Okay…so if you haven’t been watching The Catch, you need too!!!! Oh my goodness. I absolutely love this show and can’t wait to follow the new season. While in LA we were invited to the ABC Building to screen episode 203 “The Dining Hall.”
Alice wants to help her brother, Tommy…but does he really want her help or does he want the money? Tommy does get help, but not from Alice. She discovers some very hard truths about her brother, but still is determined to help him. In doing so, Val is forced to dig into her past in order to help with his case.
Ben and Alice haven’t been able to get their quality time and of course there is always a CATCH!
Margot needs help to find out who set up the hit on her…and she needs Alice’s help. Since Alice is preoccupied with her brother, she sends Danny and Sophie…who Margot refers to as the “B” team. Margot has her own ideas on how to catch the person responsible and leave poor Danny in the dark.
Ben and Rhys’ latest con may turn out to be a little too risky as they try to catch a Japanese Dignitary/possible drug and diamond dealer. Without the approval of the FBI, they set up a “restaurant” in hopes to gain the business only there is a HUGE snag in their plan. The drug money Tommy took was stolen by Rhys and now that money can only help one person…who’s it going to be? Will Ben use it to save Rhys and himself…or will Alice get it to save her brother?
Alice and Ben’s relationship is tested once again! Oh but wait…there is a new relationship that emerges…Tune in tonight to see what happens at 10|9c on ABC!!!
After screening the episode, we had the opportunity to chat with Sonya Walger (“Margot”) and Showrunner & Executive Producer Allan Heinberg.
There are so many twist and turns in The Catch, we were wondering if there was something that surprised Sonya. She said, “Yeah, you haven’t seen it yet. [We all laughed] Yep, that one was quite a big one, too, I have to say.” So I guess we will have to continue watching to find out what twist will surprise us all!
“John Stuart Scott, our fantastic director who had done some episodes on season one, and that does them for several more on season two. One of things we all love about John is he comes with such a game plan” (Sonya) Each story has a meaning and “he arrives so prepared,” and he tells the story in an exciting way.
Relationships are constantly being challenged and new friendships are forming…one of the most surprising is the relationship between Margot and Alice. “I think what’s really fun is that Alice and Margo discover they have perhaps more in common than they thought, and there’s a sort of begrudging mutual respect while still there’s a lot of wariness because, you know, because Margot is Margot, [we all laughed again] so you wanna be careful of that.” (Sonya). Allan wrote a perfect scene for in season one where Margot has a moment were she realizes that both her and Alice have been betrayed by the same guy. It gives them a common ground that grows in season two. “I think they sort of realize they’re both strong, empowered, intelligent women who can go toe-to-toe, and neither one is gonna stand down. And then when they realize neither one is gonna stand down, then they have to kind of work together.” (Sonya) It’s a love/hate relationship.
Allan knew he would have to reinvent the show completely in this second season. He knew that part of what turned people off in the beginning was that they only had one episode to show people by the time they aired. “I think everybody thought we were doing The Fugitive where it was like, I don’t want her chased in thirteen episodes. That makes me tired. I don’t want that.” Now for season two, they have ten episodes “in the can.” The show is more clear and just wait for season three!!! “It’s gonna be a completely- same characters you love, but new dynamics because I think what happens in TV, and you know this as longtime TV watchers, you get into the same character cycle. So, like, even on Grey’s, part of the reason that I ended up leaving after season six was, like, I could not write another Christina and Owen scene. I just couldn’t do that, I felt it paralyzing me and I felt like we were repeating ourselves a lot and so that’s one of the things that we’re- we work really hard at on The Catch is, like, always spinning the dynamic a little bit, and what two characters have never had a scene together?”
Where does the title “The Catch” come from? Sonya agreed with us that she thought it originally came from Alice trying to catch Ben, “but then I don’t remember if it was the end of season one or the beginning of season two where there’s a line where he says, so what’s the catch?” Allan came onboard after the show already existed. He said, “For me it was about love, like, you can’t have it all, like there’s always gonna be a catch. The guy you fall in love with who turns out to be your soulmate- it’s also the guy who stole all of your money and is a career criminal. So, like, in love, it’s never the whole fantasy. There’s always something pulling you back down to Earth. As much as you want to be fully, you know, you want- I think a lot of us look at love as an escape from our daily lives.”
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Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend an all expenses paid trip to cover the #BeOurGuestEvent & other fun adventures in LA on 3/4-3/7. All opinions are my own.