Castle Review: A Konniving Killer?

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The latest installment of Castle, "An Embarrassment of Bitches," was most definitely one of the more enjoyable hours of the season. This series has really been able to do it all: get your heart pumping with anxiety, make you laugh, make you think, and, most of all, create an installment that is pure enjoyement.

This episode was no exception. 

“An Embarrassment of Bitches” took us into the land of dog competitions, reality television and murder. Sounds like a fun combination, right?

Castle Hand Holding

It’s A Dog Eat Dog World. The weekly case centered on the death of a dog competition judge and trainer who had been working with Customs to train dog sniffing dogs. This was a fun change that also gave us a chance to admire the cute and cuddly pups on screen. The killer was predictable, but I didn’t care at all. It didn’t matter because it gave us a chance to see Ms. Kay Cappuccio....

Peyton Sawyer Hilarie Burton = Complete Knockout. Let me start by saying that I am not the biggest Burton fan. Her run as Peyton on One Tree Hill used to drive me crazy and was absolutely one of my least liked television characters. Tonight, that all changed. Hilarie was awesome, not only in the way she looked, but everything she personified. 

Hilarie Burton on Castle

First of all, she looked gorgeous. Second: the voice was amazing. Burton’s “Kay Cappuccio” was a character based off Kim Kardashian, of kourse and as soon as I heard her speak, I broke into laughter. She was believable, funny, and, somehow, likable. Plus, she obviously has good taste from her flirting with Espo.

Justin Hartley also guest starred as Burton’s boyfriend, and his role was a bit of a disappointment. This is Green Arrow. He deserves more than a few lines! It just felt like this character could have been played by anyone. 

Shared Custody. The death of the dog judge meant one thing for our favorite non-couple: shared custody of his canine! This was such a cute and fun arc for the two. It provided a little bit of shipper moments but still brought the laughs.

Trying to call the dog from either side of the room so he would pick a winner was awesome. I sadly must admit that has gone on in my house to decide who our dog loves most.

The driving scene from the dog story was the hand rubbing between Beckett and Castle. The eye contact was smoldering and the tension was undeniable. Just enough to hold us Caskett shippers over until the next episode, which looks to be awesome!

Beckett vs. Burton

After Thoughts

  • Still no mention of Ryan’s wedding/new marriage. Still think it’s kind of strange.
  • Alexis headed on a road trip with Buttons Dutton. I so wish that I had a friend named this in high school. Looks like the series is setting the character up to return for guest visits.
  • How hilarious was the Jason Bateman comment from that pesky pap? Gotta love this show’s writers.
Overall, a great hour from the crime drama. Light hearted, fun and entertaining. Just what I like to finish up a Monday. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Was “An Embarrassment of Bitches” as much fun for you? What about you Caskett shippers? Was the small hand holding scene enough to tide you over? How about shared custody of the dog?
Hit the comments and let us know what you thought of the latest installment. There is a week off before our next episode, so check back soon for the Round Table discussion and info on the upcoming episodes. Until then, Castle fans...


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (243 Votes)

This episode showcased what I a lot of what I enjoy about Castle: the comedy, the subtle Castle/Beckett moments and the characters. I too am not a bit fan of Hilarie Burton (her character on White Collar is most especially annoying, and HB does nothing to make her likable), but I actually enjoyed her on Castle. She made that character both vulnerable and terribly annoying in way only a Kim Kardashian-esque character could be. Having said that, though, I knew pretty much from the beginning "whodunit," and that bugged me. Much as I love Castle, I hate predictability, and that's exactly what we got with this case. Still, overall, I thought it was a good episode. I'd give it a 7 or 8/10.


I completely agree - the hand-rubbing scene was just gorgeous. Stana and Nathan again displayed their amazing chemistry, but the moment was sweet, and slightly awkward, which made it really adorable. I was expecting to hate Kay, but I actually really liked her as a character. And as an Esposito love interest. It's about time our Espo got a girl! Castle and Beckett have each other, Ryan has Jenny, and now Espo has Kay...? I hope. I really loved this episode - there were some cute Caskett moments thrown in all over the place, and the dog Royal was adorable. I knew from the start Beckett would be won over and let him on her couch. :) I think the whole 'owning a dog together' thing was a subtle (or not so subtle) hint that Caskett definitely has a future. These hints are getting more frequent now, which makes me think excitedly - "It can't be long now..." It's disappointing to have to wait a whole second week for 'The Blue Butterfly', though. It looks fantastic.


Classic episode - like the old days. A good story, some laugh out loud moments and some Caskett. The best one in quite a while.


Jason Bateman scene...very funny!
Hand rubbing...very intimate! If only other shows could figure it out...doesn't need to be lewd or vulgar to be incredibly sexy.


Totally funny with all the "dog" names last night..."Cappuccio" "Dr. Barker".
Highlight of the whole show was of course the touch...the look. I think Beckett suddenly remembered Castle holding her hand like that while she was in the hospital. Can't wait til next week!!


My hubby and I related to how the mutual love of a pet can bring you together like nothing else seems to. Just Caskett considering the idea of joint custody of a dog seems to imply that they're moving closer in a subtle but very real way. (We loved it.)


I loved this episode. I thought the scene where the DEA agent "confessed" was priceless! I would love to see Kay become an irregular character.Only a man with limited experience could say "so what" to the hand rubbing scene! I had goose bumps! Sexual tension is brought about by just such unthinkingly intimate events,not by cliched "moves" from B movies!


Kim??? I never guessed that. I was thinking more on the lines of Paris Hilton.
yes,she had long hair but Paris is always holding a dog. Story line was ok. Can't wait to see next weeks show!


Great ep I enjoy all of them. Some are better than others but theyr'e all enjoyable to watch


I seem to remember Fillion telling a story about being confused for Jason Bateman. I'm pretty sure this was a nod to that when he said "that's really getting old"

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Castle Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

Castle: Your friends name is Buttons Dutton.
Martha: That is unfortunate.

Honey, don't be such a kill joy.