Gaston is at the lodge, sweet-talking the local mortician—uh, asylum representative—into locking up Maurice until Belle agrees to drop any pretense of being a human being with rights by agreeing to marry him.
Maurice sets off alone to find Belle. Gaston plants LeFou to keep watch for Belle and Maurice's return.
Belle enjoys playing with an enchanted ottoman dog, and the Beast decides to do something nice for her.
He reveals his enormous library to Belle, and their friendship truly begins to blossom as we watch time pass in the castle to another song.
The Beast gets ready for a romantic night with Belle with hopes of professing his love for her.
Mrs. Potts performs the Oscar-winning ballad, "Beauty and the Beast."
They dance. He's actually pretty light on his feet for a massive warthog-wolf hybrid.
The night is perfect and the time is now, but Belle is troubled by worries about how her father is doing.
The Beast takes her to his magic mirror where Belle sees her father sick and alone in the woods looking for her.
The Beast tells Belle to go help her father and frees her. After everything, the Beast has finally learned that when you love someone, their needs must supersede your wants.
Belle finds Maurice, and they stumble home together, where a LeFou-shaped popsicle is waiting eagerly to run off and alert Gaston of their return.
Maurice wakes up to see Belle. She begins to explain why she's back when Chip the tea cup suddenly appears with a healthy dose of guilt trip.
Disney's version of the Angel of Death knocks on the door to collect Maurice for the loony bin trip of his dreams.
Gaston has brought the eternally supportive village out to offer up a healthy dose of humiliation and public shaming.
He offers a trade: Belle's self-respect for her father's freedom.
Belle flat-out refuses with a touch of disgust, then makes the mistake of thinking she can appeal to the compassion of the townsfolk.
She uses the enchanted mirror to reveal the Beast, miserable over losing her.
Unfortunately, Gaston knows his people better than poor Belle and easily appeals to their pack-like mentality by inciting them to march on the castle.
He throws Belle and Maurice into the cellar and locks them away as his little mob marches off.
This enchanted castle is not going down without a fight.
Chip manages to spring Belle and Maurice, who immediately charge to what they hope will be the rescue.
Over at the castle, the furniture pieces engage in pitched battle with the forces of small-town stupidity.
The mouth-breathers are driven from the castle, but Gaston manages to sneak past the excitement in an attempt to murder the only decent eligible bachelor in the story.
When the Beast sees that Belle has returned, he finds the will to defend himself. Cue the big finale!
After much to-ing and fro-ing, the Beast eventually manages to overpower Gaston.
We cheer as the pathetically cowardly man whimpers, and the Beast agrees to let Gaston go if he leaves the castle pronto.
Belle and the Beast are reunited—but with a friendly reminder from Disney execs that nice guys finish last as Gaston drives his dagger deep into the Beast's back before tumbling unceremoniously to his own death.
Belle pulls the Beast to the safety of the balcony, where they share a few, final moments before he succumbs to his wounds.
Belle begs the Beast not to leave her and professes her love as the final petal slowly tumbles from the rose.
We get one last bit of magic as the Beast is restored to life and transformed back into his human self.
They kiss, the curse is lifted on the whole household, and they all live happily ever after as one does in a Disney film.