.
Before there was the safety of distance between you.†
She comes here in grief.†
Whatever she needs, whatever sacrifice I must make,
†I will make to be there for Catherine.
Vincent, Iím afraid for you.† Afraid for both of you.
I fear that, whether Catherine stays or leaves,
itís going to cause you both deep sorrow.
Father and Vincent clasp hands.
TUNNELS - GUEST CHAMBER
The morning after. Catherine turns over in bed and awakens. She smiles as she realizes where she is. She's wearing tunnel night clothing, and from this moment she'll be seen wearing tunnel garments.
She notices a tea service set up at her bedside.
Young GEOFFREY enters the chamber, with a kettle of steaming water.
Good morning, Geoffrey.
Vincent wanted me to ask you if you needed anything.†
Do you need anything?
Maybe some hot water?
She takes the top off the teapot as Geoffrey pours.
Where is Vincent?
Heís down in the lower tunnels working on the new chambers.†
He said if you need him that I would go get him.
No, no.† Iím fine.
(at Geoffreyís hesitation)
What is it?
Iím sorry about your father.
Do you miss him?
I never knew my parents, but I miss Ďem anyway.†
Do you still have a mother?
She died when I was ten.† When I was your age.
I guess that makes you an orphan too.
I guess so.
They smile at each other.
TUNNELS - CHAMBER OF THE FALLS
Catherine and Vincent are sitting on an outcropping, talking.
I spent the entire morning by myself and somehow I didnít feel alone.
Youíre not alone, here.
Being here makes me realize what Iíve been missing all along.†
The chance to be with you.†
I wasnít sure if this time would ever come, if I would ever be so certain.†
But you know itís always been a dream.
For both of us.
I want to stay.
(sighs, shaking his head)
You know me, Vincent.† You know what Iím feeling.†
I want to live in your world.† I donít want to go back.
I donít want you to go back.
EXT. Ė CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING - DAY
INT. Ė JOEíS OFFICE
Joe picks up the phone and dials.† The phone rings and rings, with no answer.
INT. Ė CATHERINEíS APARTMENT†
The superintendent opens the locks.† Joe comes in with two police officers.†
Joe searches the apartment.
Sheís not here.
NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE Ė DUSK FADING TO NIGHT
TUNNELS - VINCENTíS CHAMBER
Vincent is writing in his journal.† As he writes, his voice is heard in a voice-over reading what he is writing.
Our world sleeps and she is near.†
Strange and wonderful and sad, this feeling rising in me like a tide.†
To have all I ever dreamed of so close and yet to know thatÖ
All I know is that she is here and that I must live for her,
surround her easily, guide her out of suffering.†
While she is here, I must live moment by moment for her.
TUNNELS - GUEST CHAMBER
Catherine is sitting up in bed with her legs drawn to her chest.† She is sobbing uncontrollably.† Vincent enters.† He goes to her, sits on the bed and puts his arm around her, drawing her close.† She buries her face in his chest. He wraps her in his arms.
The storm of tears has passed, and Catherine is sleeping in Vincentís arms.† He is semi-reclining and awake.† In her sleep, Catherine turns away on her side, her back to him.† He leans over and extricates his arm from under her head.† He brushes the hair out of her eyes tenderly.† He stands up and looks down at her sleeping form for a long beat. Then slowly leaves the chamber.
Catherine who stirs, wakes up, turns to look for Vincent.
He's not there. She sits up and...
(in a funny voice)
Donít laugh!† Donít laugh, donít laugh.
She notices her father, sitting on an armchair in front of her bed and wearing a red clownís nose.
(pulls the nose off)
Never worked much after you were 13 anyway.
(smiling sadly, tears in her eyes)
I have missed you so much.
Iíve missed you too.
(through her tears)
These last few days Iíve felt your presence so strongly.
Iíve been near.† Thatís what grief is.† Soon, Iíll move farther away.
Donít worry.† Itís all right.† Itís necessary.†
And I understand so much more about you now.†
What you have is a rare thing.
I wish I could have told you sooner.
You had to wait until I was old enough!
Did you understand?
I understood everything he said
and I understood everything you said.
I just wanted you to know how much I love him.†
And how much I love you.
Your love made it easier for me to let go.
Do you think Iím doing the right thing?
Do you remember after we lost your mother?†
You always wanted to go into the park.
I wanted to climb trees.
Almost every Saturday, and I used to watch you.†
And sometimes you would be very bold and you would
climb very high and then you would look down on me.
You were always smiling.
But Iíll tell you a secret.†
Inside, my heart was pounding so much.
I wanted to cry out two words but I did not:†
I was so worried about you and so proud of you at the same time.†
You wanted to climb trees and somehow I knew I had to let you.†
I had to trust you, and never once did you go out so far
that the branches would break, or stay up too long in the cold.†
Then, when you were ready, you always came back down.
(he looks at his watch)
And Iíve stayed too long.
I canít.† Goodbye, Cathy.
He exits the chamber.
She cries and lies back down.†
Again we see Catherine stirring, waking up, turning around. The armchair is empty. She swings her legs over the side of the bed, puts on her boots and exits the chamber.
She walks in the tunnels.†
INT. CENTRAL PARK DRAINAGE DUCT
She emerges from the iron door and opens the gate. She ventures out of the drainage tunnel.
OUTSIDE DRAINAGE DUCT - DAY
She steps into the light and stands there, listening, observing the world around her. Then she turns to go back in the tunnel.
CHAMBER OF THE FALLS - DAY
Catherine and Vincent sit facing each other, obviously having been engaged in deep conversation.
But it wasnít like a dream.†
He was there, talking to me.
Giving you his blessing.
Yes!† HeÖ he understood about our secret.†
He understoodÖ everything.†
†I could feel his trust.† Whatever I do now, itís okay.
You found peace with him.
But not yet with yourself.
IímÖIím not sure.
Donít ever be afraid of the truth.
I donít want to hurt you.† I donít ever want to disappoint you.
By returning Above?
I feel like Iíve failed.
Catherine... every moment that we share is a triumph and a gift.†
And every one of those moments is a lifetime.† Complete.†
There is no failure.†
It doesnít mean our dream can never be.†
It just means that now is not the right time.†
You came here to grieve and to begin to heal.†
But, now your destiny is to be in both worlds.†
You are a woman of both worlds.† That is who you are.
But my heart is here.
And my heart is with you.†
Wherever you are, wherever you go, you take me.†
You stand for me.† For us.† For our dream.†
You carry our light.† That, too, is your destiny.
Do you think that somedayÖ.
Will we ever be together?† Truly together?
Only if and when we understand how great the sacrifice
and how large the fears, and are able to move through them.
(touches Vincent's chin to turns him to look at her)
Iím not scared.
(takes her hand from his chin and holds it)
Catherine, we are something that has never been,
and our journey is one that none have ever taken.†
We are just now setting out.†
We must go with courage and we must go with care.
INT. - CATHERINE'S SUB BASEMENT
Catherine and Vincent are slowly walking toward the threshold to Catherineís apartment building. She's wearing again her Topside clothing. As they come to the brick treshold, she turns to face Vincent.
IímÖ Iím a little scared.
Isnít that strange?
Catherine and Vincent embrace.† She smiles at him and turns to go back to her world.† As she's about to disappear into the dustly blue light, she stops. She turns back, looks at Vincent, and walks back toward him.
She steps right up to Vincent and tenderley kisses him on the lips. Vincent accepts the kiss, and as they part, we see that his face is a mask of wonder...
Thank you, Vincent.
She turns and walks away again as Vincent stares after her.
EXT. CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING - DAY
INT. JOE'S OFFICE
Joe is looking through papers.† Catherine enters.
(overjoyed at first, then accusatory)
Where were you?† I mean, where the hell have you been?
Thanks for worrying.†
Joe sighs, not angry now, but relieved.
Iím ready to come back to work.
She smiles back.
CENTRAL PARK - DAY
Catherine walks through the park as Vincent is heard in voice-over, repeating the words he said to her at the falls.
Wherever you are, wherever you go, you take me.†
You stand for meÖ For us.
For our dream. You carry our light.
Catherine is smiling. She stops at a huge tree and looks up at it. She begins to climb the tree. Up she goes until she finds just the right branch to sit on. As she sits there she is filled with happiness and joy and she begins to laugh.
Donít worry, Daddy.† I wonít fall.† I wonít fall.
The camera pulls back from her as she is sitting in the tree.
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