Jealousy. Anger. Betrayal. Love. Those are the reasons most of us watch TV, right? Well, that and a little bit of blown-’em-up, shoot-’em-up action. But, basically we want to become a part of what we’re watching. We want to relate to our favorite characters by knowing what they’re feeling based on our own life experiences. And that’s exactly what this episode of Castle delivered last night—jealousy, anger, betrayal, and love. Our favorite life experiences all wrapped up in a single episode. Funny thing, though, was that those emotions were all displayed by Beckett.
Castle’s major emotion, however, was lust, something I found a bit disappointing since he’s supposed to be sooooo in love with Beckett.
To have him lusting after the sexy art thief/insurance investigator like a hog running for the slop bucket was a sharp contrast to what we’ve been led to believe about him—his devotion to the love of his life, Beckett. Anyway, let’s see what Melanie has to say about this episode.
We didn’t get any mushy stuff last week, but this episode was chock full of it. Flirting, seduction, jealousy, anger… even fear. Yep, Kate’s too mixed up and scared to claim her man, even when Serena Kay, a pretty insurance investigator, sets her sights on Rick — and he responds. Kate’s therapist gets to the heart of the matter when he asks, “Are you afraid he won’t wait for you, or that he will?”
Ack! Come on, Kate; get with the program. Rick didn’t make a play for Serena after all, and the woman apparently recognized that you have dibs on him. Most of her play for him was just bluster to throw you off the case because she wanted to get her hands on the missing Fist of Capitalism. The museum piece stolen during the gala, when a man is murdered.
I loved Kate’s jealousy, especially her shock and the way she trembled with fury when she caught Rick kissing Serena — to distract her, mind you, so she wouldn’t catch them searching her hotel room. Yeah, right. Maybe it was a guise, but he didn’t hesitate.
I hope the shock of seeing him with Serena made her realize she can’t take forever to make up her mind. Seems like it, since she asked him to go for a burger after they finished the case, but who can tell? Just jump his bones already. He’s ready for a relationship. He wants it all. I guess that’s what scares her, though. And we’re back to the question her therapist asked her. “Are you afraid he won’t wait for you, or that he will?”
Did anybody else catch Nathan’s shout out to his story about being pulled over and the cop thinking he was Jason Bateman? Apparently it happened a while back, before he was so well known, and it got him out of a ticket — for real. I love how they include these little nuggets in the show. I’m guessing Nathan threw that in and Andrew and company let him keep it. Too funny.
I liked this episode to an extent but IMHO, Kate was way too quick to give Rick up to Serena. She obviously didn’t want to, but believed he wouldn’t choose her. Or something. And I was really surprised that Rick responded like he did to that chick, almost as if he’d reverted to his old playboy ways. All that seemed a bit out of character after the I Love You. I want more Kate-Rick interaction, but the real thing. Romance. Love. Know what I mean? Come on, Andrew. It’s been long enough.
What did you think, Lee?
This episode was far better than anything we’ve seen this season. I say this for a few reasons. First of all, they didn’t try to insert crappy forensics. Next, there was no Lanie, which is a huge plus, even though she’s been better this season. But her part is so unnecessary to the show. In fact, the character and goofy forensics actually take away from the series. It’s a distraction…a stumbling block. Anyway, good move not having the somewhat out-of-place character interrupt the flow of this episode.
– An insurance investigator nonchalantly walks into an active murder scene and starts touching things, running her gloved fingers across surfaces that haven’t yet been printed. No way. Wouldn’t happen in real life. No one is allowed inside a crime scene until that area has been released by the detectives.
– The insurance investigator (Serena) tags along on the investigation. Well, I’ve worked with a few of those folks, and they’re very sharp. But I didn’t allow them to ride with me or question witnesses. But there’s no rule that says they can’t.
You know, I’m beginning to wonder why the NYPD keeps Beckett on the payroll. She never solves a single case. Usually, it’s Castle to the rescue, coming up with the weekly solutions. Now they’ve brought in another civilian to play cops and robbers with Castle. Without the flirting and eye contact with Castle, Beckett’s becoming a secondary character.
– Normally, I’m the last person to say, “Bring in the FBI.” But this case had SPECIAL AGENT written all over it. This is what they do, not investigate the crimes we see them working in many, many mystery novels. In fact, the FBI has a dedicated Art Crime Team of 13 special agents. There are even three special trial attorneys assigned to handle art theft prosecutions. The FBI also runs the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of reported stolen art and cultural properties. So, if you want an FBI special agent as your protagonist, write this stuff, folks, not stories about rogue FBI agents running around the country attempting to solve small town murders. That, they don’t do.
– The woman who actually owned the stolen artwork casually walked into Beckett’s office, unannounced. Well, I don’t know a single police department that allows “walk-in” business. Doing ss would cause a slight safety issue. You see, some bad guys carry guns, and knives, and explosives, and they don’t mind using them. So it’s best to have them check those things at the door before having access to an entire police department.
– I despise the new captain. And I despise the way she hangs out of her door, barking orders. I say reincarnate Montgomery. Actually, I’m sort of surprised they haven’t brought in a civilian to run the place. What’s one more? Hey, that’s would be a great job for Castle’s mother.
Overall, I sort of enjoyed this episode, and that was nice for a change, because things haven’t been looking so hot so far this season. But, I did spot the killer early on, again. I do wish they’d do a better job of building the mystery.
What are your thoughts? What did we miss?