Castle Review: Framing Big Foot

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"The Fast and the Furriest" was a wonderful combination of both funny and sweet moments.

It was another Perlmutter episode and as much as I love Lanie, Perlmutter is a completely different kind of fun. Here, he was definitely the perfect foil for Castle's Big Foot theories. Added points for making me laugh when he called Esposito and Ryan The B Team.  

Something Amiss

I liked that they didn't jump to Big Foot right away. First they went with the crazy monkey theories, which led to Ryan's adorable revelation as he shared his childhood love for his favorite primate in this Castle quote

Ryan: I always wanted a pet monkey when I was a kid. Big Curious George fan.
Castle: Wait 'til George grows up. An adult chimpanzee can reach 200 lbs, tear off a man's face, hands, and naughty bits. | permalink

When Ryan corrected that George would never do that, I just wanted to give him a hug.

Castle's interactions with the gorilla behind the glass were downright hysterical. It made me wonder how much unused footage might exist of Nathan Fillion and the giant primate making faces at one another. Fingers crossed we get to see some of that on the Castle Season 5 DVD in the fall.

Of course,it was hard to argue with Beckett's assessment of the interaction…

Castle: Did you see how that gorilla looked at me?
Beckett: I think it was lust actually Castle. You are ruggedly handsome. | permalink

As much as certain things have evolved throughout the series, some things never change... like Castle's inability to keep his hands to himself. The man simply has a visceral need to touch things, even gross looking petrified yeti toes.

Once again we had Castle and Ryan as the hopeful believers and Beckett and Esposito as the doubting skeptics. For this one I was on Team Beckett. How exactly would a giant, hairy apeman get around New York City completely unseen? Especially now that everyone has a camera phone attached to his/her hand and traffic and security cameras on almost every block? It would take actual magic to pull that off.

Castle and Beckett's trip into the woods made me laugh, mostly because of Castle's ridiculous outfit. Did he stop to buy that on the way or was the bright orange turtle neck and weird camo overalls already in the back of his closet for some reason?

Beckett has climbed on Castle's shoulders before but this time may have been my favorite. It's probably because now that they're a couple, they can openly flirt about it which makes it all the more fun.

Castle: Shouldn't you be wearing a short skirt for this? That's the rule. | permalink

We were even gifted with a bedroom scene as the two debated the importance of everyday magic over the mystery of possible magic. I loved that Beckett admitted the one mystery she undoubtedly believed in is them and then kissed him, only to stop because of the crash in the kitchen.  

Honestly, sometimes it feels as though 90% of their kisses get interrupted. 

Which leads us to Alexis, otherwise known as the loft's super rat. 

I was surprised it took Castle so long to figure it out. If there's food missing from the fridge, the culprit is usually the college student. But then again, Alexis did lie to him and that's not the norm. Granted, the girl has been through a lot this year and most kids, even young adults, will do almost anything to avoid a lecture from a well meaning parent. 

Castle, being the best dad ever, not only took Alexis out to dinner, he offered to check out her friend's project that needs funding. I have little doubt he'll be pulling out his checkbook before it's over. If Alexis believes in people, it's only because she's gleaned that trait from her father.

The last thing that should be mentioned is Beckett's stunning zippered black jacket. That's definitely going on my list of must-haves along with most of her collection.

After a week's hiatus, it was great to see Castle come back with one if its classic, light hearted mysteries to brighten our Monday.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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This is the most boring show on TV and this episode was the worst. I don't know how anyone can watch this garbage. I can never watch this show again.


Oh and bTW, I really would love to see all the clips of Castle and Moonshine.


I think I love the eps where Castle is in his own little wonderland: Bigfoot, SciFi conventions, time travel, etc. And I love when he plays "Responsible Dad" his hurt when she wouldn't answer her phone when he turned her blue was wonderful. LOVE Nathan Fillion.


This episode was okay. A few things: 1. Bedroom scene with Castle looking sideways at Beckett - the shadows on his face - that's the hottest Fillion has looked this season. 2. I'm starting a petition for Molly Quinn to be the next incarnation of Mystique in X-Men. 3. I LOVE PERLMUTTER.


I love Castle! Its the most entertaining show on TV today, at least for me. Its fantasy folks so I don't think we need to pick on little things like, Beckett's jersey falling off her shoulder (tho I did notice it too). The bedroom scene was precious. I do agree that the kissing scenes are interrupted too often. I have always felt that a scared Rick Castle is just hysterical. When he fell into the pit, I roared with laughter. Last night's episode was light-hearted and fun-filled and I loved it! Rick Castle is a multi-faceted personality so he can be bright and serious; philosophical and right; jealous and defeated; silly and hysterical; scared and pretty funny! I love that he's rich and successful so we definitely know he's not stupid!


I enjoyed the episode, it was so funny! Altough I usually prefer the dark and intense ones (because in those there is always some caracter development), sometimes it feels good to just sit and enjoy the ride lightheartly:)
There were some cute and beautiful moments between Castle and Beckett and also Ryan, Esposito and Perlmutter(the B-team, lol).
But, like some people pointed, the Alexis story didn´t fit her caracter, IMO... And next week seems it will be a very intense one!:)


The thing I found the most unbelievable about this episode, which I really enjoyed, BTW, was that Alexis, who is a more practical kind of smart than her dad, gave all her allowance money to some kickstart guy, when she knows she has a limited income as a student and needs to pace her spending. She's always been so logical before this, and now suddenly she's giving away a 'generous' amount of money to some online huckster? Really? And then not having the guts to tell her dad about it, lying to him, just seems out of character for her, too.


I loved this episode, and I need to point out to people who think it is stupid to believe in Bigfoot that there are national societies of bigfoot hunters, there is a TV show that has experts and PhDs on it hunting bigfoots and my own husband, who is a very smart man believes in bigfoot. So does my brother. I don't personally believe in bigfoot, especially in NYC, but I live in Washington state, where there's a lot of forest land, and there are tons of bigfoot sightings every year. So it's not gullible of Castle to believe that sort of thing, any more than it is gullible of Dr Hodgins (TJ Thyne) on Bones to believe in conspiracy theories. Really smart people often need some kind of craziness in their life to lighten up the dark corners.


Kevin Ryan is such a sweet character, why does he get the least amount of air time? When they did finally give him that one episode, they made it so out of character for him that it was just ridiculous. Castle would be a stronger show if it developed the rest of the cast better. There's a lot of talent that isn't being used. I'm getting bored with seeing Caskett all of the time.

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Castle Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

Vicious, blood thirsty, old folks, is that your theory?


Maybe my apartment's being invaded by some sort of super rat.