Castle Round Table: "The Blue Butterfly"

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A gorgeous gangster's moll, a cursed diamond necklace and private eye's diary.

"The Blue Butterfly" had Castle and Beckett investigating murders that spanned over half a century. Now, our Round Table team of Chandel Charles, Jim Garner, Courtney Morrison, and Christine Orlando debate Castle's past, present and future. Won't you come along and join us?


Who had your favorite 1940s alter ego?

Chandel: I think Alexis' Sally was pretty good. She got to play the bad girl in this one, which was fun!

Jim: Martha. She went platinum blonde for it and was mothering Castle's alter ego still!

Courtney: Ryan! The accent and the slicked back hair worked for me.

Christine: I couldn't get over Kate/Vera's wardrobe. Simply gorgeous. I was in awe of every dress.

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Do you think Beckett should have arrested Joe and Vera?

Chandel: Of course not! What a great story they had! I think it's a reflection of where Kate's heart is right now. She's willing to entertain the great love stories she might have scoffed at before because of Rick and I love getting to see that side of her.

Jim: Not sure what the statue of limitations on unsolved murders is, but I think she did the right thing not arresting Viola and Jack.

Courtney: Nah, like Jim said, the statute of limitations for sure had to run out. Anyway, they were two people just trying to live a good life at this point. Let them be.

Christine: I'm pretty sure there isn't a statute of limitations on murder and I'm sure Kate should have turned over the evidence to the DA but I'm okay with how it worked out. It's nice to see Beckett follow her heart for once. Hopefully she'll do that more in her personal life.

What was your favorite scene?

Chandel: The part where Castle said "Kate's heart raced" and tried to cover it up with "fate." Kate confronted him so fast! It was a great moment. I'm still smiling about it.

Jim: When Castle realized he was narrating. Talk about touching that 4th wall just a tiny bit. Classic!

Courtney: Castle and Beckett sitting down with Vera and Joe. Kate was interested, Castle had figured it out once again. And now they were both looking at people that Castle had imagined them to be (probably causing Beckett to think the same thing in her mind).

Christine: I loved the scene where Castle gets to the end of the diary and Kate's upset because there's no end to the story. She looks so disappointed and Castle looks delighted that he's hooked her in and she's willingly followed him along on this ride. 

What do you think of the progression of Rick and Kate's relationship?  Has the show taken too long to get them together?  Are you enjoying the ride or getting bored with the stall?

Chandel: For whatever reason I am not aggravated by the progression, as long as it feels like it has been. I read somewhere that Andrew Marlowe said of Kate and Rick's relationship that all the great love stories take time, and I continue to watch that story unfold unconcerned about the pace overall. I do wish we could get another little truth moment where they consider moving forward. But I can wait.

Jim: Rick and Kate have a relationship?? Could have fooled me, looks more like a junir high crush. I swear any day now Rick is going to hand her a note that says "Do you like me? [_] yes [_] no". GAH!! Get on with it, already!

Courtney: I get that with any good show, you don't want to jump into anything too quickly. But it's not the first, nor the second, season anymore! I don't need them to be in a full fledged relationship. I get why the writers don't want to go there. But you have to give us a little bit. Have them hook up one night and we can deal with the aftermath of that before settling into a serious relationship.

Christine: I'm completely against the hook up idea. I want the real deal. Mostly because I can see these two being so much fun once they're together. Teasing, flirting, and hiding little moments from Gates and the boys. I'm all for drawing out the love story but it's season 4!  Enough soulful angst. Give us some romance. Now!

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Who played Joe in the Blue Butterfly episode? Thank you


Loved the little "skip" Vera did after the kiss, going arm and arm with Joe. So sweet. Really enjoy this roundtable!


There are shows where the leads are in a relationship and the show is just as exciting. Chuck and Sarah in Chuck, someone else mentioned Lois and CAN be done, dear Castle-writers. If they wait too long then it either gets weird or people will lose interest. See Mulder & Scully in the X-Files (we have no idea WHEN it happened..and a baby), and Booth/Brennan (seriously - 6 seasons and a baby??).


Yes, indeed, there's nothing wrong with an evening where the two meet, talk, and remain close but tied to the future. A promise ring? Rick Castle is very devoted to his daughter, Alexis, and Kate can see that. SO just talk about it, wait till she's off to college, and so on.. C'mon writers. This doesn't have to take 7 seasons like in Bones, and now they have a baby between the two of them. It's been done.


OK, love the show, love the characters, witty dialog, romantic tease, Serenity references, all that. But wait...if the Blue Butterfly is hidden behind a brick in the alley all these years, how does Stan have it in his hand when he comes up from the basement office inside the club? The fatal confrontation that kicks off the tale should have taken place in the alley out back, right? It is a detective story as well, isn't it?


Yes yes yes! I totally agree with you! :)


Know what else would be nice? Actually seeing the connection & not have it be sold as conjecture. Not everything needs to be spelled out but not everything needs to be inferred either. Leaving the natural spark of the 2 leads simmering on the back burner to eventually evaporate is a waste of talent and in show-speak: criminal.


4 seasons in & Castle delivers intelligence, fun, and sass in a classy not trashy way. But enough with the stalling, please. No need for a 1-night stand or a bedroom scene. How about just starting with meaningful words, you know, like a conversation that 2 intelligent people would have. And intelligent people do often remember conversations - so how about follow-ups in subsequent episodes. That would be nice.


I really liked this episode for the sheer entertainment value. Many wonderful moments (agree with everyone below - the boy-o/leprechaun thing, Lanie's pipees, etc.), and particularly loved the little looks of pure glee from Nathan during the case - he's just perfect! What I didn't like was the writers trying to appease us with the love scenes between the alters. This did nothing for me, as it was pure fantasy! I want real, meaningful connection between the real Beckett and Castle!! ENOUGH already! And while I know most people are worried that the relationship will ruin the show, I wonder if I'm the only one who remembers Lois & Clark? That was an epic romance that moved at a great pace (except for that delay after the first date - that was annoying), and was adorable to watch!! If the writers can just do it like that - hesitant yet moving forward cautiously - this show can continue to delight for years!


1. Tough call. Castle/Joe was great but who knew Lanie could sing? The girl's got a heck of a voice. 2. Legally, maybe but it's a 65 years old murder with little evidence that was almost certainly self defense. Besides, it would have been really sad if she arrested them. 3.Castle telling Beckett he has 27 books with a beginning, middle, and end was so cute. 4. I LOVE the show but I do feel like it's stalling and it's killing some of the fun. I miss the flirty fun. Bring it back, asap! We need Castle and Beckett together and for real, not some hook up. Bring on the romance.

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