“Until June and Season 4 we are going to recap Season 2 and Season 3 episodes… randomly, depending on the mood”
At the end of “Recipe for a Disaster” we left our lead characters entangled in a situation really far from rosy, Vincent wrapped up in guilt for Tory’s death, and Catherine who, mistaking that sense of guilt for love, swept into an unlikely relationship with Gabe .
So with these assumptions we get to the Valentine episode, written by Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin.
I state that I have always loved their script, indeed. Maybe not always perfect to set the path of the story but absolutely unbeatable in the dynamics of the scenes and the dialogues. So after Till Death, I raised them on a pedestal from which I would never throw them off because every moment of this episode should be remembered, every line of the script will enter the history of this series.
They wrote it in urgency around the Christmas holidays, the two of them alone and locked at home after Roger Grant wrote the story.
It must have been the winter atmosphere or maybe the gloomy snow or loneliness but these two writers have gone beyond their own limits as if inspired, as in the story “Christmas Carol”, by ghosts of other times and other loves, joining them to tell together the depth of feelings by then forgotten, to rediscover and revive them.
Closing your eyes and scrolling through the episode then opening them suddenly, the one and the only protagonist is still on stage, as in any Valentine’s Day one, Love.
Yes, just that. The one with the capital L, the one in the name of which this series is wonderful and unique, the one for which we cheer.
But it’s obvious to say that it is not the love that leads to the altar, like that of Dana and Sam, because there is the altar, yes, but too much else is missing.
And it’s not the love that leads to the bedroom because I am not wrong thinking that Tess and JT will have to sweat a lot to find out if it’s really love.
It is not the love that brings in Mexico because Gabe already knows in his heart, even if he will deny to the bitter end, that the love, the real one, can’t be bought with cuteness and flattery.
It is not even the love that leads to a new life because love can do anything, except to be born from the rational wish to see it where it isn’t and Cat knows it better than we do, but she is not ready to admit it.
Then, you say, which is this great Love which this episode is filled of and where does it lead?!
But where, if not on a couch, shocked by the realization that even the one who wanted to be loved by you had the perception of how strong was your feelings for the only one in your life?!
Or in a dungeon, more shaken than a mouse in a cage, prisoner of nothing but the beating of a heart, her heart.
Or away, fast, running from her house because she says the word friendship and you cannot breathe and you have to go away where she can’t see the love in your eyes..
And worse, outside in the cold, because you heard her saying “Married and 8 months pregnant” and thinking that it wouldn’t be with you hits you strongly like a punch.
But even in a worst cold, out there in the loneliness, out there in the snow, the knowledge that there is not and there won’t be room for you in the world if not by her side.
Giving us this Vincent, Sherri, Jennifer and Jay have topped themselves.
Listening to the ghosts of Christmas they have given us the romantic hero of the third millennium, giving Vincent a heart from another era.
Everyone will have to work hard to oust him from our hearts I believe.
We could watch it endless and never be tired of his looks and his words, of his dialogues with JT, of his feeling not worthy and always wanting her happy.
It’s the best Valentine’s Day this one that Sherri and Jennifer have given us, precious and unforgettable.
And if in the beginning I did not understand all their emphasis about romance of this story, I had to change my mind.
“But it is not a happy ending!” They said the most.
And it’s true, heck if it is true: Vincent who goes away alone with the collar turned up in the unreal light of the snowy night…. breaks our heart.
But… there is no place for any mushy Valentine’s Day for our hero as we will never be satisfied by corny love.
If we rather were looking for a sign of true love, the generous love that expects nothing and throws the heart to the risk and the pain, well then there would be a time when a “Yes, I love her,” would touch our heart and provoke deep unforgettable emotions.
Those words value much more than one single happy Valentine’s Day.
Once expressed it, Vincent will not escape saying that he is not worthy and that she deserves to be with someone who makes her happy.
Those words, uttered in a loud voice – as well as they make the world pass out – make him unable to overlook his love for Catherine, no matter what.
And no matter how long it will take or how much dangerous it will be.
It does not matter even if it will cost him the most unthinkable, difficult and painful thing, to accept himself as man and beast together.
After hearing his voice and his heart strong proclaiming his love for her, the only purpose that gives meaning to his life will be to be loved back by her, with the love truly conscious, generous and brave that has always been in her heart.
Because, as JT gently suggests, “this isn’t how the musical ends”.