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.


Loved the kiss at the end (fade to black )
Pi's the comic relief enabling sometime soon for a clash or airing out for Alexis and Rick.
I've read that Alexis isn't exactly happy about the way Kate treated her Dad in that past and this is why she's being a bit stand offish.. Time will tell
For this Ep
9.6 out 10
Pi's leaving can't happen soon enough.


I agree with everyone else. if Pi was gone then it would have been close to perfect. My Castle is back and it was about time. you could tell it was different by the opening .
I can't wait for the time traveller. okay Castle should have more authority in his own home but that was about the only nitpicky problem apart from Pi.
I loved how she was touching the ring when she was worried or happy.


And I forgot to say...yes, Alicia Lagano was amazing!


Well Christine, I had no complaint at all! It was the precinct,after all...altough, the way the loft is crowded, probably the precinct is the better place to have some privacy, lol:)
I LOVED this episode, all of it! I enjoyes the DC arc, but this is the show I came to love and look for every week, it was classic Castle!
Pi? I´m sure he´s there for some reason, even if only to show us how a parent DOES NOT raise a kid! That lack of education, please!


Really great episode, season 6 is amazing me! I will join you in pointing out that the actress playing Emma was amazing. Plus, Castle is too generous in allowing his daughter's boyfriend to live with them for free... when can we get rid of him?
4caskett - you heard correctly - I had assumed she had sold it


I like Pi he basic Castle twin brother they act so much alike


This was Castle as I like it. Lots of fun moments and a good mystery as well.


This was a fun episode. It was great to see the team working together again. Plus, Lanie is finally back. There was a nice blend of action and comedic moments. I couldn't agree more about the entire family barging into Castle's bedroom. There is no privacy in the Castle loft. Did I hear correctly that Kate still has her NY apartment? I guess Alexis loves Pi. Me, not so much. He can leave anytime now. Otherwise, I loved Number One Fan.


Really enjoyed the episode. Minus Pi. That guy really needs to go and yet I think the most irksome thing about Pi really comes down to Castle: there's no way in hell anyone would put up with someone like that (especially a houseguest) just barging into his room like that. As riduculous as Pi's character is (brief as his screen time might be), Castle putting up with that nonsense is just as stupid. Outside of that, it was nice to have the whole team back together again and it was great to see Lanie -even though it was just for a brief couple of lines. Overall, good episode, but Pi has overstayed his welcome on this show.

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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.