Castle hit the jackpot this week, as a trip to Atlantic City resulted in yet another fun-filled hour of television.
What did our Round Table panel of Courtney Morrison, Jim Garner, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando think of "Heartbreak Hotel?" We're so glad you asked! Find out now.
What was your favorite scene?
Courtney: This is a tough one because there were several small moments throughout the hour that were awesome. The boys' drive to Atlantic city, Alexis' party, and the Elvis scene were all great, but if I had to choose one, I'm going with the drive to AC. Castle's IBPWOC (Impromptu Bachelor Party While On Case) and Esposito's disappointment that he wasn't going to be Ryan's best man were classics. Plus, how can you not love that Castle called shotgun and got to ride up front and made the real cop sit in the back.
Jim: I loved the final scene with the look on Castle and Alexis face of relief. I guess what happens on case stay on case.
Chandel: Castle leaving Beckett at the station when Gates told him he could tag along with Ryan and Esposito. It's just one of those moments that reminds you what a big kid he is!
Christine: I have to I loved Alexis watching her girls night spin completely out of control. Here reaction to the jock who was talking to her: "He has the IQ of a squirrel.” And he did. Then her mad dash to clean up before Castle got home. It was the Alexis we all know and love.
Who made the best Elvis?
Courtney: Castle's outfit was by far the best, but I'm going with Esposito for the pure reason that he said "What Elvis can't be brown? I'm El-vis." Super smooth, super funny, and most of all, super hot.
Jim: Castle, hands down. From the accent to the lip twitch he had it all.
Chandel: Esposito. It's all about the attitude for me, and he certainly had it, especially he said, "What? Elvis can't be brown? My name is Alvez." That's priceless stuff right there.
Christine: I'll agree that I loved Esposito's attitude but I couldn't stop giggling every time I looked at Castle in that getup. It was so good but so ridiculous at the same time.
Is Kate making any headway with getting Gates to accept Castle?
Courtney: Well, she is definitely trying. Beckett is taking every chance she can get to explain why Castle is so good and he's an important person to have around. I think that Gates is moving towards that because she is starting to see what we see, that his theories and outside perspective are what get the detectives to the next lead on a lot of occasions.
Jim: I think Castle is making headway. I think Gates split Castle and Beckett to see how much he contributes. She's softening to him.
Chandel: I don't know that anyone has that ability except Gates. She likes to be top dog, so I think she'll decide to accept Castle when she's fully ready. That doesn't mean she doesn't recognize him as an asset in the meantime, though.
Christine: Kate certainly had his back. She never stopped trying to show Gates that he's a valuable member of the team. If nothing else, Gates might at least start to respect Beckett's opinion of him.
Should Ryan have manned up and picked his own best man or was he right to take one in the name of family unity?
Courtney: I understand the difficulty, but come on Ryan, it's your wedding too!!! I would have loved for Esposito to be his best man, but you do have to think...he probably has friends and family outside of the precinct. Even if it wasn't Esposito, it could have been someone else. Hopefully if we get to see the wedding, Esposito and Castle will find their way to that alter with him.
Jim: As a married man, I plead the fifth in the name of family unity.
Chandel: I think he mostly didn't have the heart to choose between Castle and Esposito, so the easy out was to allow the cousin to be involved. It was kind of ridiculous that he was sixteen, but I think that just adds to the comedy.
Christine: Hopefully he's only going to do this once. I think he should have stepped up and asked Esposito. The 16-year old can be an usher or something.
Is Castle as big a party boy as he makes himself out to be?
Courtney: Well, we have been hearing a lot of big talk from the man himself but we have yet to see it. Although, The Sapphire pretty much confirmed it when looking up his casino record. Arrested, lighting a mattress on fire, and jam in the curtains? I'd say Castle can most definitely be the life of the party.
Jim: "The mattress was set on fire and the drapes were covered in jam, from Castle's last visit to Atlantic City. I think that says it all.
Chandel: No, he just likes to have a good time, and if that's interpreted as "party boy" than so be it. I don't think it's a title he necessarily strives for, I just think it's one that seems to follow him around!
Christine: I think he can be depending on the situation. The casino report was from almost a decade ago. I'm guessing that after his divorces Castle dove into party/playboy mode. The party boy ways seem to have fallen off since he's been unofficially part of the NYPD.