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Castle Review: Stabbed In The Back

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Now, that was fun! Castle aired "Reality Star Struck" this week, an episode centered around the murder of a “reality” star and some Valentine’s Day competition between Castle and Beckett. It was the kind of episode long-time Castle fans love.

The Murder. The hour was spent looking for the killer of a young reality star from “The Wives of Wall Street.” One word can describe this spoof. Hilarious. One of the best parts about this installment was the fact that it brought Gail O’Grady back to our screen. I’ve missed her since Hellcats got canceled. 

The case itself was pretty predictable, but it included the ingredients to a perfect Castle episode and it did it well.

Partners Fighting Crime

The First Valentine’s Day. Amidst the murder, the detectives were still celebrating Valentine’s Day, and for two couples that meant their first February 14 together.

Castle and Beckett competed over who would give the better gift. The presents were not even the best part. Castle accidentally slipping Beckett’s gorgeous earrings into Gates’ jacket was the icing on the cake for the hour. Trying to get them back, facing Gates when she found them... everything about it was pretty much awesome.

Who knew that Kate Beckett had such a romantic side? She pulled the sweet move by offering up a drawer at her apartment for her man. These two have made some serious strides in their relationship and it is still just as much fun to watch as the will-they/won’t-they games from last year.

These two weren’t the only ones celebrating the holiday. Lanie and Espo went out for their first V-day. It’s no secret that I am a big fan of anything Espo related. Having these two get back together is just what us Espo-fans want.

Side NotesL

  • How hot did Lanie look in that red dress? Smokin’!
  • Of course Gates was a reality TV fan.
  • Even better, Gates and Castle sharing the love of “The Wives of Wall Street.” Pretty awesome.

Overall, another fun episode from our favorite detectives. There were actual laugh out loud moments, as well as the sweet ones. Once again, Nathan Fillion killed it with his facial expressions throughout the hour. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: is there another actor that can portray so much from just his face?!?

So how can we move forward after such a great episode? The annual two-parter! It’s that time of year again. Castle will be airing their annual high stakes, high tension episodes over the next two weeks.

So until then, Castle fans. Hit up the comments, sound off on the Castle Round Table later in the week and patiently wait with me for the next episode. 

Review

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Beckett channeling Penelope!! I literally laughed out loud for that one!

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when beckett tells castle to meet her in the bed his expression was all bruce willis moonlighting

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At first I thought Beckett was so demanding in the bedroom scene,but I played it back, it wasn't. That small drawer to me represents Beckett opening her heart to Castle! She may not of told Castle she loves him yet ,but he knows.

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Nathan is one of the best actors! Watching him try and get the earings back...I was rolling on the floor! Kate giving him the drawer...OMG!

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I am going to be a "copycat" and repeat what Genda Shearman said because I agree with almost all of it. Forgive me Genda but here goes...I am a hard core Castle Fan. I watch on Monday nights and re-watch through the week and count the days until the next ep. I never miss a show.. I loved this ep from start to finish. I love Caskett together,it was great to see Esplainie together again.I love this cast and NO ONE could play these characters and bring them to life for me than this entire cast!I laughed so hard through Kate flipping that table over, Castle trying to get Kate's gift back, Gates and Castle interactions through out! Their gifts to each other were perfect and sweet.Castle fumbling with his cuffs priceless! 100% agree with Fillionista- Castle is the BEST show on tV ANYWHERE! And, thank you Genda!

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I am a hard core Castle Fan. I watch on Monday nights and re-watch through the week and count the days until the next ep. I never miss a show.. In my opinion there are no bad eps of Castle. I loved this ep from start to finish. I love Caskett together,it was great to see Esplainie together again.I love this cast and NO ONE could play these characters and bring them to life for me than this entire cast!I laughed so hard through Kate flipping that table over, Castle trying to get Kate's gift back, Gates and Castle interactions through out! Thier gifts to each other perfect and sweet.Castle fumbling with his cuffs priceless! 100% agree with Fillionista- Castle is the BEST show on tv ANYWHERE!

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Castle is my favorite show. I do not understand the whole secrecy thing. Rick does not draw a salary from the pd. He is a consultant. I don't think Gates can ban him from the department for dating Beckett.

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I LOVED the episode!! I even enjoyed Capt. Gates who I normally can do without. It was nice that there was a little "play" between her and Castle with regard to those sapphire earrings; the look on Castle's face was priceless: relief that he had not put Kate's name on the note and horror that Gates actually thought they were meant for her!! I worry that next weeks episode will be a very hard rollercoaster ride with Alexis being kidnapped....they cannot kill her, that would change Castle's "everything" and I don't think it would help the show.

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@pythonM - thanks for that!! LOL...I'm usually good at ignoring the trolls, but when they call me out by name it just irritates the heck out of me.

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I'm not always a fan of the spoof episodes (like the documentary), but I got a big kick out of this ep--Beckett knocking over the table, and then Castle and Gates' reactions to how into it Beckett was getting were hilarious. And I can't think of another actor with such good use of facial expressions, but I can think of an actress--Kaley Cuoco. She has killer facial expressions on Big Bang Theory.

Castle Season 5 Episode 14 Quotes

Please tell me you didn't get me a lightsaber for our first Valentine's Day together.

Beckett

So it's a reality show...without the reality.

Castle
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