Castle Review: Jackpot!!

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Cha-ching! Another winning episode for Castle. The latest installment centered around the murder of a co-owner of an Atlantic City casino, giving the boys a chance to throw a bachelor party for Ryan; and for Gates and Beckett to spend some time together. So get ready to make a bet. Let's discuss and debate "Heartbreak Hotel."

Case Time. How much fun was this investigation? The boys were pretty much front and center, taking the lead down at The Sapphire. One thing this season has continued to deliver is more screen time for Ryan and Esposito and they have totally been pulling it off. A couple weeks ago we had Esposito dressed like he was on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and now we had some Elvis impersonators. This was classic Castle. How could you not laugh out loud at the three of them in their Elvis costumes? Loved it.

Guest starring was the ever popular Richard Burgi. This man is always spot on in whatever character he's playing on any show. Why isn't he a leading man somewhere? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who would watch that series. He just gets better looking as time goes on. But anyways...

A Casino Case

Girl Time! Leaving Beckett back in NYC put her together with the more present Captain Gates. These two work pretty well together, as Gates immediately laid out a challenge to the detective: I’m looking forward to seeing what you can do without him.

This is really the first time Beckett was without her non-cop partner. What did you think? Can Beckett keep up without Castle at her side? She definitely was still quick on her feet with the facts, but she admitted to Gates that Castle’s wild theories and not being a cop are what make him so good. Last episode she didn’t deny he was her boyfriend. This one she defends him. Looks like a pattern...

Bachelor Party!!! The boys throwing an “Impromptu Bachelor Party While On Case” was great. Although we didn’t get to see the actual party (big loss on our part), we got to see Castle stumbling in and Esposito got his moment of being the fake best man. The only thing that could have made this better would have been actually being a part of it.

Side Notes...

  • Castle had been a guest at The Sapphire before and definitely enjoyed himself. Disorderly Conduct? Check. Mattress on fire? Check. Jam on the curtains? Strange but check! Rick Castle should be a standard staple for any parties thrown in the future.
  • Alexis was acting out being a normal teenager post break up by having a small get together party while her dad was away. I was worried she may not stay true to her character, but sure enough, girlfriend kicked out the crashers and cleaned up. Plus, she reminded me of the high school boys I absolutely do not miss. “He has the IQ of a squirrel.” Perfection.
  • Lanie finally made her way back into the footage, sharing a small scene with Esposito. This felt awkward and a little forced. We know they broke up, and while sad, not too many people care. We weren’t given enough time to become emotionally invested. Unless they are going to get back together at the hands of Castle or Beckett or at Ryan’s wedding... time to leave it alone.
Another enjoyable and light-hearted episode of Castle. Nothing makes Mondays more fun than an hour of Nathan Fillion. Bad news? Next week we will not have that hour. The show will return in two weeks with an installment that looks much heavier than the party we just discussed. 
And the winner is...
So after reviewing all of the viewers comments, there is one combined name that stuck out by a landslide. The official shipper name for Kate Beckett and Rick Castle will be Beckle CASKETT!! TV Fanatic readers have come out and debated their names, shutting down Beckle and a few others. Thank you everyone for making your voice heard and let’s keep the comments coming!
Okay, ladies, gents, and Caskett fans - meet me back here, same time, same place, two weeks from tonight! Until then, sound off and let us know what you thought of “Heartbreak Hotel."


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (214 Votes)

Nice review and it was a great episode. I loved the Elvis impersonations. As for Richard Burgi -- yes, he is always wonderful. He's had two series, "One West Wakiki" with Cheryl Ladd and "The Sentinel" which was on UPN in the late 90s. It's been too long since he's had a show of his own. Thanks for mentioning his work in your review.


Thank you! I just read this review and a review on another site that I shall not name, ::COUGH::TVOvermind::COUGH:: But thank you for actually reviewing the episode based on it's merits and not dissing a quirky and fun purely because the leading lady wasn't the main focus of this one, single episode.


Its obvious that Gates wants Castle out of the picture.Beckett sure defends him all the time to Gates! Does Beckett realize yet how much she loves Castle yet? great Elvis episode. Two weeks is to long to wait for the next show!


I suspect this will be a minority report, but I was frankly a bit underwhelmed (not whelmed?) by this episode. It had some fun moments, and was in many ways better than even good episodes of some other series, but in my opinion it wasn't quite up to the bar they have set for this series. Castle played a really good slightly over the hill Las Vegas era Elvis. The light hearted banter I enjoy is between Beckett and Castle with the other folks filling in to add variety and expand the playing field. A light banter episode with Beckett and Castle a car ride apart doesn't come off nearly as well. Katic did as good a job as anyone could have done with this episode, but the writers didn't really give her, or any other cast member for that matter, a real chance to shine like we all know they can. Kate stood by Castle when Gates went beyond damming with faint praise and is apparently biding her time with regard to letting Gates learn Castle's true value for herself. So far, the Beckett/Gates dynamic isn't anything to write home about. But all in all, I found myself looking at the clock a couple of times wondering if it was over yet, something that hasn't happened with any other episode since this series began. That said, the preview of Kill Shot left me almost in pain sympathizing with Beckett. Two weeks of delicious almost excruciating anticipation waiting till it airs. I'm thinking we will get more than a trivial cliff hanger in the last few seconds before the big holiday break. I've been thinking about where the series could go if Beckett and Castle were together to the point where they are living together. I can't resist the idea of a special unit being set up by the police commissioner - the unit is the current team with Lt or Cpt Beckett as a hands on in the field leader. They could expand beyond just homicide into a variety of cases involving conspiracy, terrorism, assassinations, with excellent cooperating federal agency guest spots. I haven't any indispensable ego attached to this idea, but it's been running around in my head.


its hard to top last weeks episode which was one of the best episodes ever it was a good episode but there have been better.


I loved the Three Elvis's and vote they get their own show. HA! I actually thought the Gates/Beckett dynamic was good. I didn't think she was demeaning Beckett but reminding her that she is a great detective all on her own, which is true. I actually thought Gates softened towards Castle at the end when Beckett reminded her the value Castle adds to the team. Gates didn't disagree which is growth in the right direction.


Gates: "your a good cop but I think you can be better if you minimize the "distractions".
The implication being that Kate can be so much better without Castle reference also at the start gates comment "see how you do without Castle".
This Captain has no idea how to lead, absolutely no clue whats going on in her precinct and IMO looking for any reason to snipe at Castle because he's not a "cop". I'm sure they have a good back story in future about gates but I don't care..
A good leader recognizes the strengths in her team and encourages it and while Caskett may be an odd relationship it does work and quite effectively.
Apologies to all I'm jumping on this a bit I'm a shipper at heart :) But in real life I've been a team leader myself. Kinda grates on my nerves seeing gates massacre the part.
BTW I would have liked to see Kate call Castle or vice versa just to say hi, a small shipper thing :)


Frankly ? You said it all ! It was just the lighthearted kind of material we needed after last week's emotional rollercoaster and it ticked all the boxes. As always the plot itself was extremely well treated and we could see something interesting on the Gates/Beckett front, in the way Beckett rose to defend Castle and praise his ability to think out of the box. She's no longer at a loss around Gates and has been more an more assertive (since Kick the Ballistics I guess)which I like. Sadly, we didn't get to see what happened during Ryan's impromptu bachelor party but then, given Castle's state when he came back to a bemused Alexis, it might all be for the best LOL! As for the three Elvises (or rather two Elvises and one El-vez !) well, what can I say ? If somebody could pull that little stunt off, it was our boys !!! Unforgettable ! A really enjoyable episode all in all. Now how are we gonna cope with having to wait another two weeks, I have no clue...


@David - agreed 100%. Kate is a veteran detective with what must be a crazy good close rate and treating her like a rookie is demeaning. Captain Montgomery was a mentor which is what Kate needs not a teacher. Absolutely, do not like the Gates v. Castle/Beckett story line.


I loved the Elvis moment! So funny! And frankly, a good thing because up until then Castle's complete distraction about the bachelor party was kind of making Gates' point about him being JUST a distaction. It was good to see Castle being Castle and still contributing to the case. I grudgingly liked Gates in this episode. She's no Montgomery, but it's the first time she's really acknowledged that Kate is good at her job. It felt like she was trying to remind Kate of that fact - that she WAS an excellent detective, with or without Castle. While not great for Rick, it made Gates seem like she was trying (in her own way) to mentor Kate. Now she just has to get over her "by the book" mentality about Castle not being a cop. The dynamic between Gates & Beckett felt much better than the usual TV fare of an overly competitive female boss trying to sabotage her young subordinate. Plus, having Kate defend Rick at every comment against him was awesome! I loved the way Gates said "distractions" in terms of Rick. She is SO aware of the Caskett thing! Poor Alexis...what was hilarious is how all she does is make ONE slight change in the plans she'd agreed to with her dad and all hell breaks loose! I loved the various looks of horror on her face as things spiraled more and more out of contol. Then, in typical Alexis style she just DEALS with it and kicks everyone out! So, NOT her dad, it was a nice contrast.

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Castle Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Let's not let a little thing like murder get in the way of having a good time.


The last time I saw you in your pj's after eight am I think you were four.