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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Also did anybody else have a big LOL when Castle shouted "Cheeseburgers." That was a moment of pure Nathan Fillion awesomeness. Who else thought it was absolutely sweet when Beckett responded to the question of Castle's favorite food? It just goes to show how much these two have grown together over the past six years. And no hurries on the wedding. I am guessing they might save that for the Season finale. Would be perfect.


No comparisons with the idiot in the episode who had no idea what the hell he was doing, or other similar people who think they can be heroes. It also continues to amaze me that they're making this Caskett thing work. It wasn't supposed to. A long history of TV shows going south after bringing the central characters together has taught us that. But Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion just keep raising the bar higher and higher as far as on-screen chemistry is concerned. And the writers are having a field day with it, which is great. This episode had numerous moments that you can see only when you watch Castle. No other show can provide them. Hence why everyone screamed murder after the first two episodes of the season.


YAY! Castle's back! Combined with last week's episode, this gave us all the Castle we've been screaming out for ever since the season began. Everybody's already hit the nail on the head as far as thoughts are concerned. Pi should be gone. I think the writers are putting him in every episode just to annoy us. And my God, Molly Quinn's grown up, hasn't she? She's certainly lost the innocence of the first few seasons. Also loved Alicia Lagano's performance, one of the best by a Castle guest star ever. She nailed the character. You absolutely trusted every word she spoke even though you knew you shouldn't, just like Castle. Just brilliant! BTW, I don't know why everybody keeps picking on Die Hard. People forget that John McLane was actually a cop in that film. He wasn't a civilian who suddenly decided to be a hero. He was already a hero who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. No comparisons with the idiot in the episode who had no idea what the hell he was doing, or other similar people who think they can be heroes.


Totally agree with your review, Christine and I love the quotes you highlighted. This was Castle at its best - a fantastic mix of drama and emotion along with clever humor and genuine romance. All's right in the Castle world again!

Avatar more damage...than her gun did to Bracken!


Loved this episode. It was fantastic. Yes, the only "downer" was Pi. GET RID OF HIM...he is not funny and doesn't add anything to the show. If Alexis is so in love with him, ship her off too. lol I just want PI gone. This episode was one of the best in a long time. Kept my attention the whole hour. Emma was "just off" enough at the beginning to think she really did off her killer. Alicia was fantastic in the part. All in all, a great installment to the Castle family. One I would watch again.


Nottrampis. I agree, this was the quintessential Castle episode, if Pi could somehow get eaten, then all would be well in the world. All we need to do now, is to get Tonya B to watch, she would be pleasantly surprised I think. Good to see Kate wearing her engagement ring, personally, I don't buy she cannot wear it at work, if she clocks a criminal, it would do more than her gun did to Bracken! Perhaps, she should practice on Pi. Also, I am really enjoying the interaction between Caskett, they are, at long last, being shown as a couple in love, and totally committed to each other. Am I alone in thinking that Alexis is getting more objectionable each episode, or is it just me? As for Pi just walking into Caskett's bedroom, don't get me started on that, if I had been Castle, I would have kicked his ass so hard, he would have landed on the Statute of Liberty!!


Great to see Beckett's supermodel wardrobe back (probably not all that typical for a NYC detective) and her confident supermodel strut as well. She looked hot for the first time this season. Time to dump the mother, daughter, daughters boyfriend and the new detective Sully.


I loved this episode. Alicia Lagano was perfect. The way Kate kept fingering her engagement ring was endearing and sweet. The title of the episode is mirrored in Kate's quiet admiration for Rick as she watches him put himself in jeopardy while she is forced to sit on the sidelines. She is his "ultimate" Number One Fan. While there was just enough humor in this episode, I would wish for a bit more romance - since the engagement Kate and Rick seem a bit too restrained during their up close moments, although there are subtle touches that speak volumes. And please, just lock the bedroom door! All in all, I give this a 5.


I enjoyed the show but cannot stand Pi either the sooner he go the better and Castle need more privacy or they need to spend time at Beckett's house. Did not catch her touching the ring parts so will have to review the episode again. I thought Beckett did a great job showing her concern for Castle.

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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.