Castle Round Table: "Head Case"

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Castle tackled the world of cryonics this week, to mixed results.

How did our Round Table team of Chandel Charles, Courtney Morrison, Christine Orlando and Carissa Pavlica react to various aspects of "Head Case?" Find out in the discussion below...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Chandel: I really liked the end when Castle and Beckett both agreed that they hoped that couple made it. I enjoy these little moments when it seems they convey something to each other - without a single word being directly said about their relationship. It's nice considering we know that the Caskett movement is happening but won't really be "on" just yet.

Courtney: My favorite scene was the reaction to the frozen bodies. This cast sets the bar for acting with expressions.

Christine:  I loved when Kate joked about not needing implants as she and Castle walked onto the Coeds Gone Crazy set. The looks between the two of them were really cute. Add to it Kate calling Castle on his reaction to the girls. Having a college aged daughter has certainly changed his perspective. He wouldn't have had that reaction in season one.

Carissa: Don't laugh: when they were climbing around the big silver rooms. It felt like we were watching Castle in Space. 

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Is it realistic to think that Alexis wouldn't get into Stanford?  What did you think of her reaction?
Chandel: Even the best laid plans don't make it to fruition. She needed to learn that not everything can be controlled. I really identified with her struggle and feeling like a failure. It hurts to get rejected. Plus, she was doing the whole college thing for all the wrong reasons. The universe was telling her to just go with it and finish senior year. What's the rush?

Courtney: I would have expected her to get in, but hey, there's a lot more students out there just like her. Her reaction was dead on. I have to admit I had a similar reaction to a college rejection. At that age, you can't understand why unfair things happen and can't help feeling lost.

Christine: Admissions standards are constantly changing so anything is possible. And any teenager would be devastated by such a rejection, especially someone like Alexis who is used to getting what she sets her mind to. I thought Castle did a great job of being supportive but still steering her towards reality.

Carissa: I guess it's realistic. Funny that Amber on Parenthood was at the top of her class and didn't get into some great school, either. I would have been very upset, and all things considered, she handled it well. Of course, she has a great dad.

Are Ryan and Esposito hotter this season than ever before?
Chandel: I don't know. I always thought they were attractive. Maybe they are just asserting themselves more during cases which makes them seem like they're doing more than we're used to... and it's hot!

Courtney: Oh yes. They are definitely hotter!! I'm loving the screen time they are getting and am hoping to see some more of them.

Christine: Yes! I think they are working more independently this season and they're not just taking orders from Beckett anymore. There's an added confidence there and that's definitely hot. Plus, Esposito is darn handsome and Ryan is adorable any way you look at them and we're certainly looking.

Carissa: What they are is smarter. More into the cases. With Castle as a role model, they actually want to solve the case before he does. That's great progress. But yeah, they are cute.

Would you get the implant to gain 10 years? Would you consider being cryogenically frozen?
Chandel: No. I'd prefer to let nature takes its course rather than try and force something that wasn't meant to happen. I also don't want to be a popsicle. That is not appealing to me at all.

Courtney: I definitely would not get the implant. Knowing you have more time might make you waste it, and life is for living every day to the fullest. I want the life I'm supposed to have. Besides, once you get to 90, what's another decade? I might rethink it if you had 10 more years at a certain age.

Christine: The implant is an interesting idea. It's hard to know if that would be a blessing or a curse, but for 10 more years with my daughter and loved ones, I'd consider it. As for being frozen in the hopes of coming back, I'll pass. I hate the cold. That just sounds like a piece of semi-living Hell.

Carissa: 10 years? No way. With my luck, I'd get hit by a bus one year into it and it would be a waste. Being frozen skeeves me out. Did you notice the wife died with her eyes closed but they were wide open in the tank? What's with that? You'd think they would want the eyeballs protected from the cold since they're basically just goo. Ick. No freezing for me. Plus, I'm allergic to cold. Bad idea all around.


Favorite scene is hard...I loved the whole, "A writer and his muse" moment - poor Castle! They're both thinking the same thing - but only Beckett knows that they are. Castle squirming and Beckett smiling...that playing field needs to be leveled soon! The stuff with Alexis stood out too. The trophy scene was...amazing. Alexis not getting in to Stanford seemed plausible. Ivy League Schools deal with tens of thousands of applicants for 2-3 thousand seats. There are alot of high SAT's, private school, perfect grades, valedictorian students being rejected from some of these schools every year. I actually really loved this secondary storyline as much as the main one. I agree with Carissa - Ryan & Esposito are smarter this year. Ryan especially seems more confident. As for hotter - not possible! ;) I'm with Christine. Definitely not the frozen thing. I have no desire to live forever. However, the ten more years I might consider. I was a late bloomer, so ten more HEALTHY years with a child, and doing what I love to do is an interesting thought.


Castle seems to call Beckett by her first name all the time now. I wonder when Beckett will start calling Castle by his first name? Thanks C. Orlando for the twitter information about Becketts scar. I tried to join twitter but im not good on the computer and it kept telling me my password is wrong, so I gave up.


1. Favourite scene is a toss-up between Castle freaking out at the frozen "people!!" and the scene at the police station where Castle explains rejection vs failure. Such a far cry from a few seasons ago when Alexis came to the same police station to ream him out for background checking her teacher - I'm glad we get to see both of them grow. Molly Quinn nailed her scenes. 2. It's very realistic for her not to get in - I've known awesome students who had trouble getting admitted into great universities. I think that made for better storytelling anyway. 3. Ryan and Esposito...oh how I love them. I like that they're more involved in cases, and they've always been hot to me. 4. Would I get frozen? Hell no - I hate winter enough as it is.


-Favorite scene is a tie between Nathan screaming "People" and Beckett looking down her shirt when he asks about implants. Both made me laugh -Oh I felt for her. Early admissions can be tough and at that age you're not ready for the disappointment. Castle did a great job as her Dad trying to get her to move on. -Ryan's wedding comments were great. I love that these 2 are building more of their own theory and aren't just taking orders from Beckett. It makes them all more of a tema. -Freezing sounds creepy but the implant is a possibility, especially if you wouldn't age for another 10 years.


To karkar:- One of the producers from Castle tweeted that Beckett does have a scar but it's hidden under her clothes. You aren't the first fan to notice and in real life we'd of course see the scar in those lower cut shirts but this is TV so Beckett gets to keep hers hidden. I'm guessing it will come up at some point in the future for dramatic effect but we'll have to wait and see.


I hope Alexis finishes high school,and maybe Ashley breakes up with her. She is to young to be tied up with one guy. There is lots of fish in the sea! Also where is Becketts scar? The incision Dr. motorcycle boy made on her when she was shot was enormous and nothing shows on her low cut blouses.


Just on Alexis getting in to Stanford umm they should have made it clearer that she was not accepted yet and was awaiting her acceptance letter.
They let the audience go with the assumption that she had already been accepted unless I missed something?
Open to correction and apology if I'm wrong ;)
Giggle moments Kates remark on Her implants and Ricks response which years ago would have been something sexual and this time he just let it slide.


1. Maybe chasing the guy with the victim's head with the follow up that 99% of the time, if a suspect has the victim's head, he's the culprit.
2. Realistic
4. Once the tech is developed sufficiently, I'd definitely consider life extension/freezing.


1 - My favorite Caskett scene was the one at the College Girls location. I thought the implant tease was great as was the implication that both Castle and Kate were presuming that they would be together in 10 more years. However, I have to give the night to Molly Quinn. Her acting in the scene where she wants to throw away her awards knocked me out. I loved the way Castle responded a bit sternly that she was not a failure and had to move on. The followup scene where he explains the value of rejection was excellent too. I also have to mention my 2 big giggle moments - first, when Ryan asks if they could put him under until the wedding and secondly, when Castle fell backwards in the dumpster. I love the bits of humor!
2 - I think it was very realistic that Alexis didn't get in, especially mid year. While she shines in her own world, there are a lot of bigger fish in the sea. I thought her reaction was authentic and believable. As I mentioned in #1, I think Molly did an awesome job in the episode.
3 - I can't say that the term "hotter" is what I see. I'm enjoying the new dynamic where the guys work more independently of Kate. It shows good character growth and truly makes them a team of 4.
4 - I would definitely not want to be frozen but I might consider the implant if I could do it quickly and have 10 more years of what my life is like right now.


-Castle's reaction when he looked inside the tank and yelled "People" made me laugh out loud. -I'm surprised she didn't get in but I guess that could happen. All those good grades and private school education and she can't get in. I love how Castle worried he'd made her childhood too easy and she wouldn't be able to deal with the rejection. -I've always loved Ryan and Esposito. They have great chemistry but they're doing more with the investigations this season and that's what's hot. -The freezing bit is a little weird but it could be cool to come back in 100 years...if mankind is still here.

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Castle Season 4 Episode 3 Quotes

Rejection isn't failure, failure is giving up.


That's what the great love stories are about, beating the odds.