Castle Review: Blues for the Butterfly

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There are a handful of things that Castle does well. Even better, there are a few things that Castle does REALLY well. After watching "The Blue Butterfly”, we can now add nostalgia and flashbacks to the latter list.

When there is a series such as this - which sets the bar high with continuous entertaining hours of comedy, drama and romance - it is hard to have an episode exceed those expectations. It’s been done before, with the 3XK tales and season finales, but this hour was different. It didn’t have your heart thumping, nor were you sitting on the edge of the couch - but it didn’t need any of that. What it did have was solid writing on a case perfect for Rick Castle.

Trip Back in Time

Let’s just start by saying that Nathan Fillion is one of a kind. Fans have seem him in pretty much every type of character Hollywood has to offer, and he nails them all.

Episodes told through flashbacks are pretty difficult, but this was an exception. Castle imagining the characters as his friends and family was great. I mean, who hasn’t done that at least once before when they read themselves? Anyone? Anyone?

The Case. The hunt for the Blue Butterfly necklace was just as, if not more, interesting that the search for the murderer. I honestly wasn’t sure who the killer was going to be and I was a bit let down that it was a background player with such a small amount of screen time.

The Runaways Live! The best part about this case was that Vera and the PI lived happily ever after. I guess I'm not the only sucker for love, especially when it withstands decades (cough...cough...Beckett). Our favorite detective is much more soft than when this series started.

A Castle Flashback

The Man Who Doesn’t Age. Mark Pellegrino guest starred as mob boss Tom Dempsey/Tom Dempsey III. He has been popping up all over the place as of late, and I know I am not alone in loving it.

Got to hand it to the writers for the small and clever details they put in this installment. Pellegrino played both the grandfather and grandson, and as Castle put it, he was a doppleganger for the g-pop. They could have had someone else play the younger version, but it was MP that took on the task. I'd like to think of it that he played both roles because he is Jacob, the ageless guardian of the Island. Oh, Lost, I miss you terribly. Anyways...

Side Notes

  • Okay, Tamala Jones! The girl can sing and work a gown like it is her job.
  • How awesome was Castle trying to get Ryan to talk with the accent. “Say Boyle. Boyle. Boyle. Boyle. Boyle. Boyle. Like a leprechaun!”
  • Caskett shippers got to experience Beckett and Castle as a couple through the flashbacks. Even in the 1940s, these two had undeniable chemistry. Having the couple grow old together has to be a promise to us fans rooting for the pairing, right? Even if not, we still got a kiss and an I love you out of it.
  • Who wants to join me at the Penny Baker Club?
  • The first part of Castle's annual two-parter airs next week, bringing Jennifer Beals on board!
Castle in 1947


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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (343 Votes)

I thought for being in love they'd be all over each other seriously this whole just a little kiss thing is getting BORING!!
On the other hand I got to see Stana's superb legs at the end and other things in her blue outfit, she'll probably whack me over the head if I was too specific so let you all work it out :)
I was impressed by this ep because of the acting and it was just plain fun just because the actors have to listen to the head office and tone things isn't their fault and they work well together.
I seriously want to see them steam things up it's like their living in a sexless and bland motive at the moment.
Err correction.. Steam things up between Kate and Rick we don't need another love triangle thanks..And if some smart..bleep puts em in a steam bath ...


This was a great episode! I kept staring at he 'old' bartender and couldn't place where I'd seen him- then it hit me- THAT'S CHAD EVERETT of 'Medical Center'. I loved that show! He's still handsome! Castle was in his element. I loved the '40's costumes on everyone. This show is a hit every time I watch it.


This show is consistently entertaining and this episode was no exception. What astounds me is that nobody has mentioned the fact that Chad Everett was a guest. At one time Mr. Everette was a bonafide TV star back when Medical Center was on the air (1969-1976). I really thought is was cool to see him back on TV on one of my favorite shows. This story was perfect for the Castle/Beckett duo because let's face it, the regular story line could never happen in real life. No police department is going to allow a fiction writer to solve cases with a detective squad. But who cares? I love the cast and the stories and it always represents what my favorite TV shows have always displayed: Escape!


Awesome. Love love love this show look forward to it every week!!!


I loved the epidose it was great. I finally got to see Castle and Beckect kiss and be in love together. Castle made a great "40's era" gum,shoe.


One of the best episodes! I loved Tamara's singing, the Firefly references, the accents, the romance... Great job, Castle writers and cast!


It's 'boyo', not boyle


Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Each week, I always look forward to seeing what this show will throw at us... Rarely I am disappointed. This is one unique show on TV. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS!


Mark Pellegrino is due to return as Lucifer to torment Sam in an upcoming ep of Supernatural. From the sounds of things maybe the ep in which Misa Collins returns ep 7.17 The Born Again Identity due to air in March.

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