Castle: Heartbreak Hotel – A Review

Castle: Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel. Yes, that’s where we should begin this review, in a place where we can sit and reflect on a heart-breaking episode. Sure, there were fun parts, especially the “boys’ playing dress-up as Elvis impersonators. And was it just me, or did Castle sort of look like “The King?” Maybe just a little? And Alexis’ out-of-control party made us smile…sort of. I am glad, though, that she didn’t go off-character and become an instant party girl. But all this goopy stuff is for Melanie to address. I’m the cop-stuff person. So take it away, Melanie…

Melanie Atkins

I’ve been jonesing for this episode since last week, hoping for a fun episode with lots of Kate-Rick interaction once she arrived in Atlantic City to meet them. That did not happen. I’m sure Lee will mention that the boys shouldn’t have been working the case there in the first place — in another state, with no New Jersey cops anywhere around — so I won’t go into that. Just please… next time, throw in a NJ detective to meet them at the casino and work with them. That’s all it would take. Would that be so hard?

The episode was fun in spots, but it certainly wasn’t the laugh-fest I was hoping to see. We didn’t get much Rick-Kate interaction at all, except at the very beginning — along with some smoke from Lanie’s ears when she was talking to Esposito. Ryan’s disappointment with his best man situation and the marriage jokes added another element, as did Kate defending Castle to Captain Gates. But that was it on the romance front. I had hoped for more after last week.

Alexis had some girls over for a party that quickly got out of control… as did the impromptu post-case bachelor party Castle, Ryan, and Esposito had in Atlantic City, apparently, if Castle’s hangover was any indication. I loved the end with him collapsing on the couch next to a relieved Alexis. Too cute.

All in all, I was disappointed in this episode, even if I did get a laugh out of Rick and the boys in the Elvis costumes. The episode in two weeks (no new one next week) looks much more intense and emotional. I can’t wait for that one.

Well, as you could probably tell from my opening paragraph, I wasn’t all that thrilled with this episode. And my displeasure was not because of the police inadequacies. Not all. First of all, and I know this is my opinion, but the show seemed quite empty with the “crew” away, leaving Beckett and Captain SteelPants working together. Maybe it was due to the fact that I absolutely can’t stand the new captain and how meek and mousey Beckett seems whenever she’s around that little darlin’. Whatever it was, the episode never clicked for me. Not at all.

And, I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face, the scenes with Lanie are a total distraction. They’re not necessary and the forensics she babbles on about aren’t needed to further the story. In fact, her comment about the victim’s bloody lip completely took away that element of surprise, for me. Why? Because I knew the second we saw the dead guy’s partner that he’d punched the victim during some sort of argument that would NOT be a crucial element of the crime. Yes, this show has become that predictable. It almost seems as if the powers-to-be issues boilerplate, fill-in-the-blanks, forms to a different writer each week. Shake it up a bit, guys. Please! You’re leaving nothing for our Suspicious Minds to decipher.

Lanie and Espo…yet, another forced, not-needed scene. Please, let’s move past the break-up stuff. It was old before it started (no Burning Love there…). Besides, we never learned enough about their relationship to give a flip one way or another. I’m guessing there’s a contract requiring a certain amount of airtime for Tamala Jones. Why else would they subject us to this nonsense.

Okay, moving on…The crew is hard at work in a different city, in a different state. No, no, and no. They’d have no authority whatsoever in New Jersey. The proper thing to have done would have been to notify NJ officials about their case and then meet with local officers who would accompany the out-of-towners on their investigation. Then “the crew” would have the authority to do a job.  Of course, officers may talk to anybody, anywhere, if those folks are willing to talk to them. But it’s always smart to contact the local agency before an out-of-town cop shows up and starts poking around in unfamiliar territory. It’s the safe thing to do. And it provides the necessary legalities to the investigation. In NJ, Ryan and Espo were nothing more than ordinary citizens. Of course, that’s what Castle is, even in his home state…an ordinary citizen.

Hey, what was up with Beckett’s hairdo? Any thoughts as to why she wore the bun in this episode? Was it supposed to show that she was tough and could work alone without the team?

And…once again, the NYPD crew was not smart enough to reach a conclusion in the case. It was Castle who faced the danger, managing to pull the conclusion to this boring case out of thin air.

This was one episode I wish I could “Return To Sender.”


14 replies
  1. Noon
    Noon says:

    i’m not clear why he was so desperate to have the deed? How was that going to help him get the $$ back to pay off the mob?

  2. Lian
    Lian says:

    Greetings from Malaysia.

    I have a question about police interrogation.

    Based on US law (or that of the state of NY), is the confession/evidence adduced during a police interrogation (conducted in a police station) admissible, if the interrogation was conducted by a non-police official? Can (any) civilian conduct a police interrogation on the basis that he/she is “authorized by the police” to do so or does he/she has to be a qualified person approved by the court/authority and having the necessary or relevant expertise/skill relating to the case? Case on point: Richard Castle. Job description: crime novelist. Professional skill/expertise: ???

  3. Noon
    Noon says:

    I don’t understand why Seagal wanted the deed so badly – how was that going to help him get the $$ back? Or was it to pacify Nadine some how so she would return the $$

    Nadine wanted to leave her job
    Seagal buys Nadine’s parents building
    Nadine/security lover steal 10 million of the mob money to get Seagal to let her go
    Seagal tries to get the deed to his name because…????
    Seagal gets killed by the Ex wife
    Nadine is kidnapped by the mob because they want their $$ back
    Security guy transfers $$

  4. Janet
    Janet says:

    The dynamics are all screwed up this season — Castle (the character) is rarely funny. Beckett is hollow. Gates adds an ugly, arrogant tone that’s painful to watch. The relationships lack energy and sparkle. No wonder the show is losing share.

  5. Sally Carpenter
    Sally Carpenter says:

    Castle makes a hot Elvis! Wish he and the guys had spent more time in their “King” getups.
    The “guy talk” was lots of fun. Beckett and Gates together was not fun. A police chief wouldn’t be working alongside the detectives. If Gates felt Castle was a “distraction,” she could just tell him to stay home.
    Surely Castle and family would live in a building with a doorman. Why would a doorman allow a slew of teenagers to invade the building, even if someone was hosting a party? And wouldn’t Alexis call down to the front desk and tell security to keep out the gatecrashers?
    This episode looked very low budget to me. We barely saw much inside the casino and didn’t see any of the other Elvis impersonators.
    The technical geek was far too young to be in charge of casino security.
    The casino owner is ready to bash our hero with a bat, but he instantly agrees to carry out Castle’s scheme to catch the killer. Yeah, really.
    Very little of this show made sence to me. A terrific setting with the potential for some goofy characters but it’s a silly embezzlement scheme.
    And why is the killer almost always the vic’s wife/ex-wife? And why would she follow him out to am empty lot to shoot him?
    I really wanted to like this episode but it’s the same old sloppy writing. And the actors didn’t seem to have much energy either.

  6. Stressfactor
    Stressfactor says:

    Can I say one thing I *did* like about this one?……

    Nice use of the song “Super Bon Bon” by Soul Coughing. I hadn’t heard that song in a long time and between the song and the way they worked it into the scene it made me smile.

    It was kind of the only thing that made me smile but hey, it was something.

  7. Maryann Mercer
    Maryann Mercer says:

    Late to the party here…but everything that bothered everyone else bothered me too. Castle seemed a little more clownish than usual (and since everyone keeps mentioning his ‘added bulk’, I keep noticing it as well…hoping it’s for a picture, but who knows?) and Gates’ 180 degree switch from “I am the boss” to “Let’s have a little girl talk” letting Beckett know she was a good cop just made me want Montgomery back even more. I’m not even sure why Gates is there…unless they plan to place her in jeopardy at some point. For me this one was one of those I don’t need to see again…unlike last week, which had enough adrenalin in it to keep me hooked. :o) Still, KS looks like a winner. And am I the only one wondering just how much ‘consulting’ Mr Cannell did on the show? It hasn’t seemed the same since his passing.

  8. Stressfactor
    Stressfactor says:

    Okay, all other things aside one thing caught my eye that I was curious about (and it’s a small thing but, hey, I’m weird)….

    Beckett worked the nav computer in the victim’s car while wearing gloves…

    I know that in the world of Hollywood all that stuff is put in post-production but in the real world…

    Police officers investigating crime scenes wear gloves so what happens with electronic stuff that has a touch screen? As I understand it the touch screen works through conductivity with skin so do the gloves that officers wear work with that stuff? Or do they have to wait until the electronic item is processed by the crime lab and it’s ‘safe to touch’ with bare hands before they can mess with it?

  9. Edie Ramer
    Edie Ramer says:

    I fell asleep during the show. I woke up about 15 minutes before it ended. I asked my husband what happened, and he said, “Not much.”

    I’m disappointed with this series and don’t know how much longer I’ll watch it.

  10. Melanie Atkins
    Melanie Atkins says:

    I totally agree with you on this one, Lee. What a letdown. Hope “Kill Shot” will make up for it. Don’t forget — we get a week off next week. KS will air on November 21, then we’ll have another break until December 5, when “Cuffed” airs. And be aware: They shot part of that one on a closed set… and Rick and Kate are “cuffed” together most of the time. Just sayin’… I might have more to blog about soon. lol

    I didn’t catch the “drive down” comment, b/c I’m not that familiar with that part of the country. But stuff like that bugs me once I know.

  11. Pat Marinelli
    Pat Marinelli says:

    Lee, I realized immediately that NYPD cops had not authority in NJ. But did anyone notice that in the opening scene Beckett said the victim went down to NYC from AC? Drives me up a wall when people go north and say they are heading down to wherever.

    Melanie, I agree 100%. I was so looking forward to Beckett and Castle in AC. Oh well.

    I also doubt that Alexa could get that crowd to leave Castle home so easily. Not believable.

  12. Liberty Speidel
    Liberty Speidel says:

    From the opening scenes last night, I knew this would be one with a slew of problems. The only fun thing was the guys dressed up as Elvis (and yes, I think Nathan Fillion in that get-up bears a close resemblance to The King). Other than that, I was nit-picking the episode the whole time, picking up on many of the same points as you.

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