Castle Round Table: "Demons"

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Castle ain't afraid of no ghost!

Just the opposite, in fact, as was proven on the most recent episode of this ABC hit. What did Round Table panelists Courtney Morrison, Chandel Charles, Jim Garner and Christine Orlando think of "Demons?" What is on their minds regarding Castle, Beckett and the crew? Let's find out...


What was your favorite and/or funniest scene?
Courtney: Funniest scene was definitely the rat on Beckett’s shoulder and the skeleton crashing down on Castle. He screamed like a girl; Beckett wasn’t even phased. Hilarious.

Chandel: I really enjoyed Kate's fake story about her abnormal experience. She played it like a pro, Castle hung on every word. And then she dropped it on him like a bag of bricks: "How long have you known me?" It was priceless. Castle screaming like a girl was also a fun moment for me. That high pitched squeal was unforgettable.

Jim: I really enjoyed Castle and Alexis talking about relationships. They are an awesome father daughter combo. Especially when he is using her as a zombie shield.

Christine: Loved the scene where Castle spends all night constructing his own murder board and drinks Kate's coffee. Then he and Beckett are trying to flip the murder board to their own side. Second is definitely the body falling on Castle. Nathan Fillion has a particular talent for screaming like a girl... and I mean that as a compliment.

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What's your opinion on the demise of Esposito and Lanie?
Courtney: I’m sad! Although it is hard to care too much about a couple that doesn’t really share screen time, I enjoyed the fact that these two had each other. Hopefully they can get back together or Esposito can go have some wild bachelor nights on the town with Castle. Either way works for me.

Chandel: I was pretty depressed about it. I shipped that. The breakup was also a bit sudden. I don't know why an awkward question from Jenny would prompt them to "take a break." Not cool.

Jim: LAME!! If you break up because someone thinks you look so good together that you might be considering marriage... I mean, come on.

Christine: It stinks. We barely got to see them together.  My one complaint of this show is that too many important moments happen off screen. I wish we'd witnessed the fight that led to the breakup. I'm hoping the breakup at least leads to a good relationship conversation between Kate and Lanie.

Do you think Castle should take his own advice and not drop everything when Kate calls?
Courtney: If Kate was calling because she wanted him to do something, it would be different. But when she calls, it's because there's a new case and he wants to be there. Even though he doesn’t get paid for it, this has become his job. So I don’t necessarily think he drops everything. When it matters, he leaves to go be with his family.

Chandel: Yes, I think that was pretty disrespectful towards Alexis to just buzz off like that, at least in the middle of a conversation in which he clearly did not abide by what he was preaching. I think Alexis really does just want some undivided attention from her father, which he hasn't really show her as of late, so it's no wonder she's started doing it to him.

Jim: Hell no! This is a parent's prerogative to use "do as I say, not as I do."

Christine: Yes and no. If he's treating this as a consulting job now, then he's on call for when a body drops and that's normally what Kate is calling about. But let's be serious, I don't think it matters why Kate's calling. Castle's going to come running.

There were so many great lines in this one. Do you have a favorite?
Courtney: I loved loved loved when Castle calls Kate "Skepticus Maximus." But my favorite goes to Castle giving his fatherly advice to Alexis: “Any relationship that lasts longer than a breath mint is going to have challenges.”

Chandel: Castle attempting to not say "ghost" and instead resorting to "apparition American." That was pretty clever, not to mention hilarious.

Jim: "Any relationship that last longer than a breath mint is going to have challenges." - Castle

Christine: Beckett's "Maybe Shaggy will keep Scooby out of trouble."

So... do you believe in ghosts?
Courtney: I want to, it would be a lot more fun. But unfortunately, I'm more of a Beckett girl and have to go with the science instead of the unexplainable.

Chandel: No, I really don't, nor have I had any real experience with the paranormal to really buy into it as a possibility. I'm with Kate on this one!

Jim: Yes. When I was 12 I saw a cloaked figure with no legs floating through a graveyard at midnight on New Year's Eve. It was less than 50 yards from me. Scared me so bad I couldn't sleep for two days.

Christine: Okay, Jim, now I'm scared. But I think most people see ghosts because they want to see them, so I am a skeptic. But I'd like to believe that anything is possible.

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Kate: Castle grab my legs.. Castle! I said my legs! LOL


Re: believing in ghosts? Not only do I, but I've had many experiences of seeing, hearing and feeling them. I co-write books with my partner, who is a well-known psychic/medium, so since we've been together, I've seen many amazing things happen and have been witness to many people who acknowledge his abilities. I'm with Castle on this one!


Apparitional American was the best. I also loved the vying for the murder board between Kate and Rick and his boost up. Too funny and oddly trusting and caring. Their comfort level with each other suggests a great Nick and Nora relationship and the writers are taking their partnership to a new level.
Kate seems sure of Rick's love thus truly growing. Any time they are together is gold.


-I'm thrilled every time Castle or Beckett head over to each others homes. Especially loved Beckett's expression when she said she didn't know if she'd had too much or not enough wine. Lol. -I was so excited when they finally got these two together but then we never saw them. Agree that too much was kept off screen. -It's a job now and he loves it and takes it seriously. He'd drop anything for Kate but you could say the same for Alexis and Martha too. -So many favorites. Apparition American, then Castle's relationship line to Alexis. Always happy to hear another Scooby Doo reference too. -I've seen some strange things so yes, I believe there's the possibility that spirits do exist.


1. Favourite scene: Castle screaming as the corpse fell on him. "Really?!? Really?!?!" Oh how I love Nathan Fillion... 2. I'm a bit ambivalent about Lanie/Esposito. The couple was great in theory, but they got so little screen time that it was hard to get attached/invested with them. 3. Yes and no. As previous posters has said, Castle's been good with his priorities and we know at this point his family trumps the job when it matters. So it's okay that he runs to work when Beckett calls. But let's be real - if it wasn't Beckett, work or no work, he might have let it go to voicemail... 4. There was something insanely brilliant about "Apparition American"...


My favorite scene was definitely the Castle/Alexis stuff at the end. I love when Castle gets to really show up as the dad. The funniest one...(so many to chose from!) I'm gonna go with Apparition American, just because watching Castle come up with that was kinda priceless. As for Esplanie...although I LIKE having that storyline in play, I haven't been overly invested in them. I didn't think we needed to see the breakup. There's only so much time in a episode, and I can't think of anything I'd want cut out in order to show them actually breaking up. Obviously, the two weren't on the same page about where their relationship stood and it split them up. On the other hand, I also didn't feel like that relationship was really over, either. I expect we'll see some of the tension from the breakup in subsequent episodes (cuz it's SO much fun to have to work with an ex) and hear some more bits and pieces about the breakup specifics over the rest of the season. Hopefully some of that will be in some girl time between Beckett and Lanie. More Lanie, please! In terms of Castle not taking his own advice, I agree with Courtney and Christine. Castle picks up the phone because he considers himself "on-call" in his shadowing of Beckett. He's made himself a part of that team and takes it seriously. However, he's been in the middle of a case and left because of family stuff, so it's not like he doesn't consider his family. However, as Christine points out, the question is would Castle come running anyway? Probably. Although, he was pretty tough in Rise. "...Three months, you didn't call." He was walking away...for three seconds, but still! LOL! Do I believe in ghosts? Hmmm...anything's possible. I don't believe that they'd be out to cause harm though. Like, killer ghosts? No.


1. I'm with Christine
2. I don't care as Esplanie hardly got any scenes. The break-up was dumb.
3. I'm with Christine.
4. Apparition-American
5. I don't but I keep an open mind.


Two unrelated but questions which are bugging me. 1. Is anybody keeping a running count of the number of coats Beckett has worn over these last three plus seasons and 2. How does Beckett chase and catch perps in four inch heels?


1 - My favorite scene was in the living room of the mansion when Kate asked Castle to give her a boost up into the hidden room. "Castle, I said legs!" was hysterical as was watching Castle's face as he struggled to keep Kate's feet on his shoulders.
2 - I'm not too worked up about Esplanie because they haven't given us enough of their relationship to get me invested. I'll take it at face value. Esposito said they were taking a break until they figure out what they want. If they get back together I'd be pleased but it wouldn't crush me if they didn't.
3 - Despite how rude it seemed for Castle to take off on Alexis when Kate called, I don't think he needs to change his ways. We're talking about 2 different circumstances here. With Alexis and Ashley, he was referring to her waiting around or giving up her own activities for Ashley's sake, whereas with Castle, he's going to do what he considers his job and it's very much what he wants to be doing. He has also proven that he will step away if Alexis or Martha really needs him.
4 - I thought "Apparition American" was very clever!
5 - I've had one unexplained incident but I wouldn't say I'm a confirmed believer. I'm open minded and believe that there may very well be a lot of things out there that we don't know about.


I think it's totally believable that a couple would decide to cool things if they considered, for the very first time as was the case, that others saw them as being in a much much heavier relationship than they had considered themselves. A normal couple would very likely want to step back and evealuate things in each of their own minds. The strangest thing in this episode to me -- although it felt right and certainly acceptable -- was Alexis, underage and still in high school -- heading out to a party which her parent only finds out about by asking her why she's all dressed up in passing. Kids would normally get permission ... but I can't imagine Hollywood teenager Castle bothering to seek permission from his mother (because he'd have been a lot on his own and worldly and mature enough from that independence, I'd suspect, to not need parental guidance so much by the time he was Alexis's age). Well, if you think about it, neither would Alexis really -- just serious conversation sometimes (which Castle still gets from his mother when he sometimes still needs it).

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Castle Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

If you say ghost, I'm sending you home.


Alexis: Dad, are you using me as a shield against flesh eating zombies?
Castle: No, I'm just trying to give you a better view.