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Castle Review: Pick a Side

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The latest Castle was all about who had the greatest "Need to Know" and who got left out in the cold. And the final results were not nearly what I expected. 

Rick and Kate looked incredibly cozy laying in bed... hundreds of miles apart. How can these two still look so darn adorable even when they're not sharing the same space?!? Even their virtual kiss, which in lesser hands would have been nothing but cheesy, made me smile.

Back Together at the 12th

Unfortunately, Pi was still hanging around the loft. If he has such a talent for making smoothies, perhaps he should get a job. I loved Castle's disgust with his house guest, as he lamented to Martha in this Castle quote

Half the time I don't know if I'm smelling our new compost bin or my daughter's rotting ambition. | permalink

Alexis does appear to be losing IQ points the longer Pi sticks around. But for the most part I agree with Martha. The more they fight it, the more Alexis will cling to her new boy toy like any other rebellious teenager. Eventually her better sense should kick in and send her freeloading boyfriend packing. 

I just hope that moment is sooner rather than later. I'm not sure how much more Pi I can take.

A crowded loft and a cool murder (the hook through the body was pretty awesome) drove Castle back to the 12th. And can I say, thank God! It's only been two episodes but I've really missed the precinct and Esposito and Ryan. It was great to have them back in the mix. 

Ryan's love of Too Cool For School just added to the fun as he did his best to defend the cheesy sitcom and Esposito was right there to mock him, as any good partner should under such circumstances. 

Although I didn't mind the addition of Detective Sullivan, it was kind of painful to see what he'd done to Beckett's desk. Her cute little elephants would have been lost in a sea of trash and fast food. But it was nice that he knew of the famous Detective Beckett and respected her work and that she was willing to step aside and admit the desk was no longer hers. My guess is that magnanimous gesture may come back to haunt her in the near future.

Speaking of Beckett, she looked honestly uncomfortable being on the Fed side of things and taking over the case. She always hated it when that happened to her in the past. Now she was the bad guy in the eyes of her team.  

Everyone got territorial and even who could share in a cup of coffee came into question…

Esposito: We are not serving them coffee. You bought this espresso machine for the NYPD. This is NYPD coffee only. | permalink

The case had some unique twists and turns as the death of an actor turned out to be the murder of an undercover informant trying to take down a Russian gangster for the CIA. One of my favorite moments was when Beckett and Esposito compared notes on how they all ended up at the warehouse…

Beckett: How'd you guys get there?
Esposito: Chicken poop.
Beckett: Oh, whatever works. | permalink

I couldn't get over how proud Javier looked when he told her chicken poop. I also loved when Castle balked at pushing his boundaries with his now fiance Agent Beckett...

Ryan: Castle, your whole relationship is built on the foundation of your boundary pushing.
Castle: Good point. | permalink

How true. Basically the entire premise of the show has been Castle pushing his limits.

And did I hear that correctly? Did Heat Wave the movie go straight to DVD?!? That's so wrong? But I suppose that's a way of explaining why we never saw an episode highlighting the movie premiere. Overall it feels like quite the lost opportunity for a great show.

Back to the case, and Agent Beckett. Throughout, it was easy to see Kate's doubts over her new job. She took the job believing she could do more. That if she were solving cases on such a large stage that the results would be even more satisfying. On the surface that made sense. Handling issues of national security could mean saving hundreds if not thousands of lives.

Unfortunately, she was finding out that solving cases on such a grand scale sometimes meant overlooking certain details…like one victim, or one murderer. For a woman who always put getting justice for the victims and their families as her top priority, that was a reality that was hard to swallow. 

As Capt. Gates told McCord about murder victim Charlie Reynolds…

Capt. Gates: He may not have had a grieving mother or a wife waiting for him but his killer should not go unpunished. | permalink

And that injustice led Beckett to break the rules, more than once. She snuck information to the boys so that they could find the killer and then leaked Svetlana's name to the press so the CIA couldn't use her. Even I was a little shocked that Beckett would break the rules of her job so blatantly, despite her personal beliefs.

Back at the loft I was thrilled that we got another cozy Caskett moment. There can't be enough of those to keep me happy. 

The moment Castle turned serious and began to talk about how their long distance relationship wasn't working you could see the fear cloud Kate's face. It looked like she was afraid he was about to break off their engagement. Her expression clearly said she feared the worst.

As did her complete joy and relief when Rick offered her that key to their new place in D.C. where they could live together. I'm surprised it took him so long to reach that decision. Have we ever seen Kate Beckett look happier? And then we got the surprise twist. 

I honestly thought Beckett would reach the conclusion that this job wasn't for her. That if she had to bend the rules to feel justice was done that being Agent Beckett was the wrong decision. 

Instead McCord showed up to tell her she'd been fired. 

As much as I would have liked Kate to have made the decision herself, this might be even better. I doubt Kate Beckett has ever been fired from anything. This could really send her reeling which might be fun to watch…at least for a while. 

Will Gates make her grovel to get her job back? Will the boys haze her for leaving in the first place? Will the overcrowded conditions at Castle's loft drive everyone over the edge if Kate now moves in? And when the heck will we see Lanie this season?  

All of the above has me counting the days until the next Castle.

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Tonya b

It is so disappointing that Kate never came to the personal realization that the job was the wrong choice, both for the Caskett relationship and for her personally. Even when Castle was telling her that things were not working out in the long distance relationship, Kate never stepped up and offered to make a sacrifice for them. She was thrilled that Castle was willing to leave everything and everyone that he loved behind to follow her to DC, and she never gave a second thought to how the move might affect him personally or professionally. I think that this is one of, if not THE main reason that fans are so unhappy with how this DC story has played out so far. The give/take ratio for Castle is 99/1 and for Beckett it is 1/99. This is too unreal to be believable.

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Danny G Superstar welcome back. I am of the pinion the bad arcs are gone and Castle will be enjoyable from now on following this episode. however Marlowe to me has no idea of what a relationship is about so I will be pleasantly surprised if Caskett go in the right direction. At present there are plenty of lovy dovy expressions and saying i love you and kissing but no evidence they have any idea of what a couple actually live like. This was well expressed in the DC job. It is a job Beckett would never have accepted if she have done even a little homework

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Danny G superstar! Back to a guest? Never! Blasphemy! You are and shall always remain a Regular superstar. I think that for some fans, part of the problem is that Marlowe did so much damage to the character of Kate over the last 6 episodes that she is no longer someone we like. And the fact that she so clearly picked the job over Castle, in spite of all that he has done for her, she will never again be that character that we cared about. I agree that Caskett is more secure, but this is entirely due to the efforts and sacrifices of Castle only. Beckett is still the taker.

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Maybe the problems won't be with Kate. But with Alexis. Evidently college is shelved since she is moving in with pi. And maybe the big problem is she gets pregnant

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6x4, the 12th needs Castle to negotiate. 6x5 a time traveler needs Caskett help. Not sure these need KB or RC to be abck at the 12th so it could even take a bit of time to reland there (maybe), but it will I think be rooted in what she wants for the future as opposed to why she was there before which was rooted in her past, and wheteher one admits it or not, Need to Know looked like the Castle of old though shaken up a bit- and what's wrong with that- I need to know.... As I've said before, it's still a great series even if we don't like every scene or every episode, or every arc. Life doesn't always work out exactly the way we'd like, but enjoy Castle for what it is- fun and enjoyable comedy and drama which in its own unique but very TV way does mimic or parallel real life. Just saying!

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We are at an interesting point where Castle can be more serious and not the playboy clown, and Kate can be more playful and fun- yin yang indeed. Yes there is angst; it is a TV drama. It is real life but for TV so there is always an allowance; let's get real (which things are on Castle), but only as real as TV needs to be (which things are on Castle). Not sure if and when she relands at the 12th, but the way things were set up in NTK (Espo hug, Gates come back and see us, being true to herself and giving evidence to the 12th) one can, I think, envision a soft landing (as opposed to a very rocky landing at S5 close).

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OK- I think I should be reclassified as a guest, but no worries. My basic comment in just a few words is- real (TV) life. She took a job she thought she wanted because she thought she could make a difference. It came at a price, but it was just a few months and she's not a quitter. She grappled with things as many of us would in any new job and as she well might've when she first came to the NYPD (she didn't like Raglan and his ilk either). She knew it wouldn't be easy, but they worked something out together and Caskett is definitely in a more secure setting. I actually thought it bold and more realistic that she get fired. Considering there is a KB as super cop mythology, isn't it clever to deal with her being fired. Didn't see that coming though it was obvious and even foreshadowed.

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I see on Wikipedia, that Castle has dropped nearly 1 million viewers, from 601-603! It might set bells ringing for Marlowe, or more importantly, ABC!

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I have asked our dear lady on WOTCW, if she thinks that after Castle has stepped up to the plate again, to save their relationship, will Marlowe write something showing Kate doing the same for Castle. True love is a two way street, not all take and no give, which is what Kate is being shown to do at the moment.

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I'm sure there will be angst concerning Alexis, hopefully, Castle will grow some, and tell her a few home truths, resulting in her returning to Colombia, therefore, removing her and the idiot boyfriend for the foreseeable future. Let's also not forget, that Marlowe said S6 will be romantic as well, which in fairness, he is beginning to show for our favourite couple. Regarding more angst with Beckett and her getting fired, I have a feeling that Beckett will be seen to be coming to terms with it quickly, because she accepts being fired, because her core values of getting justice for the victims has not been compromised, just my opinion.

Castle Season 6 Episode 3 Quotes

Half the time I don't know if I'm smelling our new compost bin or my daughter's rotting ambition.

Castle

Pi: We're making smoothies.
Castle: And yet for me, not so smooth.

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