A number of characters got themselves caught during The Catch‘s Season 1 finale – but only one remained in peril as the two-hour installment came to a close.
Indeed, while Mireille Enos’ Alice and Peter Krause’s Ben prepared to flee the country together, Alice’s decision to return home for her personal belongings led to their plan melting away like a stick of butter in Ina Garten’s skillet.
There, FBI agents apprehended Alice on charges of stealing the Maria Kreyn painting that figured so prominently into the pilot episode. But before you could say “Book ‘er, Danno,” Ben swooped in and took the fall, trading dreams of lounging by poolside bars for a reality of sitting behind bars. (Do I need to even mention Margot was behind all this?)
In other news, Margot briefly spent time in custody — thanks to Alice planting a tracking device during their final “therapy” session (wonder if her HMO will still cover that?) — but got sprung by her formidable mama Sybil. The tables were turned, however, when Sybil wound up getting caught trying to swipe a rich family’s fortune with counterfeit cash in the midst of a fancy wedding that brought all of the show’s major players together.
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Margot, though, sly fox that she is, absconded with the real cash, while Alice escaped Rhys’ clutches and Ben (having avoided getting bumped off by Sybil) proposed marriage to our redheaded investigator. And if it weren’t for that priceless work of art, he might’ve gotten away with it! (It helps if you read that last sentence in the voice of a Scooby-Doo villain.)
Below, Enos discusses the “comedy of errors” vibe of the finale, the decision her character made that left her “so mad,” and the reason she thinks Season 2 will improve upon the #TGIT drama’s first 10 episodes.
TVLINE | What did you think when you read the script and saw Ben and Rhys were being mistaken as a romantic couple?
It was such a comedy of errors, and totally hilarious. [Laughs.] Neither of those two boys have ever played a part of a gay couple before. This is a show that has asked them to both do some dramatic turns, but that part of the story allowed them to be comedians, and it was wonderful, delightful.
TVLINE | Talk me through your scenes with John Simm as Rhys – where the threat literally comes home to Alice.
John Simm is a delight to work with. His work is so alive and in the flow. There haven’t been a lot of scenes, except for with Peter [Krause] where Alice gets to talk and listen and be still. So you put the two of us in a room and John is doing such relaxed work that it makes it even more scary. He’s charming and comfortable in that room, and Alice is obviously in danger. So, yes, Alice is a toughie and a rebel, she’s not easily cowed. Which let me walk the line between what I showed him and then her private moments, where she’s picking out that purse in her closet. That allows us to see what’s really going on with her.
TVLINE | Rhys and Margot’s mother — this formidable woman — also comes into the picture in the finale. What was it like having Alice dive into the pool with these larger-than-life baddies?
She’s not doing it alone. She has Ben by her side and Agent Dao and Val and her team with her. But it’s a funny collision because the worlds are so different in color. You’ve got these broad British characters up against these American girl detectives. And putting it in the setting of a wedding makes it work. It’s all slightly heightened with gowns and music playing and Elvy [Yost] is up there singing on the bandstand. In some ways, we were laughing as we shot it, because while the language is different, it felt like we’d stepped into a Shakespeare play because of the size of it and the expanse of these characters coming together. It was a wonderfully fun last episode to shoot. Wearing gowns, dancing in ballrooms, moving money out of vaults, and passing each other in the kitchen. There were scenes where we felt like we were in Clue, actually.
TVLINE | Walk us through Ben’s proposal to Alice. Where does she go in this moment. She’s been duped in such a profound way, but now she’s putting her trust in this man who perpetrated the fraud.
The moment in Episode 8 where she walks in and sees him, she’s already in it. So at this point, she’s already on the other side of the betrayal. Not that she’s expecting to be proposed to again, but she’s with him. And in that moment of knowing this is the man she wants to be with, standing at a wedding in her gown, working together with him… it makes sense.
Given their circumstances this season, they didn’t get many chances to work together. But there was a brief moment in Episode 6 where they do the bracelet heist together. She meets him in the van and it lasts 30 seconds, but it’s such a charged, wonderful scene. They’re crazy about each other, they love what they do, and they’re in action. These people are excellent in their jobs, and both of them love the thrill of the catch. So when we find them again in Episode 10, once again engaged in the thrill of a job together and digging each other, when he asks her to marry him, it’s a total no-brainer. It’s, “Of course, you’re the one person in the world for me.”
TVLINE | But then she goes home and grabs her luggage… What did you think when you read the script and realized this would be the downfall of Alice and Ben’s plan?
I was so mad at Alice for going back to the house! “You can’t possibly make the same mistake twice! Get on the plane and buy clothes in Turks and Caicos or wherever you’re going!” I was so mad at her! But it’s so great, of course, because it allows for the ultimate sacrifice that Ben makes for her.
TVLINE | How is Ben going to get out of this pickle?
I think I’ve got to bust him out! There’s got to be some kind of prison break, right? [Laughs]
TVLINE | But what does Season 2 look like? Alice talking to Ben through plexiglass?
Pete and I are constantly jockeying for these two people just to get to run around together, like Hart to Hart. Just let us be together. And Al is like, we have to keep you apart. It’s the two of you against the world. I have a feeling there’ll be lots more obstacles thrown in our way.
TVLINE | Last question: Your show was on the bubble, but scored a Season 2 renewal. Where would you like to see The Catch go in Season 2?
The start of the show had kind of a funny beginning, with a pilot being shot, then reconceived. I feel like all of us have been finding our way and having some wonderful successes, then other moments where we were still trying to discover what the show wants to be. If we hadn’t gotten a Season 2, I would’ve felt disappointed about the missed opportunity. We have a wonderful group of people, a wonderful writer and a genre that has not been played with on television. Season 2 will be about a fresh start, time on our hands, and looking at Season 1 and figuring out the tones that were really working, and letting fall away the things that were less interesting. It’ll be great!