Rachael Leigh Cook Talks Perception Finale: 'Kate's Loyalty Is Questioned'

Once a cheater, always a cheater?

Kate Moretti is about to find out when Donnie’s campaign hits a very pretty snag in tonight’s summer finale of Perception (TNT 10/9c)

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TVLine caught up with Rachael Leigh Cook — who plays the special agent in question — to talk about Kate’s relationship with Donnie (Scott Wolf), his political campaign and her feelings for a certain psychology professor (Eric McCormack’s Daniel).

TVLINE | How big a role will Donnie’s campaign play in the summer finale?
Donnie seems like a natural fit for office, but there are some pretty major obstacles about to come up. Let’s just say his campaign path is compromised by a sudden turn of events that seem like they’re beyond his control, but maybe are also his fault.

TVLINE | Kate’s a very private person. How is the campaign going to affect her?
She has a major issue with his very pretty campaign manager. She’s extremely jealous of her, and it’s definitely bringing back old feelings Kate had from years ago, when Donnie stepped out on her with her best friend. Perception_Kate_DW

TVLINE | As we’ve seen, Kate and Donnie both want different things for their future. Are they going to have a heart-t0-heart about that?
Kate and Donnie are people who don’t really want to look at the past. They really don’t want to look at the situation realistically either, because they clearly want different things and they both obviously had a difficult road behind them. They’re a little bit deluded going forward, thinking that everything can be okay. I hope they talk about it, but it seems like they’re pretty squarely set on ignoring it for now.

TVLINE | The fact that she’s even considering marrying Donnie is such a big step for Kate.
She’s definitely grown. [She’s] someone who, with the exception of seeing cases and suspects through Daniel’s eyes, views things as pretty black and white:  You’re guilty or you’re not guilty, you’re a good person or a bad person. She was convinced Donnie was bad, [but] then he really saved her hide in Season 2 and completely redeemed himself. Now he’s back in good standing with her. She just wants to see that. She’s not good at seeing the in-between.

TVLINE | Lately, Daniel’s been rethinking his feelings for Kate. Is she beginning to think about him romantically?
They have both definitely entertained romantic notions about one another, but it’s like they say, “Timing is everything.” Kate has thrown herself into her relationship with Donnie and into her career, as usual. Between the two, she hasn’t had much time [to figure out] how she might really feel about Daniel. She’s made herself stamp out any romantic notions she may have had towards Daniel. It’s always going to be there on the level, [but] it’s pretty far below the surface at this point.

TVLINE | Are there any big cases coming up for Kate in the summer finale or in the four remaining episodes slated for this winter?
[This next one] is a big episode for her emotionally, because her loyalty to Donnie is definitely called into question… She’s put in a position where she doesn’t know what to believe anymore about Donnie, and she does question him and his character for a moment.

What are your hopes for Perception‘s summer finale? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Boiler says:

    Love this show and really hope TNT sees fit to keep it around for more seasons.

  2. KCC says:

    I liked Kate and Daniel as a couple, but then in these past two seasons, Donnie has really stepped up his game. I’ll be happy if she gets together with either one of them. However, if they put her with Daniel, I hope that they don’t assassinate Donnie’s character to justify it.

  3. Mary says:

    I”d like to see Kate & Daniel be just really good, supportive friends. Why does it seem darn near tv series has to have the stars become romantic?

  4. YesIndeed says:

    My biggest problem with the Donnie/Kate storyline is that the writers have made it clear that she absolutely doesn’t want children, whereas he absolutely does, and she hasn’t bothered to tell him that she absolutely doesn’t. This is a HUGE communication failure on her part and makes her look stupid. While I realize that drama is about conflict making your leading lady into a moron to artificially create that conflict isn’t what good writers do.

  5. Penn says:

    I like Kate with Daniel. Not every program joins the top stars romantically, I might add. In fact, many have relationships that really don’t work out and as this is fiction, it would be rather nice if it did. That being said, I like Donnie, but I really question if he truly has a capacity for faithfulness. Daniel brings out the best in Kate and she is the only one I can conceive of him sharing a relationship with because she actually knows what she’s getting into and sees the rather beautiful person beneath the health issues. Donnie doesn’t seem to know the real Kate. It’s all about his white picket fence fantasy!

  6. KCC says:

    Whoa!! Did you see that ending? Can’t wait until February!!

    • Carol C says:

      Yes, the ending was a stunner! I didn’t realize till I read this column just now that this was the summer finale and that I won’t find out what happened for months. Thanks for the February info.

  7. Sandra says:

    Please give Kate a new hairstyle. Something less severe!!!!!!

  8. Debbie T. says:

    I am so bummed that TNT canceled this show!!! Eric McCormack is great in this series. I don’t understand how they can cancel this. What are they thinking? Not sure how they will end the series, but I hope Kate does NOT marry Donnie . I would like to see her wind up with Daniel. I guess we will just have to wait and see.