Castle: Disciple – A Good Cop Bad Cop Review

Castle: Disciple


Like the determined and hopeful writer who, even after after a gagillion rejection letters, pens yet another query—3XK is back. Fortunately, the entire crew—Beckett, Castle, Ryan, Esposito, and Lanie were all on hand to handle this week’s case. There were no goofy characters to take us out of the story. The writers seemed to have gotten their heads out of their collective…well, let’s just say the writing was bit better this week.

I know I’m in the minority this week, but I didn’t particularly care for the story, but that’s because I’ve never cared for the whole 3XK larger-than-life thread that pops up from time to time. Still, the show was back on track this week and that’s a good thing. And I believe it would be a safe bet to say that Melanie loved this one. Let’s see…

Melanie Atkins

A few articles about this episode before it aired referred to it as the “double doppelganger” episode, and now we know why. Some jerk, possibly Rick and Kate’s old nemesis 3XK, murdered two people who’d had plastic surgery to make them resemble Lanie and Esposito. Tamala Jones and Jon Huertes played both parts, and I’ve read where lying on the slabs really got to them — and that’s totally understandable. So creepy! The murderer killed them by hanging them with high test fishing line and took care to make the process as painful as possible.

Such a great show. It grabbed me right off the bat and didn’t let go. We didn’t get much at all in the relationship department, other than Kate’s belief that Jerry Tyson is dead, and Rick’s instance that the scumbag survived being shot and falling 100 feet off a bridge the last time they dealt with him, but for once I didn’t mind. I was on the edge of my seat. And as the show wore on, and especially at the end, when Rick discovered the flash drive inside the pen and played the spine-chilling song on his laptop, I believe even Kate might have changed her tune.

What do you think? Is Jerry Tyson, the infamous 3XK, still alive? Or is Kelly Nieman, the plastic surgeon, merely his disciple? She obviously trained Carl, the man charged with killing the two doppelgangers and several people in Florida, so she’s capable of great evil. She also disappeared without a trace, leaving us with a terrifying mystery. When will she or Jerry Tyson reappear? Like the song says, probably when we least expect it, on some sunny day. Ack!

What a fabulous episode. Director Rob Bowman outdid himself in this one, don’t you think? I loved every second of it, even though it didn’t contain buckets of Casketty goodness. We should get enough of that in next week’s show to make up for this one anyway, if the promo is anything to go by. Rick and Kate babysitting a baby found while they investigate a case? Haha! I can’t wait. In my opinion, this year’s episodes are better than ever. Bring on the baby!

Lee Lofland

As I said earlier, I wasn’t thrilled to see the return of 3XK. However, aside from that broken record, it was indeed nice to see the show back on track with the characters doing what they do best, solving crimes and interacting as a team. Oh, and they entertained their audience without a single appearance by either of the silly characters of weeks past.

I suspect that the person in charge of Castle bill-paying apparently forgot to send a check to the power company. Either that or they filmed this episode on the CSI set. I say this because the entire episode was filmed in near darkness. Believe me, folks, cops are allowed to turn on the lights, and they do. Sort of makes it easier to locate evidence, do paperwork, and to prevent everyone from using service dogs just to navigate throughout the precinct.

Anyway, on with the procedure (This segment, you loyal Castle fans, began as a guide for the writers who visit this site. However, everyone is welcome, and I appreciate that you, too, stop by from time to time).

– High test wire fishing line is great for use when trying to hook a fish burdened with a large overbite (or other toothy fish), but its use for hanging a human by the the neck could be exceptionally aggravating. The weight of a person who had the misfortune of being turned into an over-sized holiday tree ornament, would likely cause the wire to cut deeply into the flesh. More so than the neck wound we saw on Lanie’s dead doppelganger. I was also left to wonder exactly how the killer managed to lift the victim having only a wire to hold and use for pulling. But it’s fiction, and the scene was pretty cool. The impact of slowly discovering the victim’s feet just inches above the decking was well-done. By the way, this was the time for low-lighting. Not in the precinct.

– Unless removed, digital photos do indeed contain information such as your location when the photo was taken. This was a nice touch, and it came across much better than having the IT person activate a remote camera in some weird but convenient place, such as one embedded in a bed of Shasta daisies in the courtyard of the Killrz Stay-Free Motel and Haberdashery.

– Maybe you guys can help me to better understand something. Beckett and Castle were in the plastic surgeon’s office where it was business as usual, with patients and employees scurrying about. Yet, when Ryan called her he was at the docks and it was totally dark outside. Street lights were on and the sky was as black as squid ink. So which was it, day or night? Couldn’t be both. Unless, in her spare time, Lanie had developed a time machine using the same voodoo technology she uses to predict times of death. Yes, I’m sure that’s it. They used Lanie’s Time Machine/TOD Estimator (patent pending).

– During her questioning session with Beckett, the plastic surgeon said something to the effect of, “If you don’t charge me, I can go.” She’s right. Unless there are charges a person is free to go. In fact, unless you’re under arrest you don’t have to go to the police department.

– I just loved it when the IT person, the Merlin the Magician of the NYPD, pulled up an image of the security guard/killer (in plain clothes) and then superimposed a hat, badge, and uniform over his clothing. That was a real knee-slapper.

– Okay, I get it that 3XK is a larger than life villain. He’s evil. And he can’t be caught, like that lone fly that somehow gets inside the house and buzzes and buzzes and buzzes, but you never see it. Then one day you suddenly notice the sound isn’t there. But to have the Espo and Lanie clones, especially the Esposito look-alike, remove massive amounts of evidence and files (a truck load, at least) from locked, monitored, and supervised facilities…well, it’s about as likely as me landing a role as a stand-in for George Clooney. Yeah, that unbelievable.

Again, while the episode, to me, was a bit boring (only because I’m not fond of the whole 3XK thing), it was by far the best episode of the season.

Hey, what if, instead of police files and evidence, 3XK had kidnapped Pi and took him to Lanie’s time machine? He could’ve sent the grapefruit guru off to a place and time where he’d be forced to listen to Gilbert Gottfried do nonstop standup comedy. I think that would be a fair punishment for the torture Pi has inflicted on us this season.

I know, enough of the Pi-bashing, but he’s like a cucumber, or a radish. I have an awful feeling that he’s going to “repeat” on us.

Speaking of repeating…

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9 replies
  1. Albert Bell
    Albert Bell says:

    How do I hate serial killer plots? Let me count the ways. The purpose of a mystery show/book is to bring the bad guy to justice. A serial killer, especially one like 3XK who’s defined as super-intelligent and apparently immortal, never gets caught. I gave up early on The Mentalist because of Red John. Now I’ve given up on Bones because of the super-villain whose name I can’t recall (and because Bones and Booth are the two most negligent parents on TV). I’m not going to quit on Castle, but I do hope they will spare us any more of this 3XK nonsense.

  2. Sally Carpenter
    Sally Carpenter says:

    I’m with the anti-3XK club. And having dozens of files and tons of evidence suddenly vanish kicked me right out of the story. With all the electronic gizmos in that police station, they don’t have decent security? Does the station leave the door unlocked at night?
    The notice of someone making all that effort to produce “clones” didn’t have a payoff for me. Why would Tyson (if he’s alive) seek revenge on the police when they never arrested him? Maybe senseless killings make sense to a psychopath but not to me.
    How would a criminal know about Lanie since she’s rarely seen in public? Was 3XK watching her work at crime scenes?
    Laine mentioned getting drugged at a party but no follow up was done. Wouldn’t she make a list of the people she met at the party and then have the police question them?
    Speaking of people disappearing, whatever happened to Ryan’s wife? We haven’t seen her since she announced her pregnancy. She might have a baby bump by now.
    I guess that since the Beckett’s mother’s murder thread is wrapped up, the writers felt they needed a new ongoing serial (pun!). Let’s catch this 3XK guy or Neiman and be done with it.
    How about Kate/Rick honeymooning in the “flyover states?” Not exotic but the Midwest has some nice cities.

  3. Colleen Gleason
    Colleen Gleason says:

    I was thinking the same thing, Lee, about the night-time docks phone call versus the Castle/Beckett visit to the plastic surgeon. Have no idea what was going on timewise.

    I don’t understand all the hating on Pi here, though. 🙂 I think it’s kind of fun, and I love seeing Rick all worked up about his little girl sleeping with an odd character. Not that Rick is an odd character himself…

    And I love the idea of Kelly Nieman being 3XK, though I’m with the majority in that I really didn’t like the idea of his return.

  4. Pat Marinelli
    Pat Marinelli says:

    J. Pauletta, I was thinking the same thing that Jerry Tyson became Dr. Kelly Nieman.

    Lee, like you I am not a fan of the 3XK guy. I knew when he went off that bridge he be back like a bad penny just as you Pi repeating like a radish. I don’t need either one of them.

    Melanie, I’m surprised you didn’t bring up the Caskett honeymoon problem. I was laughing as poor Beckett can’t find a place to go that Castle hasn’t been with an ex-wife. Only two choices? LOL You can tell how much the 3XK killer plot meant to me.

  5. Janis Patterson
    Janis Patterson says:

    Oh, Lee, do I agree with you! This was a good, well-written episode, but in my opinion it became an epic fail with the addition of 3XK. I hate the super-Moriarity-kind of villain who is dragged out time after time but never caught. Perhaps that kind of criminal does exist in reality, but on TV I want fantasy. I want justice to triumph and the bad guy to be taken care of once and for all, not – as you so trenchantly said – to return like a bad radish. I know, you were talking about Pi, but as much as I hate Pi, I would rather have him than the super-ghost of 3XK. Unless Pi is 3XK’s son… Hmmm.

  6. Katarzyna
    Katarzyna says:

    Correction of two names: Rob Bowman (not Ron!) and Kelly Nieman 🙂 Brilliant job by Annie Wersching, btw 🙂
    And judging by Beckett’s reaction, I think this song has some personal meaning to her…

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