Series / The Catch

The Catch is an American crime drama show airing on ABC, created by Kate Atkinson (Case Histories), Jennifer Schuur (Hannibal, Big Love, Hellcats), and Helen Gregory, developed by Allan Heinberg (Young Avengers, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal...), and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, etc.). Best described as a heist-mystery, the show mainly focuses on two factions: a team of Private Investigators, and a team of Con Artists. The end of the first episode reveals that one of the lead PIs was romantically linked with one of the con artists, which complicates things.

Tropes applicable to the show include:

  • Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain: As in most Shonda Rhimes shows, most of the cast are morally grey.
  • The Atoner: Benjamin gives every indication of being an example of this: he refrains from running a con on the princess, instead giving her money to Alice's charity, as the princess wanted him to do all along. (He also lies to Margot about it, saying the princess' check bounced). This convinces Alice that his feelings for her are genuine.
  • Big Bad: The Benefactor aka Margot's brother is set up to be one.
  • Bi the Way: Margot is willing to seduce and sleep with women if it's necessary for her cause, as is assassin Felicity.
    • And so is her brother, The Benefactor.
  • Black and Grey Morality: There are some genuinely villainous characters in the show, but the heroes are willing to bend the rules to achieve their goals.
  • Caper Crew: Margot's faction.
  • Con Artist: Quite a few of them, given the premise of the show.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Margot previously served some people who appear to be very dangerous, and is not yet free from her obligations to them. Benjamin is alleged to have killed someone in his past, though it's not clear if this is actually true.
    • As of episode 6, it's implied that was actually The Benefactor's doing.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Benjamin has a habit of stealing the identities of the recently deceased.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Both Felicity and The Benefactor are this, the latter moreso since he isn't afraid to kill anyone who gets in his way.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In "The Princess and the I.P.", the inventor of an X-Ray Vision technology has been betrayed by her business partner, whom she thought was her best friend.
  • Faking the Dead: Gwen in "The Princess and the I.P."
  • Fanservice: A fair amount for a network show. When Margot and Felicity go to bed together, we see quite a lot of leg.
  • First Episode Spoiler: Benjamin is the mysterious "Mr. X" Vaughan and Associates has been chasing.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Margot seems to be aware that something is going on between Benjamin and Alice, and obviously isn't happy about it. Danny, who has a crush on Sophie, also isn't particularly thrilled by the fact that she seems to be warming up to Shawn.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: The leader of the syndicate Margot used to belong to who was actually her father seems to be quite the misogynist. She was next in line to replace him, but does not believe she would ever have been allowed to do so, which appears to be the reason she left.
    • Her brother The Benefactor shares the same mindset.
  • In Love with the Mark: It quickly becomes apparent that Benjamin has genuinely fallen for Alice.
  • Lighter and Softer: Thus far, the tone of this show has been much more light-hearted than that of Scandal or How To Get Away With Murder.
  • No Woman's Land: The homeland of Princess Zara.
  • Private Military Contractors: The client of the week in "The Princess and the I.P." Likely surprising absolutely no one, their leader turns out to be planning to sell an X-Ray Vision technology to terrorists. To be fair, they were pretty clearly meant to be Obviously Evil.
  • Private Investigator: Vaughan and Associates.
  • Qurac: Princess Zara is monarch of a fictional country clearly meant to stand in for Saudi Arabia.
  • Rebellious Princess: Princess Zara has no intention of letting her country's patriarchal fundamentalism curtail her freedom, nor of letting her family choose her destiny.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Benjamin steals one of Alice's favourite paintings from a museum, replaces it with a forgery, and puts the original in her apartment.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Again, Princess Zara.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Dao bugs Alice's room. She is not amused when she finds out.
  • Three Lines Some Waiting: The pace of the show is generally quite fast, but each episode generally focuses on multiple plot lines:
    • Mystery of the Week: One plot each week usually focuses on a client of Vaughan and Associates.
    • The Caper: Another plot each week usually focuses on a con being run by Benjamin and Margot.
    • Myth Arc: An overarching plot involves Alice and Benjamin's interactions with each other.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Benjamin and Margot are apparently married and are both Con Artists. At least, to start out...
  • Walking Spoiler: There's a reason nearly every reference to Benjamin on this page is blacked out.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Naturally, Alice asks this of Benjamin when she discovers his con. Answer: It started out that way, but he fell In Love with the Mark.
  • X-Ray Vision: A military contractor in the episode "The Princess and the I.P." appears to have developed this technology.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Valerie is estranged from her husband because he had an affair, which he genuinely appears to regret. Meanwhile, Margot and Benjamin seem to have an arrangement that they can sleep with other people if it's necessary for a con, but Benjamin has genuinely fallen for Alice, which is not part of the arrangement.
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