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Think the Rick/Alexis conflict story would be more effective if there were better balance between each characters point of view. The way the story has unfolded thus far, I only have sympathy for Castle. Some strange, random guy comes along like a whirlwind and takes over all aspects of Castle's home life? Of course Castle's going to bristle over that. I found myself grimacing right along with Castle during that opening scene at A/P's apartment where he was trying to choke back his protestation over their relationship.

Sure, I understand that she's upset about the circumstances surrounding her Dad's engagement. But what did she expect, that he'd ask her permission to get engaged? She was out of the country, and his decision to actually pop the question apparently was a spur of the moment decision, though both Castle and Alexis knew he was in love with Beckett for some time now.

According to Alexis, she's an adult. As such, his engagement to ANYONE would have less a direct impact on Alexis than, say, his marriage to Gina during her formative, childhood years. And though a parent's job is never really over, Castle's at a point in life where he can focus more on himself, be a litttle selfish and pursue his own bit of happiness without getting a bunch of grief for it.

Not sure how the story could be written to flesh out Alexis' point of view to bring about a more sympathetic response in the father/daughter struggle, but at this point I've lost interest in Alexis. I'm ready for her to be the adult, move out, and live her own life with whomever she chooses, somewhere off of my screen.

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Agreed. Good episode until the end. These random character mood swings have got to stop. First Beckett, now Alexis...I mean, if the writers really feel the need to introduce more soap-operatic moments, bring back Castle's dad for an encore. Or have Castle get a dog. It's already a Monday - how much more angst do we really want?

On a side note, it'd be interesting if 'Pi' was involved in a story 'arc'. Then we'd be coming full circle.

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@ Susanna

Also thought Pi would be integrated into one of the main stories (initally thought he was "the child" they were looking for in Time Will Tell), to give him a reason for being on this show...aside from being a complete annoyance. But no, apparently his purpose really IS just to be annoying.

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@ Snaky Z

I think Susanna was just making a clever pun, more than anything else... nice one! :-)

P.S. SOO wanted Castle to take Alexis down a few notches rather than apologize like a naughty child.

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I enjoyed this episode. For the most part. Alexis' story arc this season is just so disappointing. I almost agreed with the points she made to Castle at the end of the episode -until I remembered how she introduced Pi to her father by having him move in & overstep his boundaries w/out even asking Castle for permission. I get that Alexis is growing up & is dating a guy that her father doesn't like, but in Castle's defense, Alexis never even gave him a chance to like Pi. So yes, as much as I wanted to agree w/Alexis, I just couldn't. I'm just so over the ridiculousness that is Alexis & Pi. And oh, wait, looks like Alexis needs Castle's (and possibly Beckett's) help next week. So stupid.

On another note, I'd love to see the writers get rid of Pi & return Alexis to her "normal" sensible self. In the event we're lucky enough to have that happen this season, it'd be nice to see Alexis & Beckett have a good sit-down conversation & hash things out once & for all. I realize that'll likely never happen, but I can dream.

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@ RKeys

Oh, and it makes sense for Alexis to be wary of whatever woman (including Beckett) her thrice divorced, former playboy father decides he wants to settle down with & marry. However, these aren't the reasons Alexis has given for being upset with Castle & as far as the viewers are concerned, Alexis has never had an issue with her father's ways.

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I'll give it a rewatch but re Alexis:
Spoiled brat. The little princess has had her crown stolen and now she's whining and making everyone pay for it.
It's all about Kate and Rick and always has been Alexis is smart enough to push her fathers buttons and get some payback for not being the first to know about the engagement. Alexis doesn't like being replaced as No.1 in Ricks life and her shutting the door in Ricks face was a clear indicator of how she's feeling.
PI's just the sucker she's using for now to achieve that aim. Maybe she even tells herself that PI is the right guy but this is clearly about payback for Dad.
Martha's liberal attitude certainly hasn't helped.
Ricks made those mistakes and he's old enough to see a bad deal, as he does with PI, so obviously that's going to show in dislike for PI.
Can't blame Rick one bit..

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@ David

Who's the third ex? I thought there were only two, Meredith (Alexis' mother) and his agent.

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@ David

@David -COMPLETELY agree with this.




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