Castle: One Man’s Treasure – A Review

One Man’s Treasure was written by Elizabeth Davis who also wrote last season’s Little Girl Lost. I recall that I wasn’t a fan of that particular episode. In fact, I described it as a snore-fest. This week, Davis’ second effort at placing words into the mouths of two of TV’s most beloved characters, Castle and Beckett, fell miserably short once again. I could barely stay awake and focused even after consuming mass quantities of hot green tea.

Thankfully, Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, and the rest of the crew (minus the medical examiner, who was absolutely horrid as usual) held the show above water with their chemistry. There were lots of looks, eye contact, and body language this week. And that’s a good thing because the writing was lacking what we’ve had the pleasure of seeing in the past few episodes. Overall, the show last night was extremely boring and very predictable. For me, and probably because the M.E. was back, this episode was very disappointing.

Now, for the procedure (This one was easy. There wasn’t much to it).

– Lanie Parrish. Need I say more? Bless her heart (That’s a southern catch-all expression that’s used when someone is really sub par. For example, to the mother of an ugly baby, “Bless his little heart, I bet he’s really smart.”) Tamala Jones is simply the wrong person for this part. She’s just not believable. I was so, so tempted to fast forward through her scene, but I sucked it up and took it for the team. However, her information wasn’t all that bad this time. For example:

Parrish stated the victim’s bruises were probably caused by the fall down the garbage chute.  Hmm…could be, but that could only be an accurate statement if the victim hadn’t been dead for very long, which was true in this case.  But the only way she’d know for sure would be to examine the tissue under a microscope. A bruise inflicted after death contains only the normal amount of white cells. Bruises inflicted during life contain an abnormally high number of white blood cells (white blood cells rush to an injury site to help begin the healing process).

– Beckett examines the victim’s Connecticut driver’s license. The date of birth (DOB to cops) was 12-13-78, which would have made the guy 31-years-old in a few weeks. Well, in a later scene Esposito reports, “Sam Parker, age 38, lives in Connecticut with his wife. The detective was off by 7 years.

– The “fiance” was left alone in the morgue with the dead guy. No way, no way, and no way! People are not left alone, in morgues, with dead bodies. They could do anything in there, such as destroying or tampering with evidence. Besides, this is their dearly departed loved one. Passing out, heart attack, and becoming very ill are common reactions to seeing dear old Uncle Billy’s cold body for the first time.

– Beckett’s property room tutorial to Alexis was good information, but it seemed like a forced info dump. Thankfully, it was Beckett who delivered those lines. She’s so good she’d probably make a Brittany Spears song sound good.

Alexis is left-handed, by the way.

…..By now I’m bored to tears and praying for a power failure. No such luck. The show kept moving like it was searching for the final credits, but didn’t quite know where to find them.

– Beckett says, “It’s not uncommon for a witnesses’ memory to become confused after experiencing a traumatic event.” Good information.

– Beckett and Castle question the CEO. He’s all smiles and too cooperative. Okay, was it just me, or had anyone else figured out the murderer’s ID at this point? DUH. And the fiance? Yep, she was definitely guilty of something other than bad acting.

– Beckett is called to a crime scene in Connecticut, yet her jurisdictional boundaries stop in NYC. No big deal, cops go outside their jurisdictions all the time to question people, etc. However, Beckett takes over the scene, offering a deal between the two lawbreakers. That wouldn’t have been her decision. Instead, the Ct. cops would have the final say.

The call came in as a trespassing committed by one suspect and an assault by the other. The woman who broke into the house committed a breaking and entering, a felony. When she took the pen she then committed another crime. Sure, she was trespassing (a misdemeanor) when she committed the crimes, but that’s a lesser included offense for which she probably would not have been charged.

– Castle says killers have “crazy killer eyes.” This is very often true. Once you’ve seen that look you’ll never forget it.

The final scene was great.  Castle says Alexis is a chip off the old block. Beckett’s eye roll in response to his statement was priceless.

Again, Castle and Beckett were fantastic. What the show lacked in writing they made up for in body language and chemistry, thankfully.

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15 replies
  1. Edmond
    Edmond says:

    Hey Lee,

    I keep wondering, why did the fiancee even show up to identify the body in the first place if they were never together?

    Was she still acting to try to get to the information he had, even when the guy had just been killed? That’s some hardcore spy stuff there.

  2. RhondaL
    RhondaL says:

    I know, I know – I’m a day late. Tuesday was our 30th wedding anniversary. I tried to stay off the Net.

    That said, we finally rolled our DVR “Castle.” My “the killer is the most recognizable guest star” theory kicked in – the CEO was played by the actor who’d played Wayne Palmer, one of the Presidents, on 24.

    Really. I wish they’d cut that out. Law & Order is really bad about that, too.

  3. Rose
    Rose says:

    The only reason I found this predictable was that I had read the same story that inspired the writer, and was able to peg everything off that. (Take headline story, add predictable drama-show-twists, voila. Script.)

    The only thing that threw me was the ‘fiance’ and her insistence at retrieving her pen. I expected it to be a hidden thumb drive or recording device.

  4. Marie-Nicole Ryan
    Marie-Nicole Ryan says:

    Missed the last fifteen minutes of the show since it was delayed until 3:35 AM because a Titans v. Texans football game was more important for prime time and it ran late. However, I thought the CEO was bad. Just too nice and helpful.

    Mercifully the ME’s part was minimal and I sort of blinked and missed it.

  5. Mary
    Mary says:

    Thanks Lee. I guess I’ll have to be extra creative! If I win, there’s no way I’d stay because of school 🙂

  6. Peg H
    Peg H says:

    I love the Alexis interchanges with Castle, Becket, et al.

    Lee, I think you should write a script for the show and sibmit it to them. What do you think, readers of this blog…anyone else think he should do it? 😉

  7. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Well, shoot! As soon as I pulled up your blog, I growled, “Aaarrrgghh!” I forgot to watch Castle? What’s wrong with this picture??
    Oh, yeah, I’m recovering from a gaggle of ear-piercing, blood-curdling-screaming little girls on a sleepover.
    Guess I’ll learn to set the DVR and catch this episode during reruns.

  8. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Hi Mary. We haven’t postponed the contest. It’s going to be a part of the Writers’ Police Academy. The winner is going to receive a free registration to the academy as part of the top prize.

  9. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    I definitely agree with you guys about the characters and how good they are. Remember, my review is for the police procedure, forensics, etc. and how that ties into the show.

    Sheila – For some reason I didn’t see a thing that kept me guessing. I pegged the girlfriend as “being involved” early on, and the second Castle and Beckett met with the CEO I told my wife that he was the killer. The only thing I didn’t figure out was that the dead guy was wasn’t actually romantically involved with the girlfriend (he never slept with her). Perhaps, the fat that I’d figured this one out so early on is the reason why the writing was so boring to me.

    I still like the characters a lot. Yes, Alexis is a real cutie and she does her character justice.

  10. Mary
    Mary says:

    Last week, Lee, after reading your review I decided to break down and try another episode of Castle. I loved it, and the plot twists were incredible. However, the first episode I tried, I couldn’t make it through.

    It seems as though they do have different writers every week, which must be frustrating to the more skilled writers who set everything up just so, and then have an inexperienced police procedure writer take over.

    And are you okay, Lee? You announced a 200 word count story a while back ago, but then you postponed it because you weren’t feeling well.

    It kills me every time I see the writer’s police academy logo! If it weren’t for school, I’d so be signed up right now. Maybe not too long until I’m in a true academy? lol


  11. Sheila Connolly
    Sheila Connolly says:

    This week’s episode actually had a plot! With twists! That might even keep you guessing (hey, I never liked that CEO when he was on 24–obviously he was too good to be true).

    Does anyone else think the young actress who plays Alexis is simply gorgeous? Not to mention believable as both a teen and as Castle’s offspring. And it’s nice to see not-young Susan Sullivan finding work as…an ageing actress.

  12. Lisa Haselton
    Lisa Haselton says:

    I thought this was of the better episodes so far this season. Maybe because of the chatter and all the characters being on screen. I half-turned away when the ME was on scene, but thought the rest of the show worked well.

    No way did I catch the details on the license, I was lucky I saw the photo, nevermind try to focus in on an addy or birthdate! Maybe that’s a benefit of pausing the show. 🙂

    The endless (it seemed) back and forth with the wife and ‘fiancee’ was tedious, and I’d like to know how Beckett and Castle did the long drive out to CT and back a couple of times. 2-3 hours each way is a great way to kill a day. I want to see grease on a sleeve or something for having to grab a quick bite at a diner. 🙂

    I did think the CEO “did it”, but was interested in all the strings they ended up pulling to get the full story. If the dead guy was in such financial straights, how did he manage the engagement ring? That rock wasn’t tiny. I thought it might have been tied in to the loan from his brother-in-law, but it didn’t end up seeming that way. Funny, the things my mind jumps to.

    And when they first discovered the actual crime scene with the plastic soda bottle – I thought they said it was a low-tech way of shooting, but it was really a low-tech *silencer*. Nice to have one handy, it looked like it had duct tape and wasn’t just grabbed out of the trash or off a shelf. Doesn’t fit the CEO’s suit-and-tie persona. And if he brought it with him, well, that just sticks out in a crowd.

    I liked Beckett’s eye roll – chip off the old block, ha ha. Alexis is a great character (I always catch on to lefties, we’re cool) – almost too mature to be Castle’s daughter, especially when she was telling Beckett she realized he was a handful all the time.

    I liked the HEA ending, and Alexis’ determination to get the photo book back to a family.

    All the false identities in that show, though, wow, maybe I can get a couple to have ‘just in case’ I need ’em!

    thanks for the review, Lee.


  13. Melanie Atkins
    Melanie Atkins says:

    I actually loved this episode. Not because of the case, but because of the Beckett/Castle/Alexis interaction. At the end the show had a little “happy family” vibe that made me smile. I never have liked Lanie, but figure they were trying to add another female and a friend for Kate. Still, they could have done MUCH better.

    I still love this show. If anyone wants more info, you can check out ; )

  14. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    It’s wasn’t that the procedure was better, there just wasn’t much of it. I guess the writer was going for a character driven show.

    The M.E. was still awful. Wrong casting for that part and that’s a shame because the rest of the cast is really good.

  15. D. Swords
    D. Swords says:

    Good morning, Lee.

    It sounds as though the forensic and procedural parts of the show weren’t too bad.

    At least that seems to be improvement.

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