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?


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I have added mine Christine. For my money the longer Pi stays the more fans will want Alexis to go. I know Marlowe and co are very very bad on explanations ( see my tumblr blog today for why the Castle wars started) but we really do need one here and very soon like next episode!


Our Roy Montgomery, I always thought it suspicious his last name is Bracken!


AWM would not carry out such a long, drawn out sequence for annoyance sake as portrayed by Pi without good reason. It can’t possibly be to just annoy Castle. I have a bad feeling about Pi and why he is really there ingratiating himself at the loft. Alexis may have brought home a professional killer. Lost passport story is just not credible. Kate needs to run a background check on him. There is something sinister about him. He is up to no good. IMO


I really hope that Pi's last episode is next week. What are the writers thinking? Alexis' character is going down the tubes. It wasn't that strong to begin with, but with the addition of that idiotic character it's only making things worse. I gave the show 3 Stars just because of the Pi Drain.


yep Can't wait for the time traveller. Will He shed any evidence into whom was into whom first? Now that would be a hoot!


This was a great episode I loved it. I'm getting tired of Pi I hope Alexis dumps him soon. I thought the beginning was funny how everyone just kept walking in on them without even knocking I mean with Martha and Alexis it was normal you wouldn't really expect nothing less but Pi really that's weird. I loved how when Emma shot Castle she dotted his I it seems like we've been waiting for that to happen since the very beginning. I'm glad Kate got her job back in the end it will be really nice having the team back together again and it was nice to finally see Lanie. I am loving Gates she so much nicer well sometimes. I can't wait till the next episode.


It was a mythical department. They get confused. sometimes it was an agency, other times it was a task force and the Deputy Director absurdly rang up Gates for an endorsement! hey it was god to see Gats competent in her job for once!


The FBI? I thought Kate got a job working for the attorney general?


firstly yes I would never walk into another bedroom without knocking first and then someone saying come in!
That is just good manners alexis is 19. Teenagers rebel well before this and responsible teenagers rarely rebel. As for the moonlighting curse that was simply bad writing. the last two episodes of Castle did not have that and now we are back to 'normal' Castle we won't have that. both Nathan and Stana have chemistry that i have never seen in any other series so I do not think it is a big problem


yes Alicia was fantastic, and I agree with Our Roy Montgomery that it is similar and compares to Cops & Robbers. I kept on thinking about that episode when watching it. I agree with the writing on Caskett is better too. Beckett and her ring is subtle but very good. Pi, Sully, alexis bye bye please. I do think that at least one scene of Caskett out together talking about their relationship say at a restaurant would be good entertainment. Balaji makes a number of good ponts

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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.