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Castle Review: Shown the Trap Door

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"Get a Clue" was a classic Castle episode. It featured an occult style murder, a felonious monk and even a sword fight thrown in. But it was the very end that took away some of the fun.

Inviting Dad

Let's review some of the most entertaining moments first. 

The murder of Susanna Richland was pretty awesome mystery. Why would an accountant end up with stigmata type wounds and a sword stabbed through her throat? Add in some religious icons, pagan symbols, the Freemasons and a treasure hunt and you've got the makings for vintage Castle.

Castle and Beckett were at their best with lots of good natured joking along the way. When Beckett started weaving a crazy theory, Castle looked confused…

Castle: What are you doing?
Beckett: Making stuff up. Just like you do.

He was so completely appalled. She's Beckett. Her role is to follow the evidence. She's the yin to his yang and now she was messing with the natural order of things. 

And is there really a blacksmith shop still in existence in NYC or is that just creative license? I may need to go look that one up. 

The sword fight was epic. Looked like all of those fencing duels with Alexis finally paid off. Still I was grateful to find out they were stunt swords. Thinking they were real made that scene much scarier. 

I also really loved the Raiders of the Lost Ark moment when Castle grabbed the bag of half-dimes and the door shut behind them. But on the flip side, I had a little trouble believing that no curious kid ever stuck their hand through that hole in lthe ast couple of hundred years. 

But it all led to one of my favorite Castle quotes…

This is not my idea of going to the chapel with you.

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We definitely all expect a lot more romance and a lot less dust when that day finally happens. 

As for the killer, I expected it to be the director, Nolan Burns, until he mentioned the family connection. Then it was obvious it was Henry. Sometimes family just can't be trusted.

Esposito and Ryan also had some great moments. How funny was Ryan as he tried to shake the filth off his hand after he touched that banister, followed by him muttering…

This place, you can get hepatitis just breathing the air.

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I always love watching Espo and Ryan work as a team as they go through the door during a takedown. I sincerely hope that one day we'll see a spinoff with these two detectives.

And I couldn't help but laugh a bit when Beckett told Ryan to impress her and he groused…

You know, there are times I wish she'd stayed in D.C.

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We all know he didn't mean it but Beckett was giving the surveillance genius an impossible task, and of course he came through. 

However, I was disappointed when Beckett sent Javier down to the morgue. I really got my hopes up that we'd get a substantial scene between he and Lanie. Are they lovers? Ex-lovers? Friends with benefits? At this point we really have no idea and this scene told us nothing. Felt like quite the missed opportunity to give the audience some information concerning one of our favorite couples. 

Finally we get to Alexis.

Sigh…

I've always loved Alexis. The father/daughter relationship on Castle has been one of the highlights of this show since the pilot. So now that we're up to Castle Season 6 Episode 6, it's hard to see that bond beginning to fray.

First, I'll acknowledge that even the strongest relationships have their rough patches and Castle and Alexis are no exception. Is this rift uncomfortable? Yes. Is it realistic? Also, yes.

Was Castle less than gracious at their dinner? He could have done a better job of hiding his displeasure but what father is happy that their 19 year old daughter has moved in with a guy…any guy?

That said, Alexis is old enough to make her own decisions and that includes choosing her own relationships. 

OK, that's the rational side of my brain. Now on to my rant…

She wouldn't let her father in the door!?! Are you kidding me? He came there to apologize and talk things out and she made him stand in the hall!

Then she brought up that she learned about her father's engagement through her grandmother. Well, I love Martha but perhaps she should have kept her mouth shut until Castle had the chance to share the news with his only daughter. And Alexis being hurt over that slight would have played better if we had seen any hint of it over the first five episodes of Castle season 6

She went on to compare her two month relationship with Pi to Castle's five-year relationship with Beckett. Being that she's looking at things from a 19-year old's perspective I suppose I can let that one slide.

But it's not as though Alexis has always welcomed Kate with open arms. Seems to me there were a few times she was more than a little cool towards her father's muse. Alexis felt she had her reasons then as Castle certainly does now for disliking Pi.

When Alexis turned down her father's offer for ice cream and shut the door in his face, I have to admit I felt like I was done. 

Alexis speech about acceptance would have carried a lot more weight if she would have shown a little bit of kindness towards her dad. The entire exchange made Castle's once extraordinary daughter look like an insolent, spoiled brat.

More than angry, it made me sad. Almost as sad as Castle. I'm hoping to see some glimpse of the old Alexis on Castle Season 6 Episode 7 (previewed below.)

So can Alexis Castle be saved in the eyes of fans or is it simply too late?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Tonya b

Ever notice how the editor ratings are higher than the user ratings almost 100 percent of the time on this site? Does this mean that editors wear rose colored glasses every time they watch an episode? Hmmn? Food (or papaya) for thought?

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sorry but I thought the final arc was awful television that made no sense and dissed the canon. Again we get a change in someone are never told why, when or how and things are 'made up'. Marlowe is clueless sometimes. At least alexis is a bit character and the last episode showed how boring it can be when she is in it too much

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Agree with Vince's damage control of alexis's interview,what continues to amaze myself is this love fest with kate,Alexis's admits to it.whats troubling is her dad has been after kb for years and she was aware of it and had to know this could happen on top of it she was in another country when he proposed and now she 'wants to cold shoulder the only person who has loved her,what may i ask has kate done to help the situation-nothing as usual,rick is just a one man band solving cases for the feds,the 12th,while kate chose her dream job over him ,now that there engaged is it asking to much of kate to have a talk with her future step daughter?No,of course her career comes first,let rick deal with it be himself!

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@ pete

Marlowe gave another follow up interview which sounded unusual. He describes everything happening as awesome, organic and honest. Many long standing entertainment writers are calling the Alexis arc an epic fail and probably his worse mistake during the Castle series which might explain his need to spoil part of the upcoming 6x7 episode during the interview.

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I am still here!

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I share you pain Captain Cook

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Has anyone read MQ's latest interview on Give Me My Remote. She lavishes praise on Beckett, and hopes that the fan reaction to her character, will give her more screen time. Be careful what you wish for Molly, the fans reaction may not be what you think it will be!!

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@ ukno1stanafan

The MQ interview seems to have been carefully scripted by Marlowe and/or publicists and arranged in an effort toward damage control. MQ doth protest too much when asked about the Beckett relationship. The answer she gave about the relationship which included the Alexis characters’ abiding admiration for Beckett was a well prepared statement. The reasons she gave for the Alexis bizarre behavior were weak. Her response to the question about the Alexis' relationship with Pi was enough to make you ill. The ongoing open/end scenes in each episode with Alexis need to stop before it hurts the series. Watching 4x7 "Cops & Robbers" tonight. I wanted to see again how pissy Alexis gets with Kate in the bank parking lot.

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What is wrong with this bloody site. I sign in, make a post, then I'm told I haven't signed in. This is crap!!

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I am with you Our roy montgomery .

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In upcoming episode, I will be so disappointed if not revealed that Ryan has already done a background check on Pi, the fruitcake. After 6 episodes, not one word from anybody on screen about it? Note that AWM and MQ out there now doing damage control. All of sudden, the Alexis character has no issues with Beckett? If Alexis arc not done next week in 6x7, I stop watching LIVE and use FF/MUTE on DVR until it is over.

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@ Vince

Sorry about the duplicate post, just trying to navigate the new layout. I think Alexis clearly stated in the last episode that it wasn't necessarily about Becket but about her Dad's right to choose Beckett. Whether that choice works out it doesn't matter, still her Dad's choice. Just as it is her choice to pick Pi. Castle and viewers may not like Pi, still Alexis' right to choose. That was the point I believe Alexis clearly made...acceptance of a persons right to choose. Yes, there is change going on her; Alexis growing up, and the family dynamic of that and Castle's engagement to Beckett. It's greater than Alexis just being perceived as a spoiled brat. Like many 19 year olds, she's just trying to figure out how she fits...Kate even commented to Castle about Alexis trying to figure out how she fits in this new dynamic. Kate will have to figure out that too...thus more bumps in the road - See more at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/...

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@ castlefan1212

If the Alexis arc is all about choice as you propose and not about Alexis being disrespectful to Castle because she's acting like a "typical" 19 year old, then the writers shouldn't have put so much effort in the past into demonstrating that she was not a typical teenager. She is clearly acting out. Not all teenagers act foolish. What most teenagers actually do is completely dependent on the relationships they have with their parents. Sometimes fear keeps them in line (some parents would cut off funding for school tuition if displeased) and sometimes it presents not wanting to hurt their feelings or hear that the parents are disappointed with their behavior. By turning the Alexis character into "typical" when she's been "exceptional" is character destruction. The writers needed to present a whole lot more of back-story to justify what they have done.

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@ Vince

Absolutely the writers will get Alexis back to a state of being balanced and well-rounded. This is just the nature of storytelling. Alexis has been sketchy for the past 1-1/2 seasons, changing and we the viewer aren't shown "why". It's realistic to expect some drama from Alexis both as growing up and as fitting into a different family dynamic. That to me is the purpose of this arc, exploring the family dynamic. So, it's wait and see how it plays out. I'm usually not disappointed in AWM & Co to finish a story.

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Just a thought: Maybe Castle isn't paying for Alexis college tuition. She was class valedictorian at a very exclusive NY High School. She could have very well earned an academic scholarship. It's never been stated that Castle's paying, we just assume that's the case because he's rich. Academic scholarships are based upon knowledge, skill, etc...not need. We know he paid for the dorm because Alexis said that she was saving him money on the dorm by getting the apartment. Just food for thought.

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@ castlefan1212

I think Alexis clearly stated in the last episode that it wasn't necessarily about Becket but about her Dad's right to choose Beckett. Whether that choice works out it doesn't matter, still her Dad's choice. Just as it is her choice to pick Pi. Castle and viewers may not like Pi, still Alexis' right to choose. That was the point I believe Alexis clearly made...acceptance of a persons right to choose. Yes, there is change going on her; Alexis growing up, and the family dynamic of that and Castle's engagement to Beckett. It's greater than Alexis just being perceived as a spoiled brat. Like many 19 year olds, she's just trying to figure out how she fits...Kate even commented to Castle about Alexis trying to figure out how she fits in this new dynamic. Kate will have to figure out that too...thus more bumps in the road.

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@ castlefan1212

It seems to me that it is more than the right to choose as one wishes (which is why I think it comes down to Hollywood insiders, read as secluded and protected with no real world experience). By what you are saying, and I can see it, Alexis doesn't just want the right to choose as has her father, but she wants her father, especially, to accept, maybe even celebrate, her choices. Castle did not bring in private police to drag her away or break Pi's legs or something over-the-top, he essentially rolled his eyes at her choice (and offered them a couch, thus accepting her right to make a choice and her choice, without celebrating it). But, I do think (and I personally recognize it from how extreme political discussion has become in America) that Alexis is annoying because she seems to want her father's surrender of his mind -- therefore, I don't think what's happening with Alexis is a character issue, but a viewpoint issue of the writers.

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@ castlefan1212

I think that her even bringing up that it would save him money on the dorm implies he's paying for her schooling -- but I don't think that whether or not Castle is paying for anything should make any difference to the minimum amount of respect that the overwhelming majority of kids would show either of their parents. I really suspect this is all just the Hollywood in crowd being clueless.

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@ Keith Vlasak

That's exactly my point. Some have been saying that Castle is paying for everything (school, apartment), etc. That may not in fact be the case. She definitely didn't expect Castle to pay for her apartment and Castle may not be paying for her school...we don't really know. Both Castle and Alexis have behaved poorly and failed to communicate. It will all be worked out...hey, we have to have something as a storyline.

Castle Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

Pi: I don't know Mr. C. What color is it?
Castle: Free.

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Martha: Remember the hovel you lived in in college.
Castle: Well, the difference is I was shacking up with Pi.

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