Castle Review: She Dotted the i!

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It took Richard Castle's "Number One Fan" to set things right once again at the 12th precinct - and I couldn't be happier. 

So let's start at the beginning…

An Armed Suspect

Just as I had hoped, Kate Beckett was in an emotional free fall after the Feds fired her. She was even floundering around in Castle's bed, lamenting her options since the NYPD refused to let her back in due to a hiring freeze. 

Kate: What am I going to do, just sleep in every morning and screw around till the phone rings? What kind of life is that?
Castle: Mine. | permalink

And you can't say Castle doesn't make it look good. But how about a whole new theme for Castle season 6? Kate Beckett: Mall Cop. Probably not, but Beckett's probably the only woman in the world who could rock that uniform.

Moving on…

The loft has gotten way too cozy. I couldn't believe it when Pi just walked into Castle's bedroom unannounced. I wouldn't tolerate that type of behavior from a family member,  never mind a houseguest. I have to assume that sooner or later things will come to a head.

Until then, I'll just keep repeating my mantra, believing that eventually I will get my wish. It's time for Pi to go. 

Guest star Alicia Lagano did a wonderful job as Emma Riggs. The character was unstable enough to be scary yet vulnerable enough to make me care. 

I also loved that Castle's first response was to get the mother and child out of the hostage situation, even if it meant putting himself in harm's way to do it. 

And I thought Kate hit just the right notes of humor, confidence in Castle and fear for his safety as she told him in this Castle quote

Kate: I've been kind of looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you so don't do anything stupid in there, OK?
Castle: Don't worry. I think I've already hit my stupid quota for the day. | permalink

It was wonderful to see the entire team working together once again. Lanie was finally back and never mind the dead body or the hostage situation. Lanie wanted to know about the important things... a Caskett wedding! But Beckett told her they hadn't set a date yet and just wanted to enjoy their engagement. 

Since we're only up to episode 4, I can get on board with that plan.

Did anyone else wish Castle would have duct taped the jerk in the dentist's office? Although I did love Castle's comment about him having watched Die Hard one too many times. And I found it very funny that the man most vocal about getting out of a hostage situation was the one to ask if the donuts were gluten free.

Castle: Dude, they're donuts. Either you're in or you're out. | permalink

I wish last week's promo for this episode hadn't given away Castle being shot. It would have been much more dramatic if I hadn't seen it coming. However, I did love Castle's amazement at how the vest worked and how Emma's bullet dotted the i in Writer. It was a very Castle moment. 

I worried that Emma's father would end up being the bad guy and was greatly relieved when that turned out not to be the case. After a very hard life, it's about time Emma had someone in her corner. And I couldn't get enough of having the boys back together yet again.

Ryan: What does it say about your writing when your number one fan tries to kill you?
Castle: That was an accident.
Esposito: One inch higher it would have been a tragedy. | permalink

Beckett and Gates also made quite the team. Captain Gates has come a long way. She took over the interview of Aaron Stokes not because she didn't trust the boys but because she wanted to protect them from any fall out. Then she went out of her way to get Beckett her job back.  

She even gave Beckett an engagement gift. Richard Castle as her trusty sidekick…or should I say partner, once again.

Overall I had just one complaint: I wanted a longer kiss at the end. Nit picky I know but that won't stop me from asking for more.

But really, with romance, mystery and a Nikki Heat pop quiz, what more could Castle fans ask for?


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


wot Our roy montgomery said. I will go so far to say if Pi was not in the episode it could have been one of the best ever.


Castle1212. The criticisms you mention persist because the viewers just want a scene where we can understand why Alexis is acting so crazy in love with Pi or why is Alexis mad at Castle, or whatever is going on. Regardless of culture, the Pi ongoing appearance is a drain on all of the characters. He has no redeeming value. This feeling is universal on all of the boards. The writers using Pi at this level for so many episodes really makes no sense. Everybody here loves the show.


I agree Captain Cook. Outstanding performance


Having watched No 1 Fan again! I'm clearly suffering from OCD (Obsessive Castle Disorder), or more to the point, OSKD (Obsessive Stana Katic Disorder), I have to say, what a brilliant performance from Alicia Lagano, as Emma, I just wanted her innocence proven, and thankfully, it was. I just hope that Caskett invite her to their wedding, that would be a nice touch!


Brook, I to have been in other countries (not as many as you) and I agree that you do respect cultural boundaries. I've made a few mistakes in that arena myself, purely because I didn't know. What I haven't seen are those boundaries, either culturally or at Castle's loft being explained/enforced. I think Castle's trying to figure out how to handle it without hurting Alexis or driving her away. After all, he hasn't parented a 20 year old before, nor handled this type of situation. I'm sure will get answers in the next 3-4 episodes, once all the parties learn to communicate! I'm confident they'll figure it out.


Nottrampis. Yesterday and next Saturday, Alibi TV in the UK, have and are running the complete Series 5 of Castle. Next Saturday, it is the final twelve episodes, minus ONE, guess which episode they are not repeating? I will give you a clue, Slimeball! At least UK TV executives realise when Marlowe/ABC screw up!!


am SO sick of hearing "they come from a different culture" been in over 80 countries and i respected their culture. when you're in their house, do it their way whether you believe it or not.


Nottrampis. Congratulations, you must have some future Ashes stars in your squad! I see in some spoilers for S6 E6, that Alexis and Pi move into a flat together, hopefully, we will not see either of them again for some time, wishful thinking on my part!! Presumably, dear old Castle will be paying, because Alexis is not earning, nor, one assumes is Pi! I wonder how long that will last!


Captain Cook we won outright! Castlefan 1212 I have only seen criticisms of this episode at the margin overall we all love it.


As for Pi, he comes from a different culture and who knows how he was raised. Again, I'll wait and see. Yes, he is annoying and there is more to that story. As fans it would be impossible for Marlowe and his writing team to immediately answer every question in the 43 minutes allotted for the show.
I am amazed at some of the negative comments because if I was that disappointed I'd change the channel and surely not waste my energy commenting on a blog. It's a TV show that's not perfect and life's not perfect either. I love the show--the good, the bad, and the ugly because overall I think a great job is being done by all involved.

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Castle Season 6 Episode 4 Quotes

Kate: I might as well apply to become a mall cop.
Castle: Ooh, you would look great on a Segway.

I don't know what to do about my life.